Cafe del Rey

★★★★☆
Sublime harbor views vie with inspired haute cuisine at this posh Marina spot.
  • 4451 Admiralty Way

    Marina del Rey, CA 90292

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  • 310-823-6395

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My mom was in town recently and she and her friends wanted to eat on the water somewhere. Randomly chose this restaurant because they were doing DINE LA. Thank god I found it!

What a gem of a find. A bit difficult to locate for those

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★★★★★

My mom was in town recently and she and her friends wanted to eat on the water somewhere. Randomly chose this restaurant because they were doing DINE LA. Thank god I found it!

What a gem of a find. A bit difficult to locate for those

Pros: Great service

Cons: A bit hard to find for non natives

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I was at Cafe Del Rey today and this was my first time there so I was really excited. Sadly that excitement fizzled into disappointment.\r
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Ordered the Mahi Mahi and turns out the sauce with veggies underneath also had big chunks of

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I was at Cafe Del Rey today and this was my first time there so I was really excited. Sadly that excitement fizzled into disappointment.\r
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Ordered the Mahi Mahi and turns out the sauce with veggies underneath also had big chunks of

Pros: Nice Location

Cons: Slow Service and attention to customer needs'

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My wife recently decided to take me to Cafe del Rey, to celebrate my birthday. It had been quite some time since we had eaten there, since we no longer live in LA. We both had fond memories of the beautiful marina view and the exquisite

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★★★★★

My wife recently decided to take me to Cafe del Rey, to celebrate my birthday. It had been quite some time since we had eaten there, since we no longer live in LA. We both had fond memories of the beautiful marina view and the exquisite

Pros: Excellent Service

Cons: Food is a tad bit overpriced

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My girlfriend and I headed over to Cafe Del Rey, seeing how they seemd to haved received fairly good reviews. The hostess was pleasant and since we had made a reservation, we were seated immediately. On the way in, the manager greeted us with a smile. We hadn't realized that Sunday was a Prix Fixe brunch only. No matter, we decided the food on the menu looked tasty enough. We waited to be served, then we waited and then we waited some more. After 30minutes we were still sitting there with our menus only. Two other tables had gotten up and left before us and we were fed up as well. We walked out never knowing who our server was. The manager didn't try to stop us, I figured he knew why everyone was leaving.

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My girlfriend and I headed over to Cafe Del Rey, seeing how they seemd to haved received fairly good reviews. The hostess was pleasant and since we had made a reservation, we were seated immediately. On the way in, the manager greeted us with a smile. We hadn't realized that Sunday was a Prix Fixe brunch only. No matter, we decided the food on the menu looked tasty enough. We waited to be served, then we waited and then we waited some more. After 30minutes we were still sitting there with our menus only. Two other tables had gotten up and left before us and we were fed up as well. We walked out never knowing who our server was. The manager didn't try to stop us, I figured he knew why everyone was leaving.

Pros: will never know

Cons: never got to order our food

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Last Saturday my husband and I went to Caf? Del Rey (CDL) for the first time. We are both foodies, and make a habit of trying different restaurants.

Since I am not comfortable with valets driving my car, we parked about 2 blocks West at the public lot for $2. We arrived at CDL shortly after 6pm. As we came to the front, we saw the billboard outside listing the 'happy hour specials'. Stepping inside we were greeted by a foul sewage smell near the hostess podium (the bathrooms were off to the left).

We were there for dinner, but thought we would take in an appetizer and drink at the bar before being seated to take advantage of the specials.

We sat down in the bar booth (comfy), and the waitress brought us our menus "we are out of corona, and ugly duckling chardonnay" she said. Seems silly that a bar would run out of Corona? I ordered a happy hour mixed drink (can't remember name) and my husband ordered another cocktail, and the calamari. She returned 5 mins later, and told us they were out of the alcohol that supplied my drink. I ordered the jolly rancher (not my first choice, but feeling adventurous!)

The calamari arrived, it contained aprox 12 greasy, quarter size 'O's on a pretty plate, with a mayo saucey sidecar. We were BOTH hungry from our workouts that morning, so we proceeded to order more from the happy hour menu: 6 oysters and the shrimp cocktail. The oysters were the size of a silver dollar, the meat inside smaller than a dime (how cute?). The shrimp cocktail contained 5 (2-biter) shrimp, and run-of-the mill cocktail sauce. Still we were hungry, and at this point decided to eat our dinner in the bar, so we ordered: Truffle pizza (10 inch diameter) $26, 2 chopped salads (each portion came out to roughly cup of chopped veggies), 2 lentil soups (each portion was about 1/2 cup). Normally I am not a stickler on portions but these were rediculously small so it was hard not to take note.

So after 3 smaaaall cocktails each, 6 tiny plates of food, and $141 (incl tip), we left, knowing there is no way we would be back.

I've had better calamari and pizza at the local Italian joint (allejos), minus the fancy plate. The chopped veggie salad at C&O down the street tastes better AND you get about 500% more, for the same price. I can buy the same size, same quality shrimp at TJs for the same price but 400% more, and why even bother with oysters that size?? The lentil soup was good, but nothing exceptional, they just pureed the lentils.

