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Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way, (Closed for renovations), Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
310-510-7410
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Ranked #13 of 41 restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: The open-air restaurant offers lunch and afternoon appetizers with fire rings on the beach and two lively outdoor bars. 14 private cabanas and 50 upgraded chaise lounges are available to rent for the day. Large beach open to the public with a $2.00 per person fee (no charge to sit in large patio and bar area.) Daytime menu features a wide variety of appetizers, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads. Famous for their specialty cocktails like the Descanso Destroyer and Buffalo Milk! During the summer months, join us for BBQ Under the Stars every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Bring your own meat or purchase market priced meat and seafood at the BBQ to grill yourself on our 25 foot long open-air barbecue. Entertainment included. The Descanso Beach Club will also serve as the home and staging area for the Zip Line Eco Tour, Sea Trek Undersea Adventures and the new 32' Climbing Tower. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and seaside massages are also available.
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English first
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

at least I feel that way when I'm enjoying a drink on the beach at this place. Great little sandy beach area to enjoy the day sipping on a Buffalo's Milk. There's also plenty of things to do right here: kayak, SCUBA, rent a beach chair, etcetera!

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your cocktails at Descanso Beach Club! Thank you for stopping by on your recent trip to Catalina Island. We also appreciate you taking the time to post about your experience on TripAdvisor. Next time you are on the island please come back and see us! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014 via mobile

Almost too quiet, as most of the vendors & services were closed for the winter, but enough was great to make me want to return....a delicious Bloody Mary in hand, sitting right next to the beautiful water, steel drum music playing in the background, what's not to love!?!

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Howard Beach, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

Planned on spending a few hours here and wound up spending the whole afternoon. The views were gorgeous, the employees were inviting and the music was excellent. We sat down at a table near the bar and did not move until it was time to grab dinner. The server we had even asked us if we preferred the first or... More

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for commenting about your recent trip to Descanso Beach Club. I am happy to hear that you loved the beautiful ambience while enjoying your cocktails. My team will be excited that you mentioned them in your review and that they made your evening memorable. On your next trip to Catalina, we hope to see you again!... More

Machu Picchu, Peru
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Great location, rocky beach but Great drinks and friendly staff. Definitly a must after getting off the zipline

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Pasadena, California
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121 reviews 121 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I both ordered salads from the menu, and neither of us were able to finish them because they were so big. You pay a bit more for the ocean side view, but it's worth it.

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Surfside, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Past the casino & a nice little boardwalk stroll by the sea is Descano. It's a much more 'private' beach then the strips of sand by the pier & definitely worth the effort to get to. Order up a Buffalo's Milk cocktail during their Happy Hour & take advantage of their 1/2 off food specials. I think the menu selection... More

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Carlsbad, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Came to rent chairs and relax on beach. They were out of chairs and charged us to sit on the sand in a 12x12 spot as it was so crowded. They said the charge was for the live music which wasn't live it was recorded. No lifeguards. That would make sense to charge for that. Music was so loud it... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The beach is always beautiful, the employees are on top of their game. Friendly service and a relaxing view; what could be better! Stay for a real happy hour!

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your note about the Descanso Beach Club. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your day here, and especially our happy hour! My team and I appreciate your comments on TripAdvisor. Please do come back and see us on your next visit to Catalina Island. Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

Modesto
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband and I spent our belated honeymoon on Catalina, and spent a full day lounging at the Beach Club! We ate lunch here after a quick trip inland, and loved the food and atmosphere so much that we walked back to our hotel (Catalina Island Inn), changed, and walked back to the Beach Club. We stayed there until 6pm... More

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Descanso Beach Club during your visit to Catalina Island. We appreciate your taking the time to share with us your dining experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to share your feedback with my entire team and will recognize them for a job well done. Thank you for taking the time... More

Whittier, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

My friends and I dined here for my birthday and were taken care of with the greatest service ever. We ordered a few drinks and starters (the monstrous nachos are fantastic, as is the strawberry mojito) and loved everything. Servers are friendly, the atmosphere is amazing (overlooking the ocean), and we even were able to switch tables when we were... More

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