We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Custom House

404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
Website
Menu
Update restaurant details
Ranked #2 of 21 restaurants in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $5 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Write a Review

316 reviews from our community

77% Recommend
    141
    105
    38
    14
    18
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Frazier Park, California
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We really enjoyed the food here. Nice ambience & view on the patio. The hub & I ended up making a meal out of appetizer items. The sashimi was perfect & fresh. Their clam chowder is one of the best we have had. Great cocktails, as well. Very good service, a little slow at times, but I don't mind that.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

A large patio on the Ocean Front. Excellent location. We had to wait for the area we wanted to be in. No problem and we understood it was lunch hour. Our server was very good and helpful. The food was good, calamari was excellent and the sauces spicy and tasty. Fish tacos ( grilled not battered) were also very good.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I have enjoyed Custom House for years HOWEVER today cured me as far as EVER returning, Three of us with a baby were told by a hostess it would be 10 minutes for an outside table. I understand times fluctuate however after 25 minutes we decided we could no longer wait and asked for a manager. I was called a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Paso Robles
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

After waiting nearly an hour to be seated, I was unhappy with the hostess for her dismissive attitude to our predicament. A party of 13 with 5 hungry children! At last the one table they had set aside for a large party was free, and Steve (one of the managers) realizing we were at our wit's end kindly compensated us... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The chowder was delicious! The service was also very friendly. I am assuming it is off season because there were not many people there but it was great. Right on the beach!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sacramento, California
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Came here with a school group on a Thursday night. They seated 41 high school juniors, got all of our orders correct, and catered to our needs all without a hitch. If they can handle that many high schoolers, then they can easily handle your group, no matter the size or scope. I had the burger with bacon and mushrooms.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We have loved this place for dinner but we tried breakfast and came back the next day because to many things on the menu we wanted to try. This is the place to enjoy a leisurely breakfast. No matter what you order add an order of Apple bacon, it was the best. Sit outside, its beautiful overlooking the beach and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bakersfield, California
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The Custom House is a great Avila tradition. The new location managed to not only keep the charm if the old location but add to it with the patio. The food is good to near great with clam chowder and basic flatbreads leading the charge for me. I have enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is always consistent and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

Great food, portions, service and atmosphere! Everything I am looking for in a restaurant. We went here twice during our stay in Avila beach it was so good. Great variety for seafood lovers. The clam chowder was amazing. Everything we ordered was top notch!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Avila Beach, California
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We had just signed a lease in-town and came here for dinner to celebrate. We sat outside with beautiful views of the ocean and great people watching. Prices are a bit high but pretty on par with the area. They have a good selection of seafood, steaks, salads and like many people have said, the clam chowder was so delicious!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Custom House also viewed

Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County
Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County
 
Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County
Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo County
 

Been to Custom House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Custom House, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing