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The Cathay Room

9F, Fairmont Peace Hotel, 20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, China (The Bund)
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Ranked #27 of 12,442 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: European, French, Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: The Bund
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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English first
Shanghai, China
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I have been several times to this restaurant in the last few years since the reopining of Peace Hotel in Shanghai. I have never been disappointed and it is almost surprising to me that the quality of the service did not change along those years as it is some times the case in restaurants in Shanghai. The cuisine is a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The setting for this restaurant provides a great view of the new Shanghai from a small room that takes you back to an era of luxury and elegance that we will never see again. The service was exquisite without being the least bit stuffy. We had the Caesar salad, two different beef dishes (sirloin and tenderloin) and desserts that defy... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We have been living in Shanghai for almost three years now and never had the opportunity to go The Cathay Room so decided to give it a try last weekend. When we arrived we thought the restaurant was in the place previously occupied by the Chinese Restaurant in the early 1990's. My wife and I had dinner there in 1990... More

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Dalian, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

My wife and I recently visited Shanghai, and had dinner at the Cathay Room with some close friends. I do not normally write reviews, but felt a need to do it this time. We have visited Shanghai a number of times, and have been to many of the restaurants on the Bund, but had never tried the Cathay Room. We... More

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Sydney, Australia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

You couldn't wish for a better combination of fine dining and top of the town views. Dining in the Cathay Room is a singular pleasure. Australian chef Nicolas Blair's fine cooking complements the reputation of the art deco delight that is the Fairmont Peace Hotel, a landmark property along the Bund.

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Shanghai, China
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12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We visited the Cathay room for a Friday lunch treat. We chose a table on the terrace and it was a rare blue sky day in Shanghai that made for great views and a afternoon in the sun. Service was great and Jan the waiter was very chatty. The place was quiet so he had plenty of time to chat.... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Superb cuisine! The Chef has created a delightful menu. I had a hard time deciding what to eat, but my entree choice - the sea bass - was delicious and the pork belly appetizer..... fabulous!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Great service, elegant surroundings, wonderful food. Great for when you really want a heavy, romantic meal.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

From the Manager Ray Wang, to the excellent server, Eddie, our evening was perfect! Be sure and make reservations ahead and request a window view. You will see the best of the Bund lit up for your enjoyment. Give yourself time to enjoy the atmosphere of the Cathay Room. We were celebrating an Anniversary, and it was an ideal location... More

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jilin china
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11 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I was fortunate to enjoy two fabulous meals at the Cathay in early December. I have had the pleasure of dining at the Cathay before and found the service continued to be impeccable, subtle, gracious and so efficient. The entries were simply delightful and the atmosphere superb. The "Christmas theme" decor enhanced the experience. Well done....I intend to return later... More

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