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ARIA Restaurant

#75 of 5,421 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
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Australian, Contemporary
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 161
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  • 53
    Poor
  • 30
    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
Most recent review
Impeccable!

From time we sat to the time we left, we received impeccable service, impeccable food and impeccable all around experience. Wonderful ambience and views.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
VST2011
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Singapore, Singapore
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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Singapore, Singapore
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW via mobile

From time we sat to the time we left, we received impeccable service, impeccable food and impeccable all around experience. Wonderful ambience and views.

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Darwin, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Went here as a very, very special occasion. The food was good and filling. Very well presented dishes and absolutely amazing taste. It is pricey but worth every bit. The service was attentive. The only small gripe I have is the view is really not what it's made out to be. Or maybe it was because of the section of... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

I was in Sydney for work and booked a table for one. From the moment I walked in until I left I felt welcome and very comfortable. The table selected had a great view as well as privacy. The four course selection was well complimented with recommended wines. Thanks Georgina for your recommendations! The food was wonderful. The salmon was... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I wasn't blown away by the food or service. It was above average and expected better for the price point and reputation. Food was good quality / fresh and tasted nice. Seasoned and cooked well. It's a nice place to go and experience. Depending where you sit , your view of the Harbour can be restricted. I didn't have high... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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70 reviews 70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

A wonderful experience from walking in to leaving, great interaction with staff, great service, interesting house cocktails, wonderful tasting menu with good and interesting wine combinations. Managed to have the table in the front of the restaurant overlooking the Opera house and Bridge......... wonderful experience

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Let’s get this out of the road from the start - the view from Aria is incredible but the restaurant should not be judged on the view alone, the food, wine and service more than match the view. I had the Kurobuta pork belly with sweetcorn and palm sugar dressing then the roasted Holmbrea duck breast with golden beetroots, elderflower... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I was taken here for my birthday and enjoyed it very much, we had the tasting menu which was fantastic, all in all we were seated for at least 3 hours as course after course came to the table, the food and service were excellent but you pay through the nose for it. this would have to be one of... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My wife & I recently dined at the Aria in Sydney. You need to be prepared that this will be an expensive dining experience, but with that knowledge and acceptance, you can expect a fantastic experience. Is this one of the best meals I've ever had in a restaurant? Well, it certainly would be up there with the top of... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

We went to Sydney for our honeymoon and we picked Aria for our first dinner in the city. It didn't disappoint. My wife had the steamed bass grouper and it was magnificent! Didn't know they could steam a fish and still made it so nice. And we finished the evening off well with the mango and passion fruit souffle! Amazing.... More 

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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Dined in Aria recently and found the experience disappointing. From the time of making the reservation (in person) there was a real sense of staff being extremely formal and aloof. This was particularly true when I enquired about having a table with a view. Before dinner 2 glasses of rose champagne were ordered but instead we were served something else...which... More 

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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 - 69
  • Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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