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ARIA Restaurant

#80 of 5,443 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Australian, Contemporary
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1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: ARIA is an award winning hatted restaurant in Sydney located at Circular...
ARIA is an award winning hatted restaurant in Sydney located at Circular Quay, on the very edge of Sydney Harbour, provides a dining experience with striking harbour views, with an award winning menu and extensive wine list, served in an intimate and elegant dining room. Owned by chef Matt Moran and restaurateur, Peter Sullivan, ARIA first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly regarded and awarded both locally and internationally. ARIA currently holds two coveted Chef's Hats and was awarded the, 'Diner's Choice' award by the readers at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012 Awards.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 163
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  • 56
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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
AMAZING

Four course meal,,,AMAZING !!!!!!!!!! Staff were fantastic and so helpful, Food and wine was Fantastic,, Beautiful setting overlooking The Sydney opera house

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Carlow, Carlow, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Four course meal,,,AMAZING !!!!!!!!!! Staff were fantastic and so helpful, Food and wine was Fantastic,, Beautiful setting overlooking The Sydney opera house

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent service, we had 3 courses (actually more than 3) dinner of good quality. The barramundi fillet was well made and we had the passion fruit soufflé which was absolutely divine! However the after dessert sweets were to sweet. Otherwise worth dining in this restaurant

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

There are only a few times in your life that you feel truly special. One recent occasion was at Aria for my husband's birthday. The sense of intimacy, yet expansive views, the attention to detail and the exceptional food and wine combined to make us feel unique. Try being Aria special!!

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Shanghai, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

World class service. World class food. World class experience. Have you ever watched MasterChef and wondered what the best dishes taste like? Coming here is living the dream and the professional, yet down-to-Earth service is most certainly welcome. No attitudes here. Just smiles and people who look forward to accommodate your every wish, whim and wonder. A place to visit... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I've been to Aria twice now, and each time the service has been exemplary, the food stunning, and the wine - unbelievable! I love it here. So much effort goes into the food and presentation. The service is the best I've ever seen and is much appreciated! There were just two things I noticed with service this visit - the... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Had been to Aria in Brisbane and liked it so much we thought we try the Sydney restaurant whilst on our travels. It was certainly worth going to, as well as the decor of the interior and the views of the opera house, the food didn't disappoint. It was very busy so you need to book. The staff were very... More 

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Melbourne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

A special weekend to Sydney from Melbourne called for a special place to celebrate for our group of 6 friends; it was our misfortune to choose Aria as this place. We arrived for our 7.00 pm booking about 5 minutes early, our table was not yet ready, so we were ushered to the bar area for a pre-dinner drink. Six... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Aria is exquisite. The view from every table is spectacular. The service is superb. The menu is extensive and a tease as you really want to try everything! Amuse bouche was exceptional as was the dessert palate cleanser. They were most accommodating also when I broke a heel on the way to the restaurant and we were going to be... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Unbelievable. Best meal I have had in a long time. The chefs produce a beautiful meal from lovely fresh ingredients. The kangaroo, rump and chocolate garnish were to die for. Finished with a good coffee and selection of petite fours. Matt Moran your staff did u proud

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London, England
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113 reviews 113 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We were lucky enough to get into this restaurant at the last minute. Well worth it. Windows all round the restaurant means you get stunning views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House from wherever you're sitting. That is the easy bit. Things get even better when you take into account the excellent service and sublime food. This restaurant is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9252 2555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 36 - 69
  • Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

ARIA is an award winning hatted restaurant in Sydney located at Circular Quay, on the very edge of Sydney Harbour, provides a dining experience with striking harbour views, with an award winning menu and extensive wine list, served in an intimate and elegant dining room. Owned by chef Matt Moran and restaurateur, Peter Sullivan, ARIA first opened its doors in 1999 and is highly regarded and awarded both locally and internationally. ARIA currently holds two coveted Chef's Hats and was awarded the, 'Diner's Choice' award by the readers at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012 Awards.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm

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