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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
(310) 510-1323
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A bit removed from the rest

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2015
Cherie P
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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137 reviews 137 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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124 reviews 124 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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Santa Maria, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Caught the shuttle to the restaurant and we shared a plate of Nachos and had a couple of beers. Walked around the industrial area, combed the beach for treasures on Pebbly Beach, and caught a ride back after a relaxing time away from the normal touristy area. Manager was accommodating and service was quick.

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Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

The drive away was no problem as the drivers were accommodating and came to take you there. The birthday menu needs recreating, but can't complain being free. Pasta was awesome.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for a lunch spot along the gold cart circuit away from the busier Avalon area and opted for the Buffalo Nickel. A small bar restaurant with somewhat varied menu at reasonable prices. Chose the ham and cheese sandwich with fries that was rather ho hum. The fries were once frozen and few in number. The service was... More 

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Riverside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The food is ok but this place is not located in town. You will need to take a nice scenic stroll to get here or they do have transportation that can come pick you up or take you back. This is also near the helicopters so it can get a little noisy. I had the beef enchiladas with rice and... More 

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San Diego, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Walk over Mt Ada (ambitious!) or from town and reward yourself with Ceviche for lunch on the patio. Relaxing break and good, friendly service. We try to hit Buffalo Nickel at least once each time we're in Avalon, had time to come another day for the delicious Carnitas. If you have a soda, you get one free refill. If you... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Great food and wonderful patio dining as well as inside . It is located outside of town next to the heliport and they will pick you up in town with just a phone call. Well worth the visit and much more relaxed than the restaurants in town.

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Fillmore, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It is a mile from town but the food is great on Monday night because of the pasta deal. The drinks and food great and prices are fair.

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Santa Clarita, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

We always walk out here when we are in Avalon. It is just over a mile from town and is a beautiful walk if the road is open. They do have a free courtesy shuttle. Food is average, Mexican, burgers etc. Mostly locals since it is out of town. Right next to the heliport. We always get a Bloody Mary.... More 

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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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?