Run like a little jail --all their rules, to hell with customer satisfaction. With the possible exception of the completely bland, completely UNspiced steamed clams, the food is terrible beyond belief. The ""steak"" quesadilla was unchewable, smelled bad (you know, that cheap ""horsemeaty"" smell), and was left uneaten after several unsuccessful tries to find a chewable bite. The caesar salad was barely average, like in a school cafeteria, with boring bottled dressing and cheap restaurant-supply packaged croutons, as well as I recall, since recalling is painful! The thing is, they charge a substantial cover PLUS a minimum (overpriced BAD dinner or 2 drinks) for EVERY show. I'd much rather go to a crowded little place with acceptable overpriced food and rarely a cover, like Charlie O's, or really get my money's worth at Vibrato Grill and Jazz, with rarely a cover and great food, service and atmosphere. But Catalina's, where they hustle you out even if you haven't finished eating, is an insult to diners. They should just forget the food and rushed service, and become a straight theater, like the old Jazz Bakery. At least they wouldn't make enemies or offend anyone.
Pros: The bookings are often good, room is rarely full.
Cons: Horrible food, mostly inedible, painfully overpriced. $$$$$$