good soso food, beautiful place, horrible indifferent service, mediocre i food, favorite fun mexican restaurant, beautiful outdoor setting, beautiful atmosphere
Beautiful setting and serene outdoor ambiance. Lots of vegetarian options and a good brunch.
Beautiful mostly outdoor restaurant nestled in the hills of Topanga Canyon. Its been around for 37 years and used to be a big hippie hangout in the '70s. There are good vegetarian options, but also lamb belly, beef and fish. Some good picks on the wine lust, too.
horrific 40th birthday. I wanted a brunch to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday with family. I thought Inn at the seventh ray would be perfect, how wrong I was. It was a disaster! We booked a prepaid buffet (25$/person plus 200$area fee and 100$ waitress fee and 20% gratuity included) for 22 guests (8of them children). When I arrived I started to get nervous as I saw there was so little food for my guests. The bagels were quartered(not halved) and barely filled 1/3 of basket. Lox and fruit was sliced so thin on tiny plates....enough to feed 5 people. As you can imagine there was not enough food for my family. I was so humiliated when family members got up to buffet and rolled eyes because there was no food. I prepaid in good faith and thought we would be taken care of. When I spoke to manager she was very condescending and not helpful at all. I planed event through the Inn's party planer Angelica Weihs. When I tried to contact her after event to tell her upset I was she did not even try to reach me to go over issues. Event was $!200 and felt not only was I taken advantage of but a very special day was taken from us. If you book a party here ONLY go with inner buffet at 37$/person which would likely be similar to what you will pay for set menu or private buffet after all the extra fees. What a terrible disappointment.
Happily Married @ The Inn of the Seventh Ray!.
We were married in November 2010 at the Inn of the Seventh Ray, and have only the most positive things to say about Wedding Coordinator Kelly Hancock and the entire staff of the Inn. We had an incredible experience there and recommend the Inn very highly. Both our wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Inn.
From the very start, it was apparently that Kelly was entirely organized and on top of her game. Both before we booked the Inn and after, she returned emails and phone calls promptly, and was always available for questions, no matter how small. The pricing breakdown for the Inn was sent to us in a clear and concise spreadsheet that was much more detailed than many other venues that we looked at. Budget discussions were met with a can-do attitude, without any judgment. Kelly clearly wanted us to have the best day possible, and did everything she could do make it happen within our means without pressuring us to spend more than we were able.
The Inn has a unique, magical feel to it, and Kelly took the time to make sure that each wedding was a unique arrangement. Her suggestions were very helpful but never pressing, and she was open to any ideas or requests that we had.
Kelly provided recommendations for many vendors who worked with the Inn in the past in various different price ranges, all of whom we were thrilled to work with, and will provide separate reviews for them.
On the day of the rehearsal, with our wedding party in from out of town, and all of us excited and nervous about the upcoming celebrations, we were all very distracted, but Kelly kept us all focused in a very friendly, gentle way, and was kind and courteous to our parents and family. We could tell that she?d worked with many wedding parties before. On that afternoon, we brought Kelly boxes of things for the following day (i.e. our programs, seating cards, favors, iPod for DJ, etc), and she took care of everything.
The wedding went beautifully, and Kelly and the amazing staff at the Inn took care of everything perfectly. They were available for our requests and needs at a moment?s notice, and our guests felt well taken care of in all regards. Absolutely everything was wonderful, and we couldn?t have been happier. We were truly in good hands, and would highly recommend working with Kelly Hancock and the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, we?d be happy to chat.
Bad! Bad! Bad!.
We came here for a Saturday brunch. Buffet food didn't look attractive. We ordered food from the menu. It took them almost and hour to bring our food after couple of remainders. And we didn't order anything fancy. Just a simple Scramble with lox, scallions, goat cheese and Grilled Mahi-Mahi sandwich. BTW, both are very overpriced. Before I even got a bite of my food I noticed long dark hear across my plate . That was a last straw. I paid for our drinks and we left.
I will share my experience every time when I get a chance. This place should be put out of business.
Not As Good As It Should Have Been.....
Okay, this is gonna hurt, but I'm going to be brutally honest here... My husband and I got married at the Inn and up until now, things had been quite wonderful. But this year when we went to celebrate our wedding anniversary, our impression of the Inn changed and I think it's for good this time...
#1. We ordered a six course meal thinking it would be wonderful but unfortunately, the waitstaff managed to foul it up famously. With the Inn's six course meal, you get a wine pairing; that in mind, TIMING is EVERYTHING. During the appetizer portion of the meal, they brought our scallops before the wine.. So we begin to eat the scallops, thinking they'll be bringing out the wine any minute and then they don't deliver the darn wine until after the scallops had been eaten.. It would have been nice to taste that wine WITH THE SCALLOPS, so THANK YOU for that. This happened throughout the entire process... either the wine or the food was always late and to be honest, they weren't even that busy for a Saturday evening. Hmmmm...
#2. There were smudge marks ALL over the glasses esp at the lip of my glass. I mean really, when you're paying six course meal prices, you at least expect the stemware to be spotless!
Overall, what bothered me the most was the complete lack of attention to detail, particularly with the meal. Our server was trying to keep it so casual that she ended up appearing incompetent. And the stemware, I mean, the buser (again, a nice woman) was so concerned about filling up water glasses when she should have been paying attention equally to the cleanliness of the tableware.
We might go back next year for brunch one casual Sunday morning, but never again for dinner. Too bad... I think this place has rested on its laurels long enough.
Magical Wedding Reception.
On Saturday, February 6, my daughter Anna was married in a
ceremony at your restaurant. Anna has only lived in California for a short time. Her new husband and his family are from Germany. I live in Iowa. So none of us are very familiar with the area and we had to rely on you and on your wedding planner, Kelly Hancock for most of the details. I am happy to tell you that the event could not have been more perfect.
