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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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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 148
    Very good
  • 52
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 20
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great place

We travel to Avila Beach in February just about every year. When we do we always stop at the Custom House. Great food, great help and great atmosphere. Highly recommend it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Bob T
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Beaumont, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Beaumont, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We travel to Avila Beach in February just about every year. When we do we always stop at the Custom House. Great food, great help and great atmosphere. Highly recommend it!

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Bakersfield, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

very nice bar and great food. patio seating overlooks the ocean. family friendly and good variety of food choices

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in for a mid-week escape! Avila is a beautiful, quiet & protected beach. We loved that there wasn't just uncovered outdoor seating-- able to enjoy being outside & grandma wanted some protection from the sun (was quite strong!) plus it provides some protection from birds diving for fries. The special of the day was shrimp tacos & they... More 

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Our son brought us here while we were visiting him and his family. Fabulous food! We had quite a variety from Kalamari to Onion Rings to Clam Chowder and more! Delicious! Our server was so nice and was great at taking a group photo! The decor inside is very open and fits with it's being on the beach. There is... More 

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Avila Beach, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

OK, everything is good quality. But the Fish and chips are worthy of the Brits and the wedge salad is an excellent balance. It's by the sea, so it's pricey, but you get good quality and the servers are generally great.

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San Francisco
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We've been to Custom House several times and it's a "must visit" when we go to the area. We've had both dinner and brunch there and have never had a bad meal - from sandwiches and pizza to steak and prime rib, you can't go wrong. Love, love love the Hot Apple Wrap dessert - it's delicious!

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Manlius, New York
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

A quiet, unassuming restaurant on the boardwalk of Avila Beach. Offers both indoor and outdoor seating. We selected outdoor, because hey, it's California! Even though it was a chilly night it was quite warm and comfortable thank to their great built-in patio heaters and outdoor gas fireplace. Our servers were as pleasant and comfortable to be around as you could... More 

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Victorville, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We always enjoy a visit to the Custom House when we are in Avila Beach. There is plenty of seating both inside and on the patio; providing great views of the beach. The food is fresh and plentiful, and they are open for Breakfast too.

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Novato, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Ever have your heart set on something you've been craving, then not find it on the menu? Well that's exactly what happened to me at Custom House, but the accommodating waiter and chef were able to make just what I had my heart set on eating. Granted it was at a quieter time, so the kitchen wasn't hectic, but I... More 

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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137 reviews 137 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We love walking the piers along the California coast and stopped at Avila to walk their pier. The restaurant is right at the end of the pier and looked very busy so we thought we'd give it a try. It was probably the best fish sandwich I have ever had. The salad was excellent with several kinds of lettuce, all... 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?