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Descanso Beach Club

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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Reservations
Description: The open-air restaurant offers lunch and afternoon appetizers with fire...
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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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Excellent place for lunch. Worth going.

A very short, very easy, walk from downtown Avalon. Worth the atmosphere for lunch. Very good, not spectacular, food. I did enjoy my Poke bowl very much; that option was closer to spectacular for me. The beer is more tasty than usual when sitting and looking out at the ocean from this club. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Manchester, Michigan
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
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English first
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We spent a very relaxing day in the chaise lounges enjoying the great drink menu. The views are gorgeous and the lounges very comfortable. Hannah provided top notch service, pleasantly and professionally making sure we had everything we needed. We'll be back for sure!

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Albuquerque
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband and I rented the lounges and umbrella for the day front row where the views are great ! Waitress was Sophia, and our lunches so delicious. Had the best salad ever. Water and small smoothies were free. Our whole experience was a delight! Really helped make our trip even better.

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Central Coast CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here after touring the island on our rented golf cart. It's very clean, great music and great drinks. We had chips, salsa and guacamole. Excellent time.

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Manchester, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A very short, very easy, walk from downtown Avalon. Worth the atmosphere for lunch. Very good, not spectacular, food. I did enjoy my Poke bowl very much; that option was closer to spectacular for me. The beer is more tasty than usual when sitting and looking out at the ocean from this club. I sat at the bar and had... More 

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Pasadena, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The setting can't be beat - view of the Casino and the clear ocean water. We ordered cocktails and then some sandwiches for lunch. Service was very attentive.

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

Dear TerryWHamilton, Thanks for visiting Descanso Beach Club. We appreciate your feedback. Sincerely, Ben General Manager More 

Newport Beach, California
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Serving nearly 150 people, I was gladly surprised at the quality of food. The guests and I agree that the beef dishes, lunch and dinner, were over the top delicious: cheese platter ~ high quality, desserts ex mango panna cotta ~ amazing. Everything served was 4-5 stars quality.

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

Dear Allie, Thanks for dining with us at the Descanso Beach Club. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Ben General Manager More 

Long Beach, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Absolutely well maintained and professional beach club. Perfect destination after finishing the zip line. The bar was clean, beautiful and the views are simply out of this world. One of the best bars on the island.

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

Dear SherriGunder, Thanks for your feedback during Descanso Beach Club. We hope to welcome you back in the future. Sincerely, Ben General Manager More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The only reason I'm not giving Descanso a 5 is because I disagree with their hours of operation. You can only access your chairs/cabana from 11am-4pm. I feel that if I pay $65 for chairs I should have access to them since the crack of dawn. Yesterday my husband and I stayed till 5ish without a problem and so they... More 

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

Dear thiana87, Thank you for your feedback regarding the hours at the cabana area. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Sincerely, Ben V. General Manager More 

Orinda, California
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191 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Seaside open air dining felt like Carribean or hawaii.. Just gorgeous clear water, had pork wrap, burger and fish sandwich.. Burger was best.. Drinks good..try the cucumber cooler.. Service ok.. And they charged for water which I found odd.. Setting was amazing.. Definitely will be back

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

You can't miss this area of Catalina Island when you visit. It is a short walk from the town of Avalon, just past the casino and there is a paved path all the way there that will get you off the road and out of the way of all golf carts. Part of the beach is rocky, but a lot... More 

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Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
Phone Number: +1 310-510-7410
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-7410

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children

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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