Cafe Opera - InterContinental Sydney

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119 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Seafood
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  • Lunch
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Sunday Lunch
Nestled in Sydney’s beautiful Circular Quay, Cafe Opera infuses sheer indulgence with harbour side sophistication. Discover the new Land to Sea Buffets, brimming with ocean-fresh seafood and more.
Graze on a feast of fresh oysters, prawns, mussels, salmon, and sushi, before moving on to succulent premium roasts sourced from the Southern Highlands, mouth-watering hot dishes, salads, gourmet antipasto and a special new selection curated just for children. Then, delight in the show-stopping dessert parlour, dressed with decadent cakes, tarts, ice creams, and a luxurious chocolate fountain.
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JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The weekday seafood buffet, for a long Friday lunch, is particularly good value currently, with 20% off the buffet price. I enjoyed copious amounts of prawns, and there were also marinated mussels and fresh oysters, and pleasant and friendly service. The cheeses, salads, hot foods and desserts were plentiful, but I had eyes mostly for the seafood.
The one minor issue was the amount of shell I needed to remove from my mouth after every oyster.

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c
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

This was our 4th visit to Cafe Opera. Food was very nice as usual but we were disappointed to not have the seafood included in the buffet as on our previous visits.

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SS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Came here for my birthday because I love buffets. The wee

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service slow. Good just average Good quick meal after having been on the road 10 hours

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j
London
101 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Buffet with a good selection of dishes with a particular focus on seafood. A pity that diners are not allowed to connect to the Wi-Fi network unless they are also staying at the hotel.

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GH
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Finding a crowd waiting to enter as we arrived seemed unruly and certainly not expected. The service was chaotic at best from then on. The food had some good parts but overall was well below what we had expected for the cost. Of particular concern was that the Balmain Bugs tasted as though they were old and dry and the cooked prawns were in their shell which required difficult work to get a taste of the prawn inside. I won't go back.

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PR
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there during school holidays on a rainy Thursday afternoon. The overall experience was awesome. There was a wide selection of seafood,salads and deserts. Apart from the seafood they had a well cooked juicy roast lamb which the kids loved. The staff were well spoken,attentive and very polite. The table was constantly cleared, the glasses were kept filled and the overall atmosphere was just amazing. Certainly going back.

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PS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

The fresh seafood was not of the quality we were expecting. Oysters small, Bugs and crabs not that good. We also ordered cocktails and one had to be asked for 3 times and then they delivered the wrong one

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CL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We booked for 8pm & the food as on previous occasions was of a very high standard. The layout of the Cafe Opera is well done there is ample space between tables & enough room to move around & select the items that you wish to taste. The roasts are the very best I have ever had & the Seafood is absolute top shelf. The only lacking aspect is as it gets close to 10pm there is a bit of a hurry up put on you this should be a little more casual.

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c
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charming lunch to celebrate becoming a four star hotel
The vulcan hotel 500 Wattle Street Ultimo
Many thanks

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wineも美味しかった。

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1 review
Dined on 25 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been going there for the last 20 years
Will continue

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AF
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Always a treat for a special occasion and food quality never lets me down- enjoyed a lovely Anniversary dinner

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We were looking forward to the seafood buffet for our 12th year wedding anniversary. We visit as a special occassion treat. The main reason for choosing this restaurant was for the lobster which my husband loves. Unfortunately, the night we attended (13th Jan) there was no Lobster Mornay. We enjoyed the rest of the buffet however it did put a significant dent into what was nice dinner.

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L
London
26 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Like other reviewers here, I received a confirmation from Opentable but when we showed up, the restaurant didn’t have my booking. Even though we were the very first people to show up at opening time, the hostess said all the tables inside were booked and offered to sit us outside the restaurant (in what is essentially a giant hallway overlooking the indoor courtyard, which lacks the feel of a restaurant. I guess at least it was easy to hear each other!).

The waitress was very attentive - changed the finger bowls multiple times and regularly cleared plates throughout the whole meal. And the food was excellent - we had two types of crab, mussels, oysters, three types of prawns (sadly we were too full of seafood to try the delicious-looking hot buffet on offer) not to mention the salad selection, dessert buffet and sorbet machine. At $69pp for so much well-prepared seafood it was great value and we had a wonderful night, despite being sat in the hallway. Would definitely return - but will call to confirm the booking!

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S
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

WE enjoyed the area and decor of Intercontinental Hotel.. The staff we had had serve us were very friendly.. Selection of food was quite good. Staff serving cut meat almost threw it on your plate.. WE felt like telling him to go to a job he likes.. The bubbly was very expensive per glass. Thought was included, but found out that was from Friday. I would go again, but only for special occasion. too expensive for a regular basis. Yes, would recommend to friends. Christmas decor was lovely as was the hotel.. A very nice day eating there. Surprised we were told we had to leave by a certain time.. consistently. Odd..

