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ARIA Restaurant

#70 of 4,200 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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, 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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  • 684
    Excellent
  • 286
    Very good
  • 170
    Average
  • 57
    Poor
  • 33
    Terrible
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 Food

The food was excellent and I believe we received the newest server so no demerits however she was incapable of guiding us through the extensive assortment of wonderful dishes. Fortunately we were so delighted in the chef's preparation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
David G
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Tyler, Texas
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Scenic view
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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Kiah, NSW, Australia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Not for the average Joe, but the dining experience at Aria is superb. Amazing food, perfectly matched wines, great service. It is not cheap but you already know that when you book. I wish I could afford to eat here weekly!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We went to Aria for dinner on Saturday 23 May 2015. The purpose of our visit was to watch the Vivid light festival. Oh this restaurant did not disappoint! Yes, the views are wonderful and unobstructed, but what makes the experience is the service and the food - it was amazing! Yes, its slightly pricey (we had the 3 course... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Impressive- from the moment I called for a reservation, to the moment we walked out of the restaurant. Combine the efficient and friendly customer service, attention to detail, product knowledge of staff, quality of food, and the location and view over Sydney Harbour makes ARIA a high quality dining experience!!

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Melbourne
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The service in this restaurant is what you would expect from a top restaurant - attentive, knowledgeable, friendly, but not too much. The food is superb - beautifully cooked and presented. The dishes are not what you would make at home but the flavours and textures are excellent. The menu is not extensive, but they do have several specials of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Had our 20th Wedding Anniversary celebration meal here and we were not disappointed. From the moment we arrived till we were hailed a taxi, we felt looked after and special. Gorgeous view from Circular Quay, the Harbour Bridge, to the Opera House. We enjoyed fancy food and drink at fancy prices. 3 delicious courses. Was it the best food we've... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The food was excellent and I believe we received the newest server so no demerits however she was incapable of guiding us through the extensive assortment of wonderful dishes. Fortunately we were so delighted in the chef's preparation.

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Brisbane, Australia
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96 reviews 96 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The view overlooking Sydney's Circular Quay and the Ocean Cruiser Terminal was just lovely. The food - we had a pre-theatre menu as we were going to a concert at the Sydney Opera House. The food was lovely, the right flavours and the right amount and the wine list very good. Dinner at ARIA Sydney pre-theatre/concert was superb! I highly... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This restaurant whilst it has a great position looking out over Circular Quay, we felt that it was over rated. Food is very good but certainly not exceptional as expected. Disappointed!

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Nsw
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Nice to go out for dinner and just know you are going to get good food, good service and reasonable price for the location. Well done Aria.

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Melbourne, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

I really enjoyed my visit to Aria. I didn't find the staff rude at all as mentioned in previous reviews. The barramundi main was the definite highlight. Absolutely delicious. I also enjoyed the other courses and found the price to be quite fair.

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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 - 70
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

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