About Rey's

Rey's is an upscale restaurant featuring great food & exceptional service with a French Quarter flare. The comfortable ambience & affordable prices are sure to please. 5 Private rooms available.

1130 Buck Jones Road
Raleigh, NC 27606
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm,

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(919) 380-0122

Website:
http://www.reysrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Rey's will customize & accommodate your catering needs. Please call (919) 380-0122 for details.

Parking Details:
Rey's offers a large private lot with over 100 parking spaces.

Executive Chef:
Lupe Becerra

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Rey's Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (77)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Good for a Date (66)
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Romantic (58)
Good for Birthdays (55)
Quiet Conversation (41)
Business Meals (37)
Notable Wine List (37)
Worth the Drive (31)
Cozy (28)
Good for Groups (27)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Casual (10)
Fun (10)
Tasting Menu (9)
Seasonal (8)
Healthy (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

I have absolutely no complaints about anything. It was my first visit & I was very impressed. There were 4 of us at the table & one of the ladies had to leave on an emergency. Even though they had already brought her food to the table they offered to take it off the bill. It was my birthday. They offered me a free dessert from their menu of my choosing. The food was excellent & beautifully presented. The atmosphere & decor of the restaurant was upscale & very nice. All of the wait staff were very pleasant & could describe any food item on the menu. I would definite go back for another special occasion & recommend my friends & family.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Seasonal, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

My wife and I picked Rey's for our Anniversary date, based on the recommendations of friends and that was a good decision. Everything was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

My husband and I celebrated our 29th Wedding Anniversary. It was a memorable evening. Our waiter Jim was very nice and helpful to us. I am Gluten Free and Jim made sure my order was safe for me to eat. We really enjoyed our first experience there and will definitely be back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Good menu and food, attentive service. Will return .

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Rey's is an excellent choice for fine food and fine dining. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was elegant yet relaxed. Great for a romantic dinner with your special someone or great for a group. Truly one of the best restaurants in the area. Well done Rey.

Thanks
Steve Spain

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Cozy, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

If you are seeking fine dining experience to celebrate a special occasion, Rey's is the place to go! They've mastered the art of great customer service, captivating their customers through exceptional courtesy, service and fine tasting food. It was an experience to remember! Rey's is a hidden gem, and we look forward to our return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Rey's is always top notch! Top service, top food preparation, top wine selection, and top experience in fine dining. Rey (and his family) are always a joy and their love of life comes through in every part of the experience. Can't wait to return!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Anniversary dinner was outstanding!

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Dined at Rey's multiple times and each time has been exceptional. The service is always the best. Jim waited on us for New Year's Eve and the service was impeccable. He is the epitome of a knowledgable ambassador for Rey's with a great knowledge of wine, the menu and other libations. He allowed the dinner flow at our speed and we couldn't have been happier. Hats off to Jim and the restaurant. The steaks, seafood, drinks and dessert were all outstanding as was the props handed out for New Years. Can't say enough good things about the evening.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrated New Year's Eve which is also my husband's birthday, at Rey's. We had not been there before but after looking at their menu on-line, was impressed with the choices available. We had a wonderful dining experience and evening. We had reservation and was seated promptly. There was a reduced menu available because it was NYE but our waitress made it clear that if we had any special requests, they would accommodate. My husband and I had a great dinner which included appetizers, surf and turf, and our favorite dessert, cherries jubilee (made by Rey). Our waitress, Carolyn, was fantastic. From cocktails through each dinner course, food was excellent and service was pleasant and attentive. We will certainly go back to Rey's.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were a party of 8 on New Years Eve. I was concerned about the noise level, would the kitchen be overwhelmed, would service be up to par. My concerns were merely wasted energy. We easily carried on conversations, the food arrived in a very timely manner and was perfect temperature, but the highlight of the evening was the service. It was impeccable. Kelly was our main server and David was our beverage server. If any of us had a question, a special request, or a substitution Kelly would answer ABSOLUTELY without hesitation. Better than that, it wasn’t just an offhanded answer. She came through every time. David was there to keep us quenched and bar orders filled. Rey himself stopped by the table several times during the course of the night to make sure we were content and pleased. Overall it was fabulous but service was probably one of the best I’ve experienced.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Fabulous way to celebrate New Years Eve
Great food, great service and reasonably priced

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went out on New Years Eve to Reys. Food was cooked perfect and was very good. I would certainly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We visited Rey's for the first time on New Years eve. We were somewhat disappointed to find a special menu and not what we saw on line. However, almost everything we thought we would like was included on the special menu. The steak was one of the best I ever had and since we all had steak all were in agreement. One of our sides was the sauteed mushrooms that could have been cooked a little longer. I think Ruth Crist uses a little sherry in their saute but they were ok. We were disappointed with the coffee. Seeing it brewed in a French press I was sure it would be strong and full bodied. It was neither. Overall we enjoyed our dinner and the service was great. We will return when a holiday is not involved.

