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Buffalo Nickel

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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
(310) 510-1323
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Today
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 19
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  • 6
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Monday pasta night

We had another wonderful meal at the buffalo nickel. Monday night is pasta night. Excellent fresh pasta served along with a salad bar . $15.95 It's a Catalina secret. Transportation is available from Avalon if you need it. Free. Credit card excepted.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
dougrh
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
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Culver City, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

BEWARE if you think you are going to get a free birthday meal! They don't advertise that you can only have the meal if they are not having a private party. I called ahead to ask about the shuttle service, and they said nothing about having a private party that night. However, when I arrived at the Buffalo Nickel, there... More 

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Newport Beach, California
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I have been going to Catalina since the early 80's and have seen how it is changing year after year. This place reminded me of Avalon circa 96' when the waiters knew your name and what you had. From the get go we were picked up within 10 minutes of calling for the shuttle and the guy who picked us... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The birthday dinner menu is, of course, separate from the main menu. The food was okay. The "Buffalo Burger" was not bison, but is rather named such because it is served at a restaurant with the word "Buffalo" in it's name. There is some charm to the venue decor, with custom items to the island, yest the building, upholstery, and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had another wonderful meal at the buffalo nickel. Monday night is pasta night. Excellent fresh pasta served along with a salad bar . $15.95 It's a Catalina secret. Transportation is available from Avalon if you need it. Free. Credit card excepted.

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Boulder Creek, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Every few years, my husband, daughter and I spend a week on Catalina Island. When we arrive, the first thing we *need* to do is to take a walk up over Mount Ada, even when it's blistering hot...there is something just so therapeutic about the walk...so spiritual... that makes us feel truly connected to this gorgeous place. Anyway, after a... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

First off the service was horrible. One guy taking care of the whole restaurant. I ordered the Buffalo Burger and it was cold. Didn't even ask for another one because I was afraid of the amount of time it would've taken to get another one. Will not return.

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North Highlands, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I enjoyed the choices on the Birthday menu, compared them to the regular menu and did choose an item from the Birthday menu. Food was good as was the service. I did try the Buffalo Milk (alcohol beverage) at a recommendation in town and agree it is really good. I had never heard of Buffalo Milk til this trip. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Sitting next to the Heliport on Catalina Island is a little jewel. Great Mexican food; the best Buffalo Milk ; a friendly staff and good prices. Give them a call and they will pick you up !

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This little restaurant is a nice little place located away from the touristy area down near Island Express helicopter terminal. Servers were friendly and our nauchos arrived quickly. Food arrived quickly.

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Santa Paula, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

You can call them, and be picked up at the ship dock or the Catherine hotel (abandoned, dark) so it is sort-of spooky. This restaurant has no web listing, and does not explain itself well. This is a little nice cafe. Try it-on your birthday! Avoid-Calamari strips are not worth it. Skip that as they were over cooked skimpy band-like... More 

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Additional Information about Buffalo Nickel

Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
Phone Number: (310) 510-1323
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 16
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: (310) 510-1323

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 16
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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