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Cafe Opera

#163 of 4,237 Restaurants in Sydney
#180 of 4,658 Places to Eat in Sydney
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117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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This restaurant is at InterContinental Sydney
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, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good coffee, possessed seagulls

The coffee was good, not fantastic but not average either... Food looked good but we didn't try... The view was awesome but spoilt by the seagulls who pretty much attacked anything that even resembled food.... Overall worth the visit!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
Jeanine L
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The coffee was good, not fantastic but not average either... Food looked good but we didn't try... The view was awesome but spoilt by the seagulls who pretty much attacked anything that even resembled food.... Overall worth the visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

love cafe opera staff are attentive and food is amazing especially thr desserts i have dine here alot of times in the past its nice to eat and then sleep off the food at hotel intercontinental Sydney

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Shellharbour, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We went to the buffet Saturday night.Staff were extremely helpful and lovely. We were told about the lobsters and was greatly dissapointed.. They were dry and shreivelled and seemed that they had been reheated. We went there for that reason alone.Not what u would expect in a 5star hotel. We ordered white wine which was $19.95 a glass. Cloudy Bay... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Fabulous breakfast with something for every traveler's taste from healthy to decadent. The seafood dinner buffet was a wonder for two travelers who live in the Southwest desert of the U.S.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

I have been to,Cafe Opera quite a few times and the food and service is excellent. Once was for a large travel of work colleagues and we are looked after perfectly. I would not hesitate to recommend this to,local and travellers, as just being in the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel is a wonderful experience I. Itself

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great place to stop for lunch while visiting Sydney's iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Gardens. Good choice of different styles of food......some quite quirky and unexpected (in a good way). Only downside was that it started to rain just after we got into the place, so it got busy very quickly and service got overly slow, with my wife's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Well set out, a huge choice of food to suit any diet requirements. If you didn't like what was on offer, you must be hard to please. Nice coffee as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Not sure if I would have the Buffett again but you need to try it once for the experience. Lots to choose from. Seafood was lovely Breakfast buffet was great. Lots of variety. Staff were attentive

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We had the sunday buffet dinner at Cafe Opera and although advertised as seafood buffet there are also plenty of other choices. The seafood was definitely fresh - two types of prawns, crab, oysters and barramundi. Deserts were delicious with a wide range of choices. Disappointing service though, we had to wait for what seemed a long time (for a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

It was buffet lunch with prawns crabs and oysters plus other stuff. The seafood was charged as soon as the food was used. It was too crowded near the seafood area by also having other food. The hot food was very limited and lacked variety. It was advertised as with free cocktails, wines and beer. Only one prepared cocktail was... 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 30 - 63
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Bar scene

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

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