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Custom House

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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
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08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Cypress, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Even though the Cheeseburger was excellent (nicely grilled, thick and juicy) for us the French fries really stood out - nice crunch on the out side, light and airy on the inside. And if you are lucky you will get Sarah ( with the "killer" smile) as your server.

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Thank Steven C
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I want basic diner food breakfast, I might go here. Otherwise unimpressed by the food. Once I got food poisoning from their ahi tuna. Food isn't usually horrible but it can be a gamble from my experience. I have heard from others they enjoy their food. My friends go for the bar & patio mostly. Great location and good... More 

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Thank Mary Jean M
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Aways pleased to recommend a place with terrific views, food, ambience and service, but the Custom House earns quite a bit beyond the usual praise on two counts. First, I have never, ever seen a more relaxed and welcoming restaurant for our furry buddies.They even have a special menu for them!Four paws way up! Even more, the helpfulness and honesty... More 

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Fresno, California
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here with friends from college days on a Sunday so here for brunch. We all graduated together at Cal Poly (SLO) many years ago but spent a weekend together and this restaurant came highly rated. We were not disappointed. After waiting a brief period for a table (after all, there was 14 of us) we were promptly seated and... More 

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San Diego, California
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the BEST food ever but decent and when you combine it with the view, really nice. Have eaten there a couple of times, really good salad the last time and a flatbread of some kind the first time. Hubs had some kind of burger which looked yummy but I was being good and sticking with salad. Nice outside eating... More 

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Cupertino, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Close to all the hotels in Avila and although often crowded there usually is seating available. Diverse menu to satisfy the whole family

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Thank Henry252014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had the clam chowder and fish and chips..delicious! We sat in the bar so we could watch football, they have Sunday ticket, nice atmosphere

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Thank Kristy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a brief but highly enjoyable visit to Custom House after a long drive up from Long Beach. The food and service were excellent, I would say the restaurant was about 40-50% occupancy, and both the service and food appropriately timely for the capacity. I had an excellent claim chowder followed by an equally excellent steak, cooked to perfection.... More 

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Thank Dan H
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Staff were super friendly and accommodating. Food is delish and the outside dining has refreshing open air feel. Place is welcoming! Love it!

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We all had the crab and avocado open face sandwich with french fries. Two of us split the sandwich and it was plenty. The crab was good and the avocado was fresh. You can sit inside or under the patio cover outside or completely outside seating. Something for everyone. The view is great. Nice little area. The service could have... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$35
Cuisine
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Pub
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, View
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 21:00
Thursday
08:00 - 21:00
Friday
08:00 - 22:00
Saturday
08:00 - 22:00
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
Description
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?