The waitress was ok, but gave us both the feeling that she was doing us a favor by serving us.

The view of the marina from the DINNER table windows (which you are not allowed to sit at if you are enjoying happy hour) is beautiful. There was a guitar player in the bar that was very talented, and we made sure to tip him on the way out.

Hard to imagine how this place stays in business...Possibly the unknowing tourists from the Ritz next door.

For locals, there are too many other restaurants in this area that are substantially all-around better for under $100 (for two).

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Last Saturday my husband and I went to Caf? Del Rey (CDL) for the first time. We are both foodies, and make a habit of trying different restaurants.

Since I am not comfortable with valets driving my car, we parked about 2 blocks West at the public lot for $2. We arrived at CDL shortly after 6pm. As we came to the front, we saw the billboard outside listing the 'happy hour specials'. Stepping inside we were greeted by a foul sewage smell near the hostess podium (the bathrooms were off to the left).

We were there for dinner, but thought we would take in an appetizer and drink at the bar before being seated to take advantage of the specials.

We sat down in the bar booth (comfy), and the waitress brought us our menus "we are out of corona, and ugly duckling chardonnay" she said. Seems silly that a bar would run out of Corona? I ordered a happy hour mixed drink (can't remember name) and my husband ordered another cocktail, and the calamari. She returned 5 mins later, and told us they were out of the alcohol that supplied my drink. I ordered the jolly rancher (not my first choice, but feeling adventurous!)

The calamari arrived, it contained aprox 12 greasy, quarter size 'O's on a pretty plate, with a mayo saucey sidecar. We were BOTH hungry from our workouts that morning, so we proceeded to order more from the happy hour menu: 6 oysters and the shrimp cocktail. The oysters were the size of a silver dollar, the meat inside smaller than a dime (how cute?). The shrimp cocktail contained 5 (2-biter) shrimp, and run-of-the mill cocktail sauce. Still we were hungry, and at this point decided to eat our dinner in the bar, so we ordered: Truffle pizza (10 inch diameter) $26, 2 chopped salads (each portion came out to roughly cup of chopped veggies), 2 lentil soups (each portion was about 1/2 cup). Normally I am not a stickler on portions but these were rediculously small so it was hard not to take note.

So after 3 smaaaall cocktails each, 6 tiny plates of food, and $141 (incl tip), we left, knowing there is no way we would be back.

I've had better calamari and pizza at the local Italian joint (allejos), minus the fancy plate. The chopped veggie salad at C&O down the street tastes better AND you get about 500% more, for the same price. I can buy the same size, same quality shrimp at TJs for the same price but 400% more, and why even bother with oysters that size?? The lentil soup was good, but nothing exceptional, they just pureed the lentils.

The waitress was ok, but gave us both the feeling that she was doing us a favor by serving us.

The view of the marina from the DINNER table windows (which you are not allowed to sit at if you are enjoying happy hour) is beautiful. There was a guitar player in the bar that was very talented, and we made sure to tip him on the way out.

Hard to imagine how this place stays in business...Possibly the unknowing tourists from the Ritz next door.

For locals, there are too many other restaurants in this area that are substantially all-around better for under $100 (for two).

Pros: The view

Cons: Everything else

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The service was ridiculously slow, one waiter was serving about 20 tables on a saturday night! Very negligent service, we were never asked "is everything okay for you?" or "how's the meal" NEVER was i asked for that. The appetizers were good so i was expecting a lot from the entrees, which was $33 for a terrible soy sause seafood spaghetti and $32 for just the over cooked, very salty mahi mahi, with almost no side dishes.I don't mind paying a lot for food but the quality should match the price. Clearly, the spaghetti i could have made it myself at home and taste 10 times better. If you still want to go, either go to lunch (I heard is better) or go at night and only order a bunch of appetizers (you will be happier, trust me).

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was ridiculously slow, one waiter was serving about 20 tables on a saturday night! Very negligent service, we were never asked "is everything okay for you?" or "how's the meal" NEVER was i asked for that. The appetizers were good so i was expecting a lot from the entrees, which was $33 for a terrible soy sause seafood spaghetti and $32 for just the over cooked, very salty mahi mahi, with almost no side dishes.I don't mind paying a lot for food but the quality should match the price. Clearly, the spaghetti i could have made it myself at home and taste 10 times better. If you still want to go, either go to lunch (I heard is better) or go at night and only order a bunch of appetizers (you will be happier, trust me).

Pros: kumamoto oysters

Cons: everything else

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This is some great asian eatery. Very classy elegant environment. Its a wonderful asian experience. If you want another great asian experience i would reccomend gyneari also.

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This is some great asian eatery. Very classy elegant environment. Its a wonderful asian experience. If you want another great asian experience i would reccomend gyneari also.

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You have to go here for happy hour if you are in the mood to have a nice wine/cocktail with equally matched food. I know some people crave all that greasy, fried food, but I was able to enjoy a nice meal without feeling weighted down like I had just gone to a fast food restaurant. I highly recommend the prosciutto wrapped figs, their sirloin slider, and the steamed mussels. (I was with a group of people, so don't think I ordered all this just for myself!) Their pilsner was pretty tasty with the whole combo. And, our server was excellent! I couldn't ask for more!

