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ARIA Restaurant

#29 of 4,573 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Closed now
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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
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

we attended a group dinner of eighteen covers.set up in a light airy room,cocktails were served whilst enjoying splendid views of the opera house and famous Sydney bridge. The menu included a choice of three starters and mains,thoughtfully prepared to suit the most demanding of pallets. I chose the raw fish to begin followed by the chicken breast.others decided on... More 

Thank Stuart L
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Sunday night dining. We were seated at 7pm and left the restaurant after 10pm - not because we wanted a long, relaxed dining experience but because everything took so long to be served. And when we did finally receive some food, it was not really worth the wait. This is my third visit to Aria and will be my last.... More 

Thank Ozzielass
New South Wales, Australia
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I attend the ballet at the Opera House four times a year. We have been dining at Aria for the last 10 years usually once most often twice per year. We have always found the service and cuisine exceptional. Last night however, we were very disappointed. We arrived at 5.30 for a pre theatre meal, which our... More 

Thank 16robyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service is amazing, staff are very friendly . Food and chef are the best . The duck, John dory and chocolate desserts are yumyum. Will definitely come again

Thank Mina S
Greater Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Venue- tick. Views - tick. Food and beverages - tick. Service and knowledgeable, courteous, unobtrusively attentive staff - tick. What more could you ask for? We enjoyed the tasting menu with accompanying wine choices and enjoyed the experience very much. The lobster tail on brioche, coral trout sashimi and smoked duck were absolute standouts! The reopening was well worth the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great dinner at Aria. The menu is small but very carefully prepared, as it should in fine dining. Elegant dishes, but not over the top by using strange combinations. Indeed an elegant and very tasty modern Australian cuisine. I don't have idea of the pricing, as it is not indicated on the menu and I was offered... More 

Thank Giancarlo P
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came to Aria for a pre-theatre dinner for my partner's birthday, and was pleasantly surprised to have a table overlooking the Opera House and Harbour Bridge. I have heard conflicting reviews of Aria over the years, and this sitting did not disappoint in any respect. We had the duck and grouper to start, and the lamb and John Dory for... More 

Thank Ari T
La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For the perfect pre-theater dining experience before viewing a performance at Sydney Opera House, ARIA is a great choice. The pre-set theater menu has a good selection and variety. The quality and the presentation of the food are excellent. The waiters and waitresses are friendly and keep the service on track and on time so you do not feel rushed... More 

Thank awedMollys
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views from the restaurant. We went there for a business lunch and ordered 2 courses which were very well prepared. The starter was excellent but the main course fish was a bit lacking in size for all the people on the table. The service also seemed a bit impersonal with little explanation provided to the dishes (which is normal... More 

Thank 77rahulb
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My fiancé and I visited Aria for a beautiful dinner. The service from the moment we walked in was top notch. The food was some of the best fine dining we have experienced, coupled with the awesome view from our table. From start to finish we could not fault our visit and cannot wait to go again!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$34 - $67
Australian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
5:00 pm - 10:45 pm
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
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, 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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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.
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