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ARIA Sydney

9.4/10
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1 Macquarie Street, 2000 Sydney (NSW)See map

Average price A$200

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Originally from the Southern Highlands, Executive Chef Tom Gorringe cut his teeth within Bowral’s Milton Park Country House and Berrima’s Eschalot restaurant, before moving abroad to take up the role of senior sous chef at Bearfoot Bistro in Canada, in 2012. Here, he was introduced to luxury ingredients and the importance of seasonal dining, working closely with local producers and suppliers to create award-winning menus within the confines of Canada’s harsh seasonal availability. Returning home in 2014, Tom was appointed head chef of hatted Eschalot restaurant in Berrima NSW, where he honed his paddock to plate ethos, sourcing ingredients directly from the on-site kitchen garden and local artisans. Relocating to Sydney in 2015, Tom worked at renowned Bentley Restaurant and Bar before joining Pier One’s hatted restaurant, The Gantry, where he worked for over five years. Working his magic in the Aria kitchen, Tom was recently awarded two Sydney Morning Herald Chef’s Hats for Aria Sydney.

Restaurant menu

Last update: November 2022
Chef Thomas Gorringe
Average price A$200
spring peas, broad beans, burraduc buffalo milk curd & toasted rye
fraser isle spanner crab, cucumber, kombu & nectarine
mooloolaba yellowfin tuna, daikon, desert lime & avocado

Dietary options

, Vegetarian dishes

Popular dishes

raspberry, elderflower, strawberry & choux - ARIA Sydney, Sydney (NSW)

raspberry, elderflower, strawberry & choux

spring peas, broad beans, burraduc buffalo milk curd & toasted rye - ARIA Sydney, Sydney (NSW)

spring peas, broad beans, burraduc buffalo milk curd & toasted rye

mooloolaba yellowfin tuna, daikon, desert lime & avocado - ARIA Sydney, Sydney (NSW)

mooloolaba yellowfin tuna, daikon, desert lime & avocado

abrolhos island scallops, cauliflower, miso & saltbush    - ARIA Sydney, Sydney (NSW)

abrolhos island scallops, cauliflower, miso & saltbush

glazed wollemi duck, beetroot, mulberries & nettle - ARIA Sydney, Sydney (NSW)

glazed wollemi duck, beetroot, mulberries & nettle

Reviews

9.4/10
Excellent208 reviews
9.5/10

Food

9/10

Service

9.5/10

Ambience

9-10

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5-6

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  • otto S.
    otto S.

    October 1, 20221 review

    10/10

    Excellent service, everyone greeted you and was very polite. Every meal told a story. The food was absolutely amazing. It was a fantastic experience and well worth the money

  • Jane R.
    Jane R.

    July 29, 202221 reviews

    7.5/10

    The food was nice and the view was amazing. The staff were friendly but they weren’t attentive enough.

  • Cheng Li
    Cheng Li

    June 9, 20222 reviews

    7.5/10

    Went on birthday enjoyed time with myself. Waiters were nice and didn’t push me to eat fast. Liked the welcome snack and first two courses of the tasting menu. Marks off for not catered as special occasion even though noted at the time of booking.

  • Amanda Ng

    June 4, 20211 review

    10/10

    The food was amazing and matching mocktails were delicious. Had a beautiful dining experience to celebrate a birthday.

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hello Amanda, Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are so happy you enjoyed your evening. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon for another visit. Many Thanks, Team Aria

  • Renah P.

    December 31, 20201 review

    2/10

    We had booked using the fork, then had received a phone call 2 weeks later saying that we shouldn’t of been able to book New Years at the price we did ($150 per person) and instead they would re book is for $1400 per person which was way out of our budget. It’s poor from their end since they choose to use a secondary booking site so they should be well prepared when it comes to events such as NYE. Very disappointed and won’t even contemplate going there in the future.

  • Sandeep A.

    February 29, 202016 reviews

    9.5/10

    Aria being almost my home away from home I am not the most appropriate candidate for a review. I love the place, the people and indeed the food. It is the way this team of incredible people make you feel as if you belong that makes me want to keep going back. Thank you Aria team! ????

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Greatly appreciated Sandeep. Thank you.

  • Carmen L.

    February 17, 20207 reviews

    7/10

    The food was not bad but we expected it to be better. One of the sweet cocktails I had was really good. Nice view overlooking the Opera House. I asked for a window seat for a birthday celebration when I booked on The Fork however we had a table furthest away from the windows :( Staffs were polite however the overall service felt very very bland and cold. They all looked like they were literally just 'doing their job' with no emotions whatsoever. It was a Monday night, guess they were all recovering from the weekend. The restaurant felt quite dated. Think it's time for a refurbishment.

  • Kim W.

    February 15, 20208 reviews

    10/10

    Exquisite food + wine! Amazing views! Seamless service! We will return ...

