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Buffalo Nickel

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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
+1 310-510-1323
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11:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
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Lawndale
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117 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Located slightly south of the Catalina Express Pier and Pebbly Beach this establishment has a long history on the island. The menu has a variety of options and the majority are above average. They offer beef, chicken, salads, Mexican, pizza and Monday is pasta night. They offer a full bar. The local favorite is Buffalo Milk. Prices are reasonable. Starting... More 

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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got picked up by the shuttle for the free birthday deal. I had the buffalo burger and it was ok. The helipad next door is really awesome. The walk from the landing to the restaurant isn't bad. I recommend it actually as it makes it more of an adventure. They were out of candles so they lit a tortilla... More 

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Vista, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Family of 3. Ordered steak fajitas for 2 and free birthday BLT with fries plus (not pictured) 5 beverages (1 soda and 4 beers). Fajita platter served steaming hot on a "comal" (griddle) with plenty of flavorful steak with green bell peppers and onions. Also included two big plates of rice and beans. The rice was okay; only a little... More 

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Stockton, California, United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We heard the wet burrito was the thing to get, but I got a carnitas plate and my husband got a buffalo burger...both very good! If you're on foot, be sure to call for the free shuttle service...it's quite a ways uphill from the center of town!

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Thank Jan H
Long Beach, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Like most people I went there for the free birthday meal. They advertise a free shuttle to pick you up from the boat dock but no one came even after I called twice. A friendly shuttle driver for the next door hotel kindly gave us a ride after he saw we were waiting so long. The birthday menu is limited... More 

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Thank 182AnneN
Ojai, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The shuttle from downtown Avalon took forever to arrive, both going and coming. We had to call twice and wait even after the reminder calls. The restaurant refuses to serve tap water. They will only sell bottled water. The pasta special on Monday night was pretty good. The salmon dinner we ordered took forever to arrive -- about half an... More 

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Burbank, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Food here is always great, regardless if you do Mexican, BBQ or Pizza, well poured drinks as well, really recommended, also, if your coming on Catalina express for your free birthday trip, they provide a free meal as well, good place, good times, just call them and they will pick you up with their free shuttle

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83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Just a mile outside of town. If your a walking it's a good way to build up your appetite and then burn off your meal. However if that's not for you just call them. They will pick you up and drop you off, just thank the driver kindly. The food and the surroundings are good as well as the staff.... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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386 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

With friends for a long weekend in Catalina. My friends had been here often so we went on Saturday night for bar-b-que ribs and chicken. Big portions and a very reasonable price over the restaurants along the beach. I can't wait to go back and try the pasta feed on Monday night.

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Thank lavonnemy
San Diego, California
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Visited this restaurant specifically for the birthday meal and it did not disappoint! I got the carnitas plate which was quite good and the margaritas were good as well. Decent pricing for Avalon. The restaurant is about 1 1/2 miles from town but there is a free shuttle, just give them a call. We decided to walk back to town... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$16
Cuisine
Mexican, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:30
Thursday
11:00 - 20:30
Friday
11:00 - 20:30
Saturday
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-1323

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?