Avalon Grille

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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 Francisco
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time here. Fabulous brunch! Fantastic service and fy!

W
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and service on the island. Liked it so much we are going back on Sunday for brunch. This restaurant is a must when visiting Catalina

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. My husband and I were celebrating our 43rd anniversary, shared an octopus appetizer, and the Chateaubriand. Yummy! The main course came with mashed potatoes and asparagus. We brought our own wine, a very old cabernet sauvignon, so I can't comment on the wine selection. Desserts looked fantastic, but we were so stuffed at the end of our main course we had to pass. Our waiter was extremely attentive!

EA
San Francisco
146 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the Crispy Brussels Sprouts, the Flash Fried Green Beans, a Salad from the retro menu and the Andouille and Lobster Ballerina. Each dish was OUTSTANDING!!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

50th Birthday dinner. Everything was excellent. I had the châteaubriand and it was amazing!!

RJ
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Master Bartender Gorge is awesome.
Wonderful service!
5 Star cuisine.....can't wait to go back.

t
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Window seats had great view for people watching but menu was limited, fairly expensive.

T
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our food was delicious and the service was excellent!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband’s birthday!

BW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, outstanding serve staff, great Executive Chef Roberto and excellent bartender, Javier.

Keep up the excellence.

M
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

If it was possible to give this location a ZERO star review I would. Still cant believe that I spent $160 at this location for subpar service and food. This restaurant was VERY over priced. For the amount they charged I was expecting more flavors. My girlfriend ordered the Ribeye well done how she always orders it. This was the first time we ordered it well done and it was BURNT and crunchy on the outside. The meat was dry and over seasoned with pepper. I was shocked that the mashed potatoes didn't have an ounce of salt in them. I asked for butter and salt which saved them. Our waitress also wasn't very pleasant she seemed like she didn't want to be there. I ordered the lobster pasta dish which was really good but I still think it was over priced. What I thought was worth it was the chocolate espresso cake.

Overall I was not satisfied and very disappointed. We will not be back.

PL
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customer service and food was excellent. We celebrated our anniversary there.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service and food. Marcela was fantastic and took care of us ensuring we had a great time.

JW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Hispanic older bartender is very rude. I have been to the bar before and he is Rude always.

JC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, the ambiance being right on the waterfront is very nice, and the wait staff was all extremely friendly and accommodating. I would definitely eat there again in the future.

JB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG where to start ?? Everything about this restaurant was superb ! From the host Joel, to our server Casey and the manager on loan, Elliot, everyone could not have been nicer. The food was outstanding !!! The atmosphere breath taking with its ocean view. It was my friend's wedding anniversary and they went out of their way to make it special.

L
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such A Wonderful Exprience, Love The Energy, The Ambiance And The Service Was Outstanding. Looking Forward To Another Fabulous Dining Experience❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

VS
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I appreciated the fresh and thoughtful vegan and gluten free options. My only request is similar desert option, too.

P
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Beautiful setting to celebrate our anniversary on a quiet post-season Thursday night. Open table reservation notes about our celebration were overlooked, as was out reservation. We received an O.T. email thinking we were no shows. Our server was pleasant BUT she was non-attentive. The other staff members picked up her slack. Ordered cocktails and waited then a different waiter came with out appetizers but we had no drinks yet. Needed pepper for my salad but servers were no where to be be found. When entrees were delivered (another server) nobody stopped to by to see if we needed anything until half way though the meal. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Not looking for anything free but some overture to our anniversary would have been thoughtful and professional. For a beautiful restaurant, with an upscale and pricey menu, the service did not come close to being even satisfactory. We made the most of it but would not return on our next visit.

JR
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely dining room, very clean and nicely furnished. The windows to the street were clean with much attention to detail. Service was prompt and efficient. We would definitely go back and recommend it to anyone going to Catalina Island.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My biggest complaint is with the Open Table app itself. The restaurant didn't take reservations by phone, so I was forced to use the app and designate that this was a special birthday dinner. When prompted to choose a dessert to be served with a candle, I made my choice and submitted it. When we finished our meal, the waiter asked if we wanted any dessert -- I told him what I had pre-selected on the app. He said they didn't have that appetizer anymore and that they never got any kind of notification of my request.

