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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.7
4.7
1776 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American
RAYA, a restaurant concept by Richard Sandoval, showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meats, and Chef Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 240-2000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef Andrew Litherland

  • Private party facilities

    Savor your meal in secluded luxury in the Private Dining Room at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The menu showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meat and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Doti: (949) 240-2000 ext. 5084

  • Neighborhood

    Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel

  • Cross street

    Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is $5 with validation or complimentary with an Anniversary Card.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,776 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RR

    RayR

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super service de Sam(et Josh), nous avons été super bien Accueilli à réception du restaurant. Le repas super original et très bon! La vue sur l’eau! Wow!
  2. SC

    SimonC

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Service was not quite what we expected. The good was excellent however..
  3. J

    Jean

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, it was a great experience. Communicative and kind hosts and staff!
  4. GB

    GB1748

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and view.
  5. G

    Georgina

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was super! Food was delish! The views are amazing.
  6. FW

    FWDiner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you Mr Thompson for such an exquisite experience!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Very disappointing experience at this restaurant. I would have expected better service at a resort like this. Upon being seated, we were not greeted by waitstaff or brought water until we waited for 15 minutes and had to ask someone for our server. The lady that looked like a “manager”, looked at me looking for waitstaff and did nothing whatsoever, not noticing that we had not been helped yet or gotten any water. It was also the middle of the day, not very busy either. I have worked in the service and hospitality industry so I am well aware of what to expect when dining at a supposed fine dining establishment. I am appalled by the inexperience of the waitstaff and their manager. The food quality partly made up for this overall disappointing dining experience.
  9. BJ

    BillyJohn

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Server could have been more friendly however the meal and ambiance was well worth the experience at this outstanding venue!
  10. AM

    AnniversayMemory

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dean did a fantastic job as our server to help us celebrate our 35th Anniversary! The foods he suggested were awesome and the views are spectacular!!
  11. DV

    DominiqueV

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Service was really really slow. The food was delicious though.
  12. J

    James

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Been here several times. Service was lacking. Food not as good as usual. Hope it’s not a sign of things to come.
  13. MM

    MariaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Requested table near window to celebrate anniversary and we were told the tables were already taken and patrons had been sitting there for over an hour and couldn't rush them. Our waitress was very nice but as we sat down, I was missing silverware. Food was overall good but not worth the prices charged. I probably make a better sirloin steak at home. And our steak arrived without having steak knives to use. Catering to a much larger table or business clientele was obvious. Disappointed as Raya was highly recommended.
  14. J

    Judy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The new menu was very disappointing. The pulled chicken jidori salad was missing and most of the items were too spicy. Our server Ryan was very good and the view was, of course delightful. This was my birthday gift for my guest (from Newport Beach). It was her first time to Ritz Carlton Dana Point. She had previously stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Portugal. I was hoping to have a special Christmas time lunch at Raya as a gift for a Catholic nun who really enjoyed Raya with me in the past, but I am concerned about the current spicy menu. I do hope there will be a new menu soon!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Most memorable experience
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to eat for my anniversary last night and they made it very special for us. I want to thank the staff for helping us specially the two hosts they were so nice wish I would have got their names! I also had the best server Connor and his server assistant. He knew the whole menu and provided a very good description of all the food making it easier to chose what we wanted. All the food we ordered was very delicious. Will absolutely be coming back!!
  17. SH

    SusanH

    San Diego

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Raya is consistently excellent. We’ve been here many times with family and I cannot say enough how enjoyable it is. First of all the food is probably better than any Michelin starred restaurant. Then there is the superior service that deserves a special mention. As for ambience, you cannot top the views of the Pacific Ocean.
  18. K

    Kethevan

    Orange County

    60 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Beautiful view of ocean! Had reservation for window table but still had to wait almost one hour. Waiter was very nice but 4 major errors in the orders for 2 people. Reservation said for a birthday. No dessert offered. When bill was brought to table I mentioned that it was a birthday. Then waiter brought a small 3 inch long slice of something chocolate that was frozen. We were not looking for a free dessert...if you go for a birthday order your own dessert. Raya is too expensive for the quality of food and service. Bar service was fabulous during our wait!! Highlight of our visit was the valet park staff! They were Best in Class!
  19. BC

    BeckyC

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a birthday and it was fabulous. Had a cocktail in the bar then moved over to lunch. Beautiful window surf view. Great service and food was devine. Staff was extremely nice and accommodating without hovering. One of our favorite places down the coast.
  20. LT

