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Catalina Restaurant

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Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
+61 2 9371 0555
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12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
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Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a leisurely lunch for a friend's birthday recently and loved every minute. The location is beautiful. Watching the seaplanes take off and land and the activity on the bay is lovely. Classy decor and a view from every table. We were surprised by the extensive menu and it was hard to choose with so many delicious sounding items, but... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Agreed the views are fantastic but the food is very expensive and on the night we visited disappointing with the exception of the oysters that were fantastic! The bread was stale and I would guess not made on the premises the gluten free option obviously taken from the freezer and toasted. A restaurant charging these prices should do better. The... More 

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Thank deb1232015
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about your recent experience at Catalina. I'm glad you loved our oysters - they are a source of pride to us. But I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy the rest of your meal. Our chefs put painstaking hours into designing the new Autumn menu, sourcing new produce, and creating a fantastic range of new dishes.... More 

Sydney, Australia
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2,451 reviews
697 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,272 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some people rank this by-the water's-edge eatery as 'the best food in Sydney'... i beg to differ. This swank eatery rests its laurels on its terrific outlook, its consistent draw of pretty people who happen to wear the right Rose Bay style of shades and never have a posterior crease in their clothing. It may seem harsh, but what is... More 

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a delightful three course luncheon here on a SUnday and though it was a heat wave, the doors were open to see the water. You can't get a better view and the finest food and a wine list that is incredible. It's an easy ferry ride to Rose Bay, only 10-15 minutes and the restaurant is right next... More 

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Thank LabLover4Ever
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words.I'm so glad you enjoyed everything. I will pass your praise on to the service staff and kitchen team. They really appreciate positive feedback - it makes all of their hard work worthwhile. Judy McMahon Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the best meal we had in Sydney. The food is sublime and the view is spectacular. What a lovely sunset and a great way to end the day. Recommend the Frose (frozen rose) to start. Wait staff was very attentive.

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Thank BethR64
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

So glad to hear that you rounded out your visit to Sydney with a visit to Catalina, and enjoyed it so much. Sydney is a beautiful harbour city, and it has always been our aim for Catalina to be the quintessential Sydney experience. Judy McMahon Owner More 

Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i ordered a voucher from the Catalina website and received the receipt of the purchase. However, I never received the voucher in the post though it was said they sent it. I got in contact with the Catalina support team whom rudely informed me that even though I had all relevant emails and receipts there was nothing they could do... More 

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Thank CMR1991
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. I am so sorry to hear about this. We have had many instances in the past 2 or 3 months when Australia Post has failed to deliver Gift Vouchers in a timely fashion, and on these occasions we re-issued them. Sometimes the original vouchers turned up days or weeks later! However the only recent incident... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

FANTASTIC Restaurant and location, Excellent food, wine and Service, Helpful and Friendly Staff and the View is incomparable. What more could you ask for!!!

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

Thank you for your lovely comments. This is exactly what we aim for every day, and we're so glad we tick all the boxes for you. Judy McMahon Owner More 

Rome
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We get to Catalina as often as possible. The service is incredible and the food and drinks are even better. The scenery is perfect, best to go on a beautiful day or during sunset. Never fail to amaze!

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Thank Ali_leigh27
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad to hear that you enjoy the restaurant so much, and we look forward to seeing you back again soon. Judy McMahon Owner More 

Armidale, Australia
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119 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Catalina surely is a quality restaurant and very hard to fault - staff, location, food. The menu is outstanding and every effort is made to guarantee the best experience possible.

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Thank John-Kauter
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much - I will pass your praise on to the floor and kitchen team. I'm very proud of them all, and they will appreciate your comments. Judy McMahon Owner More 

Canberra
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Catalina to celebrate my Mum's 85th birthday. We (5 of us) came by water taxi (do it if you can). I haven't been here before but highly recommend this restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service befitting the 5 star place it is and the view is outstanding. This is not a cheap restaurant but for us, the... More 

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

I'm so glad to hear that your mother enjoyed her birthday celebration with us. It sounds as if she got the full Catalina experience, and we would welcome her back any time! Judy McMahon Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 55
Cuisine
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 18:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
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
Description
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?