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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: 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

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

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
Waterfront (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Romantic (14)
Good for a Date (13)
Scenic View (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Casual (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Im so Glad i made Reservation with Special Requested ask for Corner Quiet In the Dark Table with 20 Roses and a Botle of Red Wine and suprise my wife on our 20 years Aniversary
Thank You to all people at Avalon Grille to made this request possible i recoment this place for a Romantic specially Aniversary Dinner

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

One of Avalon's better upscale eateries. Friendly waiter, nice ambiance. I ordered the Scallops dish- it was yummy! Beware of the $99 margarita...yes $99!! Our waiter was kind enough to point it out to us when we ordered it (we hadn't noticed the price). Needless to say, we were very appreciative of the "heads up." We"modified" our order to a more affordable and still satisfying cocktail!
Convenient location if you don't have a golf cart- right off the green pier and right down the way from El Galleon(fun karaoke) and around the corner from The Marlin Club (fun dive bar)that has fun live (throwback) bands.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

They treated us very well & helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary which they acknowledged by giving us complimentary Champagne & a dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

nice looking restaurant, well-located. food was average and menu rather limited. main issue was with very slow food and even slower arrival of parts of the dish which it seemed the chef left out, despite being on the menu! whilst there is not much choice in avalon for fine dining, we were not impressed enough to try again.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My dad and I had a fantastic dinner here. The location was beautiful and the food excellent as well as the service.

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 (Boise)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a delicious thanksgiving dinner here. Food was amazing and ambience was fantastic!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great location, but the service was very slow and not attentive. Had to ask our server to take away empty plates when he was there to drop off drinks. The grilled octopus was good, but everything else, Corbina, swordfish and steak were not that good. Certainly not worth the price.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Fantastic. We ate dinner here all three nights we were in Avalon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Fun, People Watching, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great Beer
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wonderful away-from-home Thanksgiving dinner! We were treated so well the whole evening. We will definitely be back!! Thanks for a great holiday meal - made empty nesting fun!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had reservations at 4:30 but had to wait at the bar until 6:00. Was not happy since it was Thanksgiving and it was just me and my husband on a trip without family. I understand the restaurant was very busy and they tried their best to accommodate. We actually really like this restaurant and just had a bad experience due to it being Thanksgiving and over booked with reservations evidently.

Tags: Casual, Scenic View
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Decided to have seafood for Thanksgiving dinner and Avalon Grille didn't disappoint. The scallops and calamari entree was sublime. The grilled octopus appetizer was thrilling and tasty with a hint of spice. My only critique would be to tell us where/who/when the seafood was caught, especially if it was local. But the restaurant does say they only support sustainable seafood. Thanks!

Tags: Waterfront, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great food and service

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