With an average of 320 days of sunshine, Catalina Island weather rarely disappoints. Tempered by the sea, the average highs seldom creep above 85 and the lows almost never fall below 45. Winter and spring can bring the occasional rain shower — thanks to Southern California’s drought-prone tendency, those showers are generally greeted with glee by Catalina residents.
Here are our five favorite places to eat – other than on a Catalina Food Tour — when the Catalina Island weather brings rain.
On the patio at Maggie’s Blue Rose — With its generous roof, the patio is the perfect spot to sit and watch the rain and enjoy the weather without getting wet. Warm up with an order of street tacos and toast the storm with a guava margarita.
Bluewater Avalon — Even if the weather on Catalina Island keeps you from the patio perched over Avalon Harbor, Bluewater Avalon’s expansive windows make it a great spot to enjoy the storm. Clam chowder will warm you up and Bluewater’s wonderful mojitos will remind you of sunnier days. Keep in mind that while Bluewater is great while it’s raining, Northeaster storms and the resultant crashing waves will shut down the restaurant.
Luau Larry’s — When the weather rolls in and roils Avalon Harbor, a great perch is in the front booth at Luau Larry’s. We love watching the weather – and folks out in it – from this spot. You can’t go wrong with a cocktail and a burger at Luau’s.
Steve’s Steakhouse – The windows at Steve’s provide a bird’s eye view, ideal for enjoying the weather while staying warm. Warm up – and fill up – with a bison burger and a selection from Steve’s wonderful wine list.
Lobster Trap – Watching the rain get you down? Get out of the cold at the Lobster Trap, where you can’t watch the storm, but the indoor shenanigans will keep you warm all afternoon and into the evening.