RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

4.7
1548 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1548 People Are Saying
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vipTerri
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I look forward to the new menu, the current one is limited.

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Camila
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

We requested window seat as my mom’s Birthday and her first time visiting California celebration but we didn’t get it. It’s ok it was busy time …

But the thing I was so disappointed was that my server didn’t even congrats my mom’s BD even I let them know about her BD when I made a reservation.
I know some luxury and good restaurants served Birthday dessert or decorated some BD letter if we ordered dessert.
But my server never noticed her Birthday.
Anyway service was so poor and I don’t want to visit again for any special event.

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BradW
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience2

Raya has an amazing location and view. The food is very subpar. We had the New York which was $68 and very tough. Same steak at a proper steak place would be a better price and quality. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall it was 4 stars, but I was not a fan of having to wait to be seated when we had reservations. We waited for over 15 minutes.

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vipKyle
New England
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and attention to detail. Food and service were excellent.

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vipCGandDG
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2022
Overall1food1service5ambience4

When you go to the RITZ, you expect excellence. This was dining at a mediocre restaurant. The best/only thing about this restaurant is the view.

Food was NOT in line with the Ritz image. Small portions and poor quality food.

Service was good, but slow while the restaurant was empty.
We will not return.

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Enjoyable
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed dinner very much with a stunning sunset view. The food, service, and ambience were great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The meals were delicious. The service was outstanding.

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tinap
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good experience

Server was pleasant courteous and helpful
Thanks for the complimentary lunch as potential wedding clients . We appreciate the nice and generous gesture of the hotel, thanks to Michelle, the wedding representative

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vipMarkK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all the way around

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vipjimbo
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food and service!! The only complaint I would mention is that it was a little cold in the restaurant. Otherwise Perfect!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The chips with the ceviche were broken in little pieces. The chorizo on the hamburger tasted like poor quality.

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JohnF
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great servers & food 5*

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DrewT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2022
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food amazing, our server is fabulous! The valet are exceptional. However the HOSTESS at the Raya restaurant is HORRIBLE, UNPROFESSIONAL, RUDE, UNREFINED, UNEDUCATED she is NOT up to par for the RITZ standard! I had been to many Ritz location around the world! Never have one hostess this horrifying. One bad apple may ruined the whole experience!

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MariaN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If this is your first time dining at Raya, be sure to try the Salvadorian Cheese buns. The NY Strip was tender, well seasoned and delicious. Service was attentive and of course the atmosphere is lovely.

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CGonz22
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Rays is a beautiful restaurant with the most stunning views of the ocean and beach.
The food is subpar and menu is vary limited. Service was poor. Don’t be surprised if the server forgets your appetizer and brings your food out cold.

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BeautifulSoul
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Stunning view, delicious food, and excellent services. Our server Chris was really nice too. He checked on our table several times to make sure we are well served. Can't wait for our next stay at Ritz Carlton and another reservation at Raya.

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vipAskMe
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Not a good value for money place. Service was slow and food was average.

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vipjeful
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Its too bad they stopped the complimentary bread basket service. The one they had for years was an assortment of crispbread, cheese bread and another, all delicious. The purchasable cornbread muffin was so-so.
Though nice enough our waitress didnt seem terribly professional.
We both had the salmon which was delicious.
Lastly, the atmosphere was lacking because the lighting was very dim and almost depressing!

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Danna
1 review
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Raya has amazing views but I had gotten reservations the morning before and asked for a window seat. When we arrived there would have been some open but was informed that it was saved for people waiting there on the same day. What's the use of getting reservations when you have to wait after people who just arrive and get on the waiting list?! I was told I needed to get on a separate list for the window table. 🤔

The service was awesome with Joel. The menu was very limited but what we ordered, drinks, the shrimp and salmon was good. I was surprised they didn't have oysters or a bit more seafood offerings. The drink menu is extensive!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

NYE dinner. Service took forever, was sloppy and my steak came back rare when I ordered medium. My dinner companion finished his steak before they could even bring back mine.
Not luxury. Not for the prices they were charging.

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Sparky
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Disappointed with service overall. Too long to wait for service and then server (who did not take our order) did not know who had what - something I do not expect from this level of restaurant. The lack of continuity with multiple servers coming to the table and asking the same questions already answered and then delivering additional items while forgetting other items was frustrating. The broccolini on 3 meals was undercooked and could not be cut. When the server was informed she indicated that multiple diners had also made the same negative comments on the previous evening. Soooo, why not fix the problem? It was my wife's 70th birthday and we were looking forward to a spectacular evening, which did not materialize. Her birthday was not even acknowledged by the waitstaff despite a note being added when the reservation was made. Doubt we will return for a long time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a birthday lunch celebration. Iona and David took excellent care of us. Didn’t rush us, so that we were able to enjoy each course thoroughly. It’s a beautiful restaurant setting with the huge picture windows looking out over the ocean. We saw pelicans fly by, dolphins jumping and hardy surfers enjoying the winter waves.

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pamelac
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration!

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Eddie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The current menu has very limited selections for main dish for lunch. I assume it is due to Covid and hope it will improve in the future.

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NeicyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Great food and great service

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FurballC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. Christina and her assistant Adrian were so attentive and knowledgeable about the dishes. The food was way beyond our expectations. We had the Salvadoran Corn Cheese Rolls, Ahi Tuna Ceviche, Brussel Sprouts (yum!), Thai Curry Buddha Bowl, a seasonal seafood dish that my partner said was the best he'd ever had, and a mango dessert that I forgot the name of. To be honest this was my second choice but since the other restaurant had no reservations we tried Raya. I'm so glad we did. It was an exceptional experience all around.

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AliciaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going here for awhile and the food is always great!

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vipbobc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Bad menu for Xmas

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vipAnneH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Lovely service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Didn’t give us a warning it was a prefixed menu. 2 courses $150 is horrible value and in no way worth it. We did not stay

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vipsteve
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Thai Curry Buddha Bowl is amazing!! Total surprise!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed lunch and will definitely be back. The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful holiday meal with family. Service was excellent and food was yummy. Good selection of bean and vegetarian options. Thank you Amber for the great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

It was a Christmas dinner with family and friends. Good, like always, was top class! Service for most part was very good. A little surprised by level of understanding of the menu, but I do understand it was a new server, not her fault, but expected better training. service towards the end was slow as servers non existent. Had to wait a long time for the check or being asked for desserts. Overall, very satisfied! Raya is our go to local “special”
Dinner restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Outstanding setting and atmosphere... perfect for a special occasion

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Jamie
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful view of the ocean. He staff were incredibly helpful and the Christmas decorations were beautiful.

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WilliamJ
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for lunch. Wonderful service and food. Comfortable wine list.

JM
JoeM
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wish they would bring back their full menu....Chefs Grilled cheese, some of their Salads. We can not really eat there as the menu is so limited now

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is rated 4.7 stars by 1548 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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