Rays on the Bay

3.9
708 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Special Occasion

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About

Rays on the Bay Restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, farm-to-table cooking, local island favorites and the coldest beer on the Big Island. Rays is also the best spot to see a brilliant and romantic sunset while you gather with friends to enjoy hand crafted cocktails, pupus or dinner.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Hawaiian, Burgers
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Hours of operation
Dinner: M-Su 5:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Bar Service at Holua Pool Bar M-Su 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.
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Phone number
(808) 930-4911
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
George Gomes Jr.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kaleiopapa St.
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Parking details
Guests visiting Rays on the Bay will find ample parking, both self and Valet, available at our Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa location. Complimentary valet parking.
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Entertainment
Rays on the Bay is proud to offer live entertainment nightly featuring some of the finest established as well as up and coming local artists here on the Big island. Our featured artists will delight you with selections of Hawaiian and contemporary music with something for everyone with a strong focus on Hawaiian flavored favorites.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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food
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4.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Stayed at this hotel and decided to have dinner here on the last night of our vacation. Can't beat the atmosphere and the view of the Manta Rays swimming in the bay. Food is good, not great. Musician was good, but overall atmosphere was fairly loud. If you are staying at the Sheraton or nearby, check it out!

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4.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Great place for maitais!! They are very smooth yet potent! If you reserve a table try asking for ocean side to get a view of the mantas at night. Food is OK. Some hits and some misses. Atmosphere cant be beat - it does get a little warm by the fire tables. Good musicians provide background music.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2017

We shared appetizder and stakes. Food view and people were nice and comfortable. Nice view of sunset so must come before sunset time. We saw green flash from the table! Also interesting to see many boats for Manta ray snorkeling tour.

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Beautiful view on the bay, manta ray was at the appointment and the meal was excellent. A very pleasant moment.

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2017

Even with a standing reservation, they never contacted us to explain that the restaurant was closed. Instead, they did a bait-and-switch and directed us to an adjoining restaurant. The lady at the counter was unsympathetic and didn't offer any apology. The food manager did apologize and the waiter was perfect. The food was also good, but maybe a complementary drink would have been appropriate.

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3.0Dined on July 17, 2017

Restaurant was under construction and were not able to see the space. They placed us in a next door restaurant that unfortunately was not up to par. There were wild cats inside the dining room!! apparently this is an issue around this location. Yikes!
It would have been nice to get notified of the construction before arriving. The Sheraton hotel looked nice and welcoming. What made is special was the service and the great burger and drinks. Call ahead of time!

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1.0Dined on July 16, 2017

We booked this restaurant so that we could sit on the terrace and watch the sunset as well as see the mante rays at night. Our reservation was confirmed, we drove two hours to the restaurant and was told that it was closed while they did some refinishing work on the terrace. We were directed to the restaurant next door. We enjoyed our dinner - it was delicious, but it was not the ambience or service we were expecting. It would have been nice to have been told that the restaurant was closed. We enjoyed ourselves anyway and our second waiter was wonderful!

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2017

Food was pretty good. Service was SLOW. There were only like 5 tables with guests and it took almost 10 minutes for someone to take our order.

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2017

I heard this restaurant is famous for its location and it was the reason I made a reservation here.
But it was on renovation however nobody told me in advance. I had dinner at other location where the restaurant moved temporarily but the server forgot to bring my course menu we were so starving!
Food was tasty though but they should've noticed the renovation in advance!!

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2017

If you plan on eating here, call ahead and make sure Rays is open in its original location on the hotel property. Otherwise, be careful, you will not have an ocean view.

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1.0Dined on July 5, 2017

The restaurant was closed due to renovation.
So we could not go into restaurant.
You are so bad due to no information!

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1.0Dined on June 22, 2017

Rays on the bay is closed for renovations and they did not inform us that any reservations will be handled by another restaurant with limited menu selections. This really was poor service and was very disappointing since the reservation was to celebrate my wife's Birthday.

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1.0Dined on June 21, 2017

I was very dissatisfied, First I stayed at your hotel with my two daughters and granddaughter.
One thing I wanted to do was to eat at Rays On The Bay. Guess what? When we got there we
found Rays On The Bay closed for construction and what you call Rays On The Bay was in the
dinning room where breakfast Is served. What a big let down. Second problem was after ordering drinks and getting them the waitress left and it took almost half an hour for her to
come back and take the order. After order was taken it took an hour and twenty six minutes to
get our order. We saw others coming in after us ordering and getting their food. We were there
for about three and a half hours and did not even wait for desert as we were so mad and upset.
Never will I ever go to Rays On The Bay and will not ever have anything good to say about
your place. You have a great web site it is just to bad you did not live up to it.

PaulW

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1.0Dined on June 20, 2017

We got all dressed up and headed over to Ray's on the Bay for our reservation only for them to tell us it's closed for renovations. Why wouldn't anyone notify us of this? I made my reservation at least 2 months ahead of time, so they KNEW we had it. No call, no email, no voicemail to let us know. Incredibly disappointed in their lack of communication.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Our experience was not good. We were not informed that the restaurant had moved and that you no longer had views of the bay and the sting rays. Once we arrived and found the new location it took our server approximately 15 to 20 minutes to come to our table and ask for our drink order. Food was only mediocre for the price. Music was nice but since the new location was no longer open air the music was WAY to loud and made conversation with others in my party difficult. All together not the dining experience I was hoping for.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Badly understaffed the night we ate there. Our server had way too many tables, and the manager was playing busboy. Food was good, but probably not worth the price unless you are sitting outside watching the manta rays while you eat.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Very tasty food. We went here as a "last night in Hawaii" dinner. The waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. That night we were able to easily see 7 manta rays in the bay.

