Inn of the Seventh Ray

★★★★☆
  • 128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd

    Topanga, CA 90290

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  • 310-455-1311

About Inn of the Seventh Ray

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Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm Sat 10:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm Sun 9:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm

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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

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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

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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

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★★★★★

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

Cons: Poor Service, Ordinary Food, Expensive

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: Food, beautiful atmosphere

Cons: Smudges On Glasses, Inconsistent Wait Staff, Overpriced

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On Saturday, February 6, my daughter Anna was married in a\r
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

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★★★★★

On Saturday, February 6, my daughter Anna was married in a\r
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

Pros: Amazing Atmosphere

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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

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★★★★★

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

Cons: Poor Service, Ordinary Food, Expensive

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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

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★★★★★

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

Pros: Pretty outdoor atmosphere

Cons: Insane prices for mediocre food

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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

3
★★★★★

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

Pros: beautiful outdoor atmosphere

Cons: bugs (a lot of them), barely there service

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Overpriced mediocre food and not so great service

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Setting

Cons: Um, everything else?

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Excellent place to take a date. Very romantic. I am a wine enthusiast and was happy to see that the wine list was superb. Kudos to the wine director. Food was also good. I recommend it highly.

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★★★★★

Excellent place to take a date. Very romantic. I am a wine enthusiast and was happy to see that the wine list was superb. Kudos to the wine director. Food was also good. I recommend it highly.

Pros: Top-notch Wine List, great setting

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I went to dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray with a good friend of mine that I hadn't seen in quite some time. I specifically wanted to eat somewhere that would be not only tasty, but lovely and charming to make our reunion more special. The Inn was the perfect place. Its' beautiful, peaceful surroundings were wonderfully matched by an award-winning wine list that I was suprised to find. (the selections were unique and top quality, not easy to find sometimes in this town) The food was incredibly fresh and the server was extremely helpful and knowledgable. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time. I would recommend this restaurant to all.

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★★★★★

I went to dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray with a good friend of mine that I hadn't seen in quite some time. I specifically wanted to eat somewhere that would be not only tasty, but lovely and charming to make our reunion more special. The Inn was the perfect place. Its' beautiful, peaceful surroundings were wonderfully matched by an award-winning wine list that I was suprised to find. (the selections were unique and top quality, not easy to find sometimes in this town) The food was incredibly fresh and the server was extremely helpful and knowledgable. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time. I would recommend this restaurant to all.

Pros: Perfect wine list, amazing ambiance, great food

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My husband and I were thrilled to be a part of a HUGE wedding hosted at the Inn -- a place we've been to many times over the past 20 years.

Since virtually everyone arrived at the same time, there was a line of cars for the valet. We turned our car over. About 6 hours later we went to get our car and, strangely, the valet pulled the car past us and opened the passenger door from the inside. I didn't notice why he made that move until we got home. The ENTIRE RIGHT QUARTER PANEL of my car was smashed.

We contacted the Inn the next day. They listened to our story and we followed up with the appropriate estimate for repair. Then all of our subsequent calls and emails were ignored. After months of effort, we were finally able to speak to the owner who declared that this had never happened before, so it couldn't have happened now. That was the last we have ever heard.

Considering the size of the wedding and the amount of money they made, one would have thought they would accept the responsibility and use their insurance to cover the damage done by their valet.

So, after 20 years of going to the Inn, we will now never return. We'll be too busy spending $1,100 to repair the car.

Oh, and by the way:

The Inn of the 7th ray was closed down by the health dept on Thursday July 25 2008 for unsanitary conditions (an infestation of r oaches). You can confirm this with the Los Angeles County Health dept or The Topanga Messenger.

* Pros: very high prices
* Cons: unsanitary conditions

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I were thrilled to be a part of a HUGE wedding hosted at the Inn -- a place we've been to many times over the past 20 years.

Since virtually everyone arrived at the same time, there was a line of cars for the valet. We turned our car over. About 6 hours later we went to get our car and, strangely, the valet pulled the car past us and opened the passenger door from the inside. I didn't notice why he made that move until we got home. The ENTIRE RIGHT QUARTER PANEL of my car was smashed.

We contacted the Inn the next day. They listened to our story and we followed up with the appropriate estimate for repair. Then all of our subsequent calls and emails were ignored. After months of effort, we were finally able to speak to the owner who declared that this had never happened before, so it couldn't have happened now. That was the last we have ever heard.

Considering the size of the wedding and the amount of money they made, one would have thought they would accept the responsibility and use their insurance to cover the damage done by their valet.

So, after 20 years of going to the Inn, we will now never return. We'll be too busy spending $1,100 to repair the car.

Oh, and by the way:

The Inn of the 7th ray was closed down by the health dept on Thursday July 25 2008 for unsanitary conditions (an infestation of r oaches). You can confirm this with the Los Angeles County Health dept or The Topanga Messenger.

* Pros: very high prices
* Cons: unsanitary conditions

Pros: Very pretty and the worst service across the board!

Cons: Lack of integrity and responsibility of the owner

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Stay Away! We went there Friday night (3-13-09) to check it out as a possible place to host our wedding reception. At first the setting was great, great outdoor atmosphere, etc., but we quickly found out why only about 10% of the restaurant occupied at 8pm on a Friday night! It took about 15 minutes to be greeted by our waitress (who claimed to have been working there for 15 years!), and we saw her only 3 times after that. The service was just terrible, the food, not much better. We had a beet salad which was good, I order the Sea Bass, and my finance ordered a meat dish. The fish was $38 bucks, and severely overcooked. I wanted to complain, but could not find ANY staff around, so I sucked it up and ate it. We poured our own wine all night, had to ask for bread and empty plates piled up on our table until we ended up stacking them ourselves. During the meal, I went looking for the restroom. With nobody to ask I wandered aimlessly until I ran into a woman to ask. Her reply was: That?s what I?m looking for! This stranger and I sent on a quest which finally ended when we found them back up the larger stairway to the front door, totally removed from the restaurant. We elected to pass on dessert and go somewhere else, waited another 15 minutes for our check, finally gave the credit card to another waiter, and never once saw our veteran waitress again.
Lousy food, lousy service, and way overpriced (over $200 bucks for two). It?s too bad that somebody who knows restaurants couldn?t buy it. It has great ambience and a great setting, but you end up enjoying neither as you sit around frustrated with everything else.

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★☆☆☆☆

Stay Away! We went there Friday night (3-13-09) to check it out as a possible place to host our wedding reception. At first the setting was great, great outdoor atmosphere, etc., but we quickly found out why only about 10% of the restaurant occupied at 8pm on a Friday night! It took about 15 minutes to be greeted by our waitress (who claimed to have been working there for 15 years!), and we saw her only 3 times after that. The service was just terrible, the food, not much better. We had a beet salad which was good, I order the Sea Bass, and my finance ordered a meat dish. The fish was $38 bucks, and severely overcooked. I wanted to complain, but could not find ANY staff around, so I sucked it up and ate it. We poured our own wine all night, had to ask for bread and empty plates piled up on our table until we ended up stacking them ourselves. During the meal, I went looking for the restroom. With nobody to ask I wandered aimlessly until I ran into a woman to ask. Her reply was: That?s what I?m looking for! This stranger and I sent on a quest which finally ended when we found them back up the larger stairway to the front door, totally removed from the restaurant. We elected to pass on dessert and go somewhere else, waited another 15 minutes for our check, finally gave the credit card to another waiter, and never once saw our veteran waitress again.
Lousy food, lousy service, and way overpriced (over $200 bucks for two). It?s too bad that somebody who knows restaurants couldn?t buy it. It has great ambience and a great setting, but you end up enjoying neither as you sit around frustrated with everything else.

Pros: setting was good wit a great outdoor atmosphere

Cons: The service was just terrible, the food, not much better

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Having read great things online, we were considering the Inn as a wedding venue and decided to check it out over Valentine's dinner.

We arrived about 5 minutes early for our 9:30 reservation (the earliest we were able to get with two weeks notice) and we instantly knew something was wrong. The restaurant was disastrously overbooked. There was a terrible back-up for the valet and the crowd packed into the foyer poured into parking lot. While we shivered in the cold and waited to talk to the hostess, we overheard the loud complaints of others who had been waiting 30-45 minutes past their reservation time to get a table. The hostess had long since given into frustration and couldn't muster even a glimmer of courtesy. It was an exceptionally cold night and the restaurant seemed to be experiencing a shortage of heat lamps to complement the dearth of service. While we waited in the chill, breathing the nauseatingly heavily perfumed air and exhaling frosty white clouds, we came to our decision. When we were finally able to speak to the hostess, we told her we would prefer to cancel our reservation rather than endure the up to an hour wait for a table. She brusquely crossed our names off the list.

