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Cafe Opera

#60 of 4,425 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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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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Sydney, Australia
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352 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 742 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was staying at the hotel, and saw a huge crowd building up, for the 12 pm opening, and woosh like hungry seagulls these people stormed in, decided I do not queue so waited. My partner does not eat meat, although eats fish, and in truth for her, lots of prawns, a few cold mussels, pails into comparison for what there... More 

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Thank undercoverelephant
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Maybe we hit a bad night, but it was crowded, choice was very limited and food was not hot. There were a lot of cold prawns but not so much else. We had heard good things, but it didn't work for us.

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

Dear mmcentralcoast, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of your recent visit at Cafe Opera, InterContinental Sydney. Unfortunately your experience is not to our usual standards and I am personally in discussions with my culinary team about your concerns. The feedback we receive enables us to target problem areas and take the necessary actions to ensure... More 

Sydney, Australia
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122 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The seafood buffet at Cafe Opera is always fantastic and relaxing and the staff are efficient and friendly - always. On this particular visit for my wife's Birthday nothing was a problem and we again received great service from smiling and efficient Grant, who just does everything in a cheerful manner. Vicki the Food & Beverage Manager also made the... More 

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Thank blueferrari
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The place is not as big as I thought, but offers a good range of hot food and cold seafood. The prawns are very large and fresh. Deserts are very nice too. It's a good place to go when you want a fancy buffet.

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Thank Joy_J_K
australia
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171 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I tried the double dining lunch offer. the lunch was good value, service fantastic. Plates were cleared quickly and wait staff attentive (I noticed the table next to us had to wait quite some time for their drinks though). Abundance of smoked salmon , prawns, oysters and mussels. A couple of points for feedback though - the... More 

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Thank c0untryc0uple
North Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to try the Double Dining Seafood Buffet advertised through the SMH. We are not partial to buffets style dining, but Cafe Opera has a reputation for their buffets. It was the second day of spring but the weather did not cooperate, it was rainy & miserable outside so for the convenience we paid for parking within the Intercontinental.... More 

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1 Thank eljayh2015
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I came here for our wedding anniversary and it was excellent. At first I thought that it was a small buffet but the food is delicious. Waiters are really friendly and constantly refill your drinks and take used plates away all at the right times.

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1 Thank Lupeanne
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant was beautifully presented and we were seated straight away. The buffet had an amazing range of seafood which my fiancé had about 3 plates full. For the not so much seafood enthusiast, never fear, as there is a great range of roast meats and veggies, pasta, risotto and soup. Don't even get me started on the desserts! I... More 

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2 Thank channy_x
Andras B, Manager at Cafe Opera, responded to this review

Dear channy_x, We appreciate you taking a moment to share your recent dining experience with us at Café Opera, InterContinental Sydney! I will be sure to share your feedback to my team of colleagues - no doubt they will be thrilled to read in your acknowledgement. It would be our pleasure to see you soon. Kind Regards, Andras Borocz Outlets... More 

Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a Saturday buffet dinner with family and grandparents. We booked the 5:30pm session (you have to vacate the table after 2 hours, which really isn't a problem). The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. While there was't as much selection as some other buffets, it felt calm and wasn't like pigs at the trough. But there certainly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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84 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have to start by saying the food on the special lunch buffet was of very high standard, and there was a great variety, but the variety may be part of my problem. I had come for the advertised "seafood buffet", but the amount of seafood on offer was possibly on par with any other kind of buffet. On the... More 

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

Dear Jacqui T, 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, Gluten Free Options, Fusion
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
Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Scenic view
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.