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3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
805-595-2204
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great stop when you get to the harbor

Its a nice indoor outdoor breakfast/lunch cafe. It has a standard menu with some fresh fish options. Lobster/crab omelets and other assortments like that. You're at the fishing wharf gotta try it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Tehachapi, California
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  • Families with children
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San Jacinto, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We came here with another family for breakfast. It was not super busy but our party was too large for inside so we sat on the patio. When we asked to order the kids food first the server declined! They did however split the kids plates for free. They mixed up our orders as well. The food was good but... More 

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Redlands, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great ambiance and very friendly staff. Tell Carl, coach said hi, and he will tell you lies of our college days. The lobster benedict is to die for! Large portions and get the homemade potatoes instead of hash browns. I have eaten at Fat Cats for 20+ years..Always fresh and very tasty.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

They don't accept pets! They have a patio diner but still will not accept pets in that area space. They should allow pets dog. They're family too!

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Syracuse, New York
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Kids loved their burgers, adults ordered tuna steak Ahi with Pilaf, another Prawns. Tuna done but with little flavor. Grilling wasnt evident or at least no grilled flavor, likely oven prepared. Prawns too lacked flavor except the Bacon wrapped-acceptable kid fare but adult expectations not met. No beers on tap. Parking lot obscures harbor. There must be better out there.

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Tehachapi, California
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78 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Its a nice indoor outdoor breakfast/lunch cafe. It has a standard menu with some fresh fish options. Lobster/crab omelets and other assortments like that. You're at the fishing wharf gotta try it.

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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This will be my 25th year of eating at Fat Cat's. Located on San Luis Bay, the restaurant has great views of a very active harbor. Best still is the abundance and quality of the food. With the opening of the Friday Fish and Farmers market on Avila's beachfront pedestrian plaza, Fat Cat's serves tasty fish, and lobster taco's, my... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I'm not a huge fan of their menu, however, I have to give a solid plug to their clam chowder because Splash gets so much credit for theirs a few minutes down the road in Pismo. Fat Cat's is just as good and it was always the better alternative to waiting in line for a half hour in Pismo for... More 

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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192 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

First of all, Fat Cats is in a great location near Avila Beach, the Port San Luis and its pier. Second, I had excellent friendly service, despite a jam-packed restaurant for brunch today. And finally, my eggs Benedict with lobster was very tasty. My only mistake was getting the hash browns instead of the home-made home fries. I misheard which... More 

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Bakersfield, United States
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We ate here because we were told it was good and we were very hungry after our exciting whale-watching sail. I was disappointed. The staff was not friendly or very helpful. The food was over priced for what you got. As a frugal spender I thought the prices on the high side all around. I will not go back.

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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We stopped at Fat Cats for lunch after looking at the Sea Lions at the pier. Not disappointed!! I had the Club Sandwich and my wife had the Shrimp Po Boy. My club had thick crispy bacon and nice cold crisp lettuce. Nothing soggy and everything just tasted superb. My wife's Po Boy has huge shrimp and she loved the... More 

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Additional Information about Fat Cats

Address: 3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: 805-595-2204
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
  • Phone Number: 805-595-2204

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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