Catalina is one of Australia's great destination restaurants situated on a landmark Rose Bay site on Sydney Harbour's eastern foreshore. The restaurant was designed as a homage to the beauty of Sydney Harbour. Diners have a panoramic view of Sydney Harbour at water-level, punctuated only by the comings and goings of a working harbour: ferries, water taxis, fishing and sailing boats, and incoming sea planes based in front of the restaurant.
Experienced restaurateurs Michael and Judy McMahon opened Catalina in 1994 with a simple goal: to be Sydney's favourite place to eat the best by the water. They are joined by their daughter Kate as Floor Manager who keeps a well-honed eye on all aspects of the restaurant's operations: the food, wine, service and ambience.
Catalina's kitchen remains open continuously from midday to late in the evening. Diners are welcome to dine all day on Mark Axisa's fresh, authentic menus, inspired by the classics - French, Italian, Spanish and Mediterranean. Seafood is a Catalina specialty: oysters are shucked to order; salmon is cured and smoked in-house; and long-standing relationships with Sydney's leading suppliers provide the restaurant with the best line-caught fish. Meat eaters are also well catered for.
Winner, Peoples Choice Award - Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2016
Winner, Peoples Award - Australian Financial Review Top 100 Restaurants 2015
1 Hat - Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide
3 Hats - Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide 2014
1 Star - Gourmet Traveller Australian Restaurant Guide
3 goblets - Australias Wine List of the Year Awards
This is a fantastic restaurant with the most remarkable views! Everything is done with style and class. The food is superb and beautifully-presented. It is extremely expensive even in the realm of Sydney waterfront restaurants. There are some selections for vegetarians but not a lot. The seafood is sublime although I found some combinations unusual. If you minimise alcohol consumption, it makes for a memorable meal. Bring the titanium credit card!
Awful service, staff were arrogant and rude, overpriced and disappointing food. We were seated at the back of the restaurant so couldn't even enjoy the view. One of my worst restaurant experiences ever, such a shame. #reviewtowin
I was lucky enough to be taken here for my birthday dinner. Its a good idea to book in advance as it gets busy for both lunch and dinner. The Tooth Fish was superb and tasted like the arctic as promised. There are views across Rosebay which compliment the modern sleek white decor. Service was very professional and the waitstaff were obviously very familiar with the menu.