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Gardens of Avila

American, Contemporary
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1215 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-8048 (Hwy 101)
+1 805-595-7365
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The dining room was fine, nothing noteworthy. We just ate there during January restaurant month, so we both had the prize fixe offerings. The char and the Jidori chicken were both full of favor and done perfect. The chocolate lava cake dessert was outstanding. The service was very good.

Thank Michael P
Nipomo, California
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After hiking the Bob Jones Trail in the rain, we stopped in at the Gardens for an early lunch. At the hostess stand we were told (by the hotel staff) to go into the lounge and someone would fetch us. Finally a hostess arrived and seated us . . . in the lounge! It was very strange - the young... More 

Thank schwakes
Simi Valley, California
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109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It was very nice to have Breakfast on the property. The food was great. The setting nice and cozy on a cold cold morning .

Thank Beverly K
Santa Barbara, California
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279 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

During the week you eat in the "bar/restaurant" not the formal dining room, but it is just so relaxing and fun. Extensive menu and wonderfully inexpensive. Eclectic and good energy. You feel like you are more in a good restaurant than in a bar. friendly staff and so relaxing to have a spa treatment, soak in your room and drop... More 

Thank expectquality1942
Norco, California
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I last ate here while in town for business about 2 1/2 years ago and was impressed with the enthusiasm of the staff and the amazing food. After far too long away, I returned this weekend with family. The restaurant was only about half full and the service was always friendly but extremely slow. If you didn't ask to have... More 

Thank tmiller253
Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I had dinner at The Gardens of Avila at Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach. It has a wonderful ambiance – eat in the Lounge by the fireplace or in the dining room with a lovely patio under the oak trees. I had a lovely burrata salad and the short rib entree. Both dishes were imaginative and beautifully prepared. The... More 

Thank CastleRockKatherine
Fremont, California
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5,103 reviews
1,506 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,455 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

We went for lunch and had a nice time. We were seated by the fireplace and there was a nice flower on our table. We dined inside; there is also patio seating. Service was good. I had a flavorful juice drink, vegetarian burger, and fruit. My husband had a beef sandwich with chips. We enjoyed our lunch. There was a... More 

Thank mini
Arroyo Grande, California
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited this restaurant for the first time. We chose the restaurant month menu in hopes that they would try to make a good first impression by delighting us with their signature dishes. We were left wanting for more spice and creativity. If you like bland ordinary food, you may like this restaurant.

Thank Lora S
Culver City, California
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352 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

A coworker of mine and her husband recently ate at Gardens of Avila and were impressed with the food and ambiance. But somehow, I didn't share their enthusiasm. Apparently, if you make a reservation for dinner, it is for the more formal - rear - dining room. The room decor left me cold. It was just a bit too quiet... More 

Thank GareThere
Atascadero, California
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015 via mobile

Before you eat here...read the reviews. Do you notice a theme of "It's not the same anymore?" That's accurate. We hadn't eaten at G of A for at least 8 years. Back in the day the menu was more extensive and the place was packed (even on a weekday). Feeling optimistic we chose Gardens for my birthday celebration. Let me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$35
American, Contemporary
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, View
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1215 Avila Beach Dr, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405-8048
    (Hwy 101)
  • Public Transportation: Avila Beach Pismo Beach
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-595-7365

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