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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: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Breakfast, 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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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 40
    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
Fabulous Place for Lunch and Cocktails

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
TerrywHamilton
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Pasadena, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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Pasadena, California
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 

Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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256 reviews 256 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
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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San Juan Capistrano, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Upscale beach club location. Decent bar food - they were building the kitchen when we visited. Drinks are just okay, but the bars weren't full installed. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
221 reviews 221 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Past the Casino, nice beach club. Rocky beach, but has rentals for kayaks and equipment. We had rented a cabana ($250 per day and up in season). Very attentive service. Strawberry smoothies included. Water included. Electric outlet for charging phones, etc. Cabana has two lounge chairs, 2 chairs, sofa, table and ottoman. Very limited menu. If you are a vegetarian... More 

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Burbank, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Great service! Food and drinks right to your lounge chair! My boyfriend and I spent two of our three days here. The drink selection was great but I'd like to seemore than four items on the menu including some healthy plant-based options. Can't wait to go back again!

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Negatives: You could probably order a pizza from Long Beach and have it arrive before your meal.(Long Beach is an hour ride from the Island by ferry). This is not hyperbole, but true. Many people returned their food by the time it arrived since they had waited for such a long time. Drinks are on the expensive side; probably feel... More 

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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: Bar scene, Families with children, 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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