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Sat, 2/24
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7:00 PM
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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.5
882 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Latin American
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  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Waterfront
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Pan-Asian, Seafood
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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
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Phone number
(949) 240-2000
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef de Cuisine Steve Wan
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Cross street
Pacific Coast Highway and Niguel Road
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Parking details
Valet parking is $5 with validation or complimentary with an Anniversary Card.
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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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.

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What 882 People Are Saying
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vipNickAtNite (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent service and food!

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Runner48 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We booked Raya for the night after Valentine's Day because we live in the area and wanted to try it. First, the view is gorgeous, especially since we arrived before sunset ended. Service was very attentive from beginning to end. The menu is interesting and as a non meat eater, I ordered the salmon and it was delicious. The accompaniments were odd--dried crunchy mushrooms, unidentified chopped green vegetable and a slaw ( that actually worked well with the dish). Prices are not cheap and I got the lowest priced glass of Prosecco for $17--which I'm sure a bottle at bevmo would've cost. So my advice is to eat there if you have mo eye to spend, ate looking for a unique menu and want a killer view.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Celebrate Pre Valentines Day Date with hubby. Overall it was good, not a lot of choices for dinner. The lobster taco is delicious. Somehow the menu that night is a little bit spicy. The service is great and we enjoyed the spectacular sunset view.

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Elisa (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We loved our experience and food! My husband got sick all of a sudden and the staff was very helpful in packaging up our food quickly so we could leave. I'm very thankful for their customer service.

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vipNjoy (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Great! !!!!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food. Reasonably priced. Drinks a bit overpriced, but the ambiance more than makes up for it.

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vipCaptain (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Overall, very nice evening. Excellent view and food. The romaine salad and monk fish entrée were very good. Have a drink outside at 18 blue before dinner and get the smoked swordfish dip!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

The ambiance, food and service was exemplary for our special birthday celebration We will definitely return for additional celebrations and special occasions!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent service, amazing view!

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Jean (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Spanish/Japanese fusion is not my thing. But aside from this I think the service was inattentive and abrupt. Regardless of whom the waiter thinks is the host at a table, it makes sense to ask generally whether anyone wants anything else, and then wait for a response. We had one birthday cake serving, and without any further ado or asking whether we wanted to consider other desserts also, the waiter left. Earlier he also left before a companion could order an appetizer. He was called back to our table with the help of the hostess. If Raya wants to sell food, it might be good practice to train the waiters to give verbal cues like "would you like anything else ?" especially if someone is looking at a menu. Not a good experience. Hard to say whether it was the waiter or the training.

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BigGene (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

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vipStacy (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

It is hard to beat the elegance and view of RAYA. The food and service are exceptional. We love the flavor profiles and creativity of the chefs here.

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Leewin (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

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

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Ohio43081 (Columbus)
5.0  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.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Perfect anniversary!

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Waddayaknow (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
3.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0  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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jcaestecker (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  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.

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vipDiscerningDiner (Orange County)
5.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
1.0  Dined on December 24, 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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vipDianeP (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  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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