We overheard more horror stories as we waited in valet line to retrieve our car. They had lost our keys and, though the valets working were generally kind and concerned, the extremely long line was growing agitated and there was little they could do to help us. We stood in the parking lot for half an hour nagging every valet who passed with questions about where our car or keys could be. Eventually, they found our car and discovered that the keys had been left inside. The valet who found it kindly declined the tip we offered with his apologies and we were only too happy to leave the Inn of the Seventh Ray having only lost an hour of our time.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having read great things online, we were considering the Inn as a wedding venue and decided to check it out over Valentine's dinner.

We arrived about 5 minutes early for our 9:30 reservation (the earliest we were able to get with two weeks notice) and we instantly knew something was wrong. The restaurant was disastrously overbooked. There was a terrible back-up for the valet and the crowd packed into the foyer poured into parking lot. While we shivered in the cold and waited to talk to the hostess, we overheard the loud complaints of others who had been waiting 30-45 minutes past their reservation time to get a table. The hostess had long since given into frustration and couldn't muster even a glimmer of courtesy. It was an exceptionally cold night and the restaurant seemed to be experiencing a shortage of heat lamps to complement the dearth of service. While we waited in the chill, breathing the nauseatingly heavily perfumed air and exhaling frosty white clouds, we came to our decision. When we were finally able to speak to the hostess, we told her we would prefer to cancel our reservation rather than endure the up to an hour wait for a table. She brusquely crossed our names off the list.

We overheard more horror stories as we waited in valet line to retrieve our car. They had lost our keys and, though the valets working were generally kind and concerned, the extremely long line was growing agitated and there was little they could do to help us. We stood in the parking lot for half an hour nagging every valet who passed with questions about where our car or keys could be. Eventually, they found our car and discovered that the keys had been left inside. The valet who found it kindly declined the tip we offered with his apologies and we were only too happy to leave the Inn of the Seventh Ray having only lost an hour of our time.

Pros: Kindly valet staff, even when overbooked

Cons: Horrifically bad management, poor service, overly perfumed air

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I had the worst experience on Valentine's Day 09 at this restaurant. The waitress forgot to bring my wine, the valet parker almost blew up my car, almost everything we ordered and asked for was either wrong or forgotten to be brought to the table. The hostess did not welcome people. I will never go back to this restaurant again and do not recommend it to anyone. Very overpriced and the food was not good at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had the worst experience on Valentine's Day 09 at this restaurant. The waitress forgot to bring my wine, the valet parker almost blew up my car, almost everything we ordered and asked for was either wrong or forgotten to be brought to the table. The hostess did not welcome people. I will never go back to this restaurant again and do not recommend it to anyone. Very overpriced and the food was not good at all.

Pros: The restaurant looks very nice.

Cons: Service is horrible and food is not that great.

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Oh boy, went here on Vday and it was a DISASTER. Obviously overbooked, overpriced, and understaffed, this place is an embarrassment... A brief description of our first and last venture to this horrible restaurant:

1 - Our reservation was at 9:15, we were seated at 10:15. There is no bar to wait at; there is a bookstore that was crammed wall-to-wall to everyone else who was waiting for their table as well.

2 - There was a CONSTANT LOUD BANGING NOISE. I'm assuming this was coming from the kitchen... but could have been some kind of garbage shoot? I really have no idea....

3 - We had to send back our soup because it was room temperature (i'm not an expert, but I assume soup is either SUPPOSED to be cold or hot, this was neither) When we got it back, it wasn't much warmer.

4 - My boyfriend's chair BROKE! He literally fell to the ground. There was no waiter anywhere in the vicinity to help us, so he got on his knees, fixed the chair, and sat back down. The second time it broke, he got up and swapped the chair with an empty one on the other side of the room. This whole time there was not a single restaurant employee anywhere near us. Where were they?!?! When we finally caught the eye of a waiter, we explained what happened, he apologized and took away the broken chair...

5 - The fish appetizer tasted bad to me, I took one bite and refused to eat the rest of it. My boyfriend did eat it and he's been sick to his stomach all day... Maybe it's just a coincidence, but I wouldn't eat there again.

6 - Broken-chair and all, our bill was close to 300 dollars for 2 people.

To be fair - the staff is well-meaning, but just horribly managed and obviously over-extended.

For a place that sells books about Karma, you think the mgmt would actually care about treating people decently...

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★☆☆☆☆

Oh boy, went here on Vday and it was a DISASTER. Obviously overbooked, overpriced, and understaffed, this place is an embarrassment... A brief description of our first and last venture to this horrible restaurant:

1 - Our reservation was at 9:15, we were seated at 10:15. There is no bar to wait at; there is a bookstore that was crammed wall-to-wall to everyone else who was waiting for their table as well.

2 - There was a CONSTANT LOUD BANGING NOISE. I'm assuming this was coming from the kitchen... but could have been some kind of garbage shoot? I really have no idea....

3 - We had to send back our soup because it was room temperature (i'm not an expert, but I assume soup is either SUPPOSED to be cold or hot, this was neither) When we got it back, it wasn't much warmer.

4 - My boyfriend's chair BROKE! He literally fell to the ground. There was no waiter anywhere in the vicinity to help us, so he got on his knees, fixed the chair, and sat back down. The second time it broke, he got up and swapped the chair with an empty one on the other side of the room. This whole time there was not a single restaurant employee anywhere near us. Where were they?!?! When we finally caught the eye of a waiter, we explained what happened, he apologized and took away the broken chair...

5 - The fish appetizer tasted bad to me, I took one bite and refused to eat the rest of it. My boyfriend did eat it and he's been sick to his stomach all day... Maybe it's just a coincidence, but I wouldn't eat there again.

6 - Broken-chair and all, our bill was close to 300 dollars for 2 people.

To be fair - the staff is well-meaning, but just horribly managed and obviously over-extended.

For a place that sells books about Karma, you think the mgmt would actually care about treating people decently...

Pros: A friendly hostess who was obviously getting yelled at all night, friendly wait-staff

Cons: Mediocre food at "Fine-Dining" prices, horribly managed and understaffed.

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I was so excited when we pulled up to the restaurant because I have been wanting to eat there for 3 years. However, by the time our soup came out I was ready to go home. On Valentines Day, the busiest day of the year, the restaurant was probably under-staffed about 10 waiters... and the staff they had were completely incompetent. We were seated for almost 2 hours before we got our entree and we had to BEG for everything we got. I had to ask for my wine 4 times before it actually came, it took our waiter a half hour even to show up at the table, and after speaking to the manager 3 times about the delays, it didn't help anything go faster. And you think the manager would have taken at least a glass of wine of our $300 bill....no way! The place is so beautiful, it's such a shame that the unbelievably HORRIBLE service ruined our whole experience. I have worked at 100's of restaurants, and I know that when a place gets that busy and is that understaffed, the managers go and put on an apron and play waiter for the night. This was inexcusable. I would never go back. I would not recommend going during any busy night or any night between the months of October-March. It gets pretty cold outside and the outside is the place to sit.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited when we pulled up to the restaurant because I have been wanting to eat there for 3 years. However, by the time our soup came out I was ready to go home. On Valentines Day, the busiest day of the year, the restaurant was probably under-staffed about 10 waiters... and the staff they had were completely incompetent. We were seated for almost 2 hours before we got our entree and we had to BEG for everything we got. I had to ask for my wine 4 times before it actually came, it took our waiter a half hour even to show up at the table, and after speaking to the manager 3 times about the delays, it didn't help anything go faster. And you think the manager would have taken at least a glass of wine of our $300 bill....no way! The place is so beautiful, it's such a shame that the unbelievably HORRIBLE service ruined our whole experience. I have worked at 100's of restaurants, and I know that when a place gets that busy and is that understaffed, the managers go and put on an apron and play waiter for the night. This was inexcusable. I would never go back. I would not recommend going during any busy night or any night between the months of October-March. It gets pretty cold outside and the outside is the place to sit.

Pros: great ambience

Cons: HORRIBLE SERVICE

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What a beautiful find this was! The restaurant is unique in that it tries to capture a country ambience, combining it with a vast organic menu. We had the Sunday brunch buffet, and although this is awefully expensive, it is definitely worth a visit for a special occasion!

They had a huge selection of organic salads, fruits, meats, desserts, and even crabs legs and salmon. I can't say I'm someone who is organised enough to shop and dine organic on a regular basis, but the quality of the food was excellent, and enough variety in that you're entertained for several visits back to the buffet! You also get a "complementary" (it's included in the price, I guarantee you!) glass of champagne or sparking apple cider.

