Ray's On The River
6700 Powers Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30339
Phone: (770) 612-2473
Fax: (770) 612-2464
Parking: Lot, Valet, Private
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Wheelchair Accessible, Yes
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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Great spot for a romantic date night. My only reservation about this place is that for the price you are paying (which it is a little pricier), they really squeeze you in there. The tables are very close to one another so I felt like although I was on a romantic date, my neighbors were super close to use. Other than that, the food was great and service was very good too.
04/12/2012Provided by Citysearch -
My night at Rays was terrible due the average food and the poor service. Our waiter was a sarcastic fool. The food was nothing to rave about and I feel that Rays is one of those places that tries to survive on the past. Do not waste your time as there are many other great places to eat in Atlanta.
01/19/2012Provided by Citysearch -
it was not my first time dining here, but probably will be my last due to a poor service and quality of food. it started when the service first approached our table and asked if we wanted some water to drink instead of asking would you like something to drink. my wife had her mind set on the grouper because she loved it from our last visit, but the server sugested that she try the special fish of the day which was called Tile fish or something like that. i wanted to order the rib-eye steak but again the server sugested the lamb chops special. our guest that we brought with us ordered the CHICKEN which was the best dish. the fish sauce was awfull and so heavy and no taste. the lamb chops was 2 small chops with no taste. when my wife complained about the fish, the server went and got her the grouper without any sauce or lemon, the manager then came in and said that this was the first time they used that fish and that they were trying it. we had to ask for lemon with the fish, we had to ask for straws for our drinks, butter with our bread. the hostess at the door never said to have a good night and thank us for coming. this was a horrible experience.
i did not receive a call back like i usually do after dining in. my check# was# 6105, tble33/1, gest 3, jan 18,12
09/24/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Came here for a business dinner. The ambiance is very nice, would have liked to have sat out on the deck, but it wasn't open. The oysters were so smooth! The scallops were a large portion and were pretty yummy. Would definately come here again.
The wedge salad looked amazing too.
I have been a patron for many years, both before the renovation and after. The last time I dined there, I overhead Ray berating the manager in front of anyone who would listen. We have no idea what happened and don't care; we shouldn't have to listen to this while spending $200 on dinner. The owner is a jerk who obviously treats his staff badly, and he will never receive another red cent from us.
01/22/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Ray's for the first time last November. Though the food was just ok, not the way it sounds on the menu, the service was not very good at all. After a long wait, even with a reservation, we got our table, then we had to wait again for our drinks and then wait more to order our meals. It was like they were understaffed and then the waiter kinda slipped and spilled food all over the table next to ours. Maybe it was just a bad night, but with the prices they charge, everything should be perfect and it wasn't.....
10/15/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I had never been to Ray's, but while in Atlanta on 10/13/10, I had the pleasure of dining at Ray's with 2 of my friends, and we all found it to be absolutely wonderful! Our waiter, Bobby, was the best I think I have ever encountered, and will certainly request him the next time I am there. He was very knowledgeable in the menu items, and offered wonderful suggestions - all of which we took, and were quite pleased. He made sure we had everything we needed throughout the entire evening. This was truly a very pleasant experience! Thanks Bobby!
09/08/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to this resturant for over 15 years.
The food is very good, the renovations done recently are very tasteful, the trio (Jazz) is always good music.
The service is the only thing I would write as a mini problem. The staff is very professional however, the time it takes to get served just depends who you get as a waiter or waitress. People can be very critical on these reviews, but I think Rays has consistately gotten better in all areas. I would recommend Rays to anybody. I have the Salmon Oscar with whipped potatoes and it was devine! The Osyters on the half shell....DON't order!! They are so small you need glasses to see them. And they are 20 bucks!!! Wait for Appalachcola osyters to come back in season!!!
06/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We had a few very pesky flies - we complained to the waiter and he said the door was open or had been open but didn't offer any remedy. I had the lobster roll sandwich on a brioche roll which was good but would have been better if they hadn't breaded and deep fried the lobster. I've had the lobster roll in London at Fortnum and Mason's and they just use chunks of lobster and that's what i envisioned when I ordered i t. Way too many French fries accompanied the sandwich. The flies continued to plague us throughout the meal.
06/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We just returned from dinner at Ray's on the River. Although the restaurant wasn't full, our party of 6 was seated in a too-small booth. We ordered an appetizer and then our dinner. And then the wait began. We waited, and then waited some more. Our waiter came by to tell us the food was coming up soon. And then we waited. The manager came to tell us the food would be up soon, apologized for the wait, and said that they would serve us desert on the house (which they did). My husband and I had seafood platters, at a price of $32 each. The seafood was average, certainly not worth the price. We don't think we got a good value at all for the money, and won't be returning. We wouldn't recommend Ray's on the River.
04/12/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Be careful when using your debit or credit card at this establishment. After enjoying the sunday brunch, I was presented with a $76.88 bill. I decided to pay part of the bill with cash and pay the remaining portion with my card. I gave the bartender (we sat at the bar) $50 cash and had her take the remaining $28.66 off of my card. She brought a receipt for $26.88, I signed it and the episode was done. Or so I thought.
