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Descanso Beach Club Dining

1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“nachos” (26 reviews)
“salad” (6 reviews)
“lounge chairs” (34 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 17:00All hours
American, Bar
$$ - $$$
1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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1 - 10 of 496 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved the island feel without leaving the country, just cross via ferry. A lot of good deals on airfare. What you will spend on airfare and airports spend it here. Friendly staff, friendly vacationeers. It was my birthday and so was 7 other people....More

Thank Evelyn C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered the Ahi Poke bowl, fish tacos and a kid's cheeseburger. All meals seemed like they were made in the morning and kept under warming light or chilled (Ahi) for several hours. The fries were hard and cold, Ahi and guacamole was turning brown...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have to say as a Southern California native and in all my 35 years of going to Catalina.....just get a club pass! If you have a group, throw down and get a cabana, seriously. The service is quite good, they're young kids but they...More

1  Thank Darcy92648
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice comfy lounge chairs with towels and umbrellas to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Live music, great food, and friendly service by Tom and Klarke made for an exceptional day!

Thank andreasmithGG
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Descanso Beach Club at least once a day on our 4 day stay on the Island. We took advantage of renting two chase lounge chairs one of the days with your own server and unlimited fruit smoothies and water. Each set of chairs...More

Thank Jessica George B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank goodness for the exceptional location. Sitting on the beach having lunch is the best. However, the food here was less than stellar, especially for the price. But, the view is why they can do it..

Thank jennsantel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Busy bar and beach but a lot of fun and the best place to people watch! Great drinks, delicious tuna and shrimp had us back the very next day.

Thank Tori L
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Jacob our sever handled two teenagers with perfection! We had a fun time people watching and enjoyed the buffalo milk drinks!. Food was good and it was nice to be there for the happy hour prices.!

Thank dmueller579
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

As long as there is not a special event here you can enjoy the beach. Great drinks and bar food. We sat here people watching for a couple of hours. Best buffalo milks in Avalon.

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

My growing family and friends each year spend a week in Catalina for over forty years now. For the past thirty years we use the beach at Descanso and spend a minimum of six hours a day for six days Descanso Beach offers Cabana accommodations...More

2  Thank lanej213
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Questions & Answers
26 June 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.
1 June 2017|
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Response from FBonesJones | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so, but you can call to be sure. Your hotel or realtor would probably know for sure. I don't think dogs are allowed on the beach.
Karla F
21 March 2017|
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Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
Hi Karla, The chaise lounge chairs are rented in pairs by the day. You can book online on our website, visit catalina island. Navigate to Descanso Beach Club under Activities and then choose Cabana Rentals. The Chaise Lounge... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Bar
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, Bar Scene, View, 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
  • E-mail
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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