Went to celebrate a birthday. The experience at Aria could be summed up as an overall cold and disappointing night.nnWas recommended a drink by a waitress when we asked for something sweet, the cocktail was sour - when we mentioned it to another waiter, he questioned why we ordered that drink if we wanted sweet because he would not have recommended it. Not great when staff have questionable knowledge and disagree with each other, even if they are friendly.nnWe mentioned to the staff how cold it was in the restaurant. They said they knew, but it couldn't be fixed because the thermostat was stuck on aircon. It was a winter night.nnMains were room temperature/luke warm which made the cold atmosphere feel worse. The fish in particular somehow was overcooked too.nnNo candle on either desserts for a birthday. The souffle dessert was so tart we couldn't finish it. When we mentioned it, the waiter agreed it was sour, but nothing else offered to resolve it.nnThen at the end, a waiter knocked over my cocktail which spilled dramatically on the table and liquid flew onto the floor by accident. Weren't given a replacement, it wasn't taken off the bill. We weren't asked how our meal was.nnOverall a sad night. Most disappointing is that we raised concerns to staff so that it could be rectified but the responses we received were 'we know it's an issue and we can't / don't intend to fix it'.
We had an excellent dining experience at Aria. The service was attentive and top-notch. The ingredients were fresh and locally sourced, and the wine menu was extensive. The artisan sake selection was a highlight, and the duck was cooked to perfection – juicy and delicious. The steak tartare had a nice smoky flavor and the added crunch of the tart was a great touch. We were pleasantly surprised by the mango palate cleanser, which was served at just the right time. Overall, Aria provides a 5-star dining experience with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour and Opera House. While it may not be the most affordable option, it is definitely worth it for a special occasion.
This is an expensive dinning experience but worth it.nnThe level of service is 100%nThe food is exceptional. The flavours are faultless and makes your mouth rejoice with every bite. There are many different combinations of textures in each dish. The presentation is photo perfect.nWe had the 4 course menu and let here feeling perfectly full.nnThank you to all involved. You made our special day even more special
The staff were so polite and make you very welcome right from the start until you leave. The food was delicious and generous portion sizes. Would be very happy to go back. Dish of the night was scallops.
Went there with my fiance to celebrate getting engaged. The food, the staff, the atmosphere were all amazing, oh, and the view of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge as the sun was setting... sublime!
we had our office Christmas party. lunch at Aria yesterday.The food was delicious and the service great. Gorgeous view too ! really enjoyed the entire experience
100% recommend, couldn't pick a favourite dish, everything about this restaurant was fantastic, from the greeting at the front door, to every waiter telling you about every dish, I left thinking, wow when can I go back..
A long time coming, we got the early dinner option 5:30pm. Great atmosphere, awesome staff. The four course menu was great. Good wines to match.
Delicious lunch with the most iconic view in Australia. Love it.nElegant dinning!
So the short review - I wouldn’t recommend Aria. There was nothing that made me go wow and the dishes were average at best. A bit more detail - the oysters and the squab were tasty and the veal was okay, however everything else was really lacking considering that this is meant to be a fine dining restaurant and costs about $220 each for the tasting menu. Some dishes lacked flavour, one dish was dry and the service was not amazing. You were left almost waiting to be noticed and it seems that their selling point is the view of the opera house. I’m sad to say that it is not somewhere I would return to.
Went with my partner and we booked in advance to have a table with a view and the tasting menu. The person who seated us was a bit rude and seated us in the back with no view. We said we had requested a view but apparently that doesn’t matter. To make it worse, they had so many open tables in the front (we felt not good enough for them to get nice seats even though we were there early). The other servers were brilliant from then on. But then the food was very underwhelming in taste and extremely small portions (even for a fine dining restaurant). Thank goodness there was bread!
We had the lunch tasting menu with matching wines and it was absolutely divine. What a fabulous way to experience five star cuisine. While each course is small it’s packed with the most amazing flavours and the wine pairings were phenomenal. The service was impeccable and the explanation of each dish and wine was superb. I’d come back here in a heartbeat.
Wonderful experience for my partner and i. Food was fantastic, staff was great, very informed of the food and wine list.nYou pay for the experience, which is expensive but fantastic. Would recommend for anyone wanting that next level experience
Partner and I chose the tasting menu with matching wines - the food and wine were nice, just not enough of it! The smallest wine servings we've ever experienced at a degustation with paired wine. The food portions also remained small and didn't get larger than a small starter size. For $350 each we expected more. Service was great and wait staff were friendly and attentive. We didn't have the best view as we were on the side of the restaurant, not in the area at the end facing the Opera House. With a couple of extra drinks and a tip, the bill was $850 - unfortunately we've experienced better, for less
An amazing experience and amazing food! The quail and the angus beef were out of this world. Portion sizes are worth mentioning, they were more than adequate and we didn't leave hungry. Service was absolutely outstanding, my wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and the staff noted the occasion for us with some special touches.nnHighly recommended for a special night out (or every day if you can afford it!).
Every morsel was enticingly surprising and spectacular. We are incredibly lucky to have this exquisite quality accessible in our magical city. Absolutely my favourite place in the world!
We finally had a chance to dine at Aria and our 13th wedding anniversary was the occasion. The food and service all round was excellent, especially from our main server, who is new to the restaurant and yet was across the menu and able to answer all questions. We look forward to going again, a great experience, thanks to all the staff for making it a great evening.