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Cafe Opera

#59 of 4,377 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Central Business District
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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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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 10:30 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Greater Sydney, Australia
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54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went to the Opera House for a show. Came out looking for some comfort food. Was told about this site and we wondered in with no reservations. Very friendly staff and the food was way above what we were expecting . Value for money it was not but the quality of the food and presentation and staff were just outstanding.

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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here to celebrate my daughter's birthday and we were not disappointed. The service was excellent, the food was superb. Very fresh food. Although, the range of food was not extensive, each item was of high quality and delicious. The ambiance of the building is lovely. Friendly, professional and helpful staff.

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1 Thank Jean L
Sydney, Australia
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94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this could well be the best buffet in the world! I haven't eaten this much since last Christmas and I probably shouldn't eat a thing for the rest of the week! It was THAT good! The oysters Kilpatrick were excellent as was the garlic lobster. Desserts were all superb. And when the staff heard that it was my... More 

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1 Thank Roslyn35
Andras B, Manager at Cafe Opera, responded to this review

Dear Roslyn35, We would like to thank you for taking the time to review Café Opera at InterContinental Sydney and providing feedback regarding your dining experience. We thank you for your positive rating and insights , and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best regards, Andras Borocz Outlets Manager More 

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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Staff were very attentive and the food was great. So much choice and something for everyone. I would definitely recommend eating breakfast here.

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

Dear Vicky G, 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 friendly and helpful service provided to you and we hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best regards, Andras Borocz... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had breakfast in this cafe during the hotel stay. Cuisines from a fair range of options are provided with constant and reasonable quality. Views from their windows are so so as it is facing another building, not Botanic Garden or the harbour. I had most fun by making a carrot melon juice on my own! It's a good one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dined at Cafe Opera as we were staying in the hotel. We stayed on a Friday night which is seafood buffet night. Variety and quality of all seafood was amazing. Flavours and freshness superb. I can not speak highly enough of the food and the service. The one thing I would change is the seating. Due to noise of other... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

came back again for dinner. the oysters didn't disappoint, discovered the lamb too. kept coming back for the lamb. the girl behind the counter really know how to cut it really small. two bites... and the lamb is gone. the wine was ok, the coffee was surprisingly good. great service, the gentleman looking after my section was really nice. great... More 

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1 Thank AhmadDundee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday lunch - great service and loads of food, all washed down with white wine sangria .... No complaints from us! We were seated outside the main restaurant as we were in a big group, I was worried it would be cold but it was just lovely

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

Dear Trish R, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed our Sunday lunch buffet at Café Opera. Your comments highlighting the great service and generous variety of food available will be shared with our entire team, as reinforcement to continue their efforts to make the InterContinental Sydney a leader in excellence.... More 

Orange, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow what a seafood buffet! Balmain bugs, garlic lobster, crabs, mussels, prawns the list goes on and on. Fresh, flavourful and fabulous. The staff were very attentive, and friendly, nothing too much trouble. Dessert and cheese bar is the perfect finish to a wonderful dinner.

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1 Thank 2663anne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to try a seafood buffet that night and my first choice, Feast at Sheraton on the Park, was fully booked so I thought I'll give this one a try, as its breakfast is usually pretty good, but I was sorely disappointed. They do have two category of buffet, one for weekdays, another for weekends, which my contribute but... More 

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Thank P W
Andras B, Manager at Cafe Opera, responded to this review

Dear P W, Thank you for sharing your feedback on 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 aim to consistently provide excellent service and culinary offerings and your comments are very important to us. The feedback we... 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
$32 - $68
Cuisine
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children, 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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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.