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“A lovely evening”
Review of Ocean Grill

Ocean Grill
Ranked #2 of 25 Restaurants in Avila Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Ocean Grill is ocean front dining just steps away from the sand in beautiful Avila Beach! Stop in today and try some of the most delicious and creatively prepared cuisine in San Luis Obispo county!
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We walked into the attractive dining room and were seated by the window, with a great view of the bay. Brian, our waiter, was friendly (without overdoing it) and very helpful -- he steered me to the pan roasted rockfish, which I enjoyed greatly, and recommended a Firestone DBA to go with it. When my wife said she felt like a split of champagne, he advised her to pair it with the halibut, a great combination. We also enjoyed the flat breads and the little gem salad. No huge plates with huge portions: the food was just right both in size and in flavor. Pricey, but good.

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Reviewed 18 April 2014

This restaurant is a gem. Located in a sweet ocean side town overlooking the Pacific. The food is mostly small plates: creative, fresh, and varied. Sea food pulled direct from the ocean, local produce abounds, both meat, fish, and veg eaters will find something here. The wine list is captivating. And the service is without equal. We had ceviche in coconut milk, a shellfish roll, fresh salad, and fresh shrimp with home made tagliatelle. The Force of Nature Pinot Gris was excellent. Pot de creme for dessert. If you are looking for a fine meal in a beautiful setting, this is the place.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Food and service were excellent. Sever was attentive but not suffocating. Presentation and portions are similar to big city fancy places.

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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Having eaten here four time prior to last night's visit, we were excited to take friends who hadn't yet enjoyed this relatively new hot spot. They had even gone online to check out the exciting menu. However, when we were seated, the menu had changed dramatically and the waiter indicated the changes had been made "about a month ago", even though no one had bothered to update the website. Bottom line, new menu + new chef (at least the third in their short life) + tapas sized portions = disappointed customers. Our waiter was nice, even apologetic for the changes, and, the view is still wonderful. But, this place can't keep reinventing itself even few months, if it's to survive.

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Eric K, General Manager at Ocean Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Hello! I wanted to personally reach out to you and let you know that your voice was heard loud and clear. Though it is commonly stated that "change is always good", we have definitely seen that this is not always true. Despite that fact, we felt the need to make one last change for the better and listen to our customer base. Since your last visit we have brought in a new, and FINAL chef, along with an entirely new menu, much closer to the original menu we had that everyone knew and loved so dearly! We can now confidently say that we are back and better than ever! We hope to see you soon! :)

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Reviewed 27 March 2014

We had dinner on Sunday evening at the Ocean Grill. View and service were great. Food not so much. Portions were skimpy and overly artistic. My wife and sister had the prawns and found the presentation a bit too creative and certainly not satisfying.

I had the halibut, grilled and cut in strips. Very tasty, but the overall meal left me wanting some pasta or risotto or something to fill out the dinner. For what we got the price was high, and we left with some disappointment. Is their chef trying to out-French the French?

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Eric K, General Manager at Ocean Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2014

Hello! I wanted to personally reach out to you and let you know that the French can have what we were cooking! Since your last visit we have brought in a new chef and strayed away from the "foo foo food" and gone back to our roots with fresh, local, and delicious food that is sure to please! We hope that you will give us a second chance to show you that change really can be good. We look forward to seeing you! :)

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