About Ray's on the River

Situated along the Chattahoochee River, take in serene views and enjoy a menu filled with classic Ray’s dishes including fresh seafood flown in daily, prime cut steaks and regionally grown vegetables. As an Atlanta dining institution, Ray's offers live entertainment, a creative hand-crafted cocktail menu and a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence wine list. At Ray's, we strive to exceed expectations with every visit.

6700 Powers Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30339
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch Buffet: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.

Cross Street:
I-285 and Powers Ferry Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(770) 955-1187

Website:
http://www.raysrestaurants.com/

Entertainment:
Live Jazz Vocal on Select Days.

Parking Details:
Self parking along with complimentary valet service.

Executive Chef:
Scott Hemmerly

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Treat your loved one to a truly unforgettable Valentine's Day experience at Ray's! Enjoy one of our chef-inspired prix-fixe menus with suggested pairings from our sommelier...we guarantee you'll set the bar high this Valentine's Day!

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Private Dining

Ray's on the River is the perfect place to host any Wedding, private party or special event. We have private and semi-private spaces available, with beautiful views of the Chattahoochee River, including our temperature controlled tent. Please contact our banquet department for more information.

Ray's on the River Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (113)
Scenic View (106)
Romantic (95)
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Good for a Date (94)
Waterfront (92)
Good for Anniversaries (90)
Good for Birthdays (73)
Business Meals (62)
Worth the Drive (56)
Cozy (53)
Quiet Conversation (43)
Great for Brunch (41)
Notable Wine List (40)
Good for Groups (38)
Fit for Foodies (35)
Live Music (35)
Sunday Lunch (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Bar Seating (31)
Great for Lunch (31)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
Fun (23)
Casual (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Seasonal (20)
Authentic (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Late-night Find (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Hot Spot (16)
Healthy (14)
Comfort Food (12)
People Watching (10)
Tasting Menu (10)
Local Ingredients (8)
Great Beer (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Live Sports (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Spicy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 2 days ago

View the sunset from your table if you arrive when Ray's open at 5pm. Best tables. Nice place for quiet conversation. I reserved through Open Table for our anniversary and we were pleasantly surprised with complimentary champagne and desert! I'm vegetarian and ordered a vegetarian plate with sides and they were delicious!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Romantic, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Rays on the River brunch is the best in Atlanta. We had a group of nine. Faith greeted us upon arrival and showed us to our favorite table by the window. Our server, Khalil, got all of us organized and took our drink orders. The buffet was extensive, breakfast, lunch, seafood, salads and desserts. Everything tasted great. The manager, Jay Halley, stopped by our table to check with us and see if we needed anything. The servers kept the plates cleared and drinks filled. We had a large group and Rays on the River took very good care of us. We look forward to our next visit.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

This was our umpteenth visit and we will return. The varied and very good food layout is overwhelming. The location by the river adds to the overall ambience. Cruising through the many and varied stations before choosing the delights for your brunch is a pleasant "foreplay."
Highly recommend an early visit. Once Churches get out Ray's is loaded.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Every dinner here has been special!
It’s our special occasions restaurant!!!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

Simply, Every visit we find excellent service and excellent cuisine .

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 3 days ago

We were seated pretty quickly with our reservation. Service was great. Food was very pricey, but not unexpected. My brother ordered a $42 steak that was mostly fat. He should have sent it back, but didn't want to wait. Saturday is very busy. Overall, Rays is a very nice place to go for a once in a while thing. This occasion was for my mom's 75th birthday...She enjoyed it!

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined 4 days ago

It's a beautiful place for people who are in love,birthdays,anniversaries and etc.It was my first time and I had a ball and the staff was excellent and the restaurant was so clean you can eat off the floor.You have free valet and everybody was so nice and friendly.I recommend everyone to try it.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Waterfront, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Happy Hour, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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·Dined 4 days ago

We have been going to Rays for years. Why have they changed their menu? Taken a lot of fish off the menu. We raved to our friends who had never been there and we were a little disappointed.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

Food and ambience were great. Service was below average. At a restaurant like this, you would expect impeccable service. We had to flag down our waiter and others just to get more water. My client has a tree but allergy. There were nuts in her side salad. No mention of them in the description.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined 7 days ago

You can never go wrong with this place!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Great service, great wine, good food. This was a date night for my wife and I. I went into Rays planning to spend $200. The total tab was $166 and that was with a $78 bottle of wine, big entrees, and a shared creme brûlée dessert, which was really tasty. So with the tip we were a bit over $200. I would recommend Rays. We had a table on the window overlooking the river and the ambience was very nice.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 15, 2018

The food was excellent! We had terrible service. We started our dinner with soup. It was brought out with no soup spoons. The waiter kept disappearing for long periods of time. So, the manager ended up bringing us spoons for the soup and by this time the soup was lukewarm. We did not receive our bread and butter until after the salad was served. My husband and I both ordered lobster. The waiter brought his hot butter for his lobster about 5 minutes before the entree was served. I asked the waiter could I get butter for my lobster too. He said that he would be right back with my hot butter. Unfortunately, my lobster arrived and I had no butter. The waiter came back with the butter when I was halfway through my meal. The manager never came back to see how our meal and service went when he knew that we did not have soup spoons earlier during the service. This was a very disappointing experience for $150 tab. We left a 15% tip just because. We normally leave 20-25% tip because normally we receive exceptional service when we dine out. We were celebrating my husband birthday. We did not receive top shelf service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Ray’s was amazing as usual. We got there within an hour of their opening. It was not crowded but a nice crowd. The wait was not long for food. The service was impeccable. This was a great choice for our birthday celebration.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I hadn't been to Rays on the River in a while. The food offering was limited. I doubt I would ever attend their brunch again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food on the Sunday buffet. Great ambiance with the live music. Crowded (too many tables in the space to where it felt like you had to apologize to other patrons to walk to your table) and relatively noisy as a result. Service was poor - waters never refilled, other requests never filled, and bread not brought to the table (I realize it was on the buffet, but when my father-in-law who has a cane asks for it, server should have just gotten a piece from the buffet for him).

