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Cafe Opera

#65 of 4,471 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Central Business District
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117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a mid week buffet lunch not the seafood buffet. We were very impressed with the quality, diversity and quantity of food on offer. Cold seafood (incl. prawns, oysters, excellent smoked salmon but no lobster or crab), hot dishes, sides, salads, cheeses, breads, desserts etc. A good range of wines with some reasonably priced ones. I'm not sure why... More 

1 Thank Stevejomac
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The garlic lobster was cold and the the chef that was serving the roast meats used her bare hands to replenish the fish. she didn't use servers or gloves. The seafood was tastelss and the lobster bisque was like dish water. A very disappointing effort fro a 5 star hotel.

Thank Toula C
Sydney, Australia
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2,337 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,217 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Located within a jump from the sparkle of the briny, the interior of the hotel is dazzling as we entered for a celebratory lunch with seafood premiering. We stored ample space for a two-hour grazing opportunity. Seafood at lunch makes for a perfect pairing. We circled the pray and gave first placement to the Sydney rocks, followed by the plump... More 

1 Thank shasha b
Sydney, Australia
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147 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We attended the Sunday buffet with bottomless champagne, the champagne was the best thing about it! The picture they use to advertise it shows one end of the buffet full with lobster - there was NO lobster, the seafood they did have was smoked salmon, prawns and crab, the crab was frozen! And flavourless! There was sushi, but all vegetarian.... More 

Thank Lrhb2014
Adelaide, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the deluxe seafood Buffett on our recent trip to Sydney. Very disappointed with the food. Very limited choices for seafood. They did have lobster grill but was dry and over cooked . Prawns were very fresh and service was good. Overall disappointed for the price we had to pay for the food we got.

Thank Edwin C
Sydney, Australia
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an old treat and still lives up to expectations, the food spread is great and fresh and always a delight to eat here, Tom made it a special night with his great service

1 Thank 380800
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87 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is situated along the west side of the opera house platform with great view of the harbour bridge. Nice place to wind down and relax, enjoying the sun, and sea breeze, watching ships, people, the world goes by. Food comes fairly quick. Drinks are faster to order on the spot from the bar. Just watch out for the... More 

Thank RyanS73
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our buffet lunch on a recent Saturday. There's a good selection of fresh seafood, roasts, salads, cheese and hot meals such as pasta and soup. The bottomless champagne was incredible - it was constantly topped up by attentive staff. Our meal also included a free cocktail, which was fruity and refreshing. The desserts were beautifully presented. Lunch runs... More 

2 Thank thehungrymum
Sydney, Australia
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352 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 743 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was staying at the hotel, and saw a huge crowd building up, for the 12 pm opening, and woosh like hungry seagulls these people stormed in, decided I do not queue so waited. My partner does not eat meat, although eats fish, and in truth for her, lots of prawns, a few cold mussels, pails into comparison for what there... More 

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24 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Maybe we hit a bad night, but it was crowded, choice was very limited and food was not hot. There were a lot of cold prawns but not so much else. We had heard good things, but it didn't work for us.

1 Thank mmcentralcoast
Andras B, Manager at Cafe Opera, responded to this review

Dear mmcentralcoast, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your recent visit at Cafe Opera, InterContinental Sydney. Unfortunately your experience is not to our usual standards and I am personally in discussions with my culinary team about your concerns. The feedback we receive enables us to target problem areas and take the necessary actions to ensure... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$32 - $68
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396
  • This restaurant is at InterContinental Sydney
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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Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
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