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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