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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 - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, 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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    Very good
  • 70
    Average
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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
Enjoyed our Dinner

I enjoyed our dinner here, it was very tasty and fresh and the service was great. However - this is not a place I would probably return to due to the high prices. (Keeping in mind that I am not from the area and it could be normal there - but live in a city with celebrity chefs and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
ADavis64
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Every time we go to Avila, we have to have breakfast at the Custom House. Beautiful location, friendly staff, good value and delicious food.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I enjoyed our dinner here, it was very tasty and fresh and the service was great. However - this is not a place I would probably return to due to the high prices. (Keeping in mind that I am not from the area and it could be normal there - but live in a city with celebrity chefs and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Old Custom house has done a great job in offering street-side patio dining that offers views of the ocean with the option of being out in the open under table umbrellas or further back under the sun shade canopy. Have eaten there twice in the last 2 months and one time the food was excellent, the other it was good.... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

There are not many restaurant choices in Avila, so this one is popular. Lines to sit down are not uncommon. But the service is average and the food is average too. The items are overpriced, I know location location location. .they have a fabulous location. You can't beat the views of Avila Beach while dining on the patio and people... More 

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

We want to be known for more than just a great location, Nancy, so it's disappointing to see you've been a little underwhelmed by our food and service. In addition to our location, though, we use only the freshest, high-quality ingredients, which is factored into the price. We want you to feel it's worth every penny, though, so I'm sorry... More 

Redlands, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We went on a very busy Saturday evening during our week in Avila Beach. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated and they texted us when our table was ready. I had the pan seared shrimp and scallops. My husband had the fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp. I did not like the rice and the vegetables were barely cooked.... More 

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

Happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves, Judee, and we're glad you could join us for a Saturday dinner. Though it's great to see the pan-seared shrimp and scallops could really impress, I'm sorry the sides weren't quite up to par. My apologies, as well, for the confusion with your discount, but I'm glad we could get that straightened out for... More 

Las Vegas, NV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We were staying at an RV park in Oceano, the Custom House was recommended by friends. Even though we planned to go on a Thursday, I called for reservations. They only take reservations for over 6. We planned to go for dinner but the Custom House features breakfast and lunch menues in addition to dinner. We arived at about 7... More 

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

You'll have to thank the friends who recommended us! Andrew will love hearing what a great dinner you had with us, as well, so I'll be sure to pass along the compliments myself. Glad the New York steak was spot on for you, and we'd love to welcome you back next time you're in the area. Best wishes, Darren Smith,... More 

Stoke-on-Trent
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We went here for an evening meal on our one night stay in Avila Beach. It was warm and welcoming and our blonde young waitress was very attentive. We sat outside which was lovely to watch the beach even with the bad karaoke going on next door. Our food was lovely and hit the spot just right. One thing to... More 

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

So glad you could join us during your short stay here in Avila Beach! It's great to see you enjoyed an excellent meal out by the beach, but I apologize if you felt at all rushed -- we want you to take all the time you need to enjoy yourselves. However, I'm happy to hear your meal still hit the... More 

Avila Beach, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Took family for at dinner time. Place was very noisy and crowded. Our order was taken fairly quickly for the delivery time was more than a little late, Only the fish and chips stood the "good" test by taste, appearance, and basic "yum". Salads had too much of the chopped up large outer leaves from Ice Berg or Romain plants.... More 

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

"Blah" certainly isn't the impression we want to leave, so I'm sorry you were a little let down this time around. We want every dish to really hit the spot, so please know I'm taking this feedback to heart. As for our place itself, though we certainly like to keep things lively, that should never take away from your overall... More 

Los Gatos
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We enjoyed great outdoor heated seating, great waiters and really good seafood. They also had a really great list of local wines we could select from and the price by the bottle is surprisingly low. Great all around experience!

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

So glad you enjoyed a bottle of wine out on the patio, Tamara! It's great to see the seafood could really impress, as well, and we appreciate you helping us spread the word here on TripAdvisor. Hope we'll have the pleasure of welcoming you back next time you're in our neck of the woods. Best wishes, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Redondo Beach, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stopped in for lunch on our way home from vacationing in Pismo Beach and this was by far the best meal on our entire trip! Loved everything!

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

Wow! Best meal on your trip? We appreciate the wonderful compliment. Hope that means you'll be back to visit us again soon. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

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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: Large groups, Families with children

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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?