The service was more than adequate; we had a very sweet waitress and the dirty plates were regularly cleared from the table and coffee re-poured.

The biggest stars go for the layout and views. All tables are outside, adorned by silk marquis, outside heaters, and even a fountain. It's a very calming and pleasant restaurant to spend a few hours on a Sunday whilst you stuff yourself at the buffet!

I would have given this 5 stars, but it was awfully expensive. I'm sure it's worth it, for the quality of food and creativity of the obviously very talented chef, but in these tough economic times this honestly is not in the budget for a weekly visit. But it's excellent for a special occasion or celebration!

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★★★★☆

What a beautiful find this was! The restaurant is unique in that it tries to capture a country ambience, combining it with a vast organic menu. We had the Sunday brunch buffet, and although this is awefully expensive, it is definitely worth a visit for a special occasion!

They had a huge selection of organic salads, fruits, meats, desserts, and even crabs legs and salmon. I can't say I'm someone who is organised enough to shop and dine organic on a regular basis, but the quality of the food was excellent, and enough variety in that you're entertained for several visits back to the buffet! You also get a "complementary" (it's included in the price, I guarantee you!) glass of champagne or sparking apple cider.

The service was more than adequate; we had a very sweet waitress and the dirty plates were regularly cleared from the table and coffee re-poured.

The biggest stars go for the layout and views. All tables are outside, adorned by silk marquis, outside heaters, and even a fountain. It's a very calming and pleasant restaurant to spend a few hours on a Sunday whilst you stuff yourself at the buffet!

I would have given this 5 stars, but it was awfully expensive. I'm sure it's worth it, for the quality of food and creativity of the obviously very talented chef, but in these tough economic times this honestly is not in the budget for a weekly visit. But it's excellent for a special occasion or celebration!

Pros: Fantastic Sunday brunch buffet! Range of food was excellent; great service; beautiful ambience and excellent for special occasions!

Cons: Expensive. Plus they tried to force us to pay $4 for valet when the carpark was 2 meters away. I recommend parking 50 metres down the road for free!

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this was one of my favorite restaurants.
It is hidden in the hills of Topanga Canyon and the outside tables lay among trees almost, like seating on a terrace and there is a nice creek right below...
It is for all, but very romantic and great for couples. First time I went all the tables had lavander colors and beautiful decorations. The food is very good and priced accordingly to the magic you experience when you are there. One of the kind, definetly

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★★★★★

this was one of my favorite restaurants.
It is hidden in the hills of Topanga Canyon and the outside tables lay among trees almost, like seating on a terrace and there is a nice creek right below...
It is for all, but very romantic and great for couples. First time I went all the tables had lavander colors and beautiful decorations. The food is very good and priced accordingly to the magic you experience when you are there. One of the kind, definetly

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Beautiful place. Slooooow but mellow service.
Raw food tasting menu was just NOT good. I wanted to love it but it was basically inedible.
Ridiculously overpriced for such poor quality.
I've been an off and on customer for years and its always been inconsistent.
They used to have a couple great hostesses here a few years ago.
One very tall brunette and one blonde woman with an accent- they always made us feel welcome and seemed to be in control. Complaints were dealt with efficiently
But they have been replaced and the place seems to be in chaos at the hostess station. This continues through to the dining experience.
I think I am done for a year or two anyway. This last dinner was just ridiculous.

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Beautiful place. Slooooow but mellow service.
Raw food tasting menu was just NOT good. I wanted to love it but it was basically inedible.
Ridiculously overpriced for such poor quality.
I've been an off and on customer for years and its always been inconsistent.
They used to have a couple great hostesses here a few years ago.
One very tall brunette and one blonde woman with an accent- they always made us feel welcome and seemed to be in control. Complaints were dealt with efficiently
But they have been replaced and the place seems to be in chaos at the hostess station. This continues through to the dining experience.
I think I am done for a year or two anyway. This last dinner was just ridiculous.

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I had been here many years ago and it was just ok then. I came back on a recommendation of friend. And I was sooooooooooo glad i did. What a difference!!! This has always been the best date restaurant in the LA area in terms of atmosphere now they have the food and wine to match.

The food has something for everyone. When I say anyone, I mean anyone. I'm a meat loving carnivore and my girlfriend is a vegan. It's so tough to find a place that we both can eat. Here they have a regular menu for me, a vegetarian menu and even a raw menu. I had the scallop to start and a great Kobe steak (both like butter). She had portobello pave as an appetizer and the farro risotto. Hard to believe the risotto was vegan but, it was. They told us it was made with soy cheese. I even liked her vegan dishes which was hard for me to tell her and even hard for me to type. But its true.

Great wine lists are tough to come by. Normally they are all filled with the S.O.S. Not here they have all the allocated wines I love to see on lists. .

I owe my friend big-time for the re-recommendation. I guess we will all go back together and I'll pick up the check. I'm ready when they are.

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I had been here many years ago and it was just ok then. I came back on a recommendation of friend. And I was sooooooooooo glad i did. What a difference!!! This has always been the best date restaurant in the LA area in terms of atmosphere now they have the food and wine to match.

The food has something for everyone. When I say anyone, I mean anyone. I'm a meat loving carnivore and my girlfriend is a vegan. It's so tough to find a place that we both can eat. Here they have a regular menu for me, a vegetarian menu and even a raw menu. I had the scallop to start and a great Kobe steak (both like butter). She had portobello pave as an appetizer and the farro risotto. Hard to believe the risotto was vegan but, it was. They told us it was made with soy cheese. I even liked her vegan dishes which was hard for me to tell her and even hard for me to type. But its true.

Great wine lists are tough to come by. Normally they are all filled with the S.O.S. Not here they have all the allocated wines I love to see on lists. .

I owe my friend big-time for the re-recommendation. I guess we will all go back together and I'll pick up the check. I'm ready when they are.

Pros: Great food, wine list and atmosphere

Cons: Little chilly in the winter but they have this great room with a cozy fireplace

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Took my wife here for dinner on her 40th birthday. The setting was absolutely spectacular. On arriving the hostess went to seat another couple and disappeared for a good 10 minutes with no acknowledgement. We were eventually seated at a cozy table for two and opted for the fixed price traditional menu ($75) which consists of 3 appetizers, two main courses and cheese plate and dessert and the wine flight ($35) that goes with the meal - 2 whites, 3 reds. There was one waitress serving the entire place - about 8 tables, mostly couples. 20 minutes after ordering nothing had come to our table - that set the pace for the rest of the night. When the appetizers finally came with our first two wines we had probably waited a half hour. It took about 3 hours for the entire meal to be served, wines were brought well before the food so by the time the food showed up we had empty glasses. The portions were TINY (eg. scallop appetizer consisted of ONE scallop; lamb main course: two lamb chops). Food overall was mediocre and pricey. Waitress couldn't be more apologetic - even told us that the owner was about to fire the persn in charge of the pantry (huh?!) because things were going so badly. It was like being in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares before Gordon Ramsey shows up and fixes the place. They want to be high class but have no idea what they are doing. Stay away until they get it together.

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Took my wife here for dinner on her 40th birthday. The setting was absolutely spectacular. On arriving the hostess went to seat another couple and disappeared for a good 10 minutes with no acknowledgement. We were eventually seated at a cozy table for two and opted for the fixed price traditional menu ($75) which consists of 3 appetizers, two main courses and cheese plate and dessert and the wine flight ($35) that goes with the meal - 2 whites, 3 reds. There was one waitress serving the entire place - about 8 tables, mostly couples. 20 minutes after ordering nothing had come to our table - that set the pace for the rest of the night. When the appetizers finally came with our first two wines we had probably waited a half hour. It took about 3 hours for the entire meal to be served, wines were brought well before the food so by the time the food showed up we had empty glasses. The portions were TINY (eg. scallop appetizer consisted of ONE scallop; lamb main course: two lamb chops). Food overall was mediocre and pricey. Waitress couldn't be more apologetic - even told us that the owner was about to fire the persn in charge of the pantry (huh?!) because things were going so badly. It was like being in an episode of Kitchen Nightmares before Gordon Ramsey shows up and fixes the place. They want to be high class but have no idea what they are doing. Stay away until they get it together.

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This place is a haven fo me to unwind and be cared for. I have been going here for over 30 years and each time seems better than the time before. They are abreast of the latest tidbits of natural food offerings and I have found them to be the first to serve many of the newest foods and one of the first to serve organics. The staff is always quite entertaining, full of passion and are amazing people. To me it is obvious that this is not just a business but a dedication to excellence and not deserving of the negative comments I just read. I don' t normally write in these forums, but I just coudn't let my favorite restaurant be bashed.

