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Descanso Beach Club

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90704
+1 310-510-7410
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11:00 - 17:00
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San Diego, California
1 review
Reviewed 6 August 2013

About 30 of our employees enjoyed some "beach time" at the Descanco Beach Club - and it was a BLAST! Aleah and Sara took wonderful care of us. Top notch service and great cocktails.

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Thank Mel M
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 and will recognize them for a job well done. Thank you for taking the time... More 

San Diego, California
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2013

After a nice leisurely walk to the beach bar, we always start with the Colada and Moose Milk - both a must try. The bar tenders are prompt and efficient and there's free iced lemon water for the taking! There's still a small fee for using the beach and now also for sitting or standing on the grassy field. Our... More 

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Thank Jason C
Pasadena, Calfornia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Our week in Avalon this year consisted of 3 Cabana beach days at Descanso. What an awesome way to enjoy the day. Beautiful cabana situated on the water and away from the crowd. It was expensive but was worth it for the beauty and and comfort. Comp smoothie, fruit platter, bottles of water and ice cream made us all smile.... More 

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Thank Sally137
San Gabriel, California
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274 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2013

Descanso Beach and all of its amenities are awesome. You have to visit! Beach dining with full bar is a must for evening. We usually go for a drink or two (reduced price 4P-7P) and enjoy one of the scrumptious appetizers or anyone of their great selections. The Classic Hamburger is divine. You can begin your day here on the... More 

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Thank hmmbirdpat
Monterey, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We spent an entire day at this beach club and had a great time. The prices are a bit high but the experiece was amazing. At one point after a couple cocktails (The bliss was amazing) I thought my purse had been stolen. We alerted security and they had their whole team looking and blocking exits. Turns out I left... More 

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Thank Marissa D
California
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

This place became a fast favorite of all of us. Its a family fun place. Great view great music great service. And the bad news is drinks are pricey. They're good but not cheap by any means

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Thank 1discomom
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your wonderful dining experience at the Descanso Beach Club on TripAdvisor. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and in particular, you were delighted with the service provided by my team. I will personally share your feedback with them. Once again, thank you for taking the time to... More 

Edmonton, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 July 2013

Our family of six rented Cabana #2 while on shore from a Carnival Cruise. We had a delightful, relaxing day here at Descanso. Very clean, well cared for. Krystal, our steward was wonderfully attentive, cheerful and quick (Thanks Krystal!!) The beach is a little rocky for getting into the water, but if you bring a pair of water shoes, its... More 

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

Dear Guest, Thank you for choosing to dine with us at the Descanso Beach Club. We sincerely appreciate the positive comments about your dining experience and the special recognition to Krystal for her excellent service. Krystal will be very pleased that you remembered her name and that you took the time to post your feedback on TripAdvisor. I can assure... More 

1 review
Reviewed 20 July 2013

My family came here for a day trip and we ended up taking the longer walk around the casino. We normally stay right in town but it was sooooo worth it to visit this beach. The water is beautiful here and the atmosphere is fun. Food was great. I recommended you take the little longer stroll over to Descanso Beach:-)

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Thank mammaof3bbz
CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Descanso Beach Club, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your wonderful dining experience at the Descanso Beach Club on TripAdvisor. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed your dining experience with us and in particular, you were delighted with the service provided by my team. I will personally share your feedback with them. Once again, thank you for taking the time to... More 

Palm Desert
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161 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2013

What can I say? This is the best beach day ever! Ok, renting the cabanas at Descanso is very expensive, but when you want to splurge it will make you feel like an A list celebrity. The cabanas have very cushy Restoration Hardware furniture: a sofa, 2 oversized chairs, an ottoman, coffee table, and 2 lounge chairs. They come with... More 

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Seal Beach, California
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2013

Our family sat on the beautiful beach for $2 each. Rented 2 chairs for $10 each (they don't recline, but are pretty comfortable). Ordered lunch.... Our server was nice and attentive. Food came really fast. Food was pretty mediocre. Husband had lobster roll that was just "awful" according to him, but our friend ordered a drink at the bar and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 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, Bar Scene, View, Groups
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
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?