RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.5
1343 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 1343 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate my daughters 10th birthday and it was absolutely beautiful. The view was amazing, the service was exquisite and professional and most of all we had a phenomenal time!
Thank you Ritz Carlton for always upholding your name and service!

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vipRaconteur
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and view were near perfect.

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vipjamesw
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Menu hasn’t significantly changed in 10 years...

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Toby99
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The service was not up to what I expect for Ritz Carlton but the food was fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers, Gina and Ethan were excellent. Our lunch, as always, was wonderful.

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vipLuv2eat
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our very favorite, fabulous waiter Dean, who made our evening extra special!

KJ
KrismaeJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ritz Carlton always has the best and most excellent service. Everytime we come here, the excellent service has been consistent.

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vipLolitaA
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second time here and the view is spectacular. The food and the service is great.

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vipKimM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
188 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was fantastic.

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Sbai
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
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.

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vipRP2016
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Delicious food and beautiful views of the ocean. Slow service especially between ordering and getting our first course salads. Would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipGeffK
Chicago
148 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

great food and view

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StaceyS
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.

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

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

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OCHusky
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTony
New York Area
13 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!

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MaryN
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

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vipOpenTable Diner
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.

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Adel
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.

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vipTeddyBear
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.

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vipExcellent
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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TeriK
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!

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Bella
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve Dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was evening:-)

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vipSdmmbay
Orange County
34 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!!!

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vippicky
Orange County
212 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Fayetteville
3 reviews
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

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LoreeS
Hawaii
16 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.

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

My Daughters Birthday

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

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

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vipTerri
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was excellent, very professional and welcoming.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 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.

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

Dean is amazing

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BarbaraD
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.

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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is rated 4.5 stars by 1343 OpenTable diners.

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