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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 #41 of 5,176 restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $43 - $84
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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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Although I loved the food here I thought that it was a menu that was trying to be something it was not. All show but not with the flavours to match. Service was good although a little stiff & formal & it just missed the mark of the expectations we had hoped for.

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We booked in November as we did not want to miss a table for our wedding anniversary. We have read brilliant things about Aria and felt that it would be the perfect place to celebrate. My wife called again the day before to confirm the booking and to potentially request a table closer to the front window. The staff promised... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I was a little confused with the menu but the waitress was very good at explaining the different courses and dishes. We ordered a main only because we had a late lunch and had an opera to attend straight afterwards. The meal was excellent. We we're served small appetisers before and after the meal. The restaurant also offers a beautiful... More

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Sydney
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had lunch at Aria Restaurant in Sydney to celebrate a special occasion, only to leave very disappointed.. Atmosphere is stale and uninspiring, resembling an 80ies european university canteen. If you end up unlucky you sit in what looks to be the entrance hallway leading to the mail restaurant... But ok - we came for the culinary experience and not... More

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Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I took the opportunity to experience the pre-concert sitting at 6:00. We were guaranteed to be thrown out by 7:30 - so we could relax! Wonderful setting, great service, sublime food, stunning wine list. Must come back and make an evening of it when next in Sydney. Highly recommended!

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

This restaurant has it all. Great food, excellent wine list, professional service and a superb location. Dined with friends and enjoyed each course. Loved the marron tail to begin followed by the tooth fish. Was also able to sneak a taste of my partner's wonderful strawberry soufflé. Highly recommended.

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Perth, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I went to Aria with my friend for dinner on Wednesday night and it was lovely. The view was pretty, the restaurant was romantic, and the food was cooked to perfection. We ordered 2 courses (originally wanting 3 courses to include dessert but couldn't fit in a third course by the end). I liked how they brought out a dish... More

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I have eaten here before and once again was not disappointed. The food is simply fantastic, great presentation and even better on consumption. The service is very good and with the fantastic view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge what more could you ask for. The epitome of fine dining. IMPRESSIVE.

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Denville, New Jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Excellent view of the Harbour and Opera House, matched by the quality of the food and service. It was a fine dining experience and should not be missed on any visit to Sydney.

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Sydney
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My favourite Sydney fine diner! Aria has recently updated their menu offerings but the quality and amazing deliciousness remain the same! Try and swing a window table when you visit - the view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House almost upstages the food. My pick from the new menu is roast chicken with black truffle and potato –... More

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