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 ...read more
This place is just amazing. The food was divine, the ambience was spectacular and the views are breathtaking.
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Finally we had the time to visit Catalina for dinner recently, and we absolutely loved it. Catalina over looks the beautiful water in Rose Bay providing a spectacular view, with impeccable service and delicious food. We ordered off the daily menu for 12th January which featured the bouillabaisse (with spanner crab, tempura scampi, red spot whiting), pan fried snapper, housemade tagliatelle, beef bourguignon and natural fresh oysters. The servings were very reasonable, and each dish was packed full of flavour. We were not disappointed and walked out feeling very full and happy. We would definitely return again to try everything else on the menu!
What can I say? Can't fault this place, sure is a beaut location and everything from the food to the wait staff and building are all too-drawer. Definitely a place to take someone for an occasion birthday or for showing off a pretty part of Sydney to an overseas visitor. Really fab, I'm a Seafood fan, that's the emphasis here, but others are catered for , my daughter has a tasty vegetarian dish.