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Descanso Beach Club

1 St. Catherine Way, Descanso Beach, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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Ranked #15 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
Los Angeles
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

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
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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3 reviews 3 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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Huntington Beach, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

From the sound of the reggae playing to the tropical drinks being blended behind the bar, this beach club has the right ideas. The only thing I recommend is if you plan on going for a swim, bring water shoes, it is very painful to walk across the rocks without them.

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for telling us about your experience at Descanso Beach Club on Yelp. We appreciate your feedback and are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time here. We hope to see you back on Catalina Island soon! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The Descanso Beach Club is THE best place to spend a day in total relaxation, seaside, with a lovely beverage in your hand. You can be active (there's a zipline, snorkeling gear, paddle boards, kayaks, etc.) or you can be completely lazy on a lounge chair... we also ambled on up to the massage tent, where my husband and I... More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for commenting about your experience at Descanso Beach Club on TripAdvisor. My team and I are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. Please come back and see us again soon! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

Las Vegas, Nevada
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

What a great way to spend at the beach. Even though it was kinda chilly outside it did not seem to effect anyone out on this beach. The DJ they had was great, had people dancing on the sand from 5 years old to this amazing 55+ women dropping like it was hot (AMAZING)!!!!! The kitchen was closed, but they... More

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

Dear Guest, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your day at Descanso Beach Club! Thank you for positing about your experience on TripAdvisor- we love to hear guest feedback. My team and I are happy to hear that you enjoyed our beach party and the Buffalo Milk. Please come back and see us again soon! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos... More

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

at least I feel that way when I'm enjoying a drink on the beach at this place. Great little sandy beach area to enjoy the day sipping on a Buffalo's Milk. There's also plenty of things to do right here: kayak, SCUBA, rent a beach chair, etcetera!

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

Dear Guest, I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your cocktails at Descanso Beach Club! Thank you for stopping by on your recent trip to Catalina Island. We also appreciate you taking the time to post about your experience on TripAdvisor. Next time you are on the island please come back and see us! Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More

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