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Buffalo Nickel

57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
+1 310-510-1323
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (12 reviews)
“carne asada” (3 reviews)
“fries” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 20:30 Hours
Mexican, American
€€ - €€€
57 Pebbly Beach Road, Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 90407
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on a golf cart trip around the island. Food was pretty tasty. Service was friendly. Portions were big. Prices weren’t bad at all, considering the location. I would recommend.

Thank plz2meatu
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Staff (efficient, but not very friendly) sends a shuttle to pick you up from the Catalina Ferry landing, which is extremely convenient. We were expecting a fabulous view because of the restaurant location. Not so. But, you can watch the helicopter tours depart from there....More

Thank katdod50
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

This lovely restaurant has only just reopened following a disastrous fire. Completely remodeled but retaining all of its original charm A little way out of Avalon it is situated by the helipad just past lovers beach. Easily reached by golf cart if you are visiting...More

Thank iaamg
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

We went here because someone told my friend they served buffalo burgers not on the menu. They did and she loved it. I had fish tacos which were too salty. My dog was allowed to come inside! And for that it gets a better review...More

1  Thank suzycruzsc
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Buffalo Nickel is one of the last remaining original restaurnats left on the island. Its alittle out of the way, but they offer shuttle service if you dont want to take a long walk along the ocean. Wait staff is very friendly and welcoming! Food...More

Thank salko100
Reviewed 28 June 2017

If you want to eat away from tourist crowd and kick back where the locals go, give Buffalo Nicke a try. A phone call will send a van to pick you up at one of 2 convenient Avalon locations. Then it's a short 10 minute...More

Thank Ozinvegas
Reviewed 26 May 2017

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
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18 August 2015|
Response from kokab u | Reviewed this property |
I don't know , we don't have any pets , sorry .
Lydia V
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
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
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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