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About RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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.

One Ritz Carlton Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:30 am
Brunch
Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(949) 240-2000

Website:
http://www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaRAYA

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

Executive Chef:
Chef de Cuisine Steve Wan

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Mon - Thu 6:00PM - 6:45PM

Private Dining

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.

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (24)
Waterfront (21)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for a Date (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Business Meals (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Fun (2)
Vegan (1)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Music (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Have had dinner at Rays at least 5 times in the past 12 months. Food as excellent on prior visits but no so last night. I was enticed by an entree featuring Wagu steak. It turned out to be they single most poorly designed entree that I have ever eaten at a restaurant. Sparse extremely shaved steak, maybe four or five slices across Raman noodles. Horrible. My wife ordered the strip steak and it too was poorly prepared. All and all a very dissatisfying experience.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Albsolutely delicious meal. My client was super impressed with the Matcha dessert too - he is somewhat an expert on Matcha.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on January 9, 2018

that was my fiancé birthday and I requested for the window table. They accommodate cordially to meet my needs. In addition, I am very happy with the birthday cake which is complimentary. It’s worth to drop a big tip as well based upon the service you get.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

We had booked a table for a special occasion and yet the a table in the window with view was given to couple behind us, who were just walk ins.
We were left sitting at a table next to a very loud obnoxious man who was on a date and basically yelled his insights on plastic surgery and religion to his poor victim for an hour. We couldn’t hear ourselves think.
Very slow service - they were under staffed - and the servers did that thing where they constantly stare into the middle distance so they never catch your eye so you can’t ask them anything. The experience and standard of the servers does not match the Ritz Carlton brand. A faded beauty to be sure.
We waited 45 minutes for our meals, with not even a morsel of bread to tide us over. The food was inedible. We had two bites and left.
On the positive side the valet team in the car park were excellent and we got out of there fast.
Save your money.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

A la carte brunch menu was quite limited. Service and ambiance was excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Waterfront, Romantic
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 (Columbus)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Lunch at the Raya is a "must do" whenever my wife and I are in southern California. The view is second to none and the food and the service are outstanding. It is expensive, but worth the cost and the drive from San Diego.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Perfect anniversary!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wow. Great food! Really great food. Service! Really great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Our servers Enrique and Cole were outstanding - very attentive and professional. Great experience as always

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Waterfront, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The hotel is beautiful. The view is excellent. There are window tables though that are much better seating than other tables. When we were being seated, the window seats were not offered to us even though we had reservations. Instead, they were given to some other folks who arrived later than us. When I tried to wave down the hostess to ask, she ignored me and walked right by.

These are the types of experiences that make people question if they are being discriminated against.

The food was not great. Ceviche's flavor was off and the beef in the chorizo was tough. The lobster taco, which the waiter told me to order 4 instead of 3, was not good and the one extra taco was uneaten.

Having said all of that, the view is incredible and worth the visit.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Previous service at Raya was outstanding. This time it was VERY slow. Took 30 minutes to get our bill.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Restaurant did not plan for larger than normal bookings. Staff frenzied. Service indifferent. Food very average for the price. Decor getting a little tired.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This dining room is superb. My wife and I go there for birthdays and anniversaries and the food is outstanding and so is the service. Daniel waited on us for the third time the other night and was terrific, even though he was quite busy waiting on at least 6 other tables. Yes it's expensive, our bill was about $200 before tip, but the seafood we had was excellent and beautifully presented. If you have no tolerance for bold flavors, then Raya may not be the place for you. Otherwise, bring the credit card and enjoy yourselves. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful view (we were given the best window seating- friendly and accommodating staff)! The food was delicious and healthy. Great portion too. You have to try the mojito! Will be back for their brunch too soon

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

It's my favorite place to go. When you have lunch there you will feel life is so good. Nice view. Good service. Test good food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Of course its expensive it's the Ritz-Carlton, the in-hotel restaurant with the amazing ocean view also has one of the best breakfasts around. We were seated near the window with that amazing view which was soon forgotten when the delicious breakfast was set before us. My super picky spouse ordered the Huevos Rancheros with chorizo instead of carnitas and he was thoroughly pleased with his meal, not leaving a bit on his plate. I had the machaca breakfast burrito which was nothing short of excellent and after looking at my "cleaned " plate you would wonder if I actually was served anything, My daughter had the omelette with hash browns and toast and she enjoyed every bite of it. We have stayed at the Ritz many times and always make sure that we have the Raya breakfast before we head home.

