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Cafe Opera

#165 of 5,461 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Seafood, European, Asian fusion, South American
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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/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
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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Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 386
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  • 411
    Very good
  • 109
    Average
  • 37
    Poor
  • 21
    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
Pricey but lovely food and service

Great buffet breakfast but at over $40 per head it needed to be. Good service and the choice of food was amazing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Nadine D
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Mount Gambier, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Mount Gambier, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Great buffet breakfast but at over $40 per head it needed to be. Good service and the choice of food was amazing.

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Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I have separately reviewed my recent stay at the Intercontinental Sydney, during which I had breakfast at Cafe Opera. In that review, I highlighted a number of issues that I experienced with F&B services at two of the hotel's main dining options, but the more extensive issues were experienced at Cafe Opera. I dined on Good Friday at around 10am.... More 

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ramsgate
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Fantastic place to eat and drink, we loved it here, good menu ,not too expensive, great for people watching, but very busy.

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KESWICK
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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

My wife and I went for the early buffet before going to the theatre and thoroughly enjoyed it. The choice and quality was amazing and with a lovely bottle of wine, it was the perfect start to the evening. The servers were very friendly and helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I recently attended a birthday family function here. We were seated in a private room so the event felt more intimate and warm. Staff were friendly and we were served well. In terms of food, the seafood buffet would have to be a highlight for me & the others in my family. I would definitely continue to dine here again.

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Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Booked a luncheon date for the 3rd March for a special celebration. while the venue was as good as ever, the luncheon buffet choice was fairly limited,and ordinary especially the hot dishes. Service was friendly, and a complaint was handled with courtesy and effectively resolved.

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Central Coast, NSW, Australia
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426 helpful votes 426 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Cafe Opera is a nice restaurant situated in the Intercontinental Hotel. It is where you will have breakfast, and is also open for dinner. We found it to be decent food although not necessarily great value.

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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151 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

What a great find for us . We are vegetarians who eat some fish . We had an abundance of choice which is quite unusual . The staff were very friendly and efficient and if we ever manage to return to Sydney this place will be top of our list to re visit

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

A group of girlfriends gathered here on a Monday evening to celebrate a "significant birthday". The service was impeccable, lovely staff looking after us, but not intrusive at all....very sweet and fun! The buffet had great variety and choice. A fab selection of salads...which is always good for the vegetarians amongst us. Hot and cold...lots to eat and freshly replenished... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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87 reviews 87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It's a pity some of the TA photographers have mistaken the Opera Bar near the Opera House for the Cafe Opera at the Intercontinental. My wife and I visited the Cafe Opera for a Monday lunch and were pleasantly surprised to find the seafood buffet lunch had been reduced from $65 to $55 per person. A lovely variety of seafood... 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 - 69
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Asian fusion, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

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