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The Sandtrap Restaurant and Bar

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Mexican, American
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501 Avalon Canyon Rd, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-2505
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8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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During our golf cart adventures, we came across this little festive place. The food was delish and the margaritas were yummy. A must stop while exploring this wonderful island!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Hermitage, Tennessee
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you have a golf cart or just want to take a little walk away from the tourist crowds (about 10 mins.), the Sandtrap is a good alternative. The food is Mexican. You place your order at a window and the servers will bring it to your table. If you time it right for their happy hour (after 2 p.m.),... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

During our golf cart adventures, we came across this little festive place. The food was delish and the margaritas were yummy. A must stop while exploring this wonderful island!

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California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

It's across from the golf course and features authentic Mexican food. Umbrellas above movable chairs and tables shield you from the sun in a relaxed but busy atmosphere. You may have to ask for a menu, as lots of locals hang out here and of course know the offerings. My cilli relleno was a bit on the greasy side, but... More 

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Capistrano Beach, California
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Our friend who frequents Avalon told us about The Sandtrap...adjacent to the golf course (not surprisingly). Breakfast SPECIAL #10 was a 3-egg omelet w/bacon...cheese...avocado. plus breakfast potatoes and an English Muffin. Easily fed two adults. Tequila Sunrise and Bloody Mary set a good tone for a day of adventures. It's a little hard to find...but it's on the Trolly route=$2... More 

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Turku, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

$1 for any food on Catalina is great. The tacos were good especially for the price. You get a choice of means and add the veggies and salsa to your liking. It is a bit out of the way, but if you rent a golf cart I definitely recommend stopping here.

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St.Louis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We were referred here by a local, so we went there for dinner one night while vacationing in Canmore. The view of the mountains and golf course was beautiful. Our food was excellent., but the service could have been a little better. I would definitely return.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This family run place serves dollar tacos. Beer by the pitcher and margaritas too .very casual place . Tacos served daily Til 7 pm

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We stopped for lunch after touring the Wriggly Garden. Best tacos i have ever had. We saw a sign about $1 tacos during happy hour so came back a few nights later and had dinner ~ along with margaritas.

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

My boyfriend and I came upon this local bar on our way to the Botanical Gardens and I was really happy we found it. It's a great local spot - away from the main boardwalk in Catalina and because of that's it's cheaper than the other eateries/bars. It's happy hour from 2PM-7PM ($1 tacos - both soft and hard shell... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Asked locals for recommendations and several sent us to The Sandtrap. It was close to our hotel. The beer was cold and cheap. The dollar tacos were filling. Nice stop after the hike to the Wrigley Memorial.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 501 Avalon Canyon Rd, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310-510-2505

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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