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Custom House

404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-7555
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“clam chowder” (99 reviews)
“fish and chips” (68 reviews)
“salad” (66 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We tried to get lunch here- signed in and waited, but saw several groups that signed in after us get seated before us. Finally had a text that our table was ready, but between the time we got the text and getting our table, they...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank sempervirens1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to lunch here and found it to be a pleasant experience. The food is good and the service certainly satisfactory. We each had a shrimp/crab Louie which I haven't found on a menu in a long time. The restaurant is ideally located right...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jmbakulich
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

View of the beach, indoor and outdoor seating available. The staff is friendly and very attentive - excellent service! Breakfast and lunch options are good! My friends got the oatmeal (very good), fried shrimp (great), eggs Benedict (not his favorite), and I got the Avocado...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank onaroll56
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly and laid back, popular place on a weekday afternoon in January. Clam chowder was amazing, Cobb salad ok and fish and chips was good for the first two pieces but the third one wasn’t cooked all the way or something. Really chewy. Didn’t mention...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank stephaniewoolsey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THis place is awesome! Sat outside and had the best fish and chips and salmon salad. Everything was so fresh and delicious. Even had a side of onion rings to die for!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Diana W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great beach setting, nice outdoor seating but the food is very average. Lots of burger and sandwich options along with other fried dishes, all pretty large serving sizes. We didn’t try the crab Louie salad which seems to be one of the more popular items...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank LuckyStevo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fairly basic food, nice outdoor atmosphere...fried fish and a shrimp louis salad served up as our lunch. Beautiful crisp day to enjoy this lovely village. Lots of locals present which is always a good sign. Service prompt, and special requests honored.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank traveltarot
Reviewed 10 December 2018

Very historical custom house now restaurant. We ordered the Cobb salad and clam chowder. Both were amazing! The bartenders were very attentive and friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant in Avila Beach.

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Nepite
Reviewed 6 December 2018

Just a great experience, over all. We stayed in Avila Beach for a week and had a wonderful dinner experience at Custom House twice! Our server last night, was Abigail and she was terrific. With such a natural personality (including a sense of humor) and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is very clean and always has been satisfied with a fresh, quality meal! The patio option allows the beach scene to be at your footsteps but I like the indoor atmosphere too. Nice place!!!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank pltl2016
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24 January 2017|
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Response from HappyWandererQ | Reviewed this property |
We only drank beer there. Best bet is to call them and ask.
25 July 2016|
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Response from Sal E | Reviewed this property |
Sorry that I didn't see this message - Yelp informs you right away when you have a message! I do not know if I saw any dogs but I can guess that most out door establishments do allow dogs. Sorry again for the delayed answer!
26 April 2016|
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Response from 109cynthian | Reviewed this property |
I believe they only take reservations for parties of 8 or more.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 35
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 Front St, Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-595-7555
Just steps away from the beautiful Avila Beach, Custom House offers a casual dining experience with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Come and have a drink at our cocktail bar, or dine on our patio while gazing out across the beautiful San Luis Bay. With favorites like fresh fish, hand cut steaks, refreshing salads and our specialty appetizers, our menu has something for everyone. Our food is prepared with the utmost attention to quality. We receive fresh meat, vegetables and fruit daily. With our kitchen only steps away from the ocean, we are able to serve the absolute freshest seafood available. At Custom House, an excellent dining experience is our top priority. Our Central Coast beach-side location holds beautiful views with a casual atmosphere, the perfect spot for a meal with family and friends.
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