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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 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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116 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We always enjoy our time at Descanso. While the price is a bit steep, the service works hard to make up for it. We especially enjoyed having Hannah wait on us while we were using the lounge chairs and umbrellas. She regularly asked how she could help us, promptly got our orders to us and did all that she could... More 

Thank Markchale
Huntington Beach, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Salads were not so great, the chicken in the salad tasted like frozen chicken that had been microwaved, but the ice tea and avocado hummus were fantastic

Thank aimeeloflin
Essex, Connecticut
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

On the advice of a friend we spent the day on Catalina and walked over to the Descanso Beach Club for lunch. It was very relaxing and the food was delicious. The waitstaff was friendly and efficient; they didn't mind when we lingered over our cocktails and again after eating. The views were wonderful.

Thank booradleysx
Pasadena, California
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395 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Food and drinks are passable but not memorable, but there certainly are plenty of wait staff to keep the party crowds here happy. Lots of options in the location: tables with shade umbrellas, tiki-style bar, more upscale padded patio furniture, etc. See and be seen.

Thank Ray Q
San Diego, California
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755 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

Great place to hang out and rent a cabana and swim, snuba, zipline, get a massage, or have food and drinks ordered out to your hideout.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
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145 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Make sure you pass the casino so you don't miss the fun. They have kayaking, they have delicious drinks on the beach and cute ice cream shop made with liquor and a little further they have zip lining. The view, the layout and service at Descanso beach club was everything.

Thank Missellen1
Los Angeles, California
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111 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

We had a light lunch and cocktails on a beautiful day. It's all about the atmosphere, like you are on the French Riviera! Food and service were good and there's a fun drink menu.

Thank sls1124
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

So I just spent a lovely day at Descanso Beach Club celebrating my birthday with my bestie. Having grown up in the OC, I am well familiar with Catalina, but hadn't yet been to the new resort at Descanso. Wow, it's beautiful! Not super busy at this time of year (we were there on an unseasonably warm weekend, usually it... More 

Thank Alicia L
Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Spent an entire day at Descanso Beach Club with family. Our kids kayaked & paddle boarded while we enjoyed great food & drinks in a beautiful atmosphere. The service was top notch and everyone was very friendly.

Thank riverratmatt87
Livermore, Colorado
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our golf cart tour to have a cocktail and enjoyed the beach and the view. How relaxing and beautiful. We'll be coming back on our next trip to Catalina.

Thank RkyMtnWizard

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
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, Sea Trek, and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and massages 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?