We ordered the fresh fish
We ordered the fresh fish of the day, Mahi Mahi. The fish was well prepared and delicious, but pricey. For an over $30.00 single plate, I felt it was skimpy, and lacking a fresh vegetable. It was served with a few greens on top of the fish.
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Avalon so needed a dining
Avalon so needed a dining experience like this! Bless you!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good service. Accommodated
Very good service. Accommodated my request for an ocean view table and brought us a free desert for our anniversary.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not your typical tourist trap!
Wonderful knowledgeable server. Every single thing we ordered was delicious. Simple but innovative menu - we are discriminating foodies and ate every single thing on our plate. Not your typical tourist trap.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chef uses fresh ingredients
The chef uses fresh ingredients to create delicious Southern-style food. Martinis were tasty. Service was attentive. I recommend the fried green tomatoes starter. Sand dabs were the special seafood of the day and they were prepared perfectly! Great place to eat a leisurely meal and watch the crowd go by.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great night! Thanks
We had a great night! Thanks for making our anniversary special.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pricey but Recommended
A bit pricey however I enjoyed my filet and my girlfriend found the clam chowder to be delicious. We also shared a delicious cheese cake for dessert.
4/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the best more up scale
One of the best more up scale places to eat in Avalon.
5/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
My Girlfriend and I had a fantastic experience at Avalon Grille. The hostesses got me the table I had requested with my reservation, which was right in front with a harbor view. Our wait staff was amazing, from the water and bread server's all the way to our main waitress. The food was outstanding as well! The restaurant was extremely busy, but I would definitely go back and give my recommendation.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful aal the way around!
My wife, daughter and I celebrated college graduation and it was fabulous. My wife and I had the Hailbut with loenta and spinach. It was incredible!
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Although our food was great, the location of our table was not. It was located next to the door and in front of the hostess check in. We had people standing over our table for most of our meal. I was so crowded with people, that at one point I had to scooter my chair way in because people we crowding in to that area.
I think they either need to be more observant of how many people are in the area and ask people to move outside or get rid of that table. No one in my party appreciated having peoples butts in their face while they tried to eat.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice dinner with good ambience
We made reservations here on a very busy Memorial Day weekend. We were seated very quickly, and our server was quite attentive. The surroundings were very nice - the restaurant is lovely inside, and windows facing the waterfront
were left open. The food was good, too, except maybe not as exceptional as I had been led to believe. Somehow, looking at the menu, we didn't find that many dishes that we were tempted by. Ended up choosing a sea bass ceviche (excellent), the meta appetizer (a sort of crostini platter with hummus and other toppings - okay), and shared a Cobb salad (lovely) and the Moussaka (I like mine better). I would say that the food was good, but not remarkable. But as a dining experience, it was quite nice overall.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Savor the Flavor
The "smart casual" dress code for the Avalon Grille says everything you need to know about the restaurant. The menu is well thought out and covers all the savory tastes for your meat lover to your veggie lovers palate. The bar serves delicious elixirs to enjoy while watching the game on their many flat screens if you want to get out of the sun and still enjoy on the beach front atmosphere. Every staff member I came in contact with was friendly and welcoming. Our waitress provided great service and she was knowledgeable of the wine selection. I, however, recommend the Pear Mojito! YUM!
5/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely view and food
We had a lovely lunch at Avalon Grille and enjoyed the view of the Avalon beach strand. Food was very good. I especially enjoyed their clam chowder and cobb salad. Wanted to eat light, after a little bit of a rough ride over from San Pedro. They were also very accommodating with our late arrival. Service was a little slow, although not terribly and it was very friendly. Would definitely go there again.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
6:30 on a Friday night worked great for us. Probably got more crowded later. Service great and great updated tasteful and high end chic decor!
Our reservation was moot. They didn't seem to find it, but luckily it didn't matter.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Avalon Grill--a great spot to dine
Excellent cuisine, try the grilled brussel sprouts, they were delicious.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and atmosphere!
Great spot in the heart of Avalon. Steak and Seafood perfect. Service was impeccable.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch at Avalon Grille
My wife and I (seniors) had a delightful lunch at Avalon Grille June 12, 2013. This is a beautiful space with a super bay view. The food and service were all that you could ask for, including some very nice wine.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for island dinner!
We hadn't been to Caralina for a few years and were happy to see a new high quality restaurant! We were not disappointed in the Avalon Grille- the buffalo burger was awesome ...
