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Cafe Opera

#116 of 4,919 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” (113 reviews)
“prawns” (101 reviews)
“crab” (44 reviews)
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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 6 days ago

So disappointing. I signed up for a promotion, Signature 21 or similar. It promoted discounted meals etc. the information sent to me stated we could collect our card on arrival. No card, no record. I provided my email confirmation with the customer number. Blank looks...More

1  Thank Wrenander
Reviewed 6 days ago

We were frankly underwhelmed by our recent seafood buffet lunch at Cafe Opera. It was about local club standard in terms of the seafood on offer, & also let down by the dated & crowded dining area & fairly basic service. Seemed quite busy the...More

2  Thank Keady
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have dined here many, many times over the years and always held it as the flagship for seafood buffets in Sydney. So arriving full of expectation we were very disappointed to see that there were only Vanamei prawns on offer (imported from Vietnam) -...More

3  Thank Glenda D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Dined here with overseas guests who were staying at the hotel. There are 2 seatings for Saturday night dinner, 530pm and 8pm. Choose the 8pm one so that you aren't rushed. You only have 2 hours to dine and then are asked to leave. You...More

3  Thank ging466
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Concierge should be the best person with utmost knowledge of your hotel and with a clear grasp of english. Asian gentleman with terrible english skills. Sent us to 31st floor bar which was closed. Went to lower floor bar. Staff inattentive, walking around not paying...More

2  Thank yiorgo k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a get together with family & neighbours and booked the Café Opera. We found it to be nice but a little disappointed with the seafood selection. There were no crabs, nor oyster Kilpatrick scampi. Yes there was prawns, natural oysters, pepper squid &...More

2  Thank SOPRANOSydney
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For two people having a birthday on the same day we decided to go to Cafe Opera in the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate. We chose the seafood buffet and had a wonderful feed plenty of Prawns, Mussels, Crabs, Barramundi & Salt & Pepper Squid +...More

Thank Lee S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family enjoyed a Friday night Festive buffet at Café Opera just before Christmas. We have dined here before and find the buffet a perfect solution to cater for a range of tastes, in elegant surroundings. The seafood was plentiful, but as a non seafood...More

1  Thank Sapphire5860
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

3  Thank autumn19
Reviewed 18 January 2018

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
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Amy H
12 September 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)
26 June 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..
16 June 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 23 - USD 70
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
Romantic, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
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
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9240 1396
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  • 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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