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The Cathay Room

#65 of 12,528 Restaurants in Shanghai
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Neighborhood:
The Bund
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: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Excellent service

We have been to many fine dining restaurants in Shanghai and I chose Cathay Room this time. The decotation is fantastic and the food there is amazing. I did enjoy the beef tenderloin while my friend thought the lamb rack was the best. Special thanks to Lilith, a Chinese girl with lovely smile and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to many fine dining restaurants in Shanghai and I chose Cathay Room this time. The decotation is fantastic and the food there is amazing. I did enjoy the beef tenderloin while my friend thought the lamb rack was the best. Special thanks to Lilith, a Chinese girl with lovely smile and sincere atittude. Her anticipation and attentive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

The starter are not fantastic, had better lobster bisque. The beef is greatly done to my liking, the herb black cod was cooked nicely. I had the grace vine chairman reserved 2011, not great,so so not worth the price. Paying 15% service charge is high man.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Came back to The Cathay Room on my recent stay in Shanghai. Menu's changed for the winter season, but the food is still fantastic. Had great service from Becky. ordered the duck confit appetizer and the sea bass for main course and they were awesome. Can't say enough about this restaurant.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

This should have been a great meal. The service was attentive and friendly, from my table I had a great view of the Shanghai skyline (the wind had even cooperated and blown all the pollution away), the decor was nice, the presentation on all the dishes was excellent. Even the portions were perfect (i.e. not too large). They just missed... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The food was outrageously good and the views are the best of the Bund! Wonderful flavor (global flavors with a European focus) combinations and care to create a special night. They accommodated my need for gluten free food (celiac) and were attentive from the beginning to end of our dining experience.

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Yucaipa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

Excellent steak dinner with outstanding service from Becky. Great views from the windows and out on the terrace!! The salad was crisp and the roasted pptatoes with rosemary wetr delicious!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

This was the restaurant chosen for the final dinner of the APT 23 day tour of China. Located on the 9th level of the Fairmont Peace hotel its position could not be better. From the restaurant there are excellent views of the illuminated Bund and the masses thronging along the area. There is seating available both inside and on an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 via mobile

Me and my husband had a great dinning experience.Nothing could have made our experience better.The food was fab....The wine list is great also.....We were served by Becky Yang who went out her way to help us choose from the menu ....nothing was to much trouble for her and even tho it was busy she made sure that we were attended... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Was back at this restaurant in Peace Hotel on the Bund. Everytime in Shanghai I like to come here. Great food. Dinner menu is contemporary and a great seasonal menu from Chef Jeremy who even remebered my GF and I from a previous dinner. They have a wine expert in the restaurant who is also very personable. Overall a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Whilst doing 'the tourist' route on the magnificent Bund the iconic Peace Hotel with its history and decor seemed to be the right place to have lunch. The interior of the hotel is a feast to your eyes in its own right, however, we noticed that the Cathay Room on the 9 th floor had a lunch offer. The offer... More 

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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: 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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Staying in The Bund

Neighborhood Profile
The Bund
While there are certainly many other “bunds” in the world, “the Bund” refers to Shanghai’s famous waterfront. The area’s Gothic, Art Deco and Beaux Arts monoliths were built when it was part of the Shanghai International Settlement run by the British and Americans. The atmosphere of colonial-era luxury has endured over time and is now found in the five-star hotels, luxury brand boutiques and expensive restaurants that can be found within the historic buildings. A cultural center has built up away from the water and some of Shanghai’s best art galleries and museums are housed close to the Bund. Nighttime views of Pudong and the rest of the city also make for a great backdrop at the many rooftop clubs.