Almost a year after the sun set on one of Shanghai’s finest vantage points, Kathleen’s Waitan is back in a new location to once again offer one of Shanghai’s best terrace views. After being ordered to close its previous location, the restaurant has relocated to a former warehouse built almost 200 years ago.
Shanghai has developed a trend for restoring old compounds and turning them into hot real estate, and the new Kathleen’s Waitan on the South Bund is no exception. The restaurant now sits on the edge of the Huangpu River, with a sweeping vista of Pudong’s business district. Kathleen’s Waitan is owner Kathleen Lau’s fifth dining venture in the city and promises to deliver exquisite western fine dining with pan-Asian influences. Kathleen Lau is an acclaimed F&B veteran with over 20 years of experience, having opened her first restaurant in Guangzhou in 1996. Her newest addition offers over 1,000 square meters of event space, including four private areas that can be partitioned off from the main dining hall as well as a stunning terrace that can hold up to 250 people for standing cocktails or 150 for a sit-down dinner. All spaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river.