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This place is a haven fo me to unwind and be cared for. I have been going here for over 30 years and each time seems better than the time before. They are abreast of the latest tidbits of natural food offerings and I have found them to be the first to serve many of the newest foods and one of the first to serve organics. The staff is always quite entertaining, full of passion and are amazing people. To me it is obvious that this is not just a business but a dedication to excellence and not deserving of the negative comments I just read. I don' t normally write in these forums, but I just coudn't let my favorite restaurant be bashed.

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Two good friends and I went to Inn of the Seventh Ray last night to celebrate 25 years of friendship, and the birthday of one of us. The food was delicious, the service was great, the ambiance was magical. Yes, it's pricey. Yes, for a special occasion it's worth it. Ask for a table by the creek in the tree section. Even when the creek is bone-dry, as it is right now in August, the setting is wonderful. White candles on the tables, white Christmas lights twining among trees, and one of the best meals I've eaten in months. I particularly liked the tuna appetizer, which was garnished with thin slices of kumquats and accompanied by a crunchy red rice item; the duck breast with corn and lentils; and the green rhubarb and strawberry tart. Wonderful!

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Two good friends and I went to Inn of the Seventh Ray last night to celebrate 25 years of friendship, and the birthday of one of us. The food was delicious, the service was great, the ambiance was magical. Yes, it's pricey. Yes, for a special occasion it's worth it. Ask for a table by the creek in the tree section. Even when the creek is bone-dry, as it is right now in August, the setting is wonderful. White candles on the tables, white Christmas lights twining among trees, and one of the best meals I've eaten in months. I particularly liked the tuna appetizer, which was garnished with thin slices of kumquats and accompanied by a crunchy red rice item; the duck breast with corn and lentils; and the green rhubarb and strawberry tart. Wonderful!

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Beautiful place, but the blandest expensive meal I've ever had. Puny servings, too, unless you consider four scallops and two niblets of lobster on a few strings of overcooked pasta for $35 to be an appropriate portion. The whole meal had virtually no flavor. Even the bread had nice texture but barely any taste. Dessert was pretty good, but I was still so hungry after my mini meal that I went home and raided the fridge. When we first arrived we had to wait 10 minutes at the front desk for the hostess to even show up, too. 5 stars for the location, 1/2 star for the food and 1/2 star for the value.

PROS: fantastic, romantic setting, food presentation is great (looks like it SHOULD taste good)
CONS: tiny portions, tasteless food, ridiculous price for what it is. Your check is really for the location.

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Beautiful place, but the blandest expensive meal I've ever had. Puny servings, too, unless you consider four scallops and two niblets of lobster on a few strings of overcooked pasta for $35 to be an appropriate portion. The whole meal had virtually no flavor. Even the bread had nice texture but barely any taste. Dessert was pretty good, but I was still so hungry after my mini meal that I went home and raided the fridge. When we first arrived we had to wait 10 minutes at the front desk for the hostess to even show up, too. 5 stars for the location, 1/2 star for the food and 1/2 star for the value.

PROS: fantastic, romantic setting, food presentation is great (looks like it SHOULD taste good)
CONS: tiny portions, tasteless food, ridiculous price for what it is. Your check is really for the location.

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The Inn of the 7th ray was closed down by the health dept on Thursday July 25 2008 for unsanitary conditions (an infestation of r oaches). You can confirm this with the Los Angeles County Health dept or The Topanga Messenger.

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The Inn of the 7th ray was closed down by the health dept on Thursday July 25 2008 for unsanitary conditions (an infestation of r oaches). You can confirm this with the Los Angeles County Health dept or The Topanga Messenger.

Pros: very high prices

Cons: unsanitary conditions

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I went to this place the other day for dinner. Had to wait too long to be seated and service was awful.
Their motto? "Customer comes last".
To all of you who plan on going there, make sure that they have passed all inspections, especially now that even tomatoes are getting us sick. This place is DIRTY.

Pros: beautiful place
Cons: too many to list.

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I went to this place the other day for dinner. Had to wait too long to be seated and service was awful.
Their motto? "Customer comes last".
To all of you who plan on going there, make sure that they have passed all inspections, especially now that even tomatoes are getting us sick. This place is DIRTY.

Pros: beautiful place
Cons: too many to list.

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i took my wife here, and it was the first time for us and it pretty much was a horrible. from beginning to end. we waited 5-10 min. for the hostess to seat us (we had no idea where she was while we and others just waited. they sat us down outside on a cute table. i thought the waiter was an idiot. my wife told him off since we had to wait 50 minutes to get our appetizer while others around us ordered after us, but got theirs before us.
when the waiter brought me my beer, he was holding the mug which i was supposed to drink out of with his finger inside it. he then poured my drink into it and handed it to me, but i noticed that all the foam touched the palm of his hand since he grabbed the mug from the top. NASTY.
their service was horrible and the food was average. i noticed that other gave them a bad review for the same nite we were there.
i would rather eat at a taco stand then go back to that place.
maybe there wanna be actor waiters need to take some lessons in manners and get the stick out their ...

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i took my wife here, and it was the first time for us and it pretty much was a horrible. from beginning to end. we waited 5-10 min. for the hostess to seat us (we had no idea where she was while we and others just waited. they sat us down outside on a cute table. i thought the waiter was an idiot. my wife told him off since we had to wait 50 minutes to get our appetizer while others around us ordered after us, but got theirs before us.
when the waiter brought me my beer, he was holding the mug which i was supposed to drink out of with his finger inside it. he then poured my drink into it and handed it to me, but i noticed that all the foam touched the palm of his hand since he grabbed the mug from the top. NASTY.
their service was horrible and the food was average. i noticed that other gave them a bad review for the same nite we were there.
i would rather eat at a taco stand then go back to that place.
maybe there wanna be actor waiters need to take some lessons in manners and get the stick out their ...

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I have been going to the Inn for 30 years and live in the community. I go there monthly and have had two weddings, a funeral and several birthday parties there. Two weeks ago their valet guy, Frank, inadvertently took my keys to the car on his 2 hour lunch break. My friend and I had to wait 90 minutes for him to return. It was a hot day and thankfully we did not have to go to the airport..my friend lives in Thailand.

I decided to be a nice person and not disturb the wedding party ot Inn staff who was organizing to come into the restaurant. A few days later I phoned to talk to someone in management about this experience. A nice waiter told me to call back and speak to either Marie or Patrice of my experience. He assured me that my experience and feelings would be heard.

I called back later and got Patrice. She was unapologetic and defensive asking "What is it exactly you want us to do?" I said I wanted to get comped a free dinner..for the hassle of losing my time and that they should take responsibility for this mishap. They own the valet service there too. She seemed like she would put my call into the round file (trash) as her attitude was absolutely horrid toward me...a regular client.

When my call was not addressed two weeks later...I called again and asked for Marie. Just my luck the lazy Patrice answered the phone. My father owns a fancy restaurant in NY, he would never treat anyone the way Patrice treated me. Patrice is a total drip. No personality and no customer service background. A terrible person to bring issues too. In my opinion, she should be fired for how she next treated me.

I reminded her of my call two weeks ago. She said she brought it up to the owner and if she wanted to..she would get back to me. At which I said "I cannot believe how rude you are and your owner is to ignore this call. How would you like to wait 90 minutes for your car?" She said "I wait comfortably" at which point I hung up on the bozo.

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I have been going to the Inn for 30 years and live in the community. I go there monthly and have had two weddings, a funeral and several birthday parties there. Two weeks ago their valet guy, Frank, inadvertently took my keys to the car on his 2 hour lunch break. My friend and I had to wait 90 minutes for him to return. It was a hot day and thankfully we did not have to go to the airport..my friend lives in Thailand.

I decided to be a nice person and not disturb the wedding party ot Inn staff who was organizing to come into the restaurant. A few days later I phoned to talk to someone in management about this experience. A nice waiter told me to call back and speak to either Marie or Patrice of my experience. He assured me that my experience and feelings would be heard.

I called back later and got Patrice. She was unapologetic and defensive asking "What is it exactly you want us to do?" I said I wanted to get comped a free dinner..for the hassle of losing my time and that they should take responsibility for this mishap. They own the valet service there too. She seemed like she would put my call into the round file (trash) as her attitude was absolutely horrid toward me...a regular client.

When my call was not addressed two weeks later...I called again and asked for Marie. Just my luck the lazy Patrice answered the phone. My father owns a fancy restaurant in NY, he would never treat anyone the way Patrice treated me. Patrice is a total drip. No personality and no customer service background. A terrible person to bring issues too. In my opinion, she should be fired for how she next treated me.

