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Descanso Beach Club

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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11:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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West Hills
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150 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If your desire is to just relax on the Island this is the place. Limited menu but full bar options are available. The vibe and view are spectacular and the music trax are fantastic. Juan and Sarah were my first contacts and they were so helpful with suggestions (I went with a Caesar with add on fish ) Attention ,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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152 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love coming here. It's always great unless you happen to set next to a smoker. The staff doesn't seem to care about having smoking areas.

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Thank OneOrchidLover
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really nice and you can walk to it from the catalina express landing. The beach is really nice plus they have changing rooms ect. During extream drought they turn off the showers for water conservation.

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Thank Rachel M
Alliston, Canada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The food was very good, the drinks.... watch out for the Descanso Destroyer..... Wonderful experience.

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Thank Catherine K
Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

beautiful view of the water. Fast service and good well cooked fast casual food. The wait staff are friendly and good at what they do. fast service and good fst

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Thank 646galen
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The fish tacos were dry but flavorful. Beautiful view. Serve staff was very nice and responsive. Just an ok lunch.

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Thank mrscfkeane
West Coast
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83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Ants in the changing area. THANKFUL for the shower to rinse off grandsons after they were carried into the rocky water and dirt sand to wash off the boat gas and dirt

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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117 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We always enjoy our time at Descanso. While the price is a bit steep, the service works hard to make up for it. We especially enjoyed having Hannah wait on us while we were using the lounge chairs and umbrellas. She regularly asked how she could help us, promptly got our orders to us and did all that she could... More 

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Thank Markchale
Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Salads were not so great, the chicken in the salad tasted like frozen chicken that had been microwaved, but the ice tea and avocado hummus were fantastic

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Essex, Connecticut
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10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

On the advice of a friend we spent the day on Catalina and walked over to the Descanso Beach Club for lunch. It was very relaxing and the food was delicious. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient; they didn't mind when we lingered over our cocktails and again after eating. The views were wonderful.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 19:00
Thursday
11:00 - 19:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
11:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-7410
Description
Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Descanso Canyon and the clear blue Pacific Ocean, Descanso Beach Club features Avalon's only beachside restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy appetizers, entrées and signature cocktails, like our famous Buffalo Milk. For the ultimate beach club experience, you can have your food and drinks delivered to your own private cabana or chaise lounge. Descanso Beach Club also serves as the Base Camp for the Zip Line Eco Tour, Catalina Falconry Experience, Sea Trek, and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and massages are also available. Seasonally, Descanso Beach Club's party scene is well known among locals and visitors alike, DJ tunes and live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?