Sydney, New South Wales

2017 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
Perched on the edge of the water in Sydney's Rose Bay, the Catalina dining room offers unobstructed harbour views 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 water. Catalina's kitchen remains open from midday till late.

It will be closing for minor refurbishments and an upgrade to the kitchen from Monday 1st July, re-opening on Wednesday 14th August.
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Lyne Park,
Off New South Head Road
Rose Bay NSW 2029


Rose Bay



Modern Australian, Seafood

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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CATALINA is one of only a few restaurants in Sydney whose kitchen remains open from midday to late. Diners are welcome all day (bar menu available between 3-6pm). 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.


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 Executive 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 Crispy skin Cone Bay Barramundi. Meat-eaters are not left out; the Smoked duck breast is the ultimate indulgence, with caramelised plum, chesnut purée and cherry jus. This is a great place to show off our beautiful harbour to visitors - arrive in style in a water taxi.

Specials & Events

Autumn /Winter Lunch & Dinner Specials @ CATALINA Rose Bay
Dates Mon 27 May 19 to Sun 30 Jun 19
Location Rose Bay, New South Wales
Category Winter
Description From Monday 27 May until 30 June, CATALINA is offering their our Autumn/Winter Special. LUNCH Monday - Thursday or DINNER Monday - Friday, indulge ...


Please contact the restaurant for further information.
200 pax


Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 100-300
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Outdoor Dining
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2017
One Chef Hat


Luke Mangan on 19/02/2018
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 3/10/2014
Catalina or North Bondi Fish to show off our shores and harbour.
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.
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mans247 - 21/07/2012
I would have to say Catalina Rose Bay is one of Sydney's best, without a doubt. Actually they currently have a 2 for 1 offer on Lime&Tonic. It's a 3 course meal for 2 (normally $220) for $110 which is a bargain.