We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Raya at The Ritz-Carlton

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-4205
+1 949-240-2000
Website
Today
07:00 - 21:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 21:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

327 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 320: English reviews
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Level Contributor
45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

This is our 4th year visiting hotel on the weekend of 4th of July. 4th time at Raya. Last year I gave it five stars on another site. Last night we were early for our reservation and restaurant not crowded. We started with lobster tacos- delicious. But after that it fell apart. 45 minutes for entree to come after several... More 

Helpful?
Thank Jeff A
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your concerns and feedback via TripAdvisor. We greatly appreciate them and hear you and want to make this right for you. We care about each and every experience that takes place in our resort. If you would kindly give us a call at (949) 240-2000, we would welcome the opportunity to speak with you. It is... More 

Aliso Viejo, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2016

If you like 5 star service, great food, but a casual atmosphere, this is for you. There is nothing pretentious about this restaurant, yet you get the always perfect Ritz Carlton service and attention. The food varies and is consistently great, but again not for a 50th anniversary (try the steak house in the hotel for that). For guests and... More 

Helpful?
Thank knikookary
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. You are exactly right that our concept for RAYA is a relaxed yet refined experience. Being ocean front is the bonus! We look forward to serving you again soon. More 

Fresno, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We wandered into this restaurant just to have a drink and ended up ordering some terrific salads! We had not planned to eat, but it was so worth it. Each of us had something different. My companion ordered Maine Lobster Salad – sweet potato / baby spinach /lemon vinaigrette / chile ancho-port reduction / chive oil, and I had Pulled... More 

Helpful?
Thank ElenaRizk
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in! We hope to see you again soon at RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. More 

Laguna Niguel, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Raya has the prices expected at a Ritz Carlton, but there is value for your money. The view is beautiful, the service outstanding, and the food is delicious and nicely presented. My favorite entree is the Miso Black Cod, which I've had several times, and it has always been perfectly prepared. The scallops are also excellent. Several of the menu... More 

Helpful?
Thank Claudia P
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We appreciate your loyalty, thank you! We have a new menu just released at RAYA and we hope you come back soon. More 

California
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

I've eaten here twice. One time we had a great experience and the second time we had an awful experience. A fifty percent chance of return is not good when you are spending at least a hundred dollars per person. We're local residents, but we won't be returning.

Helpful?
Thank travelerfromCA,usa
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. We value you as a local guest and want to make sure each time you are with us that your experience is exceptional. Your feedback is extremely important! We look forward to regaining your faith in us. Please contact the Executive Office if we may assist you in any way. More 

Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

I've never been disappointed by Raya. Setting is romantic and very comfortable for guests. Food? How do you describe "Heavenly" service and dining. View of Pacific can't be matched by too many other restaurants in Southern California. Ingredients in all menu selections are clean and locally produced when possible. I'll be back again.

Helpful?
Thank Michael S
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We appreciate your loyalty, thank you! We are delighted to know you enjoy the concept of RAYA, all while enjoying its ocean front location. We look forward to welcoming you back. More 

Laguna Niguel, California
Level Contributor
33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Raya serves what they call pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine emphasizing latin flavors. At times, the concept is elusive, but many dishes on the menu are truly a home run. Others, are just different, and sometimes a bit odd. For example, the Ahi cevechi and the lobster taco small plates are just OK. On the other hand, the corn soup, Black Cod,... More 

Helpful?
Thank lawinmtn
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us at RAYA. We look forward to welcoming you back and we greatly appreciate your loyalty. More 

Level Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 June 2016

Was amazing , all my friends always want fish ....But I had an amazing steak ..Perfection and the Sunsets cant be beat ! Love to just go have a glass of wine to watch Surf & Sunsets

Helpful?
Thank Laura R
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us at RAYA and 180blu. We enjoyed having you and we look forward to welcoming you back for more amazing steak, wine, and sunsets! More 

Orange County, California
Level Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

We celebrated our friends birthday and had wonderful time.Food was according to our taste,server was very polite and decor was very sophisticated.

Helpful?
Thank SVGROVER
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is a great choice for any celebration. Thank you for joining us! More 

Cheshire, England
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 June 2016

We were invited by our relatives for lunch there. The place was nice with nice views but we felt the staff were terrible both in attitude and manners. We were disappointed and would not recommend this place to anyone. There are numerous other places in Laguna beach with better fine dining and certainly far better staff.

Helpful?
Thank Civilised_Tourist
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for your extremely valuable feedback. We are saddened to learn you did not enjoy your experience at RAYA. Our ladies and gentlemen strive to provide the finest, unique and personal service. We would welcome the opportunity to speak with you so we may use this particular incident as a coaching moment and learn how we can be better.... More 

Travellers who viewed Raya at The Ritz-Carlton also viewed

 
Laguna Beach, Orange County
 

Been to Raya at The Ritz-Carlton? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25 - US$100
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:30
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-4205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Dana Point
  • Phone Number: +1 949-240-2000
Description
Raya, named “Restaurant of the Year” by Riviera Orange County in July 2011, is a great restaurant concept by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval. Raya showcases Pan-Latin Coastal Cuisine prepared with sustainable seafood, local produce, natural and organic meat and Chef Richard Sandoval’s signature Latin flavors. Discover delectable dining on the coast of Dana Point during your next visit.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Raya at The Ritz-Carlton and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Capistrano Beach
over a year ago
Pacific Palisades, CA
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Raya at The Ritz-Carlton staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?