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was just okay for $39.99. I’ve had much better brunch around Atlanta. I enjoyed the bottomless mimosas and our server (sorry I forgot the spelling of his name but he was an older guy) was excellent.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

It was great

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went there on a date. Everything was excellent. We will definitely be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always amazing food. Always fresh, ambience great, server the best. Front door staff not friendly, barely smile and seem too busy to pay attention to you but if you get passed them everything else is fantastic. Priced just right and food was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Beautiful lakefront setting. The staff was very attentive, professional and made our evening very enjoyable. The food was good, however, I was expecting more food choices. The pricing was fair and the overall atmosphere enjoyable. Kurtis, our server, was excellent and very attentive. I will highly recommend this restaurant in the future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and the service was good. There was a table that was loud and they played music on their phone the entire meal and was inconsiderate if others, which made our lunch not as enjoyable.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Ambiance was fantastic. The lighting was a little too dark which made it difficult to see the dinner menu. I ordered the shrimp and grits this time and didn't get much of the grits and the shrimp were a little too chewy this time. I did however enjoy the drinks and bread.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had very poor service and had several long waits in between ordering appetizers and receiving our main meal. I will try to avoid going back to this restaurant.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Wonderful Birthday Dinner for my wife. Great Service from Mike and Miles, and outstanding food!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Great meal and ambience. I just had a salad and did not have an entree.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Sunday brunch was a disappointment. Service was mediocre at best.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 7, 2018

food was cold and not good for the price of 80$ for 2 ppl i didnt enjoy it at all

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

The service was terrible! After our server took our order we didn’t see her for 15mis after someone delivered our food; we needed condiments, napkins etc.. I spoke with the manager because I was tired of trying to flag people down for help! The service only got worst with and attitude to boot.. terrible experience to say the least. The salmon was raw in the middle and the manager never came back to check to see if anything got better. #smh

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Not the best customer service from the wait staff but the front of house staff was excellent.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I was disappointed for the 1st time ever. I have never been disappointed before at Rays. The food was cut short. Normally, the salmon (Oscar) is a very nice piece and the asparagus is usually 3.
However, I received a very small piece of salmon. Skimpy pathetic, and only ONE asparagus! 😡

The waitress NEVER asked did we want drinks.

The blue cheese chips appitizer was pathetic! It usually had beautiful cherry tomatoes with beautiful big chunks of blue cheese and other toppings. It was sorry!!!!!

I hate my normal waiter was off. 😬

Anyhow, I do not plan on going to Rays on the River any time soon. 👎🏽👎🏽👎🏽

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 2, 2018

We celebrated a birthday at Ray's, and had a really great evening. The food, service and overall experience was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I visited this location on my birthday and it was my first time every at this restaurant However upon even arriving while waiting at the hostess area I was not properly greeted by the host before she informed me that in order to dine in their restaurant I would need to have on a different top that wasn't showing any skin.

I'am aware that I've gained a few pounds lately and I was trying to pull my blouse down as much as I could it was barely showing my stomach area but I just placed my jacket on so that we could be seated. I asked the young lady if this was acceptable and she said yes.

Once we were seated the young lady walked by the table several times to ensure that I still had my jacket on during my visit this made me feel so uncomfortable not to mention this was my birthday. My party ended up letting the waiter know that it was my birthday and they just brought out a free mousse cake with a candle lit.

We had to wait an extremely long while before placing our actual order however we did place the order for an appetizer fairly fast. I'm not sure if this is how the level of service is given here on a normal but as for me I have had much better experiences and different restaurants and do not plan on returning to this restaurant ever again.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was just ok. Nothing awesome. The ribeye steak and asparagus I could have done just as well at home. Expected higher quality. But good. Service from Candy was amazing. She was great!!! Tenille even chimed in and made it fun! View is what we wanted.

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

we have been going to Rays on the River for over 30 years, and decided to take our daughter and Son-in-Law there for their 6th anniversary.

What an amazing meal from the appetizer to the dessert all was excellent including the service.

Having Flowers and decorations on the table was an awesome touch.

Rays always exceeds expectations - great evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Bartenders were great and that experience was excellent. Moving to the table wasn’t great. Service was ok. At one point I had my dinner, 2 knives and no fork. Neighboring tables taking flash pictures from both directions and no one other than me asking them to stop. I expected based on the menu that the steak was ala carte so ordered a vegetable side but food came with mashed potato and onion ring. Would have ordered different had I known and would not have ordered the additional side. Food was ok, not great and overpriced in my opinion for what was served.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was fabulous. Our server, Candy was great! Very knowledgeable and accommodating. We took friends who were visiting from out of town and they were equally impressed by both the food and the overall service!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We are frequent guests and as always the food was exceptional. We were seated immediately at a table with a view of the river. Our server was Brendan and he was very attentive without being intrusive. Very impressed with the service he provided! Our tea glasses were kept filled, we didn’t have to ask for the bread basket, and when my husband dropped his fork Brendan was there immediately with a clean one even though I didn’t think he even saw it hit the floor. Excellent job! We will request to be seated in his area next visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

I met my bestie for lunch and it was absolutely awesome as always.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I am a native Atlantan and Ray’s is always in rotation. I’ve never had a bad meal at Ray’s on the River!!

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Every meal at Ray's is special. The location is ideal and the food is excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Waterfront
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