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Descanso Beach Club

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
11:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 19:00
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Pasadena, California
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376 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

Food and drinks are passable but not memorable, but there certainly are plenty of wait staff to keep the party crowds here happy. Lots of options in the location: tables with shade umbrellas, tiki-style bar, more upscale padded patio furniture, etc. See and be seen.

Thank Ray Q
Aliso Viejo, California
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409 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Great place to hang out and rent a cabana and swim, snuba, zipline, get a massage, or have food and drinks ordered out to your hideout.

Thank CaribbeanFan79
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144 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016 via mobile

Make sure you pass the casino so you don't miss the fun. They have kayaking, they have delicious drinks on the beach and cute ice cream shop made with liquor and a little further they have zip lining. The view, the layout and service at Descanso beach club was everything.

Thank Missellen1
Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

We had a light lunch and cocktails on a beautiful day. It's all about the atmosphere, like you are on the French Riviera! Food and service were good and there's a fun drink menu.

Thank sls1124
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

So I just spent a lovely day at Descanso Beach Club celebrating my birthday with my bestie. Having grown up in the OC, I am well familiar with Catalina, but hadn't yet been to the new resort at Descanso. Wow, it's beautiful! Not super busy at this time of year (we were there on an unseasonably warm weekend, usually it... More 

Thank Alicia L
Orange County, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

Spent an entire day at Descanso Beach Club with family. Our kids kayaked & paddle boarded while we enjoyed great food & drinks in a beautiful atmosphere. The service was top notch and everyone was very friendly.

Thank riverratmatt87
Livermore, Colorado
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our golf cart tour to have a cocktail and enjoyed the beach and the view. How relaxing and beautiful. We'll be coming back on our next trip to Catalina.

Thank RkyMtnWizard
New Jersey
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

After a long walk along the beach, my boyfriend and I ended up at Descanso beach club. The grounds and beach were stunning. We got there for happy hour so it was a bit crowded but we were able to get a table facing the ocean, no problem. Normally it's a bit pricey , so arriving for happy hour was... More 

Thank LKAT19
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Our family group of 9 adults went to Descanso for a drink as it was so highly rated on TA. It was disappointing to say the least. We have a lot of beautiful beaches in California, and this is not one of them. The bill for drinks, no food, was $70, and half of us had water. The place has... More 

Thank CARebekah
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144 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

You must come to this gem. Make sure you pass the casino and you go where the canoeing and zip lining and all the activities are happening. The view the service drinks and food is the best at this place. Our server was Fabiola and she provided the best service out of all places we went to in the island.

Thank Missellen1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
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
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, Sea Trek, and a 32' Climbing Wall. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, Snuba and massages 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?