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DC-3 Gifts & Grill

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1 Airport Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great breakfast-brunch-lunch stop with really pleasant people working there. Save a room for at least one amazing cookie (more if you need the sugar boost as you peruse the gift shop)!

Thank Ray Q
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The fast food is good here. I always get one or two of their signature cookies. The adjacent gift shop here has quality clothing.

1 Thank OneOrchidLover
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Island. We love it so much we volunteered there often, especially when they have their summer all-you-can-eat extraordinary, amazing, unforgettable barbecues. Filled with history and ambiance, the DC3 will charm you. It is a place to explore as well, the old airport tower, the small botanical garden, the interpretive panels, and... More 

Thank CarlosLdelaRosa
Spring Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The airport was part of our Cape Canyon tour through The Santa Catalina Island Company. Our driver, Tony, told us the cookies are renowned for being super delicious. He was absolutely right!!

Thank Rebecca W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

How could you not love flying to an island to have a buffalo burger? Great views, great burger, great cookies. After an awesome flight from San Diego, we hiked the airport loop trail, saw a bison, and enjoyed some terrific views. What a great day trip to the "airport in the sky".

Thank David B
La Canada Flintridge, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I have been to DC-3 Grill at the Catalina Airport for many years, and it stands the test of time. It's a casual grill at one of the high points of Catalina Island and has wonderful views. The rustic, picnic-like atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating is relaxed and charming, the food is very good, and the... More 

1 Thank DHBall
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

Best cookies west of the west coast! Seriously, don't come here without trying them. Eating on the back patio is great. Sweeping view. Moderately priced.

1 Thank Ruben C
Chino, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

Ive been here numerous times and just last week finally tried the burger. It was really good. The cookies are huge and run about $2.50 I believe. My wife always wants to go there just for the cookies and usually ends up staying for a main course. A great thing to do is order your food and sit outside overlooking... More 

1 Thank barracudamuscle
Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

On our Inland Expedition Tour, our guide, Stephen, recommended the Killer Cookie at the Airport restaurant. OMG...it is sooo good and truly a meal in itself. I bought the Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut. For 2.50, it's HUGE and so homemade yummy delicious. It was a very nice indulgence for the day!

1 Thank hbgirl-forever
Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We stopped here on our tour of Catalina. One of our family members, who lives on the island, recommended that we go there for lunch. This is not a 5 star gourmet restaurant. They have sandwiches, buffalo burgers and even tacos. It's a simple menu and is tasty.The cookies are great. You can eat your lunch on the back patio... More 

1 Thank Vegas_Odyssey

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch
Good for
Scenic view
Open Hours
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Airport Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310-510-2196
The DC-3 is a restaurant and gift shop located 1600 feet above sea level atop the magical island of Santa Catalina, 10 miles outside of Avalon. Stop in for a buffalo burger and killer cookie or just to enjoy the view from our patio. We are also a great resource for hikers.

Fly, Ride, Bike or Hike - we look forward to welcoming you!

For information on getting to the Airport-in-the-Sky, please call us. (310)510-2196.

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