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ARIA Restaurant

#28 of 4,595 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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1 Macquarie St. | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:45 pm
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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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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Aria food is always exciting to eat, you can just tell that everything on every plate has had so much thought put into it. The food is so beautifully presented and flavoursome, me and my partner usually struggle to finish our mains even though the portion size is the usual for a fine dining restaurant. You are definitely getting your... More 

Thank Bronte K
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Maybe I was just SO excited to finally get to Aria that my expectations were too high. We arrived a little early and were shown to our table - which was in a little side room with views out over the cruise ship and Circular Quay next door. I'd seen photos and thought I was in the wrong place, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was fresh and menu was inventive and tasty. Had local wine delicious . Easily matched previous meals at Michelin starred restaurants. Great service too What caps it off is the spectacular view- we were there at dinner for our last night in Sydney with the bridge and Opera house lit up - picture perfect!

Thank knatalie
Lake Macquarie, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Upon entering Aria, you know you're in for a treat. The ambience is calm and unhurried and with a warm welcome we were shown promptly to our table. Dined here for lunch for a special occasion in a group of 8. Obviously the view over Circular Quay and the Opera House adds to the wow factor but what was noticeable... More 

Thank lizg007
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here recently and the food was great, the service excellent and the location brilliant Luckily we were on a business function and didn't have to pay as I know it's expensive however if you are looking for that special meal then this is the place

Thank tonybeaven
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Taken by generous friends for a special Sydney sights and eats and genuinely surprised at the extreme high quality of the food. Lovely smallish portions of exquisitely seasoned food. Both meat and seafood were of excellent standard.Australian fusion style. Service impeccable. Winelist outstanding. Dining of this standard in iconic building isn't going to be cheap...!!!

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is famous for a good reason it is a superb restaurant with great selection of food and wine

Thank Michael S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The service is on point. Very Schmick. The views are gorgeous. The food is average for what I expected. Jamon plate for entree nice, bass groper with samphire was nice enough, the rib eye special was average. The mash side was also good. The special of popcorn strawberry cheesecake was ok. The service is what really tied this experience together.

Thank MrsNelson7
Austin, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed chef’s Mat Moran pre-theater tasting menu: Coral trout sashimi, kombu, fermented chilli; roasted lamb loin, braised neck, labneh (that looked like a tiny egg), and peach/ginger/lime meringue sorbet along with a great view of the Opera House. The service was flawless and the sommelier recommended perfect wine pairings. I loved it!

Thank MCO-Foddie
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My partner and I visited in December for his 50th birthday and again I was not disappointed. We had the tasting menu and I had matching wines (he doesn't really drink). Other than a slow start with a disappointing tomato dish (that just felt like diced tomato) every other dish just seemed to get better and better as the night... More 

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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
$35 - $68
Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic
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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