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Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.4
4.4
645 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 595-7365

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Edward Ruiz

  • Catering

    We offer catering by our Gardens Restaurant onsite in our banquet rooms. We offer many dining options, packages and menu choices for parties of 12 or more. Our banquet menus are created to provide a unique dining experience offering local, sustainable and mostly organic ingredients. We offer plated dishes, buffet and family style meals and a variety of seating arrangements designed around your event. Our Event Manager will work with you directly through every step to ensure a memorable dining experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Our event facilities have a wide variety of configurations and settings to meet your specific needs. The Palm Room, which features cathedral ceilings and large windows can accommodate up to 48 guests. With its centerpiece marble fireplace, the adjoining Fireside Room can accommodate up to 32 guests and the Fireside and Palm Rooms together accommodate up to 110.We also offer our Garden View Room for private parties of 12 and under. Reservations Required through the restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Rhonda Sims : (805) 540-3638

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Cross street

    Hwy 101

  • Parking details

    Complimentary onsite parking

  • Public transit

    Avila Beach<br />Pismo Beach

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 645 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Great for Lunch

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Scenic View

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Special Occasion

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  1. BE

    BrandyE

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The food was amazing…we stay here often, but the service was not good which was surprising. Our waiter never checked on while eating and when done we had to find him to pay for our check.
  2. JP

    JPBOZ

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere along with the food. Our server Hannah was delightful too.
  3. Z

    ladyZ

    Los Angeles

    129 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    129 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Stopped in for breakfast, nice outdoor patio.
  4. A

    Arnold

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience2
    Food was over salted and everything was garnished with unnecessary handfuls of micro greens ? Random?
  5. CB

    CherylB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated the birthday of my friend, and everything was perfect! The food was great, the atmosphere was great and we loved everything about it. The service was impeccable!
  6. D

    Daniel

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Not sure if brunch is the weaker meal here, but the food wasn't terribly special, despite the descriptions. Decent though.
  7. AS

    AndreaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The garlic fries were off the chart with the homemade ketchup and their aioli. Both of our entrees, the chicken pasta and the short rib, we're wonderful. The margarita Martini, not so fab. And the bar staff, not fab either. Waitress Zoey was lovely.
  8. EP

    EnriqueP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary… it was excellent!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The hostess stand had nobody there so I mistakenly went to the front desk for the hotel instead and they checked for my reservation but they couldn’t help with getting me a table; which I had reserved. When the hostess finally came along with a Front of house manager, I was told that we were too early for our reservation and to come back when we were there maybe ten minutes early for an 8 o’clock reservation. I could see that there were plenty of seats and tables available. We were already frustrated so we decide to sit at the bar instead. The bartender was the only person who was helping customers and there was a backup in the kitchen. It took 20 minutes to get our salad course and we didn’t have our mains until 8:45pm. My braised short rib came out cold and unseasoned, but I was so hungry that I could not send it back. I’ll probably never come back!
  10. B

    Bendlocal

    Portland

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our best meal yet in the area after a 30 day stay. Everything was fresh, especially the herbs and vegetables from the garden. Service was excellent. We are looking forward to returning.
  11. LJ

    LacieJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our second time eating here and I still can’t decide what my favorite thing is. Everything is SO good! Service is fast and friendly. Highly recommend dining on the patio and enjoying the fresh air.
  12. V

    Veronica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a beautiful and romantic spot for us to celebrate our anniversary. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.
  13. KM

    KirstieM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Service great. Food was not hot and unseasoned. Very hohum especially for the price
  14. CC

    CindyC

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The back patio in the garden was magical. Service fantastic, and the food was delicious.
  15. JD

    JanelD

    San Joaquin

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lots of tasty and healthy options to choose from. Outstanding service at all meals (I had breakfast, lunch and dinner there). I dined alone and was made to feel very comfortable. Nice wine selection.
  16. AM

    AMEA

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed our breakfast. I had the egg white omelet with asparagus, peppers and onions. Husband had the basic breakfast with eggs, sausage and hash browns. Everything was tasty, however my husband's eggs were extremely undercooked and everything was pretty greasy. It was a bit spendy as well. We sat outside, the ambience was very nice, and the service was good.
  17. BH

    BrittanyH

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The service was absolutely terrible and they weren’t even busy at all. Our server messed up our orders, forgot to bring us things we had asked for, our water glasses were empty multiple times and had to keep asking for refills and coffee refills. One of the worst experiences possible. No sense of urgency. No apologies when mistakes were made on their part. The short rib was very tough and over cooked. And i also asked for no mushrooms on the short rib dish, she acknowledged it, and then brought out the dish with mushrooms mixed into the risotto, not telling me they were mixed in. Very disappointed with the whole experience. Was supposed to be a ‘special occasion’ when i reserved our table, as we were celebrating having a new baby and nothing was special about it. Definitely never coming back and could not believe how the whole experience was, as all 3 of us dining have worked in the industry for so long and know how it should have been.
  18. VG

    VicG

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food was exceptional; service very good; Sidecar cocktail only fair...
  19. P

    Peter

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great customer service! Definitely will be returning.
  20. SH

