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The Cathay Room

#31 of 12,675 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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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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Good for:
Romance
Scenic view

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  • 4
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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
Lovely Food with Beautiful views

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
LukeHK89
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 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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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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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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Shanghai, China
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41 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Located on the ninth floor of Fairmont's PeaceHotel at the edge of The Bund, you couldn't find a better location. We came on time for dinner but they weren't ready for us so we stepped onto the roof terrace and enjoyed the great views with the outside dinners. The terrace's walls are quite high so you really can't see the... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The Cathay Room at the Fairmont Peace hotel is an nice escape from the normal everyday, but enjoyable, pace of life in Shanghai. The atmosphere in the restaurant is very calm and relaxing and the staff are very attentive but not overbearing. Food is great. Depending on the weather, dining on the terrace with a view of the Bund is... 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: Italian, French, European, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Scenic view

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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