Fat Cats Cafe is one of the most charming cafes or restaurants you will ever visit! This rustic diamond has been attracting not only locals but a variety of California visitors and travelers from all over for over a quarter of a century. Located in a beautiful little beach getaway (Avila Beach, Port San Luis) near San Luis Obispo it has everything you can ask for. A reputation for its Ocean views and great service are the reasons customers come to Fat Cats but award winning meals are the reason they return. The name came from a big black-and-yellow cat that adopted the restaurant in its beginnings. The cat keeps returning, and so does loyal patrons and visitors.

Breakfast Menu

Chicken fried steak (2)


  • Early Bird Special

    6am to noon

  • Diablo Special

    • $9.95

    One farm fresh egg prepared the way you like it, two fluffy pancakes and two crisp strips of honey bacon. 

  • The Mini

    • $8.95

    One egg any style, choice of potatoes and one slice of toast.

  • Buttermilk Pancakes

    • $8.95

    Served with plenty of butter and warm maple syrup.

  • Blueberry Pancakes

    • Full Stack $9.50
    • Short Stack $8.75

    A fluffy golden brown stack of pancakes loaded with sweet blueberries and served with butter and warm maple syrup.

  • Banana Granola and Coconut Pancakes

    • $9.95

    A real treat! Served with plenty of butter and warm maple syrup. 

  • Breakfast

    Served Any Time

  • Fat Cat's French Toast

    • $9.95

    Texas toast dipped in eggs with vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar and butter. 

    Topped with powdered sugar.

  • Cinnamon Rolls

    • Regular $4.50
    • With Cream Cheese $5.50

    We make'em here! 

  • Biscuits and Gravy

    • $7.95

    Why not add Seasonal Fresh Fruit

  • Fat Cat's Benedicts

    Served on sour dough toast with choice of Ham, Lobster or Crab

    With two eggs your way topped with our own hollandaise sauce.

    Served with choice of hash browns, home fries, cottage cheese, tomato slice or rice pilaf. 

  • Avila Benedict

    • $15.95

    Portabello mushroom caps, fresh spinach, crab cakes and eggs cooked your way topped with our hollandaise sauce. 

  • Huevos Rancheros

    • $12.95

    With homemade Ranchero Sauce on a crispy corn tortilla. Served with Rice and Beans 

  • Basic Breakfast

    Basic Breakfast comes with two eggs cooked your way. With your choice of hash browns, home fries, cottage cheese, tomato slices or pilaf. 

    Also your choice of toast, white, whole wheat, rye, sour dough or english muffin. 

  • Bacon and Eggs

    • $12.95
  • Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs

    • $12.95
  • Linguicia and Eggs

    • $12.95
  • Ham and Eggs

    • $12.95
  • Sausage Patties and Eggs

    • $12.95
  • Omelettes

    All of our omelettes are made with three extra large farm fresh eggs and served with jack, cheddar cheese or both! 

    Your choice of our potatoes, rice pilaf, tomato slices or cottage cheese and toast (white, wheat, rye, sourdough or an English Muffin)

  • Seafood Omelette

    • $13.95

    Crab and Shrimp with swiss cheese.

  • Denver

    • $12.95

    The classic ham, green pepper and onion combination. 

  • Avocado and Bacon

    • $13.95
  • Chile Verde

    • $12.95
  • California Veggie

    • $12.95

    Avocado, Tomtoe and Onions

  • Build Your Own Omelette

    • Starting at $10.95

    Start with three eggs $10.95

    With your choice of cheese Jack, Chedder, American or Swiss

    Add Fresh Vegetables $1.00 each

    Broccoli, Zucchini, Tomato, Onion, Spinach, Mushrooms & Bell Pepper

    Other Options add $2.00

    Avocado, Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Linguicia, Ortega Chilies, Crab or Shrimp 


Save room for our homemade desserts.
  • Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

    Topped with ice cream or course.

  • Maple Pecan Pie

  • Decadently Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake

  • Bomb Bread Pudding

  • ICE Cream Chocolate Cake

  • Delectable Homemade Dessert

    A graham cracker crust, cream cheese filling and boysenberry topping. 

Lunch Menu



  • South of the Border

    Served with tortillas our Homemade Rice and Beans

  • Chile Verde

    • $12.95

    Quality pork meat in a spectaculary spicy green sauce. 

  • Tacos

    • Fish $15.95
    • Ahi $15.95
    • Shrimp $14.95

    Served with crispy cabbage, soft or crispy corn tortillas and salsa

  • Seafood

    Our Seafood is lightly breaded, gently deep fried and served with your choice of fries, salad, cottage cheese, cole slaw, rice pilaf or a Cup of Clam Chowder. 

  • Calamari Steaks

    • $15.95
  • Succulent Ocean Scallops

    • $17.95
  • Fish

    • $15.95
  • Oysters

    • $15.95
  • Clams

    • $16.95
  • Tubes & Tentacles

    • $14.95
  • Crab Cakes

    • $19.95
  • Large Gulf Prawns

    • $17.95
  • Fat Cat's Fisherman's Platter

    • $24.95

    Jumbo Prawns, succulent scallops, cod, oysters, clam strips, squid and calamari.

  • Sandwich Board

    All Fat Cat sandwiches are served with your choice of fries, cottage cheese and tomato slices, cole slaw or rice pilaf. 

  • Double Decker Crab Club Sandwich

    • $13.95

    Crab, bacon, lettuce and tomato.

