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Buffalo Nickel

) #26 of 35 Restaurants in Avalon €€ - €€€ Mexican, American
57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
+1 310-510-1323
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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“pasta” (19 reviews)
“wet burrito” (5 reviews)
“carnitas” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, American
€€ - €€€
57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good Mexican fare located next to the heliport about two miles away from the Avalon waterfront. Though they will provide a free shuttle if you call, we hiked in and rode out. The sidewalk along the road ends about a mile from the restaurant...More

Thank Ed T
Reviewed 15 May 2017

We stopped here while waiting for our helicopter ride back to the mainland. We just had beers but the patrons seemed to enjoy their food and it did look good also. The service was rapid and the prices were low. This place is a little...More

Thank rayu
Reviewed 12 May 2017

This restaurant is located at pebbly beach next to the helicopter port. Very casual, typical Mexican food. Presented well, good service, lunch specials. I crowded, local restaurant. Call them and they will send a shuttle car to pick you up at the boat dock as...More

1  Thank claudia b
Reviewed 5 May 2017

My first time there was due to my FREE B-day meal ~~~~~~ My cousin & I headed over on the Van Provided by Buffalo Nickle. Great meal .................... nice atmosphere

Thank YardSaleLdy
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I live on the island, and this is a place the locals go - a nice walk out of town, with generous portions and friendly service. Monday pasta nights are especially popular.

Thank TetaS
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We go to the Buffalo Nickel for its old time Catalina atmosphere, helicopter watching, and to be on the water... the food is secondary, but worthwhile enuf to spend time there, and their ice tea is brewed, NOT that powdery stuff, an important pt. for...More

Thank JCB229
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Food portions quite good. Price reasonable. Fish and chips a bit too much batter and not much fish. Service a bit slow considering no one else was there. Waiters very friendly and flexible with dishes.

Thank cottonplanet2
Reviewed 20 February 2017

We enjoyed our lunch here. I had a good steak sandwich and the hamburgers and fries were good also! Would definitely come back here. One of the best values on the island.

Thank dazyls
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Where the locals eat! Monday night is all you can eat pasta with whatever fixings you want, - steak, shrimp, etc, and salad bar

1  Thank lynnebernie
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Located slightly south of the Catalina Express Pier and Pebbly Beach this establishment has a long history on the island. The menu has a variety of options and the majority are above average. They offer beef, chicken, salads, Mexican, pizza and Monday is pasta night....More

Thank LifesaSnap
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?
18 August 2015|
Response from kokab u | Reviewed this property |
I don't know , we don't have any pets , sorry .
Lydia V
Hi, I am going to be on Catalina for my birthday and I was hoping you could tell me about the free birthday meal. What did they offer? Do you just tell them it's your birthday? Are they open for breakfast? Does the trolley go by them?
6 February 2015|
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Response from bugnurse56 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lydia, you look at a pre-fixe menu for items on the list. Bring ID. Their chicken salad with some breaded chicken breast looked really good. I had an old stand-by, Cobb Salad. It was yummy-a couple of classic items... More
How can I book a bed from your Jungle Palace? How much does it cost from 1/31-2/2/15? thanks!
18 January 2015|
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Response from Terry B | Reviewed this property |
This is a restaurant only. No hotel rooms.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Catalina Island  >  Avalon
  • Phone Number: +1 310-510-1323
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