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★★★★★

You have to go here for happy hour if you are in the mood to have a nice wine/cocktail with equally matched food. I know some people crave all that greasy, fried food, but I was able to enjoy a nice meal without feeling weighted down like I had just gone to a fast food restaurant. I highly recommend the prosciutto wrapped figs, their sirloin slider, and the steamed mussels. (I was with a group of people, so don't think I ordered all this just for myself!) Their pilsner was pretty tasty with the whole combo. And, our server was excellent! I couldn't ask for more!

Pros: Great food and drink. Waterfront views.

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I just had dinner with my husband there this evening. We had good seafood albeit overpriced. However, they serve Foie Gras, basically an ultra fatty patte. It's probably the most inhumane farming practice conducted, really it's animal torture. It requires the force feeding of geese with a medal feeding tube that causes regurgitation, painful lacerations, organ failure, lung failure, and sometimes the explosion of internal organs. These birds are kept heavily confined, force feed, and die long painful deaths. Many have refused to serve it, including Wolfgang Puck, and cities like Chicago have banned it. I would urge everyone not to go to Cafe Del Rey until the take it off the menu for good. I am not against meat or fish, but serving foie gras is really horrific and I hope you'll reconsider spending your money there.

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I just had dinner with my husband there this evening. We had good seafood albeit overpriced. However, they serve Foie Gras, basically an ultra fatty patte. It's probably the most inhumane farming practice conducted, really it's animal torture. It requires the force feeding of geese with a medal feeding tube that causes regurgitation, painful lacerations, organ failure, lung failure, and sometimes the explosion of internal organs. These birds are kept heavily confined, force feed, and die long painful deaths. Many have refused to serve it, including Wolfgang Puck, and cities like Chicago have banned it. I would urge everyone not to go to Cafe Del Rey until the take it off the menu for good. I am not against meat or fish, but serving foie gras is really horrific and I hope you'll reconsider spending your money there.

Pros: Decent Food

Cons: Serves Foie Gras

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Cafe del Rey is the place for foodies. I recently attended a dinner & wine pairing there in the private dining room overlooking the water. I learned so much about the geographic area of the wine and how they matched the food with it. It was a four course meal with a reception and about six glasses of wine. Amazing value. Met some really nice people at our table and had a fabulous evening. The tastebuds were dancing. They are having another one on June 26th if you are interested.

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★★★★★

Cafe del Rey is the place for foodies. I recently attended a dinner & wine pairing there in the private dining room overlooking the water. I learned so much about the geographic area of the wine and how they matched the food with it. It was a four course meal with a reception and about six glasses of wine. Amazing value. Met some really nice people at our table and had a fabulous evening. The tastebuds were dancing. They are having another one on June 26th if you are interested.

Pros: Food, View, Wine

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The food is great here. I tried some type of box and it was the best. The lunch time patrons are all working folks from the area. This is a great place to meet and talk business or just meet to have a great lunch or dinner overlooking the marina.

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★★★★☆

The food is great here. I tried some type of box and it was the best. The lunch time patrons are all working folks from the area. This is a great place to meet and talk business or just meet to have a great lunch or dinner overlooking the marina.

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Cafe del Rey is a great place to go to for lunch or brunch. It has a wonderful view of the Marina and is a casually elegant restaurant with large windows and sleek design.

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Cafe del Rey is a great place to go to for lunch or brunch. It has a wonderful view of the Marina and is a casually elegant restaurant with large windows and sleek design.

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The view that you get from dining in this restaurant is worth it!

The food was delicious, the drinks fantastic and the service was the best.

Although a little pricey for my tiny budget, it was very much worth it.

I highly recommend this restaurant!

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The view that you get from dining in this restaurant is worth it!

The food was delicious, the drinks fantastic and the service was the best.

Although a little pricey for my tiny budget, it was very much worth it.

I highly recommend this restaurant!

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WARNING! STAY AWAY!

We went there for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was pretty good, but a bit oily, service was slow. When we got home, after a few hours, I had a terrible stomach ache and was is so much pain. I did have raw oysters there that day. I seriously thought I had food poisioning. I was woken up two other times in the night with so much pain that I almost cried. I was in the restroom seriously like for an hour each time.

The next morning, I called Cafe del Rey to complain and speak to the general manager, Michael Morrisette. I wanted to tell him that I was very sad and disappointed to have our Valentine's day ruined by this awful painful stomach ache. Morrisette acted so nice, saying how sorry he was and that he wanted to make it up to us somehow. He said he needed to talk to the Chef concerning the oysters and then get back to me, but he promised me he would take care of us.

Days later, still no call back from Morrisette. Then I left numerous messages on his voicemail, the hostess, sent him emails and no reply. Basically Morrisette chose to ignore us! I feel sad, because the restaurant is supposed to be a nice, upscale restaurant, and you would think that they would be very professional and treat their customers right. We will NEVER eat at Cafe del Rey again!

