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About Avalon Grille

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.

423 Crescent Avenue
Avalon, CA 90704
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Friday: 11:30 am to 10 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am to 10 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 9 pm
Happy Hour: Monday – Sunday, 2pm to 6 pm HH drinks and 3pm to 5pm HH food

Cross Street:
Catalina Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 510-7494

Website:
http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/dining-nightlife/avalon/avalon-grille

Entertainment:
Late night Dj every Friday and Saturday

Executive Chef:
Roberto Hernandez

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

Avalon Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (9)
People Watching (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Fun (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Seasonal (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Authentic (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Healthy (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

We dined here for the first night if our girls getaway weekend. We loved the service and ambiance. Our food was delicious too. I ordered the short ribs and my austere the burger. Her burger was a little overdone but still tasty. The price is kind of high but you pay for the view and good food.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great atmosphere and fun for people watching along Crescent Ave. We know the employees so it makes it a nice visit. Always enjoy sitting at the bar and as a local, appreciate Wine Down Wednesdays.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I said earlier your waiter was excellent. But the staff at the front door tried to give our table away to someone who just entered. Until I reminded them I had made an reservation for my 16th anniversary. Then they decided to seat us.

Also you should teach your staff about the pictures any paintings of your family you have in the restaurant as there are many people who visit your restaurant and ask who is that in the picture or when was that taken. Or even questions like when was this restaurant built. But your staff admitted they knew nothing about your family or any of the pictures. To me this is incredible as people visit your island are interested in your family.

Overall your restaurant is clean and nice and the staff are friendly and helpful. But little things like knowing something is important to me when I go to a restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service. A must when in Catalina! Enjoyed the view as well.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Sean behind the bar knows how to make a great drink. Food is very good and The Room has a great atmosphere

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Waterfront, People Watching, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had very good meal. Nicely presented. Restaurant attractive and appears to have a lively bar.
Had a very nice server.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Adult background music, respectful staff, convenient location

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This is called a “grille” but has a dinner-house menu, prices ($$$) and decor. The decor is classy, nostalgic and elegant, really nice. The music didn’t fit (beach boys/ 80’s dance music?) and I asked the bartender if they could play some dinner music, but nothing changed.

There was a family with a crying baby that we had to ask the waitress to do something about and she told the manager. It was awkward, but it was sooo nice once they left.

The wait staff brought cake for my Mother’s birthday and sang, so sweet. Thx!

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My fish order was Halibut with plantain was very tasty including the accompanying first layer under the fish fillet. I, however, did think that the portion size could have been bigger. It didn't go very far in filling me up and I'm skinny.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 23, 2017

I started with the roasted tomato soup and ordered the plantain-crusted halibut. Everything was delicious and flavorful. It was a generous portion and I couldn't eat it all. Everyone at my table liked what they ordered (calamari, filet, and shrimp) and said it was one of the best meals of the weekend. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 16, 2017

We really enjoyed the Avalon Grille and appreciated the creative menu and attentive staff. while 'on island' for the annual Jazz Festival we were lucky to squeeze a reservation in between shows and really enjoyed our experience. The braised and grilled octopus was outstanding as was halibut. When deliveries via the ferry from LA were off, the chef found other interesting options to add to the menu. The butternut squash soup (my first this season) will be hard to top.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Flash fried green beans were tasty. Heirloom tomato and beet salad was good. The cobb salad was outstanding, the filet mignon was tasty, tender, and cooked to 132 degrees. Everything was PERFECT.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Nice restaurant on the boardwalk with great views of the harbor, shops and people.great friendly service. Food was good with great presentation.prices comparable to others in the area.I would recommend.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

The food was great. Loved the Cobb salad with lobster. The waitress was very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

We went after a day of sightseeing on the island and had a great time. Got a table overlooking the harbor. The waitress was great and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend the Gazpacho duo.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Great experience from start to finish. Will definately be back. Thanks again !

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Fabulous.. ..excellent Chef----wonderful atmosphere too.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Celebrating my birthday

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Great service. Seated at open window overlooking Catalina harbor and people watching.

Tags: Scenic View, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The table we had was excellent. We asked for outside and it was. The food was good as well as the service. Lunch was great.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Outstanding food and Customer Service, thanks for the complimentary desert sample for our anniversary, really small but it was the thought that counted!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food is good, albeit overpriced due to the island location and its affiliation with the island company. If you sit outside on a weekend, be aware that you'll be catching the noise (and pedestrian traffic) from nearby watering holes such as the Marlin Club, which can disrupt the "mood" of the place.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great ambiance, great service. Didn't love the food, but we'll be back anyway due to perfect location and everything else about it.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Outstanding in every way: ambience, service, drinks and certainly the meal.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is by far one of our worst experiences at a restaurant. The service was nearly nonexistence. The dinner took over two hours and we didn't get dessert. The restaurant was so loud that we couldn't hear each other.

