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Catalina Restaurant

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$$$$
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
0293710555
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups
Description: Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Rose Bay, Catalina is a...
Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Rose Bay, Catalina is a beautiful, airy light-filled restaurant and bar with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening out onto a long curved balcony over the water. In keeping with its harbourside location, the menu features beautifully fresh seafood - Sydney Rock oysters shucked to order; house smoked Tasmanian salmon; whole snapper and barramundi, filleted on the premises - but also a wide range of the best meat and poultry Australia has to offer. A fabulous Australian and global wine list (over 600 wines) and welcoming, attentive service, make this restaurant a must-do Sydney dining experience. Come in all day for the full menu - Catalina doesn't close between lunch and dinner - or graze on bar food overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world.
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    Very good
  • 49
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 17
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cockroach hell

Lovely view, super food, slightly chaotic service but our evening spoiled by cockroaches. We sat with many others on the terrace. After dark we noticed some huge cockroaches on the adjacent wall, then moving towards us. Ladies with me implored action. A waitress gallantly either stamped on them or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very expensive and disappointing experience. A week in advance of our booking I notified the restaurant of my dietary requirements by email specifying exactly what I could and could not eat, and requested that the chef advise whether or not catering for me would be a problem as we were celebrating an anniversary and wanted to have a special... More 

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Thank lily2012_12
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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9 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I recently dined at Catalina for lunch on a Sunday afternoon for the first time after wanting to try it for a while. The food and location could not be faulted, both are extraordinary. Unfortunately, I felt like the service really let the whole experience down. When I arrived at the restaurant I found my friends already seated at a... More 

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Thank Freya W
herts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely view, super food, slightly chaotic service but our evening spoiled by cockroaches. We sat with many others on the terrace. After dark we noticed some huge cockroaches on the adjacent wall, then moving towards us. Ladies with me implored action. A waitress gallantly either stamped on them or flicked them into the sea with the wine menu. We were... More 

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Thank HertsFred
Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

In Sydney for just a few days we decided on Catalina after reading Trip Advisor reviews. In heavy rush hour traffic it took about half an hour to get there from the Circle Quay area. The restaurant was not crowded on the Monday evening we dined there. Tough decisions to be made when one inspects the menu. Pricey but delicious... More 

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Thank erparf
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Turned up on a tuesday lunchtime, had an amazing lunch. 5 star seafood, spectacular views, impeccable service. Very impressed, the perfect "special sydney lunch"

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Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much! We're so pleased to hear that you enjoyed everything about your lunch with us. That's the challenge for us - to make every part of your experience exceptional, every time. We hope to see you back at Catalina soon. Judy McMahon More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our lunch for my husband's birthday last week was superb. Catalina is a very special place for us - we've celebrated several of our birthdays and wedding anniversaries there. Didn't think the food could get better but yes...it happened! Quality, freshness, flavour and presentation of our meals was outstanding. Our servers, as always, were friendly, knowledgeable and caring. Thank you... More 

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Thank KarenZ855
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your feedback very much, and look forward to welcoming you back at Catalina again soon. We strive for the quality and consistency of our food to get better and better all the time, and our service staff are some of the best in Sydney - many have been with... More 

Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there last week for lunch for our wedding anniversary. Great location . Service not so great. They put your wine some distance from the table so you must wait for service to have the wine topped up. Not once was this offered unless we tried in vain to attract our waiters attention. Had to ask for the menu. Very... More 

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Sydney
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Always love the beautiful views. Always struggle to choose from the carefully created menu, always, enjoy the attentive service - and yesterday were impressed by the extensive wine knowledge of Roderigo who guided us to a lovely Carmenere from France. An excellent choice - and a grape seldom found on wine lists here in Australia.

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Thank Pat M
Hornsby, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here with the Mrs with a voucher we had received Views were great and the service was outstanding Great selection of wines and other drinks. Food was very good!, left feeling satisfied. Not sure i would go back if i had to pay.

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Thank R T
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was given a gift voucher as a present otherwise I might have not made the effort or gone to the expense to try this restaurant. This restaurant has the lot going for it, great location, good food and service. The location on the harbor at Rose Bay is just magnificent. Sit and watch the ferry and sail boats to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Greater Sydney  >  Waverley  >  Rose Bay
  • Phone Number: 0293710555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 55
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Large groups

Description

Situated on the shores of Sydney Harbour on Rose Bay, Catalina is a beautiful, airy light-filled restaurant and bar with floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening out onto a long curved balcony over the water. In keeping with its harbourside location, the menu features beautifully fresh seafood - Sydney Rock oysters shucked to order; house smoked Tasmanian salmon; whole snapper and barramundi, filleted on the premises - but also a wide range of the best meat and poultry Australia has to offer. A fabulous Australian and global wine list (over 600 wines) and welcoming, attentive service, make this restaurant a must-do Sydney dining experience. Come in all day for the full menu - Catalina doesn't close between lunch and dinner - or graze on bar food overlooking the most beautiful harbour in the world.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?