I reminded her of my call two weeks ago. She said she brought it up to the owner and if she wanted to..she would get back to me. At which I said "I cannot believe how rude you are and your owner is to ignore this call. How would you like to wait 90 minutes for your car?" She said "I wait comfortably" at which point I hung up on the bozo.

Pros: Great location, good food.

Cons: They could not care less about customer complaints...their attitude is "next"..no loyalty to loyal customer.

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My boyfriend took me to the Inn for my birthday - it was highly recommended by some of his colleagues. We arrived on time for our 8:30 reservation - to find that there was no valet parking that night - luckily we found a spot in a nearby parking lot. The place looked beautiful - twinkle lights wrapped around all the trees - and a pretty dining patio. There was 4 people waiting at the hostess podium but no hostess. About 10 minutes later still no hostess - and now the line had grown to 14 people. After another few minutes our ex-hippie hostess showed up - as if a line of 14 people was no problem. She was a total space cadet and took another 10 minutes getting everyones names and reservation info. Then she sat everyone out of order. Our table wasn't set up and she said someone would get it ready asap. 5 minutes later the goofy hostess came back with a tablecloth and glasses...which is crazy since there was still 10 people waiting in line at the front of the restaurant! She had no clue how to set the table either - 5 minutes later we got to sit down and it's now 9 pm. This was getting a little crazy - meanwhile the 2 waiters serving the other tables clearly saw us waiting around during all of this. The table and chairs are cute but wobbly. We studied the menus for another 10 minutes with no acknowledgment from the waiters at all. At this point we were really frustrated. Especially considering that this was going to be an expensive meal. Next, a table of 6 got seated near us and guess what - the freaking waiter went to them first! UNBELIEVABLE! We couldn't believe it. So we left. Pretty crappy experience. I'm sure the food is great there but we didn't stick around to find out - the AWFUL service turned us off. Not to mention we live in Silverlake and Topanga isn't exactly close by.

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My boyfriend took me to the Inn for my birthday - it was highly recommended by some of his colleagues. We arrived on time for our 8:30 reservation - to find that there was no valet parking that night - luckily we found a spot in a nearby parking lot. The place looked beautiful - twinkle lights wrapped around all the trees - and a pretty dining patio. There was 4 people waiting at the hostess podium but no hostess. About 10 minutes later still no hostess - and now the line had grown to 14 people. After another few minutes our ex-hippie hostess showed up - as if a line of 14 people was no problem. She was a total space cadet and took another 10 minutes getting everyones names and reservation info. Then she sat everyone out of order. Our table wasn't set up and she said someone would get it ready asap. 5 minutes later the goofy hostess came back with a tablecloth and glasses...which is crazy since there was still 10 people waiting in line at the front of the restaurant! She had no clue how to set the table either - 5 minutes later we got to sit down and it's now 9 pm. This was getting a little crazy - meanwhile the 2 waiters serving the other tables clearly saw us waiting around during all of this. The table and chairs are cute but wobbly. We studied the menus for another 10 minutes with no acknowledgment from the waiters at all. At this point we were really frustrated. Especially considering that this was going to be an expensive meal. Next, a table of 6 got seated near us and guess what - the freaking waiter went to them first! UNBELIEVABLE! We couldn't believe it. So we left. Pretty crappy experience. I'm sure the food is great there but we didn't stick around to find out - the AWFUL service turned us off. Not to mention we live in Silverlake and Topanga isn't exactly close by.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Awful service

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Went there for Sunday brunch. Wonderful place/ atmosphere. Menu is very limited and food is horrible. The owner should be ashamed to serve what they call a fruit salad! It's a shame that such a nice place doesn't have a better menu.

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Went there for Sunday brunch. Wonderful place/ atmosphere. Menu is very limited and food is horrible. The owner should be ashamed to serve what they call a fruit salad! It's a shame that such a nice place doesn't have a better menu.

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This restaurant has not been reviewed in 2 years and the new chef cyril comes along and fancy that...some rave reviews..no one cares about this place ..nice job friends and fam of cyril.. it was too obvious

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This restaurant has not been reviewed in 2 years and the new chef cyril comes along and fancy that...some rave reviews..no one cares about this place ..nice job friends and fam of cyril.. it was too obvious

Pros: pretty place

Cons: pretty place

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Ok, it was my birthday, but I was surprised that my husband, who is a foodie, would choose Inn of the Seventh Ray, not always known for its haute cuisine. He said, "Honey, I got a hot tip - they hired a new chef three weeks ago - this won't be a secret for long". Before the night was over, I was on a natural Topanga high, higher than the Santa Monica Mountains we were nestled in.

My husband called for the chef - Cyril, mais oui, a Frenchman, hip and handsome. Cyril suggested we take advantage of the tasting menu with some surprises. Our first course, The Carrot Veloute on Ice ? was outstanding, carrot-y fresh with a zingy twist of green chili oil, followed by Pressed Portobello Mushrooms ? smooth and cool, then Langoustine that still tasted like the sea ? in a very good way. The wine steward, Travis, paired incredible wines for us and offered interesting insights and back-stories.

At the end of the evening we had eaten everything in sight - garnish included ? a touch of kumquat on the tuna, baby abalone sauteed in garilc, Jon Dory with pea puree and indian spices, parsnip puree with basil oil and sea bass ? every bite had an exciting twist. We couldn?t wait to see what Cyril would put together next. Our four hour meal culminated with a fruit assemblage ? watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, white raspberries, there were probably other fresh and delicious fruits in there too but by this time I was in a wonderful food-induced euphoria and my memory is hazy.

What an incredible birthday meal! Having another birthday doesn?t put me in the best mood ? but having a meal at the Inn of the Seventh Ray prepared by Cyril made us vow to come back with friends on any occasion that suits us! Wow! The new chef Cyril has elevated the menu so the quality of the meal is now equal to the breathtaking natural setting.

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Ok, it was my birthday, but I was surprised that my husband, who is a foodie, would choose Inn of the Seventh Ray, not always known for its haute cuisine. He said, "Honey, I got a hot tip - they hired a new chef three weeks ago - this won't be a secret for long". Before the night was over, I was on a natural Topanga high, higher than the Santa Monica Mountains we were nestled in.

My husband called for the chef - Cyril, mais oui, a Frenchman, hip and handsome. Cyril suggested we take advantage of the tasting menu with some surprises. Our first course, The Carrot Veloute on Ice ? was outstanding, carrot-y fresh with a zingy twist of green chili oil, followed by Pressed Portobello Mushrooms ? smooth and cool, then Langoustine that still tasted like the sea ? in a very good way. The wine steward, Travis, paired incredible wines for us and offered interesting insights and back-stories.

At the end of the evening we had eaten everything in sight - garnish included ? a touch of kumquat on the tuna, baby abalone sauteed in garilc, Jon Dory with pea puree and indian spices, parsnip puree with basil oil and sea bass ? every bite had an exciting twist. We couldn?t wait to see what Cyril would put together next. Our four hour meal culminated with a fruit assemblage ? watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, white raspberries, there were probably other fresh and delicious fruits in there too but by this time I was in a wonderful food-induced euphoria and my memory is hazy.

What an incredible birthday meal! Having another birthday doesn?t put me in the best mood ? but having a meal at the Inn of the Seventh Ray prepared by Cyril made us vow to come back with friends on any occasion that suits us! Wow! The new chef Cyril has elevated the menu so the quality of the meal is now equal to the breathtaking natural setting.

Pros: Chef that knows what he is doing! Attentive service, good wine steward

Cons: None that we experienced

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The allure of the inn?s is undisputed, the environs have always made up if the food was found lacking. No lack allowed now with the arrival of a new chef Cyril who has skillfully and and artistically interpreted ?raw? cuisine with aggressive creative vision. Our tasting was a treat for all the senses. Carrot soup infused with coconut and dressed with jalapeno oil with a crunchy hemp cracker atop , a architectural terrine of heirloom tomatoes paired with thai basil, pave of portobello mushrooms surrounded by white asparagus peas corn and red bell pepper, apple chip was a great treat, a wonder of an ?entree? Gnocchi made from beets and nuts, black truffle notes . No gluttony here, just an incredible meal that left us fulfilled and sated.

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The allure of the inn?s is undisputed, the environs have always made up if the food was found lacking. No lack allowed now with the arrival of a new chef Cyril who has skillfully and and artistically interpreted ?raw? cuisine with aggressive creative vision. Our tasting was a treat for all the senses. Carrot soup infused with coconut and dressed with jalapeno oil with a crunchy hemp cracker atop , a architectural terrine of heirloom tomatoes paired with thai basil, pave of portobello mushrooms surrounded by white asparagus peas corn and red bell pepper, apple chip was a great treat, a wonder of an ?entree? Gnocchi made from beets and nuts, black truffle notes . No gluttony here, just an incredible meal that left us fulfilled and sated.

