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Custom House

404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
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Ranked #1 of 22 restaurants in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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342 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Location and atmosphere were fantastic for a family; right next to the beach. Service was good but food lacked a bit of zest. I assume they are trying to appeal to the masses with less risky fare. The food was not bad, just plain.

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dallas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped in for a late lunch and to relax and people watch. After a short wait we were seated in the patio area overlooking Avila Beach, the pier and all that goes with it. We ordered the fish and chips, a french dip with cottage cheese and tomatoes, a wedge salad loaded with blue cheese, one of the local... More

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Lodi, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Nice views from some areas, open spaces but a bit dark inside at night. The layout of the bar is a highlight. Can best describe it as a reasonable family restaurant with ample meal variety and plenty of beer . . . especially for those sitting outside on a nice day or evening. The last time we ate here for... More

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Brea
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We thought we would try Custom House again since it had been several years since we had been here and our resort gave us a 10% card for this and several other area restaurants. We were pleasantly surprised! They have added many beautiful sculptures of sealife to the restaurant decor. Our daughter (who is a hearty eater) ordered a club... More

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Fresno, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Food was different and very flavorful. Service was good. Price little high, But this is the California Coast.

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London, United Kingdom
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118 reviews 118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Every once in a while you feel like trying something different in a restaurant. For me that was at Custom House, ten days (and ten same-same American diner breakfasts) into our trip. It was the Machaca, a Mexican mess of eggs and barbecue beef and peppers and onions and salsa. It was delicious. And probably made me happier than any... More

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8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

"Honey, look, Custom House !" I excitedly pointed to the restaurant with a significant name familiar to travelers. Coming from the Avila Beach pier, I practically pulled my husband's hands to check the place. The restaurant had an outdoor and indoor dining area and I decided to dine outdoor for our celebration lunch. We waited, waited and waited to be... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This restaurant was recommended to us by a local business. We went for a Sunday morning breakfast on a beautiful coastal morning. The staff was very pleasant and the restaurant was full. However, after watching several other tables being served food when we had been at our table before them we were concerned what happened to our order. When our... More

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Conroe, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We arrived during the peak lunch crowd so there was a wait. They offer to text you so you don't have to wait right there so we walked to a shop next door. We were texted in less time than they stated. wonderful outside dining with a great view of the ocean and people of all ages there. food was... More

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NJ
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

You never have high hopes when you see a chain looking restaurant in a small beach town. Usually you wind up paying for the views with high prices and really poor food. not the case with custom house. The service was fantastic on both of our dining experiences. They even had warm blankets during a cold chilly yet beautiful evening.... More

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