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DC-3 Gifts & Grill

1 Airport Road, PO Box 194, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-2196
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Ranked #25 of 41 restaurants in Avalon
Price range: $5 - $30
Cuisines: American, Diner, Hamburgers, Mexican
Good for: Scenic view
Description: The DC-3 is a restaurant and gift shop located 1600 feet above sea level atop the magical island of Santa Catalina, 10 miles outside of Avalon. Stop in for a buffalo burger and killer cookie or just to enjoy the view from our patio. We are also a great resource for hikers. Fly, Ride, Bike or Hike - we look forward to welcoming you! For information on getting to the Airport-in-the-Sky, please call us. (310)510-2196.
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Good for: Scenic view
Description: The DC-3 is a restaurant and gift shop located 1600 feet above sea level atop the magical island of Santa Catalina, 10 miles outside of Avalon. Stop in for a buffalo burger and killer cookie or just to enjoy the view from our patio. We are also a great resource for hikers. Fly, Ride, Bike or Hike - we look forward to welcoming you! For information on getting to the Airport-in-the-Sky, please call us. (310)510-2196.
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La Canada Flintridge, CA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I have been to DC-3 Grill at the Catalina Airport for many years, and it stands the test of time. It's a casual grill at one of the high points of Catalina Island and has wonderful views. The rustic, picnic-like atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating is relaxed and charming, the food is very good, and the... More

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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Best cookies west of the west coast! Seriously, don't come here without trying them. Eating on the back patio is great. Sweeping view. Moderately priced.

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Chino, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Ive been here numerous times and just last week finally tried the burger. It was really good. The cookies are huge and run about $2.50 I believe. My wife always wants to go there just for the cookies and usually ends up staying for a main course. A great thing to do is order your food and sit outside overlooking... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

On our Inland Expedition Tour, our guide, Stephen, recommended the Killer Cookie at the Airport restaurant. OMG...it is sooo good and truly a meal in itself. I bought the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut. For 2.50, it's HUGE and so homemade yummy delicious. It was a very nice indulgence for the day!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We stopped here on our tour of Catalina. One of our family members, who lives on the island, recommended that we go there for lunch. This is not a 5 star gourmet restaurant. They have sandwiches, buffalo burgers and even tacos. It's a simple menu and is tasty.The cookies are great. You can eat your lunch on the back patio... More

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Virginia
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178 reviews 178 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

I wasn't sure what I'd get when I took a tour that stopped here for lunch. I was pleasantly surprised by the restaurant and gift shop. My husband got the bison tacos (he figured he'd never see that on another menu!) and I got the grilled cheese on sourdough. The food is cooked to order and you get to choose... More

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Orlando, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

The cookies are fantastic, fresh, and yummy!!! Make sure to get (at least) two: one for the moment and one for later!!!

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Lancaster, California
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87 reviews 87 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We flew in for a “$100 Hamburger” (See my review titled “New favorite "$100 Hamburger" destination!”) We had the buffalo burger with bacon and their awesome “killer cookies.” The cookie must have weighed a pound—which will probably turn into 2 pounds on me. You can sit inside or out; nice patio seating. Service was expedient and friendly. To get to... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

If you fly into Airport in the Sky as we did or take the bus up there to eat and see the interior, get yourself a snack and a drink at the DC-3. We were the only people there while we waited for the bus....and a Piper Seneca doesn't carry too many. The folks there (and up in the control... More

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