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“Bit Pricey, but worth a visit” 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 #168 of 4,256 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $29 - $62
Cuisines: Seafood, European, Fusion, South American
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Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, 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.
Adelaide, Australia
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“Bit Pricey, but worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

When we dined here it was a cold and wet winters night. But that didn't matter. We could still comfortably sit outside and enjoy the views beneath the many heat lamps.

Food and drinks were pretty pricey, but that is to be expected given its location. That said, they were delicious, especially the lamb pizza.

Service was great, and the atmosphere was very relaxed.

Filled up pretty quickly later on in evening, so good we got in early.

Definitely worth a visit to dine with good food and drinks with a spectacular view.

  • 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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Canberra, Australia
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“Buffet is $95 per person”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We were extremely disappointed in Cafe' Opera. We took 4 international visitors(total 6) to the Cafe' because we were told the seafood was very good, and they wanted to experience a variety Australian seafood. The lobster bisque' was below room temperature(they set it out without a heating element under it-not sure why they thought that was safe). The seared salmon was so overcooked and so dry it was inedible, they left it under the heat lamp for over 30 mins after my serving. The lobster was probably cooked perfectly at one time, but when they reheated it was tough and tasteless, a terrible thing to do to lobster. Most of the crab was good, but not all was edible, because it had grit from improper cleaning. The cooked mussels were shriveled up to nothing, and the bread was old and dried out. The rice in the sushi was hard and very undercooked. As for the service, well, don't expect any as we didn't receive any. We couldn't get our plates taken away, or our glasses refilled, even when we asked it took 20 mins to get water, as the wine menu was taken away and never returned. Overall I could have gone to a pub and received better service and better food, we were so embarrassed. Don't waste your money, you can do a lot better for less money. We should have gone to Darling Harbour.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“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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“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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