CATALINA ROSE BAY
Sydney, NSW

2014 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
Perched on the edge of the water in Sydney's Rose Bay, Catalina dining room offers a beautiful, unobstructed harbour, coupled with exceptional food. Dishes on the seafood-inspired Modern Australian menu are beautifully cooked and presented and visitors can join the well-heeled crowd watching sea planes take off and land on the waters of Rose Bay. Catalina's kitchen remains open from midday till late.
Opening Times
 MTWTFSS
Lunch
Dinner
Address:
Off New South Head Road
Lyne Park
Suburb:
Rose Bay
Contact:
Tel: +61 2 9371 0555
Cuisine:
Modern Australian, Seafood
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
License:
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
DETAILS
CATALINA is one of only a few restaurants in Sydney whose kitchen remains open from midday to late. Diners are welcome all day (full menu available). A wonderful a la carte dining location, perfect for personal and business celebrations of all kinds, small or large. The Catalina dining room is a wonderful indoor/outdoor space with stunning unobstructed views of Shark Island, Harbour ferries, windsurfers, sailing boats, and seaplanes in Rose Bay - with food to match. Resident pelicans visit every afternoon hoping for remnants of the premium quality fish.

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It's hard to focus elsewhere as the floor to ceiling windows draw your eyes to the huge expanse of water in front. The beautiful view is of historic significance; the site was home to Sydney's first international airport in the 1930s, when overseas flights were a novelty and seaplanes were the only way to traverse the globe. The water is still home to a collection of seaplanes, however the empire class flying boats that originally graced the harbour are no longer around, and the only Catalina in site is the restaurant.

Owners Judy and Michael McMahon and Head Chef Mark Axisa have worked together to create an environment that is welcoming, with great food and an in-depth wine list. Start with freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters, with a slice of their home-baked sourdough bread and home-made butter. The salmon is smoked, cured, and sliced in-house, served with with soft boiled duck egg, truffle mayonnaise and brioche. The mains menu is seafood orientated; try the Pan fried snapper with potato and garlic mash; lemon caper butter, or opt for the ‘Glacier 51' toothfish or NZ king salmon. Meat-eaters are not left out; the Smoked duck breast is the ultimate indulgence, with confit duck Maryland, rhubarb tart and sautéed kale. This is a great place to show off our beautiful harbour to visitors - arrive in style in a water taxi.
Dates Mon 15 Sep to Sun 30 Nov
Location Rose Bay, NSW
Category Mid-week
FUNCTION MENU
Please contact the restaurant for further information.
MAX SEATING
150 pax
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Outdoor Dining
Parking
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Views
Waterfront Dining
Awards
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
One Chef Hat
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
One Chef Hat
Lyne Park,
Off New South Head Road
Rose Bay NSW 2029
CHEF RECOMMENDATIONS
Phoodie Phoodie on 31/08/2014
Catalina in Sydney's harbourside suburb of Rose Bay wins as my favourite "Special Occasion restaurant" every time. Consistency is Catalina's middle name and their mashed potato is better than Joel Robuchon's. Their house smoked salmon is also a dish not to be missed.
Luke Mangan on 26/08/2014
Definitely Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay. It's the ultimate Sydney dining experience. You can't beat a table on the verandah overlooking the Harbour; sipping on a glass of chardy and eating fresh seafood while watching boats go by. If you really want to impress a visitor you can arrive by sea plane! Also Sean's Panaroma at Bondi Beach for its relaxed and casual atmosphere. The food is very seasonal and they don't follow food trends; they focus on serving real wholesome food for everyone
Justine Schofield on 25/08/2014
A little local restaurant I found with a friend in Venice a few years agos. It was off the beaten track and we had the simplest but the most magnificent meal. Squid ink in spaghetti, followed by a whole sea bass roasted in the wood fired oven which was then silver served at the table, followed by an incredible tiramisu. If only I could remember the name!
Justine Schofield on 25/08/2014
Catalina or North Bondi Fish to show off our shores and harbour.
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