Aria Sydney

4.6
1527 reviews
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Waterfront
A synergy of many elements, in an unrivalled harbourside location, Aria is one of Australia’s finest restaurants. Aria brings together the vision of owners Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon, the creativity of Executive Chef Joel Bickford, the best seasonal produce and a world-class wine list in a stunning, art-filled space with sweeping Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge views. Unmistakably Australian. Quintessentially Sydney. Welcome to Aria.
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OT
23 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals of my life. Filling and delicious. Amazing service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A very nice meal. The service was excellent and thoughtful

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OF
40 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food-fantastic. Service- excellent, Norbert was great. All around an excellent meal excellently executed and masterfully presented.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

I had a board member in town for one evening from Vancouver. The food was fantastic, our white wine was not served with our entree - I can live with that as we had not finished our initial drinks. What disappointed me the most was when we left, we passed 3 barmen and 3 staff at the reception desk and not a soul said goodbye or opened the door for us. It was something so small to you but meant so much to us. Shame on you for being so arrogant. I’m a no body to you who has probably only spent around $20,000 in your restaurant over the past 8 years so I don’t expect much.

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J
7 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 2

Very average food. Mostly disappointing dishes. Seem to be trying too hard for the price point. Charge more but offer much better quality. Ingredients weren’t the issue, it’s the flavour combinations and execution that lets it down. Dining room is very dated and unless you are in the main room on a front table there is basically no view.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Don’t know how to cook...

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w
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food. Great service.
Highly recommend to anyone wishing to take their loved ones for a special occasion.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, nice timing served, terrific service, excellent vibes. Good to go for a walk around Opera House or Royal Botanic Garden before or after eating.

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HW
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was the best restaurant in Sydney. All the food and service were perfect. There was a lot of food and we had a very full and satisfying time! Thank you :)

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A menu that pushes boundaries and builds an amazing experience, a wine list and Sommelier knowledge that cultivates and compliments the food, and an outlook which makes you want to linger long after the meal is done. Congrats Chef Joel and the amazing team.

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BH
37 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Aria is the most outstanding restaurant in Sydney and one of the finest in the world! From the time we were greeted at the door till we left, the evening was perfection! The food was delectable, and the service was beyond wonderful! Aria is an absolutely beautiful restaurant, and our dinner was one that we will always cherish! Treat yourselves and enjoy it!

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JM
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fab food, great service, great location. Who could ask for more?

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l
98 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a good meal at Aria on our last night in Sydney. Service was impeccable and views breathtaking. The only dish that tasted underwhelming to me was the yellowtail tuna appetizer, but the prawns and short rib appetizers were excellent. My duck main course was cooked to perfection and a side dish of broccolini was the best broccolini I have ever had. The desserts however were overly sweet.

The only true disappointment was that the restaurant knew it was my birthday and they did not even put a candle on my dessert plate. Everyone else around us got a candle, so they certainly had them in stock.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine pairing was amazing! Food was phenomenal! Could not have asked for a better experience!

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L
3 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had a wonderful experience here; the staff were generous and thoughtful and the food was truly wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great need to Experience it to understand

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JM
8 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The entire experience at Aria is lovely. The staff is well informed and pleasant. The food is wonderful and the ambiance was beautiful. We had a fabulous lunch on our first day in Australia.

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JK
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Aria is in a fantastic location at Sydney Circular Quay near the Opera House. Food is good quality, with excellent personal service. The steak and duck are must try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My happy place on earth hence why I’m a regular. Matt Moran and his whole team never ever disappoints. Top class.

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L
8 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a wonderful lunch at Aria. We had a window seat looking towards the Opera House. We had exceptional tasty food. The service was excellent.

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CF
17 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Reserved months in advance, seated with spectacular view, food and service were first class, an expensive experience but worth every dollar. A truly memorable experience.

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G
7 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It’s been a long time since I last went, lots of new choices in Sydney to try, this place delivered everything you are looking for, it’s back on mye agenda and it’s should be for every sydnersider.

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OT
12 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Had pre-theater dinner at this restaurant and I was sit by window with a spectacular view of Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. The foods are fresh and delicious with their new Spring menu.

