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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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Stockton, California
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed October 30, 2015

We wanted to have a nice dinner out so we went here. It is also probably the only restaurant in Avila Beach you could say is "somewhat" upscale. Pricey food was still tasty and fresh so overall the experinece was good

Thank RalphM33
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm so excited you chose us to be part of your nice night out, Ralph! The next time you want some more views and fresh food, I sincerely hope you'll think of us. Cheers, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Santa Rosa, California
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160 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2015

Great lunch looking at the beach with an outside table. The food was great. We split a tuna melt with fries and it was ample for 2. The fries are crunchy and really good. The service was good and we would definitely go back.

1 Thank R J
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

We definitely can't wait for you to come back! We've got plenty more tuna melts where that came from, so please don't be a stranger. Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner More 

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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Very yummy nice server. He is well informed. Kylyn did a great job. The view is great being on the ocean. You can eat outside with nice heaters. Storming was awesome a really great hostess. You should promote her.

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

Thanks so much for the compliments about our team, Joe! I'll be sure to pass your kind words along. I sincerely hope we'll get a chance to share some meals and views with you again soon. All my best, Darren Smith, Owner More 

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113 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Very nice outside dinning area right on the beach walk. Great view of the bay and people walking buy. Entire family like all of their choices. Fish and chips, fish sandwich, and the Sunburst sandwich. Everything was fresh and well prepared. We tried breakfast a few days later. Veggie frittata was very good. We will definitely come back on our... More 

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

We're already looking forward to your next trip back, Bryan -- that's how excited we are about serving you again! In the meantime, I hope you and your family are doing great. See you soon, Darren Smith, Owner More 

London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Had a great steak here and my wife had the fish dish smoked to perfection - lovely outside seating to listen to the ocean - visit here you won't regret it

Thank Business_Traveller38
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm so excited to be reading a review written all the way from across the pond! So glad we got to show you and your wife our California views. Come back soon, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Auburn, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Very good food and atmospher . This is right on beach with outside dining. It was always busy every time we went there but the service is fast .

Thank Sherri50
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

We all really appreciate your continued loyalty, Sherri. We're so lucky to have you as a regular. Hope to be able to share that view with you again soon! Until then, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Fresno, California
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204 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2015

Went here several times...in the extended weekend we stayed in Avila Beach. It was a large family gathering and we held lunch and dinner and brunch the next day here. All the meals were wonderful, wait stall perfect (we didn't have any issues and they were very attentive) and the decor is cute and beachy. I can't wait to come... More 

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

We can't wait for you to come back either! Thanks so much for letting us be part of your family gathering -- it was such a pleasure to meet all of you. See you soon for that mimosa, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Livermore, California
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195 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2015

the Custom house in Avila Beach couldn't have a better location. The outdoor seating is wonderful, offering great views of San Luis Bay. The food was mediocre. My wife ordered the Crab Louie salad, which had fresh greens and good crab. The dish fell apart with the Louis dressing. It tasted like a bottled Thousand Island dressing. I ordered the... More 

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

I'm sorry we weren't able to impress you more. Both of those items you reference are made fresh in house. We like to think we've really gotten our recipes down pat throughout our 44 years of business, but it sounds like we definitely have room for improvement with some of our dishes. Rest assured that I'll be bringing your comments... More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Had the opportunity to visit in the morning and afternoon. Both Chris and Eduardo provided a wonderful customer experience. Keep up the great job.

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

Keep up the great reviewing, Mark! Chris and Eduardo will be thrilled to read your review. Thanks for giving me the chance to make their day. Hope to see you soon, Darren Smith, Owner More 

Mission Viejo
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2015

Stopped at Custom House based on past Trip Advisor reviews. The view was great and the food even better. Started off with a bloody mary followed by a tuna melt and onion rings. The sandwich was fresh and buttery, served on toasted sourdough. I went for the trifecta and ordered ollaieberry pie. It came with a scoop of vanilla ice... More 

Thank ocguy919
Darren S, Owner at Custom House, responded to this review

I'm so thankful TripAdvisor led you our way! It was a treat getting to serve you that lunch. I sincerely hope you'll stop by again soon. Until next time, Darren Smith, Owner 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, Soups, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
Scenic view, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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