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Cafe Opera

#155 of 4,133 Restaurants in Sydney
#171 of 4,545 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
Closed now
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, 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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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

Great piace for an aperitif or for lunch and dinner. We ate here twice and the location is fantastic! Of course is more for a beer with friends and a quick dinner but eating in front of the Opera House is always a unique emotion

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Maria Elena B
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Catania, Sicilia, Italy
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Entertaining clients
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Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The selection for the Buffet was surprisingly large and varied. I got my monies worth out of the seafood. The service was a bit slack, but they were busy with the many guests.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

At here on Sunday night for dinner and with an in room coupon it was less than $50 a head. All in all the service was great and we very much enjoyed our dinner and would recommend.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Oysters are tiny and dark brown/yellow (not fresh looking nor tasting), sashimi slices are very reasonably sized however seems to have been thawed from frozen and the sushi and rice within it are not well made. Rice was undercooked. Unfortunately I got sick that night and so did a group of friends that dined there the night after, with 12... More 

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Catania, Sicilia, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Great piace for an aperitif or for lunch and dinner. We ate here twice and the location is fantastic! Of course is more for a beer with friends and a quick dinner but eating in front of the Opera House is always a unique emotion

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Adelaide
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Annual event when in Sydney for business or pleasure experiencing the great Cafe Opera seafood buffet (& more) at the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney Great selection of quality seafood and more for your enjoyment. The staff are attentive and helpful with manager Andres overseeing this great venue. Wine selection is excellent with local and international choices. As you would expect a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We've never really been happy with the service at Cafe Opera, and last weekend was no different. Apart from not having our booking (probably a reception problem though) the staff just don't seem to be trained to provide good customer service. Perhaps it's a staffing issue and there just aren't enough staff to provide the level of service they should.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The Cafe Opera at the Sydney Intercontinental Hotel offers a fabulous, well priced seafood buffet - one of the best in Sydney. However, it does itself a disservice in its approach to customers trying to book a table. We checked into the hotel early on a Saturday afternoon and went straight to the Cafe to book a table (for two)... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This cafe is located in the Intercontinental Sydney hotel and has a lovely European feel in decor and cuisine. The buffet looks great and there's plenty of choice. Freshly made breads, eggs all ways, Asian breakfast options, fruits, yoghurts, gluten-free and lots more. You could eat way too much!

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The food was yummy and there was a fairly large selection of seafood, but there wasn't enough vegetable and coffee or tea should have been included with the buffet. I was charged $7 for a cappuccino, which is way over the top.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This cafe/restaurant is located in the Intercontinental Sydney hotel and has an old European feel in decor and elegant dishes. The buffet is beautifully arranged and I find it hard to believe anyone could not find various items they loved. Fresh made breads, salads, desserts and hot entrees galore provide way too many selections :-) You can tell the chef... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Opera

Address: 117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
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
Average Prices: USD 32 - 68
Cuisine: Seafood, European, Asian fusion, South American

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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 32 - 68
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Asian fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?