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Descanso Beach Club Dining

1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“nachos” (25 reviews)
“salad” (10 reviews)
“lounge chairs” (35 reviews)
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American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Nice comfy lounge chairs with towels and umbrellas to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. Live music, great food, and friendly service by Tom and Klarke made for an exceptional day!

Thank andreasmithGG
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We visited Descanso Beach Club at least once a day on our 4 day stay on the Island. We took advantage of renting two chase lounge chairs one of the days with your own server and unlimited fruit smoothies and water. Each set of chairs...More

Thank Jessica George B
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Thank goodness for the exceptional location. Sitting on the beach having lunch is the best. However, the food here was less than stellar, especially for the price. But, the view is why they can do it..

Thank jennsantel
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Busy bar and beach but a lot of fun and the best place to people watch! Great drinks, delicious tuna and shrimp had us back the very next day.

Thank Tori L
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Jacob our sever handled two teenagers with perfection! We had a fun time people watching and enjoyed the buffalo milk drinks!. Food was good and it was nice to be there for the happy hour prices.!

Thank dmueller579
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

As long as there is not a special event here you can enjoy the beach. Great drinks and bar food. We sat here people watching for a couple of hours. Best buffalo milks in Avalon.

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
Reviewed 28 July 2017 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

3  Thank lanej213
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Although a bit crowded, we enjoyed a relaxing day at the beach here. It was so convenient to have the bar and restaurant right there as well as restrooms close by. We did not rent the chairs or the cabana, they seemed a bit pricey.

Thank 2012travelingmom
Reviewed 24 July 2017

After our Saturday arrival into Avalon shortly after 9:30am, we trekked toward Descanso Beach Club, it’s not exactly near the harbor but not too far, maybe ¾ of a mile away? We thought about renting lounge chairs but after counting the number of people in...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed 24 July 2017

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
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Questions & Answers
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
USD 31 - USD 50
Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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