Our favorite ocean-view Avalon restaurants

on May 21, 2020

Even if you can’t visit the island, thanks to this Catalina Island webcam you can envision dining at one of your favorite ocean-view Avalon restaurants.

While we’re hoping that we’ll be inviting you back to Catalina Island within the next few weeks, in the meanwhile the spectacular vistas on the Love Catalina webcam will remind you of the delicious meals to be had while enjoying the view. Here’s just a few of our favorite Avalon restaurants with a view.

Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood. There’s nothing like scoring one of the front window tables for your meal at Steve’s Steakhouse & Seafood. With sweeping views of Avalon Harbor and a bird’s eye view of the goings on along Crescent Avenue, it’s the perfect perch from which to enjoy both the view and the food. Our favorites? It’s a toss-up between the filet mignon and the shrimp Avalon. No matter what you choose, don’t forget to start it all off with the coconut shrimp, a favorite on the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour.

Bluewater Avalon. There’s nothing like sitting on the deck of the Bluewater on a warm summer day, enjoying the salt-scented breeze while digging into an order of fish tacos and one of their irresistible mojitos. Or maybe you prefer perfectly grilled scallops or fresh poke? Whatever tempts your palate, you’ll be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Avalon Harbor.

Toyon Grill. We’ve quickly come to love this spot at the Conservancy’s Trailhead Center and so have our visitors on the Catalina Food Tour. We love their craft cocktails and creative appetizers, especially the smoked salmon dip and tempura asparagus & green beans. You can’t go wrong pairing them with any one of their cocktails – or their surprisingly diverse wine list.

An Avalon restaurant with a great view

The view at Toyon Grill is unforgettable.

Maggie’s Blue Rose. This bustling waterfront hot spot burst onto the Avalon restaurant scene in 2014 and has been a favorite of locals and visitors alike ever since. A creative collection of margaritas (including coconut, delish!) sets the stage for a meal that never fails to inspire outbursts of “yum!” Grab a spot on the patio and you’ll be able to smell the suntan lotion from the beach, which is just steps away, while watching the never-ending parade of people along Avalon’s waterfront. Don’t get so distracted by the view that you forget to order dinner, which for us is usually the duck mole enchiladas or the chicken verde tostada stack or the achiote skirt tacos or the …. Well, you get the picture – you can’t go wrong.

El Galleon. Another favorite spot for watching the goings on along Crescent Avenue is the front patio of this Avalon institution. Recently renovated and under new ownership, El Galleon is a favorite spot for classic cocktails and delicious prime rib. Don’t miss the firecracker shrimp!

firecracker shrimp

Everyone loves the firecracker shrimp at El Galleon

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