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 (London)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Very disappointing. The room is barely separated from the lobby so you feel like you’re eating in a hallway. The service was very friendly when you could find them but would disappear for long stretches of time. The food is that kind of food where they want to do something modern and creative but just end up putting way too many ingredients together so that everything in essence tastes the same and is overly salted. I ordered a steak. There isn’t much you need to do to a steak and don’t get me wrong, I love salt on steak but there was so much salt that you could barely taste the meat. Not to mention the fact that there were a thousand things under and on top of the steak which overpowered the flavor of the steak. My brother had the scallops which, while large, were rubbery. He also had the carnitas which he did say we’re pretty good. In general, overpriced and overdone for what it is. Never going back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Raya is a great place to go for dinner anytime or for a special occasion. The restaurant is beautiful and the service is always excellent. The only down side this time was the valet was rude to me on the way in. Not the usual experience but he was and actually thought it was funny. Would recommend Raya but disappointed in the overall service at the Ritz.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Brunch was excellent. Food and service awesome! Very festive for the holiday season. Highly recommend the Ritz- impeccable!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great lunch spot. Incredible view of the ocean and OC coastline. Very good service and excellent cuisine

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food was delicious. Our waiter Daniel was terrific. Great holiday decorating

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Took my 90 year-old Grandma here for brunch. She was impressed the moment we walked into the hotel. Amazing view from every table and a wonderful experience. We did the 3-course brunch and it did not disappoint. We appreciated the pacing of the courses, allowing us ample time to visit, and of course the never-ending champagne. It was certainly a splurge, but well worth it. Be warned that it’s a bit noisy, however that would not keep me from coming back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We were expecting the food to be very good, since it's a high end restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. The winter squash salad and and aroznego were just average. However the ahí tuna seviche was delicious and creatively good with an Asian twist. There wasn't any chef specials available to try.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wonderful service. Very creative, delicious, beautifully designed meals.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Another 2 stars for the food and the service. The server was great.

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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Absolutely lovely

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Our server was incredible and the menu was very exciting... we loved everything from the sunset drinks at the lounge next door to the beautiful
interiors of the restaurant

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Four of us ladies met for a Christmas gathering and sat at the window. Such a beautiful view of the ocean and the surface below. The service was amazing and impeccably professional. Three of us ordered ordered the lobster salad. It was truly divine. The lobster was a generous serving, sweet and delicious. We definitely will meet at Raya for future special events.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Amazing flavors!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Everything was pretty much as I expected (which is high expectations) although I felt for the price the food could have been a little bit better. The preparations were in line, but I thought that all of the food was slightly over-seasoned and my sea bass had an awkward 'radish type' vegetable (potentially under-cooked) that could have been replaced with something that would have better brought the dish together. The service was acceptable, but not impeccable. The drinks were fantastic and the ambiance was exceptional.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 2017

My boyfriend and I went there for his birthday and Daniel, our server, was amazing! He recommended great drinks and was very attentive. The food was amazing as well! All in all we had had great time

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 13, 2017

As always, Raya impresses up to the sky and down again! I give this beautiful restaurant A+ in all aspects of dining. The view of surfers and the Southern California coastline cannot be beat. Of special merit is the delicious chocolate birthday dessert which is always comped.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of the better brunches ever. It's gonna cost you but it's really good

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It really needs an upgrade! Front entrance carpet is filthy dirty and worn out!! Not impressive and definitely not something one would expect at the "Ritz". The edges were all stained and looked like it was worn all the way down. Overall, place looked dated and old and almost cheap.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

At the window leaves someone awestruck and quite memerized. Served by the exceptional team of Joel, Maria and EmilyKate. Fog was rolling as we started lunch---this was sinister to some yet to others it presented an opportunity to focus on the "himmelich" presentation of bite sized excellence by Chef Richard Sandoval. Brazilian cheese rolls (4) were the texture of a donut hole yet more velvety (lacking sweetness) with full cheese richness with a crispy crust like exterior. Miso Alaskan Black Cod was divine and so treasured the Professor did not share a bite. Superb (even during lunch) and on my birthday. Thanks to the team at Raya and to Chef Sandoval. Hope to meet you soon.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We had the most delicious dinner!! Service is perfect! Our anniversary dinner was perfect.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was average not what I would expect from a restaurant at a 5 star resort. Fine dining prices, Cheesecake Factory service. Food was OK. Best thing we’re the Ocean views.

Tags: Waterfront
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have to wait for 1 1/2 hour for our window table. First course was served and a second later main dish.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

My husband and I went for dinner to celebrate my birthday!! Great food great service. Daniel waited on us! He was excellent & so was our food:).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Lunch was absolutely delicious and the view totally enhanced the flavor So!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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