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“Superb dining experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ARIA Restaurant

ARIA Restaurant
1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555
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Ranked #78 of 5,486 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $36 - $70
Cuisines: Contemporary, Australian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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“Superb dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Have not been back to Aria for some time but was pleasantly surprised. Even more enjoyable experience than the last time (perhaps it was the company). We were lucky enough to be here during the Sydney Vivid Festival which just added to the experience.

The service, wine and of course the food were all exceptional. I was designated driver for the evening and the friendly sommelier thoughtfully suggested two beautiful wines which I savoured throughout the meal while my friends all had the matching wines.

It is certainly a dining experience worth trying and especially good to take friends from interstate or overseas because the views are to die for.

A must do for any serious diner.

I'll be going back again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kidderminster
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“The best meal in Austalia?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

Yes, we think so, sitting in the restaurant over looking Sydney harbour, the bridge and the Opera House, the food outshone the views! We enjoyed the tasting menu and wines to match, definitely for a special occassion, the courses were varied but each one so tasty. The Peking Duck consomme and dumpling served with Sake was so good, the taste remains still, six months after.
An excellent restaurant and well worth recommending

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney
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“Totally spoilt”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Miserable winter evening, absolutely bucketing down with rain - should be at home - step through the doors of Aria and its sunshine. Extremely attentive service, food tasted great with an excellent wine menu. Pretty expensive but nice for celebration or a bucket list tick. Not your everyday pop into restaurant but well worth a visit.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Sophisticated Dinner Experience with Matching Views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Awesome food experience had the 8 course degustation menu. The service was great. The quiet atmosphere is superior to none. Can definitely recommend Aria for a nice dinner out in Sydney.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great service, view and location.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 via mobile

Went here before a show at the Opera House. Very short walk from restaurant there. Fine dining establishment with great views of the harbor, bridge and opera house. Food was delicious. Massive wine list. Extremely attentive service.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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