Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co: Catalina Island is in desperate need of more coffee shops. (Business venture, anyone?) As of now, this spot is our go-to. Best lattes and cinnamon rolls on the island. Need we say more? (@catcookieco)


Original Jack’s Country Kitchen: This nostalgic little diner serves hearty breakfasts and lunch - and some tasty pies! (Original Jack’s on Instagram)

  • Bobby’s pick: Classic Eggs Benedict

  • Alli’s pick: Catalina Veggie Omelete

The Pancake Cottage: Husband and wife Lou and Muriel first started the Pancake Cottage back in 1984, and have made it a favorite for visitors and locals alike. You can’t go wrong with anything on their extensive menu, but we highly suggest their pancakes! (Obviously!) (The Pancake Cottage on Instagram)


The Lobster Trap: A local favorite, this casual fish house serves some of the best seafood on the island - and our favorite fish tacos. It’s a salty and quirky place with tons of character - a must! (The Lobster Trap on Instagram)

  • Alli’s Pick: The Fresh Fish (Mahi-Mahi or Swordfish if they have it!)

  • Bobby’s Pick: Catalina Local Lobster

Avalon Grille: Fine dining overlooking Avalon Bay, this is a prime date night/special occasion spot. Order the Roasted Chicken for Two with a bottle of wine and watch the sun set over the water… Dreamy. (Avalon Grille on Instagram)

  • Alli’s Pick: Wild Pacific King Salmon and Crispy Brussel Sprouts

  • Bobby’s Pick: Angus Filet and Herb Truffle Parmesan Fries

Bluewater Grill Avalon: Located right on the water, Bluewater has the best ocean-front patio on the island, and is our go-to lunch spot. (AND they have a great happy hour!) Their Cedar Plank Salmon is out of this world, and if you’re looking for a sweet treat, order the Java Mud Pie. (@bluewatergrill_)

Lunch at Mt Ada: Treat yourself to the ultimate Catalina Island lunch experience - a three course lunch at the historic Inn at Mt. Ada! From the mountain-top views to the gourmet seasonal menu, it’s well worth the splurge! Plus, it’s unlimited wine and beer! (Mt. Ada on Instagram)

Descanso Beach Club: Reserve a day for this place. Lay out on their private beach, snack on some chips and guacamole, and sip on their “Original Buffalo Milk” cocktail! (@descansobeachclub)

  • Alli’s Pick: Original Buffalo Milk

  • Bobby’s Pick: Descanso Destroyer (Be careful!)

Maggie’s Blue Rose: Best margaritas on the island. And there’s nothing like a good margarita when you’re on vacation. If you’re hungry, the food is great here too! (@maggiesblue)

Luau Larry’s: We always make friends when we come to this tiki-themed bar. When you go, make sure to try their famous Wiki Wacker! (But be warned - it’s strong!) (@luaularrys)

Pavilion Hotel: We love this little hotel for so many reasons. the location (right on the water), the delicious breakfasts and social hour (included in the rate), and the cozy rooms and outdoor areas. The Pavilion Hotel is always our first recommendation! (Pavilion Hotel on Instagram)

Snug Harbor Inn: This quaint little 6-room inn is just a stone’s throw from the Pavilion Hotel - and it’s every bit as cozy and personal! We love their “Cape Cod theme” - and that breakfast is brought to your room every morning! (Snug Harbor Inn on Instagram)

Mt. Ada: Formerly the Wrigley Mansion (that’s right - like the gum!), Mt. Ada is full of history, luxury, and charm. Their views of Avalon Bay are unparalleled, and included in your stay is breakfast, lunch, a 24 hour butler’s pantry, and so much more! It’s definitely not cheap, but all of the included amenities make the experience worth it. (Mt. Ada on Instagram)

Rent a golf cart: Our favorite Catalina Island activity! Rent a golf cart for an hour or two and take it all around the island. It’s the best way to see the sights!

Catalina Casino Behind The Scenes Tour: This 90-minute tour is, in our opinion, the best kept secret on the island. Led by Frank (who will become your new BFF), he’ll take you through the dressing rooms, the projection room, the Casino Ballroom stage, and so much more.

Island Spa Catalina: Every inch of this new spa is the epitome of bliss. They have treatment rooms, luxurious lounges, a soaking pool, a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room, and more! Plus, their relaxation deck has some of the best ocean views in town.

Unfortunately, Catalina Island just isn’t very dog friendly. Most hotels and restaurants don’t allow pets - so we recommend keeping your pups at home!