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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Been coming here for years; always a nice experience. Great ocean views and if you're cold they have blankets & heats on the patio.

Thank Angela M
Bakersfield, California
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29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for dinner, there was a long wait to sit outside, which is right across the street from the Ocean. So we went to the bar, where the service was very slow. We finally were seated, the service was average, and the food, too was average. The Clam Chowder, was extremely disappointing, tasted terrible, we couldn't even finish it.... More 

Thank JJoef
United States
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is the most outstanding for a vacation type lunch that I have experienced in a long time. And they are so consistent! Their hostesses are pleasant, their servers are upbeat, their food is impeccable. Fried Calamari - best tasting, biggest pieces, largest portions anywhere in this country! Shrimp Cocktail - DITTO above!! Steamed Oysters and/or Clams - amazing.... More 

Thank Sal E
Sunnyvale, California
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31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate here both nights of a 2 night trip to Avila Beach. This is the only sit down restaurant that had kids chicken strips and fries that i could find. I have a picky eater and he only likes chicken nuggets and he loved these. The food here is good and the place can get crowded. Most people like to... More 

Thank sbndogg
Nipomo, California
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87 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a large indoor/outdoor facility. When we were there, the place was only about half full, but there was a wait, presumably because of inadequate staff. The wait staff was only adequate, not overly courteous nor friendly. Neither was it rude. The kitchen was slow. My dining companions' food looked very nice and they both enjoyed their meals. Mine... More 

Thank Tom R
Rohnert Park, CA
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is always packed with people. Located on the corner right across from the beach, it appeals to beach goers, and people looking for a fun place to have a beer and grab some very good food. They have indoor and outdoor dining. Our group had several small plates - the coconut shrimp, sushi, quesadillas and flat bread. All... More 

Thank Italylover47
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our family visits Avila Beach every year when we come to visit Grandma and Grandpa. Tonight we decided to have dinner at Custom House, as it was only a block away from The Lighthouse hotel that we always stay at. A couple helpful hints, if you don't want to wait for seating, get their app and you can check in... More 

Thank Steve A
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here for lunch. The food was great and our service was positive nod helpful. It took a little while to be seated outside on the patio but the hostess was very nice and accommodating. I would recommend this place for the food and views alone.

Thank Tamara F
San Francisco, California
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch on the patio. It was fun to watch the people going to and from the beach. We shared a tuna sandwich with a description as if the tuna was line caught earlier in the day, but seemed just slightly better than an average tuna salad sandwich. The spinach salad was very good, with quite a few additions... More 

Thank bartoletti
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3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered clam chowder, calamari, surf & turf. The service was slow. I think we were forgotten about. Oir bowls of chowder were luke warm. The calamari had a beer batter, which was too thick for that type of seafood. The surf & turf was missing the scallops. The waitress took away the entire plate and brought the same plate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $35
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?