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Cafe Opera

#151 of 5,443 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
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: 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A mixed bag

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
75Susanne
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Private Dining
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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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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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60 restaurant reviews
391 helpful votes 391 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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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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133 helpful votes 133 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Visited Cafe Opera for second time this year. This is a best restaurant buffet in Sydney - consistently great food and generally very good service (waitress Kerrie is exemplary). Variety is very broad - lots of fresh seafood, salads, antipasto, sushi, mains and a fabulous dessert buffet. (it's not just kids who love the ever-changing flavours of the soft serve... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We dined at Cafe Opera in the Intercontinental Hotel and took advantage of their Park & Dine special - $120 for the 2 of us plus valet parking for our car. We had to be out by 7.30 pm for this price, which suited us as we were going to a concert at the Opera House. We had dined at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This was my 4th time in 10 years to take guests to the seafood buffet at Cafe Opera. It is without doubt the best seafood buffet I've been to anywhere. We were there on a Monday night so it's a different price, and no lobster, but that doesn't matter. It's still outstanding. The restaurant itself is quiet, elegant, stylish, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We had planned to see the "King and I" at the Sydney Opera House while in Sydney visiting family. Six months earlier, we determined the date and time we wanted, but didn't purchase tickets online. On the day, we discovered the ticket price was $150 dollars higher. In our disappointment, we visited the Cafe Opera, ordered a flat white and... 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?