Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.1
597 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
The Gardens Restaurant at Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, a favorite spot for locals as well as travelers, is situated in a beautiful garden setting in the Avila Valley. Savor the flavors of the award-winning contemporary coastal cuisine inspired by the surrounding local wine country.
What 597 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.1based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
CL
CyndyL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of our dishes were fresh and delicious. We really appreciated the peaceful and quiet setting. There is both indoor and outdoor seating and both are quite comfortable.

LG
vipLocalGal
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience — thank you!

M
Mntmans
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avila Gardens provides a quaint, romantic, and /or private dining for all occasions. Seating is limited so reservations always suggested. Note- indoor evening seating gets very Cold; patio doors open frequently for food servers passage. We suggest management look into some alternatives for those French doors? Otherwise the Servers, ambience, and the Meal was absolutely perfect! Portions were adequate, the quality of the meal was Spot-On, our compliments to the chef!

c
cbooser
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting... fabulous food...wonderful service!

G
Guppy
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! We've been coming here for 25 years and have always had an excellent experience.

VS
VitaS
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was inattentive and slow. We asked for a bread basket (not complimentary here) and it got sent to a different table. Food was just ok, nothing special. The restaurant was nearly empty and you’d think we would at least get good service but it was not the case. Will not be back here.

KC
vipKCsMom
Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic…fun…fresh locally sourced. And the chocolate mousse cake is to die for

JS
JenniferS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A must for breakfast, lunch and dinner to try several different tasty dishes.

RV
RichVH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience- food, service all great. Highly recommend.

P
vipPammy
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely dinner here on a Saturday evening and the whole experience was just what we wanted! The cocktails were delicious, and the hamburgers and fried chicken entrees we enjoyed were yummy and just what we were craving. Especially good was the warm beet salad with bacon and goat cheese!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A bit heavy on the fried food, but delicious. We made a reservation for outside, and we were given a little grief from the hostess. Otherwise, a nice meal.

NN
NichelleN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of my favorite little hidden spots. We will definitely go again.

BD
BobbiD
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Brussel sprouts were delicious as was the salad with quinio.

RR
RodneyR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Received e-gift from family for my birthday. Hostess busy upon opening but assisted promptly by wait staff. We were seated next to the fireplace as requested and it was very cozy with outside views of the Sycamores. Our assigned waiter was also the bartender and he was outstanding. He was very thorough in explaining the menu/specials and he constantly checked on us throughout to ensure we were taken care of. I had the Ribeye steak and my wife ordered the seared scallops along with two appetizers, several beverages, and Tiramisu for desert. Everything was delicious and well portioned. Great customer service and dining experience.

m
michaelv
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Biggest disappointment ever!!! Don't eat here!!!My wife and I stayed in a cottage at Sycamore resort in 2015. This restaurant is at the resort. The food was sublime, so delicious that it was unforgettable. I had the duck, my wife had short ribs, and we both had the mushroom and barley soup, so creamy and succulent. Service Great.
THIS TIME: Oct 24, 2021 WAS LOUSY. The mushroom appetizer and brussel sprout appetizer were both tasteless and cold. The rib eye steaks were chewy Luke warm and had to saw through them with a sharp steak knife. A lot of thick fat on the edges. They were more like medium rare instead of medium like we asked for. They had a thick slice of butter on top that never even melted because the meat was not hot. Definitely not a $48 steak each. Service left a lot to be desired as well. We will try to track down where the original chef moved to.

S
Smikes2all
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peaceful outdoor patio dining. Excellent prompt service. Tasty, generous sized meals and varied menu. I had crab Benedict and mocha-latte.

JM
JennyM
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Garden for special celebrations. The food is always delicious and the service exemplary. Thank you.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 30th wedding anniversary.

GP
GusP
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food it was so good and service too. Definitely recommend it.

SW
SimplyWhelmed
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This was my first time at Gardens. It was ok. Sat outside to keep safe and our heater only worked half the time. Luckily it was not too cold. The smell of sulfur did not mix well with the food. The drink and dessert were pretty good. I would say I was....whelmed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

It took over an hour for any food to be served

MI
MICHAEL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very good and the staff was very friendly.

C
Carlo
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Warm Beet salad was delicious as were the Scallops. Generous protions

J
vipJdubb
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! I had steak and it was so tender and flavorful. Husband had scallops and was equally satisfied.

HC
HaCh
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

To srat: only one vegetarian option. Roasted veggie sandwich: "toast" was cold.;Eggplant was near raw. Zucchini was near raw/a woodly sharp stick of some sort was in it.. (and I do not mean a lovely flavored al dente style..tasteless..no seasoning). To replace , we ordered the tomato soup-which they were out of...Only goo dthing was the manager comped the meal. The freis that came with sandwich were edible.

FN
FaustaN
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was overall amazing and we will be returning in the future!

