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“Excellent food, service so-so”
Review of ARIA Restaurant

ARIA Restaurant
Ranked #47 of 6,035 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 36 - USD 70
Cuisines: Australian, Contemporary
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: 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.
Reviewed 22 February 2012

I have eaten at Aria many times over the years and have always come away with the feeling that the price paid was justified by the very high standard of cuisine and service. It was therefore disappointing that a week ago I came away with the feeling that the service did not meet the standards of this starred restaurant. Perhaps the restaurant was short-staffed (by accident or to meet its budget), perhaps too many patrons had been booked, perhaps there were problems in the kitchen. But I had to ask several times for our wine and water to be replenished. On the second bottle of wine the waiter said, "shall I just pour?" - not the correct approach if this restaurant wants to stay at the top. The water, by the way, is $12.00 per bottle, so one does expect something by way of attentiveness in service, and perhaps the first course to be served before the one and a quarter hours we waited for ours. The food, on the other hand, was very good. But a dining experience is more than just the food. On this occasion there was no view of the Opera House, if you have this as an expectation.

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Reviewed 22 February 2012

My expectations were very high for this restaurant, however, the main of lamb was sent back. I like pink lamb, but not lamb that a good vet could revive, it was sinuey and inedible, for the cost of this meal just not good enough. Unfortunately, I could not recommend Aria

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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We had three really good friends coming from Melbourne & booked this restaurant for the five of us a few months in advance.
We were sat at probably the furtherest table from any views, as the smaller tables beside the main windows seem to be saved for the romantic couples & smaller parties. So our views of the Opera house, bridge ..etc were quite limited. Plus some of us were facing the wall & others the restaurant/views.
However you don't only come here for the views ...the food is the main reason to come to Aria & you will NOT be disappointed!
We each ordered 2 courses & to combat the view problems we all swapped seats for our desert course, so we all shared the views!
Our food was simply awesome a true treat for our taste buds! Personally I ordered fish, but we all had a taste of each others meal. We ordered sides to also share ...I wish I could make mashed potatoes that good!
We also all shared deserts so we could each get a taste of all deserts ...so basically each of us got to taste everything on the menu.
The staff are what made the whole experience, the wait staff were faultless & were so discrete. We were seated about 8pm & were one of the last to leave the restaurant & at no stage were hassled to leave or hurry in any way ...thank you!

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

A bit dear for our pocket but the food, winne and service was of excellent quality!

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Reputation that is backed up with excellent quality food and wine. We were made feel comfortable and relaxed. The staff were fantastic and knew everything about the menu and winelist.

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Thank Jandawg
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