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Gardens of Avila Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gardens of Avila Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gardens of Avila Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gardens of Avila Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, CA
Gardens of Avila Restaurant, San Luis Obispo, CA

Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.5
4.5
887 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm 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
    Joshua Jones
  • 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. We offer plated dishes and buffet. Our Event Manager will work with you directly with you 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 50 guests. The Fireside Room can accommodate up to 15 guests & the Fireside/Palm Rooms together accommodate up to 65. Reservations Required thru Events Manager.
  • 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

What 887 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Healthy

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Great for fine wines

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romantic

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for special occasions

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Lively

887 Reviews
  1. KarenD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good although a little on the pricey side. We decided to share a couple of starters and one entree. The starters (brussel sprouts and pear and arugula salad) were very good but the highlight was the scallops - delicious. Our server, Zoey, was excellent.

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  2. PaulT

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time. Food was excellent. Service was very well done.

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  3. CatherineL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish our dinning experience was nice. My husband ribeye was cooked as requested and was full of flavor. I had the halibut it was tasty all the flavors complimented each other. Our desserts were delicious we enjoyed the crème brûlée and the Chocolate cheesecake. Explore the Mocktail list they are fun and yummy.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great. Zoe, the waitress was awesome !

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  5. Ryan

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A very nice place to eat. Very Very Very expensive. Food portions are fairly small. Quality of the food is alright. Ambiance is nice and relaxing. But again, very very expensive, and definitely not worth the value of the food in return. Service is great! But I do recommend it if you have plenty of money to spend on a nice dinner out with your significant other.

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  6. AlyshaH

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding and the service was great. Great ambience and the grounds are gorgeous.

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  7. RhejoyceAbraham

    San Joaquin

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely… surrounded by the sounds of nature for patio dining. Wait staff was amazingly attentive. Terrific spot to meet up with dear friends 🥰

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  8. JamesP

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating our anniversary and it was a perfect evening. We also had dinner there the night we got engaged. It was better than we remembered.

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  9. NewYorker

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Feels like nothing has changed since 1998, also kind of like a retirement home dining room. Way too expensive for average food.

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  10. gerhardp

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salad was very tasty. The main meal, steak, mash potato and vegetables where all served quite warm and not luke warm or cool.Great to enjoy a meal and have the food stay that warm during the entire meal. Steak, mash potatoes and vegges where excellent. Desert was excellent. We have been here 3 or 4 times and always look forward to eating here. Would not even think of going else where for dinner.

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  11. april

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband & I love this place! Tucked away in the hillside, the resort is a beautiful setting. The restaurant seems like a great little secret because it’s away from the downtown SLO and Pismo Beach crowds. Chef Josh is fabulous at his craft and I have to say, if you ever see Lobster Risotto on the menu, do NOT pass it up! Sooo good! It seemed like there was more lobster than risotto! The staff is welcoming and friendly, knowledgeable with wine pairings and suggestions.

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  12. KrysC

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious! One of our favorite spots for special occasions.

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  13. DexterK

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were the 2nd couple to be seated for Valentine, the 1st couple was seated in the front room on a table for 4. We were seated in the 2nd dining room in the middle table of three couples tables. Now who wants to sit at that table??? I asked for another table by the window but we were told no, these tables are preassigned. Maybe I should have pulled out a twenty like in the old days in Vegas. We sat in this middle table for the next 45 minutes to see couples seated at the windows, the booths and 3 other tables for 4’s. Kind of tells you how accommodating they are. Business must be fantastic. This was our second Valentines, service was great and the food was exceptional but making customers feel welcomed and appreciated is something that is probably more important to me.. Not all customers like sitting in the middle seat on a SW airline plane.

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  14. Jordan

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Made a reservation. No hostess at the stand when we arrived. She showed up after 3-4 mins and checked us in, then walked away without a word. A little off-putting at the start, but then our waitress showed up and guided us to our table. Food was very well prepared and tasted fresh. Beet and bacon salad was excellent. Ambiance was upscale and excellent. I would return for special occasions.

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  15. DannyE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We has an excellent experience and the food was fantastic. Our waitress was exceptional! The only hiccup was the restaurant did not have our reservation in their system. I showed them my confirmation email. They had no issue seating us.

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  16. Rose

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    After waiting an hour for our appetizer the general manager ended up taking our food order. The cheese plate was good but it was not what was listed on the menu, the chicken pasta was also not what was described, it had peas instead of tomatoes and onions. It was also pre cubed chicken and not a chicken breast filet like you’d find at most farm to table restaurants. It was odd the menu didn’t match with what we were served. The steak was ordered rare and was wayyyy over cooked and pre-cut for some reason. Then for breakfast the chicken and waffles was chicken wings instead of chicken breast and both the chicken and waffles were overcooked. The coffee was good and the servers were nice but all in all a very disappointing dining experience.

