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Descanso Beach Club

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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11:00 - 17:00
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Machu Picchu, Peru
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2013

Great location, rocky beach but Great drinks and friendly staff. Definitly a must after getting off the zipline

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Thank Chuy L
Pasadena, California
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388 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
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.

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Thank JackandResh
Surfside, California
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
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 Hour & take advantage of their 1/2 off food specials. I think the menu selection... More 

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Thank SoCalJoy
Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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. No lifeguards. That would make sense to charge for that. Music was so loud it... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

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Thank Caldreameryeah
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

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 your next visit to Catalina Island. Sincerely, Nick Papadatos General Manager More 

Modesto
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 Island Inn), changed, and walked back to the Beach Club. We stayed there until 6pm... More 

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1 Thank Katie B
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

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 and will recognize them for a job well done. Thank you for taking the time... More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 amazing (overlooking the ocean), and we even were able to switch tables when we were... More 

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Sacramento, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 country club, Descano is a bargain. The food was good, the atmosphere was great. We... More 

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Thank JRDuesing
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

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 and will recognize them for a job well done. We certainly look forward to welcoming... More 

Los Angeles, CA
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
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 $2 per person which is totally worth it considering it allows you to drink alcohol... More 

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1 Thank Jen D
1 review
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 .

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Thank 1hopeandjoy
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

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 and will recognize them for a job well done. Thank you for taking the time... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
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
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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