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Catalina Restaurant

Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
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Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Rose Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $35 - $55
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood, Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had such a lovely night at Catalina. The food was delicious and the service was friendly and fast. Definitely worth the money. I would highly recommend Catalina to anyone who enjoys fine dining and a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great location, with sweeping views over Rose Bay. The food is always excellent, service is attentive, and a superb wine list. But it is up there in price!!!

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We heard great things about Catalina so expectations were high, unfortunately despite the price being on par with top Sydney restaurants, the food simply doesn't match the price tag. The location is wonderful, the setting and service is a little stiff - but nothing to complain about. It really was just the overall quality of the dishes. We had a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We ignored a couple of negative reviews of this restaurant, instead relied on strong recommendations from Sydney based friends. We could not fault the location sitting outside over looking the bay on a beautiful sunny day. Our first course was the oysters ...half a dozen natural with a lime and chilli dressing and half a dozen were tempura....hardly any chilli... More

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

I am so sorry to hear of your disappointment, particularly after the recommendations you received from friends. Please be assured that we do strive for excellence with regard to our food, beverage and service, and that we truly don't believe in resting on our laurels, or that our beautiful location is everything. You were let down by the particular team... More

Sydney, Australia
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113 reviews 113 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

As a family now with grandchildren and not having dined in this iconic restaurant for quite some time due to it's distance from our home, we chose to return on Fathers' Day and what an excellent choice it was. Situated waterfront on Sydney Harbour, there is no pedestrian walkway in front of the building so the view is never interrupted... More

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

Thank you for your total enjoyment of our restaurant! I am so pleased it was such a lovely day for you and your family. We hope to look after you again soon. More

Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

I had been recommended this restaurant by quite a few people so my experience came as a shock! First the house wine was out of stock, second when we ordered, we asked if the mains needed to have sides and the answer was that not really as they come with the garnish - if we wanted something extra they would... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We recently attended a lunch wedding at the restaurant. The venue was beautiful with the sea planes and ferry terminal just nearby. The menu including entrees with drinks (oysters, various hot and cold items), mains of lamb or fish and dessert of parfait or creme brûlée. A great day and a good meal (a very Sydney experience). We will be... More

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Sydney, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Dinner 29th August 2014. The 4th time I have eaten at this restaurant but the previous occasions have all been at lunchtime where (lets be honest) the view is so fabulous it distracts from the food and service. Unfortunately at night, without the view of Sydney harbour, Catalina does not cut the mustard. Spending over $400 for 2, I expect... More

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Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews 122 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very nice restaurant. The views are stunning. We were here for lunch so enjoyed watching the sun set over Port Jackson and it's wonderful to see the sea planes takeoff and land. Service was a little hit and miss. A young girl tossed our plates down on the table with barely an acknowledgement. Fairly rude. Then, later in the meal,... More

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Sydney, Australia
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Four of us enjoyed the delicious food, attentive service and the superb location. The highlight main was the crusted lamb while the best dessert was the glazed figs with caramel mousse. We have already booked again for the family to celebrate our daugghter's birthday in October.

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