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3.0Dined on June 12, 2017

The service was poor and the food was mediocre. We did not get our second round of drinks requested and the check was incorrect. We were looking forward to this meal and were disappointed. We had reservations for the following week and canceled them. The only thing saving the night was the ambiance.

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2017

Requested Oceanside seating for two when reservation was made. Got what was probably the best table in the house. The food was excellent flavor and presentation. The menu is limited, but I suspect the chef is of the "small menu done very well" school. The service was great right up until a large party was seated which occupied some of the servers time. Understandable and not that much of a problem. Prices were what you should expect at a Big Island hotel restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

Awesome sunset bay views. One of best seasoned steak I've had recently. No need for sauce condiments. Great Keahou Mule cocktail. Complimentary hummus appetizer was nice change from bread service. Pleasant unobtrusive live music.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2017

Fantastic view, great cocktails, friendly service. Really yummy bananas foster. Would definitely return & bring friends/family.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Lovely setting, good food but quite expensive. The big disappointment was we didn't see any Manta Rays. We were under the impression from the restaurants website that the snorkelling boats came in about 8 but some were still there at 9:45.

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3.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Was disappointed that we did not see any Manta Rays. Our reservation was at 6pm and we stayed until 9! Be advised that the lights don't turn on till appx 830pm and still have to wait for all the boats with night divers to leave before the rays come into the bay.
The food was good, but not great. The prices were high for the amount of food served.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2017

Rays on the bay overlooks the ocean and has a lovely sunset view. You can also see the boats come in for the Manta Ray swims. The service was excellent as was the food. We enjoyed the live music and even got up to dance!

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

What a special treat, really good food and amazing after dinner appearance of manta rays. We reserved here because of the rays, and were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the dinner. We started with the ahi poke appetizer and salad, both quite tasty, followed by the fish special, which was opah (moonfish), and blackened ahi. The opah was outstanding with bok choy, local mushrooms, rice and lobster. The ahi was prepared with typical blackened spices but included a curry vinaigrette; the flavors seemed to fight for attention instead of working together. Bananas Foster for dessert was a nice finish. Around 8:30 pm the restaurant turns lights on the bay which attracts plankton on which the mantas feed. Our table was on the viewing deck, so we only had to walk a few steps to watch the rays have their dinner. It was a dark night with hardly any moon so the rays were a bit hard to spot when they swam upright as their backs are black, but fortunately they also swam upside down showing their white undersides. Overall, a special dinner and after dinner treat.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2017

Wonderful oceanfront location on Keauhou Bay. The sunset and crashing waves added to the ambiance. We had the rib appetizer, seared ahi, and shrimp pesto dishes. All very good. Pretty pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

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2.0Dined on May 21, 2017

The view was great. We had an ocean side table as we requested. The drinks were well made and the staff very friendly, attentive and informative about the area, food, and the Manta rays. Our salad and appetizer were fantastic. Or steaks were gristly and a bit overcooked. We felt the quality wasn't worth the bill.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Great way to spend the last night of our vacation.Beautiful view of the water, sunset, & the night diving boats. Dinner was great & so was service. We'll be back the next time in Kona!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Don't usually eat a lot of fish. But, every time I try it out in Hawaii, it never disappoints. Blackened Hawaiian Ahi dish was amazing. Paired also with a white wine. Wife also enjoyed the chicken dish, also with another nice aromatic white wine. With seating next to the water, it made for a memorable evening and a great atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Not worth the money. We knew it was going to be a bit overpriced just to "experience" the stingray viewing at night. But the other commercial tour companies have sabotaged that experience by bringing night diving, etc a little bit further out in the Bay so the rays don't come near the restaurant. And half of the Rays outdoor lights didn't work so it wasn't lit up enough anyway. The service was slow, impersonal and the food was not of the quality warranted for their prices. And, there were ferral cats wandering around the patio tables begging for food.
We went early to have a drink at the bar and that service was extremely slow & lacked personality as well. Overall, we would not return even if the rays were visible. We don't mind paying high prices for dining experiences and quality food/service, but this was lacking in every way and not worth the money. Buyer beware.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2017

The food and views are good

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

It was a great experience. Our server (Kini) was absolutely amazing. Very professional and made the experience very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2017

This was a wonderful experience - LOVED watching the Manta Rays once the tourist boats left - was a totally different experience from what we had on the boat. Was amazing to see the Rays swim across the bay hunting for food. This is a definite MUST-DO! Food and service were good - but stay for the show after dark!!!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2017

This is a great experience the food was great, as well as service and ambiance. The view of rays really complement the meal

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2017

We were there for our 10th year anniversary dinner. Requested Bayside seating. Staff was great about knowing it was our 10-year anniversary and addressed it upon our arrival. The staff made sure to move us once Bayside seating was available. Was really appreciated them paying that much attention to my request.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Great views, ambience and menu selections, and everything tasted excellent! Very enjoyable evening.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2017

This was a really neat setup. We got a little fire pit table, with a great view of the sunset. Unfortunately didn't see any Rays but the ambiance was great.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2017

Best restaurant I went to in Hawaii. Sat outside and watched the sunset.

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1.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Bad food, not very friendly waitress, slow service and to top it off, no rays.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

Took my wife and her mother for dinner. We choose this place for dinner when we have visitors from outside of Hawaii because of the nice view and breeze. The food is quite good as well.

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