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Custom House

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American, Chowder, Seafood
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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 19
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  • 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
Great place for lunch

Great place for lunch. The restaurant has outside and inside seating. Outdoor seating allows the diner to view the ocean. Typical lunch menu, fish, sandwichs, and burgers. A lot of different fish chip selections besides the norm, i.e. prawns and calamari. The service was little slow but enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
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Castro Valley, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Castro Valley, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Great place for lunch. The restaurant has outside and inside seating. Outdoor seating allows the diner to view the ocean. Typical lunch menu, fish, sandwichs, and burgers. A lot of different fish chip selections besides the norm, i.e. prawns and calamari. The service was little slow but enjoy the view while having your meal. This is a great place to... More 

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Fair Oaks, California
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

As soon as we hit town we went to the Custom House and enjoyed a bottle of wine, mussels and ahi brochettes. Ocen view and people watching. Wine and food were great. Service spotty but good and friendly.

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

A bottle of wine paired with some fresh seafood? Nothing gets tastier than that! Thanks for making us a part of your trip to Avila Beach -- we'll see you next time! Best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

San Simeon
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Awesome food, great views, great prices and wonderful service. I totally recommend this resaurant and plan to go back!

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

Wow! I really appreciate your recommendation. It means a lot that you enjoy everything from our food to the service, so I'll definitely share this with the team. Hope to see you again soon! Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Etna, CA
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

On a visit to Avila we planned to have dinner at Custom House on a Saturday night. There was a 20 minute wait for an inside table or patio table near a heater. No wait for a patio table w/o a heater. We chose inside and were seated within 20 minutes. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We brought a... More 

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

I'm so glad that you were able to enjoy dinner with us while you were in town! I appreciate your compliments on the service and our food, so I'll be sure to pass this along to the team. That said, it's a shame your dish didn't blow you away, so I hope we'll see you again soon, and we can... More 

Yakima, Washington
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106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Very well located on the street fronting the beach. You can see the ocean when you sit outside. There is nothing special about the menu but the food is decent to slightly above average. The service wasn't great and they fired up an outdoor BBQ which blew smoke into the seating area which wasn't great either. But it is right... More 

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

Oh no! Looks like the wind may have shifted after we fired up the BBQ, and I do hope you'll accept my apologies there. Also, you should expect nothing but top notch service to go with your meal -- wish I had a little more detail on what happened. Either way, I'll be sure to forward this on to the... More 

Burbank, California
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Avila Beach is a beautiful stretch of sand. Custom House offers outdoor tables and a fairly average menu. The location is outstanding. Great for drinks, a quick bite and a beautiful view.

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

A drink and a bite with a view? Sounds good to me, Alex! We're lucky to call Avila Beach home, and we love being able to share it with you folks. Thanks for sharing your experience, and if you do make it back, I'd love a little more info on what you think we could improve on. All the best,... More 

San Luis Obispo, CA
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This restaurant is very nicely located in Avila Beach, with a great view of the beach and ocean from patio. I've been here a few times before for breakfast and drinks and nothing really stood out as being special but being right next to the beach is a plus. I came here for dinner this time with a couple friends... More 

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

Well, this certainly isn't what I like to see. Thanks for swinging by and sharing the view with us, but I do wish we would have impressed you more the few times you've been down. Inconsistent food and service is definitely not what we're going for -- I hope you'll accept my apologies that we have dropped the ball! I'll... More 

La verne
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This restaurant is in a great location right by Avila beach. The food is good and it's kid friendly and hang out with other adults friendly lol. The clam chowder is good as well as the fish and chips and sushi. The really great thing I ordered here though was their ahi nachos. They were wonderful! I highly recommend if... More 

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

Oh, man -- you made the right choice with our Ahi Nachos! Those are one of my favorites, too. Thanks for leaving this great review. Hope you'll join us for another meal soon! Cheers, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Folsom, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We loved our lunch on the patio and a full ocean view. It was a perfect day and a perfect meal. Highly recommend checking this place out when you visit Avila. Service is quick and friendly. We put our name in were told it would be 15 minutes for a patio table and got a text 8 minutes later. It... More 

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

Liza, this is a perfect review! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts - I'm very happy you had a wonderful visit, and I'd love to welcome you back again soon! All my best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Thousand Oaks, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Good fish and chips. Loved feeling the ocean breezes from their patio. Humpback whales put on quite a grand show for us! Food was reasonably priced but the drinks seemed a bit too high.

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

I'm thrilled you had such a great time! Sorry that the drink prices weren't exactly what you'd hoped, but it's wonderful that you had fun regardless. I hope you'll be by to see us and the humpback whales again soon! Warmest regards, Darren Smith, Owner 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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 35
Cuisine: American, Chowder, Seafood

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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

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