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Joel Bickford

Joel has been cooking for over 25 years, honing his craft at restaurants Bel Mondo, Eschalot, Restaurant Arras, Biota Dining and The Gantry Restaurant & Bar. In 2018, Joel became executive chef at Aria Sydney, enabling him to utilise his philosophy of stylish and contemporary cuisine. Joel was named Daily Telegraph’s Chef of the Year in 2015, has won two Sydney Morning Herald Chef’s Hats for Aria Sydney and was recently awarded 2018 Chef of the Year at the Savour Excellence awards.

813 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

9
813 reviews
Recommended
(9.1)
Food
(9.1)
Service
(9.1)
Value for money
(7.9)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Sat, 25 May 2019

(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.
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
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Mon, 27 May 2019

dined on Fri, 3 May 2019

(8)
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!
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
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Wed, 22 May 2019

dined on Sun, 21 Apr 2019

(10)
Lovely fine dining experience with great service
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.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 23 Apr 2019
Charlie Zhu

dined on Fri, 12 Apr 2019

(8)
Stunning view, great service, okay food.
Hi Charlie, Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your review on The Fork. We appreciate your feedback. If you would like to provide any further details about your experience to our General Manager, please don't hesitate to contact Patrick on patrick.agostinelli@solotel.com.au. Kindest, Aria Sydney
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

dined on Tue, 9 Apr 2019

(10)
The ultimate in fine food and service. The menu changes seasonally so it's a good excuse to come back and try different dishes.
Hi Sylvia, Thank you for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your fantastic review on The Fork! We are so thrilled to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your time with us, we look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Team Aria Sydney.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Wed, 10 Apr 2019

dined on Thu, 28 Mar 2019

(10)
Excellent service with a 10/10 view. Food was delicious as were the drinks. Pricey, but that’s to be expected - definitely worth the money though!
Hi Jade, Thank you for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your excellent review. We are thrilled to hear you thoroughly enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest The Aria Sydney team.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 9 Apr 2019

dined on Sat, 23 Mar 2019

(9)
Lovely food and view
Hi Mary, Thank you for providing your fantastic review and dining with us at Aria Sydney. We are so thrilled to hear you had an excellent time. Looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kindest, Aria Sydney.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 2 Apr 2019

dined on Thu, 21 Mar 2019

(6)
We were seated by the window so had a nice view of the Bridge and Opera house as the sun was going down. We had the pre-theatre menu most memorable dish of the night was the Duck (though I would have liked a little more sauce). It did take a while for the waiter to refill our glasses of bubbly, would have ordered another one if this was not the case. Overall a nice spot for dinner but not in a rush to come back.
Hi Bee, Thank you for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your kind review. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, whilst indulging in our delicious duck dish. We do hope to see you again soon! Kindest, The Aria Sydney team.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Fri, 22 Mar 2019

dined on Sat, 16 Mar 2019

(10)
Incredible food and impeccable service. What a special evening!
Hi Lucy, Thank you for dining with us at Aria Sydney and providing your excellent review. We are so glad to hear you had a fantastic time, we look forward to welcoming you back to try our new Autumn menu. Kindest, The Aria Sydney team.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Thu, 21 Mar 2019
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Specials

1. Pre Theatre (5:30pm - 7:00pm)

Located just steps from the Opera House, Aria is the perfect location for elegant pre-theatre dining in Sydney. We serve our pre-theatre menu every evening from 5.30pm until 7pm and post theatre from 10pm. Choose from one, two or three courses of superb, seasonally specific, dishes by executive chef Joel Bickford and his team
When
12 Feb 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 5:00 PM - 6:45 PM
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A La Carte

Dinner at Aria has always been unforgettable as sunset casts its luminous glow over the Sydney Opera House and the harbour. Create your own taste journey from our a la carte offering where hyper-seasonality is key, thanks to the dedication and commitment of our produce partners. It is their pristine ingredients that allow executive chef Joel Bickford and his team to create harmony on the plate.
When
12 Feb 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
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Supper (from 10:00pm)

Located just steps from the Opera House, Aria is the perfect location for elegant pre-theatre dining in Sydney. We serve our pre-theatre menu every evening from 5.30pm until 7pm and post theatre from 10pm. Choose from one, two or three courses of superb, seasonally specific, dishes by executive chef Joel Bickford and his team.
When
12 Feb 2019 - 31 Dec 2020
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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About ARIA Sydney

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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