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Hidden Gems of the Central Coast: Gardens of Avila

The Central Coast is full of hidden gems unknown to the average traveler.  Residents flock to certain beachesrestaurants, and shops for unique and special items native to this area.  Although visitors love the abundance of delicious restaurants fit for the most devoted foodie, many of the best eateries are concealed in the midst of more popular or crowded spots.  Nestled on Avila Beach Drive hidden among the lush trees and the back road is the Gardens of Avila Restaurant. A great alternative to fighting the crowds at the many popular, oceanfront spots in Avila, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant is often given five stars for their impeccable service, and friendly staff.  The specialty drinks and refined plates will surely delight even the pickiest of taste buds, creating the perfect atmosphere for a Saturday date night or a morning pick-me-up.

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(c) yelp.com

The ambiance at the Gardens of Avila Restaurant sets the tone for the great meal that lies ahead.  On the same property as the popular mineral hot springs, your meal here can be the perfect beginning to a romantic night on the Central Coast.  From the candlelit table setting to the elegant linens, this will be a meal you surely won’t forget.  One of the best aspects about the Gardens of Avila is it is known for its professional, courteous, and genuinely friendly wait staff, which always seem to be happy to be of any help you require.  Their outdoor patio is the perfect spot for a warm night or even those chillier ones with their standing heaters and quaint bistro lighting hung above.

(c) yelp.com

(c) yelp.com

If you’re seeking a delicious meal with an even better drink to match, look no further.  Often dubbed the best drink a customer has had, the Gardens of Avila Restaurant has amazing, handcrafted cocktails unbeatable to any nearby eatery.  From breakfast to dinner, you won’t be disappointed by their wonderful Eggs Benedict to the fresh seafood like scallops and octopus. Inspired by the nearby wineries and the contemporary coastal flavors of the Central Coast, each dish brings something special right to your table.  Other favorites include appetizers like heirloom tomatoes with gazpacho, main dishes such as pork chips and polenta, or a New York steak with wine sauce and mashed potatoes.  Top off the great evening with an amazing crème brûlée and a raspberry margarita.

(c) yelp.com

(c) yelp.com

The Gardens of Avila Restaurant is open daily for breakfast from 8:00am to 11:00am.  Sunday brunch is served from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  The bar and lounge is also open daily from 11:00am to 9:00pm, and dinner is served Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.

Head to opentable.com to make reservations.

Located at 1215 Avila Beach Dr, Avila Beach, CA 93424.

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