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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

What an amazing find. First visit we ordered drinks, starter and mains. Who is this chef??? I've never tasted food so perfectly cooked in the whole world. Well yes, of course I have, but this was so perfect that it felt like it was. The...service was excellent. Thanks Sea and your counterparts! The absolutely delicious and perfectly presented prawns in phyllo as a starter and then for mains, a bacon and cheese beef burger served with amazingly perfect fries and onion rings and a little taster of coleslaw. My husband ordered the catch of the day, which was Yellowtail fish served with mash and veg, nestled in a butter lemon sauce. WOW! It's not cheap though, in fact the menu including the wine list is quite expensive. I'm just really overall impressed with the restaurant itself, the food, the presentation, and the service. I'm sorry we have never tried this restaurant before.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 17 November 2023

These are orders to takeaway. We made a mistake by not checking the pizza before we left and it was the most horrible pizza we’ve ever been served anywhere. It was cold and dry as though the dough was from many nights before that day....When we called the restaurant, someone who identified themselves as the chef was so unbothered and not once made us feel like this was anything they needed to look into. The funny thing is I had also ordered a burger before that and I can tell you now that their patty was just off. It smelled horrible and I threw it away and had the bun with the fries because I was so hungry. They are the worst and their chef or whoever he is just as bad as their pizza and bacon cheese burger.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 July 2023

Amazing staff, outstanding meal, consistently excellent. Our favourite restaurant in the Upper Highway area.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 17 June 2023

Overrated Did not meet up to expectation. Food was edible. Service was poor and mediocre however Alfred the waiter was exceptional. Perhaps an "anomaly" of an evening...

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 21 January 2022

Went for the ladies night special. 50% off main meals, unless your meal contains any seafood - then it's 30% off. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It was all just meh. The staff are super friendly and try their best despite how...busy it is. I just expected more, especially considering the prices!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 23 March 2021

I can honestly say that I had the best rack of ribs I have ever eaten! I could pull the meat clean off the bone with my fork, it wasn’t over basted or too sweet but it was still juicy. I found my go-to ribs...place!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2020 via mobile

Very good food and friendly waitrons but acoustics are bad and if you go on a Friday night be prepared to have sore ears! Tables of young women screeching with laughter so much do that it is hard to hear the person next to you...talking!! We sat on varanda and noise may have been exacerbated by having the blinds down. Restaurant really sound think of adding some sound absorbers. I will hesitate to return for an evening meal. This is a pity as food is good - sole was delicious. Not an enjoyable evening if you cannot talk to your friends. SadMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 14 September 2020

First time after lockdown we took our family of 5 not one meal was good!! The food was overspiced, service shocking! We waited over 40 min for our food to come when it did come everything was soaked in soya sauce for taste! Members of...the family were nauseous after the meal due to the taste repeating. Chocolate fondant still good otherwise give this restaurant a miss!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 4 September 2020 via mobile

Very disappointing evening at Rays first Eva time after lockdown. Portions have diminished in size and cost more. Tuna poppers stand phyllo prawns both have smaller portions. Phyllo prawns were made from butterflied prawns - just not the same. The Tikka pizza was nice but...pricey. Wine list was a shocker very limited and Sauvignon Blanc on it!!! Cannot even thane your own now! Certainly won’t be seeing is again in a hurry!! Just because lockdown is over don’t make the mistake of abusing your customers they won’t come back! R1000 for 2 starters, 3 pizzas and a bottle of wine - no value for money there a total ripoff!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

A group of mates had a great get together today at lunchtime. Food and service was good. Definitely recommend for a relaxing day

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

The food is delicious and consistently good. The service outstanding and the setting just lovely. It’s a really popular spot in the Highway area and it’s easy to see why.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 7 February 2020

Great service, atmosphere and the best butternut panzerotti I have had in Durbs! Can't wait to try the seafood pasta next! We went on "ladies night" and received half price on main meals - what a bargain!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 29 January 2020

My wife and I took our family, with grandchildren, to this restaurant. It has a real vibe and quite noisy, but the menu is varied and caters for children as well as adults. It was packed which did not surprise me, as the dishes from...pizzas to steak, ribs and fish were all excellent. Service was warm and welcoming and we have decided that, when we next visit Hillcrest- which we do quite often- this is where we wish to have lunch. Highly recommended. TonyC HowickMore

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 11 January 2020

Having been to Rays several times now, I have enjoyed great service, good food and a great atmosphere - and the best pizza in Durban! The restaurant is in the middle of Emberton Estate in Hillcrest but it is easy enough to get into the...estate. Used by people inside and outside the estate, I haven't heard one bad report yet.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 January 2020

This restaurant is in the original farmhouse on the Emberton estate and has a lovely old fashioned ambiance. Besides a roomy inner room, there is a large veranda overlooking the tennis court and pool. The menu is large and imaginative and there are always interesting...specials. The staff are really good - friendly and very professional. I've been a few times, but only for lunch and can recommend the fish cakes starter as being very yummy and a big enough for lunch time. The dutch meatballs are delicious too ! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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