    SherreH

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    We hadn't been to this restaurant in several years but were disappointed in the ambiance and the food quality. This used to be one of our favorite restaurants to visit when we were in Avila but no more. My salad was made of brown lettuce that was also dirty. We were seated in the bar area as opposed to the dining room. When we asked what had happened to the dining room we were told they still used it. We were not asked if we preferred to eat in there when we arrived. We figured they must have a different chef than in years past.
  21. DG

    DanielG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful cozy restaurant with outstanding service, top-notch bartending, and excellent gourmet style cuisine. We had the ribeye steak and southern-fried chicken and everything was awesome. Portions were extremely generous and every bite was decadent.
  22. MS

    MarcS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelent venue for a romantic anniversary dinner. The food was great. Yhe ambiance was perfect. And the staff was awesome.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved eating here soo much! Waitresses were super sweet! Soo accommodating for my birthday! I asked for a nice table & ‘maybe a flower’ & they gave us the best table plus flowers AND a birthday discount AND a free dessert ❣️ food was great they never closed the kitchen & everything was perfect. Very nice & intimate setting.
  24. BG

    BreG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a beautiful and quiet time for our dinner. The service was great and our food was delicious. Easy to make reservations.
  25. j

    jeff

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a rib eye, medium rare. It was huge, perfectly cooked, and tender. The chocolate mousse cake was decadent. The ladies all enjoyed their wine (Pinot Grigio) We had wonderful conversation without competing with the background noise. A lovely evening!
  26. CN

    CharlesN

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful breakfast there and the servers were very nice and the food was very good. We will be back!
  27. PV

    PaulV

    Pittsburgh

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding and food excellent Great location seated in fro t if the fire place
  28. JB

    JohnB

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our meal, ambiance and service was great - altogether a great experience!
  29. RS

    RichardS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Service and food were really good. The decor needs an update as my chair arm kept flaking off on my clothes and my table. Just need a refresh and everything is good.
  30. AE

    AngieE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an enjoyable experience with good food and intimate atmosphere.
  31. SM

    SteveM

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Xlnt coffee and huevos rancheras. Not too busy for a Sunday.
  32. KG

    KatyaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Great quiet, romantic place, loved the fireplace next to our tabble.
  33. BD

    BeDu

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    Overall, everything was underwhelming. Furniture was worn and food was just barely warm. This review is more about the reservation process….I asked for a lunch reservation but the only time that came up was 10:30 and 10:45. I tried making lunch reservations several times, but got the same results. Figured the place was going to be packed for lunch and didn’t want to show up and have to have a long wait, so we had breakfast there instead (though we had looked forward to lunch). Turns out, according to our waiter, the restaurant is pretty much empty during the weekdays. We were only the second party there for breakfast and he said they had no reservations for lunch. Along with the noted restaurant issues, this reservation system/outcome also put a damper on our experience.
  34. DZ

    DennisZ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Everything was cooked perfectly (fish and pork) , not overcooked. The service was efficient and our server was cheerful and pleasant. All the menu items were priced well and the wine list was a value compared to most restaurants. Lovely setting in bar area as well in the main restaurant, and there is outside seating too. Great night!
  35. VP

    VeronicaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was recommended by a friend and they did not fail to deliver. It was exactly what we were looking for a quiet dinner out. Thank you Evan!
  36. NP

    NeilP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Enjoyable evening with good food and super service in a nice relaxing atmosphere.
  37. s

    smith

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a great meal. Surprisingly slow night but servers were kind and attentive.
  38. NB

    NewportBeach

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Even though for my main dish I ordered scallops risotto using quinoa instead of white rice due to gluten free food, but they served me not quinoa risotto but just steamed quinoa without any taste w/scallops. It made us so disappointed. We also preferred to order something soup, but they don’t have their menu at all.
  39. LC

    LuanneC

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A pleasant dining experience. Food, drink& service was excellent.
  40. PH

    PattiH

    Central Coast

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had an early dinner here while staying as a guest. It was very good but I think I was expecting more. My friend had the New York steak which was very tasty. I had the scallops. I don’t think the poached egg really added anything. The ambiance was great and the service was superb.

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 4.4 stars by 645 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Gardens of Avila Restaurant

1215 Avila Beach Dr. San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Hwy 101

  • Neighborhood

    San Luis Obispo

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 8:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary onsite parking

  • Public transit

    Avila BeachPismo Beach

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Edward Ruiz

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (805) 595-7365

  • Catering

    We offer catering by our Gardens Restaurant onsite in our banquet rooms. We offer many dining options, packages and menu choices for parties of 12 or more. Our banquet menus are created to provide a unique dining experience offering local, sustainable and mostly organic ingredients. We offer plated dishes, buffet and family style meals and a variety of seating arrangements designed around your event. Our Event Manager will work with you directly through every step to ensure a memorable dining experience.

  • Private party facilities

    Our event facilities have a wide variety of configurations and settings to meet your specific needs. The Palm Room, which features cathedral ceilings and large windows can accommodate up to 48 guests. With its centerpiece marble fireplace, the adjoining Fireside Room can accommodate up to 32 guests and the Fireside and Palm Rooms together accommodate up to 110.We also offer our Garden View Room for private parties of 12 and under. Reservations Required through the restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Rhonda Sims : (805) 540-3638

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