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Blue Moon Over Avila, Avila Beach, CA

Blue Moon Over Avila

4.5
4.5
345 reviews
$50 and over
French

Inspired by European influences, Blue Moon Over Avila is a Wine Bar & French Bistro offering wines from around the world and expertly prepared dishes in a beautiful seaside setting on California’s Central Coast.

With an emphasis on seasonal ingredients of the finest quality, we showcase our passion for global cuisine by offering a rotating food menu that complements our boutique wine and beer selections.

From imported cheeses and charcuterie to the freshest produce, seafood, and distinctive meats, Blue Moon Over Avila serves small plates, lunch/dinner entreés, and desserts in a setting that is unmatched in elegance and style.

We offer a unique opportunity for spectacular French and European cuisine on the Central Coast!

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Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (805) 595-2583

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    John Reynolds

  • Private party facilities

    Our stunning patios and charming dining rooms can be booked separately or together. These unique spaces offer the ultimate setting for celebrations, holiday parties, corporate gatherings, and a variety of event types. We can accommodate groups up to 120 guests for an entire restaurant buyout. Contact events@bluemoonoveravila.com for information.

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Menu

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What 345 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • California Central Coast

    Hot Spot

  • California Central Coast

    Outdoor Eating

  • California Central Coast

    Scenic View

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Best Ambience

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Lunch

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Notable Wine List

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Outdoor Eating

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Romance

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Scenic View

  • San Luis Obispo / Paso Robles

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent chef, good, and service. Ocean front dining. Fabulous!

  2. VR

    ValR

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was to die for. Communicated our compliments to the chef via our server Chef then came out to thank us for our appreciation. My entire family enjoyed the experience as well. Thank you to Blue Moon Over Avila.

  3. YM

    YanM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Lunch menu was okay but not special since we went for a birthday celebration. Unfortunately, even though I left instruction for a "birthday dessert" for the occasion, the waitress didn't get that instruction and no birthday anything mentioned in the end. It was a disappointment.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience2

    The staff keep dropping everything and had to wait over an hour to get our main course. Kitchen staff disorganized and slow

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Natalie, our server was awesome!!!

  6. GQ

    GaryQ

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    a gem by the beach with oceanfront views and ambient music in the background. The gelato was magical!

  7. NC

    NancyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really enjoyed our evening and the live music was excellent.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day. Great food and service. Love the atmosphere. We will come again.

  9. JR

    JonathanR

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for Mother’s Day brunch. Good Cavaguava Mimosa!

  10. C

    jeffC

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We made reservations and arrived about 15 min early. We were taken immediately to our table and had the opportunity to sit in the back area where they have live music with a pianist. Our waitress, Aundrea was wonderful and fun. She explained everything clearly, including the specials and food choices. Nothing was a problem. The music was exquisite and we loved every song. I ordered the Wagu steak special and it was cooked perfectly. My wife ordered the mushroom ravioli, which was beyond description. We ended up the dinner with a Creme brûlée and paired it with a French desert wine. A perfect dinner and music with perfect company. 41 years married and counting. We highly recommend this restaurant for an anniversary or for any reason!

  11. KR

    KarenR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our party had the salmon, the risotto, the French Onion soup, wedge salads and Coq au Vin with Creme Brulee to finish. Innovative flavor touches in every dish. All marvelous, as was the service. The first time our group had gotten together in over a year, and it was the perfect evening.

  12. MR

    MrsRobinson

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great spot to grab a bite

  13. F

    F1234

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great location

  14. VM

    VictorM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service and food and atmosphere. Didn’t know about the rear dining room with piano - that was a surprise - in a good way.

  15. MS

    MikeS

    Central Coast

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Date night trying a new restaurant. Food was very good, the mushroom ravioli had a nice assortment of different mushrooms and the sauce was delicious. Also enjoyed listening to Jeanne Potter playing the piano after dinner. We will be back.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    There was no cadence to the service . For a restaurant of this level , the servers should know to space your service between your appetizer and salad course . Then dessert is served and coffee is 20 mins behind desert . They have the area cornered but , I recommend driving into San Luis or Pismo before spending money to eat here the staff is friendly . The quality of food was minimal and the menu too limited .

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience5

    I ordered the sea bass which was the special. Wasn’t told the price - shocked when I got the bill and it was $61.00 - much higher than the other entrees. And it was not very good. I ate the fish, but left all the soggy, mushy grain underneath it.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    Great food and ambiance. Service was lacking considering price point

  19. AN

    AnneN

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    I love this restaurant! European ambiance with great service and a view of Avila bay. I do miss the lobster sandwich they took off the menu as it was one of the best I have had on the central coast, but the French Onion soup and the farm to table salads and other dishes are wonderful

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and excellent food. Great location at Avila Beach. Ask about Daily specials.

