friendly excellent service, beautiful marina view, slow service, enjoyed nice meal, great high end place, nice upscale restaurant, amazingly good appetizers
WARNING! STAY AWAY! Food Poisioning!.
WARNING! STAY AWAY!
We went there for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was pretty good, but a bit oily, service was slow. When we got home, after a few hours, I had a terrible stomach ache and was is so much pain. I did have raw oysters there that day. I seriously thought I had food poisioning. I was woken up two other times in the night with so much pain that I almost cried. I was in the restroom seriously like for an hour each time.
The next morning, I called Cafe del Rey to complain and speak to the general manager, Michael Morrisette. I wanted to tell him that I was very sad and disappointed to have our Valentine's day ruined by this awful painful stomach ache. Morrisette acted so nice, saying how sorry he was and that he wanted to make it up to us somehow. He said he needed to talk to the Chef concerning the oysters and then get back to me, but he promised me he would take care of us.
Days later, still no call back from Morrisette. Then I left numerous messages on his voicemail, the hostess, sent him emails and no reply. Basically Morrisette chose to ignore us! I feel sad, because the restaurant is supposed to be a nice, upscale restaurant, and you would think that they would be very professional and treat their customers right. We will NEVER eat at Cafe del Rey again!
The prices are outrageous! The Valentine's dinner cost us almost $400 and we did not order any drinks! Although it was super expensive, that's not what's so upsetting. The manager Morrisette acted so nice and caring and I truely believed he wanted to make it up to us somehow. But he lied to us and ignored us and just hoped we'd go away.
Don't risk it! Stay away from Cafe del Rey! Trust me, I've had food poisioning once before and I'm sure I got food poisioning from their seafood!
Way overpriced, pretty good brunch.
View is great. Restaurant is nice. Service was neglectful. Jazz band was a nice touch.
Went there for brunch. Food was good, not great. Then they ala carted us to death. In the end, a so so brunch for 3 was $170.00! (we didnt even have drinks) $16.00 for a cheese plate which consisted of average brie and gouda. Coffee refills were charged.
I wouldnt recommend Cafe Del Rey for brunch.
Not Worth The Price, Food almost made me gag. Why does citysearh view this as 5 starts when a lot of people have rated it less? That is so misleading. Anyways, this place is 3 starts at best. It is beautiful and romantic. The service was attentive, but tries to encourage you, not so gently, to spend more money on more courses. The downfall is the food. It just is not that good. I do not know what people see in this place. I was told by a friend that it is the best place in the Marina. I hope not. My crabcakes were way to citrusy. Too much lemon ruined the crab flavor. Then I ordered their signature dish of black spaghetti. It was interesting, but almost disgusting. Both my bf and I did not like the looks of it and the taste left much to be desired. There was too much going on in that dish. I would not go back. I would have been happier literally having a sandwich at Jerry's or Cheesecake Factory than I was with both my dishes here, and it was pricey.
Remember the old LP vinyls ?.
Well the old LP vinyl records were 12 inches in diameter and that is the size of a food plate in Cafe Del Rey except that the plates are white and the food inside is maximum 4 inches in diameter , which translates to : eat before you go to Del Rey. Tasty ? yes , Enough ?, absolutely not. Nice quiet atmosphere for couples and a piano bar. Naturally pianists change all the time but the pianist we experienced last saturday night , although he seemed a nice guy, he could not play a simple melodic sentence without adding embellishmentsin the middle, scales up and down and going forte ,then going piano in the same sentence that can drive you nuts. He could not keep it simple he had to show off so it was not the type that inspired you to hold the sweetheart's hand and whisper in her ear.
Food is served in the bar area too, prices on the high side ,amounts on the low side, and taste on the middle side. Stick to meditarranian pizza it is tasty and good deal for the money.
