Avalon Grille

4.5
709 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Lively, central bar and open air dining. This waterfront restaurant features American regional dishes with a seasonal approach, paired with a world class selection of wines, micro-brew beers, and cocktails in a casual and fun "al fresco" atmosphere overlooking Avalon Bay. The Avalon Grille boasts a fabulous new menu that we would love to share with you.

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dood snd service

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TR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service on the island! My boyfriend and I went to dinner for his birthday. The staff was so welcoming and the food was amazing, we loved the veggie options! They made us feel at home, we went back the next day for brunch. We recommend this place to everyone. Val And Travis provided us with great service!

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DS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Besides checking into our hotel for our weekend away, our first order of business was dinner at Avalon Grille and what an evening it was. Our server, Marcela, was fantastic! She was a wealth of local information and knowledge to us. She was super helpful in pointing us in the right direction to plan our weekend. The food was delicious, the wine selection amazing (we recommend the owner’s winery Rusack - the Syrah is excellent!) and the service is friendly and inviting. We went back the night before we left our holiday getaway. This is the best restaurant in Avalon that we know of right now. We will definitely be returning, not only to this great island, but to Avalon Grille as well. How can we book Marcela as our server extraordinaire the next time we come?

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NR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was taken by all the live and surprises that encompassed Valentine's day. I was greeted with a rose and strawberry champagne. My pork chops were succulent and I ended up eating the majority of my boyfriend's burger because it was the best I've ever had prepared by chef Roberto Hernandez. It was truly a magical experience and we can't wait to return!

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RG
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far and away the best meal we had on the island.

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MQ
San Francisco
64 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don't miss the octopus - Amazing!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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KC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an early dinner overlooking the waterfront. My dinner was the filet mignon and au gratin potatoes. Delicious.

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AF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and atmosphere were outstanding! My boyfriend and I came here for my birthday dinner! Our server was Robin and she was as sweet as can be and very knowledgeable about the food and the area! Will defiantly come back next time we’re in town!

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, great menu, service and ambiance. Perfectly located off the ferry dock with lovely views. And the Wrigley Martini! Awesome!!

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FA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for New Years Eve and between the outstanding service and quality of food on what can be a very challenging night for most restaurants, I was very impressed and highly recommend it.

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j
New Mexico
10 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was decent but not great. The service and staff were excellent despite the New Years Eve crush.

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GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really good restaurant among the mediocrity that is dining in Avalon. The restaurant is beautiful, service is attentive but not overbearing, and the prices are reasonable.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a nice birthday dinner. The resturaunt was not crowded. So it felt like a calm enjoyable lunch.

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C
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The soup tasted like it was poured out of a can Progressive soup is better The service was horrible My wife spilled her water and our server watched as we cleaned it up and didn’t even offer to help Worst experience on Catalina Island

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AA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great evening (on Christmas day). Food was excellent, service prompt and friendly, noise level moderate. Will go there again the next time we visit Catalina.

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EW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff, a beautiful location with great ambiance ...and on Christmas day, Santa & Mrs. Claus stopped by for a visit. Very sweet.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a marvelous dinner with 2 Friends this week. Great Customer Service, wine, cocktails prepared and presented with class. Great menu. I had the filet, it melted in your month. One of the party asked for a different vegetable and no problem with substitutions.
Great dessert--bread pudding. Yum.

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TB
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arguably, the best restaurant on Catalina Island. Owned and operated by the Catalina Island Company the Avalon Grill is new and modern with excellent food and good service. Like most Avalon spots dress is casual and prices a bit high compared to mainland restaurants. I enjoyed really good roasted tomato soup and the lobster and Cajun sausage pasta. Complementary fired oysters and really special popcorn (really good) were served. Summer and holidays reservations are a must.

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b
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten here a few times both at the bar for drinks and apps and also full dinner. The food is always good, with some nice selections and they have lots of really fun drinks. The prices are decent at happy hour but a bit pricy other times. It is one of the only fine dining places on the island so it's understandable.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner. The service was great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow; had to ask for waiter several times; took a long time to place a cocktail order and then it was brought with our dinner.

