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“Extremely disappointing”
Review of Mantarays

Mantarays
Ranked #6 of 25 Restaurants in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We had made a booking but when we arrived we were ignored by staff for several minutes and then there wasn't a table made up, so we had to wait at the bar where the waiter had a lot of difficulty understanding us. (My Dad ordered an orange juice and soda water, which completely baffled the barman) The service was terrible. My Mum had to send her Main back cos it was cold - my lamb was OK but the 'potato salad' with it was cold chopped up old roast potatoes and it was awful. I didn't eat it and the waitress didn't even ask me if there was a problem. When my mother paid they let the NAPS machine time-out three times waiting for her to add a tip!!

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Reviewed June 8, 2013

The "award winning" claim made Mantarays an easy choice for us given we were staying at the hotel. We had to wait a short time for a table, but that was fine since we hadn't made a reservation.

I ordered the feta soufflé for entrée - tasted ok but was tiny - was expecting much more given that the price tag was the same as the soufflé at Bistro Moncur (a hatted restaurant in Sydney), disappointing. For main" the barramundi was fine. Was disappointed with the deserts, they only had three of the ten or so gelato/sorbets stated on the menu, and the waitress had no clue about the menu when I asked her to describe certain things.

The most disappointing aspect of the night was the service. There was a massive lack of attention and we had to call the waitresses over for everything we wanted - another drink, the desert menu, the bill... As far as we could tell, the only people the waitresses were giving any attention to were the two single male diners in the restaurant, apparently all attention was focused here, standing obviously close to these me and being flirtatious.

With average main price tag of $40, the meal was very expensive and they did not deliver a $150+ meal (including only one glass of wine).

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Poor service and mains over priced. We ordered our drinks which did not arrive until after our entree's despite being asked if we were ok by another waitress, and saying we were still waiting for our drinks. Our original waiter noticed that our drinks were still not served when the entrees arrived. Cocktails did taste great when they arrived and the Oysters were very tasty and fresh (despite being from Tassie!). Kids meals arrived with the entrees and were of a good size. Mains 200 g steak with 4 small bolied garlic potatoes minus the Garlic! and One sprig of Broccolini, the Burre Blanc sauce was very tasty though. Overall a long wait for average meals at a very high price.

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Thank Amber073
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

4 adults 2 children under 3,we did not book but arrived at 6 15pm and asked for a table at the almost empty resturaunt.The young lad looked the the book and said he could just fit us in and showed us to a table in the shadows saying it was all he had.We ordered drinks and food at the same time,starters arrived 20 mins later,he then noticed that our drinks had not arrived,he looked around at the bar staff who were stood around talking at the bar,drinks arrived soon after with no apology.
Now the food
Starters fish chowder OK
Oysters good
Children portions large and ok better than the adults
Mains Steak ok with 3 small potatoes and 1 sprig of broccolini for 42 dollars ?????????.
Bouillabaisse poor.
All in all a poor meal for the cost go elsewhere
Have been to Novotels all over the world THIS WAS THE WORST.

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Thank boodera
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Group of 6 plus a toddler. Kids menu was better than any of the adult meals tha t come out possibly with the exception of the garlic cob loaf which was good. We had 1 risotto 1 salmon 2 pork belly and 2 boullabaise. The risotto was awful the boullabaise had little to no soup was cold and seafood was tuff. The pork belly were both overcooked tuff and stringy. All mains were $40-$44. We looked at t he dessert menu and were informed that half the gelato on the menu was unavailable so we didn't order anything. With the dismal main courses and not any simple gelato of after dinner flavours available we thought it best to cut our losses. Very disappointing at the exorbitant prices for food. Staff seemed like they were on holidays there not working there. Overall couldn't recommend anything about this place. It cured us of ever contemplating staying there over our usual family holiday spot in exmouth.

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