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1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 9252 2555
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Ranked #66 of 5,379 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $71
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
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
Neighborhood: City Centre
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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
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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English first
Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We were walk ins. Apparently our crowd of four didn't appear 'upmarket' enough for the lady on the door and the tall man who appeared not long after and shooed us out. Perhaps if I had've dropped my last name to the floor staff, it would have been a very different story and I'm certain we would have been served.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Had dinner at Aria as part of Red Carpet package at Sydney OperaHouse. Food doesn't get any better and I thought I'd had the best on this trip. Good, knowledgeable and unobtrusive service, duck cooked and tasted perfect. Highly recommended.

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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Aria offered a Summer special $55 2 courses plus a glass of wine. I booked for 2 a Friday Lunch the last day of the Summer Special.Arrived seat and presented with a choice of 2 entree and 2 main which was fine plus a glass of Pinot Grigio.Lovely table,view and looked like many other customers were taking advantage of this... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We went here for a wonderful pre theatre dinner - In 5.30pm and out 7.30pm and will definitely be back time and time again. The huge mirrored wall means even if you have your back to the view you still see the whole of the glorious harbour. Food was beautiful. Subtle flavours good sizes with a side of mash that... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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22 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Aria is in a great location - you get fantastic views of the Opera House, Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge. Service was also very punctilious. The food was somewhat disappointing just because you expect "amazing" at this price point, so when you only get "good" to "very good" it feels like a disappointment. I think Aria is overall a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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43 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

You get what you pay for. Don't eat here if you're on a budget. But if you like fine dining in a superb location, Aria may be for you. We have eaten here several times, most recently before the opera, when Aria presents a special menu and will get you to your show on time. The service is very professional... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Had a fabulous lunch for our 31 st wedding anniversary today at Aria. Ambience, service, food and wine first class The view is amazing. We had a window table however no matter where your seated you can still enjoy the wonderful Sydney Harbour view. Menu is different but excellent Our waitress Rochelle was efficient, friendly and extremely helpful

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Sydney
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Liked the staff and ambience - not a good choice for a particular vegetarian. Its very gourmet, extreme tastes. My fellow diners loved it.

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Newark, Notts
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53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Aria is one of the more well known of the fine dining eateries in Sydney, the menu was interesting and certainly it tasted very nice. I went for the four course option, and each course was beautifully served, and ate well. The service was perhaps a little functional, no real warmth and we seemed to have two different waiters at... More 

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Monroe, Tennessee
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The location of the venue is great. It overlooks the harbor and adjacent to the Sydney Opera House. We had reservations and was glad. This restaurant is not very big so don't expect to walk in and get seated. Especially if you have tickets to the Opera House. The food was great. This is not a everyday menu. The wine... More 

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Additional Information about ARIA Restaurant

Address: 1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9252 2555
Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  New South Wales  >  Sydney>  > City Centre
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
Average Prices: USD 36 - 71
Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary

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