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  17. LoJHo

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious. Service was a little slow, but all of the employees were extremely kind.

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  18. KayS

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and plentiful. Neither my friend nor I could come anywhere near finishing it. The service was top-notch. The noise level was a little high because there was a large and boisterous party sitting nearby. But I suspect that most nights it would be very quiet at this cozy retreat. Highly recommend!

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  19. LindaB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My mother & I had a wonderful lunch! The atmosphere was lovely, the food delicious and the service was top notch!!!!!

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  20. GinaJ

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dinner. Wife tried 3 course menu everything was great! I had beet salad and short Rib and both were awesome. service was top notch and Chef was out and about in the dining room talking to everyone. We will be back

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  21. SusanB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I just ADORE Sycamore Mineral Springs. We stayed the night in a room with our own mineral tub. We had dinner and breakfast and they were OUTSTANDING. The food is delicious, wonderfully cooked, healthy and hearty. The new chef there, Joshua Jones, is such a great cook. If you can get to Avila, go!

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  22. ExceptionalDiner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and very nice ambience. Very friendly waiters paying attention to every detail.

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  23. Naia

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Egg white omelette you must try. Everything was perfect.

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  24. Lynn

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent. The chef and server made our several menu modifications with easy and understanding. We had a wonderful time.

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  25. AlexR

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the seafood soup and the fries shrimp. Short ribs were wonderful and the tiramisu is absolutely decadent!

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  26. AlexE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu had a nice selection. Not too eclectic. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Kitchen was flexible with adjustments to the dishes. Staff was attentive but not obnoxious. Perfect pairing with Ontario Ridge hike. Menu prices online need updating, but still reasonable for an upscale setting.

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  27. Pescatarian

    Central Coast

    67 reviews

    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent and creatively prepared food especially the smoked pear salad and great service. We will dine at the Gardens of Avila again next time we visit Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.

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  28. DannaW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Both of our entrees and the appetizers were delicious. Would definitely go back.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had excellent breakfast service from Kayla. She is super professional and accommodating. She is very polished and has charisma. The night before we had Tyler who was also very friendly, professional and sweet. We really connected well with him also.

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  30. BobV

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, service was great, waitress was awesome. Food was a little pricy, overall a good experience.

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  31. Dusia

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We really enjoyed this place. Outside sitting a bit too simple. Food is outstanding. This was our first time and we definitely be back.

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  32. CoryM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was lovely and delicious. The food and drinks were delicious. The service was very nice. We were seated right away. The menu was not huge but we all found different things to try and enjoyed it all. It was pricey however do to all the things mentioned above and it was on NYD it was well worth it. For a special occasion I would go back. For a non-special occasion I would probably go back but not go crazy and order dessert and specialty drinks(even though it was all delicious).

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  33. JessicaC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the NYE dinner. Great food, great drinks and excellent service.

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  34. Sunflower64

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and wine pairing were perfect. The server was so attentive to our son's needs.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As soon as we walked in we were greeted with smiles, sat at our table quickly and ordered drinks. The whole staff was very nice, the food was delicious and very clean.

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  36. DanielT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was slow. I believe it was understaffed that evening.

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  37. sandraJ

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were excited to visit this beautiful place. The place and its outdoor places did not disappoint it is gorgeous. The service was also outstanding. The food however was lacking in taste. It was bland. We kept looking for the flavor but there really wasn’t any. We even questioned if we were sick. We ordered the ratatouille, shrimp tacos, and chicken pasta in white sauce. The one saving grace was the panna cotta dessert, this was really good. If I were to go back I would only order the panna cotta and sit outside to enjoy the view.

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  38. MatthewJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was outstanding with remarkable atmosphere. Service was great

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  39. MarieB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The seafood chowder actually upset my stomach. The salad was like a bag of spring mix thrown on the plate. Tried dinner fried chicken the carrots were hard the biscuit…no taste and chicken inch thick of breading not good.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My dinner was good, could have had a little more to it for price, but I did enjoy it. I am a vegetarian but I do not like mushrooms, so I wish the menu could have had other types of vegetarian options. The ambiance was nice.

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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 887 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 10 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Gardens of Avila Restaurant

1215 Avila Beach Dr., San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hwy 101
  • Neighborhood
    San Luis Obispo
  • Hours of operation
    Daily 8:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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
    Joshua Jones
  • 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. We offer plated dishes and buffet. Our Event Manager will work with you directly with you 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 50 guests. The Fireside Room can accommodate up to 15 guests & the Fireside/Palm Rooms together accommodate up to 65. Reservations Required thru Events Manager.
  • Private party contact
    Rhonda Sims : (805) 540-3638
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