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Catalina Restaurant

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Lyne Park, Rose Bay, Waverley, New South Wales 2029, Australia
+61 2 9371 0555
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12:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed today NEW

We go regularly to Catalina - and it never disappoints. From the spectacular harbour views, to the relaxed elegance of the room - and the food is amazing. Always love the snapper - and the wine list is excellent. It's perfect for any occasion, from a lovely lunch for two, to a celebration with a group of friends. Staff are... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Before we had lunch here we should have read the reviews. Poor service, by unclean/untrained staff, Meals were bistro standard. All we got was a restaurant full of egotistical dinners and wait staff. Won't be returning Glenn

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Thank boss01y
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

My service staff are neither untrained nor unclean, Glenn. Nor are they egotistical. It seems you are judging our restaurant by some of our clientele, which is totally unfair. Your characterisations of our staff and clientele are neither accurate nor fair in any way. Judy McMahon More 

Broken Hill, Australia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My lamb was very succulent and pleasing, however to our embarrassment both our guest's entree (scallops) was microscopic and drowning in a soup. Their fish choice was again, a very small portion and definitely not enough for a main course. The rocket salad had been dumped in a bowl and was unappealing and their dessert an unadorned slice of pie.... More 

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

I'm so sorry you felt that way, and I really don't want anyone to feel disappointed when they dine at Catalina. But in defence of our portion sizes, nothing has changed. The scallop dish has always been three succulent scallops, and they currently sit on top of a cauliflower 'soup' with salmon roe. It is a crowd pleasing favourite on... More 

Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Just been to what used to be a favourite restaurant and sadly its standards are slipping. Not only could they not cook mine or my guests steak to how we ordered them but Catalina used to have high standards of dress code. On the website it says smart casual so that guests have a memorable experience. So how does that... More 

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

Thank you for your comments. You are absolutely right - board shorts and thongs are not appropriate at Catalina. We have taken your comments seriously and will apply our 'smart casual' dress code more consistently in the future. I assure you though, it is not a case of our purposely lowering the standards for particular individuals because of the type... More 

Bonbeach
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107 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Having visited Catalinas for family occasions previously I was looking forward to our outing. However the three of us were disappointed with our meals and our comments afterwards were not very flattering. My Morton bay bug was over cooked and the salad was rocket with very large unappealing hunks of Parmesan.. not complimenting seafood at all. Prices far exceeded quality... More 

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Thank janetBonbeach
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238 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is really Sydney at its best. A wonderful place to entertain overseas people with a fine dining experience and a spectacular view.

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Thank Deborah D
Melbourne, Australia
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service 2nd to none and the food is outstanding. Lovely ambience with a beautiful view. We totally enjoyed our night and we will be back

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Thank Pauliqld
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have wanted to visit this restaurant for as long as I can remember. We hadn't made a booking but thought we would just wing it and try for a Friday night dinner as we were driving past. The staff were lovely and very accommodating and said they had a table but needed it back by 7.30 which was fine... More 

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Thank Jaime M
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had high expectations for this well known restaurant and being Rose Bay locals were looking forward to trying it out. The view is outstanding but as locals, we already knew this. The setting has obviously made Catalina complacent about the level of service & product customers would expect from a restaurant of this standard and price level. The service was... More 

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

I'm so sorry to hear of your recent experience. Far from being complacent about the restaurant, we really do work hard every day to make our food and service offering as good as it can be. Service staff should most definitely have checked back with you to ensure you were enjoying your food, and this is something you have prompted... More 

Newcastle, Australia
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading many great reviews we couldn't wait to visit Catalina and have a dinning experience worthy of what we had read. However this was not the case for us. On approaching the restaurant, and it's large glass doors that framed the harbor behind, we watched the Host, James, on his mobile phone where he barley gave us a glance... More 

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Thank JuniperO26
Judy M, Owner at Catalina Restaurant, responded to this review

I find your personal comments about James offensive. Naturally he and I are sorry you have this impression of Catalina, but I believe your initial impression at the front desk tainted your entire subsequent experience. It is regrettable that James was on his mobile phone when you arrived, however the call would have been an urgent one and related to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 55
Cuisine
Seafood, Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 18:00
Monday
12:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 00:00
Thursday
12:00 - 00:00
Friday
12:00 - 00:00
Saturday
12:00 - 00:00
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: +61 2 9371 0555
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?