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Custom House, Avila Beach, CA

Custom House

4.2
4.2
78 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
Welcome! Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere. An excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our menu has something for everyone…fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers. We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our outdoor patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (805) 595-7555
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
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What 78 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for business meals

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Good for groups

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Hot spot

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Great for outdoor dining

78 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. We will definitely be back. One of our favorites in Avila.

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  2. KarenA

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was really good! Cocktails were good as well!

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  3. lisaM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food! Love sitting outside for breakfast!!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here while on vacation in the area. We were in the mood for apps/small bites and it turned out to be the perfect amount of food for our family of 5. We judge restaurants by their calamari & chowder and Custom House did not disappoint! Some of the best calamari we’ve had in a long time- big pieces, generous portions and freshly battered. Next time we’re in town we will definitely be back, hopefully in the daytime when we can take in the ocean view!

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  5. JeffG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly service/ Great Food with a wide selection/ Variety of Wines available. Would highly recommend

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  6. cafoxxyy

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was great, and the food was very good. We had coconut shrimp, patty melt with garlic fries, a very fresh salad, chicken quesadilla, and margarita. The restaurant was full of people. You can view the ocean from the boardwalk.

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  7. Barbara

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reception upon arrival was welcoming and our server, Carlos was outstanding throughout our dinner and we even had a toddler. We had a variety of foods and all were tasty.

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  8. IviAH

    Orange County

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The bacon wrapped filet mignon is the reason we came back and it was worth it. Our waitress was a little slow and she brought our salad with the main course but the bacon vinaigrette made up for it. It's also next to Avila Beach. Highly recommend trying Custom House.

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  9. KurtL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our favorite restaurant whenever we are in the area

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  10. Lynn

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered the Street Tacos and Fish sandwich both of which were excellent. The service was also excellent.

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  11. Sunny

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Can I’m for reservation at 4;30 on a Thursday afternoon. Sat down at ocean front view table. In the middle of shift change. We ordered house old fashion, Tuna sashimi, clam chowder and surf and turf. All very good. Service was pretty good also

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  12. Victor

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    I believe that management needs to train the staff a bit more. Placed our order starting with our appetizer and our entree. Everything came at the same time. Just need a bit more training on timing. But overall, nice place. We will be returning.

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  13. JesseM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Made this reservation because we had such a great time before. It was for our anniversary and I put that on the reservation but not once was it mentioned all night. We ordered two drinks and an appetizer. the server brought the drinks and asked if we want to order our food. Said ok. Our main course came but no appetizer, asked our server where the appetizer was and he said I thought you canceled it. Not once did we have that conversation so not sure why he would think that. The shrimp didn't have much taste nor did the scallops. When we left there was no come back soon our even bye. Definitely not the same place we visited before. Very unfortunate.

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  14. Katrina

    Orange County

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu has changed for breakfast. So if you want toast, it’s extra with an omelette. I guess not a big deal. Coffee was very good.

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  15. LibPN

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat in the outside patio which was great. We could enjoy the view, not be inside where are all the noise was, and sit comfortably with the heater on. Had great cocktails and food was delicious . Found out they have a food option for your Pooch. Overall a great experience.

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  16. RobertS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Main course was very dry. Needed much much more pasta sauce.

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  17. Nancy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meals. Service was great! Loved the area.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service. Overall great service, amazing prices.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First they didn’t have our reservation . When I showed them our res # they did seat us. The service was fair I kept asking for things that never came. Finally we ordered Carrot Cake. It was clearly stale and didn't taste very good - it was bad and expensive.

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  20. HeatherR

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was terrible. Took our order. Never brought our beer and wine. Prime rib was the toughest I have ever eaten Fish n chips - fish bland; fries good Clam chowder good Serve never came by to see how were doing. Server had to redo bill 3 times before he got it correct. Very disappointing.

