The party of seven dropped to five an hour before the reservation as two of us had to drop out when one reported feeling under the weather. But the friends from Seattle could not have been happier with Cafe del Rey: the professional service, the beautiful sunset, the Marina view and generous cocktails. The food left something to be desired with the $29 prime rib seeming inferior quality and the $25 obligatory turkey dinner dry with overcooked trimmings. A $9 spinach salad didn't help matters with flavorless goat cheese and a nondescript dressing. Somewhere there was pumpkin in the dessert offerings just not in a pie. This may be one of the few times when the food wasn't the deciding factor in a meals overall success and past experiences tell us this wasn't their best effort.
Now, for $9.95 you could get an old fashioned turkey dinner at Du-Par's, moist with gravy and the typical coffee shop dinner salad. (How do they get those carrots to look like baby buoys?) For $5.45 more you could add very tasty pumpkin pie and coffee. We did. Only complaint: the Farmer's Market Du-Par's serves real whipped cream with their pies, the Studio City store serves canned. But with Teresa as your waitress (she could have been Rhonda Fleming with hair that red) no complaint had much of a chance.
Next year, it's time once again to take on the big bird at home; or, as some here suggested, head for Monterey Park.