The prices are outrageous! The Valentine's dinner cost us almost $400 and we did not order any drinks! Although it was super expensive, that's not what's so upsetting. The manager Morrisette acted so nice and caring and I truely believed he wanted to make it up to us somehow. But he lied to us and ignored us and just hoped we'd go away.

Don't risk it! Stay away from Cafe del Rey! Trust me, I've had food poisioning once before and I'm sure I got food poisioning from their seafood!

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WARNING! STAY AWAY!

We went there for Valentine's Day dinner. The food was pretty good, but a bit oily, service was slow. When we got home, after a few hours, I had a terrible stomach ache and was is so much pain. I did have raw oysters there that day. I seriously thought I had food poisioning. I was woken up two other times in the night with so much pain that I almost cried. I was in the restroom seriously like for an hour each time.

The next morning, I called Cafe del Rey to complain and speak to the general manager, Michael Morrisette. I wanted to tell him that I was very sad and disappointed to have our Valentine's day ruined by this awful painful stomach ache. Morrisette acted so nice, saying how sorry he was and that he wanted to make it up to us somehow. He said he needed to talk to the Chef concerning the oysters and then get back to me, but he promised me he would take care of us.

Days later, still no call back from Morrisette. Then I left numerous messages on his voicemail, the hostess, sent him emails and no reply. Basically Morrisette chose to ignore us! I feel sad, because the restaurant is supposed to be a nice, upscale restaurant, and you would think that they would be very professional and treat their customers right. We will NEVER eat at Cafe del Rey again!

The prices are outrageous! The Valentine's dinner cost us almost $400 and we did not order any drinks! Although it was super expensive, that's not what's so upsetting. The manager Morrisette acted so nice and caring and I truely believed he wanted to make it up to us somehow. But he lied to us and ignored us and just hoped we'd go away.

Don't risk it! Stay away from Cafe del Rey! Trust me, I've had food poisioning once before and I'm sure I got food poisioning from their seafood!

Pros: Upscale restaurant with a view of the marina.

Cons: Oily food, Expensive, slow service, unresponsible and unprofessional General Manager

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View is great. Restaurant is nice. Service was neglectful. Jazz band was a nice touch.

Went there for brunch. Food was good, not great. Then they ala carted us to death. In the end, a so so brunch for 3 was $170.00! (we didnt even have drinks) $16.00 for a cheese plate which consisted of average brie and gouda. Coffee refills were charged.

I wouldnt recommend Cafe Del Rey for brunch.

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★★★☆☆

View is great. Restaurant is nice. Service was neglectful. Jazz band was a nice touch.

Went there for brunch. Food was good, not great. Then they ala carted us to death. In the end, a so so brunch for 3 was $170.00! (we didnt even have drinks) $16.00 for a cheese plate which consisted of average brie and gouda. Coffee refills were charged.

I wouldnt recommend Cafe Del Rey for brunch.

Pros: Parking, nice Marina View

Cons: Bad service, average food, way too expensive

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Why does citysearh view this as 5 starts when a lot of people have rated it less? That is so misleading. Anyways, this place is 3 starts at best. It is beautiful and romantic. The service was attentive, but tries to encourage you, not so gently, to spend more money on more courses. The downfall is the food. It just is not that good. I do not know what people see in this place. I was told by a friend that it is the best place in the Marina. I hope not. My crabcakes were way to citrusy. Too much lemon ruined the crab flavor. Then I ordered their signature dish of black spaghetti. It was interesting, but almost disgusting. Both my bf and I did not like the looks of it and the taste left much to be desired. There was too much going on in that dish. I would not go back. I would have been happier literally having a sandwich at Jerry's or Cheesecake Factory than I was with both my dishes here, and it was pricey.

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Why does citysearh view this as 5 starts when a lot of people have rated it less? That is so misleading. Anyways, this place is 3 starts at best. It is beautiful and romantic. The service was attentive, but tries to encourage you, not so gently, to spend more money on more courses. The downfall is the food. It just is not that good. I do not know what people see in this place. I was told by a friend that it is the best place in the Marina. I hope not. My crabcakes were way to citrusy. Too much lemon ruined the crab flavor. Then I ordered their signature dish of black spaghetti. It was interesting, but almost disgusting. Both my bf and I did not like the looks of it and the taste left much to be desired. There was too much going on in that dish. I would not go back. I would have been happier literally having a sandwich at Jerry's or Cheesecake Factory than I was with both my dishes here, and it was pricey.

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Well the old LP vinyl records were 12 inches in diameter and that is the size of a food plate in Cafe Del Rey except that the plates are white and the food inside is maximum 4 inches in diameter , which translates to : eat before you go to Del Rey. Tasty ? yes , Enough ?, absolutely not. Nice quiet atmosphere for couples and a piano bar. Naturally pianists change all the time but the pianist we experienced last saturday night , although he seemed a nice guy, he could not play a simple melodic sentence without adding embellishmentsin the middle, scales up and down and going forte ,then going piano in the same sentence that can drive you nuts. He could not keep it simple he had to show off so it was not the type that inspired you to hold the sweetheart's hand and whisper in her ear.
Food is served in the bar area too, prices on the high side ,amounts on the low side, and taste on the middle side. Stick to meditarranian pizza it is tasty and good deal for the money.

