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

94% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (105)
Good for Anniversaries (91)
Good for a Date (89)
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Romantic (78)
Good for Birthdays (60)
Quiet Conversation (54)
Business Meals (50)
Worth the Drive (50)
Notable Wine List (48)
Cozy (36)
Good for Groups (36)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Bar Seating (22)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Pre/post Theatre (19)
Authentic (16)
Casual (16)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (9)
Healthy (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Kid-friendly (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Vegan (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Scenic View (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Seattle)·Dined 2 days ago

Rey’s is a very good special occasion restaurant. They have very good food and great service but at a price. The food has a Cajun flare to it with nice presentation and nice ambiance. Everything is a la cart which is what adds to the cost. Definitely worth going to but in moderation because of the expense.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding meal and great service.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Nice ambience, we enjoyed having dinner, this was my 3 rd visit

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our experience was excellent. Warm and attentive service despite a busy night (Valentine's), fantastic recommendations, and a lovely atmosphere. Would go again in a heartbeat.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Dinner at Rey's was phenomenal. We both started our meal off with the lobster bisque and then ordered the New York Strip with garlic mashed potatoes and mushrooms as our entree. The desert was great as well. We wrapped up our meal with the bread pudding. We even had enough to take home for a second full meal. I would highly recommend it seeing as this was probably the best steak I've ever had.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Rey's has become "our place" for special occasions (anniversaries, Valentines, New Year's Eve.) We've had exemplary service and very well-made drinks. And the steaks...come to the table absolutely perfect!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food, great service.....best in the Triangle!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

This was a really great place ! Good drinks,good food and great service. I did notice that the prices were higher for Valentines Day.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Rey's is the place to go for a great meal, the food is always prepared to your desire.
The service is excellent, there is always great conversation with the new and older staff.
The restaurant is very pleasing and Rey makes you feel like you one of the family.
This is my favorite place to go for special occasion or just a relaxing meal.
Lastly lets not forget the wonderful Banana's Fosters that's always a treat to watch being prepared and truly a great desert to feast upon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food and service. You know it’s expensive going in. I don’t see price as a negative. Sides are enough to serve 3-4 persons. Steak are outstanding. I always enjoy going to Rey’s.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 3 days ago

I'm never disappointed when we dine at Rey's. One of our favorites! This Valentine's meal was no exception. Great server, delicious food, excellent atmosphere!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

This was our first visit and will definitely return. Our waiter was new but very attentive and gracious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Charleston)·Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding. Worth a one hour drive. Scott, our server, was just terrific. Rey is "hands-on" and speaks with every customer. Will be back. Lobster bisque, grouper, steaks, salads - great. Glad we made the choice to come to Rey's.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

I really enjoyed dining in at Rey’s I definitely will come back again!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Rey’s is amazing! Everything is wonderful-food, staff, ambience &
Drinks. It is a great place to go for special occasions & also just a terrific meal.
I would recommend Rey’s to everyone.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Romantic, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent as always. Great food and service. We come back again and again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

My husband and I went to celebrate Valentines Day with a special meal before having to give up some things for Lent and Rey's did not disappoint. They accommodated for anything we asked and even allowed us to split the surf and turf, cooking the meat specific to each of our individual request. The martinis were exceptional and the service was excellent. We highly recommend Rey's.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 4 days ago

I don't want to wish my life away, but I do so look forward to the next occasion to visit Rey's. I have a reputation as a bit of a grillmaster, earned over 5 decades, cooking on charcoal and gas. Rey's Ribeye put my best to shame. Go there.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 4 days ago

I chose this restaurant to celebrate Mardi Gras because "a New Orleans flare" is actually part of it's self-description. I was so disappointed. The regular menu has very few truly New Orleans-inspired dishes. However, I thought the restaurant would have a special menu with New Orleans staples for Mardi Gras, i.e. jambalaya, etouffee, red beans and rice, etc.; it did not. And the ambiance was that of a library.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Rey’s rates among our favorite restaurants of all time. The food is incredible. Rey and his staff are friendly, helpful and give the best service. We highly recommend it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent evening out. Food was very good, scallop app was pheonominal, rack of lamb incredible and fabulous desserts. The romain hearts salad was a little underwhelming and the marsala lacked a little but overall a stellar experience well worth the evening out. :)

