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“Good for drinks not dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Avalon Grille

Avalon Grille
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Ranked #7 of 49 Restaurants in Avalon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$32
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Contemporary, American, Seafood
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Catalina Avenue
Description: Avalon's waterfront dining, located at the foot of the Green Pleasure Pier, is open seven days a week for lunch (Fri-Sun) and dinner with a lively, central bar and open air dining. The Avalon Grille 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 menu including Miso Cured Bass, Lavender Roast Chicken and our famous Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Bakersfield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Good for drinks not dinner”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

I would recommend for bar scene but not for dinner. Our group of eight had one positive comment about their meal. It was steak. The rest had fish or ravioli. Too bad.

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

My husband & I were on a cruise & Catalina was one of the stops. The whole island is wonderful, but one of our favorite surprises was dropping into the Avalon Grille. They make the best mojitos & have the friendliest staff I've ever encountered. Brittney, Gabe & Brandon made out visit so enjoyable; they're awesome!

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Thank Syl G
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting about your experience at the Avalon Grille on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your feedback. I will be sure to pass along your kind words to Brittney, Gabe & Brandon. Please come back and see us for some more mojitos next time you are on the island.

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
Avalon Grille
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Palm Springs, California, United States
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Wonderful Ambience and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

The watermelon champs and steak are amazing! This restaurant is so beautiful. The location is perfect with a view of the beach. The staff is so friendly. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited May 2014
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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for visiting Avalon Grille on your recent trip to Catalina Island. My team and I are glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal with us. Please come back and see us again soon!

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
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Redondo Beach, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“We had a good bad experience at this restaurant”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

We decided Avalon Grille would be a great place to celebrate my sister and her husband's 10th anniversary, so during our week long stay at Avalon we chose to go there on a Thursday. Having visited Avalon many times since our first visit in 1959 at first we weren't entirely sold that Avalon Grille belongs in our beloved Avalon. We're not on board with the plans for El Encanto and feel Mom and Pop shops and traditional restaurants really define Avalon for us rather than the upscale restaurants do, but we did give it a try a few years ago and have to admit we really liked the food and the servers. To make a long story short, on this night this year there was some sort of unidentified crisis in the kitchen resulting in the majority of our fellow diners walking out on their ordered dinners and their bills. But we hung in there and after a nearly 2 hour wait, we finally got our food. We were offered drinks and desserts while we were waiting which we declined, but we appreciated the offers nonetheless. Although the wait was long, the food was excellent when it arrived. Our server was also excellent and we really sympathized with him knowing it was a bad night for him as well. After we finished eating, the food and beverage manager let us know our dinner would be complimentary which we thought was extremely generous given we did get everything we ordered and it was perfectly prepared. So, we're chalking this up to an uncharacteristically difficult night for a fine restaurant with a classy staff who handled it fairly and in stride. We felt bad for the people who left since they missed out on a very good dinner. We're more inclined to go back to this restaurant because of this bad night than we might have been otherwise. To sum it up, this is a first class staff serving excellent food and if you're looking for an upscale kind of night, Avalon Grille is a good choice. One suggestion for them: bring back the fried green tomatoes!!

  • Visited June 2014
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Edinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Unbelievable disappointment! AVOID!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014 via mobile

After a glowing recommendation from a family member and local resident, we were really looking forward to treating ourselves to a great meal as part of our honeymoon. What a disappointment, it took 30 minutes to be given a menu, and a further 30 before any food arrived. The service was terrible. Our food was cold and underwhelming, especially given the cost. The couples around us appeared to share the same opinion. A huge waste of money and an evening meal wasted. I'm shocked at how well reviewed this restaurant is! We will not be back.

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CatalinaSCICo, General Manager at Avalon Grille, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting about your recent experience at the Avalon Grille. We appreciate your feedback as we use this to improve upon the quality of your experience in the future. Please email us at social@scico.com .

Sincerely,

Tricia Martinez
Avalon Grille
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