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Buffalo Nickel

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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
(310) 510-1323
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Good food

My experience didn't start off too well since we had to wait 15 minutes for the shuttle to arrive. However on the way back our driver explained they do a lot of deliveries, he also told interesting facts about the island. The restaurant is right next to the helipad so it can be annoying for 10... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 7, 2015
keef1988
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Turku, Finland
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  • Special occasions
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Turku, Finland
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113 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My experience didn't start off too well since we had to wait 15 minutes for the shuttle to arrive. However on the way back our driver explained they do a lot of deliveries, he also told interesting facts about the island. The restaurant is right next to the helipad so it can be annoying for 10 minutes or so while... More 

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

We didn't know anything about free birthday meal.we were coming back from a long long hiking , saw there and decided to eat our dinner there. Ambiance and food was great and it has free shuttle to ferry station . Staffs were helpful and polite. Starters was yammy , deep fried fish , shrimp , fish tacos and Mexican pizza... More 

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Camarillo, California
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We rode our bikes down to the restaurant, as it seemed like an interesting place that everybody visiting should check out. We walked in and were told to pick a seat, then we waited for menus...the waiter came by, tossed us some menus, but didn't bother to take a drink order. We waited, waited, waited...mind you, there were maybe 4... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Raphael and Gabriel totally hooked me up. My friend and I came for our bday and we both got free meals and the service was really really great! I highly recommend!!! Woo! Check this place out!

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orange county, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

My friend and I share the same birthday and decided to do a day trip to the island. We came across the free birthday meal at Buffalo Nickel and went for lunch. We called for the shuttle and were told it would be about 10-15min. Shuttle arrived on time and we got picked up at the Catalina Express stop. We... More 

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Culver City, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

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

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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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
  • 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?