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

I had the grouper, tasted pretty good but portion a little to small for the price.
The service was impeccable!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

EVERYTHING WAS AMAZING!!! The steaks, oysters, drinks, even the bread and butter was fantastic. The ambiance was a 5 star, however, as we were leaving, there was a bubba in jeans, a flannel shirt, and wearing a ballcap while eating. I mean I just spent over $200 for our first visit there, there ought to be some sort of dress code. I do NOT blame Reys in any way. This person wasn't raised correctly. We plan to go back again soon, and we've already told our friends and families what a wonderful experience we had.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great time and service. Looking forward to our next visit

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Always consistently great food coupled with outstanding+ service. Our server for the evening was Kelly and she is the very best.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Rey's continues to deliver with fine service and excellent food even on a busy pre-Valentine's weekend. Jason remains our favorite, most attentive member of the waitstaff. We are excited about the expansion underway that will offer an inviting outdoor patio complete with outdoor eating, cigar lounge and fireplace.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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·Dined on February 9, 2018

Delicious food, good options, professional friendly service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The service was pretty good, but there could have been improvements elsewhere.

The steak was undercooked. Both my wife and I are fine eating rare steaks, which is what we each received for our ribeye. However, we each ordered medium rare. They were very much rare though.

The knives were unable to cut the steaks. It took a couple tries for them to bring us out ones that were sharp enough to be usable. (The steaks being rare didn't help with this.)

It's been over 10 years since I was last at Reys, and it may be another ten before I try it again. It's a shame we didn't have a better experience, as we're building our new house <10 minutes away.
If you're wanting an upscale meal, I'd recommend you try elsewhere. Depending on your style and budget, Fairview or Herons are much better overall.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Better than Angus Barn! The lamb was perfect. We will be back again and again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

We started our meal with a special lobster-chunk appetizer and a few pieces were tough and chewy (the other parts were very tasty though). Two people in our party of 4 ordered the $41 prime rib eye. Although both tasted good, one was at least 1/3 fat or gristle. Normally my husband isn't bother by a little fat on his steak, but it looked like half the steak was still on the plate when he finished. We have never had a ribeye with so much you couldn't eat. One person ordered the filet and that was good and one person order fish which was very good. For the money, we were a little disappointed, but we might give it another try in the future.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 6, 2018

We enjoyed and appreciated our waiter, Angelo, who went above and beyond to find a white wine I liked to go with the salmon I ordered. My husband had the chicken piccata, Caesar salad, and lyonnaise potatoes—his favorites. I loved the fruit, capers, and cilantro which topped the salmon.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great food as usual , we were seated right on time, great staff, treated more like family than a customer

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Always awesome!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Dependably above the others for fine dining.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Previous meals at Rey’s had been excellent; so it was quite disappointing to get one that at best was mediocre. Three of four at the table ordered the smaller filet; usually this steak can be easily cut with a butter knife - not so on this occasion. Some effort was required to get through it with the steak knife. While the sides were tasty, three fell short of providing a sufficient quantity for our four diners - this also hasn’t been the case in the past. The service was excellent and we will return. But if this experience is the start of a new trend, we’ll have to look elsewhere for our special occasion dinners.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

This was our first visit to your restaurant and we loved it! Best of all was our server Ryan !!!
He was wonderful. Your food was delicious and the more than we expected ! We will definitely be eating with you again. Atmosphere of your restaurant is very pleasant and seating is very comfortable

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Michael in the bar area it’s the best!

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Service & food outstanding. Server was excellent. Ask for Michael.

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Definitely exceeded expectations. I took a few foodie guests here and they raved about the experience. Going back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Went for resturant week to try. Food was excellent!! Had a great time and experience.
Would definitely recommend!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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