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

4.8

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (78)
Good for Anniversaries (69)
Good for a Date (65)
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Romantic (55)
Good for Birthdays (54)
Notable Wine List (47)
Business Meals (44)
Quiet Conversation (42)
Worth the Drive (33)
Creative Cuisine (27)
Good for Groups (24)
Cozy (22)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Authentic (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fun (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Tasting Menu (8)
Casual (6)
Healthy (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Hot Spot (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Dubai)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 5 days ago

My wife and I are from out-of-town and were disappointed with one of the area's most highly-rated restaurants especially when price is factored in. The dining atmosphere was extensive, exposed and noisy with little intimacy other than dimmed lighting. The food and service were acceptable but I expected and have received much better at this price point in other US cities. Service was actually too aggressive and intrusive as the minute you finished your plate a waiter swarmed in to take it way. Not a relaxed environment to have a high-end meal and quiet conversation. The menu is not especially creative aiming to please everyone without necessarily excelling in anything in particular such as Cajun. Rey's is overrated. Will not return.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Enjoyed very delicious meal w attentive service! Recommend to others.

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·Dined on December 5, 2017

I've been a fan of Rey's for a few years and they never disappoint. Every time I visit Rey's I'm greeted with the friendliest waitstaff , Mr. Rey and flavorful food ! Rey's is my favorite place to eat in the Raleigh, Durham, RTP area !

P.S. The Banana's Foster is to die for !

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Fun, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Was in town for soccer tournament and had a great meal. The staff was super friendly and Rey was working the entire restaurant sharing his warmth and pride as an owner. Would've liked larger shrimp in the cocktail but all was fresh and surf and turf was divine. Crème Brule desert done to perfection. Highly recommend and would visit next time in Raleigh area.

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

They have the total package great food and awesome staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Best steak ever! Literally melts in your mouth. So flavorful. Sides dishes are family style, a tad pricey but delicious! Quiet, semi -romantic setting. Also great for couples dining together. Staff is unbelievably attentive and courteous. The staff even speaks highly of the owner! The owner is always there and likes to check in on your dinner. Very classy restaurant. Definitely a favorite!! Give it a try. You will never regret it!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The food and service at Rey's are always outstanding. Rey was his usual convivial self. However, when I made the reservation, I requested a quiet location, preferably against a wall or in a corner. Also, I specified it was a birthday dinner. Evidently neither of these items were noted by the restaurant. We were directed to a table in the middle of a large room. We requested a more appropriate table and there was no problem with moving to one. No mention was made of its being a birthday event. We weren't asked if it was a special occasion, so we didn't mention it.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our server, David, was exceptional! He was personal and attentive, without being overbearing. His secondary wait staff were wonderful as well. We loved the atmosphere! The food was good but not as creative as we had anticipated. The pan seared scallops we're wonderful and the coffee was the best we have had at a restaurant! Overall we were very pleased.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Rey’s is one of our favorites. My wife and I had our first date there. We got engaged there, had our rehearsal dinner there and many other special occasions. Also a great place to just go to dinner with friends. Great job as always Rey!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great food and service. Our waiter David was outstanding and attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Perfect as always!!

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving dinner fixed menu was perfect and great price - several courses and just the right portions. Food was excellent as was the service. Very elegant. A live piano player would be a lovely addition - perfect place for special occasions.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Thanksgiving Lunch/Dinner was good, but not as superior as the usual menu items. It was worth $35.00 per person, but I'm not sure we will do Thanksgiving at Rey's next year. However, we will return for one of Rey's great steaks again! By the way, our server was energetic, happy and positive in a very busy restaurant environment.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Great staff

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving at Rey's was amazing, the turkey was so moist and flavorful. Service as always was top notch along with the rest of the food. The filet my wife got was smooth as butter along with amazing lobster Mac and cheese.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Fantastic service and atmosphere! Celebrated our 30th anniversary in style at Rey's!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding service !!!! Will go back and recommend to all my friend, great experience

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food at Rey's was delicious and the service was even better! I loved the French Quarter Chicken :) and our waiter(s) were very friendly, helpful, and personable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 14, 2017

