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“Our 25th anniversary dinner was a bit disappointed” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ARIA Restaurant

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 #50 of 5,302 Restaurants in Sydney
Price range: $38 - $73
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.
Adelaide, Australia
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“Our 25th anniversary dinner was a bit disappointed”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

I looked forward to our dinner at Aria for weeks (it was to celebrate a significant anniversary) and I was a little disappointed to tell you the truth. The food was nice but not brilliant, the service was ok but not great and the prices were high - at least the views of the harbor were spectacular.

Visited March 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“Excellent food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This restaurant provides first class white table cloth ambiance and views of the Sydney Opera house. Six of us had a mixture of fish and lamb dishes. Stylish patrons mixed with visitors to this amazing city. We found the experience worth the splurge. Our wait staff were great, with our being greeted by each staff member we passed on the way in and with a thank you as we left. Our hotel was to have made the restating for 8 of us, but did not, yet the restaurant was able to accommodate us.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great view, high-priced, haughty service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Can't beat the setting on Sydney Harbor; and you can't more haughty service. The staff feels like they are doing you a favor. The food and presentation are excellent but not worth the high prices even in comparison to other Sydney restaurants

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

I enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner with friends. I nearly ordered the peking duck dumpling consomme as it was so good last time but decided to have something else and I wasn't disappointed with the pork belly. Everyone else was very happy with their entrees. The mains were also just as delicious and the sides of salad greens, pear and parmesan and the truffle mashed potato were delicious also. Infact, a friend said she was going to return just to order a bowl of the mash. Aria is very good value when ordering from the pre-theatre menu as a small appetizer, petit fours and bread is also included. I also have to mention the wine list, its amazingly long but I don't think you can go wrong with any of the choices.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Corn Beef”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Dined at Aria with the Pre Theatre menu. This is my fourth visit. What the chef's can do with corn beef is worth a visit to try it. The meals are excellent. Portions are good. Service is excellent.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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