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Gardens of Avila

American, Contemporary
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1215 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-8048 (Hwy 101)
+1 805-595-7365
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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South Pasadena, CA, USA
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A diverse menu, offering a good selection of small plates for the not so hungry ones. Very good service provided by the staff.

Thank Marlenei100
Los Osos, California
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177 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Took a close friend to lunch for her birthday. She had a BLTA sandwich with a side salad and I had the Nicoise salad with grilled salmon. Both were tasty but the portion of salmon on my salad was rather small. I gave my friend a small gift at the table prior to our meal being served. Our waiter must... More 

Thank traveldog149
Santa Maria, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This has always been a local favorite and we have been here a few times for dinner and breakfast. We were seated upon arrival and the wait staff was very welcoming. Our first course was great and drinks were served promptly. We should have stopped there. The rest of the meal tasted as if they plated it and dumped salt... More 

Thank countrywife2013
Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We've been here a number of times and recently each time has been worse than the last. The setting is lovely but the food is bland and tasteless

Thank psychjudy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The atmosphere and service were good, however the food was average. My husband had the Nicoise salad with grilled salmon. The salmon was seasoned and cooked perfectly, but the green beans were raw. Normally, the green beans or haricot vert in Nicoise salad are blanched, these were completely raw. I had the Lemon Spinach ravioli. The sauce was a creamy... More 

Thank Serina B
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76 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We had a party of six, and were easily accommodated near a window. Our server was knowledgeable and funny, and had some great suggestions. I ordered duck, and it was fantastic. Great wine list, and wonderful food. I'll go back!

Thank Jody W
Nipomo, United States
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

My daughter and I had lunch here after visiting the hot tubs and spa. The server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was fresh, tasty and attractive. I liked that the tea was served as a whole pot. It's a little pricey but overall a nice experience.

Thank Catherine O
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

The dining room was fine, nothing noteworthy. We just ate there during January restaurant month, so we both had the prize fixe offerings. The char and the Jidori chicken were both full of favor and done perfect. The chocolate lava cake dessert was outstanding. The service was very good.

Thank Michael P
Nipomo, California
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64 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

After hiking the Bob Jones Trail in the rain, we stopped in at the Gardens for an early lunch. At the hostess stand we were told (by the hotel staff) to go into the lounge and someone would fetch us. Finally a hostess arrived and seated us . . . in the lounge! It was very strange - the young... More 

1 Thank schwakes
Simi Valley, California
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114 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

It was very nice to have Breakfast on the property. The food was great. The setting nice and cozy on a cold cold morning .

Thank Beverly K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
American, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
View, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1215 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-8048
    (Hwy 101)
  • Public Transportation: Avila Beach Pismo Beach
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-595-7365

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?