Aria Sydney

4.5
1543 reviews
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Modern Australian
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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: 5:30pm - 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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Neighborhood
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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
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Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food inventive and beautifully plated, service outstanding

OT
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time here and will return. Thanks to Matt and The Aria Team.

F
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and impeccable service in a magnificent setting. The servers were knowledgeable and accommodating, ready to help with recommendations and opinions. The food was primarily locally sourced, creatively prepared, and beautifully presented. The wine list is extensive, by the glass, half or full bottle, with lots of Australian and international selections at all price points; the sommelier was ready to help with suggestions according to all tastes and preferences. Every table has a beautiful view of Sydney Harbor, often including the bridge or Opera House. Aria is expensive, but were looking for the perfect dining experience to complete our Australia vacation. Aria accomplished this for us.

C
London
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful birthday dinner at Aria. Fantastic service and delicious food. Loved it!

KD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Expected much more from this well known establishment. Booking Aria for a special event I expected something memorable, especially for the price tag! How this restaurant is considered a top Sydney establishment is beyond me.

The only two positives about the Aria is the location and the service. The food was just appalling, tasteless and lazy. Portion size is not an issue if the quality is there - it was not. After spending hundreds of dollars we left hungry. I have had better meals at suburban establishments. The only explanation I can fathom is management must purely rely on the location for business.

The staff were exceptional and did their best to make it a night worth remembering. Unfortunately, the food was so disappointing I could never recommend Aria to anyone.

GF
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Premium Wine Paired Tasting Menu at Aria. Every course was fantastic, and the wine pairings were all spot on. The service was amazing and we truly enjoyed the entire dining experience at Aria. You'll need to save your pennies for this one, but it's well worth it for foodies and wine lovers!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner with great service and a view of the harbour. We had the pre-theatre menu and it was quick service and the food arrived promptly and was delicious.

MM
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, outstanding food, excellent service and exceptional view.

DB
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You get what you pay for! Expensive but excellent! Great food and wine and excellent service! What a way to put Judith Lucy to bed!

w
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm welcome with excellent service and food. The wine program by the glass is outstanding and not to be missed if you like pairing different wines with each course. Chinese New Year celebrations led to a loud drum cadence outside just as we were seated and lasted about 20 minutes. Other than this annoyance, the evening was delicious and flawless. Worth the splurge!

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful date experience

MS
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy, wonderful food and view

CP
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service with a lot very view of the harbor. The menu was attractive but confusing.

TK
New England
42 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The location, view and food are exceptional and perfect for a special occasion. It got off to a bad start with bad seating after a request for a window weeks earlier because of a special birthday. We were moved but it took 30 min and it delayed our order and service so we were rushed at the end. Gratus wine helped but it was a mistake that shouldn’t have happened.

OT
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very nice meal. The service was excellent and thoughtful

OF
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 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.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 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.

OT
China
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Don’t know how to cook...

w
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

JC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 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.

HW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 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 :)

OT
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 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.

BH
Savannah
45 reviews
Dined on December 17, 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!

JM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

l
San Francisco
110 reviews
Dined on November 23, 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.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

L
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great need to Experience it to understand

JM
Sydney / NSW
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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.

JK
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 13, 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.

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 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.

L
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 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.

CF
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 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.

G
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on October 30, 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.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 25, 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.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 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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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 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
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 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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