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Fat Cats

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3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-2204
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have had Breakfast & lunch here. Their food is always good, served hot, & their Bloody Mays are just the right amount of Spicy! They always seem to have lots of Specials in addition to the menu, & their Happy hours midweek make a beer or glass of wine very affordable!

Thank CaliforniaLynnie56
Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This restaurant is a good place if you are going to the beach with children. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and it is a walk or a short ride to the beach.

Thank KCV999
Beaumont, California
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81 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've eaten here twice and the food was really good! I even had a Bloody Mary and It was fantastic. I would highly recommend you try this restaurant

Thank Bob T
Avila Beach, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Best thing about Fat Cats is the location -- at the base of the "third pier"-- in Avila Beach in a part of the area known as Port San Luis. You can sit in or outdoors. The fish and chips are good and the service is fine. If the weather's decent I would recommend the outside. Date of our visit... More 

Thank Alex G
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138 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled on this gem late on Mother's Day, after a full day, having heard of it before. What a surprise. Quirky decor and friendly staff. The food was superb and very reasonably priced. The clam chowder was the best we had tasted anywhere on our west coast holiday.

Thank LeslieFay
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's hard to complain about a restaurant that has a gorgeous view of the bay in Avila, but there was nothing great about this diner, not even the beer which was strictly by the bottle--no draft. The calamari was so chewy we didn't finish it. The California burger was decent but the fries were limp served at room temp. Rather... More 

Thank forteMI
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68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Service was slow. They were horribly understaffed, with just one server and a hostess who was also bussing tables. When we finally got called for a table we had to wait another 10-15 minutes just for water, and another ten minutes after that to have our order taken. By that time, more staff had arrived and were frantically trying to... More 

Thank mikegrattan
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017

The service was fast, friendly and efficient. It was pretty chilly outside, but the under-table heater really felt good! I love calamari, but had never heard of squid "steaks", only tubes and tenacles. Fabulous! And 4 of them made 2 left overs for dinner!! Hubby had the grilled fish sandwich, which thankfully came on toasted bread instead of a hogie... More 

Thank Nancy I
San Gabriel, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

Had breakfast here. A bit pricy for what you get, but it's all about location. Inside area tiny, but outside patio would be really nice. It was windy the morning we went so chose to eat inside.

Thank thompsontrio
San Ramon
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267 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2017

WONDERFUL little cafe across from Avila Beach pier...Super staff and yummy food from crab cakes to BLTs to salads...Consistently good food. Been there for eons and just a landmark for me when it comes to Avila Beach...Seating inside or out - Nice views of the bay.

Thank MsBunny2011

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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: +1 805-595-2204

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