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  21. MikeA

    Cincinnati

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nothing special but it was a good experience. We sat outside and it was a beautiful day by the ocean

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  22. CindyR

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. The view was beautiful and we really enjoyed the food. It was very busy when we arrived, but Rochelle was great in keeping us informed about our reservation for our tables. Avery was our server and was very attentive. The staff were very friendly and made it a special night with my 88 year old father. Thankyou Richelle and Avery!

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  23. JoyceR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great ambience. Service was ok, server never asked for our drink order but the water was good. Food is average but quick. But everyday is a great day on Avila Beach!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a joy for our family dinners at Ventana. The food and drinks are wonderful, the view is the best! They allow us to order the massive carnitas burrito off the lunch menu. Already looking forward to our next visit!

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  25. BillG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Custom house never disappoints with their food, or their views or their service 

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  26. Jmtz

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Server did not show any enthusiasm. Had to ask for specials and thanked us for reminding her. Didn't show up throughout the meal to check in on how everything was. When it came time for dessert asked us if we wanted to see menu. Fifteen minutes later she finally came and asked if we were interested said no and asked for the check. It was also our wedding anniversary which kinda didn't sit too well with us.

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  27. Alexa

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great service, dog friendly, dog menu and right by the beach!

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  28. NicholasP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overpriced for the quality of the food. You are paying for the location. Bathrooms were dirty and looked as if they had not been cleaned in at least a day. Unacceptable for a restaurant that is this busy.

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  29. Katrina

    Orange County

    113 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    113 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son had eggs Benedict and said they were great. Everyone enjoyed their meal. We sat outside under the cover. We are locals, so bring friends family here.

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  30. PeterR

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was great. I did not appreciate when I received the check and there was a charge for “Non Cash Adjustment” if you don’t want to accept the fact that credit cards cost your establishment a percentage of profit. Then don’t accept them we are living in a cashless society.

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  31. MaggieS

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great drinks, good food, friendly hostess and service

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Clam Chowder is delicious! Maybe one of the best I’ve ever had. The Clams and Mussels in white wine and the Mixed Berries Pie were amazing! The food plus the great service from Fabian, the manager, made our experience unforgettable. Thank you

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  33. JudiM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Small portions, steamers super tiny and flavor overpowered by bell peppers. Service slow and waiter was forgetful. Pricey for mediocre meal.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We are always happy when we eat here! We usually get salads and fish tacos, but we went off the usual and opted for steak this last time…Perfectly seasoned and delicious.

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  35. KESB

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant was pretty empty for a Thursday night. We were greeted by friendly staff and our server was patient and attentive. The menu and food were above average but my steak had a lot of strings in it. We noticed that much of the outdoor table and chair seating had been replaced by uncomfortable picnic tables so we chose to dine inside. Recommend for families.

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  36. ChrisG

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great views outside. Food was great and serving sizes large.

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  37. michej

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Yes, ordering system was down but waiter could have: taken a drink order, refilled drinks, brought the extra plate on a split plate and cleared away dishes. He did not.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Young staff seemed untrained and inexperienced with a standard busy Saturday night. Asked for outdoor seating when checking in 15 min early was only offered indoor when seated and a vague comment about putting in outside request in open table app(you can’t). One small butter for rolls for group of six. No small bread dishes to our bread on. No lemon in water when asked for. Surprisingly no fresh fish to order.

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  39. KathyT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I was unhappy that we needed to wait about 20 minutes after we were seated to even be asked what we wanted to drink. We decided to order our meal at the same time as our drinks fearing we would need to wait longer to do so. We had to ask for everything, even butter. Another family who came in before us left after waiting 15 minutes for service. They had a child too. Overall the food was fine, not great, but service needs to vastly improve.

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  40. JohnB

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The hostess was extremely rude. They were busy and she wasn’t handling it well, but we had a reservations so there were no issues. She seated us without speaking one word. Our waitress, on the other hand, was extremely sweet and friendly. The food was okay, steak was way underdone, but there was really no chance to send it back. It’s unfortunate that there aren’t more options in Avila.

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FAQs

Custom House is rated 4.2 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

Custom House does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Custom House

404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Avila Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:30 am Sat, Sun 8:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
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