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“Best Restaurant on Catalina hands down!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buffalo Nickel

Buffalo Nickel
57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA
(310) 510-1323
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Ranked #29 of 46 Restaurants in Avalon
Price range: $10 - $16
Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery
san diego
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Best Restaurant on Catalina hands down!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

On a tourist trap island this is a gem of a restaurant. The food is excellent and the service is done with a smile. No crowds to deal with as it is away from the main harbor in avalon. They have a free shuttle service that will pick you up and take you back. Its located next to a helicopter tour, right by the ocean. Best mexican and american breakfast and lunch on the island in my opinion.

Highly recommended!

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California
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5 restaurant reviews
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“Hidden Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2008

During our stay at the Inn on Mt. Ada, they told us of the Buffalo Nickel. It was a Monday and the special was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Ultra Yummy!! The flavor of the sauce and the meatballs was so good, we have thought of returning on a Monday just for this dish. It is a little difficult to walk to but they have a shuttle service so there's really no reason to not go. Next time pay 'em a visit and dodge the crowds downtown.

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“Good food, great location, and very slow service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

Three of us had delicious sandwiches and Mexican food for lunch here April 12, 2007. We sat on the patio and enjoyed watching the helicopters take off and land. As usual, the service was friendly and very slow. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere (casual), the food (sandwiches/salads/seafood/Mexican food/steaks/burgers and fries/cocktails/full bar) and be prepared to wait (especially for your bill).

Pebbly Beach Road is temporarily closed to golf carts due to rock slides so you have to take the hill road past the Inn at Mt. Ada to get to the restaurant, gas station, and heliport. The detour route is easy to find and scenic. The Buffalo Nickel shuttle bus, regular automobiles, and service vehicles are allowed on Pebbly Beach Road "at your own risk".

One unusual problem: There were quite a few wasps and yellow jackets hovering around the patio. I've never seen this many stinging insects during our many meals there before. It was a warm, sunny spring day so I guess we shouldn't have been surprised. If you're afraid of (or allergic to) stinging insects I recommend sitting inside.

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“This is the place locals go for something good and cheap.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2006

Buffalo Nickel was the place that a trusted Avalon resident told us to go for somewhere to eat. It is grill and salad fare, but the quality and the price make it a great change from some of the "dining" experiences around Crescent Ave.
Yep it is out of the way, but they offer a free shuttle service to get you.
Will be back.

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