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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/Brunch, 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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 36
    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
Most recent review
Excellent Atmosphere, Extremely slow service

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
simplyfanu
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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158 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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St. Gallen, Switzerland
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
1 review
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
Top Contributor
203 reviews 203 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
Top Contributor
228 reviews 228 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
568 helpful votes 568 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
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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
21 helpful votes 21 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 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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