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ARIA Restaurant

#18 of 4,614 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Central Business District
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: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view
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
10 th Wedding Anniversary

My husband and I had an amazing evening at Aria to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary from the moment we arrived we were treated to lovely service combined with outstanding food. The best duck ever. We were also treated to front row seats to the the thunderstorm over the harbour it was amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Belinda H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I had an amazing evening at Aria to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary from the moment we arrived we were treated to lovely service combined with outstanding food. The best duck ever. We were also treated to front row seats to the the thunderstorm over the harbour it was amazing to watch. Great evening! Thank you Aria... More 

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Thank Belinda H
San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had a lovely dinner here with my foodie nephew. We were both very pleased with the meal. There were such visually interestingly prepared dishes that burst out with intense flavors. Be sure to ask for the sommelier to get the best wine pairings. Coupled with the view of the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House this fine dining restaurant... More 

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Greater Sydney, Australia
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If I ever need to take a special guest out, Aria is the first restaurant to come to mind. They do everything well. You can eat & drink your way through many dollars, but I have never left feeling we had anything less than a great dining experience in true Sydney style

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Thank Simmy2016
Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I dined at Aria before an event at the Opera House. The menu was so interesting and the food was excellent. Great choice of wines by the glass, although only one Rose, a wine that is becoming more popular. It was a stormy night so the view of the Harbour Bridge with lightning provided a great backdrop. Service was superb... More 

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Thank Mookait
Dublin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here with a group and there was a really great atmosphere. They catered very well for dietary requirements. We had the lamb and barramundi for mains, both very generous portions. The sides were also good portion sizes. Great selection of wines, and teas!

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Thank Clive L
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Lovely cuisine, very attentive staff, a special occasion treat............. The menu offers a very wide choice, and seeing it is a special reason you will go there for, as in taking overseas visitors, just go all out and enjoy!

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Thank simone d
Sydney, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Apart from the stunning location and views looking onto the Opera House and Harbour, Matt Moran has nailed the food. The decor is subtle and refined and the staff are just so professional. Let's talk about the food. It's fine dining at its best. Just wonderful. So do yourself a favour and book promptly. You'll treasure the experience.

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Thank Helena C
Newcastle, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

ARIA is special, from the moment you walk in you know that you are in a special venue, large glass windows open your dining experience up to the harbour, Opera House and bridge. Beautifully presented food, which is accompanied by one of Australia's most legendary wine lists put together by superstar Matt Dunne. Would have loved to have given this... More 

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Thank Paul A
Launceston, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here for a family dinner, the staff were great, very knowledgeable about their products and made you feel very welcome. The food was to a high standard and wines lovely.

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Thank Traveller7250
Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ok for years I have wanted to go to Aria - it is special right??? I went for Lunch the other day taking an overseas visitor with me... Ok you see the bridge and the opera house - nice! Sevice was good - all seem to be from overseas themselves so was not like - hey see how well we... 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>  > Central Business District
  • Neighborhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9252 2555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 32 - 63
  • Cuisine: Australian, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Scenic view

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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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.