Avalon Grille

4.4
645 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • People Watching
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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 4pm to 8pm
Friday: 3pm to 9pm
Saturday: 9am to 9pm
Sunday: 9am to 8pm

Dinner is served daily at 5pm
Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 3pm
Happy Hour drink specials: 2pm - 6pm when open
Happy Hour food specials: 3pm - 5pm when open
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Phone number
(310) 510-7494
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Hernandez
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Catalina Avenue
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Entertainment
Late night Dj every Friday and Saturday
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 645 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Nice location in heart of Avalon, very breezy- think Tommy bahama feeeling, menu is creative and tasty unfortunately the talent pool for high ending dining is very small so the servers are trying but coming up short.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Nice looking restaurant however our filet was so over cooked it was grey among other issues. Surrounding tables has the same issues as well. Hopefully they get it figured out

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Beautiful restaurant, Great view of the ocean, and tasty options!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great friendly service great atmosphere our service person was so helpful

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Really great, friendly service.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The service was fantastic on the Friday night we went there. EVERYONE checking on us to make sure we were taken care of. The food (whole chicken), and cocktails (Wrigley Martini and Espresso Martini), were excellent. We ended up going back for another Wrigley Martini late night Saturday and they had a DJ going (played good music but had a woofer that was crackling which as an aficionado was like nails on a chalkboard), and Sunday for Brunch. All great. Best restaurant we tried on the island.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

The food was absolutely delicious. The atmosphere was very inviting.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Very nice place next to the bay/beach. Great food and great staff! Best in Catalina Island!

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Best food, service and atmosphere in Avalon. Octopus was tender, steak was delicious. I will say, have them dress, chop and toss your ceasar!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Went to Catalina for a birthday get away. When I made the reservation I said we were celebrating a birthday. When we were greeted at the front desk the hostess did not say anything about celebrating a birthday. When the server came over she never said anything about the birthday throughout the evening we were there for over two hours and she said nothing about my birthday nor did she bring out a special birthday Desert. She was an excellent server but it would’ve been nice to have acknowledged my birthday or a birthday dessert.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Food and service were both very good. However, we were dining for our anniversary, which I included on the reservation, and it was never mentioned or brought up. Kind of disappointing, but overall a good meal. And the patio was great for people watching.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I have been here several times before. It was another great meal. The service was good and the food was wonderful. The only thing we did not like was the popcorn they serve instead of bread and butter when you are seated. It tasted stale and some of it was burnt. Except for that we had a great meal. We will be back.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We had to wait a long time to be served. The halibut was over cooked. Nice location, but over worked staff. They tried hard, but too much work.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

- we had brunch and dinner there every day for 5 days - that tells you it must be great!!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We had a delicious dinner with excellent and friendly service. Great food in a beautiful setting. We will definitely be back on our next trip to Catalina!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

My birthday dinner with my husband 😊 food was good and service was great! Thank you.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Overall it was a very good experience. The one vegetarian dish on the menu needs some improvement, but we were happy that there was a V option and know they are working on perfecting it.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The food was excellent, particularly the Chateaubriand and Octopus; both very tender. Service was fair. The restaurant was quite busy so our server was unable to be very attentive. Still I would return. Wonderful harbor-front open-air atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Very nice place. Looks to be new and modern. Stands out as the most modern restaurant in catalina. Does not have that catalina charm more like a newport beach place. All in all very nice.

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3.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Four for dinner. We ordered wine with appetizers, lettuce wedge salad and a skirt steak. The appetizers were good, lettuce wedge salad was very small and the skirt steak was horrible - the worst tasting steak I have ever had. We all had skirt steak and after one bit we had a horrible after taste in our mouth. We complained to our waiter who took it off the bill. I happen to see the manager and complained to him as well. I was sick to my stomach the next morning. A restaurant and shift manager need to know when serving spoiled / rancid food. The music that started at 10:00pm was terrible as well. We sat near the DJ and saw lots of young people come into the restaurant. As soon as he starting playing the crowd departed. How about a DJ that sings vocals and plays top tunes. The waiter and host and hostess were very friendly.
Good Luck on the island. We are there a few times a month.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Excellent service and amazing food! Well worth it and underrated by others.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Excellent food and service. We found Robin very engaging and helpful

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Vacation to Catalina

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

We had a great time. Sean the bartender was the best.

