Coming soon: Toyon Grill

Avalon, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2018)

The Catalina Island Conservancy has partnered with the team behind Bluewater Avalon to bring Catalina’s one million annual visitors a new restaurant and event space. The new restaurant, Toyon Grill by Bluewater, will be located on the second floor of the Conservancy’s highly anticipated Trailhead visitor center and offer sweeping views of Avalon Harbor, the Green Pier and Avalon Casino.

The Trailhead will serve as the gateway to exploring and understanding Catalina’s 42,000+ acres of wildlands. Visitors can obtain information on how to start their adventure on Catalina – everything from camping or glamping in the Island’s tree-lined or oceanside campsites, boarding an Eco Tour to catch a glimpse of a fox or bison, trekking 165 miles of recreational trails and roads to simply enjoying a delicious meal with a view right in Avalon.

A new, more informal restaurant concept from the folks who made Bluewater Avalon an Island landmark, Toyon Grill will be a casual eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner plus specialty coffees, small-batch craft beers, cocktails and California wines, including Rusack Vineyards. A selection of grab-and-go picnic boxes will be available for hikers, Eco Tour riders and other adventurers headed out to explore Catalina’s rugged interior.

Visitors who do venture into the Island’s interior are likely to encounter the Toyon (also known as the Christmas Berry or California Holly), a perennial plant native to Catalina that features red berries and white blooms, and was the inspiration for the restaurant’s name.

Toyon Grill will combine spectacular view-oriented indoor dining with a meeting and event space, holding up to 125 guests. The space is expected to draw the attention of businesses, prospective brides and grooms wanting a unique wedding and reception venue, as well as many other local and visitor groups.

The concept emphasizes friendly service, hyper-local ingredients when possible and a commitment to sustainability consistent with the mission of Catalina Island Conservancy that owns, manages and protects 88% of Catalina Island. The space is uniquely configured to accommodate large groups and will feature a rotating display of the Conservancy’s Catalina plein air art collection.

The restaurant’s prime location overlooking the Avalon waterfront will beckon diners looking for that ideal spot to enjoy a great meal. Thanks to The Trailhead’s location on the east waterfront, the front patio provides the last views of the sunset in town. The restaurant will follow Bluewater’s mission of serving the freshest, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients, innovatively prepared and served in an atmosphere of casual style at affordable prices. 

Much of the Pacific swordfish, white seabass and other fish served at Toyon Grill will be caught in waters off the Island by Bluewater’s own boat, Pilikia, or by local fisherman.

Both the Trailhead visitor center and Toyon Grill by Bluewater are set to open by year end.


About the Catalina Island Conservancy

Formed in 1972, the Catalina Island Conservancy is one of California's oldest land trusts. Its mission is to be a responsible steward of its lands through a balance of conservation, education and recreation. Through its ongoing efforts, the Conservancy protects the magnificent natural and cultural heritage of Santa Catalina Island, stewarding approximately 42,000 acres of land and more than 60 miles of rugged shoreline. It provides an airport and 50 miles of biking and 165 miles of hiking opportunities within its road and trail system. The Conservancy conducts educational outreach through two nature centers, its Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden and guided experiences in the Island’s rugged interior. Twenty miles from the mainland, the Island is a treasure trove of historical and archaeological sites. It also contains numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. The Island is home to more than 60 species that are found only on Catalina. For additional information, please visit





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