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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 #296 of 5,175 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
Sydney
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 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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bowral
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I liked the 3 course deal for $75, which I felt was good value for quality food. I have had better (Eschalot in Berrima and Rocksalt at Broadbeach) but this was good food and would eat here again

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Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I went to Cafe Opera for breakfast, and it was a very good and generous one. Lots of hot and cold options, juices, breads, jams and fruit. Not the best breakfast buffet in town, but the plus is that you don't have to make a reservation. Very attentive staff. The space is a bit crowded with tables, but the charme... More

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Sydney
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152 reviews 152 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a very popular seafood buffet so make sure you book a table. There is a great assortment of hot and cold dishes and plenty of other options for anyone that doesn't want seafood. I was pleasantly surprised to see Alaskan crab legs on the buffet. Prawns, oysters (fresh and cooked), mussels, fish, etc - it's all there. It... More

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Gosford, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

unbelivable seafood buffet , the freshest seafood , great lobster in garlic butter, pretty much anything you can imagine was available,

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Darwin, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I recommend getting the buffet breakfast when you booked the room because if you decide later on, it will cost more. You save a lot when you include it in your booking. They have a nice selection of breakfast, gluten free option, and fresh fruit juices too.

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New South Wales
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is my third visit to Cafe Opera. Alas, my original (2011) review stands. The food (a la carte) was delicious but the service - I mean the lack of it - is execrable. As in my last visits the wait staff were not in control at all and seemed to be rushing around a lot and achieving little. Ordering... More

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