We were ABSOLUTELY THRILLED WITH EVERYTHING: the food, the cake, the flowers, the set-up and most of all, the friendly, helpful, courteous and prompted help we received from you entire staff.
My experiences with most businesses today have led me to believe that the concept of customer service is passé. What a delight to find it is still alive and well and thriving at you Inn.
I would like to also say that Kelly Hancock is a joy. She is organized, friendly, helpful, talented and extremely prompt. I can’t imaging with a she does is stress free, but she is calm, calming and in my view, a miracle worker! Please give here the kudos she deserves.
Thank you so much for making my daughter’s wedding such a happy, beautiful, warm and wonderful evening. We will remember this evening a as one of the happiest in our lives.
My wife, a friend, and I decided to go there for Sunday brunch. Big mistake. First we waited 30 minutes to be seated. Then the waiters refused to take our order. My wife asked to order three times. After waiting and waiting we finally left without ordering. Other guests who seemed to know the wait-staff were able to order. So unless they know you there, don't bother.
I have had brunch there on other occasions. All I can say is that $36 for a brunch buffet that features mediocre, warmed over food is just not worth it. The outdoor setting is nice, but I could do without the nasty attitude, indifferent service, and the rickety cast iron chairs.
Overpriced woo-woo magic.
For prices like this, I'd expect the food to 'wow' me. At least a little. And it doesn't at all. Underseasoned, overcooked, bland bland bland.
They seem to focus more on the food's woo-woo-magic than its taste. A quote from their website--
"We, at the Inn, believe in giving you the purest of Nature’s foods, energized as a gift from the sun with a dash of esoteric food knowledge and ancient mystery school wisdom tossed in for your seasoning and pleasure. It may just raise your body’s light vibration and the extra work may cost you a few pennies more, but we believe in the long run, this way of living and eating may prove less expensive."
Well, I've tried spending those few extra pennies, er, *twenty dollar bills*, but I guess those light vibrations don't add anything in the way of flavor.
I cannot recommend this place for a meal, but go for just dessert and enjoy the outdoor setting. You'll have a better time that way.
Getaway from the City?.
My boyfriend brought me here for a little "getaway" one weekend. We went for their brunch and I must say brunch was a great experience. Except for the bugs, which i know kinda comes with the package. There were a lot of bees. It didn't seem to be bothering other diners but I seemed to be drawing every bee from the restaurant to my plate. not to me, but my plate of food. Being allergic, i realized probably not the best idea for me.
A few months later we took my mom and sister here for a dinner, thinking that once the sun went down it would be better. Same situation, bees, lots of them, this time on all of our plates. The waiter brought out a dish of ground cloves and swore up and down that it would drive the bees away and proceeded to scatter clove powder all over the table. He also told us we were making too big of a deal of it and to ignore them and they would go away. Hard to ignore a bee thats planted itself on your 15 dollar salad making it impossible to eat.
We asked if we could move into a room and was moved there between our salad course and the main entree. They brought us the entrees and then we didn't see anyone for over an hour. We refilled our water on our own. We weren't offered dessert but was given our bill directly, when we stated we wanted dessert, another 30 minutes passed before we saw anyone again.
I like the atmosphere of this place, it is wonderfully romantic (if you can get over the bees and bugs) the food is good if not a little pricey. The service is questionable. I woudln't recommend going here for a special occasion. Maybe in the winter time to minimalize on the bugs.
Save your money.
This place is a Topanga Cyn legend. It's been here for decades, nestled into one of the loveliest little spots in the hills. But that's where the magic ends.
I am definitely a foodie but I only expect a few things when I go out to eat. Namely - good food and good service. Price is negotiable, depending on the level of the food and the service. Ambiance is last on my list.
The Inn of the Seventh Ray offers extremely overpriced food served in unimpressive fashion. My wife had a miniscule piece of overcooked salmon for $25 and I had the rib eye cap for $29. It was about the size of a can of tuna, and was nearly 1/3 fat. Not a nicely marbled piece of meat, but chunks of fat you would never eat in your life. It was served over a handful of sliced potatoes and topped with a creamy-ish concoction and a few fresh greens.
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying for a quality steak, or a quality anything for that matter, and I understand the importance of a nice location in which to eat dinner. But if you're gonna overcharge me for a tiny piece of fatty beef because your restaurant is in a charming spot, at least have a solid wait staff. Our waitress was very nice, but considering our party's bill was $400 for 8 people (2 kids), I was underwhelmed, to say the least.
I know we'll never go back there and recommend you go anywhere else for dinner as well.
Was Considering for Our Wedding Reception. A little disappointed by the reviews I've read because I thought this would be a great place for our wedding ceremony & reception... but now - I am HIGHLY SUSPICIOUS about it. From the Health Dept. closure & bad service & food to the "crashed in side of the car" of the couple who attended a wedding there, combined with management's subsequent lack of responsibility for the damage, I won't EVEN risk it. NO WAY! This place sounds like a disaster. I would die if one of my guests car's were ruined by the valet. The only thing I personally have to go on in regards to a personal experience with them is that I emailed the Inn asking about dates available. My email was answered with with a couple dates and I was to look over the estimate for 60 guests. The estimate was not attached for me to review, and when I requested it again, I never got a response. Nice. These reviews made this an easy one to cross off my list - like the hostess did to the wise couple who decided to leave on Valentine's Day after what seemed like a total fiasco. Ironically, the dates the lady offered me are the Fr. & Sat. of the Valentine's Day weekend. HA! No thanks. So glad I read these reviews. I hope she never responds.
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