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ARIA Restaurant

#79 of 5,479 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
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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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
Matt Moran's fine diner in Sydney

I'm a fan of Matt Moran's Chiswick, which is one of my favourite Sydney haunts. I like the casual dining concept, but Aria is his fine dining restaurant - with the harbour views that a few Circular Quay restaurants like to boast. The view is actually better from Café Sydney in my opinion... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Jonny S
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Hong Kong, China
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
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Hong Kong, China
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I'm a fan of Matt Moran's Chiswick, which is one of my favourite Sydney haunts. I like the casual dining concept, but Aria is his fine dining restaurant - with the harbour views that a few Circular Quay restaurants like to boast. The view is actually better from Café Sydney in my opinion (!). The restaurant itself feels quite modern... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Aria restaurant at Circular Quay is a dining delight to experience. I went for the pre-theatre dinner, the maitre de/ front desk staff were welcoming and efficient, showing us to our table with harbour views and explaining the menu to us.I had the cauliflower salad for entree, lamb for main and figs and strawberries for sweets, all the food was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Beautiful views, excellent food and service. We had the three course pre theatre dinner with a bottle of Syrah, Romanee Tuff by Tommy Ruff from the Barossa Valley. Ordered this wine purely by the name of the winery but the sommelier, Luke, was very helpful in his knowledge of the wine and it was exactly what we like, best red... More 

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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Restaurant Was in a lovely position but as I was a single diner I think they assumed I would like a pole for company rather than a window seat. Service was good not sure why I needed to be asked by all staff if everything was ok every 10 min? Best fresh bread I've eaten at a resturant and choice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

I took my wife there for our first anniversary dinner and absolutely loved the experience. The views were unparalleled which made it the best dining experience in Sydney so far. We had the three course pre-theatre and with half a bottle of wine and a side of mash.The Entres were delicous but nothing could beat the roasted lamb main course.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We came here for a birthday lunch and it lived up to expectation. The service was excellent from the moment we arrived until when we left. The food was excellent - we had the 3 course lunch. Brilliant views. Would definitely come back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed an early dinner, pre-show meal at Aria. The staff were attentive and even though we were able to eat and leave on time, we didn't feel rushed. We loved our entrees of crumpet topped with crab, soft poached egg and caviar. As always, the view is breath-taking. I can't wait to go back to ARIA.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Visited Aria and took the tasting menu and flight of wines. There is nothing you can complain about with Aria, although it is a bit on the pricey side for what it delivers. Obviously one of the main draws is the location overlooking the opera house and harbour. The food was ok but we found ourselves constantly using the phrase... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

My tastebuds were awakened! From the escort to the restaurant by our guide at the Opera House the experience was very enjoyable. Our menu was set but with lots of choice within. The service was very friendly and professional. The Food was excellent. Even or especially the complimentary petite fours desserts. The only downer was to do with the water.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The service is first class as you would expect of a restaurant at this level , however the food whilst being very good was nothing exceptional . Fantastic produce and well cooked but nothing makes you go wow . The room is nice but again, apart from the view fairly ordinary décor wise . Very expensive for what you get... 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 - 70
  • 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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