RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

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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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KM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not me disappointed with a visit to Raya. The food, ambiance and service are all spectacular. We have visited for brunch on a few occasions and will definitely be back. The views are stunning and the food is delicious! Staff is courteous and helpful. This is our fave breakfast/brunch spot.

OT
Los Angeles
186 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Ambiance is wonderful. Unfortunately, we waited almost 45 minutes for our entrees to be served, and when they were, they were cold. Food would have been very good if it had been served hot. The management offered to recook our entrees, but after a 45 minute wait the first time, we declined. They did not charge us for our cold entrees which was appropriate, but our experience was very disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was fantastic.

S
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely spot and one of the best Cesaer salads I have ever eaten. Only suggestion is to pay attention to reservations indicating a special event. It was my friend's birthday and we made it quite clear on the reservation and to the hostess but the waiter gave us the check with no birthday dessert so my friend said " it's my birthday" and we were treated to one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. Nice but could have been handled better.

GK
Chicago
126 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

great food and view

SS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had excellent service and a great meal at Raya. If you come before sunset the view is incredible. We were there after dark, but the restaurant still has a lovely ambiance. We would recommend this restaurant for a romantic dinner out, a family meal or a gathering with friends. It was elegant but comfortable.

c
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

took my daughter who was visiting from Wisconsin. she loved it!!

OC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made the reservation on a whim...1/2 hour out, not knowing anything about the restaurant. I was beyond pleased. Great atmosphere, great drinks, exceptional service, and the food delivered.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was foggy, so couldn't see oceanview
But food and service was great. I will absolutely visit again.

T
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing wedding anniversary dinner for both couples. Spectacular setting of cliff side ocean view only to be surpassed by the series of amazing appetizers and signature main entrees. A big thank you to the team of Elizabeth and Emily... and, a curtain call for the fabulous cuisine of Chef Quy Trinh! WOW!

MN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

The hostess was surly, the waiter was not trained on use of the proper wine glass

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Celebrating our anniversary (notated in our reservation) and it was not acknowledged. Minor detail, but it was disappointing since we celebrate many special occasions at the Ritz.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Perfect night.....ambience and food was awesome. Crab Dungeness mash potato was the best. Will be back.

TB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, great service, Andrew and the staff were amazing. I’m a vegetarian and found lots of options. Will def. come back.

E
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View of Pacific Ocean was spectacular, food was outstanding, and service was great.

TK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the romaine salad with added salmon - and the salmon was cooked PERFECTLY. It was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside, with a delicate fresh flavor. The salad had sweet roasted corn and just enough dressing - not too much. The view of the ocean is spectacular! Both our waiter and his assistant provided excellent and friendly service. Our iced tea glasses never got empty - and we were thirsty!

B
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve Dinner

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was evening:-)

S
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The server was really a disappointment as he brought everything LATE

I received beverage AFTER the meal but ordered it prior

Had to ask for everything

FOOD FABULOUS!!!

p
Orange County
209 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Let me start with the food. It was all excellent. Branzini, cod salmon chicken and shrimp dishes were terrific! Complimentary dessert was very good ( although they wrote birthday when it was anniversary.).
The restaurant was very cold, and the person sitting on the end out in the aisle got a breeze down the aisle which was really unacceptable. We felt a cool air and a waitress confirmed the air conditioning was on. Everyone in the restaurant kept jackets and sweaters on.
I would go back in better weather, & earlier & when the time changes do you can see out before it gets dark.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Basically our go to. Service is amazing out favorite German server always greets us with a smile and is the most kind human in the world! The food is perfect every time ever dish. Ritz does it right m

LS
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food2service3ambience5

We ordered from a limited price fix menu. $125.00 per person. My steak was very grizzly. Great flavor but difficult to cut into. I showed the waiter that 1/4 of my steak was grizzle lying on my plate. 1/2 was left after I grew tired of trying to cut it. No word back and no offer to drop our price or offer another item.

The price per plate with limited options was not a good value. We have fined here many times over the years and this was not a great experience-it may be our last.

A
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Daughters Birthday

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience1

We love this place as annual Christmas girls lunch. Typically it's over the top decorations but not this year. The cold empty feeling wasn't uplifted by the menu one bit. Waiter was exceptional saving the experience slightly.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was extremely friendly. Food was good and service was great. Thanks Raya!

RM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Very expensive and the food quality while good doesnt justify the prices

T
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, very professional and welcoming.

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent! Our waiter was personable and attentive. Cocktails were perfect. The entrees were average - we expected a higher quality and more sophisticated flavors. All in all we had an enjoyable evening.

MW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dean is amazing

BD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

No no and no. Service was poor. Brought bread and had to ask for bread plates and knives. Ordered ice tea...finally came but never offered a refill. Friend ordered wine which she had to flag down a wait person to remind them. Waiter NEVER came back after food was delivered to ask if we needed anything, how was the food, etc. Also, we ordered an appetizer (which we needed the bread plates for) and the entree came at almost the same time.

Also, and this has nothing to do with the RAYA, but Ritz allows people to approach you and try and sell stuff and invite you to some sort of meeting. Felt like I was at the mall with people trying to sell me face cream as I walked through.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

The restaurant looks like an open lounge, the portios are tiny, the menu is limited, the high prices are not in line with the value. We went when it was dark so you could not see the ocean.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The view and service was great. The is a fun combination of flavots

LD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had the salmon and it was delicious. My only comment is they have a limited menu.

AO
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

There were tables of kids not surfer video by parents that ran around the entire time we had lunch. Very disappointing and unexpected when you dine at a Ritz-Carlton.

OT
Tampa
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!!

RD
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tougher than usual night since the hotel was having a major holiday party and the place was jammed. I wish they would have let us know.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cousins Birthday

LR
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice service, location, views upon arrival. Food was tasty with a variety of flavors, attentive service.

RR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful hadn't been in a few years food was outstanding service was above and beyond!

LS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personable servers and excellent menu

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