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Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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Ranked #18 of 46 Restaurants in Avalon
Price range: $31 - $50
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is our third day on the island and this place was my favorite spot until just now. We stayed at the hotel Atwater and were told that the cover would be waived for guests. It was, our first two days, and everyone was great. This morning our server recognized us and happily greeted us. A little later a guy,... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Descanso Beach Club is a great area to park for the day. We didn't bother renting a cabana or lounge chairs since the prices are absolutely outrageous. We just picked a nice spot on the beach and went to rent snorkel gear and stand-up paddle boards. As other reviewers have stated, drinks are expensive here and small. We were on... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

if you aren't afraid to spend your entire paycheck then this is the place for you! they have beach chairs for 75$ and cabana's for almost $300. the drinks are about $15 or more but on the plus side they don't skimp on the alcohol. the view is amazing but you get the same view anywhere on the island. having... More

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Wellesley
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Really, the only beach in Catalina and the closest thing to an upscale South Beach experience in SoCal. The food was acceptable, it was nice having drinks brought to your chair, and I enjoyed the music piped over the air. The staff was attentive and responsive. The lounge chairs were comfortable and the towels clean. Gorgeous view!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Area under construction but still gorgeous. Grt views, food, drinks and ppl watching. Our wait person was from Northern Ireland and a delight, very attentive to our every need. It is a bit pricey here but well worth it for the view. My friend and I sat for about 2 hrs, and relaxed all while enjoying snax & drink and... More

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Valencia, CA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Descanso is a great setting to hang out, have a cold beverage and watch ocean. Like all Avalon bars/restaurants you pay a huge premium for drinks (~$12 avg), but as tourists trying to enjoy our vacation time we tend to grin and bear it. However, what I don't recommend any tourist accept is when a great place like Descanso Beach... More

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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Sailed over from Newport & moored in Descanso, and spent the vacation swimming in the bay & swimming up to the beach bar! Our cocktail server Nikki mentioned how much she loved working there & living on such a beautiful island- she had such a positive attitude that we kept ordering more rounds & hung around all afternoon! Thank you... More

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Newbury Park, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

$15 dollars for the worst BLT I have ever had???!!! This is a great place for a drink and the atmosphere- just don't bother with the food- ick!

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Los Angeles
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Fun food, GREAT drinks (get the Descanso Destroyer) and great bartenders. But I have to say, since they added things like expensive cabanas and massages and decided to get hoity toity to bring in the extra bucks, this place has lost some of its great old-school vibe that it had for so long. Who needs the snotty stuff? Isn't relaxing... More

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Long Beach, CA
2 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Yeah, just like everything else on earth (literally), once enough people frequented this beautiful gem, it's transitioning into just another Newport-Beach or Irvine or Orange County posh hangout. I used to go here and lie on the quaint beach, have the best drinks in the world at the bar.... Alas, now it's becoming all about $$..... security guards give you... More

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

Dear BJ, Thank you for sending us your thoughts. Descanso Beach Club has become a popular destination in the summer and we are doing everything we can to ensure our guests enjoy their experiences here. September is a great time to visit when the crowds are less and the weather is still great. We hope to see you then! Also,... More

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