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First time visit and we will be back again. We arrived on the spur of the moment, very casually dressed on a Sunday. Seeing people leave we were concerned we were under dressed but were treated as valued customers by everyone. The Sunday brunch is amazing. The food is so fresh and delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. We can?t wait to try dinner here.

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First time visit and we will be back again. We arrived on the spur of the moment, very casually dressed on a Sunday. Seeing people leave we were concerned we were under dressed but were treated as valued customers by everyone. The Sunday brunch is amazing. The food is so fresh and delicious and the atmosphere relaxing. We can?t wait to try dinner here.

Pros: Ambience, great food

Cons: nothing

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We went with friends Saturday night to celebrate our joint wedding anniversaries. Reviews we read had been very mixed so we were not sure what to expect. The entire evening was fantastic! We had opening time reservations at 5:30 and, since it felt chilly outside, opted to sit inside next to the roaring fire. It was cozy and romantic. The food was absolutely incredible as was the service. Yes, it is expensive but the ingredient combinations were pure haute gourmet and well worth it. Everyting arrived in a timely manner and the staff was friendly and attentive. We all felt the evening was magical!

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We went with friends Saturday night to celebrate our joint wedding anniversaries. Reviews we read had been very mixed so we were not sure what to expect. The entire evening was fantastic! We had opening time reservations at 5:30 and, since it felt chilly outside, opted to sit inside next to the roaring fire. It was cozy and romantic. The food was absolutely incredible as was the service. Yes, it is expensive but the ingredient combinations were pure haute gourmet and well worth it. Everyting arrived in a timely manner and the staff was friendly and attentive. We all felt the evening was magical!

Pros: Ambience, service, food

Cons: None

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If you are planning a relaxing or romantic meal, this restaurant is perfect. I went for lunch the other day with my sister for the first time and was first impressed that customers seat themselves anywhere they want, whether it be secluded in the gazebo or in the sun by the fountain. Service was slow and we didn't get refills on our drinks but it paid off when the food came (after quite a long time- again, expect the long wait). I ordered the roasted vegetable flatbread sandwich, and it was absolutely fantastic. My sister got the salad and also enjoyed it. We had ordered the cheese plate as an appetizer but it never came. When we told the waitress, she insisted that we get it to eat after our meal, 'on the house,' and it was excellent.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you have time and are looking for a special, intimate dining experience.

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If you are planning a relaxing or romantic meal, this restaurant is perfect. I went for lunch the other day with my sister for the first time and was first impressed that customers seat themselves anywhere they want, whether it be secluded in the gazebo or in the sun by the fountain. Service was slow and we didn't get refills on our drinks but it paid off when the food came (after quite a long time- again, expect the long wait). I ordered the roasted vegetable flatbread sandwich, and it was absolutely fantastic. My sister got the salad and also enjoyed it. We had ordered the cheese plate as an appetizer but it never came. When we told the waitress, she insisted that we get it to eat after our meal, 'on the house,' and it was excellent.
I highly recommend this restaurant if you have time and are looking for a special, intimate dining experience.

Pros: food, atmosphere

Cons: service, time

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I know this restaurant is suppose to be amazing and so quaint and romantic. However somehow this magic place turned into the worst restaurant experience on valentines...and its seems that in the back of their mind thet decided to "milk valentines day" to become a pure financial success for them forgetting what Valentine should be and remain...a quaint, romantic and unique experience...
So here it is...fixed price/fixed menu not specified at the time of reservation. So too bad that we had a smaller appetite at 10pm. The table where on top of each other where you basically here the intimate conversation of your neighbor not the one from your sweetheart. Poor and more than slow service. It took 2 hours before we got the entrees. We had to tell three different people before we go the rest of our meal to go. The waiter was never in sight.
The only thing we know is that he was proud to tell one of the table next to us that they were serving 800 people that evening....at 90 per person minimum!! i guess it was worth to them killing the romantic and intimate atmosphere for sure!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I know this restaurant is suppose to be amazing and so quaint and romantic. However somehow this magic place turned into the worst restaurant experience on valentines...and its seems that in the back of their mind thet decided to "milk valentines day" to become a pure financial success for them forgetting what Valentine should be and remain...a quaint, romantic and unique experience...
So here it is...fixed price/fixed menu not specified at the time of reservation. So too bad that we had a smaller appetite at 10pm. The table where on top of each other where you basically here the intimate conversation of your neighbor not the one from your sweetheart. Poor and more than slow service. It took 2 hours before we got the entrees. We had to tell three different people before we go the rest of our meal to go. The waiter was never in sight.
The only thing we know is that he was proud to tell one of the table next to us that they were serving 800 people that evening....at 90 per person minimum!! i guess it was worth to them killing the romantic and intimate atmosphere for sure!!

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This restaurant encompasses Topanga's hippie and fairy-like atmosphere. All the food is fantastic AND healthy, and the service is lovely. This is the place to go if you are in no rush and want to relax in a beautiful setting.

2
★★★★★

This restaurant encompasses Topanga's hippie and fairy-like atmosphere. All the food is fantastic AND healthy, and the service is lovely. This is the place to go if you are in no rush and want to relax in a beautiful setting.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food

Cons: Parking, Price

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We have been to dinner on several occasions and fell in love with the people and the place. The restaurant is one of a kind and magical. We loved it so much that we ended up getting married there and the food and atmosphere was, once again, wonderful and beyond comparison. Very highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

We have been to dinner on several occasions and fell in love with the people and the place. The restaurant is one of a kind and magical. We loved it so much that we ended up getting married there and the food and atmosphere was, once again, wonderful and beyond comparison. Very highly recommended.

Pros: A perfect place

Cons: None

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It seems as if people love this restaurant or hate it.... to me this is not for the ordinary person or the ordinary palate.... so I just wonder. Since my tastebuds are not coated with chemicals, preservatives, transfats and on and on, I am appreciative of a restaurant that leaves me free from having to worry about what goes on behind the kitchen doors. It is a delight to feast on organic foods in such a natural setting. I am amazed at how good the food is made without the usual help of massive amounts of butter, creams, and msg. The sensitivity prevails all about from the genuine waitstaff to the care of the environment and music. I am most grateful L.A. has an Inn of the Seventh Ray.....In my travels I have not found anything even close to the total overall experience I had there.

2
★★★★★

It seems as if people love this restaurant or hate it.... to me this is not for the ordinary person or the ordinary palate.... so I just wonder. Since my tastebuds are not coated with chemicals, preservatives, transfats and on and on, I am appreciative of a restaurant that leaves me free from having to worry about what goes on behind the kitchen doors. It is a delight to feast on organic foods in such a natural setting. I am amazed at how good the food is made without the usual help of massive amounts of butter, creams, and msg. The sensitivity prevails all about from the genuine waitstaff to the care of the environment and music. I am most grateful L.A. has an Inn of the Seventh Ray.....In my travels I have not found anything even close to the total overall experience I had there.

Pros: Food, Environment, Music, and Server

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To be verrrrry honest, up until a month ago, I thought I may never go here again. Over about the last year and a half, the quality of the food had been on a steady decline, which saddened me greatly. On a whim last month, my husband and I decided to give it one last go. I am so glad we did! The second the appetizer (a Redwood Hills Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Red cabbage marmalade and apricot puree) came out, I was in heaven! The flavors were stunning, simple yet rich and decadent. I actually couldn't speak for my delight! Our waiter came by to check on us, and I exclaimed over the food, and he nodded and smiled and said "new chef!". WOW. Next was the organic greens salad with a dressing I could spoon from a bowl! For the entree I had the Zucchini Wrapped Halibut with Arugula pesto couscous, Heirloom tomato jus. I never wanted it to end. The halibut was tender and mild, and the Heirloom tomato jus was almost more than I could handle! My husband enjoyed the Red Wine and Wild Mushroom Risotto with Mascarpone and chives - he had to start protecting his plate from my wandering fork!. Perfection!
The other night, I had the same course (I had been dreaming of it), but husband had the steak medium rare, which, of course, was perfect. There was actually a wedding going on, so I was worried about the quality of the food as we had had bad experiences there when special events are happening, but it was perfect!
Jake is a creative, fresh chef who is personally invested and emotionally connected with each plate that leaves his kitchen. We are so glad he is there, and hope he stays a while!
If I could adjust anything about my dining experience at the Inn, it would be the chairs. As I overheard another customer saying "these chairs are quite unforgiving!", especially after sitting for two hours...at least the bliss of the food takes away some of the creature discomfort!