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★★★☆☆

Well the old LP vinyl records were 12 inches in diameter and that is the size of a food plate in Cafe Del Rey except that the plates are white and the food inside is maximum 4 inches in diameter , which translates to : eat before you go to Del Rey. Tasty ? yes , Enough ?, absolutely not. Nice quiet atmosphere for couples and a piano bar. Naturally pianists change all the time but the pianist we experienced last saturday night , although he seemed a nice guy, he could not play a simple melodic sentence without adding embellishmentsin the middle, scales up and down and going forte ,then going piano in the same sentence that can drive you nuts. He could not keep it simple he had to show off so it was not the type that inspired you to hold the sweetheart's hand and whisper in her ear.
Food is served in the bar area too, prices on the high side ,amounts on the low side, and taste on the middle side. Stick to meditarranian pizza it is tasty and good deal for the money.

Pros: Location, ambience

Cons: The food amounts and the pianist.

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My boyfriend and I went to Cafe del Rey on a Tuesday night just to try a new restaurant. We shared a salad and I got the lamb and my boyfriend got the halibut My dish was okay...it came with a small piece of lamb and a huge piece of spicy, dry, sausage. The lamb itself was cooked well, but it was a small portion (the sausage was bigger than the lamb). The sasuage was terrible...like I said spicy (a little too much for my taste) and very dry. My boyfriend got the halibut, which he said was okay as well. I tried it and it was fresh, but lacked any real flavor. We shared this trio of dessert, which was good (what dessert isn't?). Like I said, it was eh...and I don't think I'd reccomend it because you certainly don't get what you pay for.

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★★★☆☆

My boyfriend and I went to Cafe del Rey on a Tuesday night just to try a new restaurant. We shared a salad and I got the lamb and my boyfriend got the halibut My dish was okay...it came with a small piece of lamb and a huge piece of spicy, dry, sausage. The lamb itself was cooked well, but it was a small portion (the sausage was bigger than the lamb). The sasuage was terrible...like I said spicy (a little too much for my taste) and very dry. My boyfriend got the halibut, which he said was okay as well. I tried it and it was fresh, but lacked any real flavor. We shared this trio of dessert, which was good (what dessert isn't?). Like I said, it was eh...and I don't think I'd reccomend it because you certainly don't get what you pay for.

Pros: View, service

Cons: Food

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The entrees here basically start at $30. Generally, for a guy on my budget, that makes this a "special occasion" place. In fact, I took my family here, and it really wasn't a special occasion, just a night out. But I quickly forgot the cost of the meal in the pleasure of the ambience and the beautiful view, and the attentiveness of the service. Nor did the food disappoint. My son, the vegetarian, found few options to satisfy his needs, but polished off his agnolotto with gusto. My wife was delighted with the sturgeon, saying it was the best she had had in this country (she is from Russia, where they apparently take their sturgeon seriously). My filet mignon, meanwhile, almost melted in my mouth. The portion was large enough to share with my daughter. The appetizers were excellent as well (calamari and duck rolls) and the desserts extraordinary. I give this restaurant six stars.

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★★★★★

The entrees here basically start at $30. Generally, for a guy on my budget, that makes this a "special occasion" place. In fact, I took my family here, and it really wasn't a special occasion, just a night out. But I quickly forgot the cost of the meal in the pleasure of the ambience and the beautiful view, and the attentiveness of the service. Nor did the food disappoint. My son, the vegetarian, found few options to satisfy his needs, but polished off his agnolotto with gusto. My wife was delighted with the sturgeon, saying it was the best she had had in this country (she is from Russia, where they apparently take their sturgeon seriously). My filet mignon, meanwhile, almost melted in my mouth. The portion was large enough to share with my daughter. The appetizers were excellent as well (calamari and duck rolls) and the desserts extraordinary. I give this restaurant six stars.

Pros: Food, service, view, ambience

Cons: Not the place to go if you are in a hurry, or on a tight budget. Oh, and sometimes you can get a great glass of wine for a surprisingly low price. This was not one of those times.

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I understand the mixed reviews. The food was good, but not extraordinary. We went on a Thursday at 5:30 pm when it opened so we did not have to wait. The service was fine. It is a popular restaurant and filled up quickly. I think there are better restaurants in LA, but I agree with the other reviewers that the view of the marina does add value. By the way, I hate valet parking. There is a $3.00 lot across the street if you don't want to valet.

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I understand the mixed reviews. The food was good, but not extraordinary. We went on a Thursday at 5:30 pm when it opened so we did not have to wait. The service was fine. It is a popular restaurant and filled up quickly. I think there are better restaurants in LA, but I agree with the other reviewers that the view of the marina does add value. By the way, I hate valet parking. There is a $3.00 lot across the street if you don't want to valet.

