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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.7
4.7
1723 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

11:00 PM


Booked 46 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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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  2. JO

    JOHNB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, the food was awesome, I will give RAYA restaurant a 5 star.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Make sure to ask for Connor! He was impeccable in helping make sure my mom’s birthday was special. I also appreciate Maria in getting us a window table as requested and Rosa for making sure everything was being taken care of. Including packing our leftovers. Order the Buddha bowl and steak! The hidden gem was the tempura asparagus and coconut mojito. Old school elegance in a often way still lingers here at Raya even after Covid. Can’t beat the sunset here…looked like a Rothko. Have a great time, enjoy the food and be kind to the staff, it’s hard out there!
  4. PC

    PeterC

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view was fantastic from our dinner table. Our server was very professional and the chef did a fantastic job on our meal! We will definitely be dining here again!
  5. SB

    SergioB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Customer service like in old good days!! It was a wonderful experience!!
  6. GC

    GracielaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My congratulations to the chef everything we had was excellent, I personally enjoy the spicy macho dish.
  7. SA

    SumbulA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location, ambience and food. Came here for my husband's birthday.
  8. TB

    TrudyB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday lunch Tooooo many loud babies
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal we ordered was delicious!! Great experience!
  10. JF

    JodyF

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a phenomenal server, Joel. He made the experience incredible.
  11. LT

    LTbabe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is the best, all the food is exceptional, everyone goes above and beyond to help and make it the best. I would give 10 stars if I could!!!
  12. FC

    FurballC

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time here. We celebrated a birthday. Our table was ready right away and we had one right in front of the window to see the beautiful view and sunset 😍 The food was sensational and our server was wonderful. I would fully recommend this restaurant!!!
  13. MC

    MatthewC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Our waitress was fantastic when she was around, but she was virtually never around. We had to ask for her several times from other staff. The seating was next to a heavily trafficked hallway, and the salmon was very salty. This was not up to Ritz standards.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. Only thing that made the evening better than the food and the view…was Mary our server !
  15. CM

    CandaceM

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, excellent service and great food!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The churrasco was great!
  17. k

    kathy

    Salt Lake City

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every meal we have eaten here over the past few days was excellent. The service was friendly and efficient. The food Delicious!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service by Ryan and M
  19. S

    Sammy

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    great views, great food and wonderful atmosphere.
  20. s

    samm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All items on the menu excellent. James and Joshua are the best!!
  21. PW

    PerryW

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Million Dollar Views! 5 star service and food was unique and very good.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Manager Shawn and his team were nice. We didn’t feel rushed. It wasn’t a huge menu but they do have kids menu. I pre-ordered a 6-inch cake for my son’s birthday and my wedding anniversary, it was worth it. My family enjoyed the cake, it wasn’t too sweet. The ocean view looked spectacular from our table. Looking forward to be back.
  23. NC

    NCSV

    Orange County

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting! We were celebrating our 35th Wedding Anniversary. We were married at this Ritz Carlton so this is always a special time.
  24. S

    Shaolin

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service with an amazing view.
  25. M

    mikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my fiance to Raya to celebrate her borthday. The team at Raya and the Ritz Calrton did an amazing job making her feel special and me look good. The food was excpetional & the service was so on point- coulndt have asked for more. HIGHLY recommmend
  26. AA

    AhmedA

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in all aspects
  27. c

    cyril

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice view. Service amazing. Good place to celebrate anything
  28. J

    Jillion

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time- lovely table with a view, delicious food, very good service.
  29. SS

    SuzanneS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    Very disappointed. I have been here before and never had this experience. We began with coffee. Twice we had to send it back because the cream curdled. Finally gave up and stuck with water. Next go the Piloncillo Shrimp. The shrimp wasn't nearly cooked enough. Did not send back because the guest I was with already eating so I didn't want to hold the lunch up. Just didn't eat the shrimp. Did say something to the waiter. We were planning to have dessert, however, the waiter never came and asked us if we wanted dessert and instead just dropped off the bill. I have been here many times and never had this happen. Was very disappointed.
  30. N

    Nick

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    For a fine dining, the food was less than average. Limited menu items. The appetizers were more like a bar menu, and the main entree were just ok. Go there for the view and drinks, but dine elsewhere.
  31. VH

    ValerieH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brought a friend foe her birthday and everything was perfect including our waiter Andrew. We’ll be back!
  32. SM

    SiavashM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing evening , gorgeous views and great wine selection and food.
  33. SL

    SergeLapierre

    Montreal

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food with amazing view.
  34. MH

    MaryH

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Salmon was good. Steak was better Our server, Rose was great
  35. MD

    MrsD

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great meal with wonderful view. We especially loved the smoked swordfish dip appetizer
  36. L

    Luv2eat

    Los Angeles

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were treated to outstanding service by everyone who came to our table. Our main wait staff person was Sam who did a great job taking care of us. When we booked our reservation we had asked to be taken care of by Dean, however, he was working in one of their other restaurants the night we were there. He was told we asked for him, so he came over to our table to say Hi and brought us all a red rose. His gesture was "over the top" which is one of the many reasons we love dining at RAYA. Each of our meals was absolutely delicious!
  37. l

    logmaster

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday party
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pretty good. The view was amazing. Wish the waitress cleaned our table before serving the dessert lol.
  39. G

    Greg

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reward to my staff for reaching a big goal My 3rd time for dinner and the best overall experience The service had the perfect balance of attending to our needs and staying out of the way so we could enjoy our time Would love to have Elizabeth again, she was professional, warm and fun The valet area was congested, but also a Saturday with a wedding party Food quality was even better than expected If the gift shop was open I would have spent even more $ on my staff Our experience was at the standard that I expect from the Ritz Greg
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous view, excellent food and service. Thanks again

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 1723 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 46 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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