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All 47 Avalon Restaurants

Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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Ranked #18 of 47 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

My boyfriend and I went to Catalina and we spent the afternoon hanging out at descanso bar. The bartenders were super nice and the drinks were really great! I loved their cucumber margarita!

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Love this place!!! It's a great location to relax and enjoy the beach. The service is outstanding from the management to the server. We were greeted by Ben who was extremely welcoming and seated by Catherine who was very accommodating and helpful. She seated us in a cozy cabana with an awesome view. She was very thoughtful in offering us... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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185 reviews 185 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This place is really cool, it reminds me of Cabo San Lucas or Hawaii. The food is mediocre at best, but just sitting next to the beach, relaxing with a drink and listening to the music makes for a wonderful and relaxing experience. Enjoy!

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Long Beach, California
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221 reviews 221 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
554 helpful votes 554 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 via mobile

After zip lining we had Happy Hour thee and this is the hot ticket...beautiful setting, great bartenders and half price drinks...can't wait to return.

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Chula Vista, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We were on a cruise and Catalina was a stop for a day. We have been to Catalina several times and always walk down to the beach for a drink. They are in the process of updating the beach club, and it looks like it's going to look great. The bar is a little pricey, but the service is super... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We loved the view of the Avalon Bay Beach. The music and vibe were very cool and relaxing. As the only bar and restaurant at the end of the island, you're paying for average, overpriced food. The menu is also small. All the food is prepared in a nearby food truck which you see on the way to the bathrooms... More 

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I personally love the outdoors bar! Reggae music, great bartenders, lovely view and location. We had buffalo milk, which is the island drink and it was delicious. Btw not the real deal, it's an alcoholic beverage :)

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 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
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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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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