catalina kitchen at Terranea Resort

4.4
1209 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Set against the scenic views of Terranea Resort, Catalina Island and the Pacific Coast, catalina kitchen hosts a spirited dining experience in a vibrant, beautiful and modern setting. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends, it’s a popular destination for both locals and guests alike. People gather here to enjoy honest and delicious food and drinks. Everything here is passionately crafted and served with a sincere, effortless sense of style. Guests have a front row seat to the action, as the open kitchen fills the restaurant with action and anticipation.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Open Daily from 7:00am to 10:00pm
Fire & Ice Happy Hour available everyday from 3:00pm – 5:00pm. *excluding holidays*.

Seafood Buffet every Friday Night from 5:00pm to 10:00pm **BUFFET ONLY**
Breakfast Buffet every Saturday from 7:00am to 12:00pm
Saturday Lunch Buffet 11am- 3pm
Sunday morning - Limited a la carte menu from 7:00am - 9:00am**
Brunch every Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday Supper (5:00pm-10:00pm)
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Phone number
(855) 781-6158
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Jin Lee
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Cross street
Palos Verdes Drive South
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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DV
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for Brunch. As good as it gets.

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SA
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated 2 birthdays.

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5
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Great venue, good service, but really mediocre food at a fairly high price. As an example a burger is $24 which might be OK if it was a great burger, but it sadly isn't.

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s
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner buffet at Catalina Kitchen is amazing! The dining patio is spacious and kept cozy with heaters. The solo singer/guitar player was a nice touch for a Sunday night family meal.

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TC
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great 1st experience. The food and staff were outstanding. Will definitely visit again when in town.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

We did the lunch Buffet and there was not a lot to chose from - Limited items - If you ordered off the menu this was limited as well -

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Breakfast was amazing.

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L
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

We have had many positive dinners at Catalina kitchen. However for whatever reason, this time the service, timing, and quality of the food suffered greatly that night. Our young daughters children’s meal was brought 45 minutes before ours and food was not hot and not particularly appetizing in other ways. The waiter kept blaming the kitchen but it was not particularly busy that night. The manager comped our very delayed entrees. We have had other good times there and look forward to more. I hope the waiter has found another line of work.

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AJ
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sunday brunch is like no other. We love celebrating birthdays here. Outdoor dining in November cannot be beat! The seafood and sushi quality is outstanding. The omelet and crepe bars, carving stations are first-rate. I felt that service could be more attentive for the price. Sadly, there was an Asian family that brought their lapdog and let it do its business, assuming the staff would pick up. Um, no. I was embarrassed to be Asian. Probably pets should NOT be allowed in a swanky place like this.

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A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible!!!

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MC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

The view is lovely, and the ambiance is the best. Not really fair to judge the service, which was not that good, but it was the weekend of the fire in Los Angeles and the hotel was unexpectedly full for this time of year since 200,000 people were evacuated.
We were late by ten minutes for our reservation, called and they were quite understanding and seated us immediately when we did arrive.

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OT
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Sunday brunch - good food & really good service, but it is $30 per person overpriced. $70 per person plus $15 for parking is too much.

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A
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Their Sunday brunch is by far one of the best I have ever had. Their normal dinner menu is kinda limited but there is enough to find something you will enjoy.

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P
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Too dark to see food. Not enough heaters. Over priced. But beautiful area.

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j
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special place for a birthday celebration. Friday night King Crab was excellent. Best crab legs I have ever had. They slice them so eating them is not so messy. Steak, prime rib, and tri-tip along with shrimp and salads and fixings. It was all you can eat and I did. They even surprised my wife with a dessert plate for her birthday. A++

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ZZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Service and wonderful views and food

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great until was told there was $15 valet charge. We had our ticket validated and it was $15. Without it would have been $25 for one hour to have lunch

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OT
Los Angeles
229 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting and very accommodating.

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CL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambience and service. Salvador was extremely helpful and friendly. Overall, the food was delicious and the service was fantastic. Can’t wait to come back.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great selection of seafood options. Loved the soft shell crab Benedict and the wood fired pizza. Everything was fresh. View is second to none in Southern California.

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RO
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent seafood buffet with a wide variety of choices, both seafood and non. High quality food, well prepared and exceptional service. Well worth the $70.

