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“Amazing view with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Rays on the Bay

Rays on the Bay
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Ranked #45 of 285 Restaurants in Kailua-Kona
Price range: $0 - $40
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Hawaiian, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Rays on the Bay Restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, farm-to-table cooking, handmade artisan pizzas,local island favorites and the coldest beer on the Big Island. Guests will enjoy warm and welcoming service, ocean front views, live entertainment 7 days a week and of course the chance to see live Manta Rays feeding in the ocean directly infront of the restaurant. 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.
Peoria, Illinois
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“Amazing view with excellent service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Second time back, first being shortly after their grand opening. Did not enjoy ourselves on the first attempt- food was mediocre, poorly plated and the service was upsetting. However, This time around, my wife and I were sad to have only gone once, and on the last day of our trip. The food has really come together, the view is phenomenal, but what will really bring us back is the way the bartender Juliet treated us and made us feel like family. Awesome drinks, pretty pricey all in all, but worth it. If you like to have dinner at the bar like we do be sure to ask for Juliet. Will be back.

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Calgary, Canada
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“Great Fun, Service and Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2013

Went to Rays 5 times during this year's trip to Kona, had a great time each time! Our server Aaron was great, helping us out with the best drinks and food choices, and was very fast and fun! The manta ray viewing was definitely the highlight, and watching them has become a regular thing for us now. I would highly recommend Rays, and ask for Aaron's section when you go there!

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
1 review
“Wednesday Nights with LT Smooth”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

I highly recommend visiting Rays on the Bay every Wednesday Night. A local musician named LT Smooth and friends play live music that gets everybody dancing. The music is extremely high quality and the setting is superb. My friend had a burger and said "In heaven, if there are burgers, I hope they are like that." Visit Wednesday night, You can't go wrong.

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
“Awesome place for drinks and a great time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013

the layout of this restaurant is breath-taking.... absolutely beautiful atmosphere and scenery, and the air was filled with awesome live music... and not slow hawaiian music, it was lively and extremely enjoyable. My husband and I, along with 2 of our closest friends stopped in for dinner, and were greeted by a very friendly young lady at the front desk. She told us they were on a 30 minute wait, so we decided to have drinks at the bar to wait for our table. We were promptly greeted with a warm smile and welcome from Juliette, our bartender. after spending no more than 5 minutes at the bar, we decided to stay and have our meals at the bar top. The drinks she made us tasted fresh, unique, and extremely addictive. She walked us through the menu, suggested we have our meal family style, with plenty of "pupu's" (appetizers) and it was absolutely perfect. I don't usually gush- but she REALLY made our experience. the guests on either side of us, too were very taken with how warm, helpful, and quick she was. After we finished dinner, we danced, and ooh'd and ahh'd at the spectacle of live feeding manta rays in the bay below. Ive never been to a place with quite so much magic. everything was superb. I also learned you can go into the restaurant JUST to watch the manta rays! Even if I weren't hungry, I would definitely go again to get a drink from Juliette and watch the manta rays!

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“Exceptional Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2013 via mobile

Enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Rays on the Bay while staying at the Sheraton. Jackson was our server and was exceptional. The atmosphere and live music was terrific. But the food was absolutely fantastic...all this while enjoying the sunset and Manta Rays from our table.

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