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When you're visiting California's central coast, and the beautiful town of San Simeon, there is nothing like a fish dinner to round out a perfect day in paradise.  There is nothing I love more than a great fish dinner, and when I'm in San Simeon, I look to Manta Rey Restaurant for an outstanding fish dinner...

Photo:  Manta Rey Restaurant is co-located with one of the many motels that line the east side of Highway 1, in beautiful San Simeon.  The restaurant opens at 5 in the afternoon, and is open until 10 or 11 at night.  No breakfast served here!

Photo:  Early evening, Tuesday, October 13, 2015, we were treated to a beautiful sunset over the ocean, so the sunset delayed our dinner at Manta Rey Restaurant.  Today was crazy-warm for the central coast, as the temperature climbed into the high 80's, which rarely ever happens in this part of the world.

Photo:  The main dining room of Manta Rey Restaurant is quite compact, but it offers comfortable dining and a full-service bar.  There is a small, step-down dining room off to the side, which seems to be used mostly for overflow from the main dining room.

Photo:  After being seated, I ordered a draught beer, and we were treated to freshly-baked bread - warm out of the oven - along with soft butter.  Yumm!!!

Photo:  Our server, Beth, delivers our meal with a slightly stern face.  In reality, she was a bit uneasy after I told her my mission - to take photos and publish our visit on this web site - but after the fact, she warmed up to my photo antics.  She is a nice person, and a very efficient server.

Photo:  Thanks, Beth, for taking this photo of my wife, Sharlene, and I, as we prepare to enjoy a delicious dinner.

Photo:  There's something about deep fried fish that I can't resist, and tonight was no exception, as I ordered the "Fish Plate"  for dinner tonight.  Such a common name for such an uncommonly delicious fish feast!  "Fish Fry" nets you five pieces of deep-fried Atlantic Cod, rice pilaf, along with grilled veggies.  The meal comes with a cup of cocktail sauce and tartar sauce; I have an extra cup of tartar sauce on my place, as Sharlene doesn't like it, and gave her's to me, as I always believe "the more, the merrier," when it comes to tartar sauce.

The fish was deep-fried perfectly to a crispy, golden brown on the outside, and chewy-good inside.  The veggies were grilled to perfection, and had just a bit of "snap," which is the way I like them.  The rice pilaf was, well, rice pilaf, and it was as good as rice pilaf gets.  My only complaint is that I would have preferred potatoes - fried, baked, mashed or whatever - over rice pilaf, but I love rice, pasta, potatoes and everything else, so I enjoyed my meal.

Whether you prefer "surf," or you're a fun of "turf," Manta Rey Restaurant has you covered.  The food is delicious, it's fairly priced, and you'll leave the fine restaurant with a full stomach, and a smile on your face.

Manta Rey Restaurant Seafood and Steak
9240 Castillo Dr.
San Simeon, CA 93452
805 924-1032

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