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Went on Sunday after my sister's graduation. We were seated promptly after most of our party had arrived (6). Table seemed like a tight fit for us all but whatever. My cousin wasn't interested in the brunch and so went to the front for a lunch menu and began looking at it. The waiter then rudely came and told him he's not allowed to order from there on Sunday and almost snatched it out of his hand. The service was pretty bad we kept having to ask for water from several people and our food took a really long time. The ambiance was nice but it was a bit loud. Very nice for a sunny Sunday. The food was ok, I think some of the portions were smaller than others. The bill was decent for six of us it came out to $178. Their two course brunch is $22 and their three course brunch is $28 and it comes with a complimentary drink. The bar area is really nice and cozy. Around 3pm the place got really empty. I really like their silverware and cups/plates. I thought the place was ok but my cousins were very disappointed with the service.

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Went on Sunday after my sister's graduation. We were seated promptly after most of our party had arrived (6). Table seemed like a tight fit for us all but whatever. My cousin wasn't interested in the brunch and so went to the front for a lunch menu and began looking at it. The waiter then rudely came and told him he's not allowed to order from there on Sunday and almost snatched it out of his hand. The service was pretty bad we kept having to ask for water from several people and our food took a really long time. The ambiance was nice but it was a bit loud. Very nice for a sunny Sunday. The food was ok, I think some of the portions were smaller than others. The bill was decent for six of us it came out to $178. Their two course brunch is $22 and their three course brunch is $28 and it comes with a complimentary drink. The bar area is really nice and cozy. Around 3pm the place got really empty. I really like their silverware and cups/plates. I thought the place was ok but my cousins were very disappointed with the service.

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I can't say the food is anything more than OK. It's NOTHING to return for. But the place does have a charm and a nice view of the marina.

After reading some great reviews the food is a let down. My salmon was truly mediocre with a sickening sweet glaze and not cooked properly. My companions wanted you to know that they enjoyed their pastas and steak. But it's really hard to screw up pasta and can you trust a person who like their steak well well done!? Desserts also fall flat.

But the charm comes in with the live music and tasteful setting. Just realize your check goes more toward the rent than the food. All agfreed the service was friendly but just OK too.

This is not a place to drive out of your way for but acceptable if you're in the hood.

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★★★☆☆

I can't say the food is anything more than OK. It's NOTHING to return for. But the place does have a charm and a nice view of the marina.

After reading some great reviews the food is a let down. My salmon was truly mediocre with a sickening sweet glaze and not cooked properly. My companions wanted you to know that they enjoyed their pastas and steak. But it's really hard to screw up pasta and can you trust a person who like their steak well well done!? Desserts also fall flat.

But the charm comes in with the live music and tasteful setting. Just realize your check goes more toward the rent than the food. All agfreed the service was friendly but just OK too.

This is not a place to drive out of your way for but acceptable if you're in the hood.

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I've been to Cafe Del Rey twice now, and both trips have proved worthwhile. While the sushi menu leaves something to be desired (uninventive, but still very tasty), both the seafood and landmeat (coining a new foodie word there) entrees were well balanced and delicious. Striped bass was seared with just the right amount of spices outside while remaining tender and meaty within. On a prior trip I ate the boar bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and it was out of sight.

The atmosphere along the marina is quaint and quiet. Live music wafts from the bar area (sometimes piano jazz, sometimes classical guitar). Tables aren't cramped together like most LA restaurants. The service was attentive and friendly, and though pricey and somewhat distant for non-Westsiders, Cafe Del Rey is well worth the trip and the bill.

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★★★★★

I've been to Cafe Del Rey twice now, and both trips have proved worthwhile. While the sushi menu leaves something to be desired (uninventive, but still very tasty), both the seafood and landmeat (coining a new foodie word there) entrees were well balanced and delicious. Striped bass was seared with just the right amount of spices outside while remaining tender and meaty within. On a prior trip I ate the boar bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and it was out of sight.

The atmosphere along the marina is quaint and quiet. Live music wafts from the bar area (sometimes piano jazz, sometimes classical guitar). Tables aren't cramped together like most LA restaurants. The service was attentive and friendly, and though pricey and somewhat distant for non-Westsiders, Cafe Del Rey is well worth the trip and the bill.

Pros: Great food, ambience, friendly staff, good wine list

Cons: Somewhat out of the way

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The view of the marina and the elegant atmosphere complement the upscale brunch menu perfectly. This is not your average pancakes and omelets brunch fare, this is gourmet cuisine and it is to die for.

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★★★★★

The view of the marina and the elegant atmosphere complement the upscale brunch menu perfectly. This is not your average pancakes and omelets brunch fare, this is gourmet cuisine and it is to die for.

Pros: food, ambience

Cons: kind of pricey, necessary valet parking

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When you want to spend the money on a really nice high end place, this is i! ABOVE AVERAGE EVERYTHING! Excellent service, Great Food, Nice atmosphere! I would compare to Geoffrey's in MAlibu! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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★★★★★

When you want to spend the money on a really nice high end place, this is i! ABOVE AVERAGE EVERYTHING! Excellent service, Great Food, Nice atmosphere! I would compare to Geoffrey's in MAlibu! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

Pros: VERY HIGH END DELICIOUS FOOD GREAT SERVICE!!

Cons: none!

