Aria Sydney

4.5
1502 reviews
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$101 and over
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasions
  • Notable Wine List
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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Modern Australian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Dinner: Sunday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(02) 9240 2255
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Joel Bickford
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Moore Steps
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Parking Details
Aria is within close proximity to Intercontinental Hotel Carpark, Sir Stamford Hotel Carpark, Sydney Opera House Carpark
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Public Transit
Circular Quay (290 m) Airport & East Hills (Peak hours), Airport & East Hills, Bankstown, Inner West, South
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wine
What 1502 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.6
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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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
2 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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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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1 review
Dined on 31 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and super pretty.

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E
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One does not normally go to Aria for a birthday celebration for their 6 year old son as it be may viewed as too fine dining for that. But the service from the staff was great in making sure we had a good seat to look out on the habour when Vivid started up (which was the post dinner activity for us). There obviously wasn't a kids menu but the staff offered to accommodate by amend an existing dish to cater for our little man.

Overall the food and wine was excellent. The Pre-Theatre menu is what we picked from and the variety was great.

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CA
13 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

Exemplary service. The food is hilarious. Super tiny portions and overly grandiose. You'll get better value anywhere else. But again, the service is perfection.

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JO
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and efficient service. Exquisite food in a superb location. Fine dining at its best. Ideal for special occasions such as a birthday.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Early Mother’s Day

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1 review
Dined on 9 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Unfortunately had an table at the back so didn’t get the best view.

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S
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Aria. The food and service is excellent. Despite it being a pre- theatre slot we never felt hurried. Great start to a wonderful evening.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

our waiter Nick was absolutely amazing, felt spoiled the whole evening. great customer service and the food was amazing

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CP
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was the best I’ve ever had. Proposed to my partner and all the waiters came over to say congratulations. Felt very special and would go back again! Great for a special occasion

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E
31 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

This restaurant is all about maximizing profits, they remind you hundred of times that you have only 1.5 hours to eat and get out but at the same time if you arrive to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, not a single person would care to wish you a happy birthday BUT all of them will repeat over and over again that you must hurry up and vacate the table in 1.5 hours. They sent you multiple emails reminding about 1.5 hours to eat and when you arrive, they welcome you like that “welcome to Aria! We hope you remember that you only have table for 1.5 hours, please follow me to your table.” Then, our server spent forever explaining that the restaurant does not 2 but actually 3 (THREE!!!) seatings per night so we must hurry up. She explained the same story over and over again to the tables next to us. At some point it got really annoying to listen to this from everyone at the restaurant. They don’t find it necessary to wish you a happy birthday but they think it is totally acceptable to remind you every few minutes that you must drink, eat and talk fast and get out of there so they can sit next table. Everyone who works there is more concerned about time pressure of fitting in 3 seatings per night than your dining experience. They could care less if you enjoy your meal and servers act all annoyed and stressed out. This was not a special or relaxed birthday dinner, it was a complete disaster. The food was overpriced and nothing special to make up for rush atmosphere that the restaurant forces upon each guest. Honestly, there are so many delicious restaurants in Sydney with amazing and attentive service that I would never in a million years recommend Aria to anyone. Shame on you, Aria, for being so concerned about maximizing $$ rather than offering a memorable dining experience.

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11 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Compliments to the chef that came up with a personalized tasting menu for me with my food allergies and made it scrumptious. Very attentive staff. Went out of their way to give me extra brioche gluten free bread that I have never had! Beautiful views. One of my top 10 in the world experiences

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1 review
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food great service

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1 review
Dined on 1 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Well presented. Excellent service. Beautiful location.

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TW
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Glamorous views, superlative service, with exemplary assistance by the sommelier. All round a great event.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stunning location, service was exceptional & food outstanding.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the 2nd time we have gone & it did not disappoint. Food great

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S
5 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent , professional, friendly and delicious food and wine

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C
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Really disappointing food, lacking in flavour. Very overpriced wine list

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A beautiful dining experience with breathtaking views. We only had one night in Sydney during a long layover. I am so glad we spent it here.

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FK
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

our waiter was very friendly and attentive, the wine list was also very nice.

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AC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

One of my favor spots in the world.

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S
8 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

View of Opera House and Bridge can't be beat. The atmosphere was a little stuffy, but the food was fantastic. Our dinner was dampened by our server, who dropped a butter knife on my dress (thus staining it). He offered minor apologies and didn't seem to care to make the situation more enjoyable for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Just as we expected.

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12 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

While this is a wonderful setting with great views, the food was pretty average and not as we would have hoped given all the reviews. DIdn't think the value was there for the price. The bass was barely flavorful and the potato side dish was a soupy mess. We had such better meals along the Barangaroo and were saddened this was not as good for the prix fix price.

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

Great Service & Food. Thank you

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Position was fantastic and convenient to our theatre booking and well done

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