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I did my booking through opentable and received the confirmation, but when I reached to the cafe, they told me that there is no reservation under my name. The place was almost fully booked but the opera cafe staff were helpful and secured a table for me on the last minute.

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love love loved it, took my family out for our monthly theme dinner and i have to say the service from when we walked in till when we walked out was exceptional, the food was just delish and to make our night even better they bought out a cake and candle just for my daughter. Highly recommended.

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Dined on 7 October 2015
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Overall it was a good experience but the service wasn't too great has sat down maybe 20 minutes before someone actually service is water, maybe she too busy and forgot is again . ??

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Dined on 6 October 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. High quality and excellent service. Food unfortunately was let down by their oysters and prawns which are normally first rate.Everything else was fantastic though.Highly recommend.

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Dined on 2 October 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Comfortable. safe, friendly and easy to use

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Dined on 27 September 2015
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Food was acceptable much of it felt like it was breakfast and high tea . Nowhere comparable to melbournes Langham Melba buffet.

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Dined on 26 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Considering on our day of visit there're only three staff on the floor including the manager, the service is attentive. Both our waitresses are very friendly and always keep a smiling face. The buffet is value for money; the seafood (both the Rocks oysters and the prawns) are of good quality. The sparkling included is Bimbadgen from Hunters Valley. It's not the top of the range but it's of good palate and pretty drinkable.

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Dined on 25 September 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I haven't been to The Intercontinental for many years and was pleasantly surprised that the quality of food and level of service remain at the same high standard

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Dined on 24 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great value and an extensive range of foodDesserts were excellent and prawns and oysters were delicious

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Dined on 18 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

An excellent, friendly, quiet, sophisticated venue with the finest food, good wines and a place where the service is unobtrusive and complete. It is a great value place to meet for social and business discussions.

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Dined on 6 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

fresh and reasonable selection of food -

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Dined on 5 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We hadn't been to Cafe Opera for some time and decided to revisit. It is a beautiful restaurant. The buffet selection was a bit smaller than I recall from our previous visit some years ago. There was a wide selection of food available generally of a good quality. Coffee was an additional cost.

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Dined on 5 September 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Did not provide enough Alaskan king crabs.

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Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Was disappointed as the photo on the hotel site shows crayfish and there was no sign of crayfish, I suspect they might come out for Friday and Saturday nights, rather than Sunday. There was a sign for Balmain bugs but none in sight, and the oysters are truly the smallest I have seen in my 60 odd years!!! underwhelming overall. The sweets very ordinary! The waiters were fine, all courteous, staff all fine, but catering not good. The wine was good, but terribly overpriced.

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Dined on 30 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

One the plus side, the environment is nice and service is really good.One the negative side, food quality is average. There was no sashimi. Oysters was really tidy and didn't look fresh and had lot of broken shell in it. Prawn were big but may be imported because it didn't taste like Australia tiger prawn.Sometimes there are long queue around the food.Dessert was nice though. Cakes were good.

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Dined on 27 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Booked the verandah and was confirmed in a callback.On Arrival We were told that the verandah was fully booked,nonsense,it was empty.This has happenned twice before this year.At the carvery a surly chef dropped one slice of beef on my plate and turned his back,no jus or gravy offered.The same happened to the lass behind me who asked for more.To finish ordered coffee & ports.The port arrived,no coffee,20 minutes later reminded staff.On arrival I knocked over my port,no replacement offered.Alan

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Dined on 24 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've dined here on many occasions (lunch and dinner), so I know what to expect. The experience didn't disappoint. There could be more seafood at dinnertime, including fresh sashimi in the Japanese section.More seasonal fruit (not the canned variety) would be nice, eg strawberries, grapes, kiwifruit.The dessert selections hardly vary. I would love to see tiramisu and creme brulee on offer one day.

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Dined on 23 August 2015
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I felt the variety & quality of food had deteriorated since my last visit in 2014. Whilst the service was excellent, the food quality was not the high standard previously enjoyed at Café Opera - especially the hot food dishes offered on the day. I hope this comment is accepted by the Hotel Intercontinental as constructive criticism.

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Dined on 22 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent service. Food quality very good except for the hot fish dish which seemed a little over-cooked & dry. Seafood and dessert excellent. Sushi also very nice. We went for the 5:30-7pm deal Saturday, plenty of time for family of four to enjoy, cheaper deal but still a little bit pricey. Hotel car park too dear, found car park nearby much cheaper, $15. Should offer car park deal to diners.

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Dined on 15 August 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, wonderful service, food amazing highly recommend!

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Dined on 9 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice environment for dining with friends and work mates. Highly recommend for special occasions too.

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Dined on 9 August 2015
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

great set up.

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Dined on 6 August 2015
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

good service n food r pretty about average

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Dined on 5 August 2015
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Staff excellent

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