Raya restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel offers amazing food and stellar service in a refined setting with a stunning, 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean. Chefs Richard Sandoval — the king of Nuevo Latino cuisine — and Melissa Gerlach have created a divine Latin-based menu with diverse world influences. You might find a Peruvian dish with a Japanese twist, or a Mexican plate infused with Korean flavors on this ever-evolving menu. Everything here is impeccably fresh: herbs from the chefs' garden complement a selection of farmers’ market produce and locally raised meats.
The restaurant has an extensive wine list, as well as a wide selection of seasonal custom cocktails from the in-house mixologists that are worth sampling. The inventive cocktails can also be sipped at Bar Raya next door and while overlooking the ocean on the outdoor terrace 180blu.
Service is just as smart and crisp as the white — or black napkins — placed in your lap at the start of dinner. Raya goes one step further by offering dark napkins to avoid leaving you with white lint all over your navy blue suit or little black dress. Combined with the servers' in-depth knowledge of the menu and unobtrusive attentiveness, the stellar food makes Raya an unforgettable dining experience.