One of Avalon’s newer restaurants, Bluewater Grill is the kind of classed-up seafood joint you’d find on a pier in a great beach town. Though this one isn’t on Avalon’s pier, it does sit above the water. The fish is fresh, the menu has a full range of classic seafood plates and twists on originals, and the cocktail, beer and wine offerings are sophisticated. In summer, reserve a table on the patio, or in winter, cozy up at the bar with a beer and clam chowder.
Looking for the best Catalina restaurant or bar? From oceanside dive bars to fresh, affordable seafood, the town has lots to offer. Yes, a lot of Avalon’s eateries look like tourist traps, but some offer up solid fare with a fun, laid-back ambiance whether you’re looking for fine wine or waffles. There’s a surprising amount of diversity on the island, as well. You can get a vegan, gluten-free lunch down one street and sushi down another—that is, if fried fish or gooey pizza seem a little too heavy.
Between bar-hopping and mealtimes, there's plenty to do on this small island, which is accessible by ferry or helicopter. But if you happen to be there while it's raining, you won't have many options besides holing up in bars and restaurants filled with island tchotchkes and waiting it out with some carbs. You'll pay a premium at most restaurants here since it costs more to transport food to the island, but after a few boozy drinks, you won't mind as much.
Whether you want brunch, picnic fare for the beach or a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean, read on to see our top picks for where to eat and drink on Catalina Island.