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Cafe Opera

#147 of 4,200 Restaurants in Sydney
#159 of 4,538 Places to Eat in Sydney
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117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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: Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
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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    Very good
  • 110
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 22
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Family Restaurant

The wonderful thing about the new Café Opera is it is very informal and relaxing. When there is a large group the staff are most helpful in combining tables and seating. The ordering is a little hard for a big group as the order is presented at the bar and then paid for, so payment has to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
ColJ810
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Well I got fed but it was pretty average. The meal was part of my room rate, if I had paid for it would have been dissapointed. The tables are very close together and I got seated in a very busy area.

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Sydney, Australia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I took my parents and husband here to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday. We came for dinner on a Sunday night. Situated in the beautiful Intercontinental Hotel, we were expecting something special and we weren't disappointed! Our waiter (I think his name was Wayne) greeted us and led us to a lovely table. He asked me for my Dad's name... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The wonderful thing about the new Café Opera is it is very informal and relaxing. When there is a large group the staff are most helpful in combining tables and seating. The ordering is a little hard for a big group as the order is presented at the bar and then paid for, so payment has to be predetermined by... More 

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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I recommend eating here if you're enjoying the wonderful vista of the bridge. Food is stylishly presented and tastes fresh.

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Canberra, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We made a dinner resevation for Saturday evening expecting an a la carte menu, but on learning it was buffet only, decided to try it out. The emphasis is strongly on seafood, particularly shellfish, which is presented either unadorned with accompanying sauces or, on the night we dined there, mornay or Klipatrick. I found the salads and sides particularly appealing... More 

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Sydney
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Not much this place can do wrong. It has one of the best dining positions on the harbour! Perfect view, nice cafe style food and a great way to spend a lazy afternoon in Sydney!

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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

How amazing mother's day lunch staff were fantastic food was fantastic well worth a visit. we will definitely be back

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Quality meals, great size and taste amazing for the price paid. Would recommend the OK Burger, it is more than ok. The tables are situated along the wall right beside the harbour, with absolutely stunning close up views of the Opera House and a view of Luna Park under the magnificent Harbour Bridge. Best view at a restaurant in all... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Standard and usual buffet breakfast you would expect from this type of hotel (and comparative ones). The distinction that separates this from others is the attentive and excellent service by the staff. It was consistent by everyone.

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Merimbula, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We chose to ignore the Buffet and elected to dine a la carte. It has a separate detached dining area but, unfortunately, it is accessed by a walk past the buffet food stations and the feeding frenzy that sometimes occurs here. The room is tastefully decorated with darker tones that give it a bit of an 'old club' feel. Nice,... 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 - 70
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Asian fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients, Romantic, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?