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Descanso Beach Club

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
11:00 - 17:00
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San Diego, California
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

definitely had an island feel and great music. the bartender was friendly and they had stopped serving food but came by with some chips and salsa for us b/c we must have looked ravenous! great place to hang out and grab drinks

Thank apkercsak
Huntington Beach, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent! The atmosphere, the service, the food and overall hospitality. Nothing is too expensive when a client becomes a priority to give the best experience possible. Great management!

Thank Maria M
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to get to, Friendly staff and great crowd. Great place to spend an afternoon but I wish I was 20 years younger.

Thank Matthew K
Level Contributor
32 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice seating by the beach with amazing ocean views as you enjoy your drinks and food. We got delicious nachos and the buffalo milk cocktail. You can also rent ocean sport equipment here. Very friendly staff.

Thank Monica Y
Long Beach, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2017

This place definitely has a great location but the service is not the best and the food is mediocre. They have put a lot of money into renovations and the prices for everything reflect that. Too bad.

Thank res02krs
Santa Clarita, California
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227 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

It was cool but sunny when we went so sitting on the patio was challenging. We started with two Bloody Mary's. $12 each The best we have on the island so far. One of us had the "Works" chili dog which had everything (tomato,ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, angus beef chili, sauerkraut, sweet onion and jalapeño) on it, maybe too much.... More 

Thank XK140NUT
Springdale, Arkansas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Just go and find out for yourself. I loved it. The wait staff was great :) Try the Impact Mojito. It was a perfect place to relax :)

Thank DJJusty
West Hills
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153 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

If your desire is to just relax on the Island this is the place. Limited menu but full bar options are available. The vibe and view are spectacular and the music trax are fantastic. Juan and Sarah were my first contacts and they were so helpful with suggestions (I went with a Caesar with add on fish ) Attention ,... More 

Thank james p
Los Angeles, California
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176 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

I love coming here. It's always great unless you happen to set next to a smoker. The staff doesn't seem to care about having smoking areas.

Thank OneOrchidLover
Level Contributor
68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

This place is really nice and you can walk to it from the catalina express landing. The beach is really nice plus they have changing rooms ect. During extream drought they turn off the showers for water conservation.

Thank Rachel M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
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
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 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

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