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“Excellent service for table of 12 before the Opera”
Review of ARIA Restaurant

ARIA Restaurant
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Ranked #49 of 5,836 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $34 - $66
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Central Business District
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, 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.
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Excellent service for table of 12 before the Opera”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

I was home in Sydney for a weekend with limited time and availability so arranged to go to the Opera with friends and family. Before the show we dined at Aria where we enjoyed excellent barramundi and Australian beef, delicious desserts (try anything chocolate!)and a good array of Australian and international wines. Highly recommended.

  • Visited March 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Terrible”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

Would never dine here again or reccommend Aria to anyone. Despite booking months in advance, we were seated at a table with a view of the concrete sidewalk. 7 menu items on the entree and main meal menu, but a wine list bigger than a phone book. Ordered the oysters for entree, completely full of shells. Our mains were extremely dissapointing. The best thing was the bottle of wine we had. Although the waitress poured it into a carafe and took it away from the table. We had to continually ask for our wine to be topped up. Terrible experience. The room service food at the Shangri La was 10x better.

  • Visited October 2013
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Wagga Wagga, Australia
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Could not fault at all”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

We enjoyed dinner at ARIA last night for there post theater dinner, one of our group could not eat anything off the menu and the staff were happy to organise a meal for him that would suit,
the staff went above and beyond specialised drinks for my nephew based on his favorite fruits all of it...
The food was amazing even ordering off the theater menu the selection is only a few dishes off the normal menu and at $78 for two courses it was a steal.
Would highly recommend ARIA to friends adn family and look forward to returning once again.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank ldodsy
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very average food”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

We visited Aria last night for the 4 course tasting and accompanying wines. The bread roll was burnt on the bottom, impossible to eat. The salmon first course was just cooler than room temperature and was tasteless, the octopus was only fair and the lamb was undercooked and once again without taste. The wines are lovely, but at $90 a bottle they should be. This restaurant is in a great location but you can have a much nicer meal at any of the restaurants on the forecourt below. Save your money

  • Visited January 2014
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pre- Theater”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went for dinner before the Sydney Opera House show. It is a 5 star restaurant next to the Opera House. It was expensive, and worth it! First rate food, wine and service.

Visited January 2014
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