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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” (28 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 23 August 2016

Fun place, nice snorkeling, and you can rent all kinds of water STUFF. Full bar and good restaurant food. Very enjoyable.

Thank Rickczap
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Service was great, despite the bar being packed to overflowing. The view of the harbor, beach, and boats was infinitely entertaining. We ordered appetizers -- I highly recommend the nachos, but bring an appetite!! And the Descanso Destroyers were mind-blowing! Fun fun fun vacation bar!

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed 23 August 2016

We love the open air bar at the beach club, drinks are good and strong, great views and good summer vibe happening.

Thank Sushiman25
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Descanso Beach has turned into a little "Cabo" beach club atmosphere the past few years. Couple of bars, some descent food, a number of land and water play activities. It has a rocky beach, but the kids don't seem to mind. DJ keeps the vibe...More

Thank Troy K
Reviewed 22 August 2016

We rented two double kayaks at Descanso Beach. It was great. They had nice facilities for changing and rinsing off after kayaking. Please forewarned, if you want to spend anytime on this beach, you need to pay to enjoy it.

Thank Cheryl S
Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you are into being surrounded by over indulgent tourist this is the place for you. If your not but still want a beach experience upgrade and rent a cabana. Waiters will be happy to serve you there. This will save you from the bad...More

Thank BluewaterGypsy
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We went 2 times and enjoyed the great beach. They also have a great happy hour and was beautiful warm evening.

Thank Virgangulo
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Everything seems to be owned by Catalina Island Company so prices are similar, and not inexpensive. Staff were not as friendly as Descanso Bar.

Thank Lola M
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Rentals are pricey, but you get treated like royalty. Beach towels, bottled water and smoothies provided with lounge or cabana rentals.

Thank slabate
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Always a great time. The DBC is a must see and a great way to spend your day. Bring water shoes as there are a few rocks to deal with when entering the water.

Thank rjhoward1
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Birdie M
28 February 2018|
Response from Birdie M |
Is there DJs that play on the weekends in March ?!
Jacqueline V
3 January 2018|
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Response from Chris R | Reviewed this property |
Contact them, not me.
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.
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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups
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
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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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