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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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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good25%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“nachos” (15 reviews)
“salads” (4 reviews)
“zip line” (8 reviews)
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American, Bar
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My growing family and friends each year spend a week in Catalina for over forty years now. For the past thirty years we use the beach at Descanso and spend a minimum of six hours a day for six days Descanso Beach offers Cabana accommodations...More

2  Thank lanej213
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had some really good drinks and okay appetizers, but their chaise lounge and cabana rental rates were ridiculous: Three times what we paid for the same at Elia Beach on Mykonos

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

To be fair, I only walked through here--I did not stay to eat or pay to hang out on the incredibly crowded beach. Walked over here from town to check it out. It reminded me of Vegas. Incredibly loud music, hordes of people... The beach...More

Thank ellenmac
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Had lunch & drinks with a few friends today Sat 6/24 at the Descanso beach club. Our waitress Hannah was great along with the food. Try the Champagne Lemonade. you wont be disappointed. Will be going back and recommending to others for sure!! Best dining,drinking...More

Thank Louis B
Reviewed 17 June 2017

It is a pleasant walk from downtown Avalon to Descanso. We sat near the bar, had a few cocktails and really enjoyed the view and people watching. We then ordered lunch and it was really good. The burger was excellent. Our server was very friendly...More

Thank catcindyk
Reviewed 5 June 2017

I booked a cabana online, in advance, for $400, but heard that others were offered Cabana's on the day of for $80 because they knew someone who hooked them up. That was frustrating to hear as a customer. We stopped by the day before and...More

Thank Carly B
Reviewed 31 May 2017

After a fun morning touring the island with a rented golf cart, we wandered past here and thought that the location was perfect. It's a bit out of the way, and out of the hubbub of the main town of Avalon. All the tables were...More

4  Thank Sarah M
Reviewed 19 May 2017

3 of us stopped by toward the end of the day and we wished we had spent all of our time here! nicest beach and bar/restaurant area on the island.

Thank Neal P
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Dear Neal, Thank you for stopping by Descanso Beach Club. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Reviewed 15 May 2017

This place is right above the beach and has great views. We had a late lunch here after Ziplining nearby. My wife had the Carnitas Nachos and I had Carne Asada Tacos. The nachos were great and enough for two people, The Carne Asada Tacos...More

Thank rayu
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Dear Rayu, Thank you for stopping by Descanso Beach Club. Sorry to hear that the tacos were not up to par. We hope you'll give us another try next time your on Catalina Island.

Reviewed 25 April 2017

I will never lay on the little beach in town again! I have been spoiled and can't imagine NOT hanging out here every time I come to Catalina on these wonderful lounges with beach side service...ahhhh...awesome!

Thank FBonesJones
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 May 2017

Dear FBonesJones, Thank you for coming by Descanso Beach Club and putting your feet in the sand. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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26 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.
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.
Karla F
21 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
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
American, Bar
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
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
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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