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KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The only thing better than the food is the view. The servers are great, the restaurant is clean and comfortable and the outdoor seating is fantastic. Only complaints are drinks took a long time to come out (on a relatively slow Wed night) and the prices are a bit high. But hey, you're paying for the view and the great food, so we keep coming back.

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G
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Patio view of ocean was good. Food was just okay; overpriced.

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S
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Usually, dining at Tetanus is a treat. Unfortunately for us, this bist was a disaster. We waited more than 1 hour for a simple salad and a steak. Ultimately, we left as the kitchen was being poorly managed to get food out in a timely manner. The restaurant was not at peak, as there were a lot of empty tables. The manager did offer us food to go for free and the waitress was super apologetic. Suggestions: 1) Reorganize kitchen management, as this size of a resort with convention services should be able to feed their basic restaurant patrons. 2) Inform customers before they are seated if there is a logistical problem serving food. While we were given a to go box, my husband had a bad reaction to the steak. I won’t go into further written detail...

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S
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasant experience! The food was excellent! The serve staff wonderful!

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A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice place to eat . Good food, good atmosphere, and good service.

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R
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The brunch buffet has great omelets made to order, meats, seafood, fruit, and desserts. There's a scenic view of Palos Verdes, and nice trails to walk off the food are right there, along with the swimming pool.

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P
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Sunday brunch buffet spread (we were there 10:15AM with 12 adults, 2 toddlers) improved from a few months we were there. The selection & quality of food improved...but the sushi spread need more selection. Otherwise, overall a good experience.

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JW
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good but salad was drenched in dressing instead of dressing being served on the side as requested. Suggest a bit more quality control.
Servers were great.

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JG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks in a beautiful setting, great place to relax and enjoy the day.

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L
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family affair for my husband’s birthday. They were wonderful. Bought food right away for the young children so adults could visit. Great food and atmosphere. Probably do it again next year

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TH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place to spend a day or two to enjoy foods, drinks, its gorgeous landscape, walking, fun activities, spa in an absolutely breath taking ocean view from its prime location.

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T
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Catalina Kitchen is always a treat! The food and the staff are always wonderful. We're so happy to have a place like this close by.

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s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

This is our second time this year celebrating at Catalina Kitchen and BOTH times we have had to wait 15+mins AFTER our reservation time to be seated-we arrived before the actual reservation, so it’s not because we were late. Over a dozen small groups (4 or less) were seated right away. How hard is it to set a table for 11 with a reservation set a month prior?! Ridiculous. This time after waiting we had to wait again because they put our table right in front of the live music...not what we had in mind! And I’m sure we were not alone (kind of loud!).
Food is usually very good but the Sunday buffet, I have to say, was disappointing. It was one of my favorites before, they used to have so much more. Now it’s quite limited for $70/person. Actually, VERY limited. We won’t be back for the buffet (especially since Trump is down the street offering much more for basically the same price when you include the $10 VALIDATED valet at Terranea).
Bring more food options and PLEASE do NOT make your customers with reservations wait.

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OT
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was superb as usual!

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f
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, view, and overall ambiance is exceptional. You feel as if you've been swept away to a European resort.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good overall experience. Comfort food with a slight twist? Would go again for the ambiance.

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PL
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall very good destination. Atmosphere was pleasant with very attentive staff. Food was generous but a little bit on the pricy side.

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LC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Catalina Kitchen, at Terranea, is one of my favorite places to celebrate special occasions or just spend quality time with loved ones. The ambiance and view are absolutely beautiful. The Sunday Brunch is not as great as it has been in the past couple of years, but it's still good. The price is a bit high and the quality of some of the items has gone down slightly, but overall it's still very good. We love the variety ; from fresh sushi, crab legs, large peel and eat shrimp, hand made omlettes, charcuterie options, plenty of traditional breakfast options, nice selection of pastries, ice cream and sorbet to choose from, freshly cut meat, nice desserts, and a decent array of fresh fruit and veggies. This visit we were disappointed with the fresh fruit. The watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, and cantaloupe were over ripe and looked and tasted old. Aside from the overly ripe fruit, we had a very nice brunch to celebrate my birthday. Felipe, our server, was spectacular and he made our visit easy and enjoyable. He took great care of our party of four.

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. The food was good and the service was great. We had not eaten at this particular restaurant at Terranea before and the waiter was just perfect in getting us a drink fast, explaining how it all works and in clean up. Food was pretty good, a few missteps but nothing major. Will come back again

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