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Lido and Gardens of Avila - Pismo area

Thought I'd put out this request previously, but unable to find it.

Looking for a nice dinner for a party of 10, I called G of A to fax a menu to me, and inquired about the current chef, all the gal could tell me was his name is Andy. We'd had some very good meals there several years ago but downhill reports began after they lost their chef. More recently the reports got better after Evan Treadwell took over, but now find that he's at Lido in the Dolphin Inn.

Would love to hear of any recent experiences at Lido. A good friend in Arroyo Grande ate at the Italian place in the area (name escapes me) when Chef Treadwell was there some time back, and was not impressed. I'm thinking of going with Lido rather than rolling the dice at G of A, had to nix Chef Rick's since it's just a little too far after an afternoon of wine tasting.

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  1. Hey PB, is eating in Pismo Beach/Avila Beach a must?

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    1. re: glazebrookgirl

      Well, it's a marathon Pinot tasting from 2-5 PM in Shell Beach and we will have a couple of DDs, just thinking it would be a little more sensible. The last time we went to Hoppe's, but a number of folks in our group were staying in Cambria, this time everyone is pretty close to the event. Any and all ideas welcome of course from a true hound such as yourself.

    2. Hmmm...I completely understand the need to stay near Shell Beach. However, there seems to be a lot of inconsistency in the Shell Beach/Avila Beach/Pismo Beach area. Lido is fairly new and I haven't been, although it seems to be a better choice than Gardens of Avila, which has suffered a lot with chef change-ups. I was wondering where Treadwell was before Lido, since I thought he had been at G of A right up until he left and went to Lido. Anyway, I would be more willing to go with Lido with an open mind than chance an unknown chef at a struggling G of A.

      I think San Luis probably has more choices and a little better food, but sometimes it is just too far after wine tasting. Have fun wine tasting! (I am so jealous!)

      1. How about Park in SLO near the train station? I am sure they could accomidate a party that size, and if the tasting is at Shell Beach, the Lido is pretty much right next door and there may be lots of people from the tasting going there. I was not too impressed with G of A when we were last there, but it was during Christmastime and it can be hard to reliably access a restaurant during that season.

        1. Thanks for the reminder about Park, I've been wanting to try them for a while now. I figured that the local spots would get flooded so I made a 5:30 reso at Lido last week, thinking I could pick the hounds' brains and still have time to cancel with plenty of notice if something else comes up.

          1. If you can get the reservations, the Park is terrific, but they may want a standard menu between the group. Call to see ASAP.