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Cafe Opera

#91 of 4,719 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” (102 reviews)
“prawns” (92 reviews)
“crab” (42 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 2 days ago

Food was not hot at all, buffet was very pretty but pretty does not mean the food tastes good. We will not return to this buffet again,lots of better choices out there. Guess the thing that really bothered me the most was watching the chef...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We just had the Sat night seafood buffet tonight! Services are really good. Seafood is fresh. As noted with many reviewers, the oysters are on the small size. So if size matters to you, you will be disappointed ;-). However, cant fault their freshness and...More

Thank BigT304
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner on Friday 10/11. There were 2 sessions and we'd booked the second session. From the seafood bar, very small oysters and they came off from the shells. The crab claws, balmain bugs, prawns were not fresh and tasteless. Dessert bar, cakes were...More

1  Thank bali20152016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$79 buffet lunch with endless bubbles. Food was of excellent quality and tasted wonderful. Service was amazing. Only negative all our free cocktails all came out at once with bubbly and beers so we all had three drinks in front of us. Otherwise faultless

Thank PCPete50
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have enjoyed breakfast and seafood dinner buffet here. The choice is broad and the quality is good. Service is very nice and my needs are always met. There is usually plenty of guests here, but although its busy it doesn't feel crowded. I am...More

Thank Ali_Hawkins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This once-great dining occasion has become a bit, well... mediocre. Years ago, an invitation to a meal at Cafe Opera was a special treat. With promises of bountiful, frsh and high quality dishes on the buffet tables, it was always enjoyable. Fast forward to October...More

1  Thank Ian M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the breakfast buffet here each morning while staying at the Intercontinental Sydney. The staff were very attentive, and friendly. There was a wide choice of food, cold and hot. I was impressed with the quality. I would certainly recommend the breakfast buffet.

1  Thank nickss1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having read rather favorable opinions on Tripadvisor I invited a good client to a casual business lunch at the Sydney Intercontinental Hotel Cafe Opera. Don't be bluffed by the imposing victorian setting of the place : the dining experience is not in line with the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Buffet is fantastic, seafood fresh, & every dish has a 5 star feel to it. The building itself is worth the trip alone. 10/10, would recommend.

1  Thank Mark M
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

I made a booking online with a special they had going on. I chose the weekend cocktail lunch which had seafood and top ups of sparkling wine. On arrival we were efficiently seated. We saw many groups celebrating birthdays. The food area was small which...More

Thank cs_idnam
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
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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 67
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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, 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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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