2
★★★★★

To be verrrrry honest, up until a month ago, I thought I may never go here again. Over about the last year and a half, the quality of the food had been on a steady decline, which saddened me greatly. On a whim last month, my husband and I decided to give it one last go. I am so glad we did! The second the appetizer (a Redwood Hills Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with Red cabbage marmalade and apricot puree) came out, I was in heaven! The flavors were stunning, simple yet rich and decadent. I actually couldn't speak for my delight! Our waiter came by to check on us, and I exclaimed over the food, and he nodded and smiled and said "new chef!". WOW. Next was the organic greens salad with a dressing I could spoon from a bowl! For the entree I had the Zucchini Wrapped Halibut with Arugula pesto couscous, Heirloom tomato jus. I never wanted it to end. The halibut was tender and mild, and the Heirloom tomato jus was almost more than I could handle! My husband enjoyed the Red Wine and Wild Mushroom Risotto with Mascarpone and chives - he had to start protecting his plate from my wandering fork!. Perfection!
The other night, I had the same course (I had been dreaming of it), but husband had the steak medium rare, which, of course, was perfect. There was actually a wedding going on, so I was worried about the quality of the food as we had had bad experiences there when special events are happening, but it was perfect!
Jake is a creative, fresh chef who is personally invested and emotionally connected with each plate that leaves his kitchen. We are so glad he is there, and hope he stays a while!
If I could adjust anything about my dining experience at the Inn, it would be the chairs. As I overheard another customer saying "these chairs are quite unforgiving!", especially after sitting for two hours...at least the bliss of the food takes away some of the creature discomfort!

Pros: FOOD, ambiance, charm, staff, bookstore/giftshop, uniqueness

Cons: not the comfiest chairs!

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If you're trying to plan a party, hopefully you won't call at the wrong time of day. I was shocked by how rude the person on the phone was. If this is a service industry, where is the service. It was a quick question of holding an event at this restaurant. I guess they really don't need the business or like being in the business. RUDE!

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you're trying to plan a party, hopefully you won't call at the wrong time of day. I was shocked by how rude the person on the phone was. If this is a service industry, where is the service. It was a quick question of holding an event at this restaurant. I guess they really don't need the business or like being in the business. RUDE!

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One of my close friends introduced me to Inn At the 7th Ray a few years ago and it was love at first sight!

We always treat ourselves to the Sunday brunch after a long hike!

Relaxing and serene are good words to describe this place. It is a popular place for baby showers and family gatherings.

The buffet option comes with apple cider or a glass of champagne but they also have regular brekfast for those who do not have such a hearty appetite:)

The food is very fresh and appealing to both the eyes and the palate.

Lot's of healthy and delicious salads, the crab quiche is also tasty.

Then there are the deserts! A nice way to end a healthy meal.

2
★★★★★

One of my close friends introduced me to Inn At the 7th Ray a few years ago and it was love at first sight!

We always treat ourselves to the Sunday brunch after a long hike!

Relaxing and serene are good words to describe this place. It is a popular place for baby showers and family gatherings.

The buffet option comes with apple cider or a glass of champagne but they also have regular brekfast for those who do not have such a hearty appetite:)

The food is very fresh and appealing to both the eyes and the palate.

Lot's of healthy and delicious salads, the crab quiche is also tasty.

Then there are the deserts! A nice way to end a healthy meal.

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A few things that really annoy me with evening dining in LA is:

* Overly descriptive copy writing in menu's
* Poor customer service
* False projected environments

It's one thing where the food tastes better than the description, but in the case of the Inn, the words described something more tasteful and grandeur then the actual food. Please don't use long descriptive words that sound palatable and enjoying, but instead overpriced and dissatisfying. The menu presentation was exquisite, and in ways reading was more enjoyable then the meal or the setting. The presentation felt like viewing a really nice website with under-construction links. It was definitely lacking in the food.

The service was something I'd expect from a domino's pizza on a saturday night, rushed with a false sense of customer attention. Firstly with the hostess sitting us in a section where I felt singled out and herded. She placed us so close to other patrons, our elbows were touching. How can this be? I am trying to experiencing the magical moment I read about on the website for the inn. This was not happening. Our waiter also never appeared, I had to ask a nearby waiter after approx 45 min after being seated. Mind you, my mannerism was never detestable, but humble and hopeful.

I really get annoyed when the environments don't hold up to my level of expectation. It could be just because of the the tier levels of bad service I was experiencing, do just ramble on about other things I disliked. The setting was beautiful and relaxing, but any backyard with christmas twinklers would of done the same thing. The inn has a very unique location, being in the cusp of two highways in Topanga Canyon and charging people a lot of money to enjoy this with food that was practically a joke (I had to ask for dinner bread which was cold and stale, whilst being told our water was uniquely purified with osmosis...isn't most water purified this way?)

Overall my experience was poor.

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★☆☆☆☆

A few things that really annoy me with evening dining in LA is:

* Overly descriptive copy writing in menu's
* Poor customer service
* False projected environments

It's one thing where the food tastes better than the description, but in the case of the Inn, the words described something more tasteful and grandeur then the actual food. Please don't use long descriptive words that sound palatable and enjoying, but instead overpriced and dissatisfying. The menu presentation was exquisite, and in ways reading was more enjoyable then the meal or the setting. The presentation felt like viewing a really nice website with under-construction links. It was definitely lacking in the food.

The service was something I'd expect from a domino's pizza on a saturday night, rushed with a false sense of customer attention. Firstly with the hostess sitting us in a section where I felt singled out and herded. She placed us so close to other patrons, our elbows were touching. How can this be? I am trying to experiencing the magical moment I read about on the website for the inn. This was not happening. Our waiter also never appeared, I had to ask a nearby waiter after approx 45 min after being seated. Mind you, my mannerism was never detestable, but humble and hopeful.

I really get annoyed when the environments don't hold up to my level of expectation. It could be just because of the the tier levels of bad service I was experiencing, do just ramble on about other things I disliked. The setting was beautiful and relaxing, but any backyard with christmas twinklers would of done the same thing. The inn has a very unique location, being in the cusp of two highways in Topanga Canyon and charging people a lot of money to enjoy this with food that was practically a joke (I had to ask for dinner bread which was cold and stale, whilst being told our water was uniquely purified with osmosis...isn't most water purified this way?)

Overall my experience was poor.

Pros: Ambience, mood, setting.

Cons: tiny portions, pricey, service

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I was looking to take my girlfriend to a nice vegetarian dinner and when we got there the ambience was nice but it took forever for anyone to come to the table once we were seated. We got an appetize which tasted decent but was very very small. Next we got a salad which was bare with just lettuce and 3 thin shreds of raddish for $12!!! RIP OFF!! I mentioned leaving to me girlfriend and she said lets stay and give the main course a try. Huge mistake! We got the entrees and they weren't even cooked all the way so we sent them back. Also they portions were very small cnsidering they were each $30! It was very skimpy and didn't even taste good. If I pay $30 for one dinner it better be amazing! This food was far from good and almost unedible. The waiter never brought my drink and charged me for it. Throughout our entire dinner our waiter never once checked on us to see how our meal was. I told him the dinner was horrible and he didn't care. I just wanted to leave without tipping. My girl is so nice she left a tip anyway. When we got home she said how she wished she didn't becase she thought about it and realized how horrible it was. We stopped at Del Taco for fish tacos on the way home which was so much better!! We don't even normally usually eat bad food like this but we left there so unsatisfied we had to stop on the way home.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was looking to take my girlfriend to a nice vegetarian dinner and when we got there the ambience was nice but it took forever for anyone to come to the table once we were seated. We got an appetize which tasted decent but was very very small. Next we got a salad which was bare with just lettuce and 3 thin shreds of raddish for $12!!! RIP OFF!! I mentioned leaving to me girlfriend and she said lets stay and give the main course a try. Huge mistake! We got the entrees and they weren't even cooked all the way so we sent them back. Also they portions were very small cnsidering they were each $30! It was very skimpy and didn't even taste good. If I pay $30 for one dinner it better be amazing! This food was far from good and almost unedible. The waiter never brought my drink and charged me for it. Throughout our entire dinner our waiter never once checked on us to see how our meal was. I told him the dinner was horrible and he didn't care. I just wanted to leave without tipping. My girl is so nice she left a tip anyway. When we got home she said how she wished she didn't becase she thought about it and realized how horrible it was. We stopped at Del Taco for fish tacos on the way home which was so much better!! We don't even normally usually eat bad food like this but we left there so unsatisfied we had to stop on the way home.

