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ARIA Restaurant

1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 9252 2555
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Ranked #45 of 5,206 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $43 - $83
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Centre
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.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Terrible the attitude is very very bad of the people who working ther they spoke very load. The price is over and when our wine finished they didn't even bother theirselves to ask us if we want another bottle they just took the bottle and we were quite shocked when the bill arrived,they doubled the bill and we asked them... More

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Sydney
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have dined at many fine restaurants and had been looking forward to experiencing Aria for a pre-theatre dinner. First impressions were somewhat lacking as the front desk staff gave us less than a warm welcome. I would have to say that although the restaurant food and service was good, it fell far short of its reputation and far short... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Yes, the location of this place is the killer. Maybe because of that snobby waiters and up your nose service inhibits restaurant otherwise known for super and excellent food. We went there in a group of 14 a few Oz and most of the group Taiwanese. Service was slow and a bit chaotic with a multiple different staff members asking... More

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Sydney, Australia
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Took a client here for dinner last Tuesday evening. The food here, as expected, was excellent. I had the pork cheek to start and this was Devine. The best dish however was dessert, the strawberry soufflé, this may have been the best dessert I've ever had (a big call). My next comment may seem strange but should be considered. The... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Work function and the food was amazing Such a creative menu A lot of little flavours Beautiful view Tentative staff Great night

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Sydney, Australia
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

The lunch set menu is excellent value. Three of us were at Aria for Friday lunch and whilst the restaurant was busy, the service was professional, efficient and attentive. For entrée, Roast Chicken with Australian Truffles was a stand out, truffles ... yum, crispy chicken skin .... yum, mash (yes mash) .... yum, but the pork neck was also very... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This wonderful restaurant sits next to the Sydney opera house. It has an excellent wine list (there was my favorite a great Brunello ). The dishes were excellent and cooked exactly the way we like both lamb chops and fish. The noise was a wonderful 78 dB which made it very pleasant for dining The view was breathtaking of the... More

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North Arm Cove, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

On Aug 13 I travelled over two hours from Mid North Coast to take my two daughters to dinner at Aria. It was a most pleasurable subtle experience, the food was delicious . We all enjoyed a three course meal and our waiter was excellent and attentive . Being in hospitality it was a great opportunity to enjoy good food... More

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Canberra
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23 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We arrived at Aria at 5:40 for a pre opera dinner. We were seated quickly and brought menus. The staff were knowledgable and efficient, explaining the menu, arranging drinks and delivering a delicious two course meal with coffee and petit fours in time for us to get to the 7:30 opera without rushing. My standout dish was the roast chicken... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Yes the view is great. The service reasonably attentive and the staff very helpful. The oysters, which were a special as an entrée, were some the best I have ever had. The wine list is extensive and, for Sydney, not ridiculously expensive (unless you wanted one on the list that was). So why was the main course of lamb so... More

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