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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.

1215 Avila Beach Dr.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Organic, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
Hwy 101

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 595-7302

Website:
http://www.sycamoresprings.com/gardens-of-avila.php

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.

Parking Details:
Complimentary onsite parking

Public Transit:
Avila Beach
Pismo Beach

Executive Chef:
Gregg Wangard

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

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

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

Gardens of Avila Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (11)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Romantic (8)
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Good for a Date (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Cozy (7)
Healthy (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Organic (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 3, 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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 29, 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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 14, 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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·Dined on October 24, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 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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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 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.

Tags: Scenic View, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Romantic, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 9, 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

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 5, 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion, Vegan
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 3, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Wonderful food and service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Live Music, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Love this place. Wonderful people and food. One of our go to's!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Had the salmon and the stake so good and everything cooked to perfection!!!! The bacon wrapped dates were amazing too. We wanted to try everything on the menu until we popped, hard to have self control! Well worth the drive to do it all again!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

On separate occasions have had both the scallops and salmon, which were both delicious. Highly recommend the Lavender Old Fashioned, a fresh new take on an old drink.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2017

On a nit so busy Saturday morning, our service was

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food and service in this restaurant are superb. I had the steak and my husband had the chicken and they both were delicious, it was a great dinner.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Beautiful place, food had no flavor, I think I used half the salt on the table. Season your food people. Please!!!

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had a wonderful revisit to the Gardens of Avila! After taking a hillside tub we had a beautiful fresh meal and a dessert to die for!

The waiter was friendly and so helpful.

We really enjoyed our revisit!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Was not impressed with the food or drinks. I was excited when I made the reservation, but was very disappointed.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 5, 2017

Service was not very good. Food was good but not great. Little disappointed because it was our anniversary 😩

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 29, 2017

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.)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Special Occasion
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