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The Cathay Room

#69 of 11,657 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Priceless views with great food

The views on the rooftop restaurant are spectacular! We went around 6:00 and had no trouble getting a table. We enjoyed a lovely dinner, expensive, but that's kind of the trade-off for the views! We stayed until it got dark, which gave us even better views of the Shanghai skyline! Even if you just... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The views on the rooftop restaurant are spectacular! We went around 6:00 and had no trouble getting a table. We enjoyed a lovely dinner, expensive, but that's kind of the trade-off for the views! We stayed until it got dark, which gave us even better views of the Shanghai skyline! Even if you just stop by for a drink, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We celebrated our anniversary at the central balcony table. The staff was amazing; we got a dessert on the house as they know that we we're celebrating. I got everything arranged with the manager named Anthony and our waitress Monica was great. I highly recommend it

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I was looking forward to going to what is one of the most beautiful hotels in Shanghai to eat Sunday Brunch. However was slightly disappointed. The staff, although very friendly, were inattentive and we had to keep asking for glasses to be refilled. The restaurant wasn't busy, so this couldn't be used as an excuse. The food on offer was... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We had a reservation of window seat but when we got there, no seat by the window is available so we waited as the hostess told us a couple would leave soon but when we came back the seats were given out by the manager. It would have been not a so big deal but we thought how they handled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This place is luxurious, and worth dressing up for. We had the prix fix lunch menu, which included a glass of wine, and the price was reasonable for such a fine place. Our first course was lobster bisque with roe, crab, and shrimp, served very hot. My wife had two very nice lamb chops and I had perfectly tender duck... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Had a drink out on the deck and then a beautiful meal with a group of colleagues. The quality of the food, attentive staff and beautiful decor are simply the best. A must try in Shanghai.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Of course the building and the atmosphere is amazing. Yes, visiting Shanghai you have been here. But.... The food in general and the overall service of the restaurant could improve a little. It is good, but not 'Top'. Taking this review into consideration the prices are high. But let me be clear; this restaurant is absolutely not bad.

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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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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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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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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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