Catalina Foodie : Catalina Express

Catalina Foodie

Alaskan Halibut seafood plate from Bluewater Grill

Become a Catalina Foodie by indulging on signature plates and drinks that are well known to Catalina Island. From the Buffalo Milk cocktail to locally caught seafood, there are food and drink options for everyone to choose from!

A Bloody Mary drink being made on the Catalina Express.

Catalina Express Bloody Mary

Kick off your Catalina food and drink tour with our famous Bloody Mary on your Catalina Express departure. Instead of a traditional celery, our Bloody Mary has a delicious twist of a green bean that is made to spice up your taste buds.

Rise and Shine

Always start the day with the most important meal, breakfast! Original Jack’s Country Kitchen and Pancake Cottage cook up homestyle meals for your morning cravings. For a quick and easy breakfast, stop by the Bistro at the Atwater or Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. for grab and go options. Energize your day with their list of coffees and teas or choose from their different breakfast items.

Fish taco plate from NDMK Fish House.

From Sea to Table

A staple ingredient on Catalina Island in many of the restaurant’s menus is locally caught seafood. It wouldn’t be a proper trip to Catalina without tasting fresh, local seafood. Try a meal from one of the restaurants below for some savory seafood plates.

  • Bluewater Grill
  • Steve’s Steakhouse and Seafood
  • NDMK Fish House
  • Avalon Seafood
  • Lobster Trap

Bison Burger

Inspired by the bison that were brought over in the 1920’s, the iconic Bison Burger is a must-try on Catalina Island. The Bison Burger is an environmentally-friendly alternative to beef. Each restaurant brings its own signature twist to this iconic meal.

  • Eric's on the Pier 
  • Luau Larry's 
  • Toyon Grill 
  • Airport-in-the-Sky 

Famous Catalina Island Buffalo Milk Cocktail

Signature Buffalo Milk

Ask the bartender to shake up an island favorite, the Buffalo Milk Cocktail. The famous drink was first made in Two Harbors in the 1970’s then quickly made its way to being Catalina Islands signature cocktail. The blended cocktail includes bananas, Kahlua, vodka, crème de cacao and crème de bananas which can be found at many of the restaurants such as the ones listed below.

  • Naughty Fox
  • Antonio’s Pizzeria & Cabaret
  • Descanso Beach Club
  • El Galleon
  • Buffalo Nickel
  • Coyote Joe’s 

Sweet Tooth

You can never forget about desserts! Known for their world-famous salt water taffy and caramel apples, Lloyd’s of Avalon has all the right sweets to satisfy your sweet tooth. Watch salt water taffy be made in-house and purchase some to enjoy at home. For a creamy treat, enjoy a scoop of ice cream from Sailor’s Delight or Scoops. The smell of homemade waffle cones will lead you right inside for a tasty treat at Sailor’s Delight. Order a fresh Starbucks coffee to sip on or a fruity acai bowl from Scoops.

Daily Boat Trips To Catalina Island

Discover paradise on Catalina Island with daily ferry trips to and from the island. More than one million travelers choose Catalina Island as their getaway each year and Catalina Express' large fleet of boats make the trip in about an hour, operating every day, year round from three mainland ports - Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point.

Escape To Catalina Island

Leave the hustle and bustle of the "mainland" behind. Catalina Island is the perfect place to take a break from the demands of daily life. With so many activities to choose from, your visit to Catalina Island can be adventure-packed or filled with rest and relaxation. With its year round Mediterranean climate, it's the ideal place to enjoy ocean air and sunshine.