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Cafe Opera

#65 of 4,622 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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Auckland, New Zealand
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85 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had breakfast here 3 times whilst staying at the hotel. The breakfast was very nice, lots of variety, very good service, barista coffees.

1 Thank tourleaderAuckland
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We had a most enjoyable buffet lunch at Cafe Opera at a reasonable price of $55 p/p. If you are looking for a massive buffet spread this is not for you. The choices on offer are move selective and does not consist of piles of mushed over food. This buffet looks like you are the first to make your selection... More 

1 Thank Robyn L
Melbourne, Australia
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place offers a great breakfast with a wide variety of options. Also the breakfast buffet as an Asian breakfast section offering congee and seafood fried rice, for people who want to try something different. The staff is very helpful and attentive. Great service. your eggs are cooked to order. Great ambiance too.

1 Thank ChrisMediwaka
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food, the service,the atmosphere and the price are all excellent. There isn't an over abundance of food so that you aren't overwhelmed. There is a god seafood selection and for non seafood eaters, the variety of roasts and salads is good. The desserts and cheeses are tremendous and all is kept refreshed if running low. The staff go out... More 

1 Thank Juliana G
Sydney, Australia
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118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took friends from England to dinner at Cafe Opera. As usual service was great and Buffet was very good with several options, crab, prawns, oysters, salmon carvery meats, hot dishes salads and desserts. Our guests were very impressed with both the building and the food.

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Grantham, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Harden-Murrumburrah, Australia
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks 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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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2017

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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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
$23 - $68
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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