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Remedy was Ray's Marlin Beach Bar and Grill - Pittsburgh , PA
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Remedy was Ray's Marlin Beach Bar and Grill
Overall: Awesome!    Score: 81.1 / 100
5121 Butler Street
Pittsburgh , PA 15201
United States
(412) 781-6771
Listed Since: January 2004
Last Updated: January 2008
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hours of operation
Sun 11:30AM - 90:0PM
Mon 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Tue 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Wed 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Thu 11:30AM - 10:00PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 11:00PM

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Lots of changes here. They still have great beer. Not a huge tap selection but 6 to 8 good options. Nice list of bottles too. I like the fact that they supply a beer menu. What good is it to have 50 beers if you don't know what they are?

The menu has been cut back. Most of it is sandwiches and salads. I think there were 9 entrees and 4 of those were pasta. We had a burger and steak sandwich and both were excellent.

There seems to be a move toward organic and locally grow items.

The owner is always around and makes an effort to make sure everything is going well. I get the impression that everything on the menu is worth a try. Service on my visit was very good.

I think you can still smoke there.

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Ray's has a new owner. This is a great place to eat and have a good beer. The new owners have high standards to live up to. Good luck.

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I found this place while searching Pittsburgh for places that serve a local microbrew. One of the great things I learned on my search is that people who care about the beer they serve also care about the food. Ray’s is no exception, they have a good selection of beers but I would go back even if it wasn’t the case. The food is worth a return trip if you are interesting in something other than the usual bar fare. While they have great specials and an interesting base menu there is something for everyone here. Great fish dishes and in the summer, the owner fires up a barbeque grill in back of the place and cooks delicious burgers and chicken. Also of importance are the two owners. I don’t know then well but they make you feel welcome and are people that I would like to see do well

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The beer: draft Kostritzer Maibock, one I'd never seen or even heard of, deliciously fresh and simply perfect. The food: Jacked and stacked meatloaf sammich with garlic mashed spuds, would have been perfect if the gravy had been a bit less sharp, but pretty darned good as it was. The Service: Attitudinal, attentive, experienced. The Vibe: pure Ray's. Seek this place out, and enjoy yourself.

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I highly recommend a visit to Ray's if you are in the area. Great food, friendly, eclectic staff, an owner who is always on-premise and a funky atmosphere make this one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh.

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What to say...Ray's is rare, if not unique, in its character, and I love it. Fun, campy, multi-culti, smart, comfortable, friendly, beer-aware, and the food, the food rocks. Ray's is somewhat crippled by a small keg-room (they have 8 taps and hope to upgrade that as much as possible), but they've compensated with an excellent bottle selection. The upstairs rooms also sport full bars, and look like a hipster's basement. When this joint is hopping, it must be a good way. Definitely high on my list for a return visit.

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Stopped here last night to check it out. I liked the place, small, but cozy, and they have an upstairs made into a dining area. Lots of potential - if this place was on the Southside it'd do a lot of business. It was easy to get to, the service was great, the selection of beer was on really good. I had a Yard's Love Stout and a Rogue Morimoto Hazelnut Brown ($6). They had quite a few Belgian beers, Sam Smiths, and various other quality microbrew bottles in their fridges. I had the Turkey Yacht sandwich as well, and it was GOOD! Very filling. I'd recommend this place to anyone going out to that area. Follow Liberty out towards Church Brew Works, turn on 34th, right onto Butler and keep going for a while. Plenty of parking around the area too.

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I recently stopped at Ray's with a friend who claimed the place was a nice change of pace. It was the middle of the afternoon, the time of day I normally do not like to eat out. Usually during the 2-4PM slot is when most places are trying to ready themselves for the dinner crowd and is slightly less than attentive. Not so here...

I walked in and instantly felt like I had found a place to spend my hard earned in the future....keep in mind I had not eaten a thing yet or even was seated. This place is just what the Pittsburgh hum-drum overpriced, chain, self-important for the sake of bringing in the money joints should be concerned with. If folks only knew what they were getting at those places. The P&L (profit-loss) driven climate of most of the eateries most of my friends and family enjoy is cause for concern.

Ray's is a great experience to the core. No one aspect of my visit was overlooked.. the folks are friendly (not just the usual smiling-give me your money fakes I am seeing more all the time, but genuine happy to meet you and learn more about you type of people}. I learned that the woman who waited on us is half of the husband & wife team. She was a pleasant gal, who was a big part of what made my trip so different and interesting. She was very involved in every aspect of the place and it showed.

She started by giving us the specials of the day. There were a number of interesting mixes of flavors for the choosing. A little something for everyone. I chose the tripple decker turkey yacht (or similarly named). As it turns out this was a great choice. What at first seemed to be the ordinary turkey club turned out to be a wonderful surprise. While starting with the usual club rule of 3 slices of bread and some thin slices of turkey, the similarities end there. The sandwich had some sort of fruit mayo, and another thin layer of a mayo, spicy brown mustard type mixture. These were a great mix of flavors. Add the apple bacon and you've got yourself one very tasty sandwich. Sure beats any club I have ever eaten. This was served with a large portion of what I must describe as the tastiest fries I've ever eaten...really. They were cooked to a dark brown, not overcooked, just cooked right. This gave them a much richer potato flavor. This may sound stange to go off about some regular old fries...but that's just Ray's everything I saw was a step or two beyond the norm.

