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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: Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, 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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  • 96
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
The place to hang out !

Great drinks ! The michelada is top notch ! Its very crowded but it's a happening place ! Get your snorkel stiff and swim from here over to the casino ! The appetizers are yummy especially the fish tacos !

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
Lena S
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Los Angeles, California
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

a) go on your birthday. The $75 round trip ferry ride is free. b) spend an hour strolling through the cute little town before and or after your day at the beach. c) bring chairs and blankets for their beach and pay only $2 usage fee, yet still get food & beverage service OR splurge on a $75 rental for... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Descanso Beach Club is for everyone who wants to spend the day in Catalina, 15 minutes walk away from the main street, the Club provides a great restaurant, music, kayaks rentals, also offers great facilities to change into a bathing suit. the beach are is small and rocky

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Great drinks ! The michelada is top notch ! Its very crowded but it's a happening place ! Get your snorkel stiff and swim from here over to the casino ! The appetizers are yummy especially the fish tacos !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We recently stayed in the #300 cabana for our annual family trip and had the pleasure of having Luis as our server! Not only was the weather gorgeous but the service we received was impeccable. Of course the location speaks for itself, but having someone as efficient, pleasant, and sociable as Luis really made the day worth while. We have... More 

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Orange County
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Tourist beware, the food is terrible. They seem to be totally unconcerned about getting anyone to come back to this restaurant, take your money once and if you come back, shame on you. The view is great. Service is slow (which is weird since they could get twice as much of your money if the service was efficient). We had... More 

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Turku, Finland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I think this is the only place on the island that makes their own ice cream and sorbets. Everywhere else seems to be serving Dreyers. The waffle cone was nice and fresh. They have special 21 and up creations. I got the bourbon strawberry lemonade, which was great!

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SoCal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This was nice before and is really nice now. Great beach-front atmosphere that will remind you that you're on an island. The wavelets crash, the palm trees sway, bikinis everywhere - it's hard not to like. A large and busy bar is adjacent to the food service area and it's about what you would expect. The food menu is limited... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Basically what you expect from a beach club. The bartenders are great and the entire staff there is super friendly. The beach section is rather small, but there are several other areas to choose from to sit and relax. I love this big open space that they have of grass where you can lay out and not worry about getting... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I've been coming here for at least ten years, love,love,love it!, the atmosphere can't be beat; everyone is happy and friendly. A fabulous location, the scenery is amazing, a very relaxing way to spend a warm afternoon. I was excited this year to see the renovations completed and have a regular menu once again but was disappointed with the food.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We went just at the end of spring break so there were still a lot of young visitors. Being older, this was a little annoying at times. The club was busy and the staff was short handed but they had several things to do other than laying on the beach which was rocky and not smooth sand.

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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: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups

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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