  • Aron W.

    February 14, 20203 reviews

    9/10

    Really in general the service is top notch here with attention to detail. Food is great too but probably other good places in a similar range. Can’t really go wrong to impress.

  • Marcelinus R.

    February 14, 20202 reviews

    10/10

    Food and service was excellent

  • Gerard M.
    Gerard M.

    February 8, 20209 reviews

    5/10

    It’s a beautiful location but unfortunately the food doesn’t quite match the ambience. The staff are pleasant and presentation of the food is to a high standard . However the fish was overcooked and a bit salty and the fillet steak was slightly tough. I’m sure the produce being used is exceptional but I think it needs to be handled a bit more delicately.

  • Kozue K.

    November 4, 20199 reviews

    10/10

    Great view of opera house & Friendly, professional service by everyone at Aria. We had 2-course pre-theatre menu. Kicked off well with delicious amuse bouche of tuna sashimi on seaweed crisps and shiso peach! Highlight dishes were wild kingfish (main) and sweet potato (dessert), flavoursome and beautiful presentation. Highly recommended for a classy date night or family gatherings.

  • Simon D.

    October 31, 20191 review

    9.5/10

    Food and service was amazing. Fine dining, but didn't feel stuffy at all. Great advice on wine selection, catered for our tastes and budget without prejudice. Great window table, not sure it was the absolute prime table as it was to the side a bit (booked 5 months in advance to guarantee the best table) but was probably a bit more private there, so no probs. Would definitely recommend trying Aria once, but for us we probably wouldn't return, as we're interstate and this was a special occasion, but really glad we went there.

  • Ho Man T.

    October 29, 20193 reviews

    10/10

    Good service, atmosphere. Great presentation of food, and excellent mix of flavours. Freshness of food is excellent. It was my wife birthday and they added a touch of birthday message to the dessert. One of the top fine dinning restaurants I have tried in my food tasting journey.

  • Nash E
    Nash E

    September 13, 201920 reviews

    10/10

    Simply splendid.

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Thank you for dining with us and providing your excellent review. It was such a pleasure having you dine with us at Aria and we look forward to welcoming you back again.

  • Zoe R.

    June 21, 20194 reviews

    10/10

    Love love love a visit to Aria. Just excellent!

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hi Zoe, Thank you for dining with us at Aria and providing your excellent review. We're thrilled to hear you had a fantastic dining experience with us and we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Team Aria

  • Kim J.
    Kim J.

    May 24, 201910 reviews

    10/10

    From the moment you walk through the door your welcomed. All the staff were amazing. The view was gorgeous, especially on the sunny day that we had. Food was a culinary treat for your tastebuds. The buffalo cheese starter & the pork cheek starters were delicious. Our steak was cooked perfectly. You could cut it with a spoon and the Pinot Noir... wow! We had a lovely lunch here at Aria and will definitely be back.

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hi Kim, Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your fantastic review. We are so pleased to hear you had a fantastic dining experience with us, we look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest, Aria

  • Howard C.

    May 2, 20196 reviews

    8.3/10

    Excellent location and very professional service. On the expensive side but food is of top quality. Wines best in Sydney if you have deep pockets!

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hi Howard, Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your excellent review. We are so pleased to hear that you had a fantastic dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Team Aria Sydney

  • Francisca M.

    April 20, 20194 reviews

    10/10

    Lovely fine dining experience with great service

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hi Francisca, Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your excellent review! We are thrilled to hear you had a fantastic time with us, we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Aria Sydney team.

  • Craig S.

    April 20, 20192 reviews

    9/10

    Food and Service were fantastic, and it was nice to be looking down on the Easter Crowds.

    ARIA Sydney (Owner)

    Hi Craig, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and dining with us at Aria Sydney over Easter! It was a pleasure having you, we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Aria Sydney

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Opening time
Open today

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
05:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 03:00 PM
05:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Sunday
Closed

How to get to the restaurant

1 Macquarie Street, 2000, Sydney (NSW), Australia

Public transport

Circular Quay is the nearest train and ferry station - less than 5 minute walk

Directions to get there

Wilson Carpark at Sydney Opera House

About the restaurant

About Every artist wants to leave their mark; to create a legacy that is not only remembered, but quintessentially theirs. Just as owners chef Matt Moran and Bruce Solomon have done at Aria. Their award winning, two hatted restaurant at Circular Quay, on the very edge of Sydney's glistening harbour. Here the delicate touches, the time taken, the passion shown and the sincerity of delivery all play a part in the performance of fine dining. And it's one we love performing in this intimate and breathtakingly elegant room. We've been composing this Aria since 1999, replicating it with refined purpose to elevate the senses with a signature dining experience like no other. Now regarded as a timeless culinary masterpiece, Aria is recognised with numerous local and international awards.

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