- Duo of Gazpacho: the best dish of the evening.
- Caesar salad: average.
- Crispy Brussels sprouts: very greasy.
- Grilled octopus: extremely salty, should have sent it back.
- Grilled pork chop: okay, but had to order medium doneness, while told by the waitress that the chef recommends well done.
- Roasted airline chicken: very dry.
- Local white seabass: extremely fishy, you can smell the stench two feet away. We sent it back and ordered the pork chop. Waited almost an hour for the pork chop and had to asked for our waitress about the chop 3 times, who was nowhere in sight. The chop was way over cooked and bone dry. We were offered 50% off the chop. Really?

Definitely, will not return.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

This restaurant came highly recommended. I ordered the sea bass. I kindly told the waiter it was the worst sea bass I have ever had. For the cost of the dish, the sea bass was unusually thin. Not like a nice, filet sized fish that I've always had in the past. Not only was it paper thin it was so dry I didn't even eat it. The waiter was very nice and graciously discounted our meal. The couple next to us was thinking about ordering the sea bass and I kindly suggested they order something else. They appreciated the advice. The waiter insisted I had a bad piece of fish, regardless, I won't be back. The bread was delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 23, 2017

For our Wedding Anniversary we "Staycationed" in
Catalina and dined here on our anniversary. The service and food were very good. My entre, Halibut, was excellent, however my husband's steak was cooked medium, not medium rare as requested. The restaurant helped with our celebration by presenting us with an anniversary dessert. A very tasty and thoughtful gesture. Overall a delightful celebration.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The restaurant is well maintained and beautiful - excellent plein air art and historic photos are delightful. Fresh flowers are a lovely tough plus a friendly waitress and delicious food. We came down from Two Harbors on our boat for a "night out" and the restaurant was a treat. Well done, Avalon Grill!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Fun birthday celebration for 6. Stayed on our boat in the harbor and came over for dinner. It was right in the middle of the excitement but still felt quaint and easy to hear our own conversations. Service was great. Food great.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Fun, Scenic View
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

We had two steaks, sea bass and a burger at our table. All were extremely over cooked to the extent we couldn't finish our meals. We informed our server and she deducted 10% from the meal which wasn't a surprise since we had a coupon for 10% off. This place is a tourist trap. Aside from a gorgeous view, that is all I would recommend

Tags: Waterfront
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

We had a party of 8 celebrating a birthday. The hostess was friendly and acknowledged the birthday. Our waitress was very good with just the right amount of attention to our party. There is a good selection of items; something for everyone. My husband and I are both vegan. He had the vegan ravioli. He said it was very good, although the portion was a little small for his appetite. I had the tostada without cheese which was on the smallish size but just right for a lighter lunch. They even brought a little complimentary dessert for the birthday girl. This was our second time dining here. I will definitely come back next time I'm in Catalina.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups
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 (Louisville)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Food was good, our waiter was not. My wife and I were visiting Catalina for our one year anniversary. Last year we stayed for our honeymoon. We had been eating and drinking all day so we just wanted to relax that evening and share a meal. We didn't order drinks and shared a dinner and an appetizer. As soon as the waiter realized we were not going to spend a lot on food his attitude immediately changed and treated us like we were cheapskates looking for a cheap dinner. I still gave him a good tip for our short meal, none the less you should treat every customer like they are regulars if you want people to come back. Now if we ever find ourselves on Catalina again we will probably be exporting other options.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

The menu is limited. Waiter addressed my birthday at beginning but forgot by the end. Both of us had a reaction to our fish entrees. This is a great location with a lot of potential.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Was my Daughters birthday and everything was good. My only comment would be the carrot cake she was given at end of meal for the birthday must of been frozen prior since when we received it was still a bit hard, we still like it.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our anniversary was not given any special treatment

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had reservasations for four to celebrate our daughters birthday. We were promptly seated but after waiting over 15 minutes for someoneone to acknowledge our presence at the table my husband got up to speak to the hostess. Once the server finally came over she apologized for not seeing us sooner. The food and drinks were great though.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Delicious! Avalon Grille exceeded our expectations with delicious food and great service! Every plate of food was delicious- we sampled tuna tartare, truffle fries, flank steak, a huge Cobb salad, scallops and calamari, chicken and a special burger. Everything was really, really good- exactly as described, fresh, presented well. We were excited to find Rusack wine on the wine list and loved our bottle of Pinot Noir, Service was excellent- prompt, courteous, professional. A great meal! If we come back to Avalon, we will definitely eat here again. Thanks for the great night!

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This was a birthday celebration. My friend ate sea scallops & squid, she enjoyed it. I had Ahi tartare which was just ok, and a lobster Cobb salad which was excellent.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Is this really one of the top rated restaurants in Avalon? Good Lord of the dysfunctional taste buds... The ahi tuna was nothing special; the sea bass was overcooked, borderline cardboard tasting, not even the skimpy achiote could save it; and the $37 seafood mofongo actually tasted like cardboard (I've had delicious mofongo in Puerto Rico before). We ordered a bottle of wine that they did not have, which did not keep them from including it in the bill! The waitress was consistently rude, especially when we asked if they wouldn't mind turning down the music since we couldn't hear one another across the table. Her reply was, "There's a sign on the door." Granted, said sign said they'd have a DJ starting at 10PM --wish it had also said this place is a scam. $150 down the muddy toilet. Urge all your enemies to dine here.

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