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“Surprisingly excellent for hotel food”

Raya at The Ritz-Carlton
Ranked #7 of 146 Restaurants in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Latin
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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.
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Raya is the restaurant at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point. I've had some miserable, very expensive hotel food but this is an exception. Beautifully executed (eg lobster tacos held together with tiny clothes pegs), clever recipes with outstanding ingredients. Absolutely delicious. I didn't pay so can't say whether it was good value for money (I suspect not, having perused the pricing on the menu) but the view is spectacular and the food is well worth it.

Thank TallSuzy
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Okay, perhaps I'm being a little harsh, but I had really high expectations for this place. The restaurant does overlook the beach -- fantastic views before sunddown. After sundown you are looking out at complete darkness, and as you look around the restaurant you realize you aren't really in a dedicated space, it's kind of a weird wide hallway with a weird metal wall used to create a seperate space from the coffee bar and hallway that connects the hotel guest rooms with another part of the hotel. The food was FINE -- not great, but fine. The menu was pretty much like a dozen similar restaurants in the area.

And the service was spotty for a number of reasons. The kitchen was pokey. I also thought that for top dollar, the servers should remotely know who ordered what food. It's a little weird to be at the Ritz and the waiter has to ask "who gets the ahi tuna?" Again, I am totally cool with that a mid-range restaurant but not one that purports to be upscale. We stayed at the hotel and breakfast there twice. Breakfast was good (didn't mess up the eggs) but again, they forgot the toast, then they brought the wrong toast. Coffee didn't get refilled. Again, nothing epic but worth noting.

We also ate at the restaurant down the street at the St. Regis -- that was amazing and about as expensive.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We couldn't afford $600.00 a night, but we could afford a beautiful romantic breakfast! The view was simply breathtaking as we watch the surfers surf on the crystal blue waves. After we ate our wonderful breakfast we took a stroll on the white sandy beach!

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1  Thank JBells16
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

We ate dinner at Raya's and enjoyed our meal. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating with good knowledge of the menu and recommendations. We asked for and received a table next to window and loved the view of the ocean. The menu has a good variety to choose from and a nice wine list but as you would expect they are proud of their wines and it's reflected in the price. This comes with the territory. Overall we had a great meal, loved the view and the service was nice. If we were to stay at this property again, we would most likely give Raya another try.

Thank SantosdeTejas
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Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

Very much like a stay at any Ritz, everything about dining at Raya was virtually perfect. You do need to request a table with the amazing ocean view and away from the busy stream of hotel guests and away from the lobby bar, which can get loud and filled with revelers pretty quickly. I really like the creativity in the menu, as most items have unique touches. I was there for both breakfast and lunch and found both absolutely delightful (and expensive)!

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Thank WoodGlobal
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