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Buffalo Nickel

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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
(310) 510-1323
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Vista, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Family of 3. Ordered steak fajitas for 2 and free birthday BLT with fries plus (not pictured) 5 beverages (1 soda and 4 beers). Fajita platter served steaming hot on a "comal" (griddle) with plenty of flavorful steak with green bell peppers and onions. Also included two big plates of rice and beans. The rice was okay; only a little... More 

Thank vmez1
Stockton, California, United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

We heard the wet burrito was the thing to get, but I got a carnitas plate and my husband got a buffalo burger...both very good! If you're on foot, be sure to call for the free shuttle service...it's quite a ways uphill from the center of town!

Thank Jan H
Long Beach, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Like most people I went there for the free birthday meal. They advertise a free shuttle to pick you up from the boat dock but no one came even after I called twice. A friendly shuttle driver for the next door hotel kindly gave us a ride after he saw we were waiting so long. The birthday menu is limited... More 

Thank 182AnneN
Ojai, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The shuttle from downtown Avalon took forever to arrive, both going and coming. We had to call twice and wait even after the reminder calls. The restaurant refuses to serve tap water. They will only sell bottled water. The pasta special on Monday night was pretty good. The salmon dinner we ordered took forever to arrive -- about half an... More 

Thank Kathy B
Burbank, California
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Food here is always great, regardless if you do Mexican, BBQ or Pizza, well poured drinks as well, really recommended, also, if your coming on Catalina express for your free birthday trip, they provide a free meal as well, good place, good times, just call them and they will pick you up with their free shuttle

1 Thank Rocky W
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83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Just a mile outside of town. If your a walking it's a good way to build up your appetite and then burn off your meal. However if that's not for you just call them. They will pick you up and drop you off, just thank the driver kindly. The food and the surroundings are good as well as the staff.... More 

Thank BluewaterGypsy
Palm Springs, California
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386 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

With friends for a long weekend in Catalina. My friends had been here often so we went on Saturday night for bar-b-que ribs and chicken. Big portions and a very reasonable price over the restaurants along the beach. I can't wait to go back and try the pasta feed on Monday night.

Thank lavonnemy
San Diego, California
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

Visited this restaurant specifically for the birthday meal and it did not disappoint! I got the carnitas plate which was quite good and the margaritas were good as well. Decent pricing for Avalon. The restaurant is about 1 1/2 miles from town but there is a free shuttle, just give them a call. We decided to walk back to town... More 

Thank Carey G
Denver, Colorado
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114 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

Like most people, I came here for the free birthday lunch and would go back even when I have to pay! The food is good, and compared to prices in "main" downtown Avalon, the value is higher. Outdoor and indoor seating, and a shuttle to and from town. Take the walk out there, though -- it is a beautiful and... More 

Thank krykie
San Francisco, California
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194 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

We love the Monday night pasta feed. A chef prepares what ever kind of pasta and sauce you like. Comes with soup and salad and is a huge portion. Usually frequented by locals . They offer a free shuttle service too.

Thank dougrh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $16
Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: (310) 510-1323

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