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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
Good for:
Romance

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 30
    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
Excellent Food

Do not be turned off because it is adjacent to a Qualty Inn. The food is excellent and a great place for dinner either before or after a visit to the Hearst Castle. We both had seafood and both were excellent. Leaving tomorrow or would go back again. Very reasonable.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
jdisque10
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Auburn, Alabama
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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Auburn, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

Do not be turned off because it is adjacent to a Qualty Inn. The food is excellent and a great place for dinner either before or after a visit to the Hearst Castle. We both had seafood and both were excellent. Leaving tomorrow or would go back again. Very reasonable.

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Dublin, Ireland
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168 helpful votes 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The restaurant was very hot inside, which made it slightly uncomfortable from the start. The seabass was very good. It was much more meaty and thick than any seabass I've had before, but that's not a bad thing! Enjoyable atmosphere and good food.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The restaurant was small and intimate. The staff was attentive and friendly. And the food was very good. Had a nice time.

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The menu had what we were dreaming of and the food was delicious, the service excellent and the prices very reasonable. Surprisingly this fine restaurant was in the midst of low budget motels.

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Bangor, Maine
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127 restaurant reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Had dinner here one night. We found the place to be pricey and the food was not that good for what you paid for it. Also, it is a small place and the tables are very close. I would try another restaurant if in the area again.

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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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13 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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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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