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Manta Rey Restaurant

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9240 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
805-924-1032
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 38
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good Service, Tasty Food

We were staying one night in San Simeon and found this place through its ad on the Hearst Castle bus. Since it was off-season, the restaurant was not crowded and we got a table right away. My husband enjoyed his steak and I liked the Scampi. Our waitress was very friendly and provided useful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Beetky
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Chicago
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Chicago
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84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were staying one night in San Simeon and found this place through its ad on the Hearst Castle bus. Since it was off-season, the restaurant was not crowded and we got a table right away. My husband enjoyed his steak and I liked the Scampi. Our waitress was very friendly and provided useful information about the area.

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Thank Beetky
Melbourne, Australia
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We picked this restaurant after seeing it advertised on the bus at hearst castle! On a quiet cold night in San Simeon, this was a cosy restaurant for dinner and, after seeing the other options, we felt a good choice. We were the only diners for awhile, staff was friendly & service efficient. All our meals were tasty. We had... More 

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Thank Somapesu
Michigan
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338 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the best choices according to TA. That's not saying much.. .Food was o.k. but nothing great. Service was o k. So just o.k.

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Thank acedaughter
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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111 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Ignoring the misspelling of "Ray" in the name, the Manta Ray Is a reasonable choice for dinner in San Simeon. Housed in the restaurant space of one of the renovated older motels off the PCH, you'd be forgiven for having low expectations... And with that as a baseline you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. We went for dinner on a coldish... More 

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Thank DrewKnightWV
Fresno, CA
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64 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Admittedly, we went very early in the evening before the dinner rush started and I can see where people might get cranky when the staff is overwhelmed by people who are anxious to get their dinners and get out. As we did, many people stop here for dinner before an evening tour of Hearst Castle. But our visit was great.... More 

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Thank 2manydogs
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100 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Service was quite terrible (rough, not enough menus, wrong order taking, attitude) but the food was better than expected especially considering there is very little in the area.

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Thank Toyo3
Walnut Creek, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

We were staying in nearby Cambria and wanted to have a nice meal out. This place was just wonderful. I had the scampi, which was to die for! My husband had the chapino, which he loved as well. We found it from the reviews on trip advisor and we are so glad we did. Don't pass it up, it's a... More 

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Thank Msmlo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

I had dinner here and I was truly impressed. Good food, good service nice people. From the outside it looked liked just another hotel restaurant but obviously someone knows what they are doing here. Everyone around me commented on how good the food was. Give it a try!

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Thank kevin t
Atlanta, Georgia
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71 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Went in with low expectations given its proximity to a very poor hotel. Well, I was pleasantly surprise. The beer was cold and the food was excellent. Clam Chowder bread bowl was as good as any in San Fransisco. Order it with added Bay Shrimp! Very attentive servers. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Jmcolker
Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Not a lot of choices in the area. It is ok but not anything to write about. The serve is ok. But again, I would not write to anyone about coming here. Ave on the clean scale. Prices are not bad for the area

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9240 Castillo Dr, San Simeon, CA 93452-9748
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Simeon
  • Phone Number: 805-924-1032

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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