  21. R

    Rachel

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super delicious, perfect location right on the water! People were turned away for not having reservations (makes sense on a Sunday for brunch) so making one really helped!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    We had anticipated this being better and unfortunately tonight it just wasn’t. The menu is interesting and looks delicious but the execution just wasn’t great this evening. I’m sure it’s been wonderful for many people, but we were disappointed. For the price point…it just did not show up really at all. That said, we would come back and give it a second chance. It just feels like it wasn’t firing on all pistons this night and the food preparation and quality was just OK at best. And we ordered well. I know how challenging it is to provide excellent food and service. It’s just that I don’t feel like they had their best showing tonight or their best chefs performing well. I would still encourage people to go and give it a shot to support the business and just hope that your experience was better than ours on this particular night.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome ambience! Our server Andrea was phenomenal! Outdoor seating is a must, a perfect view of the coast! We went there on a Saturday and there was live music which was awesome! The food prices was fair for the quality and quantity of food. Highly recommend this place!

  24. V

    Vicki

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 April 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Prices have really gone up and the food wasn't quite as good as it normally is.

  25. D

    Deborah

    Central Coast

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a pleasure to eat at Blue Moon Over Avila. Food excellent and service great. ....and and amazing view of beautiful Avila Beach. Thank you!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I loved this place for dinner but the brunch was also outstanding!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2

    Extremely slow service, food was cold and waited 1.5hrs for the main. Waitress

  28. PM

    PatriciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Andy is the best food was delicious beautiful presentation

  29. c

    chas161

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 9 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Limited lunch menu, but some good choices nonetheless. All servers were cheerful and effective. Parking may be difficult, as the restaurant is on the beachfront in a beach resort town.

  30. RS

    RebeccaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The beachside views and ambiance of Blue Moon are unmatched in all of Avila beach- beautiful patio with lots of shade provided by striped umbrellas set the scene for a quaint french bistro. The food and wine were outstanding - we got the ahi nicoise salad and the vegan grain salad and both were excellent. Also the service was wonderful - our waitress was incredibly attentive and the owner (we think it was the owner? He had a lovely french accent) came by multiple times to check on us. Can't recommend this spot enough - we will definitely be back again and again.

  31. RM

    RandyM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 April 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Food lacked seasoning. Bland

  32. b

    bonnie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 6 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We are all short. Tall tables with barstools were available, and that was not comfortable

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Ravioli was so salty I could not eat it.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is absolutely charming. The food is excellent and the service was outstanding. I think ill be going here quite often

  35. JL

    JLF805

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    The atmosphere was very nice, but the food wasn't on par with the price or ambience. I had the mushroom ravioli, which was described as having a creamy mushroom sauce. The dish is vegan, so no cream and, sadly, no creamy consistency. It was more like a gravy. My friends' steak was also on the tough side. The brie appetizer was good and so was the Pinot from Alsace. They don't bring out an itemized check before they take your credit card, which I found weird. The bill seemed too high and when I checked the itemized receipt after they ran my card, I discovered they overcharged me. The wine on the bill was not the wine we ordered and were served. It was $20 more. We were charged $6 for a split plate fee for a dish that was not split and my friends ordered a salad as a starter and it came out with the steak. Maybe it was an off night, but it was my friend's birthday dinner, so disappointing.

  36. SB

    SantiagoB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Great service, sunset, ambiance, wine selection... The food was not what I was expecting, it was good but not outstanding. We will come back at some point but there are other options for this price point.

  37. WA

    WATT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    Terrible service, great view, ok food. The manager was incredibly rude.

  38. JM

    JMaffre

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 31 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They’re menu options are excellent and loved the fact that they could modify/offer gluten free menu options!

  39. LG

    LocalGal

    Central Coast

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 26 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, wine, service, and ambiance- thank you!

  40. j

    jeffcam

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    I found the food a mixed bag. My Bistro Steak was very good. My girlfriends Coq Au Vin was mediocre. It was dry with little to no sauce. The Escargot were just ok but the Pate was great. The service was good and our table had a lovely view of the water.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Blue Moon Over Avila offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (805) 595-2583.

Blue Moon Over Avila is rated 4.5 stars by 345 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Blue Moon Over Avila

460 Front St Avila Beach, CA 93424-3551

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    San Francisco

  • Area

    Avila Beach

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    John Reynolds

  • Additional

    Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (805) 595-2583

  • Private party facilities

    Our stunning patios and charming dining rooms can be booked separately or together. These unique spaces offer the ultimate setting for celebrations, holiday parties, corporate gatherings, and a variety of event types. We can accommodate groups up to 120 guests for an entire restaurant buyout. Contact events@bluemoonoveravila.com for information.

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