RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.6
1162 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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MR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raya had breath taking views. The service was excellent. The lobby was beautifully decorated for mothers day. The Champagne Brunch was enjoyable. I enjoyed the scallops and my wife loved the salmon.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an an amazing evening! The food was exceptional and the service was just as exceptional! Thank you so much. We look forward to our next visit!

Warm Regards,
Dan and Karen Fears

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KA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding food, view was amazing

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CE
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Went with friends for lunch Sunday. Very mediocre.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, Delicious food, Personalized attention, Quality service, It was an amazing experience, I loved it!.

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JK
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Raya at the Ritz Carlton is a gem hidden amongst the enclaves of Orange County. Dinner was exceptional. The service, elegance, view, and ambience can not be matched by any other establishment that does not pay attention to the details of what a dinner experience can always mean. I will always prioritize Raya as my first prospect for all dining options available in Southern CA.

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L
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter, Dean, is absolutely the best waiter in the country. He is attentive without being overbearing; professional; friendly and always smiling. Also, Rosa, who assisted Dean is one of favorites too. Very professional. The food was delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our servers were very attentive and outstanding.
The ocean view was breathtaking and very beautiful.
My friend and I had an amazing dinner.

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KW
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view, the food, the services -- all tops! The Ritz-Carlton is always leads!

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RO
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner with impeccable service and a stellar view.

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D
Chicago
267 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good appetizers , fabulous view , fabulous bartender .

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service by all the wait staff and kitchen staff. A very special and memorable meal with exceptional food and an extraordinary view of the beach. Thank you!

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r
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Dining room was overwhelmingly noise. Could barely hear my fellow guest. But a larger problem was the food took 50 minutes to arrive which was totally unacceptable. Also, pricing is not a good value.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday.

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JK
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Raya on Friday evening. It was our first visit to this restaurant and we wisely arrived in time to enjoy a cocktail before dinner. There was a good energy in the bar; our drinks were great and we had terrific service from the two bartenders. We requested a dinner table on one of the large windows in the dining room and weren't disappointed. Our table had a spectacular panoramic view overlooking Monarch Beach where we watched the surfers and a beautiful sunset. Our server was very good - prompt, informative and friendly - and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. We shared three appetizers: the Lobster Tacos were fresh, creamy and rich; the Charred Octopus was cooked perfectly and tasty, and the Kalbi Short Ribs were excellent though a little too spicy for my wife. We shared the scallops entree which was also good. Overall the service and ambiance were excellent and the food was good. We are locals and will definitely return to Raya.

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SM
Orange County
47 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

First of all... the service was second to none!!! Thank you!!! I was disappointed in the menu. It was just odd. So many flavors make you question the quality of the main ingredients. I didn’t get the bread offering. Again, just odd. There’s nothing better than outstanding hot fresh crusty bread. This wasn’t it. I’d come back for a drink.

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B
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I treated my good friend to a birthday lunch at Raya and the total experience was exceptional!
Great service by Andrew, Ethan at Raya and Kevin in the bar, the Lobster salads and the cheese rolls were fabulous. The birthday dessert was a perfect light ending to a delicious meal.
Our table was in front of a large window and our view was amazing!

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our experience so special, we will be back!

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DK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Halibut is back!!! Amazing been waiting for this dish - great flavors sooo good!!

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was not good considering the reviews and that the Ritz is supposed to be a 5-star property. Caesar was the only thing worth it....the kobe beef short-rib appetizer was not edible...same with the rice/seafood dish Too bad....the restaurant itself is spectacular

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EM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, noted we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, and a window seat would be awesome. We arrived early and were seated at an awesome window seat with a gorgeous view, perfect for sunset. The food and cocktails were scrumptious, along with the anniversary dessert provided. Many thanks to the staff for a fantastic evening!!!

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k
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each time I arrive, RAYA never disappoints. Service, food, everything was excellent. Thank you.

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VK
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for Brunch, the food & service were amazing.

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent and so was the service.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went to the Ritz for a Anniversary dinner, service was great, or server Dean allowed us to take our time and never rushed us, as he let us to move st our own pace. Food was Ok , but not up to our previous visits, to bad they took the Halibut off the menu, hopefully they will put it back on the menu.

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CY
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Fantastic view, great atmosphere and kind staff. The food is nice while the price is acceptable.

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K
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went to RAYA for Sunday brunch. We’ve been to other Ritz-Carlton properties and have enjoyed the excellent service and food. Unfortunately the service and food were disappointing. The service was slower than usual and little details like having salt and pepper or bread plates on the table were missed. The food was quite ordinary, the pastries were dry and lacked flavor. My omelette was over cooked. We did not feel valued as customers. We feel it was not worth the splurge.

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service, wonderful view. Would 100% go back.

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N
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at Raya’s for my boyfriend’s 50th birthday. We were treated like royalty by Daniel and the manager. They made my guy’s big day so special. Besides the excellent service, the food was AMAZING! I would eat here over and over again!

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OT
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Great service, beautiful view, disappointing food.
When the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel opened 35 years ago, it redefined excellence in service and dining experiences.
20+ years ago, Marriott acquired the Ritz-Carlton brand and management contracts. Ever since, Marriott has constrained, cost-controlled, and standardized a Marriott standard across the various brands that it has absorbed.
The impact of Marriott’s meddling with the Ritz culture is evident at Raya, where the service was terrific (Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen) but the kitchen was marriott quality through and through.
Ritz prices for Marriott quality.

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a little early for our reservation. They sat us right away, a window seat as requested. Excellent waiter, Andrew was so pleasant. Food was perfect for me, but my husband's meat was a bit too red. All and all a GREAT time. Can't wait to go again. J T

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Awesome views!

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LA
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed with this restaurant. Service, food and atmosphere were perfect. Beautiful setting.

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RR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rays serves excellent food in a beautiful room with the best sunset over Catalina view.

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SE
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Raya was the perfect place for a birthday celebration. The food and service were wonderful and the atmosphere and view were amazing. We feel so blessed to have the Ritz-Carlton and this fabulous restaurant near our home in Dana Point, we can't wait to go back.

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We love it! But we will like better service! The woman waitresses are not very pleasant

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was accommodating and the meals were great!

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LN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. It took 1 1/2 hours just to get any food which we ordered from the very limited brunch menu. Once we did get a basket of muffins delivered, busboy dropped a tray of yogurt parfaits on our table covering our table in glass shards. He cleaned it up alone and had to take away muffins, water, yogurt that we had waited so long for. 2 hours to get lunch entree.

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Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration of my daughters 26th birthday.

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EC
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as was the food and view plus the special dessert they gave us for our anniversary.

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service and an amazing view to add on. Highly recommend

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