About 2 weeks later while reviewing my bank statement, I noticed that my card had been debited for the entire $76.88. Okay, understand what happened here. The bartender took my cash ($50) ran my card for the remaining portion($26.88) then cancelled the transaction. She then reran the transaction for the entire amount ($76.88) on my card and pocketed the cash. Not only is this dishonest, it's also illegal.
After I discovered the erroneous charge, I immediately went back to the restaurant to have the situation corrected. I spoke with the manager Pat Dillavou who smelled like he had been drinking, It was 1:30 in the afternoon. He was initially dismissive about the situation, but with the evidence right in his face he had no choice but to concede.
What I find to be so disturbing about the situation is that he acted as though I was the one who was wrong and trying to be deceitful. He went out of his way to try and explain how something like this could happen, but he could never explain how I signed off on a $26.88 receipt but my account was debited $76.88. Needless to say I will not be patronizing this restaurant again.
03/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is one of those restaurants where EVERYTHING is good! I'm a very picky eater, never have liked fish much, but at the advice of my date we ordered the raw tuna for an appetizer. I was brave and faced my fears and tasted this appetizer I was sure would be fishy and gross and... it wasnt.....I could tell the fish was fresh because it had no fishy taste and went down so smooth! (And trust me, I was waiting for that fishy taste to hit...) Whether you are eating fish or steaks, the food here is incredible fresh. I ordered a steak which was cooked perfectly and came with mouth-watering mashed potatoes. My date ordered the lobster which was perfectly golden with a asparagus as the side. Everything on the menu is famous, especially the horseradish crusted grouper. That dish is known to the locals here in Atlanta that have dined at Ray's on The River. A window seat is a must for this romantic setting as you will look over the beautiful river and the sunset! Highly recommended and will not disappoint!
12/30/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went to Ray's as a Holiday Lunch. The service left quite a bit to be desired. Routinely, the waitress had to be tracked down to fill our drinks. The restaurant was quite empty, so there was no reason for her to be so slow. There was a fly buzzing around the table. I can understand that in spring, summer, or fall, but in the dead of winter?? When I said something to the waitress about the fly, she just shrugged like it wasn't her problem.
Along with the poor service, the food was nothing to write home about. The crab bisque was more like a stew minus the chunks. Bisques are supposed to be a thick soup, but this was way beyond ""thick soup"". I make much better at home without even an effort. This was not just my opinion, the other person in our party that ordered it said, ""Yuk"" on the first spoonful. It was so thick, we could have done one of the Dairy Queen moves and turned the bowl upside down!!
I've always been of the opinion that you should let a chef do what they do best, but that was a mistake at Ray's. The trout was dry and the spices were seriously overpowering on the defenseless, little fish. Oh, and put the emphasis on ""little"". That was one of the smallest pieces of fish I have ever seen served. It wasn't even both filets, there was just the one side of the fish. I'd expect that if the fish had been bigger, but this was really small.
We spoke to the manager, who was very personable, but otherwise extremely useless. He asked what he could do to fix it, but did nothing. He said he would remove the waitress, but she was back anyway. Normally, any restaurant that I've been in that has had the serious problems we experienced at Ray's has always OFFERED something, a dessert, a reduced bill, etc. Many have even put a reduced bill without asking me, ""So, what do you want?""
On a positive note, the blue cheese dressing on the salad was very good.
Overall, the entire party felt very ripped off, and we won't be back.
08/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The location really is great. Its right on the water (although there is essentially no outdoor seating as the restaurant is set back from the water, with a small garden that you can walk around inbetween the restaurant and the water. Inside the bar had a great Jazz area.
I ordered the steak and it was quite overdone. My wife got lobster and she loved it though. The sides were good, but nothing special and the service was top notch.
It is pricey, probably not worth the price, but the atmosphere should impress if you are gongi no a date.
08/16/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Horrible . . . Absolutely disgustingly Horrible!! There were 7 of us - three couples and a single woman. My husband from the first moment told the waiter we wanted separate checks. When the first course came, the waiter asked ' who ordered what'. The salads got all confused. We had to wait for bread and were told 'they were making more'. We had to ask for water. When the appetizers were through, no one cleared the table and when the main courses appeared again, who gets this?, who gets that?. And we still had dirty dishes on the table from the appetizers. The attitude of the help was 'we don't care.' Now, mind you, we had several restaurant and advertising people amongst this group. Our daughter and son-in-law own and are the Photographers for FLAVORS Magazine. Another young lady works for the Sunday Paper and formerly had spent 20+years at Creative Loafing. Her husband owns ""The Flying Biscuit'. And yet another lady owns ""The Entertainment Guide'. We WILL be in touch with the owner and our friends.
One of the entrees had three flimsy pieces of asparagus as a side order which cost $8.00. When we spoke with a manger, he said, 'oh'. No one came to the table to ask if we were satisfied. There is much more as to how poor the service was, but in the end we all had only one bill. Not separate bills as we requested. We all had many different prices of meals. But, in order to alleviate us having to decipher who had what, the three men just split the bill three ways. We ended up paying $25 more than we had ordered just to accommodate the evening. WE WILL NEVER, EVER go back to Rays again. And, we will certainly follow up tomorrow with more complaints to the owner who is a very good friend of one of the gentlemen at the table.