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ARIA Restaurant

$$$$, , Vegetarian Friendly
1 Macquarie St | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9252 2555
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good22%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Australian, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
1 Macquarie St | East Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Reviewed yesterday

Very expensive for what it is, terrible service, most of all, really terrible food. Choice is very last century - heavy on meats. Vegetarian options - one token item, extremely unimaginative. Obviously menu is designed by someone who doesn’t understand or appreciate the vegetables. Restaurant...More

Thank LaraTuscany
Reviewed 3 days ago

A repeat visit after great experiences last year. We had a table overlooking the Harbour Bridge which was lit up in red in honour of Chinese New Year. The visual perfection of our surroundings, for we could also see the Opera House, was matched by...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was one of the top 5 meals in my lifetime! It’s pricey but the quality is fantastic! I had a mouth watering pork belly porchetta and then an excellent fish dish called a John Dory. The dessert was a raspberry soufflé. You have your...More

1  Thank Michael T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yesterday myself and friend dropped in for lunch looking forward to a divine lunch equally shared by its views. There were approximately 6 tables of two so not busy. The menu wasn’t exactly light for a summer season so we both chose a main course...More

4  Thank Julie B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at the Aria prior to going to the opera. Great location with views to match. It is an upscale restaurant with prices, food quality, and service to match. Portions are somewhat small for me.

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was entertaining family before a night at the Opera. We were shown to our table right on time and had a good view of Circular Quay and the bridge. Service was excellent and the sommelier clearly very knowledgeable and helpful. Unfortunately my food was a...More

2  Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The perfect place to go before your play at the Opera. The food is awesome, the view stunning, the staff beyond perfect!

Thank Ezeckiel G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food and service is consistently of a high standard. We had the Kurobuta porchetta, snow pea, dill mustard & Grilled asparagus, parmesan sabayon, soft egg. Both delicious 9/10. Then for mains we had the Bass grouper, fennel, olives (8.5/10) & Roasted lamb loin, carrots,...More

1  Thank SylG050
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were there for a friends 60th with 13 people. At $170 per head the food was not exceptional & the service was ordinary. At the end of the night, after everyone had paid there was still $172 outstanding on the bill. It was a...More

5  Thank Della S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food with an OUTSTANDING view of the opera House and the Bridge. The only negative part is that the employees were too eager to please that become a little annoying. The food was pricey, but exquisite.

Thank Yolie G
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dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit
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Mark L
16 November 2017|
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Response from Troy L | Reviewed this property |
Smart casual, or evening cocktail if you want a sense of occasion
13 January 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$36 - US$70
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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.
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
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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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