Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.5
523 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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Disappointing
Central Coast
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

In general we were disappointed. It's a lovely setting, but 2 of our items were dry and overcooked. It also took a long time to receive our food. Given the prices we expected much more.

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timothyc
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at this restaurant. I was hesitant to eat at the restaurant where I was staying for the weekend. Mainly because usually hotel restaurant is pricey and overrated. I was totally wrong. Great food, service, and environment. Cocktails were awesome and food was amazing. Our waitress was Dana and she was very nice and kind. Try their wagu burger. You won't regret. Also, burrata cheese appetizer.

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JimR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I spent $151 (without tip) for a total of two Margarita “martinis”, one appetizer, one salad, two entrees, and one dessert. The scallops and halibut entrees were perfectly prepared and nicely plated. The chocolate mousse cake dessert, the crab stuffed mushroom appetizer, and the salad were good. The cocktail was fair. The ambiance was nice except that we were next to the parking lot, albeit a tree lined lot with singing birds. The table-side heaters were perfect for a cool night and the service couldn’t have been better. It was a pleasant and relaxing dinner with creative and tasty food .

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JeremyD
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The crab stuffed mushrooms as a starter were amazing. The $18 wagu burger was exceptional. Wine list is extensive with many local options. Great place to go on a date or to take adult friends .

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SALINAG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers were amazing she always came around to ask if we needed anything and our drinks never went low. The conversation was also pleasant.

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vipShelleyB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most lovely dinner and loved our waitresses suggestions and service. We will be back.

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JoshuaJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I was mostly plaleased. My filet came out very undercooked. The server saw and agreed it was under cooked. He comped me a dessert, but I only ate part of the steak. I had the Brussels appetizer and had more Brussels and a not so great baked potato with the steak. I did pay full price for the entire, but recommend you do more to train your staff to handle that tight. Offer to remove the plate. Offer a substitution right away. Remove the item from the bill without being asked. I would have been very pleased with my experience. Mistakes happen. Followup matters.

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CindyF
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner with welcoming, warm, and friendly service. The brussel sprouts appetizer was amazingly delicious, out of this world! The Butternut Squash Gnoccis were outstanding! We had a lovely evening. Thank you so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dana is amazing! Friendly service with delicious food. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in this area and really appreciated the friendly service and suggestions. We want to thank of their gentlemen that helped us and gave us suggestions to go over the bridge and have some wine. The scenery was beautiful and very quiet. No city noise.

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AdrianK
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great location, great waiter but very poorly made food and overpriced for the poor quality of the food. food was overcooked and cold, we were 4 patrons and we all had the same issue. It was not busy, so what was the excuse? Not recommend the restaurant, Sycamore Spring otherwise is great!!

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DavidM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to make reservations for an early Easter lunch, when no one else were taking reservations. Our table was ready right on time and we chose to sit on the back outdoor patio. It was a beautiful day, the service and food were great. Definitely going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect breakfast date. We love every single thing we have ever eaten here. 5 stars always

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant on the hotel grounds. Lovely experience. Waygu burger was excellent!

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Erica
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! The food, drinks, servers, ambiance, it was all superb. Would definitely be back and highly recommend.

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CherieL
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my daughters birthday dinner, we were promptly served and check on through our dining experience.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
Jennifer waited on us.

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VictorY
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We order scallops and gnocchi entrees and seafood salad Salad and scallops were good gnocchi was undercooked Not aldente, but undercook Not very tasteful

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JimR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent diver scallops and shrimp linguini. Attentive service and relaxing atmosphere.

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BarbaraF
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience5

The hostess Sarah, very professional and pleasant on phone and in person. Our waiter Moses, professional and Courteous.

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JennyF
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was extremely expensive. With tip, just shy of $200 for 2. We had a gift certificate, had a cocktail each and wine. I had rib $36 ,hubby had steak which was $43. Didn’t come with bread or salad. Had a super awful banana pie, since there were only 2 choices for dessert. Pie had to be a few days old. Not worth the $$ spent. Go to SLO for dinner.

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Macir
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent tasting food. Slow to arrive out to table.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Gives impression nice garden setting, felt like hotel lobby seating. Waiter argued about whether he told us about mimosas where 5 people were sitting and no one heard him and even so, why an argument ? Then after we ordered he told us about the specials?
Again argued that he told us about them prior.

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vipMarcos
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place! Chef Ruiz creates vibrant flavors in this off-the-beaten path corner: at par with the best the Central Coast has to offer!!!

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Carm
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience, but it was a little cold, and food took a little long to come out, but overall great experience.

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JoJo
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance and service was excellent. The food was a little mixed. The stuffed mushroom was very good. And the scallops and polenta were excellent, however the pork belly served with the scallops was tough and seemed out of place in the dish. Also, the shrimp in the seafood salad was overcooked. Overall we liked the place, had a good time and enjoyed dinner.

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CeciliaS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely amazingly delicious; from the appetizer - calamari Tempura, to the Warm beet salad with bacon, to our entrees; filet mignon and scallops. Oh, and of course the cocktails… both my husband and I had the Old fashion, which was by far one of the best I've had. We ended our dinner with Warm Banana Pudding and chocolate pudding pie.. they were very good, only thing I can say about the dessert is the my banana pudding was cold.. not warm.

Cant wait to go back.

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JfromSJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It’s convenient for breakfast if you are staying at the resort. The fresh juices are awesome and out of the ordinary with jalapeños included 😆

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TeeahnaP
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was great and the manager was awesome! We had a tiny issue with our food but he was very quick to fix it and super nice with an excellent attitude! We will definitely be back because of the service the server and manager gave us! The host were also awesome!

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vipPMash
Las Vegas
46 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, we look forward to eating / visiting again.

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CarrieP
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Try the deep fried buratta, you will not be disappointed.

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JenniferD
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Vegan special and the service was great as usual! We’ll be back.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience2

Restaurant was freezing cold. No indoor heating. Ruined the ambience which was otherwise five star. Meal too pricey for experience...

Server was amazing!

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MichaeM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For an absolutely fantastic dining experience, you must eat at the Gardens of Avila.
The menu was out of this world, the service first class. (ask for Dana) server extraordinar.
And I must say I highly recommend the warm root salad. To die for.
I cannot say enough about it. I have never had a bad meal there. You're welcome
Enjoy

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Experience was fine, kalamari was overcooked & were out of a lot of menu items limiting what the table could order.

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vipharlsmits
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff were very friendly and attentive. Food was great, the salsa verde and bacon jam are really tasty.

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BlairR
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great. Food was pretty good. The beet salad was excellent but the diver scallops and braised pork belly were just okay. I would go back just for the delicious beet salad!

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Farmer101
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dana was a really personable server. She was the bartender and server and was able to multi task. She made the evening even better.

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vipPretzie
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant. Not crowded. Waiter was excellent.Thanks

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vipCandyO
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

The food selection was poor. Quality was fair tho the food was NOT hot. Bar selection was poor. One of the outdoor heaters wasn't working, and a guy from somewhere in the facility kept clicking the starter which was very annoying while we were trying to eat. Portions were small yet pricey. We were asked if we were celebrating something special. Tho our response was YES, it was never mentioned by the server again! VERY DISAPPOINTING! Won't return next trip to the area.

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KatherineN
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, Jessica was great very attentive. Very fast as well. The place was beautiful and very comfortable.

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 4.5 stars by 523 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.