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About Gardens of Avila Restaurant
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.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily 8:00am - 11:00am
Bar and Lounge: 11am-9pm
Dinner: Thursday - Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 2:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Complimentary onsite parking
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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Private Dinners: Holiday Parties, Birthday and Anniversary Parties
Bridal Showers, Baby Showers
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Gardens of Avila Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Very attentive personable staff, restaurant was quiet and cozy. Easy to have a nice relaxing time. Kale salad was excellent, would definitely come again. Only downfall is they forgot to tell Open Table we honored our reservation. Otherwise, a wonderful evening, great restaurant.
My wife and I made reservation for 7:30 on a Saturday night. We had reservations at the private hot tubs on property and figured that dinner at the gardens would be convenient, which it was. The ambiance of the restaurant was great and it offered the romantic setting we were looking for. The menu was broad and had more than enough selections for our taste. Our entrees were fantastic! My wife had the short ribs and I had the salmon. I would recommend either one. They were well seasoned and incredibly flavorful. For dessert we had the Pavlova. A traditional New Zealand dessert. The dessert is made with whipped egg whites, like meringue, and fresh fruit. The appeal of a Pavlova is its light fluffy texture. A traditional Pavlova is 4 to 6 inches high covered in fresh fruit. Although tasty, this was no Pavlova. I lived in New Zealand for several years and was really looking forward to the desert. I was disappointed. It was nothing more that a 1 inch thick layer of meringue covered I fruit. That is our only criticism of the restaurant. We will definitely be back. And will probably order the wrongly named meringue again.
fish & chips off the charts, and we are snobs. service so friendly I still remember it. could use a few more vegetarian/health food options (was surprised to find hearty fare, but nicely surprised). great cocktail choices. gluten -free mule served perfectly chilled.
The meal was absolutely delicious. As a local I feel like there is not as much talk about this restaurant compared to other local faves but for sure this is one of the best meals we have had out in a long time. The strawberry pistachio pavlova, although I'm sure this is seasonal, was to AMAZING! It was our first date night after having our baby and everything about it was perfect. The live music, the food, the service. Definitely check this place out.
Came for spa treatments and dinner for our anniversary I'd highly recommend going somewhere else for dinner. Risotto was flavorless glue-like consistency and they seem to be afraid of seasoning their food. Bland mushy food, underwhelming environment and prices like it's fine dining. Also even tho I'd mentioned it was our anniversary making the reservation, there was no acknowledgement whatsoever. Our waiter was nice tho.
Wonderful dinners and nice service are consistent here. We loved the quiet ambiance which provided a perfect setting for nice conversation. Variety of offerings and portion size were both appropriate. We were surprised by the small crowd as this spot is truly under appreciated. I will not hesitate to revisit the bar, the restaurant, the spa, and the hotel.
My husband ordered the scallops and it was a well prepared dish it was delicious. I ordered the mushroom rissotto and the clam chowder. I was very disappointed. We stayed there two years ago and the risotto was to died for now is awful, mushy and bland. Clam chowder was ok not memorable.
Celebrated my moms birthday here. The food was good but it took some time getting out. The waiter was extremely nice but a little forgetful, it appeared he was the only waiter at the time. He definitely showed that he cared about us as customers even when things faltered. The food was seriously crazy delicious and a good mix of usual and unusual choices!
We didn't rate the food higher because of one dish, the pork osso buco. The presentation was amaturish, with the pork stacked on top of a ridiculously huge blob of risotto. The risotto itself was almost inedible due to the strong flavor of raw garlic; the chef really should taste his preparation. On the other hand, the pork itself was tender and delicious. I should note that we visited the restaurant from out of town and are unlikely to return to the area anytime soon to see if this one disappointment was an aberration.
My husband and I had six o'clock dinner here, were a little early, but were seated promptly. My husband had short ribs, which were very good, and I had shrimp. There could have been a little more garlic in it, but I love garlic, and, for the first time in my life, there were too many shrimp. Sadly, I couldn't eat them all. Service was attentive, and the only complaint I had was that the door to outside dining was left open and all night I felt the cool breeze. Next time I will take an extra wrap!
We didn't know the regular dining room is presently only open on weekends. The dining in the bar was noisy so we chose to sit on the patio which was all right. The meal was not up to the standards we have had in our past visits. Usually we are amazed at the presentation and preparation of the food. My chicken was so over salted I couldn't eat it. The green beans were over cooked. My husband's scallop dinner was better but the vegetables were overcooked. The presentation was what we see in mediocre restaurants. Maybe it was the chef's night off. The waiter was wonderful and not only didn't charge for my meal, but gave us free desserts so we will definitely try the menu again (but on the weekend.)
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