Pros: it's cute and you get to sit outside

Cons: horrible food and way too pricey for what you get, stuck up staff

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The Inn of the Seventh Ray is an absolute treasure, but certainly not for everyone. The setting is amazing, and not even these silly people on here complaining can argue that. The food is outstanding and completely unique, and most people understand that,but if you want chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, go somewhere else! Simple. I read a couple of poor reviews here and so I just had to defend my favorite place in the world to eat. One reviewer complained about being too cold, while at the same time admitting that he diclined the option to sit inside! (go figure that one out) A hint: Valentine's day is in FEBRUARY- Topanga is in the mountains. If you know you are dining OUTDOORS then dress accordingly. Don't blame your dissatisfaction with the weather on the resaurant. I eat there all the time with my girlfriend(who gets cold easily) and we have never been too cold. There are ample heaters....and often when we are there I will hear one couple ask for a heater to be turned up,while the people next to them will ask for the heat to be turned down! The friendly waiters at the Inn do an amazing job of trying to accomodate the outrageously demanding, typically selfish LA crowd. And the staff are always positive,and( despite the occasional loud, brutish ,generally -unhappy -with -life person who tries to disrupt the serenity), They always readily answer the plentiful questions that my girlfriend usually has. And IF we want to avoid crowds, we generally don't book LAs most romantic restaurant on Valentines Day or Mothers day....As it is, we don't mind sharing our favorite spot with others, so we actually took my mom for Mother's day and had a great time and wonderful food, And as for ssmuckers HORRENDOUS experience of having a "mixed drink" spilled on her-The Inn doesn't serve mixed drinks, and I have actaully had drinks spilled on me before, accidentally(at other restaurants) and I lived through the 'incident" without too much mental trauma. Bottom line: getoverit!

2
★★★★★

The Inn of the Seventh Ray is an absolute treasure, but certainly not for everyone. The setting is amazing, and not even these silly people on here complaining can argue that. The food is outstanding and completely unique, and most people understand that,but if you want chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes, go somewhere else! Simple. I read a couple of poor reviews here and so I just had to defend my favorite place in the world to eat. One reviewer complained about being too cold, while at the same time admitting that he diclined the option to sit inside! (go figure that one out) A hint: Valentine's day is in FEBRUARY- Topanga is in the mountains. If you know you are dining OUTDOORS then dress accordingly. Don't blame your dissatisfaction with the weather on the resaurant. I eat there all the time with my girlfriend(who gets cold easily) and we have never been too cold. There are ample heaters....and often when we are there I will hear one couple ask for a heater to be turned up,while the people next to them will ask for the heat to be turned down! The friendly waiters at the Inn do an amazing job of trying to accomodate the outrageously demanding, typically selfish LA crowd. And the staff are always positive,and( despite the occasional loud, brutish ,generally -unhappy -with -life person who tries to disrupt the serenity), They always readily answer the plentiful questions that my girlfriend usually has. And IF we want to avoid crowds, we generally don't book LAs most romantic restaurant on Valentines Day or Mothers day....As it is, we don't mind sharing our favorite spot with others, so we actually took my mom for Mother's day and had a great time and wonderful food, And as for ssmuckers HORRENDOUS experience of having a "mixed drink" spilled on her-The Inn doesn't serve mixed drinks, and I have actaully had drinks spilled on me before, accidentally(at other restaurants) and I lived through the 'incident" without too much mental trauma. Bottom line: getoverit!

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I recently had a horrendous experience here. My husband and I took our mothers here for a Mother's Day brunch. Our families were visiting from the East Coast. We had enjoyed dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray many times, and thought it would be a lovely event. We did not realize that the Inn had scheduled two events (a wedding and baby shower) that day. They clearly regarded regular diners as an afterthought, as evidenced by the following:
* A party of six (with reservations weeks in advance) seated at a lean 4-top. Our entrees and drinks could
not fit on the table.
* Servers that spilled mixed drinks on us, repeatedly took away silverware and napkins without
replacing them (rendering us unable to eat our entrees) and left dirty dishes piled everywhere on a
crowded table
* A gas lamp that was left unlit and running, bathing us in toxic fumes and nauseating our party
* One entree that arrived 20 minutes after all others
* Seating next to a baby shower that left us unable to hear each other speak
* Another large event was hosted there, preventing us from walking the grounds or even entering through
the front walkway
* Seating next to the extra stacked umbrellas and loud dishwashers

To accomodate the myriad mishaps, we were offered free dessert. The entree that was served 20 minutes late was complimentary. These were pretty minimal accomodations, though we appreciated them. In an effort to discuss my displeasure at the situation, I spoke with the manager. I explained that we had brought our weary guests here for a relaxing brunch - only to be assaulted with flying OJ and noxious fumes. I expressed my reticence at returning. She replied, "I understand. I wish it was in my control." Certainly, I understand that a manager cannot turn back time nor alter a restaurant's reservation policy. Still, no single person would assume responsibility, rendering us with little recourse.

I will never return there. Large parties beware!

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★☆☆☆☆

I recently had a horrendous experience here. My husband and I took our mothers here for a Mother's Day brunch. Our families were visiting from the East Coast. We had enjoyed dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray many times, and thought it would be a lovely event. We did not realize that the Inn had scheduled two events (a wedding and baby shower) that day. They clearly regarded regular diners as an afterthought, as evidenced by the following:
* A party of six (with reservations weeks in advance) seated at a lean 4-top. Our entrees and drinks could
not fit on the table.
* Servers that spilled mixed drinks on us, repeatedly took away silverware and napkins without
replacing them (rendering us unable to eat our entrees) and left dirty dishes piled everywhere on a
crowded table
* A gas lamp that was left unlit and running, bathing us in toxic fumes and nauseating our party
* One entree that arrived 20 minutes after all others
* Seating next to a baby shower that left us unable to hear each other speak
* Another large event was hosted there, preventing us from walking the grounds or even entering through
the front walkway
* Seating next to the extra stacked umbrellas and loud dishwashers

To accomodate the myriad mishaps, we were offered free dessert. The entree that was served 20 minutes late was complimentary. These were pretty minimal accomodations, though we appreciated them. In an effort to discuss my displeasure at the situation, I spoke with the manager. I explained that we had brought our weary guests here for a relaxing brunch - only to be assaulted with flying OJ and noxious fumes. I expressed my reticence at returning. She replied, "I understand. I wish it was in my control." Certainly, I understand that a manager cannot turn back time nor alter a restaurant's reservation policy. Still, no single person would assume responsibility, rendering us with little recourse.

I will never return there. Large parties beware!

Pros: Food was satisfactory

Cons: Awful service, poor management, rendered 2nd class citizen

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I truly can't fathom some of the rave reviews on here. Maybe customers were too swept away by the ambience to care about the horrible service and even worse food. I consider myself to be a foodie, but I also eat very healthy and organic in my everyday life. This place could be wonderful, because at first glance it appears to fit the bill for my lifestyle and tastes. However, it just fails so miserably it makes me almost sad. The food my wife and I ate was bland, either over or undercooked, and sometimes even disgusting. Everything from the appetizer to the entree went from bad to worse, so that when it was time for dessert, we were left feeling slightly ill and clearly ordered nothing further. We were so disappointed that we found the manager and complained, finally receiving half off our bill. In my opinion, we should've been completely comped since we barely touched our food and were miserable the entire time. Oh, and as another poster commented, I too never complain. However, this was one time when it was more than warranted. I will never eat here again and will never recommend this place to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I truly can't fathom some of the rave reviews on here. Maybe customers were too swept away by the ambience to care about the horrible service and even worse food. I consider myself to be a foodie, but I also eat very healthy and organic in my everyday life. This place could be wonderful, because at first glance it appears to fit the bill for my lifestyle and tastes. However, it just fails so miserably it makes me almost sad. The food my wife and I ate was bland, either over or undercooked, and sometimes even disgusting. Everything from the appetizer to the entree went from bad to worse, so that when it was time for dessert, we were left feeling slightly ill and clearly ordered nothing further. We were so disappointed that we found the manager and complained, finally receiving half off our bill. In my opinion, we should've been completely comped since we barely touched our food and were miserable the entire time. Oh, and as another poster commented, I too never complain. However, this was one time when it was more than warranted. I will never eat here again and will never recommend this place to anyone.

Pros: Pretty place

Cons: Horribly prepared food, way too expensive, bland, bad service

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Located in the heart of Topanga Canyon, the restaurant's main building retains much of its history from the 1930s, when it was a private retreat, church, garage, gas station and auto junkyard. Inspired by its one-time holy sanctuary…

 

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