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Custom House

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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place was suggested by the owner of The Coffee Pot in Morro Bay, CA. The suggestion turned out to be a god one! Inside the ceilings were high with wooden architecture; panoramic views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and nearby pier provided a nice background of Avila Beach, CA.(See attached photos.) One person in our group appreciated the thick... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a delicious lunch at the Custom House in Avila Beach. The weather was perfect so we had our lunch outside. The salads were fresh and the sandwiches were very good too. Service was good too. The menu has improved since our last visit to the Custom House. We will return, and home the weather is good so we... More 

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Sacramento, California
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120 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came in for an early dinner after a looong drive from Sacramento and were seated immediately (weeknight). We're cold blooded and it was overcast, so we chose inside, although there is a large popular outdoor patio. Michael and Bree greeted us quickly, answered several questions about beverages and menu items and took our drink orders. Full bar, wine, and... More 

Thank HappyWandererQ
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The original Front Street in Avila Beach was torn down and completely rebuilt in early 2000. The Custom House Restaurant occupies one of the best pieces of property right across from the beach. Great outdoor dining and if the weather is a little cool, you can head inside. Food is very good as is the service.

Thank Theodore J
Salisbury, North Carolina
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had lunch outdoors on a beautiful Monday afternoon in early September overlooking the pier. Thoroughly enjoyed my crab and avocado sandwich that was a daily special. My brother in law always orders the fish and chips and is never disappointed. The service was great and my only disappointment was the bloody mary ordered for my drink. It was not as... More 

Thank Gdiddyof2
Grover Beach, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been coming to Custom House since 2003 and I am consistently happy with the service and food. Their clam chowder is so good! Fish and chips, coconut shrimp...everything is so yummy! Save room for the carrot cake. It was layers upon layers of delicious rich, creamy filling and cake! This is a restaurant of choice for family, couples and... More 

Thank Shmeekette
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our meal here at Avila Beach! Great location right on the main street where you get beautiful views of the Ocean and Pier. I had the fish tacos (can get them grilled) which was a generous portion. My husband had the grilled goat cheese and prosciutto panini which he really enjoyed. Kids had the pasta with cheese and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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229 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in the town of Avila on our way to Pismo. Found this place right across from the beach and went here for lunch. Had their Wedge Salad and it was quite tasty with sliced red pears on it. Never saw that before but it was a tasty addition. Nice staff and a beachfront atmosphere made it nice too. I... More 

Thank Coder
San Jose, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Custom House has been there for years and years. It is good American style food. We ate there one day for lunch and then went back for dinner. They have two nice patios...one shaded with heaters and one in the sun. The crab Louies were very generous

Thank kawiwebwatcher
Santa Clara, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Year's past we tried Custom House for dinner and found it to be mediocre, though the prime location made up for it. This year, we wandered in for breakfast and were happily impressed with the perfectly prepared and ample smoked bacon, crispy but creamy hash browns, the premium fruit salad and the steeled cut Irish oatmeal with maple syrup walnuts.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $35
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Bar scene
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?