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Cafe Opera

117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+612 9240 1396
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Ranked #294 of 5,230 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $27 - $48
Cuisines: European, Seafood, South American, Asian fusion
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Neighborhood: City Centre
Description: Locally Sourced and Seasonally Inspired Produce at Cafe Opera.Set in the beautiful arches of the 1851 Treasury Building, Cafe Opera provides the perfect venue for any 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.It is our team’s passion to source the finest local produce and freshest ingredients which drives the menu choice at Cafe Opera. That is why our buffet changes daily, to ensure we only use the freshest of ingredients. Guests can choose from the seasonally inspired, interactive buffet with live cooking stations and theatrical dessert displays or select from the restaurants French-inspired a la carte menu. The a la carte dishes all use Australian produce which is used to produce contemporary and innovative dishes to appeal to a wide range of palates.For that special occasion our unique and beautifully styled private dining areas provide the perfect venues for any event, be it an exclusive fine dining corporate event or informal wine tasting evening.Cafe Opera is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 6.30am until 10.30pm.
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English first
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

GET THE TASTING PLATE!!! If you are just after a snack and you have a few mates with you , the tasting plate is a great choice. If you are sitting along the harbourfront during lunch however, keep an eye out for those pesky seagulls. They are quite cheeky and bold. One actually swooped in and pinched the saurkraut from... More

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Warnervale, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Went to the seafood buffet lunch on Sunday with friends on an adjoining table. The drink waiters, Cameron and Robin were outstanding. They continually topped up our Bimbagen sparkling wine, great to have a chat to and Robin made sure we had fresh finger bowls for the seafood. The oysters although small were so fresh and creamy, the large tigers... More

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Irving, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was a fun place to hang out with friends. We were at an event and we all decided to eat and enjoy each other's company after the event. The food was great too!

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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We came here for a special dinner and it didn't let us down. We opted a la carte because wanted to have authentic French cuisine. Service was excellent. Food were pretty good. Seafood and lamb were so fresh so the sweetness came out naturally. Dessert were a bit below my expectation (that was why I gave "only" four stars). They... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Breathtaking 19th Century architecture, Cafe Opera ticks all the boxes. Atmosphere, quality, service, location, just a beautiful experience. Entertained our overseas guests and were not disappointed, what a beautiful venue to showcase Sydney. Food was excellent and the service was just perfect, attention to detail was amazing yet done with the minimum of fuss.

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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This is a great place to end the evening with a beverage and the fantastic views. Bring your camera and sit down for a while to watch the world pass by.

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80 reviews 80 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband and I had dinner at Cafe Opera celebrating our wedding anniversary. We liked the seafood options at the buffet: crabs, Balmanian bugs, oysters, prawns, smoked salmon, sushi. We paid $75 per person on Sunday. For Sunday lunch you pay $83 and can have unlimited sparkling wine. The wine list is extensive as well. We also liked the desert... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Have a a special occasion to celebrate? This restaurant can make ir an occasion to remember. Great food choices

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Sydney, Australia
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11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Had been dining frequently in the past, this is the 1st visit to the cafe again after 4-5 yrs. Seafood standard is high, but no more sashimi as in the past and the rice of the sushi is a bit hard and dry. ' wagyu steak topside' is perfect. We dine on Sunday evening, is cheaper than fri n sat... More

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The Sunday afternoon seafood buffet at this restaurant is great value for money for a restaurant of that class. This restaurant is located within the Intercontinental Hotel in Macquarie Street Sydney. The cost of the buffet is A$ 83. While the focus is on seafood this buffet also has a variety of meats (hot and cold), sushi and a great... More

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