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DC-3 Gifts & Grill

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1 Airport Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-2196
08:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:00
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is always good and I always get a homemade cookie- large in size and tasty! The staff is always kind and helpful.

Thank OneOrchidLover
Temecula, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Fly in, shuttle in, hike in. The buffalo burgers and cookies are famous and rightly so. Yummy. There is a severe drought, so no refills and bring or buy water.

Thank Marie G
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Great breakfast-brunch-lunch stop with really pleasant people working there. Save a room for at least one amazing cookie (more if you need the sugar boost as you peruse the gift shop)!

Thank Ray Q
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

The fast food is good here. I always get one or two of their signature cookies. The adjacent gift shop here has quality clothing.

1 Thank OneOrchidLover
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

This is one of our favorite restaurants on the Island. We love it so much we volunteered there often, especially when they have their summer all-you-can-eat extraordinary, amazing, unforgettable barbecues. Filled with history and ambiance, the DC3 will charm you. It is a place to explore as well, the old airport tower, the small botanical garden, the interpretive panels, and... More 

Thank CarlosLdelaRosa
Spring Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

The airport was part of our Cape Canyon tour through The Santa Catalina Island Company. Our driver, Tony, told us the cookies are renowned for being super delicious. He was absolutely right!!

Thank Rebecca W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

How could you not love flying to an island to have a buffalo burger? Great views, great burger, great cookies. After an awesome flight from San Diego, we hiked the airport loop trail, saw a bison, and enjoyed some terrific views. What a great day trip to the "airport in the sky".

Thank David B
La Canada Flintridge, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

My husband and I have been to DC-3 Grill at the Catalina Airport for many years, and it stands the test of time. It's a casual grill at one of the high points of Catalina Island and has wonderful views. The rustic, picnic-like atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating is relaxed and charming, the food is very good, and the... More 

1 Thank DHBall
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

Best cookies west of the west coast! Seriously, don't come here without trying them. Eating on the back patio is great. Sweeping view. Moderately priced.

1 Thank Ruben C
Chino, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2013 via mobile

Ive been here numerous times and just last week finally tried the burger. It was really good. The cookies are huge and run about $2.50 I believe. My wife always wants to go there just for the cookies and usually ends up staying for a main course. A great thing to do is order your food and sit outside overlooking... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch
Good for
Open Hours
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Airport Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-2196
The DC-3 is a restaurant and gift shop located 1600 feet above sea level atop the magical island of Santa Catalina, 10 miles outside of Avalon. Stop in for a buffalo burger and killer cookie or just to enjoy the view from our patio. We are also a great resource for hikers.

Fly, Ride, Bike or Hike - we look forward to welcoming you!

For information on getting to the Airport-in-the-Sky, please call us. (310)510-2196.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?