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“Art Deco Heaven with Mountain Views and a Scrumptious Meal”
Review of Avalon

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Ranked #9 of 91 Restaurants in Katoomba
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $27
Cuisines: Australian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Set in the historic Savoy picture theatre building, AVALON Restaurant and Cocktail Bar at Katoomba combines playful art-deco charm with hearty food, friendly service and spectacular Blue Mountains views. Located on main street Katoomba, enter the historic Savoy picture theatre foyer and make your way past the ticket booth and up the stairs. The restaurant inhabits the dress circle of the old theatre, and offers a decor of quirky retro finds and spectacular mountain views over Leura and the Jamison Valley. Meals are prepared in the old projection room, and cocktails and retro tunes are served in the former refreshment lounge, now a cosy bar complete with roaring fireplace. The art deco architecture is complemented by an eclectic collection of furnishings and artwork. The style of service is casual and friendly. Licensed and BYO wine.
Wentworth Falls, Australia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Art Deco Heaven with Mountain Views and a Scrumptious Meal”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

I love this restaurant! The décor is beyond charming – all sorts of Art Deco bric-a-brac, beautiful art on the walls and an eclectic collection of crockery on your table – it’s like dining in an antique store minus the dust, plus mountain views. Don't get scared off by the photo on the website - looks nothing like it. The menu was somewhat basic - veal, lamb, rib eye fillet, duck, salmon on the specials board etc. The portions were huge and my veal escallops with a lemony sauce, rosemary potatoes and vegetables were absolutely delicious. We were welcomed by a friendly, smiling lady who had a chuckle at our excitement over the décor and the vibe of the place (It used to be a cinema.). The lady serving us seemed a little “over it” and wasn’t keen to go out of her way to make us feel welcome, but she may have just had a bad night, and it didn’t spoil our experience. I agree with previous comments to book a table by the window, if you’re planning ahead.

  • Visited November 2012
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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109 reviews
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“A Little Gem”
Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

We went looking for somewhere to eat with low expectations on our first impressions of Katoomba Main Street. I nearly walked past TheAvalon because I thought it was an old picture house! What a fabulous surprise when we reached the top of the stairs. A 40's style cocktail bar and a restaurant full of genuine antiques. The food was excellent, a limited menu, which I think of as a good sign because nowhere can do justice to a large menu, good service and the added value of original art on the walls, one of which promoted conversation between the tables. Can you get better than this? I think not!

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Hong Kong, China
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182 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
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“Cosy old fashioned restaurant with great food”
Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

We decided on this restaurant after talking to a few locals and we were not disappointed! Food was great and nice service as well as interesting decor. Not cheap though but pretty fair price for what you got

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Sydney
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“My Favourite Restaurant EVER!!!!!!!”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

If you haven't been to The Avalon yet you just don't know what your missing out on. We travel from The Sydney Northern Beaches just to eat at our fav restaurant whenever we get a chance.

Not only are the staff friendly, caring and kind, the food is always absolutely mouth watering and the restaruant decor is just so beautiful.

We tell anyone who is travelling to The Blue Mountains that they have to have a meal at The Avalon Restaurant.

  • Visited September 2012
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Penrith, Australia
2 reviews
“Dinner at the Avalon”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

The atmosphere was fantastic, very artistic with 1920 - 40s look and feel. The servings are large, but presentation could be improved. Overall a nice night.

Visited October 2012
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Thank Paul J
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