The atmosphere is good, sort of English pub-like with lots of warm dark wood. It is divided into two halves with tables and booths in both but a large bar with many easily read taps in one part. They have another bar upstairs which I have not seen. It is apparently used for banquets or college students on busy Friday and Saturday nights. I like to sit at the bar where I can see the taps and the pours and test the knowledge of the bartenders. The many bartenders I have met at Ray’s Place have known their beers and been for the most part attentive.
The beer selection is very good. They have 41 beers on tap from all over the country and some imports. Regional beers are well represented. Great Lakes Brewing beers have a big presence and they generally carry their seasonals. Most beers are served in pint glasses or tall 20? ouncers. Prices are reasonable, craft brews are in the range of $5 per pint with some as high as $7.25 when I visited (3/01/11). I particularly appreciate the fact that they have many obscure and hard-to-find beers. Most of the bartenders are happy to discuss beers and recommend their favorites. Beer flights (4 oz?) are available 4 to a tray for the cost of the highest priced beer on the tray. In addition, they have a large selection of bottled beer on hand.
Menu is adequate with a good selection of appetizers and burgers. I have only tried the burgers and fries which were both served in hearty portions and were flavorful. The service is good. I thoroughly enjoy visiting Ray’s and stop there whenever I am in the neighborhood.
Rerate: Nice bar and restaurant. Great burgers and fries. Service is sometimes slow, but that’s only because they’re always packed. Best selection of beer on tap or in bottles out of all the bars in Kent- now that Professor’s is closed there’s no competition. Decent prices too. If you don’t like rowdy college crowd, go on a weeknight.
Great Place. Recently remodeled a few years ago. Way above average for a college town bar and grill. 68 beer tap selection between upstairs and down. Hundreds in bottles. Many craft beers as well as the traditional run of the mill big brewery stuff. The staff are all attentive and courteous. A very professionally run operation. A well rounded patronage from families and local business people during lunch and dinner to college students in the evenings. Highly recommended!
First stop for Tara’s birthday, big tap list sorted by price, everything from Bud Light @ 3.25 a pint to Epic IIPA @ 6.25 a glass. everythign in between as well, I enjoyed some All day IPA and Willoughby PB Cup Porter, others enjoyed conways Irish ale and guinness. Our server was great, joked with us and had a good time, crowd was minimal on a Wednesday at midnight, and prices were perfectly in line with college town. Neat little place and the food smelled great.. they even had hopslam in bottles cold.
Ray’s Place has expanded their downstairs tap selection in the last year and they have really stepped up in getting some more exotic craft beers on draft as well. The food is always good with a lot of variety on the menu. The only complaint I have is despite the numerous tap handles at the downstairs bar, they have a lot of domestics occupying those handles. I realize that a lot of the regulars drink those beers, but I think Ray’s could push some of them off in favor of more craft handles. However, I would definitely recommend stop at Ray’s if you are in the Kent area. Their beer and food selection is hard to beat in this part of Ohio.
This place was very good and it surprised me a bit. The tap selection was outstanding and had great range of styles. Service was only so so but the food was above average for a bar. Definitely worth checking out if you are in Kent.
Fun place to go with friends; usually doesn’t get TOO crowded, it isn’t overran by college kids, and most importantly, the tap list is great (check it out on their website). They offer most Great Lakes selections, alongside many beers from Hoppin’ Frog, Founders, and Bell’s.
Was here last night for happy hour. A nice atmosphere and pretty good service at the bar. Just ordered chili cheese fries and some beers from their draft and bottle list. About 20 or so beers on tap ranging from Magic Hat #9 to La Chouffe and a decent bottle list but nothing spectacular. Probably the best Kent has to offer but pales in comparison to other brewpubs. They did have free wifi though which was nice.