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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 #289 of 5,090 restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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77% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

There are many great buffets I have experienced in many countries and the Cafe Opera is up there with the JW Marriots, Westins, Oberoi and Mandarins. How anyone could say that the "food is limited in choice" I can't fathom. ALASKAN CRAB, SAND CRAB, LOBSTER COLD, LOBSTER MORNAY, BUGS, VARIOUS OYSTERS, TOP QUALITY PRAWNS, various fish dishes including some salmon,... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We went to the Friday night buffet and horribly disappointed. The seafood was far from fresh, every oyster that we ate had broken shell in it, at least 6 were off!!! tiger prawn had no taste, all the hot food had been sitting there for a while and was dry which was disappointing considering that we got there when it... More

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Alstonville, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

The deluxe seafood buffet is excellent value. All seafood fresh and very well presented. Service was amazing. The only thing missing was a view but the building is such a beautiful old building.

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Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The food is okay, although limited in choice and mostly fatty if you don't want just a salad. The chairs are uncomfortable, but the main problem is that it's jammed.

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Seafood Buffet Dinner on a weekday. Ambiance: Cafe Opera's location near the Opera House precinct, including the Intercontinental building itself, is a perfect setting for that special romantic evening. Ambiance & interiors are second to none, with a fine dinning yet cozy vibe. Service: It compliments the fine dinning experience with its attentive, polite and accommodating nature. Although timing is... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

When in Sydney nothing beats the Cafe Opera Seafood buffett for quality and service The attentive and friendly staff ensured service was at a high standard - for a Friday night that was extremely busy that was outstanding! The food range of not just seafood was excellent the other choices were great and varied. Wine range and prices were exceptional... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

Service is slow and lacks warmth. Food seems "artistically" recycled from a buffet. Not worth the price charged. You only taste the garnishes. Found the whole experience bland and the staff were in a hurry to close up even though their service was so slow!

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Milan, Italy
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I had a la carte dinner and probably the buffet would have been a better choice. The starter was not very good and really minimalistic, a kind of sea food with a very greasy tempura. The main ( lamb) was quite good. I ordered the recommended matching wines matching and they were excellent. The biggest disappointment came when I chose... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

One of the best seafood buffets we have had in a very long time. A vast array of fresh and succulent seafood items including oysters, mussels, alaskan crab, prawns, sushimi and smoked salmon. The hot selection was just as inspired and included crispy pork belly, barramundi, duck and lobster mornay. The salads, roast and steamed vegetables were equally as delicious... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We had a delicious lamb dinner with a side of the beet carpaccio. The food was extremely well prepared and very well presented. The restaurant is pricey (welcome to Sydney), but certainly provided attentive service along with the high quality meal. And if you are really hungry, you can opt for the ~$70 buffet which had an amazing spread of... More

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