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Surrounded by the rugged beauty of Descanso Canyon and the clear blue Pacific Ocean, Descanso Beach Club features Avalon's only beachside restaurant and bar, where you can enjoy appetizers, entrées and signature cocktails, like our famous Buffalo Milk. For the ultimate beach club experience, you can have your food and drinks delivered to your own private cabana or chaise lounge. Descanso Beach Club also serves as the Base Camp for the Zip Line Eco Tour, Catalina Falconry Experience, and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling are also available. Seasonally, Descanso Beach Club's party scene is well known among locals and visitors alike, DJ tunes and live music
PRICE RANGE
$31 - $50
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome atmosphere! Beautiful of the ocean and pleasant area to just unwind and rest. The gift shops on this side of the beach are just beautiful. Still one of the best spots on Catalina.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 26, 2020 via mobile

We were first timers to Catalina Island and stumbled upon the Descanso beach club. We got here early, around 10:30 and found a wide open seat of dining tables in the sand (because #covid). Thankfully, we had the BEST waiter, Johnathan, who let us enjoy...the day at our pace and brought us our food and drinks with a smile. As a native Catalina Islander, he made jokes, helped us find our way, and definitely made us want to come back for an entire weekend!!! Bravo, Johnathan! And thank you for an amazing time!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 14, 2020 via mobile

Descanso Beach Club is a world class experience. We’ve been going to Catalina for decades. We’ve done it all; every tour and excursion with our family and friends but this time we went alone... just the 2 of us set out for new adventure. The...boys from the Descanso Beach Club Staff met us with 100% professionalism. They took care of us like we were family. Their service was dripping with kind attention and love from our arrival until we had to get back on the flyer. It wasn’t just Julian, Robert and José... it was all the boys making us feel like we were local on the inside track of Catalina Island. DBC is forever on our agenda when we visit Catalina!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed August 31, 2020

Drinks and bar food! I believe that this place could have done a little better with the outside menu as it does have a reputation to uphold. Wait staff argued over where we could sit as I guess it was someone's turn to serve us".... So we, (elderly) asked to sit in the OPEN shaded table area and was told no then put into the SUNSHINE as the teens were placed in the shade. I guess their loss as they expected us to pay and buy more. Also, refused a cup of water (with our pricey drinks) and brought pricey bottled water even tho next table got cups of water. I guess we did not "fit" their stereotype? We did what we had to order to enjoy a little view then left.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 21, 2020

I went to descanso twice while over on the island, once during the day. It was awesome I rented a private lounge chair and had my own waiter bringing me drinks, it was so nice to have a little alone time to read and relax...and have a few drinks, I went back for dinner on Friday night and had the best steak I have ever had, great price and even better flavor. Had a few stiff drinks and will be definitely coming back here on my next trip to the islandMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 13, 2020

We had dinner at Descanso Beach in July for our anniversary and had a fantastic experience we had to go back within a month. We brought our twin daughters this time and had an early dinner here. Our server Vanessa M. was very friendly and...nice, we truly enjoyed talking to her and finding out more about the island from her recommendations. The food was great and the view was picture-perfect!! Cannot say enough about this great little place and can't wait to go back!!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 11, 2020 via mobile

The Adventure Buddies has lunch at Descanso Beach club and it was great! The staff was taking all the necessary safety precautions, we got seated right away up on the balcony to get a full view of the Club. We ate burgers and impossible burgers...with fries and iced tea, perfection! Lunch with a beautiful view is a must!More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 1, 2020

Descanso Beach Club is a short hike from downtown, about 10 minutes past the Casino, along the waterfront. We had a nice location on the porch-like area above the beach. Food was good, Service was above-average.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 9, 2020 via mobile

Amazing cocktails. View is perfection. Perhaps I have and elevated palate but the food was not good at all. 4 stars though for the beautiful locale and drinks.

Date of visit: July 2020
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VisitCatalina, Manager at Descanso Beach Club Dining, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2020

Hello Andreebelle, we appreciate you taking the time to leave us this feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed the cocktails and hope you visit with us again soon.

Reviewed March 12, 2020

Imagine a classy hotel's pool area with changing areas, lunch menu, rental chairs and cabana's. Now replace the pool with the ocean. You can sit at the many comfortable chairs and order lunch and enjoy the view without renting a chair for $50. Stephen was...friendly and quick with refills.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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VisitCatalina, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club Dining, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2020

Thanks for joining us at Descanso Beach Club, Karla! You nailed it: we have a variety of options available, from cabanas to chaise lounges to a dining deck the beach. See you again soon!

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birdiem2016
February 27, 2018|
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Is there DJs that play on the weekends in March ?!
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Jacqueline V
January 2, 2018|
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Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
Contact them, not me.
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June 25, 2017|
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Response from FBonesJones | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can make a reservation. I made it through the hotel where we were staying. You may want to make one well in advance of your stay if going over the summer.
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