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“Wonderful Ambience and great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Avalon Grille

Avalon Grille
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Ranked #7 of 49 Restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $32
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Contemporary, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Catalina Avenue
Description: Avalon's waterfront dining, located at the foot of the Green Pleasure Pier, is open seven days a week for lunch (Fri-Sun) and dinner with a lively, central bar and open air dining. The Avalon Grille features American regional dishes with a seasonal approach, paired with a world class selection of wines, micro-brew beers and cocktails in a casual and fun "al fresco" atmosphere overlooking Avalon Bay. The Avalon Grille boasts a fabulous menu including Miso Cured Bass, Lavender Roast Chicken and our famous Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Palm Springs, California, United States
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful Ambience and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2014

The watermelon champs and steak are amazing! This restaurant is so beautiful. The location is perfect with a view of the beach. The staff is so friendly. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MarjorieStaysHere
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting Avalon Grille on your recent trip to Catalina Island. My team and I are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. Please come back and see us again soon!

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
General Manager
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Redondo Beach, CA
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We had a good bad experience at this restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We decided Avalon Grille would be a great place to celebrate my sister and her husband's 10th anniversary, so during our week long stay at Avalon we chose to go there on a Thursday. Having visited Avalon many times since our first visit in 1959 at first we weren't entirely sold that Avalon Grille belongs in our beloved Avalon. We're not on board with the plans for El Encanto and feel Mom and Pop shops and traditional restaurants really define Avalon for us rather than the upscale restaurants do, but we did give it a try a few years ago and have to admit we really liked the food and the servers. To make a long story short, on this night this year there was some sort of unidentified crisis in the kitchen resulting in the majority of our fellow diners walking out on their ordered dinners and their bills. But we hung in there and after a nearly 2 hour wait, we finally got our food. We were offered drinks and desserts while we were waiting which we declined, but we appreciated the offers nonetheless. Although the wait was long, the food was excellent when it arrived. Our server was also excellent and we really sympathized with him knowing it was a bad night for him as well. After we finished eating, the food and beverage manager let us know our dinner would be complimentary which we thought was extremely generous given we did get everything we ordered and it was perfectly prepared. So, we're chalking this up to an uncharacteristically difficult night for a fine restaurant with a classy staff who handled it fairly and in stride. We felt bad for the people who left since they missed out on a very good dinner. We're more inclined to go back to this restaurant because of this bad night than we might have been otherwise. To sum it up, this is a first class staff serving excellent food and if you're looking for an upscale kind of night, Avalon Grille is a good choice. One suggestion for them: bring back the fried green tomatoes!!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Teresa R
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Edinburgh
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unbelievable disappointment! AVOID!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

After a glowing recommendation from a family member and local resident, we were really looking forward to treating ourselves to a great meal as part of our honeymoon. What a disappointment, it took 30 minutes to be given a menu, and a further 30 before any food arrived. The service was terrible. Our food was cold and underwhelming, especially given the cost. The couples around us appeared to share the same opinion. A huge waste of money and an evening meal wasted. I'm shocked at how well reviewed this restaurant is! We will not be back.

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Thank TallTomT
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting about your recent experience at the Avalon Grille. We appreciate your feedback as we use this to improve upon the quality of your experience in the future. Please email us at social@scico.com .

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
Avalon Grille
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Santa Ana, California
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319 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Friends day get away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Grea tbreakfast and bottomless mimosas oh yeah. Our waiter was a nice young man very attentative. DEAN. You are the best! water mimosas were a flowing!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tina B
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting about your experience at the Avalon Grille on TripAdvisor. We very much appreciate your feedback. I will be sure to pass along to my team that they helped to make your breakfast great, especially Dean.

We hope to see you again soon on Catalina Island.

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
Avalon Grille
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Robbinsville, New Jersey
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Place on the Island!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great Place on the Island! We went there twice and stopped for Drinks before dinner at another location and before the movie! We Liked sitting at the bar, friendly bartender.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pigna48
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, May 30, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for dining with us at the Avalon Grille while on Catalina Island. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us. Please come back when you are on the island again!

Sincerely,

Roshan KC
General Manager
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