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Cafe Opera

#47 of 4,624 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Central Business District
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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, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups
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
Hotel Restaurant

Ate one supper and 3 breakfasts in this restaurant - all buffet style - all very good selection and quality

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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The Villages, Florida
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The Villages, Florida
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ate one supper and 3 breakfasts in this restaurant - all buffet style - all very good selection and quality

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Thank PapaHorse01
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Firstly neither the food nor service was as bad as some reviewers have suggested, in fact the beef was very good and the cold seafood fresh. I do have a personal problem paying $65 a head for a buffet dinner in the city when I can get a similar style of meal on the Central Coast for a fraction of... More 

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1 Thank John A
Sydney Australia
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Husband and I visited Australia Day, using 1 x $49 voucher and paying full price for the other. Once again we were asked if would sit outside, I questioned the girl if it was because we had a voucher (again feeling the second-class citizen thread which seems to prevail with vouchers), pointing out it wasn't full inside. She then agreed... More 

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1 Thank taronga57
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Intercontinental offers a fantastic breakfast buffet! Be sure to include this in your reservation!

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Thank gsb1158
Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have recently visited this place twice for their buffet spread (once for breakfast, once for lunch), and was quite impressed on both occasions. I would have to say this is the best buffet I have come across in Sydney so far. Most of the food is of a high quality, the range of spread is excellent, and the service... More 

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Thank Maverick_Ralph
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Probably the worst meal I can say I have had. Overpriced, poorly presented and lack of variety is the sum of this critique. Do yourself a favour and stay away from this one. We spent about $230 a couple so the experience didn't come cheap.

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4 Thank Vacation006
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked the seafood dinner option to celebrate my dad's 70th birthday after reading the reviews. The person who took my booking over the phone was quite rude, but I thought nothing of it. The service on the night was below average - waiters kept forgetting drink orders, needed to be reminded. The "seafood" on offer consisted only of banana prawns,... More 

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5 Thank Claudia S
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a great place awesome food a wide choice of food and desserts great service .its paradise awesome value the children have sweets and choice of there own .very romantic place its the place to vist in sydney

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Thank John W
Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked the seafood buffet for our 10 year wedding anniversary. The hostess was lovely and staff were very attentive. Our designated wait staff, Robin, was amazing. He was courteous, friendly and looked after us so well. When he found out it was our anniversary, he organised with the chef to send a little something sweet for us to our... More 

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1 Thank RnR15
Brisbane, Australia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I came here each day for Breakfast during our recent stay at The Intercontinental Hotel. Very similar to other luxury hotel buffet breakfasts in that it serves a range of hot and cold options. The juice bar was a nice treat. The restaurant is surrounded by fantastic historical architecture that really added to the experience. Perhaps a little busy at... 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>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 63
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Spanish, Fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups

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?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.