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Custom House

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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups
Description: Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a...
Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a casual dining experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay. With favorites like fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers, our menu has something for everyone. Our food is prepared with the utmost attention to quality. We receive fresh meat, vegetables and fruit daily. With our kitchen only steps away from the ocean, we are able to serve the absolute freshest seafood available. At Custom House, an excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere, the perfect spot for a meal with family and friends.
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    Very good
  • 77
    Average
  • 21
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  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Sunny day lunch

There were no more tables in the shade so my husband and I opted for a cool,quiet indoor table. We ordered ice tea which was promptly served and then refilled. He ordered a wedge salad which had a creamy blue cheese dressing as well as crumbles of cheese. Lightly dressed and not overpowered... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
LNM1108
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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Casual atmosphere and delicious food. Loved they're Bloody Mary. Had lunch and dinner. Right across from boardwalk and beautiful views of the ocean.

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Thank linda g
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Linda, it's so great to hear that you enjoyed your meals with us. Not much beats a bloody mary and an ocean view! My team works hard to make sure that you'll love your food just as much as our view. If you're ever back in the area, we'd love to have you again! Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner More 

San Jose, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had breakfast there. Great food, Great service!!! The deco was fun :-) We at inside because it was a little cold, but the patio with he ocean view would of been amazing!!!

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

I'm glad you decided to stop by! We work hard to make sure everything is prepared just to your liking, so it means a lot to us that you enjoyed it. I'm sorry the weather wasn't more cooperative though -- hopefully you'll be able to experience our view during your meal next time! Hope to see you again, Darren Smith,... More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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197 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went into this restaurant based on reviews from friends and TripAdvisor. The restaurant looks so nice on the street and we were able to get outside patio dining. Service was so so. Food was average. Both myself and travelling companion has a chowder, really good. We each had sandwiches, they were decent too. I had grilled chicken sandwich on... More 

Helpful?
Thank countdown6
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm pretty disappointed to read this -- we want you to love everything about your meal with us, not just our chowder and our view. It must have been an off day for us in the kitchen. My team always wants to make sure your taken care of, and I'm sorry that wasn't your experience. I'll definitely be addressing it... More 

Shaver Lake, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Right on the ocean, great food, attentive and friendly staff is a perfect combo. We always make this our first stop when visiting Pismo Beach area so we can get our ocean view fix right at the top of our getaway.

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

I may be a little biased, but our ocean view is right up there with the best. Being able to have a great meal doesn't hurt though, either! We're always happy to have you when you're in the area, and it's great to hear that you've enjoyed both our food and our service -- that's always our goal. I'll be... More 

Buffalo, New York
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170 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There were no more tables in the shade so my husband and I opted for a cool,quiet indoor table. We ordered ice tea which was promptly served and then refilled. He ordered a wedge salad which had a creamy blue cheese dressing as well as crumbles of cheese. Lightly dressed and not overpowered. Glazed pecans and apple slices added some... More 

Helpful?
Thank LNM1108
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm sorry you weren't able to eat outside, but I'm thrilled that you and your husband still enjoyed your meal with us! My team always wants to make sure that you're taken care of, and we love getting to create dishes with fresh ingredients, like all of those greens and cheeses in our salads. If you're ever back in the... More 

Fresno
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My crab cakes were not that great. Hubby's salmon was good. The free olalliberry pie was fantastic. The ambiance is unbeatable.

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Thank Kelley L
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Kelley, first of all, I'm sorry to hear about your crab cakes -- it must have been an off batch as they're usually a favorite here. I hope you'll give them another try! I'm happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed everything else -- we work hard to make sure that all of our dishes are just as... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Title says it all... Sit on the patio to take in the view and people watch. Enjoy good selection of beer. Service was excellent, attentive but not annoying. Only thing missing for 5 stars is food quality. It wasn't bad,just average. Not nearly as special as the setting and it should be!

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Thank Darci K
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

Darci, not much beats getting to enjoy a meal right next to the ocean! I'm glad to hear that our beer selection and service was to your liking -- we always want to make sure you're taken care of here. But I'm surprised to see we didn't wow you with our food. We want our food to be just as... More 

Tulare
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must each time we're in town! They have a great variety, but are a little expensive... Love their garlic fries!!!

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

We're always happy to have you! I'm glad to hear that you've enjoyed our variety and especially our garlic fries -- those are always a must here. I'll be looking forward to seeing when you're in town again! Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner More 

SD, CA
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a late breakfast here. Service was pretty good. Food was okay. The view was great. Kids really enjoyed their time here.

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Thank meins57
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm glad to hear that you had an overall good experience with us, but we want you to love everything -- especially our food. It must have been an off day for us in the kitchen as we take a lot of pride in making great food. I know we can do better! Hope to see you again, Darren Smith,... More 

Blaine
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

On a beautifully sunny but COLD afternoon, we lunched outside at Custom House. For a restaurant in such a fantastic setting, the prices are VERY reasonable, and with generous servings. Our "big boy" kid had the cheeseburger, and - delicious though it was - he couldn't finish it! Others enjoyed the calamari or fish and chips, and I opted for... More 

Helpful?
Thank NoClew19
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm glad to see that you and your family enjoyed your meal with us! We want you to love everything about your experience, so I'm happy that you not only loved the flavors but our portions and prices as well. However, we always want you to feel at home with us, and I apologize that that didn't come across as... 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, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups

Description

Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a casual dining experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay. With favorites like fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers, our menu has something for everyone. Our food is prepared with the utmost attention to quality. We receive fresh meat, vegetables and fruit daily. With our kitchen only steps away from the ocean, we are able to serve the absolute freshest seafood available. At Custom House, an excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere, the perfect spot for a meal with family and friends.
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
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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