Sydney, New South Wales

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - Two Chef Hats
In ARIA's curvaceous dining room that overlooks both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, you're guaranteed to be presented with food that's as good as the view. Co-owned by celebrated Chef Matt Moran, ARIA is constantly abuzz with foodies, celebrities and celebrity spotters because it delivers modern cuisine with comfort and class.
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1 Macquarie Street
Circular Quay
Tel: +61 2 9240 2255
Modern Australian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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ARIA offers diners an exclusive and intimate environment that is complimented by sweeping views of Sydney's famous Harbour Bridge, Opera House and the bustle of busy Circular Quay. It is a sophisticated space with light timber floors, white-linen draped tables paired with plush earthy-toned chairs and soft lighting. There is also an exclusive kitchen table overlooking the ARIA kitchen that is available for lunch and dinner for between 6 to 8 guests.
When you first walk into ARIA you can be forgiven for gasping a little and – for a few brief seconds – ignoring the incredible menu. The reason for this, of course, is that each of the intimate ARIA spaces created by interior design guru, Alexander Tzannes, makes the most of Sydney's spectacular harbour. The main dining room offers an unobstructed view of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, the private dining room gazes over east Circular Quay, while the outdoor terrace area allows guests to breathe in the world-class vista. However, it is worthwhile tearing your eyes away from the scenery to peruse the menu, masterfully prepared by ARIA's famed head chef, Matt Moran. Here you will find modern Australian cuisine befitting a six gun salute. And, with selections like warm marron tail with bello rosso tomatoes and lemon verbena; oxtail with watercress, horseradish and liquorice root, and lamb loin with sweetbread sausage, broad beans and charred globe artichokes, it may take you a while to shift your gaze back to the view.

You'll no doubt be distracted again when the food is brought out – each dish is presented with such artful finesse that, if it weren't too delicious to pass up, you'd surely be tempted to frame it. There is also an impressive selection of wine to match. And, to finish on the right note, gluing yourself to the scenery is the ideal way to pass the time that it takes the chef to make his passionfruit souffle. The ARIA experience can be enjoyed at a set price for lunch, pre-theatre and supper throughout the week. There is also an a la carte dinner menu, and a seasonal tasting menu.

ARIA's wine list offers a magnificent selection of Australian wines led by an outstanding 'Penfolds List', a collection that extends from 1976 through to 1994. In addition, Aria offers 18 distinctive wines by the glass, including Penfolds Bin 707 1997. Drawing from meticulously maintained private cellars, the best boutique wineries and the most reputable larger producers, Aria's wine list offers something for every palate. Focusing on the best examples of vintage, variety, style and region, it offers an extensive range from both the New World and the Old.
Agnes Gajewska
Dates Wed 04 May to Wed 04 May
Location Circular Quay, New South Wales
Category Special Event
Description Join the team at ARIA on Wednesday 4 May for a celebration of some of the exceptional women at the forefront of our industry. ...
Dates Sun 08 May to Sun 08 May
Location Circular Quay, New South Wales
Category Mothers Day
Description Celebrate Mother's Day at ARIA Sydney on Sunday 8th May. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco on arrival followed by a three course ...
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220 pax
ARIA's private dining presents an exclusive area for dining or entertaining cocktail style and enjoys wonderful west-facing views of Sydney Harbour, Circular Quay and the city skyline. The private dining room caters for 20 - 60 seated guests or cocktail parties from 80-120 guests. This section offers a private bar, conference and media facilities and includes a separate entrance for guests. The outdoor terrace provides a spectacular open-air venue for wedding ceremonies, cocktail receptions for 80-120 guests or can be used as a perfect start to your evening for pre-dinner drinks and canapés to those dining in the private room. The main dining room can be hired exclusively for private events and weddings for 80-100 guests.
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning / Hatted
Function for 50-100
Harbourside Dining
Private Dining Room
Romantic / Intimate
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Product launches
Suitable for Weddings
Waterfront Dining
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
Two Chef Hats
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2015
Two Chef Hats
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2014
Two Chef Hats
Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Awards - 2014
1 Macquarie Street
Circular Quay NSW 2000
End of Macquarie Street, close to Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay and Royal Botanic Gardens.
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maxie max - 9/04/2014
My husband and I dined at Aria for my husband's 60th birthday.. (a gift voucher from our 3 sons). Service was exceptional, which is what we expected. We chose the 4 course dinner with many choices from each course. The food was absolutely delicious. Each dish was described to us when served - we enjoyed every course!! Also enjoyed the wine. The complimentary dessert plate was a great finish to our dinner. Highly recommend, wonderful restaurant for a special occasion.
Kris M - 28/02/2012
Wow! That is one word I kept telling myself on every bite. The food is excellent, the ambiance is perfect and staff is absolutely the best! Aria made our special night a real "Special Night" every minute spent was such an experience! Food is absolutely amazing, every bite is full of flavor and you would want to keep that flavor in your mouth! Scallops and Pork Belly as Entree' are cooked perfectly! The wine chosen for us matches perfectly to my beef and my partner's chicken! The most amazing mashed potatoes I have ever tried, I found in Aria! A must order with your main course! Finally, we made it through dessert. We ordered the Mango Souffle and Panacotta, we are so surprised to have "Happy Anniversary" written on our dessert plates! What a lovely gesture that made our night such an experience! And by the way, desserts are the BOMB! I'm in love with the whole caramelized souffle! Mouth watering strawberries in our panacotta! I have no idea what the below reviews have experienced, I am beginning to think they might have went to a different resto, because this is such an amazing place to be from top to finish!
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