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The Cathay Room

#31 of 12,617 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
The Bund
European, French, Italian, 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/Brunch
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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  • 3
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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
Most recent review
Should be a must do when in Shanghai !

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
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  • Romance
  • Scenic view
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Middle East
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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Shanghai, China
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64 reviews 64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 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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5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Shanghai, China
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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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91 reviews 91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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Shanghai
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42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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: European, French, Italian, 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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