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“Cool & Energetic” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Opera

Cafe Opera
117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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Ranked #166 of 4,195 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $65
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Fusion, South American
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Doing business
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Cool & Energetic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Cool, energetic place with lots of much needed heat lamps. Had a bunch of yummy snacks, like the fried popcorn prawns, olives, fries, and bruschetta with zucchini and Persian fetta. Mezzo was really nice, especially the chick pea and sun dried tomato spread. And of course the view is terrific, day or night!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great food, views and atmosphere even on a cold evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Live music provided great background but food and service were excellent. I suggest that you try the fish and chips - superb.

Visited June 2013
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“Stargazing Australian Culinary Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Very rarely will you find a hotel restaurant that delivers the dining experience of celebrated independent restaurants.
Located in the InterContinental Sydney, Sydney's residence of most foreign Presidents, the restaurant features an abundant buffet that attracts many Sydney siders. When you order a la carte you are in for an unforgettable culinary experience.
We started with drinks at the Cortile, the hotels unique 1859 heritage courtyard and proceeded to Cafe Opera. We asked the chef to create a menu showcasing exciting Australian produce. He succeeded.
Truffle infused slow cooked eggs from a local farm, followed by Western Australian butter poached Marron crayfish with Topinambour.
A sensational squid ink marinated Stargazer, from the Great Australian Southern Ocean,often referred to as the poor mans lobster with a great beetroot risotto.
The main course rack of lamb from Flinders Island equalled the best Pre Sale I have ever eaten in France. Perfectly cooked and served with organic peanut butter polenta and verjus persimmon.
Finally the Tasmanian Yuzu,a creme diplomate with sesame crumble, ginger granite and vanilla fairy floss. Yum...
The passionate Chef team Tamas and Julian served an Australian feast with perfect ingredients, texture, flavors in the best located hotel in Sydney with breathtaking views of the Harbour, Bridge and Opera House.
Worth a visit even if you not stay at the hotel.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Location, location, location!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

Great spot for a drink and appetizers. Nice views and perfect spot for kicking back. It's located directly next to the Opera house and steps away from several souvenir shops.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Tasting platter: more than you can ask for!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We went at the Opera Bar during Vivid and we had such a good time. It was the perfect spot to see the light display on the Opera House and although seated outside, the heated lamp kept us warm throughout the evening. We ordered the tasting platter and it's enough to share between 3 people or 2 if you are very hungry. The food was great, not the best ever but the presentation was impressive. Obviously, it's not the cheapest place in town, but for the location and the quality, I wouldn't consider it overprice. I would even say it's good value, because on top of atmosphere, you get the view!!
Enjoy!

Visited June 2013
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