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The Sandtrap Restaurant and Bar

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501 Avalon Canyon Rd, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice location across from the golf course. Happy hour dollar tacos are small but yummy and worth the dollar. If it's not happy hour you after try the breakfast meal. Whoever is in the kitchen knows what their doing. Some of the best food on Catalina is here in this small casual patio restaurant.

Thank BluewaterGypsy
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Tried the $1 tacos and happy hour drink specials. It was good and I would go back. I liked the taco fixing bar the best with several veggie and salsa choices.

Thank BinkNM
Laguna Beach, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

We love the Sandtrap, when we visit we always stop by, it feels like being in Baja, very informal, funky, and 'genuine" and a nice stop when bicycling up to the Botanical Garden. Favorite dish is the Beef Machaca - a great dish to share for two - best breakfast in Avalon!

Thank Edviga
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

We stayed at the Hermit Gulch campground with my family and let me tell you it was nice to be able to walk down to the Sandtrap and get $1 Tacos during happy hour. They have reasonably priced food and drinks and was worth the hike back up to the campground after all was said and done.

Thank Reyna R
Joshua Tree, California
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91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were too early for the $1 tacos, but regular prices are still extremely low. The food was tasty and the drinks were cold. I would definitely eat here again.

Thank thetattooedlady
Big Bear City, California
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Everything was very good! The service was quick and efficient. The sopes were tasty and the chips and salsa were flavorful. Cold beer, and that's always important. Will go back again.

Thank hodieduran
Huntington Beach, California
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

We love coming here for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. The spuds and stuff are fabulous, the works nachos are huge and so good and the happy hour dollar chorizo tacos are the best. Pedro the bartender there makes the best margaritas and Buffalo Milk drinks! You won't be disappointed!

Thank Danenne
Salt Lake City, Utah
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46 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

We read about happy hour (which really is happy afternoon, going 2-7) and went out of our way to make it to the Sandtrap. Tacos are $1 each during happy hour. We got one of each variety--ground beef, carnitas, and churizo. They don't come with cheese, but the meat was tender and there was a little salad bar that you... More 

Thank Laura C
Apple Valley
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137 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Had a really good, really large plate of chiliquilas with scrambled eggs - easily splittable for a couple. Beers and coffee made it an excellent morning sitting on the patio watching the golfers across the road. Only problem were the pesky flies.

Thank Susieqa
Imperial Beach, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

With all the expensive places to eat on Catalina this is truly a value! And they were actually tasty. Sure no cheese. But there are onions cilantro and salsa to add to the taco! Yummy

Thank Lissette1962

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $20
Mexican, American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 501 Avalon Canyon Rd, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: 310-510-2505

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?