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Fat Cats

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3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-595-2204
06:00 - 22:00
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to complain about a restaurant that has a gorgeous view of the bay in Avila, but there was nothing great about this diner, not even the beer which was strictly by the bottle--no draft. The calamari was so chewy we didn't finish it. The California burger was decent but the fries were limp served at room temp. Rather... More 

Thank forteMI
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64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service was slow. They were horribly understaffed, with just one server and a hostess who was also bussing tables. When we finally got called for a table we had to wait another 10-15 minutes just for water, and another ten minutes after that to have our order taken. By that time, more staff had arrived and were frantically trying to... More 

Thank mikegrattan
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The service was fast, friendly and efficient. It was pretty chilly outside, but the under-table heater really felt good! I love calamari, but had never heard of squid "steaks", only tubes and tenacles. Fabulous! And 4 of them made 2 left overs for dinner!! Hubby had the grilled fish sandwich, which thankfully came on toasted bread instead of a hogie... More 

Thank Nancy I
San Gabriel, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had breakfast here. A bit pricy for what you get, but it's all about location. Inside area tiny, but outside patio would be really nice. It was windy the morning we went so chose to eat inside.

Thank thompsontrio
San Ramon
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264 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WONDERFUL little cafe across from Avila Beach pier...Super staff and yummy food from crab cakes to BLTs to salads...Consistently good food. Been there for eons and just a landmark for me when it comes to Avila Beach...Seating inside or out - Nice views of the bay.

Thank MsBunny2011
Corona, California
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fat cats was recommended by a friend of ours, and we are so glad we took their advice and gave it a try while staying down the road in Pismo. We decided to go for breakfast because I was told they have the best seafood omelets! The restaurant is right on the Bay, and all the seating has huge windows... More 

Thank Paul S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

Great food and great service!!! Had lots of choices and everything we got was wonderful! Will be going here on our next vacation

Thank 186shannonf
Lake Oswego, Oregon
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192 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed two dinners and a breakfast at Fat Cats. It's a super casual spot frequented by locals who know they get hearty food at a good price. I very much enjoyed the seafood pasta which was brimming with giant shrimp, calamari and whitefish, and also really liked the shrimp and polenta special. The REAL treat was breakfast, though. Hubby... More 

Thank SuburbanWife
Gardnerville, Nevada
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141 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

So first off the food was great. Fish and chips and the fish taco special was great. But sadly that was the only thing great. Good thing we were here to eat. The service was very poor, not the worst we have had but it was poor. Slow, didn't come check on us till we were done eating even though... More 

Thank muleyfever
Las Vegas, Nevada
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385 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 408 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

While on a road trip up the California coast with my mom and aunt, we decided to explore a bit and found this cute little place. We all love cats, so it was a no-brainer when we saw the name, the kitty logo, and the water view. This place has a small town diner feel and is in the parking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3920 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-595-2204

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?