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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cheap tacos

We read about happy hour (which really is happy afternoon, going 2-7) and went out of our way to make it to the Sandtrap. Tacos are $1 each during happy hour. We got one of each variety--ground beef, carnitas, and churizo. They don't come with cheese, but the meat was tender and there was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 7, 2015
Laura C
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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39 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We read about happy hour (which really is happy afternoon, going 2-7) and went out of our way to make it to the Sandtrap. Tacos are $1 each during happy hour. We got one of each variety--ground beef, carnitas, and churizo. They don't come with cheese, but the meat was tender and there was a little salad bar that you... More 

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Thank Laura C
Apple Valley
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110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Had a really good, really large plate of chiliquilas with scrambled eggs - easily splittable for a couple. Beers and coffee made it an excellent morning sitting on the patio watching the golfers across the road. Only problem were the pesky flies.

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Thank Susieqa
Imperial Beach, California
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

With all the expensive places to eat on Catalina this is truly a value! And they were actually tasty. Sure no cheese. But there are onions cilantro and salsa to add to the taco! Yummy

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Thank Lissette1962
Glendora, California
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Out of the main strip, the Sand trap is located up the canyon by the gold course. The outside seating is comfortable, the turkey tacos are the best. The huevos rancheros is YUM

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Thank catbatham
Los Angeles, California
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141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

As a resident of Catalina Island, I come here for the burgers, $1 tacos (yes $1 from 2-7pm), and $4 margaritas.

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Thank OneOrchidLover
La Canada Flintridge, California
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144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Good prices, for dining, superb bar & drinks. Pay at window for meal then take number to table. Next door to golf course Good hike to main Avalon from diner. Huge Nacho portions. Pitchers of beer & other liquors too. My Cadillac Margy did have Liquor in it & NOT watered down. Try fish tacos & beans. Filling for a... More 

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Thank spacetourist
Seattle, Washington
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

We didn't eat here, but the food looked good and the prices were reasonable. We just stopped in for drinks and s game if cards before we went back to our golf cart and finished the loop. Be time - we will check out the food!

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Thank MotorcadeMom
Hermitage, Tennessee
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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 via mobile

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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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
California
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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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Thank rdyoung68

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?