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Though reservations are not strictly required for dining at Raya in The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, they’re quick and easy to obtain. Raya’s stunning pan-Latin cuisine makes its quite popular, but because the restaurant is so perfectly located high on bluff, every table offers an ocean view. Seating is open at breakfast, so try to snag a window-side table to watch the surfers swarm the ocean while you enjoy your spicy chorizo and egg huarache (scrambled eggs, corn pico de gallo, sliced avocado and tomato, Oaxacan cheese). Reservations are accepted for lunch.
Reserving a table in advance is a good idea at dinner, when there’s likely to be the most demand for the tables that line the windows. You may request a window table when you make a reservation and the staff will do its best to accommodate you, but it's not guaranteed. To reserve a table, call 949-240-2000, visit The Ritz-Carlton website or book through www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaRaya. The Orange County restaurant also has a private dining room that seats 16 that can be reserved for groups.