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The Cathay Room

#76 of 11,665 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
The Bund
Italian, French, European, Contemporary
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9F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China
021-63216888,021-61386881
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Description: Step back into an era of European fine-dining elegance, with stellar...
Step back into an era of European fine-dining elegance, with stellar service and sparkling Bund views from the terrace, The Cathay Room transports guests back almost a century in time to a glamorous bygone era. The Cathay Room has been Shanghai’s premier dining address since the 30's, not only for its food delicacies but also for its status as a much celebrated, high profile social institution. Originally established as the Grill House in 1933, the Cathay Room was where hotel founder and eccentric global traveller, Sir Victor Sassoon, dined with his highbrow friends in true style. Global leaders, celebrities and socialites came for the perfect dining experience, enjoying the exceptional quality of service and unsurpassed Bund panoramas. Today, the revived Cathay Room embodies the same values of culinary vision, service excellence and social dining. Chef Joshua selects the finest seasonal ingredients from organic and ecological producers for her inspired creations that overwhelm guests’ taste buds with a dash of haute cuisine flair. Lunch Set Menu is served from 12 pm until 2:30 pm. Authentic European classics and contemporary creations highlight premium cuts of meat and seafood accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables and salads. Since developing its passion for excellence in 1929, The Cathay Room’s extensive wine list features more than 250 European and New World labels, including a large selection of medium and full-bodied reds for perfect matching of the prime cuts of meat.
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  • 39
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  • 22
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
The view was amazing, service was very good, food was okay

We booked our table before we even fly to Shanghai. We received a personal email confirmation which was great. We were welcomed by staff as soon as we had set foot in the hotel. The service was very good. Although I know Mandarin, my husband and I spoke to the staff in English; they had no trouble... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
blackfriday1978
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Mississauga
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Mississauga
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We booked our table before we even fly to Shanghai. We received a personal email confirmation which was great. We were welcomed by staff as soon as we had set foot in the hotel. The service was very good. Although I know Mandarin, my husband and I spoke to the staff in English; they had no trouble understanding us. Also,... More 

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Black Hawk, Colorado
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38 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

The worst ever diner on the bund, I and my boyfriend was shocked by overpriced food and poor services. - Champagne by he glass without bubbles inside. - Seafood looks great but totally tasteless - Service staffs did not speak good English, that's fine, but once we're served wrong food probably from another table, the waiter just realized and quickly... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Our meal here was fantastic. Having read some of the recent reviews I was slightly worried, but I found the service to be great and at a great pace. Unlike many restaurants in China, we didn't have to either wait hours between courses, or have the next course arriving during or even worse, before the previous course. The food quality... More 

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La Rioja, Spain
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15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Kitchen provides super slow service in delivering the food, it's even taking longer time than a taxi in shanghai. Wait staffs were trying hard, many junior staffs are very kind but obviously missed up a good training from the management. We left with a broken heart.

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Tampa
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72 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is definitely a place to take someone you want to impress. My husband and I were in Shanghai over Valentine's Day and decided to go here. They opened up the terrace so we could see the bund from outside, which was lovely. Anthony Wu the manager took excellent care of us. The menu was set but the food was... More 

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Shanghai
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36 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

For a Fairmont iconic hotel in Shanghai the menu really looks like a Perfect match. Great views and stately decor. Nice and friendly staff who have great intentions but unfortunately tonight the kitchen staff was slow on the orders. Pacing was too slow between starters and main. Though I recommend the main courses the flavors overall were not as good... More 

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Middle East
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Our party of 3 sneaked into the Fairmont Peace hotel to admire the building and interiors. I had stayed there before renovations some 15 years ago and then maybe 8 years ago, and it is quite magnificent. We wanted to admire the view from the roof terrace so took the lift up to the 8th floor, where we stumbled across... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I recently enjoyed a magnificent evening at the Cathay Room to celebrate our anniversary. I had booked well in advance and we had a window table with superb views up and down the Bund. We both thought the food was well presented and delicious. The staff were very attentive and friendly and took photos for us. We... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We spent a few days in Shanghai and luckily had a long walk through The Peace Hotel. We fell in love with the building, and I booked in for dinner one night. The view was spectacular, but most importantly, dinner was impressive. The staff were wonderful, especially Mr Charles. The manager was very knowledgeable with wine, and we had an... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 via mobile

Me and my friends were expecting a great dinner there. However, we waited for more than thirty minutes before food is served. My friend's steak wasn't properly done twice. In spite of this, the manager is very apologetic and did a very good service recovery. The ambience there is good too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Shanghai Region  >  Shanghai>  > The Bund
  • Neighborhood: The Bund
  • Phone Number: 021-63216888,021-61386881

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, French, European, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Romantic

Description

Step back into an era of European fine-dining elegance, with stellar service and sparkling Bund views from the terrace, The Cathay Room transports guests back almost a century in time to a glamorous bygone era. The Cathay Room has been Shanghai’s premier dining address since the 30's, not only for its food delicacies but also for its status as a much celebrated, high profile social institution. Originally established as the Grill House in 1933, the Cathay Room was where hotel founder and eccentric global traveller, Sir Victor Sassoon, dined with his highbrow friends in true style. Global leaders, celebrities and socialites came for the perfect dining experience, enjoying the exceptional quality of service and unsurpassed Bund panoramas. Today, the revived Cathay Room embodies the same values of culinary vision, service excellence and social dining. Chef Joshua selects the finest seasonal ingredients from organic and ecological producers for her inspired creations that overwhelm guests’ taste buds with a dash of haute cuisine flair. Lunch Set Menu is served from 12 pm until 2:30 pm. Authentic European classics and contemporary creations highlight premium cuts of meat and seafood accompanied by fresh seasonal vegetables and salads. Since developing its passion for excellence in 1929, The Cathay Room’s extensive wine list features more than 250 European and New World labels, including a large selection of medium and full-bodied reds for perfect matching of the prime cuts of meat.

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