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ARIA Restaurant

#38 of 4,625 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighbourhood:
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
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
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Hours:
Sun 17:30 - 21:45
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Sat 17:00 - 22:45
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Sydney, Australia
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177 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

We went for dinner at Aria to celebrate a special occasion and we were not disappointed from the time we arrived to the time we left. Everything went perfectly from having a table at a window overlooking the Harbour and the Opera House to enjoying a wonderful meal and wine served by an outstanding floor crew. We chose a three... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

From the menu, wine list, and service, Aria did not disappoint. Try to snag a table with a view. We spent around $300.00 for a pre-supper meal and drinks. We even got a tour of the kitchen after dinner. Although wine was overpriced compared to buying the same brands online, they were not ridiculous. Great banter with the staff. Overall... More 

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89 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Had a nice lunch here yesterday looking at the Sydney Opera House, the entree was an amazing spanish ham dish with different salad vegetables and flavours. The main was scotch fillet which I know comes directly from the farm however it wasn't all that great and I sometimes wonder when I come here as a steak eater why they don't... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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181 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

This has to be a bit rushed, being before the Opera House performance, but the Aria staff are experienced at this and up to the mark. The meal flowed seamlessly and was all you could expect.

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Thank Alan S
Brisbane
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2015

Food was amazing and so was the service - could not fault the whole experience. The waiter was more than happy to offer his expertise in what to order. Would definitely recommend.

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Sydney, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015 via mobile

Ate the pre-theatre menu here with a friend last week before the ballet. We arrived at 6pm, so chose two courses rather than the three. Complimentary amuse bouche and breads were appreciated. Our main and dessert choice was Barramundi with cabbage and smoked dulce, and Blood Orange Soufflé with marmalade ice-cream. We could not fault the food or exceptional service... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015 via mobile

Was really thrilled with my food choices and the service at Aria....the view was wonderful and made even better by the food. I only wish that people who choose this type of dining experience would dress more appropriate. I almost let it spoil my dinner, but the food and service was to outstanding to do that.

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Waikanae, New Zealand
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16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2015

Had dinner here in early October . The view as many have said is amazing. The food was very good but not great and the service just a little below what we were expecting.Happy we visited what is a unique restuarant because of where it is but if you wish for serious food at this price level there are better... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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75 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

Spent me & my significant others first Valentines Day here (Feb 14). We had the wine pairing, so by the time the third course came i was incredibly tipsy (we started off with champagne when we sat down, so that really got me going).. The food was great and our waiter was lovely. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

It was our anniversary and the staff went the extra mile to make us feel special. ( except we were first seated behind a pole and had to be asked to move to the table in front of the pole ??) the sommelier Romain was exceptional and really knew his wines. He shared a joke on our daughter who had... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 35 - USD 68
Cuisine
Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 21:45
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:45
Saturday
17:00 - 22:45
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
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 2 9252 2555
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.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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