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M Restaurant by Zest Catering & Events, Inc.

205 Crescent Avenue, PO Box 1499, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-8404
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Ranked #18 of 46 restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $14 - $36
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Description: A special events venue and pop-up restaurant, we create unique and innovative menus, wine pairings and signature cocktails to showcase our favorite cuisines from around the world. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients, grass-fed, natural and organic meats and fish from sustainable sources. Our menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: A special events venue and pop-up restaurant, we create unique and innovative menus, wine pairings and signature cocktails to showcase our favorite cuisines from around the world. We use fresh, seasonal ingredients, grass-fed, natural and organic meats and fish from sustainable sources. Our menus include vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
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English first
Encinitas, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The place doesn't open til 5 and has a sign out front "Call xxx-xxx-xxxx to make reservations." Well that would be great accept the phone number was out of service. I called maybe 20 times over the course of the day to get through with no luck.

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Kathleen V, Owner at M Restaurant by Zest Catering & Events, Inc., responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that you were unable to contact us by phone. The phone lines were down for several hours that day which was unfortunate. We apologize for the inconvenience. More

Huntington Beach, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

For a nice dinner and romance, this has everything you need: ambiance, quality food, well prepared drinks and across from the beach. Their appetizers were complex enough to stimulate the palate without being overbearing. This held true for their vegetarian meal - I don't know the name of it but it was vegetables, barley, sprouts and herbs all wrapped in... More

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Avalon, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

This was a huge disappointment and waste of money for a buffet. Easter breakfast's only resemblance to such was bacon . There was not even fruit displayed so had to eat only cheese and bacon. The offerings were child size and completely tasteless. To add insult to injury the price was $35 p/ p and coffee was not included. The... More

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Kathleen V, Owner at M Restaurant by Zest Catering & Events, Inc., responded to this review

It's unfortunate you had a disappointing experience at our all-you-can-eat Easter Brunch Buffet. As with all of our pop-up restaurant events, we post the menu outside of the restaurant a week in advance so guests can take a look at our selections before making their reservations. Since our brunch is from 10 am to 2 pm we offer a variety... More

Fremont, California
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96 reviews 96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

During our stay in Avalon, you are very fortunate to have this restaurant, which is only open occasionally to the public, available to us. The chef's CIA trained, and the only formal culinary trained chef on the island. The service was very good. The noise level was moderate. We ate inside although outside dining is available. My wife had some... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This was a very nice restaurant with a varied menu to meet everyone's needs. The food was excellent and they also had an extensive wine list. Our server was training a new person and they got a few things mixed up, but we still enjoyed the experience.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Trying to find places on the island that were both gluten free and dairy free was very difficult. This place we just stopped by. The owner came out and told us that they could absolutely make things work for us... and they did. The food was great and it was outside, heated with portable heaters. We happened to get lucky,... More

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Chico, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A small issue with our reservations and the front desk staff but once we were settled in we had great service from Margarita and most had their Sand Daps which they loved.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This restaurant is not always open, but when it is GO. It has some of the best dining in Catalina. Very good service too. Awesome appetizers. Check the dates when they are open, before you go.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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58 reviews 58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We loved this little restaurant. Seating in a garden setting in the front facing the street was very pretty. Service was great. We had a nice bottle of wine and sand dabs, which were fresh and cooked in a garlic caper sauce. Light meal but filling. They served a complimentary crostini. Vegetable was green beans, done perfectly with a little... More

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We visit Catalina every October for the Jazz Festival. For the last 2 years we have dined at M 2 of the 3 nights we were in town. The food and service are fabulous, better than anything else on the island. You will love every bite!

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