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Had Saturday brunch with a bunch of girlfriends recently and actually enjoyed our meal. The servers were great, except for the hostess, who looked like she had better things to do. We all decided to get the prix fixe 3 course brunch, which at $28, turned out to be a really good deal. I had the smoked salmon tartlet to start, with a main course of seared ahi tuna chirashi with ikura, and banana fritters for dessert (plus a glass of mimosa). They were all good, only that the chirashi was a little too salty and the banana fritters weren't as sweet as I expected. The view is gorgeous, though.

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★★★★☆

Had Saturday brunch with a bunch of girlfriends recently and actually enjoyed our meal. The servers were great, except for the hostess, who looked like she had better things to do. We all decided to get the prix fixe 3 course brunch, which at $28, turned out to be a really good deal. I had the smoked salmon tartlet to start, with a main course of seared ahi tuna chirashi with ikura, and banana fritters for dessert (plus a glass of mimosa). They were all good, only that the chirashi was a little too salty and the banana fritters weren't as sweet as I expected. The view is gorgeous, though.

Pros: ocean view, good prix-fixe

Cons: hostess

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Great Location squandered with poor service and average food. Will not be returning until the restaurant goes through a renovation from top to bottom.

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★★★☆☆

Great Location squandered with poor service and average food. Will not be returning until the restaurant goes through a renovation from top to bottom.

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The title says it all. My experience would have been a "10" had it not been for the disappointing level of service. Too many times, I had to "call for service." At these prices (about $120 pp w tip, drinks and dessert), I should not have to "call for service."

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★★★★☆

The title says it all. My experience would have been a "10" had it not been for the disappointing level of service. Too many times, I had to "call for service." At these prices (about $120 pp w tip, drinks and dessert), I should not have to "call for service."

Pros: Ambience, Food, Location

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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This place has absolutely the best food in the Marina, and some of the best in LA. View is wonderful, great brunch, most of the dishes are fantastic, but you can get some that are just average.

Try having cocktails and appetizers in the bar area; fireplace, piano, and nice servers. And the patio for private functions is wonderful. Check it out.

2
★★★★★

This place has absolutely the best food in the Marina, and some of the best in LA. View is wonderful, great brunch, most of the dishes are fantastic, but you can get some that are just average.

Try having cocktails and appetizers in the bar area; fireplace, piano, and nice servers. And the patio for private functions is wonderful. Check it out.

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Don't waste your time. Jer'ne at the Ritz is just down the block - better food, better service + much better attitude! Tourist Trap

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't waste your time. Jer'ne at the Ritz is just down the block - better food, better service + much better attitude! Tourist Trap

Pros: None

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I've only been here for Sunday brunch, but my friends and I were impressed. It is a white tablecloth restaurant with an upscale feel, but not pretentious. The service was excellent, and the food and presentation were noteworthy. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

I've only been here for Sunday brunch, but my friends and I were impressed. It is a white tablecloth restaurant with an upscale feel, but not pretentious. The service was excellent, and the food and presentation were noteworthy. Highly recommended.

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I have been to this place several times over the years - during all their chef changes and I can honestly say - its still average. It tries to be very different and upscale dining but the food is never up to par. I had the maine lobster salad - VERY AVERAGE, not very tasty - even the diner's next to us gave us a kind of yucky expression when they ate their lobster salad. NOT worth the price - $18 for the salad. My main entree was also very average - stay away from the tai snapper - too many bones and not very tasty. The only upside is their dessert - the pear tart was good.

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★★★☆☆

I have been to this place several times over the years - during all their chef changes and I can honestly say - its still average. It tries to be very different and upscale dining but the food is never up to par. I had the maine lobster salad - VERY AVERAGE, not very tasty - even the diner's next to us gave us a kind of yucky expression when they ate their lobster salad. NOT worth the price - $18 for the salad. My main entree was also very average - stay away from the tai snapper - too many bones and not very tasty. The only upside is their dessert - the pear tart was good.

Cons: menu, price

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Always love going to Cafe Del Rey. The food gets better and better. The chef (Frank Fronda) is always consistant and solid. The desserts here are the greatest. Try the cocobanana thing . I just wish they were open for late night eats. Perfect place to have sweets by the fire.

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★★★★★

Always love going to Cafe Del Rey. The food gets better and better. The chef (Frank Fronda) is always consistant and solid. The desserts here are the greatest. Try the cocobanana thing . I just wish they were open for late night eats. Perfect place to have sweets by the fire.

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This is LA's best kept secret!!! Greatest inspired fish dishes I have seen and OH MY the Foie Gras, sinfully heaven. Go soon before word gets out, this is an experience. Great brunch too.

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★★★★★

This is LA's best kept secret!!! Greatest inspired fish dishes I have seen and OH MY the Foie Gras, sinfully heaven. Go soon before word gets out, this is an experience. Great brunch too.

Pros: food, piano, lounge

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Didn't expect too much from them - part of a corporation - and they showed out. The food was fantastic - the server was extremely nice/polished/attentive. Was amazed at the food. I hope they stay on people's radar and do well.

2
★★★★★

Didn't expect too much from them - part of a corporation - and they showed out. The food was fantastic - the server was extremely nice/polished/attentive. Was amazed at the food. I hope they stay on people's radar and do well.