Listen, do yourself a favor if you are in the general area of Lawrenceville (heck take a's worth it). Stop by Ray's Marlin Beach Bar and Grill. Also worthy of note..this is not the usual beach themed joint. It's much more diverse and eclectic than that. Aside from a hint of coastal flair, and a number of menu items leaning that way..this is far from the boardwalk type beach spot.

So if you want to have a meal with a little change from the Friday's or Applebee's type fare..Try Ray's and like me may find a new place to willingly spend your hard earned.

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I felt I should append my long review since Ray's has recently undergone some additional growth worth noting.

All the good stuff I said last time- well that stuff continues.

Ray's now has a coin to play pool table in the room next to the main bar on the first floor. Dining is done on the second floor which is also rich feasting for the eyes. It's a second floor large flight walkup so if stairs challenge you stay at the main bar and enjoy things from there. The second floor has interesting wall decorations, cool with in-touch paint colors and some tables made from old signs. There is a decent sized bar on the second floor so drinks are just a few steps away.

On Saturdays they have a lounge on the third floor which was just opened about a week ago. It has a true alternative 80s theme - I'd expect to hear Depeche Mode, Siouxsie and Banshees and The Cure to name a few. The third floor lounge has interesting design touches as well...

Ray's continues to impress. I am becoming a regular. This is certainly now my favorite eatery with good beer in the Pittsburgh metro area. My taste can't be wrong. Last Friday a 9:00pm visit landed me at the bar for about 20 minutes while a table became available. I wish I could photocopy Ray's and put one in other needing neighborhoods. Pittsburgh could use the improvement.

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I spent a lazy frigid Friday evening stuffed in Ray's, as the real dining seating was all full and the bar crowd was mingling well. Ray's is a rather new addition to Pittsburgh's rather dull, meat focused, very formal(read expensive and dull) or very crappy (read chains, junkfood and imitation Italian).

Lawrenceville, (the neighborhood where Ray's is located) unfortunately, only recently seems to garnered any positive press and attention. Also unfortunate is the type of business and business owner invading a pristine working community of Lawrenceville - this place is full of charm in it's left alone state. The great increase of 'I work there but live far away' and the inflation of property values through questionable valued rehab is driving Lawrenceville into a new different sorry state.

--Well don't tell the folks at Ray's this. Ray's is a prime example for all the Grant Street politicians grasping for straws about what Pittsburgh needs and about what real development is. All the local politicians ought to spend an evening at Ray's examining the real soul of Pittsburgh. Real development is respecting the neighborhood and reviving a lifeless building and providing a useful and cherished space that the neighbors can frequent and are proud of.

The kind table, cleared from personal belongings of the very petite and well liked co-owner Keri Fisher allowed me the space to sample a bit of what Ray's is all about. Instantly when seated I had a keen view of the bar back area, trinket notables for sale area and the long aisle of tables and bar stools. I then realized this place is something special. Ray's suceeds in mixing vintage old-Ray's-bar discoloration and original fixtures with more modern elements. Yet this is all done without lots of polish and sparkly stuff. It's certainly best described as ecelectic.

The patrons were a widely varied bunch, some hyper intellectual university personalities with some walking locals plus all the odd and ends and nearly extinct population types Pittsburgh seems to have otherwise caused to flee to 'better' cities.

Now onto the food and beverages...

Ray's stocks a pretty hefty beer selection when it comes to micros - much to my surprise. They had all my usuals - Victory, Troegs, Stone. They probably carry 30 if not more micros and some nifty imports. Applause please for their ambitious and varied tastes.

Ray's Marlin Beach & Grille name leads you to say what about the fish? This isn't a fishery, but they do have several fish items on the menu. They seem to take pride in their fish and when we tried ordering a specific fish item we found it was not available and there had been a shortage in getting the fish fresh.

See that's the part where I say wow! Fresh fish and a shortage? You don't rush to get the frozen stuff in? Filler? That's the really down to earth honesty that is Ray's. Best part is they tell you why, they don't leaving you grasping for explanations or leave you with a lousy dish of otherwise normal Pittsburgh fare.

I downed an appetizer, plus some very good seasoned fries (nice and thick) and a fine vegetarian burger...

Indeed this place is sensible, the waitstaff is concerned and attentative and overall the prices are rather affordable.

The only problem I can see and I experienced is Ray's might be too much of a good thing. Too much demand can equal need to expand or some obvious problems in orders (I never received my salad - but paid for it).

I hope to see Ray's, this new revitalized replacement of a neighborhood bar that probably existed at least 50 years before this new version, go on to exist and thrive for another 50 years.

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