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ARIA Restaurant

#67 of 4,187 Restaurants in Sydney
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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, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stunning view, stunning food, stunning staff... Everything was amazing! We really enjoyed our moment in this incredible restaurant.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Scenic view
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Stunning view, stunning food, stunning staff... Everything was amazing! We really enjoyed our moment in this incredible restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The attentive service is what really sets this restaurant apart from all the other fine dining options in town. Most of the tables have window views, and the wait staff seem to be there when you need them but don't loiter around and make you feel like they're watching you. What I loved the most is that you don't fee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Went there On Tuesday night and my boyfriend and I ordered the 4 plates for $155 It was amazing. Our table was looking straight to the Opera House. The Sommelier gave us some suggestions for wine (too expensive for us though...$300 a bottle no thanks) so we ordered the $70 French wine instead. We both ordered different meals and they... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

Aria is incredible. Nothing ever disappoints. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5, is that aria is sometimes a little predictable. But still love it!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

While the service , the flavors and the views all lived up to Arias reputation the portion sizes were minute. One tiny slice of incredible venison with a minuscule carrot can in no way be considered a main meal . The desert was anaemic and unsatifying . Pity we love Aria and the evening should have been sublime

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Had a great business related dinner here with two colleagues. Great harbour view in the background. Enough space between tables so we could relax, have a private conversation and hear each other easily. Delicious food and excellent service. The sommelier did an outstanding job. She took onboard our preferences and recommended a fantastic South African Pinotage. They also have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I ducked into Aria before we went to the ballet. They accommodated us well as they had an early service so that we would make it to our show on time. The service was outstanding and the staff were very professional and attentive. We chose to have a 3 course meal and every dish was thoroughly enjoyable.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

An amazing culinary experience, accompanied by a truly well chosen wine list. The 7 course tasting menu with matched wines is something that any good food lover should experience. The Circular Quay views are amazing, especially at night, and the service is of the highest standard. Overall, Aria deserves to be considered as one of the best Australian restaurants.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Pre-theatre dinner for two ($89 per person) seemed reasonable at the time of booking, and with two glasses of champagne, two glasses of wine and two glasses of desset wine more than doubled the bill to $400 for two people. For that price, I don't expect: - to be seated at a table (42?) which is essentially in a drafty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

We booked a relatively last minute table for the Vivid Switch on. We had an excellent view of both the harbor bridge and opera house. The service was smooth and unobtrusive. Having booked the pre-theater menu, our beautiful main and desert also represented fantastic value for money.

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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
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 33 - 65
Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

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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 33 - 65
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, Australian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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