Sydney, New South Wales

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Set in breathtaking 19th Century architecture, at the InterContinental Sydney, Cafe Opera undoubtedly forms the perfect venue for any occasion. Enjoy a truly unique, seasonally inspired, interactive buffet with live cooking stations and theatrical dessert displays or sample the delights of the restaurant's French-inspired a la carte menu. Cafe Opera's team of committed chefs are dedicated in the search for the freshest ingredients available in Sydney's local markets.
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InterContinental Sydney,
117 Macquarie Street
Sydney CBD NSW 2000


Sydney CBD



Modern Australian

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Cafe Opera's 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.

The Deluxe Seafood Dinner Buffet, offered on Friday and Saturday, presents an array of deluxe seasonal seafood, including all of your favourites.


Walking through the entrance of the Intercontinental Hotel, one cannot ignore the history that this building is steeped in. Built around the restored Treasury Building of 1851, the hotel is a dynamic mix of tradition and modernity. Three tiers of sandstone arcades create a soaring atrium that, tonight, are beautifully illuminated, creating an atmospheric and moody surrounding. Slender women in ballgowns delicately rearrange their styled hair while sipping champagne (Veuve Clicquot, I'm sure) in the hotel lobby and I'm suddenly conscious of my somewhat un-ballgown-esque attire. But, fortunately, I'm quickly assured that they are attending an upstairs charity ball and that I am most adequately dressed. Phew.

As I wait for the lift to go to Cafe Opera, I'm mesmerized by the opulence of the hotel building and on entering Cafe Opera, I'm not disappointed. Antique mirrors, marble flooring and high ceilings are in keeping with the hotel's luxurious vibe. This, combined with customer service that in today's world I thought was purely reserved for royalty, conjures thoughts of an era when people took time to dine. When a meal wasn't simply a process of feeding a hungry tummy. But modern touches, such as the market-style chalkboard with handwritten buffet specials and the live cooking stations, remind me that, yes, we are in the 21st century. But these are not unwelcome reminders - especially after sampling grilled lobster, which charming young chefs cook right in front of you.

Catching glimpses of Sydney Rock oysters, Crystal Bay prawns and Balmain Bug, I don't hesitate in selecting for the buffet entrée. I must admit, I'm the first person to turn my nose up at a buffet-style restaurant but this cannot even be considered in such a category. Diners peruse the stainless-steel food stations, scrutinising over salmon sashimi, slow roasted shoulders of lamb and steamed scallops. The food is presented immaculately and waiters flutter around like angels, clearing plates and suggesting wines and dish combinations. The French inspired a la carte menu is fine-dining on every level. The pan-seared line-caught barramundi is perfectly seasoned and while the fillet is small, it's still moist and succulent. Organic glazed carrots perch on top of the fish and a sophisticated mussel emulsion presented in the form of an aerated mousse takes the dish to another level. My only complaint is that my stomach isn't as big as my eyes.
Anna Lisle

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151 pax


Accommodation available
Function for 50-100
Historic Building
In a 4 or 5 Star Hotel
Private Dining Room
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
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Sandra Parry-Husbands - 16/09/2012
I love the Intercontinental Opera Café. My husband and I became Priority Privilege members specifically because of the buffet. I absolutely love the seafood buffet. My favourite is the deadliest catch crab legs and claws. I could eat them all night but if I did that then I wouldn’t be able to eat the delicious garlic buttered lobster and the succulent prawns, yabbies and oysters!! There is so much to choose from, leave the desserts aside for now, because how can anybody think of dessert when the ocean is served literally on a platter for all to enjoy. My husband enjoyed the roasted meats while I refused to have anything that wasn’t an ‘ocean made’ on my plate. We can now move to the chocolate fountain… God!! I couldn’t walk away from the marshmallow skewers or hot chocolate over cold ice-cream with custard desserts, macaroons, lamingtons and much, much more. Very friendly yet professional service from the staff at the intercontinental. I will always go back for more.