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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: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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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  • 24
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  • 13
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
cool area

beautiful location not far from town - mixed crowd - we sat on patin with kids and got served quickly and staff was pleasant

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
hberrie
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Comfortable seating, not cheap, not a bad walk from the main area but you can take a taxi for about $15. We could hang out there all day!

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Napa Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

get online check out what chairs are available and make a reservation. Service is great, the chairs super comfy and you got the beach pretty much to yourself. Best money ever spent

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

It's gorgeous! A perfect hangout for cocktails and food. I like the exclusiveness and privacy on the weekdays (early afternoon); it's flooded with party folks on the weekends.

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Thank N_Theory
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We decided to take in the view with some cocktails and food. In less than an hour it was a beach party frenzy!Service was ok but it was so crowded that you sometimes had to get up and get you own drinks because the staff were overwhelmed. No fault of theirs, they were just understaffed for the crowds that seemed... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Came to Catalina by myself on September 9th for my birthday and to spend the day at Descanso Beach. I have one thing to say about the service at Descanso: ROBERTO, ROBERTO, ROBERTO!!! -Fabulous, amazing and friendly. A little background: I have been coming to Catalina since I was a kid, over 50 years. Love Descanso even more since the... More 

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Tiburon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you go to Catalina, renting a Cabana for the day at Descano Beach is well worth the money spent. With luxurious Cabana's looking out over the crystal clear waters off Catalina Island, super comfy seating both under the shade of a canopy or out basking in the sun and excellent food and drink menu - it's a great way... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

beautiful location not far from town - mixed crowd - we sat on patin with kids and got served quickly and staff was pleasant

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Thank hberrie
Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Great place to chill after a stroll by the beach. Spent a couple of hours downing cocktails. Nothing like a cabana colada or a mai tai to quench your parched throats. Don't forget to sample their famous buffalo milk. It' s almost mandatory. Try to book their beachside cabanas and lounge chairs online and in advance. It's almost impossible to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

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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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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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
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Scenic view, 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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