RB
RitaB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I ordered a medium rare steak and got a medium cooked steak. My baked potato wasn't fully cooked. Prices are high for what you get.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience- we sat out on the patio and had the steak and fried chicken. Everything was delicious and our server Dana was awesome. We liked it so much we are going to go back in a couple of days! Get there early to walk around the gorgeous gardens.

AJ
AJJohns
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Anniversary dinner. Time to get pampered. Asked for steak MR to Rare. Came Well Done. Didn’t want to be a princess but was paying 48 bucks for it, so put on my tiara and told our waitress. She offered to have another one cooked, but I judged it the best for all parties involved to just deal with it - not have them waste it, not have my wife eat alone while I wait another 15 plus. So I went to work sawing into the tough little guy, because after all, meat is meat, and I figured our waitress would take a cocktail off the tab for them not having to cook up another one. The usual truce, right? Instead we get more or less ghosted the rest of the meal and feel like pariahs. After we finish, waitress brings the tab unprompted and says “So no desert then”, as if me complaining about a poorly cooked, expensive steak lost us all rights to chill and enjoy ourselves, have another drink. Bill is full charge, nothing removed or discounted. We bail, a little bummed and uncomfortable, so I ask to talk with the manager. Nice guy, tried to level with him, had a friendly, constructive chat. Said he’d make sure we’d get a free breakfast entree in the morning. Wake up, get room service delivery for a decent enough, dry breakfast sandwich with unseasoned hash on the side. Either way, nice gesture. But when we check-out the breakfast is on our bill. Maybe the manager’s message to comp it got lost somewhere down the line, who knows. Either way, waited for 10 minutes while the restaurant and front desk got my story straight and worked at taking it off the bill. Stood there watching an employee cut hundreds of “Happy Anniversary” fliers like the one we found in our room. A fitting metaphor. Over-cooked steaks and less-than-pro service happens and is whatever. You can rally. Feeling like no one really gives a damn though, and seeing proof of it, that’s different.

KK
KarlK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ASHLEY OUR SERVER WAS AMAZING AND THE FOOD UNBELIEVABLE

CP
CristianP
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time going and dining at gardens of Avila restaurant and I loved it. We stayed at the sycamore springs resort and went to try the restaurant and did not disappoint at all. 100% recommended.

S
Suzanne3
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Expect better food quality and service… wouldn’t give a second try!

NS
NSonaG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Unfortunately we did not have a good experience here. The food was really bad not worth the value at all
Service was just ok. Would not recommend this restaurant. We had cone here 10 plus years ago and it was excellent we were expecting same service and same delicious food and this time it was absolutely disastrous.

D
vipDave
San Francisco
82 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This place us OK. The watermelon salad was terrific. The scallops with risotto was OK and the halibut special was uninspired. The wine selection, especially by the glass is extremely limited. The hostess and waitress were really very good.

MC
MikeC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

My wife ordered the scallop risotto which was outstanding. I ordered the Fried chicken which was just a big slab of matted down chicken with sooooooo much batter that you couldn't taste any chicken. The picture looks like it is 3 or 4 separate pieces of chicken. The servers were very inattentive and rarely checked to see if we needed anything. We are local so I'm sure I will give them another shot but we shall see. Also be very careful when you walk to your table though./.. somehow they have a virus problem ONLY when walking to your table and no virus problem when you sit down. Don't worry about the fact that the servers carry the food and drinks to you with no gloves or anything else because you must be in the safe place when seated. Again... be very very careful when standing as the virus there is very sophisticated. If you happen to see the virus take your seat immediately!

DW
vipDine2Wine
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Came to eat prior to our massage. Was expecting more. Place was right off lobby. Was told for outside dining that there were lots of bees, so that remark kept us dining inside. Felt our server was annoyed by being at work. Not very friendly and felt rushed. Do NOT order the crab Benedict. It was fishy, dark colored, load with a bunch of fillers (tomatoes,onion,green dill) not sure and crab sorry to say tasted like can crab. And wasn’t like a crab cake more like crab tuna. My husband got chorizo that still had the casing on it making it hard to eat. Won’t be back for the restaurant at all.

JS
JoyceS
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the 16 oz rib eye steak. It was wonderful but bigger than I imagined. The potatoes and vegetables were also very good. I would order it again.

DL
DonnaL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience3

They must have a visiting chef the food had no taste, tough, wilted, the burata half frozen, salmon cold and mushy in the center…….gross

J
Jimmy
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Waiter was non present. Food was over priced and bleh.

f
vipfashion
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our server was excellent
Thought more of a garden setting.
Salad was ok, needed more greens
Beets were delicious however not a substantial salad.
Husband loved his fried chicken sandwich
Key lime pie was delicious and so sweet of server to bring for birthday celebration.

FAQs

Gardens of Avila Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 595-7365.

Gardens of Avila Restaurant is rated 4.1 stars by 597 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.