Tags: Casual
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been to Rey's countless times and have always had an outstanding food and service. This is our go-to spot for a special meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always loved the building (originally a Ruth's Chris Steakhouse). Steaks, Ceasar Salad, cocktails were all excellent. Bananas Foster (just not prepared the best) and Lyonnaise Potatoes (too crispy) weren't the best, though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was prepared perfectly. Nice touch by the owner, Rey to come to our table and prepare our Bananas Foster.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food in the New Orleans style with a caring proactive
Owner and staff. Well worth the moderately expensive price.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Paleo Friendly, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 30, 2017

My wife and I went (first time) this past Saturday night to celebrate our 31st anniversary. We were a little early for our reservation, but were seated immediately. Had a friendly, knowledgeable waitress who made good suggestions on food and wine. The stars of the meal were the steaks - both of us had the fillet, which were delicious and soft enough to cut with a butter knife. Sides were good, and the chocolate raspberry cake was wonderful. The only thing that made it less than a 5 star review was that when we made the on-line reservation, we noted that it was for our anniversary, yet no mention or recognition of that was made by anyone.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We love Rey's for special occasions. The food and service are the best we have found in Cary. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Rey’s never disappoints!! Quiet atmosphere, wonderful food & great service. You can always count on Rey stopping by your table to make sure you are happy!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

It is always a pleasure to dine at Rey's. The food is superb and the service is excellent. Rey's is the epitome of fine dining.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food - waitress was not the best, very forgetful.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I would give my experience a solid “okay.” For this visit, the food was not stellar and the waiter was not overly attentive. Friendly, but not attentive. It was Christmas Eve so I think that maybe the staff was overwhelmed at the number of people in the restaurant.

If this had been my first visit to Rey’s, I would not recommend it. However, I have been there numerous times in the past and have always had good food and service. I think my family and I just caught them on a bad night.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Our Christmas Eve dinner was fantastic. The food was perfectly prepared. Our server, Jim, was knowledgeable and attentive. I'd give Jim a 10 out of 10. We had a delightful table next to a Christmas tree in a corner for just us. Loved the entire experience. We're definitely coming back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We don't eat out at nice restaurants very often, buy try to come to Rey's at least twice a year.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

busy weekend, but even with reservations made more than a week before still took us over an hour to be seated.service was excellent so was the food.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

This was my first time at Rey's. I guess I expected more from them, considering the prices for the food.
Also, I would, as a waiter, look at the food I was bringing to the table. I had a salad with tomatoes that were unripe (even for out of season you can get tomatoes that are still delicious).
Overall, the meal was good, service was very nice....he still has to polish up his personality for me to just give an automatic 20% tip...that isn't a given.
One suggestion, through in a salad with the steak....at those prices you can afford it and you will get more customers coming back !

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The place was packed, service was slow, felt like we were in a diner, “what will you have”

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Rey’s never disappoints. Food & service outstanding. And always nice touch when Rey stops by every table to say hello.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

We went to this restaurant because of the New Orleans inspired cuisine and the Voo Doo Lounge which offers live music on Saturday nights. The food was less than desirable, I had the pork chops which had too much wine for my taste. My partner had the veal which also was smothered with wine but he ate it. I did not eat mine but did not send it back. The waiter did offer me a free dessert for my displeasure. As far as the entertainment, there was a woman picking a guitar in a small room they call the Voo Doo Lounge. The music does not go with the New Orlean's theme they are trying to portray. I was looking for Jazz music which is a staple for New Orleans. The best entertaining of the evening was Rey himself that cooked a fried banana dish once again with wine over an open flame near our table. This was completely not what we expected and we do not have any thing good to say about this place. Also the building appears to have been converted from a bank. It looks like some of the teller windows may have been preserved. Not worth our drive or money and that is stating it mildly.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was awesome; the service was awesome; and the atmosphere was awesome!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Rey’s is the perfect place to celebrate any special occasion. The food, service, and experience are always amazing. Having Rey make cherries jubilee table side for dessert is the perfect way to complete a wonderful meal.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was our first dining experience at Rey's. We were very pleased with the food and the service. It is a little expensive, but we would definitely eat there again for a special occasion!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My wife and I were waiting at the bar until our table was ready last Friday night but the bar was so busy, the bartenders did not look our way once. We were standing there for at least 15-20 minutes. 2 bartenders was not enough for that night.

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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We ate in bar area this time and service still unmatched. Food is superb as usual

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Rey's is one of our favorites. They never disappoint. What impressed me the most on my last visit was the staff. Even though it was a holiday crowd, we were never kept waiting, from being seated promptly, getting water immediately, being greeted by the friendly wait staff, drinks and food delivered on time and at it's best to getting the bill. Everything ran like clockwork. I love this place!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

For some reason my entree did not arrive with the other parties food. The sides was delivered but the entree was not. By the time the grouper w/crab ws delivered to the table all of the sides was cold.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Was busy (the word is OUT on how great a place this is!) but still got all the personal attention form Rey & staff as if we were the only ones there. Food was EXCELLENT as always!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Dubai)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food and service, a classic old school charm to accompany your meal.

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