This was first dining experience at Rey’s. The service was timely, friendly and professional. The atmosphere was comfortable and relaxing. The food was deliciously all that it should have been, and the drinks were excellent, as well. It is definitely on my list for as a “go to” dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We have dined here previously, and enjoyed the food. This time we both ordered veal dishes and were somewhat disappointed. Save veal piccata for an Italian restaurant.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Service was impeccable! Rey stopped by our table 3 times to check on how things were going. We enjoyed our experience.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always perfection.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went for our anniversary & everything was fabulous. Would recommend Rey’s for wonderful food & ambience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Started with the turtle soup and the fried oysters. They were great and a true indicator of rest of the meal. We each had their 8 Oz. filets which were cooked to perfection and served on a very hot plate. A steak knife was included with the table setting however it could have been cut with a fork. We ended the meal with cherries jubilee which were prepared expertly by our attentive waiter at the table.
The wait staff was very cognizant of our relaxed (slow) dining pace and didn't try to hurry us along or up the tempo.
All in all it was great and we will be going back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

This was our first visit to Rey’s. We were celebrating our anniversary. We really enjoyed ourselves. My filet was great and so was the banana foster. We will be coming back in the future.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Excellent food and service was impeccable! Rey himself actually visited to assure everything was perfect. I would definitely recommend Rey's

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time diners. Celebrating birthdays of our 2 girls and one son-in-law. Found Rey's to really be a special place. Fun began in the Voodoo Lounge with bartenders who were very attentive and entertaining. Then a great meal with waitress Carolyn seeming to be part of the family. Every dish was delicious, perfectly prepared, and delightfully presented. We will return for sure and not need to wait for a special event.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

The ambiance and service were exceptional however the food quality and taste was not up to par. We were advised by our waiter however that Rey’s is known for their steaks and since neither of us ordered steak we will try them again.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I wanted to like this place.

The calamari were tasty. The creme brûlée was delightful and huge. My waiter was fine - he was there when I wanted and wasn't when I didn't.

Some people might object that some plates were missing as part of the service while other plates weren't timely removed.

But... the prime ribeye was a disaster. The first one was not medium-rare but rather well done. The second one was medium-rare in one area sliding back to medium-well in the rest. Plaudits to the gentleman who checked on me. He apologized and removed the cost of the steak from my bill. However, no preparation would have elevated the steak to mediocre.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

A La Carte family style sides were wonderful. We had the green beans and mashed sweet potatoes. The steak was good as you would expect but nothing special. The best part was the Bananas Foster.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent food with a nice quiet table in a corner. Caroline's service and personality were outstanding. Made our 58th anniversary exceptional. Our daughter and son-in-law completely agreed with our evaluation
Jim & Dee Boyle

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great place with great food. It has been a long time since I have been in a restaurant where the owner checks on each guest. Thanks for all you do.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My husband and I love Rey's and it never disappoints. The filet is outstanding and the sides are delicious but the Bananas Foster is the absolute best! This is our go to for special event dining! It isn't cheap but is worth every bit of the money you pay for it.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great place for a special event. Our waiter was fabulous as was the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Rey and his staff always hit the target, but on this night in particular everything seemed to be firing on all cylinders. Food, service, ambiance...it was just perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I was disappointed. It is one of the top 10 in open table. The Calamari was excellent. The Caesar salad was good. The ribeye (medium rare) was tough. Not restaurant quality beef? Bread pudding was very good. I also had a side of oysters and they were good but not excellent (probably West Coast oysters). We had some scollops and they were cooked perfectly but had a slight (faint) taste of ammonia which suggested they were on the old side. Service was excellent.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great atmosphere! Professionalism of the service had a Wonderful time for my Wife & her Brothers Bday ☺

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a reservation at 8pm for my birthday, for a party of two. We did not get seated until 9:15pm. While waiting at the bar to get seated we did not even get to speak to the bartender for 20 min. After finally being seated we had ordered soup at the bar since we had waited so long, and no waiter came to our table for 15 minutes. At this point I stoped complaining and just wanted to eat my food and leave. Rey does in fact walk around but he couldn't be bothered with my seemingly petty issue. I would not return to this place. I had chosen it because it appeared to have excellent reviews. I hope that others have better experiences than I did.

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