Raleigh >Restaurants > Rey's Restaurant
1130 Buck Jones Rd Cary Raleigh, North Carolina, NC | Directions 2756035.769061 -78.733285
mon 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, tue 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, wed 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, thu 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, fri 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, sat 5:00 pm-10:00 pm, sun closed-closed
Neighborhoods: Roylene Acres, Southwest
Wonderful place – The food here is phenomenal and the atmosphere is great too. I was happy with the prompt seating and teh 5 star service. I will be going back soon.
Great food & Great service – We love this place. We drive 45 min. just to eat here. The owner Rey is great. He is always there when we eat there. The food is great the wait staff is great what more can you ask for. If you liked Ruth Chris then you will love Rey's. The steak is the same, but there is so much more to love. Make a reservation and remember the plates are really hot, so order your steak less cooked the plate will do the rest.
Very disappointed – I joined an old friend for dinner at Rey's about a month ago. I was extremely disappointed. The food was o.k. at best. I have had better salmon at the Outback (which is usually a last choice). The steak looked good, but it's really not that hard to grill a steak. Everything else was second-rate- table service, the ambiance was stale, they served bottled water (in a .99 cent plastic bottle?), bad salad and overall there was nothing special about the place. For what they tout, they have certainly missed the mark. I am amazed that there is a 9.6 rating. People- you need to get out more often.
Great fine dining – Rey's is highly recommended by our family. They have a great wine list and the meals were delicious. The side orders were large enough to pass around. The steaks were cooked to perfection using quality meat. The decor is very warm and romantic.We will be back soon.
Great atmosphere and food – Wonderful atmosphere and food. Great place for adults. Food is delicious and priced appropriately. I wouldn't recommend taking children but I'm sure they are welcome. Have a drink at the bar with a cozy warm atmosphere and the fireplace is roaring (seasonal). The people that work there want to make you happy and can't do enough for you.
Excellent food and service – Rey's was a great dining experience. They have elegant ambience, and even had live music (this was on a Friday). All of the food we ordered was cooked perfectly and was delicious. The tuna appietizer, the creamed corn, and the French Quarter chicken were exceptional. I've seen other reviews stating that steaks were not properly cooked, but my husband's was perfect and he ate every bite. Other reviews also stated the martinis were not good; however, we sampled 2 -- the Metropolitian and Lemon Drop (which is not on the menu and is difficult to make correctly), and they were very good. Our waitress was attentive, knew the menu, and did a great job. Rey stopped by our table to make sure everything was to our liking. I was very impressed with our experience at Rey's and look forward to returning soon.
Way Overrated – I found out about Rey's through city search. I invited one of my good friends to come along for dinner. The prices were ridiculous. The garlic mashed potatoes were cold (sure sign of a microwave). The microwavalbe potatoes wer $4. KFC has better ones. The steak that I ordered was over cooked. At the end of the experiece our waiter took forever to bring the ticket. Stay away
Way overrated – We went to Rey's with a large group (10 adults and 5 children) for a special occasion. We were seated in one of the private rooms. Although service was excellent, the food and drinks were ordinary at best. The martinis were just okay. I had the Hurricaine martini which was only vaguely reminiscent of the famous drink served in New Orleans. I followed that with a Maker's Mark martini (I forgot what they call it but it was supposed to be a New Orleans version of the Manhattan) which was not very good at all and sour mash whiskey is my favorite drink. You wound think after all that booze the food would have to be good. Not so much. The Grilled Chicken and Sausage Gumbo was the only high point of the meal. I ordered a 12 oz Filet medium-well and it came to the table RARE! I also ordered it blackened and as far as I could tell, it was not. I can make a much better steak than that for a fraction of the cost on my grill at home! The side dishes were nothing to write home about either. The Lyonnaise Potatoes
were like home fries from a road-side diner. The Herb Roasted Red Potatoes were just ordinary as well. The vegetable side dishes were a little better.
We had a great time and the ambiance is good so I can't blame the mediocre food on either of those things. For $60 per person (not counting the kids), I expect a much better meal. By-the-way, there is really no kids menu. Not that this should matter to most people going here - the only reason we felt okay taking kids is that we knew we were in a private room. They could keep something kid appropirate on hand though for just this type of situation.
Overall, I would say skip this place if you are looking for good food. Ruth's Chris is a little more expensive but the food is much better and worth it in my opinion.
Been There, Done That, Don't want the T-shirt – My husband and I recently spent our 9th anniversary with a dinner at Rey's. Probably not the best choice. Although the ambience is nice, our servers kept changing. One took the entree order, one pour the water, one took the dessert order and the check. Good grief! Maybe we smelled bad. Oh well. The dinner was mediocre. Nothing to write home about. The chicken piccata was a bit chewy, and could have been bursting with flavor, but someone missed the mark. The creme brulee should have been named soup brulee. What a disappointment. Even with a $25 gift certificate we still paid enough to refinance our house. Sorry Rey, we were just not impressed.
Amazing food – I really enjoyed dining there. Though it is far away for me (N. Raleigh), I think I'll make the trip frequently. My wife said her filet mignon was the best she's ever had. My waiter was great, the chef came out and spoke with diners, and the owner made the rounds as well- a nice touch.
Afterwards, we went into their lounge and had a cigar. Loved it!
Only downer is their wine selection doesn't match the other positive aspects- and a $25 or $50 corking fee is ridiculous.
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