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Manta Rey Restaurant

9240 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
805-924-1032
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Ranked #4 of 12 restaurants in San Simeon
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Most recent review
- Jul 25, 2014
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Richmond
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We ate while staying at a near by hotel. The restaurant is small and although it was nice and cool outside the inside was hot. They had the door open and we fought a fly our entire dinner. The food was good and plenty of it.

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Salinas, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The food was pricey and okay. The waitress said it would be a 25 minute wait but ended up being 45 minutes. I was so hungry. The place was small and there was a big family that took two big tables and we conversing for a long time after their meals were done so people had to wait for tables.... More

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Miami Beach, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We went here after a visiting Hears Castle and its one of the only places that was open and was full of people, thats always a great sign. This was 5 star dining at an incredible price. We had no idea what we were in for, all we wanted was some food before bed, we ended up getting the royal... More

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Laguna Niguel, CA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The ambiance was romantic with flamenco guitar music and fresh roses at the table. Excellent fresh baked bread let us know this place was going to be great. The food was excellent.

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The World
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250 reviews 250 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

For dinner the first night we went to Manta Rey Restaurant (9240 Castillo Dr., San Simeon, CA 93452, tel. 805-924-1032, e-mail:mantaraeysansimeon@yahoo.com). It had a nice room. There was one server for all of the tables with one helper. The service was less than perfect. We started with the Morro Bay oysters and they were delicious—the right size, the right texture... More

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Bury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Very popular restaurant but worth the wait, food was lovely, staff were friendly and professional, we felt the menu was a little pricey in places but would love to go again

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New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

After a wonderful day driving through the big sur we had the pleasant surprise of finding great seafood and fish at a good price (if you stay in the hotel you even get 10% off). The fish and clam chowder I can recommend.

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New York City, New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

After a very long drive down the PCH from San Francisco, we were pleasantly surprised by the delicious meal we enjoyed at the Manta Rey. This restaurant was recommended by the Days Inn, we were given a 10% coupon, and we had no expectations. The meal was absolutely delicious, the service was great, and the value even better. We truly... More

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New York City
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Do not buy the Hearst Castle Pkg. Not worth it, they gave an $8 credit for the unprovided breakfast & a bottle of wine worth $9 the most. Dinner credit is $20 pp, anything over is extra on the tab. Salad is better at McDonalds. For $99 + 29 (extra, salad, & tip) = $128 less $50 Hearst castle is... More

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San Diego
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

My partner and I were sent here by our innkeeper at Courtesy which is very nearby. The Manta Ray served a great meal at an affordable price. We both had the local sand dabs accompanied by a half carafe of wine and were very happy with our choice. I recommend this place and the sand dabs without reservation.

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