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Gardens of Avila Restaurant

4.3
320 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
OPEN DAILY
Breakfast: Daily 8:00am - 11:00am
Bar and Lounge: 11am-9pm
Dinner: Thursday - Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 2:00pm
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Phone number
(805) 595-7302
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Gregg Wangard
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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.
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Private party contact
Rhonda Sims : (805) 540-3638
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hwy 101
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Parking details
Complimentary onsite parking
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Public transit
Avila Beach
Pismo Beach
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Special events & promotions
Private Dinners: Holiday Parties, Birthday and Anniversary Parties
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Receptions
Rehearsal Dinners
Bridal Showers, Baby Showers
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
Business Meetings
Retreats
Additional
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
What 320 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

They don't promote their dining room or outdoor dining due to limited parking, but it was a delightful Sunday lunch. It's part of their hotel dining room for hotel guests, but it was uncrowded for what we expected. There is a small outdoor patio and it was all ours. Next time, we'll book a hot tub afterwards.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The bartender was slow & rude! My friends & I all ordered drinks before we sat down for dinner. When we wanted to pay for our drinks separately, he asked, “Don’t you guys have Venmo?” When we got to the table, there was only 6 seats, even though we edited the reservation to 7 & the server said, “Well, the reservation only said 6.” The food was okay; Definitely overpriced for what it was.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Nice presentation, a bit pricey. Delicious salad and Bread.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My husband and I went here for my birthday dinner on 4/6/18. I ordered a nightly special which was a delicious roast and I loved it. It was so good. Like amazingly delicious. However my husband ordered another nightly special and it was some kind of chicken pasta. He was not satisfied in the slightest with his meal and it was very much overpriced. I felt bad that my meal was so delicious and his was nowhere in competition to mine. Our bill was very expensive and I wish he would have been able to be compensated or get a meal that he liked since we were paying so much.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Fresh, perfectly portioned meals. Salo

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

When we arrived to the restaurant, we felt special as we were warmly greeted and seated at the table specially prepared for us. It had a “reserved” sign and was located in the most picturesque spot of the restaurant. The servers remembered we were celebrating a birthday and made an effort to greet the guest of honor. It was a very nice feeling to felt known although it was our first time at the restaurant. Food was from fresh ingredients and prepared with care. Good quality food on top of a lovely experience. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We just stayed here for my 50th birthday and had an amazing, relaxing weekend. The appetizers, cocktails and dinner was so incredible, we raved about it the entire weekend. Everyone who works at this resort was very nice and helpful, can't wait to come again! Thank you

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We were celebrating our 40th anniversary at The Sycamore Inn. The grounds were stunning; our room fantastic. Our anniversary meal was the very best. Food was delicious and the service was exceptional. Our waiter, Mason, was superb. Thank you for making our 4oth something to remember.

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2.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Been here four times before and loved it. It’s been two years since my last visit and something has changed. The food was mediocre, particularly for the price, the wine list needed updating since they were out of the wine we ordered and everything seemed disorganized. I cannot recommend it any longer.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

It was excellent and our server was the best; she was attentive , gave us her opinion when asked, and was one of the best I have ever had. Unfortunately, I cannot remember her name.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We enjoyed our evening very much. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant. The server made an initial visit to the table and talked with one of our (four) party. The rest of us were away from the table. We then waited 20 minutes for a second visit to hear about the specials and get our questions answered. Good service after that.

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was friendly! Amazing spot.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2018

Our group was able to try all of items offered on the restaurant menu and all were great with good portions and very tasty: walnut pate with goat cheese, pork belly tacos, , kale salad, beet and citrus salad, chicken, salmon, cheese cake, chocolate mouse cake,.
The wine pairing was good.
For us it was a great way to revisit Gardens of Avila. We are looking forward to going back.

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

After several days on a road trip, we didn't want to venture out to dinner - so opted for the restaurant at Sycamore Springs. We were thrilled! Great ambience and service, delicious meals and generous portions. Great wine too. Glad we stayed.

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5.0Dined on January 3, 2018

Brooke (or Brookie) and Ivy were great. Loved the food. Veggie Burger was a little bland but loved everything else and if you bring a bottle of local wine there is no corkage fee.

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3.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Ambiance was romantic. Service was not what it should be. Food was very good. Servers should be better trained!

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2017

The restaurant was okay. The food was great, but had a lot of kids at the table next to us crying and screaming. Didn’t mind it too much but it was distracting myself and my date. Everything was dark in the restaurant and not a nice ambience more of a nap time lighting. You couldn’t see anything outside the windows, which surrounds the room, so a better view would have been nice.

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4.0Dined on November 28, 2017

We were staying at Sycamore Mineral Springs and did not want to leave the premises. Great restaurant for dinner and breakfast. Food was very good and service was excellent

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5.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Great service and atmosphere. Fabulous food and the fact that the hot springs is on location make it the perfect veneue.

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4.0Dined on November 13, 2017

Good variety of food choices, including some vegetarian and vegan dishes. Wondrful servic from our witer Kelly, even when we dent something back forabit more cooking! Beautiful dining room, lovely views of outside during daylight hours.

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was very very good.

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1.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Staying at this resort for the weekend. Food quality was mediocre at best, unfortunately.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Friendly welcome and very attentive service. One of the cod specials was good but the fish was tough/over cooked on the other.

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3.0Dined on October 20, 2017

Redtaurant was being used for a special event. We were sat in the bar area.😒

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1.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Over priced and nothing special. The service was laconic and not particlularly friendly or responsive.

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5.0Dined on September 23, 2017

Nice, quiet restaurant perfect for unwinding after a day at the beach. My wife ordered a pasta dish saying it was the best pasta she's ever had. Service was personable and professional. Highly recommend Gardens of Avila restaurant

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Amazing, as always. Thank you. Also, our server deserves a raise. I forget his name but he served us outside both times we came here and was fantastic. Long beard. Super nice. We'll definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful meal for a family in town celebrating the college student's move-in weekend.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Very friendly and accommodating staff. Oood menu options for kids upon request.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2017

We ate there 3 times as we were staying in hotel. I think they really could expand their menu some, it got a little old. We did enjoy their martinis & mojitos though

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

An all-around amazing experience. The Gardens at Avila always delivers. Beautiful cuisine, with perfectly balanced flavors. Creative menu options, and the staff is so friendly and on-top of their game.

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Very Romantic Ambiance with great options for both indoor and outdoor dining.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

What a surprise! The food was absolutely delicious. Smoky bacon around goat cheese filled dates, yam tostadas with avocado and a crisp spicy salsa verde, Myer lemon ricotta ravioli......wish I could have ordered more.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

We were out on the patio and it was delightful! All of the food had wonderful tastes. One of our friends is a chef and he was impressed with the flavors.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2017

Fabulous experience. Great food. Super service. I would definitely recommend the facility.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2017

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.

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