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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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a party of 8 for a special occasion. They easily accommodated is and service was excellent. We enjoyed the food and our overall experience was excellent.

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TedS
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding, a great place for dinner on the island. Ambiance, view... you can’t beat. And the service was 5 stars. Very attentive and extremely friendly. I would recommend to anyone!

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TeriZ
Sacramento
32 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The food was very good and the assistant manager was very attentive. Our waitress seemed a bit disinterested and there was a group of seated very close to us that were inappropriately loud for the ambiance of the restaurant.

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vipJMW22
Denver
37 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, one of the top restaurants on the island. Interesting menu, the Manhattan was delicious, tasty popcorn appetizer, wonderful bread pudding.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, server was very knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations

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CherylM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire staff from the busboys to management was extremely pleasant and attentive. Our server, Val, was excellent and stopped by our table several times to see how we were doing. She made us feel welcome and at home. It was a wonderful dining experience!

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viptingold
Washington DC
136 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had dinner here on Thursday evening and had a great time. With drinks at the bar while waiting for our table, we immediately noticed the great (low!) noise level even though the restaurant was full - such a welcome relief to be able to talk without shouting! We started with the recommended Brussel sprouts and octopus and all had scallops for our entrees - the corn base was outstanding.

The Atwater Hotel breakfast was here in the morning and it was beyond the standard hotel buffet; the scrambled eggs were way above those on the standard breakfast buffet.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chose this for a birthday dinner. We ordered the house pork rinds and Guac. Two of my friends went with the February Pre fixe my bf the burger I chose the filet. The gelato was a great finish to the dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took friends from Nebraska to Catalina. Had a wonderful time with a delicious meal ❤️

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MartinS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, the cocktails and the food was delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff! Would recommend to anyone who is looking for fresh food and nice atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was quite good but the service was not. Courses came and the server waited impatiently for us to move the previously used dishes aside for her. This happened twice and both times used tableware should have been collected before having to deal with the rather surly delivery of our food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Service and atmosphere!

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MMBINNJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had pros and cons to our experience. Strangely they canceled our reservation without explanation, I went back on OpenTable and rescheduled it. No mention upon check-in. Pros are ambience is great, most food was delicious. I ordered a burger as I am Gf. It came with the bun, and the rest of the entrées. I then sat there for a while with my family while they re-prepared my mail. No apology - Actually the waitress never even showed back up at that point., other 3 entrees came and we sat there without silverware for more than a little while. Finally we flagged someone else down, and got utensils to eat.
We had ordered appetizers - the calamari and brussels sprout appetizers. The brussels sprouts were significantly over salted (note to the chef). My husband got the lobster pasta and loved it. Another entrée was the steak - a four out of five. Last was the salmon- never saw this before, comes with a sausage link. Pretty funny. I had to waghu (spelling)- was ok. Probably my fault because I ordered it medium and it was more well & dry. Came with a neat tomato relish and ketchup.
Here’s my beef but I guess I’ve grown used to it. These restaurants charging 16+ dollars for cocktails – when did this start? It feels like 10 to 12 is fair, the higher # feels like a shake down. We ordered wine, waitress never poured additional, we handled our selves. Looks like a fun bar, they had great games on. Hope this review is helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Wonderful staff and our waitress Jessica was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very elegant room

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PatrickO
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time sharing Christmas dinner with my sons. The staff was friendly and attentive. Dining here should be on everyone's list for a stay in Avalon.

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vipjaniceog
Denver
63 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this place. My filet mignon was cooked perfectly, flavorful and tender. My husband's Wagyu burger was also excellent. A little pricey but not too bad considering the location. The warm and cozy atmosphere is lively, and the wait staff friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant in the heart of Avalon !!

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jaxj
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went to Catalina in Dec for his 70th Birthday. Avalon could not have been more perfect. Our server, Val, was so charming and brought fantastic bread pudding with a candle -- entire restaurant sang! I had the swordfish, which was perfect. Husband had the Rib Eye and loved it. I highly recommend the flash fried greenbeans. We had a lovely time, thanks to Val, and the wonderful food and ambiance. Not many people go to Catalina in December, but it's very romantic and out of all the place we dined, Avalon Grill was the most romantic.

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vipDougA
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ate here on a slow, cold Saturday night of Thanksgiving weekend. Had an 8pm rez and showed up just after 7. We were seated promptly. Service was leisurely, but friendly. The menu and food quality was OK, but a little below what I'd expected. My steak, ordered Medium, was medium-well and not anything special. The kitchen did make requested changes to side dishes, which were all fine. Dessert was a bit dry and nothing special. For a resort destination, the prices were fair, but we sure wish there had been a little nicer dining experience.

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vipDEGdave
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was just okay.
Could be better.

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vipIvan
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, great bar. Menu needs updating.

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vipDaisy20
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service especially considering it was Thanksgiving.

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MariaD
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My son and I spent Thanksgiving on Catalina and the dinner here was wonderful. The service is outstanding. Thank you Avalon Grille for making a rainy cloudy day bright!

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vipKelseyrt
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We waited almost 20 min before anyone even came to out table to greet us or take our drink order, so we were a little put off by that, but once the waitress came, she was very friendly and kept checking on us. The food was good, especially the Brussel sprouts! The location was perfect!

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Megan
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very nice atmosphere. Food was ok. Not amazing, but good, fresh and hot. Seemed a tad overpriced. Loved the dinner and a movie option which we took advantage of. Service was great. Everyone very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had friends visiting from the east coast and we love the Avalon Grille and wanted to share the experience with them. The food as usual was very good especially the octopus which is my absolute favorite. Joel, the host was as gracious and helpful as he always is. Casey was our server and she was excellent! First time we had her as a server. Very personable and caring about our experience. Will definitely ask for her next time.

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vipAllysonDem
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We asked to sit inside because it was cold out and we were sat right next to an open door to the outdoor seating area. Dinner would have been better had we been more comfortable. Service was fine, but unmemorable. Food was good (complimentary popcorn exceptional) and the hostess was kind enough to text and call us when our table was ready. The restaurant was on the fancier side compared to others in the area. I’d recommend this spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Food was fine - nothing out of the park. The prices were pretty highly priced. All of that would be fine (not great, but fine) but when food is over priced and mediocre and then your server isn’t great? It just kind of ruins it. Our server seemed to be more than mildly annoyed to serve us. Hardly a smile or kind word - just stone faces asking us how things are once, and seemed real annoyed when we were ordering. He never came back to ask if we wanted drink refills - but thankfully another man was milling around and noticed our empty glasses and refilled them for us.

If you’re paying a high price, people want a nice experience even if the food is only “good”. Servers must have joy and kindness in their service - nobody wants to feel like they are paying a big bill for annoying someone who doesn’t want to be at their job.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Avalon Grille was really excellent. For the food - we had a tuna appetizer and then lobster pasta dish that we both agreed was among the best things either of us has ever eaten. Price-wise it’s a bit more expensive than some, but absolutely economically priced for what you get.
Definitely worth visiting for a romantic dinner. The room is moderately noisy but quiet enough for easy table conversation.
The night was really very great - we will go again when we go back to Catalina.

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JeffreyS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Very good food - exceptional service Great location

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KimB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I made my reservations through Opentable for 11:00 am and the restaurant didn't even open until 11:30 am. Something needs to be fixed there.

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vipJustinK
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service by Roberto and perfect rare steak!

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steves
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service not quite as attentive as I expected; food good.

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vipWinechic1
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Bebe
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great table outside on the patio. Nice server and good food.

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vipWinechic1
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Diane
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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vipEATS4BB3
San Francisco
168 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

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