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Cafe Opera

#59 of 4,359 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Central Business District
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Gluten Free
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117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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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
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Hinsdale, Illinois
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wouldn't choose to eat a buffet, but it came with the room, so we took our chances. It can be quite crowded (the hotel is huge), but the high ceilings and balcony settings ease some of that. Most importantly there is good food to suit all tastes, including freshly made eggs and omelets to order, diverse fruits, juices, breads,... More 

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1 Thank doodlemummum
Belleville, New Jersey, Usa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My family had a complimentary breakfast and the service and food was amazing. We enjoyed the food and exceptional customer service.

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

Dear Mylka B, Thank you very much for your favourable comments on InterContinental Sydney and for particularly highlighting the excellent service provided to you by our team of colleagues in Café Opera for breakfast Delighted you enjoyed the food and customer service provided to you and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best regards Andras Borocz... More 

Kentucky, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's been a number of years since I went to Cafe Opera, but decided to treat my teenage kids to a special outing. Service: could not fault the service or the attentiveness of the staff. They were friendly and engaging and regularly cleared the plates/ table as we endured in the food offerings. Likewise they were not too instructive. Drinks:... More 

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

Dear Normff, Thank you for choosing to write a review on TripAdvisor and to let us know of your recent dining experience. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to bring this matter to our attention and apologise for any disappointment you may have experienced. It is our goal to consistently provide superior service and culinary offerings and your comments... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was my husband birthday, i sent out a request online to ask the restaurant to suprise him a small cake and sing the happy birthday to him. Finally, the staff brought out a small cupcake with candle and sing along happy birthday. It was cost nothing for this service. Definitely recommed and comeback !

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

Dear mai k, Very pleased to receive your complimentary review of Café Opera at InterContinental Sydney. I am happy to know we provided you with a memorable dining experience on what sounds like a very special occasion for you and your partner. Delighted you enjoyed the friendly and helpful service provided to you and we hope to welcome you back... More 

Sydney, Australia
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. We were given a warm welcome upon arrival and were promptly seated in the main dining area. Drink service was prompt as well. I started with sushi and cold seafood. The mussels were soft and sweet and a decent size. Sushi was well made too. There was a good variety of salads to... More 

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

Dear Map R, Thank you for writing a review via TripAdvisor. Feedback provided by our guests is paramount in our aim for continuous improvement and to ensure we continue to be a standout dining experience in Sydney. Whilst I am pleased that overall your experience with us was nice, and that you would choose to recommend us - I will... More 

Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing place to celebrate my daughters 18th birthday. The staff were so friendly and professional. They even put together a special birthday cake plate for my daughter as a surprise for her. The food is beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. I can't speak highly enough of Cafe Opera

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1 Thank 70Shell
Andras B, Manager at Cafe Opera, responded to this review

Dear 70Shell, My team and I do appreciate you taking a moment to reflect on your recent special occasion celebration with us at Café Opera, InterContinental Sydney! Our aim is to ensure our guests experience memorable moments with us that they can share with family and friends - so I am pleased that this was the case for your daughters... More 

Ulladulla, Australia
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seafood buffet - prawns and oysters were lovely. A wide variety of sides and salads, fruit and desserts. Other hot dishes available. Great service.

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

Dear Victoria R, Thank you for taking a moment to let us know of your recent dining experience for our seafood buffet in Café Opera at InterContinental Sydney! Our culinary team of chefs will be most thrilled to read that you took delight in the market fresh seafood on offer and the large variety of salads, fruit and desserts. Our... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a group of 8 for a business dinner - food amazing - staff very friendly - my only complaint would be very noisy and hard to hear our dinner companions. Fabulous view!

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1 Thank MelanieNP
Worldly
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The service here cannot be faulted. The staff are most attentive & efficent. The choices from the dinner buffett are varied. It consists of seafood, roasts, stews, various cold meats & salads. We could not overlook the desserts, so many varieties, one serve is not enough. All in all, an excellent buffett.

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2 Thank Bill R
Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Café Opera is the main restaurant for the Sydney Intercontinental Hotel. It is situated in the historic Treasury Building. The ambience is quite lovely - old and charming, but with a modern menu and quality service. Ideal for a before Theatre/Opera House function - or for any meal. There is usually a choice of a la carte or buffet -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $67
Cuisine
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Gluten Free
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
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
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
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
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.