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Cafe Opera

#103 of 4,750 Restaurants in Sydney
$$ - $$$Seafood, , Fusion
117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9240 1396
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“seafood” (109 reviews)
“prawns” (97 reviews)
“crab” (43 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 PM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, Australian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
117 Macquarie St | Intercontinental Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We recently went for a family reunion meal, with family from the UK, at the Cafe Opera for the Deluxe Seafood Buffet...unfortunately found it to be only average. There was NO rapport from the staff, even though they cleared our plates when needed...the only time...More

Thank autumn19
Reviewed 6 days ago

We ate here as part of our hotel stay. All the normal buffet breakfast things you find at a good hotel, they're done well, the pastries were particularly good. The juicer arrangement was something I'd not seen at a buffet before, whole oranges freshly squeezed...More

1  Thank Cindee311
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very average seafood buffet. Typical cold seafood included spanner crabs, blue swimmers, tiger and banana prawns, small oysters, smoked salmon. Would have liked some sashimi, baby octopus salad, Moreton bay bugs, etc. Hot food was good with wide range of fish, pork, beef and ham...More

1  Thank Mum2Munchkins
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family had New Year's Eve dinner here and we were stuffed with delicious fresh seafood. The service and the ambience was also good. The price for the dinner buffet was worth it.

Thank Joy S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Finding a good buffet is almost an oxymoron. When a restaurant does a buffet, It's unusual for any one item to be exceptional. Instead, everything is passable or hopefully so. This buffet , especially over the holidays, fit this description. There were no shrimp, only...More

3  Thank dhs13
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I styed 1 night at the Intercontinental and the breakfast was served at this cafe. Lovely restored dining rooms. The food was lovely. Lots of variety. You could request eggs how you wanted them, omlettes etc. The staff were very friendly and...More

Thank Lea016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this restaurant only issue is we arrived a little later at 1:45 and the place was demolished! And we had to leave at 2:30. Only down side is there are no cocktails for lunch and wait staff are quick to pick up drinks...More

Thank Alicia G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Oh dear, cost cutting strikes yet again! What used to be an AMAZING buffet has now turned average. Please note I am reviewing the 'Deluxe' Seafood buffet that is served on Friday and Saturday nights. ( I dread to think what the normal seafood buffet...More

1  Thank AndySPS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture, traditional furniture, high ceilings, exotic flower arrangements all lend to the great ambience. Cafe Opera is well-situated in the Intercontinental Hotel which has one of the best locations in Sydney. Service is good and the staff friendly and helpful. The food is good...More

1  Thank WellTravelledAussie2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty good price for seafood lunch buffet compared to other hotels’ buffet. Seafood: fresh mussels, big prawns and lots of oysters. Sushi are 90% vegetarian/cooked tuna. It probably won’t hurt to have some more fresh salmon/squid sushi. Dessert: great impressive selections Other cooked food: so...More

Thank Poje W
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Amy H
September 11, 2017|
Response from AndySPS | Reviewed this property |
Yes, every day. Friday and Saturday night has more offerings. Sunday to Thursday Seafood Buffet $65 per adult, $40 per child (5-12 years) Friday & Saturday Deluxe Seafood Buffet $89 per adult, $45 per child (5-12 years)
June 26, 2017|
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Response from SydneyHolidayMakers | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do a wonderful job with the gluten free options!
Red S
Wow I had very similar experience with the lady-it must be the same lady with the same attitude. All the other wait staff were lovely. I don't know whether they will post my review about my experience at Café Opera last night Thu 15 June 2017 She is just plain rude, She should not be in the service industry. Below is my review I just wrote-------------------------------------------------- I had the most appalling dining experience at Café Opera last night (Thu 15 June 2017) pre Vivid dinner with my family. I'm a Pescatarian (seafood eater) and have enjoyed Café Opera every time I had overseas visitors. Last night they only offered pan-fried (not a grilled whole fish type) barramundi and some calamari that were not refilled. So I waited then finally asked the young chef behind the roast station to see if it will ever come. The spot that had Calamari was replaced with plain Rotis telling me they ran out of squid! it was 6 30 pm and the place was half empty. I said how could you run out? This is called Seafood Buffet but you have only one hot fish dish other than cold seafood-the oysters were piled on top of all the shells randomly not so appetizing.., Finally when my children were having dessert already, a lady in suit came and argued in front of my whole family, " what are you talking about" when I asked her that they should offer more hot seafood dishes when they had more than a few red meat varieties and that the only other seafood dish- calamari dish disappeared. She was so rude and I was about to be rude back to her when my husband gave me a signal to leave. I have never left reviews in my life and this was so infuriating how she treated me that I decided to leave this episode as many websites as possible so that less people like myself get disappointed and pay for non sense service. She did offer to bring me a plate of calamari (when they already told me they ran out) just before we were leaving. Amazing service. I should have read all the recent negative reviews about Café Opera. I wonder if there was any way for the senior management to know about this type of incident..
June 16, 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$24 - $71
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
  • This restaurant is at InterContinental Sydney
Our highly skilled Chefs source the finest ingredients coming from local Sydney and Australian suppliers, to create what is undoubtedly the definitive buffet within Sydney. Allow yourself the opportunity to experience elements stemming from the land and the sea. From freshly delivered seafood from the fishmonger at the world-renowned Sydney Fish Market to incredible meat sourced daily from the Southern Highlands, the lunch and dinner buffet within Cafe Opera is proud to connect you with the treasures of Australia. The team at Cafe Opera creates an inspired, interactive buffet including seasonal seafood, live cooking stations showcasing the roast of the day, a host of mains, garden-fresh salads as well as, and most importantly, a theatrical dessert display.
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