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HB
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner. Food was very good but very small portions. Got overcharged by $16.00 on bill. Purchased complete meals then double charged us for desserts. Luckily we caught it on the bill. Ruined a special holiday dinner.

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A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so good we had two meals at Avalon Grille during our three day stay in Catalina. It was our anniversary and the staff made it very special for us. Food and wine were very delicious. The chef adds a bit of imagination to common dishes to make them more tasty and interesting. There is something on the menu for every taste. Can't wait until we go back to Avalon to have another meal there. Oh - and the staff - all of them were great!

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JW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delish- lovely- creative menu. Wonderful views, great service, excellent location. Our favorite place in Avalon that will delight any foodie for any occasion. We sat on the outside patio and enjoyed people watching.
We raved about the roasted Brussels sprouts tossed with roasted pineapple and about the amazing squash soup (our youngest son wanted a second bowl instead of ice cream later that night). Our server brought the chef to our table so he could share his secrets in creating such delights. The total experience is wonderful. Even the music was quietly tasteful. It’s a gem on the Island.

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KN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Was excited to come here for our anniversary and I booked 2 mos. in advance to request ta good table but waitstaff was lackluster and inattentive. Did not even ask if we were celebrating anything even though I specifically mentioned it in our reservation and to the hostess. Waiter for table next to ours gave their table champagne and dessert. Only saving grace was that the food was good but my husband ordered the rib eye so it is pretty hard to cook a bad steak. Not worth the price.

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e
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was delicious. The waterfront view was lovely and the cocktails were superb!
Our waitress was very attentive and my sister and I had a great birthday dinner. Thanks for making it a wonderful memory.

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CH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a great addition to the island! Great food and great service!

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F
Des Moines
39 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully prepared food and outstanding service! Our server (New Zealand) was beyond good! Thanks for a great evening!

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BM
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a bottle of wine and four small plates that were average at best. Very average service other than the reception which was terrific both entering and leaving.

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D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The venue was very nice, upscale casual. I enjoy most food I am served very much so I was a bit disappointed. The tomato soup was generous but not special. We split a ribeye and my portion was almost 1/2 gristle and fat. My spouse had a generous portion of fat as well. If we’d been more hungry we would have sent it back. Also almost everything on the plate was overly garlic - and we like garlic. So just a so-so meal for the price.

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J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the customer service was among the best!

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K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

The service was way late. We ordered 3 sea bass dish but they cooked only two . We were eating for a long time so we said we don’t need it anymore.
All Dinahes we ordered were NOT tasty. Not good food and expensive. We all were very unhappy.

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J
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wedding anniversary

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SS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited Avalon this past weekend and went to Avalon Grille 3 times. Dinner, cocktails and Sunday afternoon light bite. DeWitt the manager is present and interested in your experience and Javier was the best bartender ever. He is the type of individual that makes you want to keep coming back to the restaurant and the island. Excellent experience and will keep coming back

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F
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our group of 5 ladies were greeted and seated earlier than our reservation which was unexpected but welcoming. We had the daily soup and split dinners. The food was great and the server was attentive. Will go back when in Catalina again.

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OT
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except for the table of four elderly loud talkers who sat in the back nook of the restaurant next to us. We may as well have joined them (except they were obnoxious) since we were forced to hear every word of their conversation. It had a negative impact on our experience.

Roberto was our waiter - always smiling and accommodating. From the delicious Pinot Noir and hot buttered & gently truffled popcorn to the chicken for two (like a Sunday supper - much needed after a week’s vacation of poor food choices) and coconut pie for dessert, we loved every bite.

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JM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Food was good and staff was attentive and very friendly.

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JA
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic location in Avalon! Excellent menu and superb preparation and presentation. Cannot miss when you go to the Avalon Grille. (Also extremely attractive dining room in the sometimes "authentic" small seaside wonder of Avalon/Catalina Island!)

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CR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic great service good people and good vibes great food most of all our server was excellent

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