RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.7
1494 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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1494 people are saying
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PaulK
New England
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. and the service was excellent. Waitress, Iona, was very attentive. I had the Chicken entre and it was excellent. My drink, Tanqueray and Tonic was perfect. The restaurant was pretty crowed, so the noise level was moderate. My table and chair where clean the the linens were all clean. Due to the location, the cost was fairly high. Not unexpected.

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KenD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a very enjoyable time at Raya. The view was incredible. I accidentally made a reservation at the time of the afternoon tea, but since we had actually intended lunch, they were willing to accommodate us and provide us lunch. Totally enjoyed our experience.

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LauraM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food! And you can't beat the view!!

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GeraldineS
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. The menu was a bit limited especially if you do not want seafood. Took off some of our favorite items from the menu (lobster tacos and skirt steak with chimichurri) . Yet the waiter was kind enough to specially request a steak for us which tasted amazing. also miss that they. I longer bring their lovely basket of mixed breads.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good the salmon was a little undercooked but they foxes it. Over all it was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very special

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom and I came here for Thanksgiving because we weren’t going to spend the traditional one with our big family. It was wonderful and the hotel was already decorated for Christmas, which I love. Taylor, our server, was so professional and very helpful with recommendations for food and drinks. We enjoyed our time there and can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend the shrimp starter and the salmon entree. You can’t really go wrong with anything, cause everything is delicious.

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vipJetmann
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent restaurant. Spectacular views, great service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good quality and decently priced despite the high end ambiance and gorgeous ocean view. Our server Ryan was absolutely stellar!

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SandraL
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The menu was a little disapointing, not has variety it had in the past, but we Salmon which was very delicious. The wine was extremely expensive a very small glass cost as much as a bottle.

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vipDiane7
Phoenix
41 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Service was beyond slow. Had to ask 3 times for one of the appetizers. After that dinner delivery took 50 minutes. Waitress thought we had been served because we didn’t have knives on table. In fact they had not been replenished from first course- this was 30 minutes later!!! Of course you can bet the check came quickly. Not what I expected from a 5 star resort. Very, very disappointing.

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MSREDHD
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have allot of food allergies. And without saying a word the hostess asked if we had any. She told our waiter ("Tall" Taylor) and he went out of his way to find the best meal possible for me. It was also our 25th wedding anniversary (we were married at the hotel.) The service was excellent. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. The chef made me a special dish of grilled salmon, assorted delicious vegetables and sticky rice. It was the best salmon I have had (and I order it allot.) My husband had the Buddha bowl. He was blown away that a vegetarian dish would have so much flavor. While we did not sit directly at the window, we were seated on row back. We had the best view without having to worry about the glare and heat off the windows. These are the best tables!

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vipVictoriaK
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RAYA never disappoints.
Food and service are always great!

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MechelleM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Didn’t think they would but they actually accommodated my request for a window seat. Service is the reason I would go back. The food was ok but it was the service that win me over.

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Luvanexcellentdiner
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Limited menu, if you dine at the other venues there, you will find repeat items. Servers were excellent, Daniel attentive, Elaine friendly. Recommend the piloncillo shrimp. Room temperature a bit chilly for me.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff, good food, kid friendly

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I stayed one night at the ritz for our anniversary. We dined at raya which is their semi formal restaurant. Food was phenomenal but the service was even better. Ryan, our server, provided the most amazing service which was more of an experience. We will be coming back to Raya just because of his service. Thank you for an amazing Anniversary to remember!

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SiouxK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was truly fabulous. We felt like royalty.

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EvelynC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chocolate cake we got as a birthday surprise was so decadent. Perfect way to end the night. Nice memory made thanks to the kind and attentive staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was outstanding and very accommodating for me being in a cast and provided excellent service!

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vipShipwreckPointis1
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food and service. Nice attention to detail. Called to ask to move the reservation from 7:30 to 8:00. We were told there was no table availability. While we were there there were several empty tables at 8:00. Frustrating.

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BobA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was awesome as usual. Thank you for helping us celebrate my moms 96th birthday!

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JulieS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday occasion. Food just okay. Soup too salty and chicken a bit dry. Great service and staff very friendly. Great ambiance but they sat all the tables together in one clump so quite noisy. Caesar salad was good but I would get dressing on side if I were to go back for dinner.

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vipEnjoyable
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Raya is a great restaurant, with stunning view of the ocean, great food and service. In addition, the Ritz outdoor bar, 180 Blue, next to Raya, is a great place to have a cocktail prior to dinner.

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vipKyleK
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent experience. The service was top notch. Christina and Daniel did such a great job of taking care of us. The food was exceptional, and how can you not love the amazing view of the ocean as you dine? We will certainly be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed it very much!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Birthday , poor service. Horrible greetings your the girl at front , rude, disrespectful

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Haley
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was phenomenal! Incredible view and great service. Super cool location. If I had to choose a complaint, it would be the lack of bread service. But other than that, everything was incredible. We got the shrimp apetizier (you NEED to get this), the new york steak, the seabass dish, and their buttermilk cake. Loves everything. We will definitely be going back!

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KeithL
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my best dining experiences yet. Elaine and Josh were amazing as our waiters. It was our wedding anniversary and we were given the window seats and the beach view was amazing.

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vipChristian
New York Area
414 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were staying in the hotel so figured we would just have a quiet dinner at the hotel. Menu was a bit limiting (likely due to COVID) but the items we chose were excellent and packed with great flavors. Wonderful friendly service and we will definitely eat at the hotel again on our next stay.

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TamerG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place with delicious food and excellent service.

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CyndiE
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views; wonderful food; and great wait staff. Wonderful for a date night and/or special occasion.

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petern
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was outstanding. Samantha was our server for dinner 10/28 and Miguel took care of us at breakfast the next morning 10/29. They were both pleasant and cheery, knowledgeable about the menu and handled our guests' dietary requirements effortlessly. It was a great experience each time. We look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great especially the service from staffs.

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vipMycroft
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Booked table for 6 - beautiful location ( we’re locals and come to this place several times a year).
I think this time we were underwhelmed. Slow service despite the eager waitress and mandatory 18% service charge. ‘Peruvian’ inspired ingredients with steak, salmon and steak. Interesting and sometimes it worked - pickled onions on some dishes - why?
Overall average since we have to compare with Bourbon Steak and Studio/ Montage.

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HelenM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The host seated our party of four at a window table as requested when the reservation was made. He was friendly and asked who had the birthday. The wait staff was exceptionally helpful explaining the dishes. (One of our party eats gluten-free food; and our waiter explained what was gluten-free--He was great!) I believe his name was Miguel. All of our food requests were delicious and beautifully plated and served to us. It was one of the best parts of my 80 birthday!!

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yemio
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. We had a wonderful anniversary dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress Christina was fabulous. So attentive and really knew the menu and dishes and did a great job providing an overview. Food was great! I especially loved the peach panna cotta dessert- it was so delicious. Overall a great experience!

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SF21
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and meal! Thank you to our great server Elizabeth!

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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is rated 4.7 stars by 1494 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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