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ARIA Restaurant

#25 of 4,392 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Central Business District
European, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
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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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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Sydney Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank WellTravelledAussie2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Over rated food: taste ordinary, exotic ingredients in microscopic quantities, mismatch of price to quality of food. By far the worst experience at Aria is the service. Arrogant waiters with attitudes that suggest they own the restaurant not work there.

Thank A T
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate in Aria in August 2016 and had a very pleasant evening. The food was excellent and, I'm sure if Michelin visited Australia, Aria would boast at least one Michelin Star. The wine list is excellent with a wide array of great Australian wine that never reaches Europe and the close views of the Harbour bridge and Sydney Opera... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ARIA Restaurant is a fascination amongst B-Grade celebrities and Sydney socialites. This means that they have 'taken their foot off the gas' when it comes to preparing knock-out quality food and wine, and are rather resting on their laurels and relying on the local social events pages to do all their marketing for them. The good thing is I did... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went on a Monday night to have a quiet birthday dinner for my partner. From the moment we reached the restaurant the service was fantastic! thought this was the case due to us being the first/only people there however throughout the night tables started to fill and the service remained consistent. We had the seasonal tasting menu and although some... More 

Thank Tecla K
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Aria for my first daughter's 18th and the younger one wanted to come here for hers as well. Again it was a very special night. Unless you have the tasting menu the courses are a set price, now with sides included which is different from our 2014 visit. We had the two courses for $110 dollars, pre-dinner... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Have dined several times over many years at this 'top' restaurant and we were disappointed to be seated on the wall at the back of the restaurant with the 'family tables'. Disappointed having them as my view. We were not asked what time we needed to be finished & a table seated after us (on the window with a view... More 

Thank DashofChilli
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited Aria for a solo lunch in August 2016. This is my third visit to Aria, but my first since a very bad experience there in 2009. I'm delighted to say that Aria now must be one of the very finest restaurants in Australia. From the outset, the experience was perfect. I received an extremely warm welcome and was... 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
European, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Scenic view, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, 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 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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Staying in Central Business District

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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.