Pros: great food, friendly service

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The service was slow, from the hostess to the waitress. The piano player is a nice touch, but the restaurant is already noisy making it hard to have a conversation. The food presentation is pretty, but the sauces kill the fish flavor. Appetizers & desserts are decent. Good wine selection. Overall, it looks great, but lacks the substance of true fine dining, not worth the prices.

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★★★☆☆

The service was slow, from the hostess to the waitress. The piano player is a nice touch, but the restaurant is already noisy making it hard to have a conversation. The food presentation is pretty, but the sauces kill the fish flavor. Appetizers & desserts are decent. Good wine selection. Overall, it looks great, but lacks the substance of true fine dining, not worth the prices.

Pros: Decor, Presentation

Cons: Service, Food, Prices

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I eat and entertain at Cafe del Rey quite often and have never been disapointed with my overall experience. The food, service and ambience is some of the best in the city and I eat out 5 - 6 days a week.

It's not a great place for small children but an experience for the rest of the family.

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★★★★★

I eat and entertain at Cafe del Rey quite often and have never been disapointed with my overall experience. The food, service and ambience is some of the best in the city and I eat out 5 - 6 days a week.

It's not a great place for small children but an experience for the rest of the family.

Pros: Valet Parking, Exstensive Wine List, The Satff

Cons: Can get loud

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We went here at least 3 or 4 times when we lived by the Marina. The food was always good and the service is great, too. I really like the look and fell of the restaurant. You fell like you are in an upscale place, but it is not in the least uncomfortable.

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★★★★★

We went here at least 3 or 4 times when we lived by the Marina. The food was always good and the service is great, too. I really like the look and fell of the restaurant. You fell like you are in an upscale place, but it is not in the least uncomfortable.

Pros: ambience, service, food

Cons: expensive

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This is a good place to go for consistently great food, especially if someone else is picking up the bill. I've never had a bad meal and have always had guests praise the food. The venison is a favorite, as well as the bacon wrapped filet.

2
★★★★★

This is a good place to go for consistently great food, especially if someone else is picking up the bill. I've never had a bad meal and have always had guests praise the food. The venison is a favorite, as well as the bacon wrapped filet.

Pros: Out-of-towners enjoy, Varied menu, Desserts

Cons: Pricey, Expensive wine

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The food is delicious. The view is spectacular. The new decor is fabulous. The service outstanding.

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★★★★★

The food is delicious. The view is spectacular. The new decor is fabulous. The service outstanding.

Pros: food, view, service

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I miss the old Cafe Del Rey, the more Japanese fusion inspired cuisine,(not to mention a Japanese chef and sous chef), the adventure of game on the menu, and Great Service. Thank goodness for a busser as we couldn't get refills or coffee etcetera from either the servers or the manager. Tried to send back extremely overcooked food and took 2 tries for attention. Tried twice since the new ownership and won't be back.

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★★★☆☆

I miss the old Cafe Del Rey, the more Japanese fusion inspired cuisine,(not to mention a Japanese chef and sous chef), the adventure of game on the menu, and Great Service. Thank goodness for a busser as we couldn't get refills or coffee etcetera from either the servers or the manager. Tried to send back extremely overcooked food and took 2 tries for attention. Tried twice since the new ownership and won't be back.

Pros: Bartenders, Good wine list

Cons: , Service, management

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my first impression of cafe del rey was completely ruined by the old-school looking sign out in the parking lot. despite that, every aspect w/ this restaurant is wonderful!!! appertizer, entrees, service, and the whole vibe the restaurant has to provide are definitely top-nodge. i will definitely go back w/in the near future. if u're looking for a place to impress someone important, this is definitely the place to be.

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★★★★★

my first impression of cafe del rey was completely ruined by the old-school looking sign out in the parking lot. despite that, every aspect w/ this restaurant is wonderful!!! appertizer, entrees, service, and the whole vibe the restaurant has to provide are definitely top-nodge. i will definitely go back w/in the near future. if u're looking for a place to impress someone important, this is definitely the place to be.

Pros: food, service, water-view

Cons: , a tiny bit overpriced

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better than mc d's - move to iowa... this place is great, and i think anyone from la will agree. please "corn cob", don't insult my city, or the food offerings. a perfcet lunch. if you're in the neighborhood, try the bento boxes!

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★★★★★

better than mc d's - move to iowa... this place is great, and i think anyone from la will agree. please "corn cob", don't insult my city, or the food offerings. a perfcet lunch. if you're in the neighborhood, try the bento boxes!

Pros: food, drinks

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Looking for a good Sunday brunch spot? This is one of the best. The menu offers everything from eggs benedict to sashimi. The view can't be beat, but it can get crowded, so make reservations.

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★★★★☆

Looking for a good Sunday brunch spot? This is one of the best. The menu offers everything from eggs benedict to sashimi. The view can't be beat, but it can get crowded, so make reservations.

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Watching the Marina's ballet of boats from cafe del Rey is impressive at lunch or brunch, but the sunset hour is also magical here---and the perfect time to enjoy a cocktail in the vibrant lounge. Follow it up with a meal in the main…

 

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