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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
Good for:
Romance

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  • 53
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 13
    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
Most recent review
pch trip

Excellent dinner. Portions large. Location within quality inn. Service adequate. Lighting low which made see menu difficult

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Jane H
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Ajax, Ontario, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Ajax, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Excellent dinner. Portions large. Location within quality inn. Service adequate. Lighting low which made see menu difficult

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England, United Kingdom
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71 reviews 71 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Just when you think there is nowhere to eat in San Simeon you should come across Manta Ray. Excellent service serving quality food well cooked by the chef. Waitress was very attentive and the manageress also kept checking on our needs. You will come away licking your lips but also lighter in wallet as the food is not cheap but... More 

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had a late dinner the week following Christmas having made a reservation for following the night tour at San Simeon. The reviews were quite positive. The restaurant was pretty deserted, and we closed it down by 9:45 pm. Our food was adequate, including sea food, and ceasar salad with blackened salmon, salmon with grilled asparagus and portobello mushroom ravioli.... More 

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San Diego, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Located right on Highway 1, at 9240 Castillo Drive, the Manta Rey is so very much worth your time. Even though reservations are highly recommended, we arrived early and were seated before 6. Wise decision, because by the time we left just after 7, at least, ten people were waiting for tables. Intimate and romantic are two choice words to... More 

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Bakersfield
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We have tried to eat at this restaurant twice, because a respected friend tells us the food is good. A year ago, we were unimpressed. Last night, was again a disappointment. We ordered Oysters Rockefeller which were good...more like casino style, but good. We asked whether the salmon was farmed or wild caught, the waitress "guessed" farmed, ditto with sea... More 

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Banning, Ca
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242 reviews 242 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Pricey but worth the money. Attentive service. Food was hot and tasty. Try the chowder bowl , greaaaat. Easy parking and entrance is on stairs or from motel nextdoor.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

we have dinner here every Thanksgiving weekend and have always enjoyed the experience. this past Thanksgiving it was not the same. the service was very slow' and inattentive. we arrived fairly early and thought we could have a nice relaxed dining experience after the long drive. We ordered a glass of wine and then our food. the wine came right... More 

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Rutland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 via mobile

We were glad to have made a reservation as it seemed very busy with a pre Christmas rush. Lovely sauces on the seafood. In our opinion one of the tastiest meals we have had in the area. Highly recommended!

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Dayton, oh
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We went here for a late dinner expecting a steakhouse, but most of the menu was seafood or Italian. The meat was supposed to be local, but it was tough and pretty tasteless. Our dinner companion did not enjoy her chicken fettucini either- said it was "rubbery." The mushroom appetizer was great, and they have a decent wine selection, but... More 

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We had the crab, which was delicious, with melted butter and beers. Wait staff was great and atmosphere was quiet and relaxing!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?