  • Shrimp Po Boy

    • $13.50

    Beer battered shrimp, cole slaw overflowing on ciabatta bread.

  • Seafood Philly

    • 12.95
  • Linguica or Steak Sandwich

    • $14.95

    Sauteed onions, green and red bell peppers smoothered in Jack cheese and served on a ciabatta bread.

  • Deep Fried or Grilled Fish Sandwich

    • $13.95
  • Open Faced Crab or Lobster Sandwich

    • $13.95

    Lobster or crab mixed with purple onions. Lightly toasted on sourdough and topped with tomato and melted cheese. 

  • BLT

    • $11.95

    Thich bacon, lettuce, fresh tomatoes and mayonnaise on your choice of bread. 

  • Club Sandwich

    • $12.95

    A classic double decker favorite stacked with turkey, thick bacon, lettuce and tomato.

  • Grilled Hawaiian Chicken Breast Sandwich

    • $13.95

    Covered with terriyaki sauce topped with pineapple. 

    Served on an onion garlic roll. 

  • Albacore Tuna Sandwich

    • $12.95

    The finest dolphin safe white albacore tune with a generous mixture or sprouts, mushrooms, spinach, avocado, lettuce, celery and tomato. On your choice of bread. 

  • Nathan's World Famous Hot Dog

    • $9.50
    • With Chili $11.50
  • Fat Cats Burgers

    Our burgers are all large handmade Angus Burgers. 

    All burgers come with lettuce, tomatos, onions, pickles, and mayonnaise.

    They are served with your choice of fries, fruit or cole slaw.

    Add Ortega Chilies, mushrooms or avocado for $1.00

  • Basic Burger

    • $11.95
  • Patty Melt

    • 12.95
  • Chili Size

    • 12.95
  • Western Burger

    • 13.50

    Bacon, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, mayo, and an onion ring. 

  • California Burger

    • 13.50

    Bacon, avocado, ortega chilies and mayo.

  • Avila burger

    • 13.50

    Bacon, avocado, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce and mayo. 

  • Garden Burger

    • 11.95

    With Swiss cheese. 


Dinner Menu

Fish & Chips


  • Dinner Entrees

    Served starting at 4pm

    Includes soup or salad and veggies. Choice of Baked Potato, Rice Pilaf or French Fries

  • Stuffed Shrimp

    • $25.95

    Large shrimp, stuffed with crab cake, wrapped in bacon and topped with chipotle hollandaise. 

  • Sand Dabs

    • $23.95

    Breaded and lightly grilled in butter. 

  • Skewered Shrimp

    • $24.95

    Large skewered shrimp, pineapple and bell peppers, covered with our teriyaki sauce. 

  • Seafood Pasta

    • $25.95

    Sauteed shrimp. squid, cod, scallops, organic olive oil, basil, garlic, a dash or red wine and parmesan.

    Soup or Salad only. 

  • Sauteed Shrimp and Scallops

    • $24.95

    With butter, garlic, mushrooms, green onions and white wine, finished with creamy alfredo sauce. 

  • Coco Shrimp

    • $22.95

    Served with orange wedge, pineapple, guacamole and sweet chili sauce. 

  • Charbroiled From the Grill

    Includes Soup or Salad and Veggies Choice of Baked Potato, Rice Pilaf or French Fries. 

  • Salmon

    • $25.95
  • Ahi Tuna

    • $22.95

    Seared sushi grade Ahi tuna surrounded with pineapple and lightly drizzled with sesame soy sauce and lime juice.

  • Cod

    • $18.95
  • Flank Steak

    • $22.95

Starters, Soups and Salads

  • Starters

  • Homemade Onion Rings

    • $8.50
  • Sauteed Mushrooms

    • $11.95
  • Squid Tubes and Tentacles

    • $10.00
  • Nachos

    • $9.95
  • Crab or Shrimp Cocktail

    • $12.95
  • Guacamole and Chips

    • $9.95
  • Coconut Shrimp

    • $10.95
  • Lobster Baked Potato

    • $11.00
  • Hot Wings

    • $7.95
  • Chicken Strips

    • $7.95
  • Steamers

    • $12.95

    In white wine garlic butter with fresh herbs and garlic bread. 

  • Chili Fries

    • $8.50
  • Fries and Gravy

    • $7.95
  • Fried Green Beans

    • $8.95
  • Crab Cakes

    • $15.50
  • Soups

  • Clam Chowder

    • Cup $5.95
    • Bowl $7.95
    • Sourdough Bread Bowl $9.95

    Our Homemade Clam Chowder

  • Chili Beans

    • Cup $5.95
    • Bowl $8.50

    Our homemade Pinto Chili Beans 

  • Salads

  • Fresh Mixed Dinner Salad

    • $6.50
  • Cobb Salad

    • $14.95

    Turkey, avocado, tomato, hard boiled egg, onions and blue cheese crumbles. 

  • Chef Salad

    • $14.95

    Turkey, ham, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, tomato, beets, cheese, onions and hard boiled eggs. 

  • Louies

    • $15.95

    Choose from Ahi, Shrimp or Crab

  • Caesar Salad

    • $8.95

    Seasoned croutons and fresh romaine lettuce tossed in our own Caesar dressions and topped with delicious Parmesan Cheese. 

    Add Grilled Chicken or Crab for $5.95

  • Taco Salad

    • $13.95

    A crispy tortilla served with rice and beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, avocado, tortilla strips and chicken strips.