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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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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 200
    Excellent
  • 164
    Very good
  • 58
    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
Clam chowder that actually has clams!

Visited here during the Amgen Tour of California cycle race. We were a little hesitant as it seemed like the wait stuff wasn't prepared for the size of a crowd that comes with a pro cycle race. We sat outside overlooking the water in a very nice outdoor seating area. The service was slow, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
GpaDave
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Indianola, Iowa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Long Beach, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

best breakfast , lunch dinner, appetizers , drinks. best bloody Mary's. Clam Chowder to die for. you will never be disappointed.

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

Wow! Sounds like we really knocked it out of the park for you. Hope that means you'll be coming back to visit us real soon. All the best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Orange County, California
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

When staying in Avila, my husband and I came here once for dinner and once for breakfast. I ordered a shrimp dish and my husband ordered the fish special. Both were full of flavor. The only complaint I had with dinner is it felt like service was a little slow and it seemed like we had a different person come... More 

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

So glad you and your husband stopped by our place when you were visiting, Steph. Happy to hear our seafood knocked it out of the park for you. Hope to see you guys again real soon. Take out, or to-goo orders have always been a challenge. When we are slow it's not a problem, when we are busy it's a... More 

Los Olivos Ca.
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We have been going to Avila Beach for years, and have never ventured into The Custom House. The food was very exceptionally good. WOW! we were surprised at how clean it was inside, the staff was very nice., very nice outside dining also. We are defiantly going back! Next time I would like to try Breakfast. I really like Eggs... More 

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Indianola, Iowa
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Visited here during the Amgen Tour of California cycle race. We were a little hesitant as it seemed like the wait stuff wasn't prepared for the size of a crowd that comes with a pro cycle race. We sat outside overlooking the water in a very nice outdoor seating area. The service was slow, but the wait was worth it.... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food is wonderful, I had fish both times, services excellent and a very short wait time. The view is amazing and a booth towards the back facing the ocean is the best.

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Sun Prairie, WI
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

When we finally got our food it was pretty good but it took forever to get waited on and they didn't seem that busy. It is a very large restaurant inside with a lot of outdoor seating also. Good location but very touristy. We might go back but would likely try another place first.

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had dinner at the CH on a Thursday night. The place is nicely decorated and we were seated immediately. The service was professional and had no issues there. I guess based on the reviews, i was expecting more from the food. It was okay and maybe we didn't order the items that they excel at. This is a very... More 

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

Well, I definitely hope you stop back in, because while you did enjoy your meal, we still owe you a five-star experience. In any case, I appreciate your honest review, and here's to seeing you again next time and trying something new -- something that will surpass expectations! Take care 'til then, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Valencia, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Good food, close to the hotels and close the the beach… but did not stay open late on Sunday night...

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

So glad you stopped by our place. Happy to hear our food was just what you were hoping for. Looking forward to having you visit us again soon. Until then, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Santa Barbara
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

This place had lines out of the door, so obviously we HAD to check it out. The wait was long (maybe 15-20 mins) and the waiter brought us the wrong drinks, however the food was great and we would definitely return.

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

We appreciate that you withstood the line to come see us. Sorry about the confusion with your drinks, but we're glad we were able to salvage the rest of the meal. Hope you'll be back soon. Until then, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Clovis, California, United States
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 via mobile

Ate lunch here with my wife on our anniversary trip. Outside area was big and comftorble allowing many costumer's. We had the veggies sandwiches. Great assortment of veggies! Sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, hummus, and some sort of lettuce. It probably included more but I can't remember. One thing to note to is how great the fries were. Soooo much better then... 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

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?