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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups

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  • 194
    Excellent
  • 159
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Chilly Farmers Market

We visited the Custom House on a busy Friday night during Farmers Market. Although there was a long wait it gave us time to stroll down the boardwalk. we were seated on the patio and were able to hear the live music during dinner. The food was decent; yummy chowder and flatbread. The Bloody Mary... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Rhona S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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San Martin, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Custom House is set at the foot of the Avila pier in a great location. Nice indoor and outdoor seating and they will text you when your table is ready...awesome! Pros: Must get: Calamari...best ever and we live about 45 min from Monterey so we know great calamari. Cons: Everything needed salt....Fish of Fish & Chips was overcooked. The crab... More 

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Carson City
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41 reviews 41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We ate breakfast here three days in a row, because we could not get enough of the atmosphere and the Bloody Marys. You must sit out on the patio, though you will encounter many people with dogs. Most of the patio is lightly covered and that was a welcome relief from the sun. Really nice wait staff, very friendly.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

We visited the Custom House on a busy Friday night during Farmers Market. Although there was a long wait it gave us time to stroll down the boardwalk. we were seated on the patio and were able to hear the live music during dinner. The food was decent; yummy chowder and flatbread. The Bloody Mary was very good!! The service... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I arrived at the very bustling Customs House on a Friday afternoon, just in time for a chilled glass of Chardonnay and a bowl of mussels. Mmmmmmm. Great service and a nice ambience...with Avila Beach shimmering outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I love coming here! The last time I was there the manager Jennifer was so nice. She came up to our table and greeted us, made sure we were enjoying ourselves, and the staff very attentive. It's a great place to to enjoy awesome food. Love this place!

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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Had both lunch and dinner here, both were great, reasonably priced and a busy place, book for dinner or expect a wait Crab cakes and sandwiches good value , have beers on draught

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Arrived at the restaurant for a late meal with our 5yr old son.Fish and chips plus calamari. It's was amazing .lovely crispy thin batter with huge chunks of fish and calamari. Good service.Not sure if you can book ahead for a table, bit confused about that.Will be back.

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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Very attentive service, seafood and taco salad were a hit! Our waiter was very friendly and even brought out ice cream for the birthday girl, even though we weren't planning on getting dessert (we were stuffed!). Great views, but windy!

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Irvine, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

the locations was great....right across the street from the beach. the food is good. my husband got the larger portion of fish and chips, and it was very hearty. i had the crab louie salad. good too. it's fine if you want to get a good, decent meal with fairly large portions, but if you're looking for excellent food..then you... More 

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Fresno, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We ordered several items and everything was amazing! The Cobb salad had shredded chicken breast that wasn't pre-made or some sort of lunch meat, real bacon bits and the freshest greens ever. The shrimp cocktail was loaded with large, succulent shrimp and the French Dip sandwich actually melted in your mouth! The line to get seated was quite long but... 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, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
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

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