The food was exquisitely prepared. (Try the grilled octopus appetizer & the lemon cheesecske--you'll be blown away!)

Though not right on the water, you can see it across the street from some of the tables.

The service was impeccable.

This place should have 4 dollar signs ($$$$) next to it. It's VERY pricey!

AO
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

We tried Avalon Grille again after being disappointed two years ago but heard it had improved. Big Mistake. My $35 scallops were cold and tasted like sugar was dumped on top. Horrible meal. Our bread came AFTER we ate but we were glad because at least we had bread and butter to wash down the horrible meal. Will not go back again. Overpriced and overrated.

AV
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun night! Amazing food, great wine list & our server Chris (?) was so wonderful. All in all a great time!

m
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was great. Got seated early and all staff was freindly and attentive.
The food was great we dined on Grilled octopus and Chateaubriand.. Eveything was delicious...
I would highly recommend the Avalon Grill...

JK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was excellent and attentive .. very friendly

PM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Sadly underwhelming. We were advised to find a place that takes reservations since Catalina is a small and busy island, and Avalon Grille had the best. We anticipated a relatively quick dinner service as we were eating light and just ordered cold appetizers, but nothing came out together and nothing we we ordered tasted worth the price tag - $80 for a four small apps and two beverages?! Hoping it was an off night because the overall vibe was very inviting.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation and noted it was my boyfriends birthday and they gave us a great high top table that almost made it seem more intimate and had a view of the boardwalk and water. The food was just fantastic. We got the lobster pasta and scallops and everything was so flavorful. At the end of dinner, without me even asking, they brought him a little slice of cake with a candle, which was one of the best slices of cake I’ve had in a long time. Everything was just perfect.

KR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

the food was delicious. we did experience frustration with table seating, but in the end food trumped service.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted with a handshake by the Manager after we arrived an hour earlier than our Reservation and were still quickly seated. Waitress was very friendly and accommodating. The food and drinks were outstanding as well.

MC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome Steaks, Local Fish caught from the Island, amazing taste, great service, Friendly lively place

S
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time visiting this restaurant. Both times I ordered the hanger steak. Its delish! Comp popcorn was amazing too...truffle fries, calamari, green beans, we enjoyed it all!. Friendly waitress. Would go back !

CA
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and great food in a relaxed atmosphere. What could be better? Completely enjoyed everything but the dessert (bread pudding) we ordered. Would go back in a heartbeat because everything else was just that good.

DF
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good meal served timely as we were going to Catch a movie at the Casino Theater. It was weird that there were bread and butter plates and spreaders but no bread and butter served

Porkchop and wagyu burger were great. Our server terrific. Yes we will go back.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic evening out. Kid friendly, and the staff was amazing. A+ on the appetizer popcorn!!

S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed our meal very much, great location and great view of the water from sitting on the patio.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Food was just ok. Filet steak was overcooked and served cold. Kids meals came out last...some problem with the sevice or kitchen. Everyone else was already finishing their dinners by the time we were served. Drinks are very skimpy...maybe 3 to 4 oz wine as a glass. For these prices I would expect 6 oz pour. Server apologized and gave us free deserts but they were terrible. Bread pudding had been frozen and was inedible. Cheese cake was assessed by two experts as mediocre. Had a great table but not worth the high prices. Avoid at all costs. This was our second visit and there will not be a third.

EK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cocktails! Food is delicious and nicely presented,

M
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in town - classy place with a beach vibe. Good drinks and food served by friendly and helpful staff.

TS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

When we got there wasn’t that many other guest so were seated right away. Drinks came out fast. No bread or anything was brought out. Once we got our drinks we ordered our food both just got salads and a bowl of soup. Took about 45mins to get soup, waiter then asked if we would like some bread for the table. An hour later our two chicken Cesar salads arrived. Guest that had arrived after us were served their food before we were. Assuming The order was misplaced.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

service was incredibly slow and disorganized. 1 hour to get entree. while waiting we were promised free dessert. when bill
cake dessert was charged., Overpriced as well

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