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ARIA Restaurant

1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia (City Centre)
+61 2 9252 2555
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Ranked #45 of 5,237 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $79
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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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
Neighborhood: City Centre
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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Newcastle, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Returned to Aria for a group function last week, my fourth such visit in addition to an a la carte luncheon. On every occasion the food has been exquisitely cooked, the service top notch and the views over the Quay & the Bridge magnificent. The only thing holding back a top rating is the lack of imagination with the dishes... More

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

This was the fifth time we've been to Aria before a concert at the Sydney Opera House. You need to be there from 6 p.m. as you want to be out by 7.40 p.m. so you can stroll 4 minutes to the Opera House. They have a special pre-concert menu designed for just such occasions. The ambience is wonderful --... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Great view, great ambience, great service and great food. It's all about the details and Aria has it covered. It was our 30th anniversary celebration dinner and Aria turned it into an unforgettable evening. We'll be back.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We came here for a special celebration and would definitely recommend it. Top notch food, superior service and a great ambience. Will be back when we return to Sydney.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I am by no stretch of the imagination a food connoisseur, but had a night of mixed feelings at Aria. Made a booking for my girlfriends birthday. Staff were very nice in showing us to our table/ explaining the menu. Our table host was perhaps a little arrogant initially- but redeemed himself later in the evening. We ordered the 4... More

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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Having worked our way around most if not all of Sydney's top restaurents, we were a little disappointed. Food was very good but some courses missed the wow factor, as compared to say Quay etc. Service was a let down - shown to a table that was not ready (we were on time), one wrong course delivered, and confusion as... More

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Darwin, Australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I liked every bit of this 7 course meal/wine tasting...expensive of corse but to be experienced. I love fine dining and this was exceptional. Would love to do it again but hits the hip pocket.

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Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews 138 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

incredibly positioned in front of the opera house in Sydney and with the most perfect view of the harbour bridge, a view difficult to beat! overpriced meal but service is faultless, staff friendly and not intrusive. food was a bit bland to our liking but may be we picked the 2 mains on the menu that were bland, who knows?... More

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Invercargill, New Zealand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

How can it be that a restaurant with such an amazing view can be staffed with staff who are overbearing and consumed with their own importance ?? Our dining experience was interesting to say the least. The menu was perhaps a lesson in ways to decipher how everyday ingredients can be described in fashionable terminology. Sure the food that was... More

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Sydney
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It was my wife's birthday dinner on a rainy Saturday evening at the end of August. We were happy with the experience from the moment we entered until the moment we departed. No rush, fantastic service and the food. Wow! We did the degustation menu. Each course better than the previous. and the service was a great mix of professional... More

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