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Descanso Beach Club

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Salads were not so great, the chicken in the salad tasted like frozen chicken that had been microwaved, but the ice tea and avocado hummus were fantastic

Thank aimeeloflin
Essex, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On the advice of a friend we spent the day on Catalina and walked over to the Descanso Beach Club for lunch. It was very relaxing and the food was delicious. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient; they didn't mind when we lingered over our cocktails and again after eating. The views were wonderful.

Thank booradleysx
Pasadena, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food and drinks are passable but not memorable, but there certainly are plenty of wait staff to keep the party crowds here happy. Lots of options in the location: tables with shade umbrellas, tiki-style bar, more upscale padded patio furniture, etc. See and be seen.

Thank Ray Q
Aliso Viejo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to hang out and rent a cabana and swim, snuba, zipline, get a massage, or have food and drinks ordered out to your hideout.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

Make sure you pass the casino so you don't miss the fun. They have kayaking, they have delicious drinks on the beach and cute ice cream shop made with liquor and a little further they have zip lining. The view, the layout and service at Descanso beach club was everything.

Thank Missellen1
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a light lunch and cocktails on a beautiful day. It's all about the atmosphere, like you are on the French Riviera! Food and service were good and there's a fun drink menu.

Thank sls1124
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

So I just spent a lovely day at Descanso Beach Club celebrating my birthday with my bestie. Having grown up in the OC, I am well familiar with Catalina, but hadn't yet been to the new resort at Descanso. Wow, it's beautiful! Not super busy at this time of year (we were there on an unseasonably warm weekend, usually it... More 

Thank Alicia L
Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

Spent an entire day at Descanso Beach Club with family. Our kids kayaked & paddle boarded while we enjoyed great food & drinks in a beautiful atmosphere. The service was top notch and everyone was very friendly.

Thank riverratmatt87
Livermore, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our golf cart tour to have a cocktail and enjoyed the beach and the view. How relaxing and beautiful. We'll be coming back on our next trip to Catalina.

Thank RkyMtnWizard
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

After a long walk along the beach, my boyfriend and I ended up at Descanso beach club. The grounds and beach were stunning. We got there for happy hour so it was a bit crowded but we were able to get a table facing the ocean, no problem. Normally it's a bit pricey , so arriving for happy hour was... More 

Thank LKAT19

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Bar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-7410
The open-air restaurant offers lunch and afternoon appetizers with fire rings on the beach and two lively outdoor bars. 14 private cabanas and 50 upgraded chaise lounges are available to rent for the day. Large beach open to the public with a $2.00 per person fee (no charge to sit in large patio and bar area.) Daytime menu features a wide variety of appetizers, burgers, wraps, sandwiches and salads. Famous for their specialty cocktails like the Descanso Destroyer and Buffalo Milk! During the summer months, join us for BBQ Under the Stars every Friday and Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Bring your own meat or purchase market priced meat and seafood at the BBQ to grill yourself on our 25 foot long open-air barbecue. Entertainment included. The Descanso Beach Club will also serve as the home and staging area for the Zip Line Eco Tour, Sea Trek Undersea Adventures and the new 32' Climbing Tower. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and seaside massages are also available.

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Houston, TX
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?