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P
7 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant is worth a trip to Australia. The ambience and decor are sophisticated and low key and the service is impeccable. Our server helped us through the rather difficult menu presentation without a hint of condescension. But the food is the star of the show. Every dish was artfully plated and perfectly prepared. My wife proclaimed our meal the best she ever had. Be prepared for sticker shock when the bill arrives, but there is no question that you get what you pay for. Enthusiastically recommended.

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b
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Lage und Service sehr gut, Essen sehr international und daher charakterlos und beliebig; könnte irgendwo auf der Welt sein.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent evening - food was amazing and the service impeccable! Bryce is an excellent sommelier and helped us choose some terrific wine. We will be back again!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Honey moon

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C
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service on what was a special occasion. Little extras such as a box of truffles to take away were appreciated. Great table with a terrific view of the harbor and Opera House.

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DS
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and view. Menu a little smaller before 7:00pm, however, all of their specialty items were available.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

We were celebrating my Mom's 65th birthday while she was on her first visit to Sydney and Australia.

The positives: The view is lovely. Ambience nice. The mains dishes were very good in portion and taste. The birthday cake we ordered was absolutely delicious. Our waiter that served us in the latter half of our meal was very attentive and proactive.

The cons: The professionalism was actually a bit shocking - we were seated and then given lunch menus rather than supper menus, which was later corrected but I don't expect that sort of error from a 2 Hatter restaurant. Regarding the actual dishes - nothing was explained other than to respond to one question I asked. The server was difficult to understand even when he did speak. That said, no picture was 'painted' in terms of the dishes - one was left with more questions or resignation really. Mode at Four Seasons was a delight by comparison, and the server there explained the dishes and created a feeling of personal service 10 times that of the person who dealt with the menu/orders - in addition to which we felt rushed to decide for heaven's sake! Foodwise... my Cod starter just smelt unappetising... terribly fishy and I was close to just leaving it to be honest. My wife had the Yellowtail and was not actually expecting it to be sashimi as it said nothing on the menu and again nothing was explained proactively - she usually does not like sashimi, but just dealt with the dish. This is not my idea of fine dining. Lastly, we were told a sommelier would pop round... that she did, but even after choosing our own wines she offered NO suggestions, and didn't even ask what we were eating so as to determine the best pairing.

On balance... for a celebratory dinner for which I thought Aria would be appropriate... I am extremely disappointed to be honest. I was hoping to be wowed but rather sadly had to search for positives. I just really hope this is taken as a learning and improvements result from my critique.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect - I got so many brownie points.

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M
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

結婚記念日の旅行最終日のディナーのため予約しました。メニューは創作料理で様々な食材が使用されていて少しイメージがつきにくかったのですが、お願いすると日本人のスタッフの方が来てくださり、とても丁寧に説明をしてくださいました。他のスタッフの皆さんもとても感じが良かったです。いずれはメニューを見ただけでスマートに注文できるようになりたいものです笑。眺めの良い席で、最高のディナーの思い出になりました。

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JE
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

What a wonderful experience! Service was excellent, atmosphere quiet and comfortable with a view of Sydney harbour on a sparking winter’s day. Most importantly, the food and wine were exceptional. I would definitely recommend Aria To anyone wanting a very special dining experience.

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C
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

My friend and I went to the aria for her 40th birthday and it was a fantastic experience. Our watior was very friendly and helpful with the food selections please send our thanks! It was nothing short of amazing. I will definitely be back!!!

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A
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular location on the harbour @ circular quay - food was amazing, service outstanding and personal sommelier lifted the whole experience. The menu offers a good choice and food in cooked/presented to perfection - its well worth the visit and one of those restaurants you just have to go to!

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FF
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely food, exceptional service as always and convenient for pre-theatre dinners

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OT
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Solid outing

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HC
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The view was great- I could see the bridge and the opera house as well as the water. The service was also very friendly and very efficient.

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HG
12 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Unbelievably expensive for the portion sizes given for both appetizers and main dishes. Food was good not great. For the prices they charge food should be outstanding. Desserts we’re average at best. Was the least favorite of the restaurants we went to during our 5 nights in Sydney.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and super pretty.

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