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57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
+1 310-510-1323
11:00 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 20:00
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Turlock, CA
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our lunch here. I had a good steak sandwich and the hamburgers and fries were good also! Would definitely come back here. One of the best values on the island.

Thank dazyls
Aztec, New Mexico
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Where the locals eat! Monday night is all you can eat pasta with whatever fixings you want, - steak, shrimp, etc, and salad bar

Thank lynnebernie
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137 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Located slightly south of the Catalina Express Pier and Pebbly Beach this establishment has a long history on the island. The menu has a variety of options and the majority are above average. They offer beef, chicken, salads, Mexican, pizza and Monday is pasta night. They offer a full bar. The local favorite is Buffalo Milk. Prices are reasonable. Starting... More 

Thank LifesaSnap
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

We got picked up by the shuttle for the free birthday deal. I had the buffalo burger and it was ok. The helipad next door is really awesome. The walk from the landing to the restaurant isn't bad. I recommend it actually as it makes it more of an adventure. They were out of candles so they lit a tortilla... More 

Thank Rachel M
Vista, California
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Family of 3. Ordered steak fajitas for 2 and free birthday BLT with fries plus (not pictured) 5 beverages (1 soda and 4 beers). Fajita platter served steaming hot on a "comal" (griddle) with plenty of flavorful steak with green bell peppers and onions. Also included two big plates of rice and beans. The rice was okay; only a little... More 

Thank vmez1
Stockton, California, United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We heard the wet burrito was the thing to get, but I got a carnitas plate and my husband got a buffalo burger...both very good! If you're on foot, be sure to call for the free shuttle service...it's quite a ways uphill from the center of town!

Thank Jan H
Long Beach, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Like most people I went there for the free birthday meal. They advertise a free shuttle to pick you up from the boat dock but no one came even after I called twice. A friendly shuttle driver for the next door hotel kindly gave us a ride after he saw we were waiting so long. The birthday menu is limited... More 

Thank 182AnneN
Ojai, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The shuttle from downtown Avalon took forever to arrive, both going and coming. We had to call twice and wait even after the reminder calls. The restaurant refuses to serve tap water. They will only sell bottled water. The pasta special on Monday night was pretty good. The salmon dinner we ordered took forever to arrive -- about half an... More 

Thank Kathy B
Burbank, California
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46 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Food here is always great, regardless if you do Mexican, BBQ or Pizza, well poured drinks as well, really recommended, also, if your coming on Catalina express for your free birthday trip, they provide a free meal as well, good place, good times, just call them and they will pick you up with their free shuttle

1 Thank Rocky W
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94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Just a mile outside of town. If your a walking it's a good way to build up your appetite and then burn off your meal. However if that's not for you just call them. They will pick you up and drop you off, just thank the driver kindly. The food and the surroundings are good as well as the staff.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 16
Mexican, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-1323

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?