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Raya at The Ritz-Carlton

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1 Ritz Carlton Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-4205
+1 949-240-2000
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07:00 - 21:30
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54 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superior experience good value for excellent food and service We were recommend black cod and their signature crab mash potatoes Also Korean chicken BBQ both were very tasty Their service was wonderful too too marks to Kristina her recommendations were excellent and Diego was a wonderful young host assisting The dining room is bright and airy with large windows affording... More 

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Thank Winelovin
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your kind words. We are thrilled your expectations were exceeded at Raya in terms of both service and food. Your comments will be passed along to Kristina, Diego and the rest of the team at Raya. It is our pleasure to give recommendations, and we are always delighted when they are appreciated. Should you return to the... More 

Memphis
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336 reviews
249 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite reservations and open tables, we had to wait 30', which is unacceptable, especially for a special occasion that they were aware of. Our server was intrusive, loud, but knowledgeable. We had the lobster tacos and iberico ham manchego cheese salad, which were quite good. The cheviche was ok. The scallops and pork belly wer quite good but skimpy. For... More 

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Thank SymnCwl
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for detailing your dining experience. We are thrilled you enjoyed our delicious Lobster Tacos, Scallops and Pork Belly. However, we are troubled to hear other aspects of your meal did not meet expectations. It is unacceptable that you were made to wait an extended period of time after having made a reservation, and we regret this lapse in... More 

Dana Point, California
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56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been Coming here for 15 years at Thanksgiving and it is always fantastic. We got an ocean view outside table and the view is breathtaking. We walk this beach weekly but seeing it from this vantage point is stunning. The seafood raw bar and salads are enough by themselves but you can't stop there. Sushi, turkey with cranberries, the most... More 

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RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

First and foremost, thank you for your years of loyalty. It is always an honor to welcome you—whether for Thanksgiving dinner or for a normal weeknight meal. It is wonderful to read your description of your experience. We are delighted you enjoyed another marvelous Thanksgiving overlooking the ocean. We greatly appreciate your recommendation and look forward to your next visit. More 

Birmingham, Alabama
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place! Views, food and service impeccable👍! Ate there for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. Will say it is a little on the pricey side but to me it was worth it.

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

Thank you for you honest review. It is fantastic to hear your expectations were met in so many areas, from our attentive service to our stunning Dana Point views. We hope you will return for another memorable visit. More 

hampshire
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Returned to this property after a long time to find it very changed. It used to have an elegant quiet feel of luxury now it's more of an event place. Because of some of the negative reviews on trip advisor chose to spend the night at another property nearby but came for brunch on Sunday. The staff seemed very accommodating... More 

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RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your detailed review. While we are delighted to hear you were greeted with exceptional service, we are concerned by your description of your meal. It troubles us to know your expectations were not met when it came to our food selection or the surrounding atmosphere. It is quite uncharacteristic that our staff is unable to provide exactly... More 

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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have seen few restaurants with such an expansive view. Most all the tables have an unobstructed, wide view of the Pacific.

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RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It is marvelous to hear you enjoyed our expansive views of the Pacific Ocean. It would our pleasure to serve you again. More 

Laguna Beach, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing views, excellent food and service. My spouse ordered a bowl of berries, not on the menu, and was brought at least a point of mixed berries for $12. Particularly amazing given the million dollar

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Thank Waitomo F
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We greatly appreciate your lovely review. It is marvelous to know you enjoyed your experience dining at Raya. We strive to ensure that each guest has everything they need to feel comfortable and satisfied, and we are thrilled you and your husband were well taken care of. We look forward to serving you again. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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76 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate at Raya because it was close and could accommodate our party of 6. I was skeptical because I really haven't had that much of a good meal at a hotel restaurant. However, the food was the best of the week in Dana Point. The Smoked Swordfish dip was incredible and the fish dish, wonderful. The dungeness crab mash... More 

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RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time out of your day to review us. It is such an honor to hear that your dining experience with us was the best you encountered during your week in Dana Point. We’re thrilled you had a chance to try both our smoked swordfish dip and Dungeness crab mashed potatoes while you were here. Should you... More 

ann arbor, mi
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was my sixth or seventh visit to Raya. The view is spectacular, food is unique and outstanding. Service is always perfect. We will be back!

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RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

First and foremost, we would like to thank you for you loyalty. It has been such a pleasure to serve you time and time again with our unique food and professional service. We’re looking forward to your next visit. More 

Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seriously, you can't go wrong here. Even the details of mini clothespins on the lobster tacos. The sea bass poke bowl was eaten three out of the four days I was there. I miss it. It was SO GOOD.

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Thank cc3951
RCLagunaNiguel, Executive Office at Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, responded to this review

We appreciate your review and we’re so happy you had a chance to enjoy our sea bass poke bowl—it’s one of our favorite offerings! We hope you’ll be back to visit us again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?