I can’t say enough about how wonderful I think the Inn at the Seventh Ray is. I am glad that after all these years it is still a top notch restaurant. The reviews are all impressive and their reputation has withstood the test of time.
I love to tell people my story of going there with my hubby when we were just dating and thinking he was going to propose to me when he gave me a beautiful little box to open on my birthday. It was a lovely pair of crystal earrings from the shop at the restaurant, The Spiral Staircase. Disappointed and wondering if our relationship would ever progress, I ate my very garlicy shrimp scampi silently. Lucky for me, my relationship and the restaurant have flourished since then!
Recently, I asked my friend, Holly to have dinner with me. We hadn’t gone out in a few weeks and we wanted to catch up with each other. I was thinking sushi, when she suggested The Inn at the Seventh Ray. “Yes!” I said enthusiastically! I just got paid and it will be quiet and something different. I totally deserve a nice night out with my friend.
When I told my hubby that is where we were going, his voice went up an octave “The Inn at the Seventh Ray?” I think he wanted to join us, and I said, “Yep,” gave him a kiss, and happily skipped out the door. I didn’t invite him because it was a girl’s night. If he wants to take me there again, he can invite me! (I’m still a little bitter about the almost-proposal after 22 years, I think.)
Nestled in the center of Topanga Canyon, the Inn at the Seventh Ray is on Old Topanga Canyon Road. There is self parking around the area of the restaurant. There are steps down to the seating area. The tables are mostly outdoors. There are heaters everywhere, so do not worry about getting a chill. There are larger tables under a large canopy that feels like a gazebo. Tables for two and four are located along the side of a small brook. Even though the brook was completely dry at this time of year, there was the babbling sound of water from the fountain under the canopy. The ambiance of this dimly lit five-star restaurant is elegant and romantic.
The Inn at the Seventh Ray is well-known for its exceptional organic food. They used to have a Sunday brunch that was out of this world. I have been to a wedding there once and it may have been because I was pregnant at the time, but I had the most Heavenly salmon mousse that I will never forget! I read up on the current head chef, Bradley Miller. I expected to have a delightful meal and I was not disappointed.
Here is my confession, I don’t like to eat red meat. I didn’t even expect to find red meat at the Inn at the Seventh Ray because at one time I had heard it was completely vegan. But there is one thing that my mouth waters for, beef short ribs. I love pork ribs, too. But I recently had my mother-in-law’s short ribs and they were so good, when I read the description on the menu, I knew I was going to order it! And, I digress, I had them again on Thursday at Grandma Kim’s. Beef. Me. Three times in one week! But nothing compared to the beef short rib at the Inn at Seventh Ray!
I had the Miso Braised Short Rib with Kimchi, Smoked Shiitake Mushrooms, Fingerling Potato, and Wagyu Jerky. The rib meat was delicate, fall off the bone, tender, and divine. I almost barked at Holly when she asked for a taste. Of course she wanted to taste it, she is a chef and my best friend and part of what we do when we go out together is share things. But, I would have growled at anyone who came near my plate at that moment. I must admit, I didn’t even try the fingerling potatoes or the jerky. I was full from Maggie’s Farm Greens ( a large salad of Organic Baby Greens, Spiced Walnuts, Fig Crouton and Lemon Thyme Vinagrette) and the amazing appetizer we had shared, it was a Smoked Yellowtail Spread with Radish, Red Onion, Smoked Sea Salt, on Grilled French Bread and a Tabasco Pipettel. We ate every last bit of that spread! It was so yummy!
My meal was worth every penny and I have no regrets. Being that I have no reasonable excuse to spend this amount of money on dinner, it wasn’t a birthday or an anniversary, tells you that I regard having dinner with my best friend pretty high up there! It wasn’t outrageous and I will justify by saying that I might have spent the same amount on sushi, some Saki and a few Saporros, just saying! With a glass of Shiraz, my meal topped off at about $75. The experience. . . priceless!