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Cafe Opera

#139 of 5,416 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
European, Seafood, South American, Asian fusion
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117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
Today
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Description: Ever since Tamas Pamer, Executive Chef, can remember, he has loved nothing...
Ever since Tamas Pamer, Executive Chef, can remember, he has loved nothing more than visiting local food markets with the smell of freshly made bread and the beautiful array of colours from recently picked fruit and vegetables. It is these markets which Tamas visits on a regular basis that provide the inspiration for the market fresh and locally sourced dining experience of Cafe Opera. Guests can sample the unique and interactive buffet which showcases local suppliers and growers. Situated within the breathtaking Treasury Building of 1851, Cafe Opera offers a beautiful setting for any dining occasion.Patrons can choose to be seated within the restaurant with its beautifully grand windows with views of the city or dine alfresco in the dining court of InterContinental Sydney's historic sandstone arcades.
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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 37
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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great buffet strange seating arrangements

Visited Cafe Opera for second time this year. This is a best restaurant buffet in Sydney - consistently great food and generally very good service (waitress Kerrie is exemplary). Variety is very broad - lots of fresh seafood, salads, antipasto, sushi, mains and a fabulous dessert buffet. (it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
GoldenClub
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Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Visited Cafe Opera for second time this year. This is a best restaurant buffet in Sydney - consistently great food and generally very good service (waitress Kerrie is exemplary). Variety is very broad - lots of fresh seafood, salads, antipasto, sushi, mains and a fabulous dessert buffet. (it's not just kids who love the ever-changing flavours of the soft serve... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We dined at Cafe Opera in the Intercontinental Hotel and took advantage of their Park & Dine special - $120 for the 2 of us plus valet parking for our car. We had to be out by 7.30 pm for this price, which suited us as we were going to a concert at the Opera House. We had dined at... More 

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ChilliGarlic
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93 reviews 93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was my 4th time in 10 years to take guests to the seafood buffet at Cafe Opera. It is without doubt the best seafood buffet I've been to anywhere. We were there on a Monday night so it's a different price, and no lobster, but that doesn't matter. It's still outstanding. The restaurant itself is quiet, elegant, stylish, and... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had planned to see the "King and I" at the Sydney Opera House while in Sydney visiting family. Six months earlier, we determined the date and time we wanted, but didn't purchase tickets online. On the day, we discovered the ticket price was $150 dollars higher. In our disappointment, we visited the Cafe Opera, ordered a flat white and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Came here for Valentine's day for dinner $115 per person for the seafood buffet. Upon arrival we were walked over to our seat. Me and my partner had sat down and waited for about 15 minutes until somebody finally came and offered us drinks to get us started which I felt wasn't even that great considering the amount of time... More 

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We enjoyed breakfast on a beautiful sunny morning, choosing to sit outside with the sun streaking in the roofline/windows. Great selection to suit all tastes & cultures.

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Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This buffet style restaurant set in an old world style room at the intercontinental has loads of atmosphere. Huge variety of food on offer. I took my dad there for his 92nd birthday. He loved it! The waitress kindly brought out a piece of cake at the end of the meal with a candle so we could sing happy birthday... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

The restaurant located at the Intercontinental Sydney hotel is without comparison the buffet lunch we ever had. The food es excellent and not the same every day so even going there several days gives you a new experience.

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Kellyville, New South Wales, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

During our weekend stay at the Intercontinental Sydney, we went to Cafe Opera & had the 6 course degustation.. The menu, food presentation & quality of the food was amazing. The Chef should be recognised for his amazing skills...

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Mexico City, Mexico
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Seriously impressed by the so called best buffet in town, and technically speaking we were not disappointed by the choices and quality of the buffet. Unfortunately we were not able to make it for the Friday and Saturday evening seafood buffet, so the experience was slightly below expectations. Will award a 4 stars but the hearty bill dragged down a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 33 - 69
  • Cuisine: European, Seafood, South American, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Ever since Tamas Pamer, Executive Chef, can remember, he has loved nothing more than visiting local food markets with the smell of freshly made bread and the beautiful array of colours from recently picked fruit and vegetables. It is these markets which Tamas visits on a regular basis that provide the inspiration for the market fresh and locally sourced dining experience of Cafe Opera. Guests can sample the unique and interactive buffet which showcases local suppliers and growers. Situated within the breathtaking Treasury Building of 1851, Cafe Opera offers a beautiful setting for any dining occasion.Patrons can choose to be seated within the restaurant with its beautifully grand windows with views of the city or dine alfresco in the dining court of InterContinental Sydney's historic sandstone arcades.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?