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Custom House

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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Fair Oaks, California
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a return visit to this restaurant. Got seated right away but very slow wait staff service. When we finally got waited on the waitress couldn't even get our drink order of water with lemon correct. Clam chowder was great with a lot of clams but the waitress NEVER came and checked on us. We had to flag her... More 

Thank dillism
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I ordered a chicken sandwich and it was horrible! The chicken looked like it was either steamed or boiled. The flavor had a taste like it needed to be cooked more or grilled. No seasoning that I could taste. It had a sickening kind of flavor. I actually thought I was going to throw-up at the table. I told the... More 

Thank Julia J
Arroyo Grande, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a wonderful birthday dinner. The food was very good. The special of the evening was steak and lobster, 4 oz each. Perfectly cooked and delicious.

Thank Frankie M
Manhattan Beach, California
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Only had breakfast here, so can't comment on the rest of the menu. Breakfast was surprisingly good. I always set my expectations low for a place with such a good location (right on the beach), but food was very good.

Thank tmcwill000
Covina, California, USA
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101 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ordered clam chowder. Tasted like a can of Campbells cream of mushroom soup had been mixed with a can of clams. It had been put in a bowl and left to sit until someone ordered it. It had developed a skin on the top. Ordered tempura fried calamari. OMG. What were those rectangular sticks of white something or other? The... More 

Thank Carol B
sunny socal
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in for a late dinner on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was fairly empty so we got seated right away. Our food was brought out by someone other than our waiter. Quality was OK at best. Had to get up and go to the bar for our own condiments. Not the services that we expected for a slow night.

Thank st0ked
Madera, Ca
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I usually only post reviews of places when I can rate them 5/5. If it's less, I usually don't post a review. However, after being charged $68 for below average food (and we only drank tap water) and dropping $78 after the 15% tip (which was not deserved), I feel the need to leave a review. We tried the Custom... More 

Thank NPTk1000
Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After giving a less than glowing review of the Custom House a year ago, I really feel that I must update it after the great experiences we had there this year. During our annual get away to our favourite California vacation spot we ate at the Custom House on three occasions and each time the food was outstanding! I guess... More 

Thank Jeff L
Rosamond, California, USA
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can not review this restaurant on their food as we did not get to eat but the service was just awful! We had an hour and a half before we had an appointment which we believed would be plenty of time to get food in the middle of a Monday afternoon. We were seated and then we just sat... More 

Thank LaraKelley
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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164 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of 8 stopped in for lunch while visiting Avila Beach. Most of us had salads and flatbreads and all were very fresh and tasty. My chicken lemon artichoke flatbread could have had a bit more lemony flavor but it was good nonetheless. The venue does have outdoor seating but we chose to sit inside which was still light... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$35
American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
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
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?