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ARIA Restaurant

#73 of 4,251 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Contemporary, Australian
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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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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
Excellent dining place in Sydney

Great view of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Food presentation was very good and creative. Souffle is a must-try, out of this world. Port wine recommended by Sommelier was superb - Penfold's. Highly recommended for entertaining friends and business associates. Will definitely be back.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great view of Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Food presentation was very good and creative. Souffle is a must-try, out of this world. Port wine recommended by Sommelier was superb - Penfold's. Highly recommended for entertaining friends and business associates. Will definitely be back.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great celebratory dinner for 20 people in private area of restaurant. Food quality was excellent, service was tailored and personal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My husband took me here for my birthday and it was amazing. Delicious and unique food. Yes it's expensive but it is Matt Moran after all. The food is good. The setting is amazing. It's obviously not a place you will go to all the time but it is worth it.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

we were looking for a memorable meal to top off a great short visit to Sydney.We chose Aria.It was a quiet Monday and we got a table with good views of both Bridge and Opera House.We both chose the 2 course set menu which had several choices that appealed.The entree and mains were so good I ordered a sweet and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I had dinner at ARIA in a friday night. It is fancy, it has a beautiful view and everyone was polite. However, I the food is only average and, even for Sydney standards, it was overpriced.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I thoroughly enjoyed dining at ARIA. From the moment you enter, you feel catered to and appreciated. The room is very nice and the view of the harbour and Sydney Opera House are wonderful, but the food and service are the most important factors. I have been eating almost exclusively vegetarian lately, and ARIA is one of the few non-vegetarian... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The food at Aria is definitely good but what makes the dining experience special is the spectacular view of the opera house and harbour bridge. We went for the pre-theater meal and it wasn't a rushed affair we feared it might end up being. The wait staff was courteous and polite and the food, while not spectacular, was very good.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I booked Aria for our Anniversary, very disappointed. Service was below average and food was just ok. I am more than happy to spend money on good quality food and service, however we didn't receive any of this

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

My husband and I dined at ARIA when in Sydney on our honeymoon, it was a fantastic night, the food was amazing and the service was very attentive and friendly. Given the price it is only special occasion dining for the average human but something I recommend doing at least once. It was an experience we will never forget.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Your everyday food done superbly! Good Food, Good Service, Good Location! Can't fault this restaurant. Perfected the art of fine dining. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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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 32 - 62
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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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