Well definitely return
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really recommend the Avalon Grill! We were a group of 3 and we tried the Cobb Salad, Buffalo Burger and the Grouper special. Also tried the Butternut Squash Soup. All dishes were excellent and well-presented.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful meal and great service
We ate dinner a few nights ago on Catalina. The service at the Avalon Grille was amazing. Our waitress- an island native was very pleasant and offered us tips on the island. I had the diver scallops with the risotto which was delicious. My husband enjoyed the tuna with fingerling potatoes. We had been on our honeymoon and the chef sent out a delicious complimentary dessert. We will be returning for sure.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
We liked it!
We were celebrating our anniversary, and were treated royally by the staff. The food was excellent.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have changed the menu
They have changed the menu and it is pretty limited. I really had to search for something I wanted to eat. Need some more comfort foods - ie they used to have pot roast and meatloaf and I think they even had mac and cheese. They will really get a run for their $$ now with the new restaurant open. Need to expand their menu.
7/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
As with all of the good restaurants
As with all of the good restaurants in Avalon, it was over priced. The food and experience was good, but should have been better for the amount paid.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ate at all of the finest restaurants in Avalon this past week, and we thought this one was the best. Beautiful inside, great service, and excellent food. We ate indoors which was very nice, but there is also a nice patio area. The ahi tuna and the New York steak were fantastic!
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Avalon grille several times and have always enjoyed the food and ambience. Due to menu changing we were a bit disappointed in the choices on the menu. It was a bit pricey also. Service was great!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Water Front Great Dinner
My husband and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary here a few weeks ago. We had a cozy, beautiful table by the front windows. We got to people watch and listen to the water. My husband had the Ahi Tuna entree and I had the scallops and risotto. He was a little disappointed by the small size of the tuna dish, but it was cooked perfectly (and he's a eater so I'm not surprised that he was disappointed!) I absolutely LOVED the risotto and scallops. It was a bigger portion but perfectly prepared & delicious. My husband had the Grog& I had the blackberry mojito. While my drink was great, I wish I had the Grog. It was very tropical tasting! We loved this place. MUCH better than Steve's Steakhouse down the street. WE WILL BE BACK!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food can be hard to find in a beach city, but this was very good. the scallops & risotto were very good and the bacon wrapped quail was scrumptious. Service was excellent, wines were pricey, ambiance was quite nice. All in all a wonderful evening.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice restaurant, good location, excellent food.
The lobster Mac and cheese was to die for! The quail was
Cons : Open table made it seem as though the
restaurant would be packed but it was almost empty.
The gal who answered the phone did not know how to give
the simplest of directions. Lastly they are overpriced.
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great meal in Catalina!
Very casual, chic restaurant. Nice decor. Fabulous view of the boats and beach with open doors that let the breeze in. We ordered appetizers of Green Beans and Brussel Sprouts ~ both were delicious! Since I am allergic to shrimp, I asked for the Seafood Cobb salad with only crab. Instead of adding more crab, the serving of crab was very small. But the salad was still tasty and fresh.
Server was very attentive and friendly. If we come back to Catalina , we would dine here again.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I went there to celebrate our belated birthdays. After a day of visiting the island we were ready for some good food and wine and weren't disappointed. The service and the ambiance were fantastic.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A special occasion special:)
My husbands birthday,and we were very happy with the food,ambiance,and service.
We had an amazing Messa plate and the Pan seared swordfish with tapenade was incredible.
We will return.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Scrumptious Meal overlooking Harbor
Drinks were well made. Wine list not large but varied. Service friendly. Food delicious- especially the Lobster & Truffle Mac n Cheese (outstanding!!). Desserts creative and well presented.
During happy hour, order 2 entrees and receive 2 free movie passes for Avalon Casino.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and service.