    LeviT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    AC was not working unacceptable on a very hot day .
  21. SJ

    SandraJ

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is amazing. Can’t beat the location.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Thank you
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    I had the hamburger which the waiter said was fantastic. I should have known not to order when I was told I could not get it cooked medium rare only medium. We’ll it was 2 small patties that were over cooked, it was a horrible burger and for the $32 price it was a joke. We also had the scallops which although tasty, were not worth the $52 price, as there were 3 medium size scallops. The service was only ok nothing special or memorable. There are much better options for high end dining in south Orange County.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience3
    Underwhelming. The food was average at best. The steak was overcooked and tough. The restaurant was uncomfortably warm. Overall a disappointing experience.
  25. JM

    JennyM

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff at Raya are amazing and the food was as good as well! Will come back again.
  26. F

    Foodie

    Richmond

    53 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience5
    Our waitress was lovely but the food was terrible (a 3 star at best and that's being generous.) Not at all what we'd expect at a 5 star hotel restaurant.
  27. w

    wendym

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We were excited to celebrate our anniversary there and timed it so we could enjoy the sunset (1/2 the reason why we chose Raya!). It happened to be an unseasonable warm day and after we passed multiple open two tops and were seated two things crossed our minds-it's really hot in here and we can't see the ocean! Our table was the ONLY table that had an obstructed view. We promptly asked if we could be relocated to a cooler section (which there was) and one where we could see out and we were met with a solid no, even though those other tables were unoccupied. They were aware it was out anniversary and didn't care to try and accommodate us. What is the point of asking if it's a special occasion if you aren't going to do your best to make it special. The food was over priced and nothing special. Their wine list is basic. No more to say on that.I couldn't wait to get out of there. That said the patio for cocktails and live music is amazing! I will be back for that but done with Raya.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mary was so sweet and kind, made our night 10 times better! Great service and ambiance :)
  29. B

    Beverlyp

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pure joy! We celebrated a Birthday & were on our way to the Pageant in Laguna. Service was amazing & they kept things on schedule as well as making us feel special. The window ocean view is always a treat! Raya is my favorite spot to go & be spoiled! Look forward to many more times in your beautiful space & with your very wonderful staff.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was great experience dining in Raya. Service is great.
  31. s

    sabrinao

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We went for my husband’s bday and we loved the service, food, drinks and view . I really recommend it.
  32. LM

    LynneM

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, excellent food and Connor was great. Very knowledgeable and pleasant. His recommendations were spot on!
  33. JH

    JasonH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely birthday dinner experience
  34. C

    Christiaan

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Wanted to spend a special night for our anniversary. Off to a very rocky start with the hostess that was rude and believe it or not very confrontational. However thank you to Ryan Lohr the manager for saving the day, the evening and our anniversary. Thank you for being kind and taking care of us. You did the Ritz proud.
  35. AZ

    AnaZ

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Anniversary
  36. b

    begonian

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The ocean view is good. We waited 30 minutes for appetizers. My husband liked his burger and sweet potato fries but the shiso leaves in my ahi tuna tataki salad looked like leftovers from other customers. Our waitress Mary was friendly but too busy to ask if we wanted dessert and just dropped off the bill.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sunday 2pm for great 4 people. For the seats next to the window no reservation is available. We were waiting another one hour. The service is great, the food is delicious. Nice people around. Chicken wings - not really, very dry hard to eat. Burger is so good + truffle fries so good.
  38. JJ

    JustJess

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess was charming, Taylor was Mr Congeniality, support staff were professional and personable. Food was amazing and the view... well it was perfection. Thank you Raya for the perfect experience. First of many experiences. We love Raya!!!
  39. ST

    StephanieT

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service by Chris, food was outstanding too. Can't beat the view!
  40. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch meal across the board. Amazing views of the sunset, incredible food (like really actually good) and great service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is rated 4.7 stars by 1776 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road

  • Neighborhood

    Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am Lunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is $5 with validation or complimentary with an Anniversary Card.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Executive Chef Andrew Litherland

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 240-2000

  • Private party facilities

    Savor your meal in secluded luxury in the Private Dining Room at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The menu showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meat and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors.

  • Private party contact

    Jacqueline Doti: (949) 240-2000 ext. 5084

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