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Cafe Opera

#65 of 4,596 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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Buffet meals are seldom very good but this was particularly average; the disappointing quality was not reflected in the high price. It is supposed to specialise in fish, but we found the oysters and prawns disappointing, whilst the crab and mussels were just OK. Best was calamari. The mains were also just about Ok, but there was a distinct lack... More 

Thank Garry M
Harden-Murrumburrah, Australia
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Booked their VIP package which was reasonably priced. Restaurant is lovely and upmarket. Seafood was good and fresh, mussels were tender and sweet but oysters were so little but still nice. Prawns were good.. . hot food and dessert section were just above average. overall we enjoyed our dinner.

Thank hardenhouseofhoney
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came on recommendation. The restaurant itself is lovely - and to be welcomed with a smile from the staff was so nice. But the food was just not interesting. The price for the buffet was very reasonable - but I guess you get what you pay for. We enjoyed the oysters - and the two roasts - but the... More 

Thank ElleSydney
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner on a Sunday night and found that the food quality pretty inconsistent. - The staff were very helpful and attentive. Rating 5.0 - Overall, the seafood (prawns, crabs, mussels, etc) was good. Rating 4.0 - However, the oysters were sort of second grade and not very fresh. Rating 2.0 - The boiled crabs were OK but the... More 

Thank Thanh P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Superior in every detail. Attentive service, exquisite cuisine. Unfortunately, like all of Australis, tipping is forbidden, so as we left, I led the dining room in a round of thank you applause for the staff. (Did I mention the wine list is excellent)? Fine dining at it's absolute best.

1 Thank Vic C
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79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come to this buffet quite often but our recent visit will be the last. The price has gone up significantly and the quality of the seafood and declined. The staff seemed disinterested and service was OK to start with and became less attentive as the night progressed. Disappointing.

1 Thank Eric T
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Cafe Opera is set in the Intercontinental in Sydney's historic Macquarie Street. It is a 10 minute walk from the centre of the city. We were a group of 8 people. The restaurant is in the heritage part of the hotel, and we were lucky to have our own separate room to the main dining room. The staff are... More 

1 Thank Stephen P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a cheap feed but worth every cent. The freshest of seafood cooked to perfection. Aside from the seafood, there were also roast beef and pig which is so tender and moist. Dessert menu has a lot of choices and is so decadent. The stafff is so attentive to everyone's needs. Lemon water bowls were on our table the minute... More 

1 Thank momSydney
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You buy a package for a 2 hour buffet lunch incl drinks. Its Christmas and its crowded, so there's a bit of time milling around the cold food station and especially queuing for hot food. The food quality and quantity was very good/excellent. But,overall we felt rushed to move through our dishes, have a conversation then go get our next... More 

Thank Stevejomac
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126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting buffet. Only disappointment was the sushi, which was a bit dry. Loved the oysters and the prawns. Lots of interesting deserts. Food was replenished regularly and staff were attentive.

1 Thank BronwenSydney

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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, Vegetarian Friendly
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
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids
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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