Eh, not worth it.. My boyfriend and I went to Cafe del Rey on a Tuesday night just to try a new restaurant. We shared a salad and I got the lamb and my boyfriend got the halibut My dish was okay...it came with a small piece of lamb and a huge piece of spicy, dry, sausage. The lamb itself was cooked well, but it was a small portion (the sausage was bigger than the lamb). The sasuage was terrible...like I said spicy (a little too much for my taste) and very dry. My boyfriend got the halibut, which he said was okay as well. I tried it and it was fresh, but lacked any real flavor. We shared this trio of dessert, which was good (what dessert isn't?). Like I said, it was eh...and I don't think I'd reccomend it because you certainly don't get what you pay for.
Pricey - but well worth it. The entrees here basically start at $30. Generally, for a guy on my budget, that makes this a "special occasion" place. In fact, I took my family here, and it really wasn't a special occasion, just a night out. But I quickly forgot the cost of the meal in the pleasure of the ambience and the beautiful view, and the attentiveness of the service. Nor did the food disappoint. My son, the vegetarian, found few options to satisfy his needs, but polished off his agnolotto with gusto. My wife was delighted with the sturgeon, saying it was the best she had had in this country (she is from Russia, where they apparently take their sturgeon seriously). My filet mignon, meanwhile, almost melted in my mouth. The portion was large enough to share with my daughter. The appetizers were excellent as well (calamari and duck rolls) and the desserts extraordinary. I give this restaurant six stars.
Nice view, nice atmosphere, decent food. I understand the mixed reviews. The food was good, but not extraordinary. We went on a Thursday at 5:30 pm when it opened so we did not have to wait. The service was fine. It is a popular restaurant and filled up quickly. I think there are better restaurants in LA, but I agree with the other reviewers that the view of the marina does add value. By the way, I hate valet parking. There is a $3.00 lot across the street if you don't want to valet.
Slow Service. Went on Sunday after my sister's graduation. We were seated promptly after most of our party had arrived (6). Table seemed like a tight fit for us all but whatever. My cousin wasn't interested in the brunch and so went to the front for a lunch menu and began looking at it. The waiter then rudely came and told him he's not allowed to order from there on Sunday and almost snatched it out of his hand. The service was pretty bad we kept having to ask for water from several people and our food took a really long time. The ambiance was nice but it was a bit loud. Very nice for a sunny Sunday. The food was ok, I think some of the portions were smaller than others. The bill was decent for six of us it came out to $178. Their two course brunch is $22 and their three course brunch is $28 and it comes with a complimentary drink. The bar area is really nice and cozy. Around 3pm the place got really empty. I really like their silverware and cups/plates. I thought the place was ok but my cousins were very disappointed with the service.
A TOUGH ONE TO CALL.
I can't say the food is anything more than OK. It's NOTHING to return for. But the place does have a charm and a nice view of the marina.
After reading some great reviews the food is a let down. My salmon was truly mediocre with a sickening sweet glaze and not cooked properly. My companions wanted you to know that they enjoyed their pastas and steak. But it's really hard to screw up pasta and can you trust a person who like their steak well well done!? Desserts also fall flat.
But the charm comes in with the live music and tasteful setting. Just realize your check goes more toward the rent than the food. All agfreed the service was friendly but just OK too.
This is not a place to drive out of your way for but acceptable if you're in the hood.
I've been to Cafe Del Rey twice now, and both trips have proved worthwhile. While the sushi menu leaves something to be desired (uninventive, but still very tasty), both the seafood and landmeat (coining a new foodie word there) entrees were well balanced and delicious. Striped bass was seared with just the right amount of spices outside while remaining tender and meaty within. On a prior trip I ate the boar bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and it was out of sight.
The atmosphere along the marina is quaint and quiet. Live music wafts from the bar area (sometimes piano jazz, sometimes classical guitar). Tables aren't cramped together like most LA restaurants. The service was attentive and friendly, and though pricey and somewhat distant for non-Westsiders, Cafe Del Rey is well worth the trip and the bill.
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