Catalina Island

Restaurants in Catalina Island

For a relatively small island, restaurants in Catalina Island are an impressively varied bunch. Seafood, obviously, is a staple. Visitors craving fish or shellfish shouldn’t leave without dining at the Bluewater Grill. Considered to be one of the best restaurants on Catalina Island, the restaurant serves up mouthwateringly fresh dishes including grilled salmon over cedar, grilled shrimp, and steamed lobster and crab.

But seafood haters needn’t worry – there are plenty of Catalina Island restaurants that specialize in other types of cuisine, notably Steve’s Steakhouse. Located in downtown Avalon, this old-school establishment serves up juicy cuts of beef and boasts a dining room that overlooks the Avalon pier and harbor.

Meanwhile, diners searching for more casual Catalina Island restaurants should stop by Casino Dock Café, a local hangout renowned for serving up heaping plates of tasty comfort food including cheeseburgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, loaded nachos, fish and chips, and an impressive array of rotating desserts.

Pick up picnic provisions like gourmet sandwiches and vegan potato salad.

Fourth-generation islander Steve Bray opened this seafood and steak restaurant, just steps from the pier, in 2001. The upstairs dining room has panoramic views of Avalon Harbor from the arched bay windows.