Topanga, California 90290
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Why We Like This Place
Looking for a unique garden setting for your special celebration? Consider the Inn of the Seventh Ray, voted L.A.’s most romantic restaurant for 20 years. Combining its natural surroundings with market-driven menus featuring fresh organic foods and wines, the Inn is one of California’s original culinary agents for change, serving up much more than standard fare for four decades.
Minutes from the city in the heart of Topanga Canyon, the Inn hugs the bank of a gently flowing creek and is surrounded by greenery. Huge oak and pine trees grow through and over the restaurant’s two terraces, filtering sunlight and creating a sense of intimacy. Looking at this bucolic setting, it’s hard to believe that when owners Lucy and Ralph Yaney found it in 1973, it was a defunct auto junkyard. Undaunted, they walked over piles of old tires to the center of the site, where they felt an intense energy. The feeling was so strong they immediately decided to buy the property, even though they had absolutely no idea what they would do with it. Over the next couple of years, they developed an interest in natural food and a desire to do something that would benefit society, and although neither one had any experience running a restaurant, they opened the Inn of the Seventh Ray.
The name comes from the seventh ray of the colorful spectrum you see when light passes through a prism—it’s the violet ray, signifying change. And since getting married constitutes a significant change in most people’s lives, it seems perfectly fitting that the Inn hosts weddings. Ceremonies are held in the Fountain Courtyard, a brick-and-stone terrace with an elevated, wisteria-covered gazebo. After they exchange vows, the bride and groom join their guests seated below for the reception. The courtyard is enclosed by a wild mix of canyon foliage on three sides and the Garden Room on the fourth. Tables are arranged around a white fountain, and beneath a lattice wood trellis laced with honeysuckle. Although the Garden Room is generally used just for the bar, it’s also a quasi-rustic setting for indoor receptions, with a glass ceiling, latticed walls, tall plants, and a fireplace.
The Creekside Patio, not surprisingly, sits just above the creek and stretches along it for about a hundred feet. A narrow version of the Fountain Courtyard, it’s framed by sycamores, and bordered by bushes and a low brick wall. Just behind the patio is the Church Room, the Inn’s original structure. Once a gospel church, it’s also rumored to have been Aimée Semple MacPherson’s private mountain retreat in the ’30s. Now a dining room, this ivy-covered building still feels a little like a country chapel, with its steeply peaked, open-beamed ceiling and arched stained-glass windows.
A series of clear, UV-rated, octagonal tents are placed over the patios. Open on the sides in summer and heated during winter months, they give diners access to everything around them and permit outdoor celebrations any time of year. Meals are pesticide- and additive-free, and the food is 80–95% organic, including the free-range meat and poultry. Fish is wild, and fresh seasonal vegetables come from local organic farms. The restaurant has a staunchly loyal clientele whose allegiance is spiritual as well as gastronomical: The Inn’s unique bookstore is stocked with books that inspire, and the gazebo—purported to have a special energy—is considered a charmed spot for ceremonies. The soul-satisfying union of uplifting garden atmosphere and high-quality food puts the Inn of the Seventh Ray in a class by itself.
- Max. Seated Indoors: 0
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 225
- Max. Seated Indoors: 65
- Max. Seated Outdoors: 220
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Indoors: 65
- Max. Standing/Cocktails Outdoors: 260
- Max. Seated: 135
CEREMONY CAPACITY: The Fountain Courtyard and Creekside Patio combined hold up to 225 guests.
EVENT/RECEPTION CAPACITY: Indoors, the Inn accommodates 48–65 guests. Outdoor areas hold 70–220 seated or 80–260 standing guests.
MEETING CAPACITY: Meeting space is available for 135 seated guests.
Cost: Prices, Deposits, Etc.
A rental fee deposit plus a $1,000 coordinator fee are required to reserve your date, and the balance of the estimated total is due 2 weeks prior to the event. The rental fee ranges $1,200–6,500 depending on the day, date and time of the event, and the guest count. Meals start at $46/person for a brunch buffet and $55/person for plated dinners and full service. Tax, alcohol and a 20% service charge are additional.
Special Events, Parties
Kitchen Facilities: n/a
Tables & Chairs: provided
Linens, Silver, etc.: provided
Restrooms: wheelchair accessible
Dance Floor: patio
Bride’s Dressing Area: yes
AV/Meeting Equipment: microphone available
Accommodations: nearby bed & breakfast inns
Outdoor Night Lighting: yes
Outdoor Cooking Facilities: n/a
Cleanup: provided in fees
View: Topanga Creek and mountains
Other: event coordination
Venue TypeBanquet Hall/Events Facility
Alcohol: BWC provided or BYO
Smoking: designated area outdoors
Music: amplified OK with volume limits
Wheelchair Access: yes
Insurance: not required
Other: no rice