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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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  • 91
    Excellent
  • 43
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 13
    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
Still great but miss the previous menu

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Sue P
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The nice seaside view made up for slow service I guess. Mixed drinks were ok. Chips n salsa shouldn't take 45 min to prepare however.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Buffalo Milk-- AMAZINGLY ( tastes to like a Colorado bull dog meets egg nog! = delish!!). Also had the Destroyer which while I don't think this one was quite as tasty as the Buffalo Milk, it definitely lives up to its name- one will have you sittin sideways. I also had a side of fries which were really great not... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

As someone whose family has come to CI since 1972, we love this place and were thrilled when SCI Company started adding great places to eat and fun experiences for visitors and locals. I have always recommended DBC to first-time visitors but after three bad experiences - it will receive a hesitant recommendation so that guests have realistic expectations. Customer... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We spent a very relaxing day in the chaise lounges enjoying the great drink menu. The views are gorgeous and the lounges very comfortable. Hannah provided top notch service, pleasantly and professionally making sure we had everything we needed. We'll be back for sure!

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Albuquerque
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

My husband and I rented the lounges and umbrella for the day front row where the views are great ! Waitress was Sophia, and our lunches so delicious. Had the best salad ever. Water and small smoothies were free. Our whole experience was a delight! Really helped make our trip even better.

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Central Coast CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here after touring the island on our rented golf cart. It's very clean, great music and great drinks. We had chips, salsa and guacamole. Excellent time.

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Manchester, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

A very short, very easy, walk from downtown Avalon. Worth the atmosphere for lunch. Very good, not spectacular, food. I did enjoy my Poke bowl very much; that option was closer to spectacular for me. The beer is more tasty than usual when sitting and looking out at the ocean from this club. I sat at the bar and had... More 

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Pasadena, California
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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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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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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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