Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.3
573 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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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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KarlK
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ASHLEY OUR SERVER WAS AMAZING AND THE FOOD UNBELIEVABLE

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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.

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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.

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vipDave
San Francisco
80 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!

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vipDine2Wine
San Francisco
8 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

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

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

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vipfashion
New York Area
29 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.

CL
CourtneyL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

They have an amazing opportunity for a lovely dining experience. There was no soft, nice background music, our evening waitress did not remember to bring refill of water. Finally, we found a hair wrapped up in our fried mushrooms. They dealt with it well by removing it from bill, but not good.

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LindaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very lovely and very delicious. Kind servers. Great date night at a wonderful retreat.

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Darrell
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall subpar, better restaurants in slo. Just your average hotel food and is overpriced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was great. Food was excellent. Had some different takes on traditional food or lunch items. Flavors combinations were very good. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a different take on familiar foods. Being a foodie myself it was a great lunch

JM
JennyM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, fantastic food. Wonderful place to celebrate our anniversary.

RS
RoyS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our hostess Madeline and server were very attentive, friendly and profesional. Made the evening so much better. The atmosphere in the restaurant is more modern and clean that the resort which is a bit outdated and looks worn out on the outside. The food was very good, drinks also. In all, we had a very pleasant date night.

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CrystalV
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the hash browns. Never had them made that way.

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michelles
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This is a lovely little setting for the right kind of couple. Very adequate meals, not for the true foodie, but nice tasty basics. There is a hint of sulfur in the air from the hot springs, so if that is ok it will be quite lovely.

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Lucy
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Staff friendly! Drinks on point!

MG
MartaG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went by our server, Dana P.'s recommendations. My husband and I tried four dishes. The root and house salads were fresh and delicious. The fried oyster mushrooms were superb. The last dish was the ravioli. It was also very tasty. They were all excellent. Thank you, Chef!

JB
JessicaB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening. Sat out back on their patio by the hillside. Lovely patio lights, heaters for the chilly summer air. Our server, Moses, was very attentive to all our needs. Lovely way to end our vacation.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations were easy. Wait service was excellent. Food absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food in a relaxing atmosphere

DG
DavidG
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very Nice with great food. Service was top notch.

JL
JessicaL
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, staff was helpful and funny! Would go back

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really lovely. Just need patio doors closed so breeze and cool air doesn’t impact comfortable internal climate.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a date night out. Pretty place! Situated in the hotel (and if you get there early go grab a drink over the bridge in the secret garden first!). I got the scallops, my wife got the steak. We were happy!

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cagssc
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were staying at the inn so decided to try their restaurant I was very disappointed with the Gnocchi I ordered. They were very tough, chewy and nothing like gnocchi. We also ordered the stuffed chicken and while the chicken was good the purée it was placed on was gummy , overly sweet and barely warm. It was a disappointing meal

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Ruthf
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had breakfast and it was all so so delicious! We sat outside, that was perfect , and our server was amazing, very kind , professional, and helpful ! I will definitely dine here again!

TP
TamiP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great! But specifically our waitress, April! April made our special request drinks for us, offered advice to help us decide which meals to get. The service, food and drinks were amazing and arrived quickly! I highly suggest the back garden outdoor seating, they have heaters and it's peaceful and beautiful.

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mariaf
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

We were very disappointed with the service and the quality of the food compared to what we had read on the Internet about this restaurant.
Unfortunately, we were staying at the resort as well, so we did not go back a second time but chose to eat at other restaurants in the area.

LJ
LacieJ
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! I had the scallops and my wife had the burger. I think I legitimately said “mmmm” in-between every bite. Matched by the food was the service our waitress was wonderful! She was very thorough, kind, and very knowledgeable of the wine list and wineries in the area to recommend. We were shocked to hear it was only her first day on the job. We sat on the patio and it was quiet and peaceful. We will 100% be coming back again.

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williamh
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gardens of Avila was really quite good. The outside seating was excellent. Great ambiance

LH
vipLynnH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Would definitely recommend.

JS
JonS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the dinner and would enjoy going back again.

WR
vipWhatRolandThinks
Salt Lake City
30 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Staff trying to get back to normal work seemed under staffed.

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vipPhoebe
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We met some wonderful people here. The food was very good and Hannah was a great server.

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 4.3 stars by 573 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.