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ARIA Restaurant

#24 of 4,424 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
Australian, Contemporary
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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
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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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is not much more to say about this place but AMAZING!! We have been here many times and have never been disappointed!!

Thank scottj1987
Frankston, Australia
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177 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My 23yr old daughter and I flew over from Melbourne for the day for a taping of the show 'The Book Club' and decided to treat ourselves to dinner at ARIA before returning home later that evening. We SO enjoyed our evening. The service was impeccable. The waiter we had was extremely personable and friendly and made sure that our... More 

Thank nursenatti
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Could not fault service or quality of food. Highly recommend! This is certainly a place you would visit for a special occasion.

Thank jmcgrath531
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

three of my family had lunch at the Aria ,we all had the Barramundie Dish ,it was just the best . The cost 19 dollars each plus drinks real good.Shock Horror returned the next night to order the same meals 35 dollars each oops ,we left and had hamburgers instead

Thank keithrb2014
Mascot, Australia
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was one fancy dinner The view was fantastic I took my son two of my daughters and of course the wife I had a great steak dinner that was simply amazing The wife had the pork belly which she loved The kids tried lots of things ie they swapped dinners lol The deserts where fantastic we ordered the platter... More 

Thank sydneytraffic
Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight is definitely the view and I think that is what you're paying for, otherwise it's very overpriced for just the food. The food is fine... Nothing inventive here, but classic food you've seen elsewhere. The stand out for me would be the truffled mash potato!

Thank Hospomum
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Look I love my fine dinning but Aria is just a little too pretentious for me. The lack of smiles and the seriousness of the staff put a damper on the experience for me. The tension seemed palpable with every plate that comes to the table and don't think you are leaving here with dropping a few hundred for 2... More 

Thank Scottieanderson
St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My first night in Sydney had me at the Opera House enjoying a Beethoven concert which was a very nice way of relaxing after a long day which began in Melbourne with a flight to Sydney, lunch at Tetsuya’s, wine tastings at a festival, and after the concert a quick Theatre tasting menu at Aria Restaurant located right next to... More 

Thank Sean O
Sydney Australia
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338 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Top prices but unfortunately just above average food. We visited Aria a number of years ago so decided to try once more considering it's perfect location. Our large party chose the Peking Duck consommé (good but nothing to write home about), the Saikou salmon (a bit overdone) and the veal brisket, for starters. For mains, those sitting near me enjoyed... More 

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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

We celebrated my wife's birthday with a family dinner at Aria. The location of the restaurant must be one of the best in Sydney, adjacent to the Quay and Opera House, but above hoi polloi that frequent the ground level eateries in that part of Sydney. The menu selection is quite limited but the Chef clearly goes out of his... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $68
Australian, Contemporary
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, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Business meetings
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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Staying in Central Business District

Neighborhood Profile
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.