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Descanso Beach Club

) #15 of 35 Restaurants in Avalon $$ - $$$ American,
1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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Overview
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“nachos” (15 reviews)
“salads” (4 reviews)
“zip line” (8 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
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LOCATION
1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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101 - 110 of 229 reviews

Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

My wife and I both ordered salads from the menu, and neither of us were able to finish them because they were so big. You pay a bit more for the ocean side view, but it's worth it.

Thank JackandResh
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Past the casino & a nice little boardwalk stroll by the sea is Descano. It's a much more 'private' beach then the strips of sand by the pier & definitely worth the effort to get to. Order up a Buffalo's Milk cocktail during their Happy...More

Thank SoCalJoy
Reviewed 5 September 2013

Came to rent chairs and relax on beach. They were out of chairs and charged us to sit on the sand in a 12x12 spot as it was so crowded. They said the charge was for the live music which wasn't live it was recorded....More

4  Thank tracita2013
Reviewed 3 September 2013

The beach is always beautiful, the employees are on top of their game. Friendly service and a relaxing view; what could be better! Stay for a real happy hour!More

Thank Caldreameryeah
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2013

Dear Guest, Thank you for your note about the Descanso Beach Club. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your day here, and especially our happy hour! My team and I appreciate your comments on TripAdvisor. Please do come back and see us on...More

Reviewed 3 September 2013

My husband and I spent our belated honeymoon on Catalina, and spent a full day lounging at the Beach Club! We ate lunch here after a quick trip inland, and loved the food and atmosphere so much that we walked back to our hotel (Catalina...More

1  Thank Katie B
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2013

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Descanso Beach Club during your visit to Catalina Island. We appreciate your taking the time to share with us your dining experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to share your feedback with my entire team...More

Reviewed 26 August 2013

My friends and I dined here for my birthday and were taken care of with the greatest service ever. We ordered a few drinks and starters (the monstrous nachos are fantastic, as is the strawberry mojito) and loved everything. Servers are friendly, the atmosphere is...More

1  Thank debskittles
Reviewed 18 August 2013 via mobile

Descano Beach Club was our favorite thing on the Island. Spending the day in chaise loungers soaking up the sun and sipping Cabana Colada's was awesome. Well worth the price but considering what we pay to spend the day at the pool at our local...More

Thank JRDuesing
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2013

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Descanso Beach Club during your visit to Catalina Island. We appreciate your taking the time to share with us your dining experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to share your feedback with my entire team...More

Reviewed 15 August 2013

We visit Catalina a few times a year and spend quite a bit of time at the Descanso Beach Club. There's a large grassy area for our toddlers to run around, the beach is great and you can usually find a spot to lounge (for...More

1  Thank Jen D
Reviewed 14 August 2013

Jimmy and Fern at Descanso beach made our trip most memorable ! They rock! It feels like a mini Hawaii without having to fly 5 hours to get there! Looking forward to coming back .More

Thank 1hopeandjoy
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2013

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Descanso Beach Club during your visit to Catalina Island. We appreciate your taking the time to share with us your dining experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to share your feedback with my entire team...More

Reviewed 5 August 2013

About 30 of our employees enjoyed some "beach time" at the Descanco Beach Club - and it was a BLAST! Aleah and Sara took wonderful care of us. Top notch service and great cocktails.More

Thank Mel M
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2013

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine at the Descanso Beach Club during your visit to Catalina Island. We appreciate your taking the time to share with us your dining experience on TripAdvisor. I am delighted to share your feedback with my entire team...More

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tlbristow1
25 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.
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Tammie843
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.
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Karla F
20 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, View
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
Monday
11:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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