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Descanso Beach Club

) #17 of 35 Restaurants in Avalon ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Bar, Pub
1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“zip line” (8 reviews)
“limited menu” (3 reviews)
“buffalo milk” (7 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Almost too quiet, as most of the vendors & services were closed for the winter, but enough was great to make me want to return....a delicious Bloody Mary in hand, sitting right next to the beautiful water, steel drum music playing in the background, what's...More

Thank cwh25
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Planned on spending a few hours here and wound up spending the whole afternoon. The views were gorgeous, the employees were inviting and the music was excellent. We sat down at a table near the bar and did not move until it was time to...More

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for commenting about your recent trip to Descanso Beach Club. I am happy to hear that you loved the beautiful ambience while enjoying your cocktails. My team will be excited that you mentioned them in your review and that they made...More

Reviewed 12 October 2013

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

Thank Chuy L
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 20 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 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...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 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...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 19 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 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...More

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Karla F
we are visiting for the first time end of April, is it first come first serve for lounge chair ocean view seats? Im just going by what is pictured on your website. If so, do you recommend coming early due to high capacity?
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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Alex G
Getting married on the island on March 4, 2017 Was wonder if Descanso could accommodate about 20 people for a celebratory lunch
21 February 2017|
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Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
Yes, please contact us for more information. You can visit our website visitcatalinaisland for contact information.
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texcook
Can you bring your own food and drink in?
22 June 2015|
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Response from CatalinaSCICo | Property representative |
Texcook, We have a great restaurant, bar and ice cream shop at Descanso Beach Club for you to enjoy. For those reasons, we do not allow outside food and beverage.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
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, View, 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
  • 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.