Inn of the Seventh Ray - TopangaIn between Santa Monica and Malibu, this unique restaurant sits in the woods next to a creek with beautiful views and delicious food creations.  

After taking winding highway 27 to the Topanga State Park we veered left onto Old Topanga road to reach this well-hidden gem. 

After checking in, we were guided to our table at the Creekside with plenty of shade from the towering old sycamores. The sound of running water down below added to the ambiance to make this spot perfect for a late afternoon meal.

Inn of the Seventh Ray - Topanga - Shrimp and Papaya WrapThe service was top notch, but the food was something else. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing most ingredients from local organic farms and it is really very inventive. 

Our party enjoyed Shrimp and Papaya Wraps and Turkey ArtichokePanini sandwiches with sweet potato fries. 

On the weekend, the Inn serves a buffet-style brunch with many breakfast, lunch and dessert choices. 

While waiting for your meal, you can descend down a short flight of stairs to the creek level to enjoy the scenery and take some photos.

This place has been called the most romantic dining in LA. Many a couple met her or had their wedding or anniversary. 

Inn of the Seventh Ray - TopangaNo one knows for sure the full history of this spot, but it rumored that Chumash Indians used the intersection of 2 creeks as a meeting place. Later it was used as a private retreat for Aimee McPherson founder of the  Foursquare Church. In 1973 the property was restored by the current owners and transformed into this wonderful dining destination.

Topanga State Park is right next door, so you can stop by after lunch for some stunning views and great hikes.

For a more rewarding hike with amazing ocean view go to Tuna Canyon Park. Read about it here.