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Expensive restaurant but the food is not that good.

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3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Mixed results. Overall, pretty disappointing for our group of four. The Avalon Grille is a lovely restaurant with a good wine list. Our service was great. The brussel sprouts were delicious (although a small portion) and the fried octopus was perhaps the best I've had. But the rest of the food was not good. Each of us ordered seafood. I was surprised that all the fish ordered (except octopus) was over-cooked. The halibut was horribly dry. The seabass was only slightly better. The sides that came with the entrees were bland. We were there for a birthday dinner and did get a nice dessert on the house. I would not go back for a meal--maybe just a glass of wine and appetizer.

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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Ordered the seabass and the halibut. Seabass was good, halibut was unfortunately overcooked. Service was ok but not attentive and non-responsive to questions and concerns. For the premium prices I expect premium experiences.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Beautiful spot to take in views of Avalon and enjoy a delicious meal. Great wine, meat and cheese board had good variety and we loved the filet with side of crunchy Brussels sprouts. We will return for sure!

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Service, Food and Setting are 5 Star

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

3 in our party thought food and service was average.

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3.0Dined on July 5, 2018

We were there for a birthday celebration weekend. Food was good but not hot. Caeser salad was horrifically fishy and warm. Its disappointing when a Salad is not chilled and crunchy;(

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The grilled peach salad was more like mushed peaches salad. Even though it was ordered without goat cheese there were still crumbles of goat cheese in it. The kids Mac and cheese had half of the pasta underdone, nearly raw. The server was helpful in trying to remedy it and the location is perfect. Perhaps it’s a better spot for a drink, as the Kitchen seems to be sorely lacking.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent service, staff was very prompt and friendly. The scallops and chateau briand were cooked perfectly, with amazing presentation. Overall great experience!! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Excellent service. Excellent selection. Food was perfect. 5 stars.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Stopped in for a drink at the bar our first evening on Avalon. Bartenders were great. Javier promised the best lemon drop... he was spot on! Very fun vibe, great location!

Dinner the next night was superb! Fresh, flavorful, perfectly cooked and delicious.The wait staff is well educated and friendly... nice casual and relaxed vibe! We highly recommend Avalon Grill anytime of day! Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Best Bloody Mary on the Island! Great brunch menu! Excellent wait staff!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Excellent view, very accommodating along with superb food!

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Locations is great. People were nice and accommodating. I ordered a filet mignon medium rare and it was stone cold when it came to my table. When it arrived the waitress said, 'carful the plate is hot'. Unfortunately I wasn't planning to eat the plate. I noticed that the table next to us also sent their steak back because it was cold to the touch. Everything else on the plate was hot. I can't fathom how a steak could be served that cold, especially when paying $40 for it. They did make it right, but clearly they had a problem that evening.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The food and service was great! Love the interior setting, will be back there again. Best restaurant in Avalon!

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This was a our second time trying Avalon Grille. We were disappointed the first time, and the second time wasn't much better. It appears as an upscale restaurant. However, the food quality leaves much to be desired. On this occasion, the Calamari, although seasoned well, was tough and tasted like eating paper. I ordered the Sea Bass as the main entrée, and much of it was severely undercooked, almost as if it has been frozen when it was cooked. My wife ordered the filet mignon, and it was also undercooked, even though she ordered it medium well. The waitress was accommodating in not charging me for the Sea Bass, and dessert was good, but would have expected better food for the prices we would have paid, if we had to pay for everything.

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