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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 #21 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
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
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
6 helpful votes 6 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
11 helpful votes 11 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

Anaheim, Ca
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was such a fun place. Drinks on the beach, food when you wanted. A great place to rent a kayak, go snorkeling, get some sun. This is where the young at heart go. Many bachelorette parties going on. Everyone was having a great time.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for joining us at Descanso Beach Club on your recent trip to Catalina Island. We loved having you as our guest! My team and I are happy to hear that you enjoyed your day with us! Please come back and see us again soon! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This place has great cocktails. I loved the spicy Margarita. The scene was energetic and "on the beach."

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San Diego, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I recommend reserving lounge chairs in advance for a seamless relaxation/beach experience! Really loved our time here and the yummy smoothies a huge ++. Only complaint is that we had to ask many times for water and it didn't really make it to us (included in rentals), wish they just brought it out on arrival and had someone regularly refilling... More

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

Dear Guest, We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your beach day with us at Descanso Beach Club! Thank you for coming to see us on your recent trip to Catalina Island. We also very much appreciate the feedback that you provided on TripAdvisor. Please come back and see us again soon! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

Seaside, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Liked the place but has the tourist feeling. Not a long stretch of beach. The bar was open and music was great. Service was great.The restroom is clean and plenty of stalls. Happy to know the crowds were not rowdy.

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