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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA
RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, CA

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.7
4.7
2208 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 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–11:30 am Sun 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (949) 240-5050
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Executive Chef Michael Treanor
  • Private party contact
    Mehgan Zielan: (949) 240-2000 ext. 5833
  • Neighborhood
    Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel
  • Cross street
    Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is $15 with validation.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Brunch in RAYA

    $75.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    RAYA’s talented culinary team invites you to indulge in Sunday Brunch featuring an elevated four-course menu. Jamon Eggs Benedict, Charrasco Steak & Eggs, and Crab Avocado Toast are just a few delicious items offered at this special brunch by the ocean. Enhance your meal with a seafood tower and refreshing cocktails.
    Sunday Brunch in RAYA Photo

What 2,208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Great for scenic views

  • South Orange County

    Romantic

  • South Orange County

    Great for scenic views

2,208 Reviews
  1. SimonH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, wonderful views, exceptional service.

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  2. Luv2eat

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Raya! Great views, great service…awesome food!

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  3. RachelleS

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. A little overpriced for what you get but the view more than makes up for that.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service, beautiful ambiance, and excellent food!!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch experience. 4 course brunch menu worth it, very generous portions. Very accommodating and we were not rushed.

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  6. UchennaC

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience overall, I got the warmest welcome from the staff. They attended to my every need and were intuitive to my other needs I did not verbalize. I wanted to take a picture of my special day but was too shy to ask. The wait staff offered to help me take a picture. I appreciated the thought to detail. I felt very welcome, the drive was well worth it!

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  7. Ilovedates

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was incredible. The view was spectacular at sunset. The chips and guac were great. The steak and salmon were delicious. We will definitely be back.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely evening celebrating a birthday! Mary, our server, was exceptional. She made great recommendations for our group of four. The salmon was beautifully displayed and delicious. New York strip was spot on and the sea bass, shrimp and mussels dish was good. Most importantly, the view of the sunset over Catalina Island was spectacular!

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  9. Jennifer

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an enchanting lunch overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The food was fabulous especially our cocktails!

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  10. Ron8

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place and food is amazing. Highly recommended!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and view were great! Food was average and overpriced

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  12. Foodi3

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dean was an amazing server. The food was absolutely delicious.

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  13. RLTF

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated our wedding anniversary by having dinner at Raya! We really enjoyed it. Our waitress was really nice and attentive. The food was very good. My husband and I come here to celebrate and they never disappoint. Although, this year. We weren’t able to get seated by the window because of a Valentine’s Dinner set special. My husband and I like the freedom of ordering and sharing the food that we feel like having the day off. Don’t really care for set menus. Nevertheless, we still were able to enjoy a little of the view of the sunset from the back table we were sat at.

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  14. AnneFB

    Salt Lake City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    How can you go wrong? Beautiful views, Ritz Carlton, great experience all around. The food was outstanding and the service was wonderful. We love RAYA.

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  15. TomM

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation for my wife and I on Valentines Day. Got there about 10 minutes early. Checked in with the host. Several other couples checked in after us. About 20 minutes later I checked back and was told still waiting for an open table. Meanwhile, all couples after us had been seated. Went in the bar to grab a drink and informed the host that we would be in the bar. After another 25 minutes and a round of drink my wife went back to the host and asked about our reservation, was asked if we had a reservation and told no table yet. When my wife informed him we had a reservation that is now close to an hour past, he asked our name and looking puzzled, he said he had a table for us. Obviously he forgot about us. Service from that point forward was good and food was as well, just poorly executed at the host desk!!

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  16. Keven

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The experience was average. The waiter ignored me and knocked over the tableware. The food was average. But the view is nice

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing date night.

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  18. DavidK

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so nice. Professional services and kind treat. Love it.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak had no flavor. Menu was very limitted.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Burger was over cooked tasted bitter , Bloody Mary not up to par

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great! Thank you. Loved the dinner. Wonderful service!

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  22. MG123

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and great service! The ambiance and decor felt dated.

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  23. Sasha

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding! The atmosphere was delightful, with just the right amount of background noise. Our main waitress was fantastic; she took the time to explain every item on the menu to us. However, my only concern was that she seemed preoccupied with a couple at another table, resulting in long waits before she returned to check on us. Nonetheless, the other staff members were absolutely amazing!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding! Possibly the best hotel restaurant I’ve ever eaten at. The food and service is so good, it doesn’t pay to eat outside the Ritz!

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  25. robertg

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great resturant for Breakfast. Lunch menu is a little bit limited though. A little pricey but the view is best in the area.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Javier was absolutely amazing. His recommendations were delicious. We have brunch reservations this afternoon and hope to see him again and enjoy more amazing dishes.

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  27. ToddS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was incredible. The flavors blended well, and the presentation was artistic. Each dish gave layers upon layers of flavors. Will I return? I'm trying to schedule a dinner there now. Thank you, Raya.

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  28. KiaK

    Orange County

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to have a bite :) ........................

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  29. Nancy

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect location for celebrating my husbands birthday. The food, service and ambiance was ideal.

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  30. EliseJ

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall experience was awesome. Disappointed with the instant mashed potatoes served with the chicken. The great service made it a Top Tier!

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  31. MilaA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Place, Food was good, but could have been better. Overall a great place to do brunch.

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  32. CatherineO

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service from Dean. Branzino was delicious. Overpriced and for the cost, dinner should come with a complimentary bread basket - especially to soak up the sauce from the Mariscos dish. It was an elegant dinner that we greatly enjoyed 😁

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  33. RobertS

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and beautiful views from the restaurant!

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  34. BruceP

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing evening as always and our server, Jenifer was the very BEST!!!!

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  35. harlsmits

    Los Angeles

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the staff were very friendly and efficient. The wine selection was good. I enjoyed the steak but would have liked a bit more veggies on the plate. The pineapple corn cake dessert is amazing. Everyone should get that.

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  36. JaredD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Dean, took exceptional care of us during our dining, in celebration of our mother’s milestone birthday. Thank you to everyone at RAYA!

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  37. DavidH

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing views but the food is great not amazing, combined with the view and the good service makes it a good experience, but I wouldn’t go back for just food!

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  38. TonyP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service with a great view. Food was great as well.

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  39. TracyJ

    Palm Springs

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the scallops and sea food enchiladas and they were great. Had a nice window view. It helped that the hotel was less than 50 percent occupied.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Price was very reasonable. The mariscos a lo macho is a must try, if you love Chilean sea bass. But watch out for the sides. A bowl of rice can be $12.

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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 2208 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 26 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road
  • Neighborhood
    Aliso Viejo / Laguna Niguel
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Sat 6:30 am–11:30 am Sun 6:30 am–11:00 am Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Brunch Sun 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Valet parking is $15 with validation.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Executive Chef Michael Treanor
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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