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Catalina Restaurant

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Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
+61 2 9371 0555
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

One of the few Sydney Harbour restaurants actually on the water. Chic cool formal ambience. Beautiful food, great service, wonderful location looking out onto the harbour. Very noisy. However the weather was pleasant so sitting outside on high stools on the narrow verandah for drinks and the bar menu was great.

Thank Debbie S
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

The view is to die for ( suggest lunch or dinner during daylight saving months). So often that means the food disappoints, but not here. Food is fresh, inventive and tasty. Wine list is superb. Service ultra professional. Peple from all walks of life are all treated with thebupmost respect, whether a Captain of Industry or a group of tourists.... More 

Thank Julie1958594
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This restaurant is in a beautiful situation and has a stylish and pared back elegance. Extremely delicious and well presented food - every dish at our table was a success. Lovely selection of delicious cocktails, fabulous wine recommended by the excellent sommelier. One tiny complaint from my colleague regarding his port was dealt with beautifully and the replacement was amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We dine at this restaurant fairly often. I can honestly say each time the food is divine. Excellent flavour and decent portions. Service is great and the views at sunset spectacular. The snapper with mash is absolutely delicious!!

Thank helen29000
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Beaut spot for lunch or an early dinner overlooking Rose Bay and Sydney Harbour. The food, beverages, staff and service is just what you'd expect from a hatted restaurant. This is our second time dining at Catalina and our first time at dinner - it didn't disappoint.

Thank sap78au
Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Really easy to get to via Ferry from Circular Key to Rose Bay and then 1 minute walk. Views fantastic with added bonus of seeing seaplanes landing and taking off directly in front of you. Food really, really good but is has to be said really, really expensive. All four of us ordered different things and they were cooked perfectly... More 

Thank grwpl
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

The Catalina has an enviable critical reputation with stratospheric prices to match. How could it be that an important family gathering, comprising well-to-do people, could be rendered so unenjoyable? Read on. The scene at which the writer was a guest: Sunday 9th October. Lunch for 7 adults. Second sitting. Booked in advance for 2 p.m. We arrive at 1.55 p.m.... More 

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Judy M, General Manager at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

It saddened me greatly to read your review of what was an unfortunate mistake on Sunday. As the manager on duty, and the son of the proprietor, the idea that anyone perceives us to be avaricious or careless of their enjoyment in our life’s work cuts to the quick. On the day in question I had set up some tables... More 

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Come for a long lunch here on a sunny day. The atmosphere is sophisticated and the beautiful blue water and skies would compliment the nice clean tasting food. Finish it off with a nice cup of coffee and the best lemon tart ever!

Thank La_Rue_Petit
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great position on the harbour and probably a better venue for lunch rather than dinner. The room was pretty full so the noise level was high and fairly disruptive for conversations. The food was just a bit off the boil and at the prices charged should have been better than it was. Service was excellent with well trained and very... More 

Thank Roddles
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so sorry you were underwhelmed with the food, but I do hope we see you back again, as Catalina's food is usually every bit as good as the service and view. Not sure what happened on the night in question, however please rest assured that as owners we spend a lot of time on quality control to ensure that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Yes, the view is amazing. But this restaurant is not super busy all the time because of the view. The cocktail list is pretty good and the food is delicious. I had the scallops as a starter and it was fantastic. Not that the moreton bay bug I had for main wasn't good, it was in fact great, but the... More 

Thank Mariana M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$55
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Waverley  >  Rose Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9371 0555
Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Rose Bay, Catalina is a beautiful, airy light-filled restaurant and bar with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening out onto a long curved balcony over the water. In keeping with its harbourside location, the menu features beautifully fresh seafood - Sydney Rock oysters shucked to order; house smoked Tasmanian salmon; whole snapper and barramundi, filleted on the premises - but also a wide range of the best meat and poultry Australia has to offer. A fabulous Australian and global wine list (over 600 wines) and welcoming, attentive service, make this restaurant a must-do Sydney dining experience. Come in all day for the full menu - Catalina doesn't close between lunch and dinner - or graze on bar food overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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