Avalon Grille offers a creative menu for casual fine dining, a rarity on Catalina Island. The servers were generally attentive and clearly trying hard to provide a good experience. We had the mezze sampler and watermelon salad for starters. The former was a ok effort to spruce up the standard offerings of hummus, tzatiski and taramolsalata, while the latter was outstanding. I had to restrain myself from lapping up the light, citrusy dressing right off the plate. The entrees were well thought out although two dishes (cioppino and short rib) were oversalted. The NY strip was perfectly prepared with a nice blue cheese sauce. Overall, worth the expense for a nice night out.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience and I am looking forward to going there again next time I visit.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice upscale open restaurant
We really enjoyed the meal, service and ambience in or outside.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to the Avalon Grille
We went to the Avalon Grille for my birthday. The amazing view was of the Avalon Harbor so you can view the boats and water. We sat next to the front window which was lovely. The restaurant has a lovely upscale ambiance. My husband had a New York steak which he enjoyed and he said it was cooked just right. Our waitress was helpful in describing the specials and dishes. We split a Caesar salad which was quite large and delicious. We were glad we split it rather than order two salads. I would go again when we return to Avalon. It is a bit expensive over other choices for restaurants in Avalon but for a special occasion it was just what we wanted. Its right in the heart of Avalon so you don't have to go far to find it.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I enjoyed our evening at Avalon Grill from the moment we arrived early and sat at the bar. We wanted a more upscale dining experience and weren't disappointed. Xavier, the bartender, was attentive and charming. Our waiter was excellent. Also attentive but didn't rush us. My husband had the ahi and I had the short ribs and they were both excellent. Wonderful evening overall. We will certainly return the next time we are on the island.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
early dinner before crowd
we picked a good time to reserve a table (at 5pm) before the crowd of the peak tourism season converged on and turned the restaurant into a more energetic scene. the restaurant sits on the main walkway of Avalon. the walls open up to windowless view of the harbor as well as the vibrant scene.
the food was average, my plate being the catch of the day of pan-seared yellowtail which was done just right. my wife had a lamb burger which she thought was underseasoned, so the food is a hit or miss. the dessert was especial as we had a flourless chocolate slice with a whipped cream made just right, not too flat or sweet.
the wine list consists of moderate to very pricey bottles ($50 - $800!) but we settled on glasses of quality beer and a mojito.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great as always, we were there
Great as always, we were there the first night they opened and it s still excellent.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and Beautiful
Not only was the food delicious but I loved the ambience! It is beautifully decorated in an upscale island style.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in Avalon
The entrie experience at Avalon Grill was outstanding. Food, ambience, and service all a cut above.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Doesn't get any better than this
The perfect blend of wonderful food and Catalina Island lifestyle.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
lunch at Avalon Grille
Wonderful french fried beans. What a creative idea. Food was very very good. Sand dab sandwich was a little boring; could have used a bit more flavor. It was fun being outside and watching the world walk by. No one hurried us along; also a plus for better restaurants. Reminded me a little bit of being in Southern Europe, very relaxing.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great locale! Attentive service!
Overall had a lovely dining experience. For our large group, our server handled us well. Food was solid. I especially liked the fried green beans and onion rings. My club sammy was ok - pretty basic. Great space and feel to the restaurant. Give them a whirl!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were pleasantly surprised
We were pleasantly surprised because some of the reviews were not complementary. I think perhaps because of the politics.
The decor and sound was very nice exceptional. Just be kind to everyone.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Avalon Grill - special
Without a referral, chose this restaurant for 25th wedding Anniversary and husband's birthday. They didn't recognize either, sadly, but that is okay. The food was outstanding, and we are food snobs. More of a Soho look than a cozy place, but again, the food was amazing. So glad we dined there.
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Catalina Dining Experience
Two thumbs up! Fantastic location, right on the street facing the gorgeous Avalon Bay. Can't ask for anything more when you are visiting Catalina. The interior of the restaurant is very cool and sophisticated, in the tradition of something like converting a bank or library to a restaurant. We were there for lunch on our day in Catalina, and it was mid-week so it wasn't busy. I can't speak to the height of summer tourist traffic because it was November. Nonetheless, the weather is beautiful and our experience was wonderful. We ordered a fancy burger and sandwich, and they were excellent. They add a side of fried green beans for $2, and this is WELL worth it. mmm mmm. Side orders of fries or green beans are huge. It was a fun lunch!
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
Made us all happy
We were married on Catalina Island and chose a small destination wedding with my now husband and our children ranging in ages from 12-15.
We went to Avalon Grill after we got married and played a round of miniature golf. We had our wedding attire and a special table where we sat that was a bit more private. We had plenty to choose from and we were all happy. I especially loved the pasta!
We had a cake special ordered and we were served it at The Avalon Grill as well....
The service, food, ambience, all...very special for our very special occasion and we want to thank you Avalon Grill!
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had thanksgiving dinner here while visiting Caltalina and the food was amazing. Best butternut squash soup I ever had.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM