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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 #40 of 5,171 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW 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
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17 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Having had to book a table 4 months in advance, the wait to eat at Aria Sydney was well worth it. Matt Moran has created one of the best restaurants in the world, with a perfect menu with perfect food, perfect wine choices, perfect location and staff that make a visit perfection personified.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We walked in off the street early on a Sunday night. While we were not dressed to suit the occasion, the staff had no hesitations in locating a table for us without a reservation. The menu was complex and inviting, and the staff were on hand to provide clarification and recommendations. For our first course, We enjoyed sea scallops with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

From the first delicious cocktails on arrival to the yummy chocolate ganache & caramelised pear desserts, we enjoyed the whole experience. Impeccable service. The duck & froi gras terrine, scallops, toothfish, lamb chop..... All amazing. All this & an incredible view of the Sydney Harbour bridge & Opera House. Thank you for a special experience

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I won a bet with a friend and got to choose to go to a restaurant of my choice and they would pay so of course i chose Aria! We were there on a Monday night. The ambience was nice and all of the staff greeted us as we entered and was shown to our table. We ordered a bottle... More

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