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Custom House

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American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups
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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a...
Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a casual dining experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay. With favorites like fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers, our menu has something for everyone. Our food is prepared with the utmost attention to quality. We receive fresh meat, vegetables and fruit daily. With our kitchen only steps away from the ocean, we are able to serve the absolute freshest seafood available. At Custom House, an excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere, the perfect spot for a meal with family and friends.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Atmosphere and Food

the only downside was our waiter, He never offered us bread, or a wine sample (we watched as he did for other guests around us) we waited for 25 minutes for our iced tea and coke, however the outdoor seating with fireplaces and the view paired with the taste and portion size of our food made it a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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  • Large groups
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Lompoc, California
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

the only downside was our waiter, He never offered us bread, or a wine sample (we watched as he did for other guests around us) we waited for 25 minutes for our iced tea and coke, however the outdoor seating with fireplaces and the view paired with the taste and portion size of our food made it a nice experience.... More 

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Lemoore, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

great fish tacos but not-so-great fish n' chips. We ate at the bar due to summer crowds and long wait. Quite extensive menu.

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Houston, Texas
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Food is just ok, it is wayyyy overrated! Hence, not worthy; for the same money I'm sure you can get something a lot better somewhere else. I said on the title that they are not very kid friendly, I went with friends so we were 2 couples and 4 kids... They said 25 minutes and took them 1 hour to... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Sorry you were disappointed during your visit, Hector. We know we're capable of much more than this and hope we'll get another chance to show you that. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Menlo park
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Another Lovely afternoon in Avila Beach so we decided to dine outside for lunch. Reserved a table on the patio with shade for our puppies. We enjoyed a delicious tempura fish taco and I had a small order of there incredible fish and chips. They brought our puppies there own water bowls. That was a nice touch! The service was... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Happy to hear we knocked it out of the park for you, Ramon. Hope that means you'll be back to see us again soon. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Irvine, California
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The Custom House has the perfect location for patio dining. However we found the food to be mediocre. My friend and I stopped in for a late lunch. We ordered a grilled fish sandwich and an ahi appetizer. The fish (in the sandwich) was a tiny fillet, too small to split, and rather tasteless. All you could taste was the... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Disappointed that you weren't pleased with our food and service. We know we're capable of much more and hope you'll give us another chance to prove that. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Vienna, Virginia
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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

This place was a pleasant surprise with excellent fresh food in a great location right on beach. The staff was friendly and accommodating their menu unique. The outdoor seating was very great so request outside

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

So glad we were a pleasant surprise for you! Hope that means you'll be back to see us again soon. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Clio, California
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A nice lunch spot on the beach. Bike parking in front if your rode down the Bob Jones Bike Path. Timing is important if you want to sit outside close the walk. I haven't hit it right yet. The small fish and chip is enough food.

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by, Dave! Hopefully next time you're here you'll hit the right timing. Until then, Darren Smith, Owner More 

San Luis Obispo, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Please treat yourself to the calamari appetizer! The strips are creamy, tender and delicious. We return time and again to Custom House and have always had something wonderful. The fish is always fresh. They have a good wine selection and the prices are fair. Our little Bichon dog is welcome outside on the patio. The wait staff is prompt and... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

So glad we've been able to give you a great experience each time you've visited us, Karen. Looking forward to having you back again soon. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Santa Clarita, California
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Wonderful food! Service and food always excellent when I visit. It's a luxury I look forward to when I'm there.

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

We're looking forward to having you visit us again too! Thanks for the kind words. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Malibu, CA
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82 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The place is right on charming boardwalk with both inside and outside seating. We had a nice booth. They have a diverse menu and two of us opted for the pasta with sausage and shrimp. The problem was neither order contained any shrimp. We did not notice at first, but as we worked through we both observed same issue. We... More 

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Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

So glad you guys decided to stop by for a meal. Really sorry about the shrimp, but I'm happy my manager took some action to make it right. I will make sure the kitchen managers do some training and QA. This is a first for us, no shrimp in our shrimp dish, I assure you we always error on the... More 

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Additional Information about Custom House

Address: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: +1 805-595-7555
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 35
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-595-7555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups

Description

Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a casual dining experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay. With favorites like fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers, our menu has something for everyone. Our food is prepared with the utmost attention to quality. We receive fresh meat, vegetables and fruit daily. With our kitchen only steps away from the ocean, we are able to serve the absolute freshest seafood available. At Custom House, an excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere, the perfect spot for a meal with family and friends.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?