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$5 - $20
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Mexican, Bar
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

My son and I got french toast which was black on one side and raw on the other. My husband's breakfast burrito was good. We asked for salt & pepper and extra napkins and she never came back. I wouldn't recommend eating here.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 9, 2020

Looking to avoid the downtown crowds, we headed up to the Sand Trap for a quick lunch and a beer. Their outdoor patio overlooking the golf course is a great place to spend an hour or two!

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed August 11, 2019

The SandTrap is a very appealing place hidden away from the noise and throngs of tourists and day trippers that populate downtown Avalon. This Mexican eatery has an alluring charm with a casual outdoor dining space with plants and colorful decor as well as an...interior dining room. The management and wait staff are very friendly, and the menu offers what one might expect from any typical Mexican restaurant, although the menu is limited to more casual lighter selections. I had the pork tacos which were ample portions but a bit greasy, although tasty. There is a good selection of beers and Margaritas. My impression is that this restaurant is frequented mostly by locals and those in the know.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 21, 2019 via mobile

My wife and I learned of this little restaurant on the island for the first time in June of 2019 . Visiting Catalina Island many times in the past we discovered along time ago it's our favorite place to be in the whole world ....After our time spent at the Sand Trap we confirmed that this island may not only be our favorite place in the world to be but .........a place to live forever OR unfortunately a place to eventually die . A memorable moment in time in our lives . We can't wait to return in perhaps a month when the weather is a bit colder or the dampness of a rainy day and experience the serenity and flavors of the SAND TRAP . Located near the golf course toward the inner part of the island it's LOCAL feel is away from the tourist district . The Caldo de Camarones was not only good but intoxicating . A hidden gem we've only just discovered . Well.....I've said it before and I'll say it again . And if this is where I die....it's not a bad way to go.....More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 25, 2019

The Sandtrap is off the beaten path in Avalon (near the golf course) and is a good place to escape the noise of town....great place to relax outside and have a cocktail and a sandwich or some decent Mexican food....Its an informal place frequented by...the locals which is a good sign....Service is friendly and efficient....Food is above average, but not gourmet....Prices are reasonable for Catalina and is a good place for a get together with a large group of family or friends....Nothing fancy but a great place to hang out and relax. The Sandtrap has been one of our regular stops for the past several years on our annual family trip to Catalina.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed April 13, 2019

What’s not to like? Happy hour $1 tacos and cheap beer! Casual patio eating area complete with plastic chairs and tablecloths rounded out the experience. I wouldn’t recommend the homemade sangria, but maybe it’s just me 😂

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Breakfast and lunch doesn’t get any better than this spot! For years we have been visiting the island, and for years we make it a point to eat here at LEAST once. The prices, the food and the staff make it easy to stop by...daily during your stay. The menu is varied enough to suit anyone and everyone, indoor and outdoor seating, super friendly staff and it’s located right across the street from the lush green golf course. Come casual and come hungry, this is one of the best places to eat on the island.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

I’ve been to the Lobster Trap and it’s portions are tiny and expensive. Food was ok, but not worth the price and the Staff didn’t seem to care. After I wrote my review, they removed it. When I wrote my less-than-stellar review about Bluewater, they...removed that too. But this review is different. This is high praise about my most recent trip to Catalina and eating at the Sand Trap restaurant. Having been disappointed and left broke from those other two trendy restaurants, I asked a local who was seated next to me on the boat over to Catalina, which restaurant she would recommend. She said, “Without a doubt, go to the Sand Trap. That’s where you’ll get great $1.00 tacos (yes, that’s not a typo-o) and cheap cold beer.” After I disembarked from the boat, it was about a 10-15 minute walk. I walked past all those restaurants that are not worth talking about through a quaint neighborhood, past a fire station and right next to the golf course. There it was, like a beacon of deliciousness - the Sand Trap. So, my son and I went inside and it’s rustic, but nice. I saw a lot of locals eating $1.00 tacos and drinking pitchers of Margaritas for the women and beer for the men. They had live sports on big screen tv’s and that was also a well-added edition. I went to the cashier and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw $1.00 tacos, like I used to get when Tijuana was a fun and safe place to go. So immediately, I ordered one of each type - Carne Asada, Carnitas and Chorizo. And were they delicious??!! The server handed us just the corn tortillas with meat. We got to go this little metal chiller that had all the onions, cilantro and cabbage. It was heaven on a plate. We also ordered the Menudo, which was also very good. I had a Michilada and my son had a coke. We ended up spending less than $30 w/ tip and had a wonderful experience. The last time I went to Catalina, I spent a little over $100 for 2-cioppino’s and two beers that didn’t even put a dent in my hunger. In closing, save your money and don’t waste it on the restaurants on the beach. Go inland and have a wonderful and inexpensive meal at the Sand Trap.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Our kids and grandkids always ask to have lunch at The Sandtrap when we make our annual trek to Catalina. Little ones don't annoy anyone in the outdoor patio, and adults enjoy the margaritas. This place is at the edge of the golf course, not...a dive. Yesterday a friend asked what she should do when she goes to Catalina next month. The Sandtrap was on my list of recommendations!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed November 16, 2018

We almost always stop here for tacos and a beer. This time we had margaritas. Pleasant outdoor patio area by the golf course. Be sure to walk up there. It is worth it

Date of visit: November 2018
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Response from BinkNM | Reviewed this property |
It's outsider and very informal. Should be plenty of room for your group depending on the time of day you go. There is no hostess that I saw, that would setup tables for you.
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