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Meet the Chef

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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.

826 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

8.9
826 reviews
Recommended
(8.9)
Food
(9.0)
Service
(9.1)
Value for money
(7.8)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Sat, 14 Sep 2019

(10)
Simply splendid.
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.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 17 Sep 2019

dined on Tue, 10 Sep 2019

(9)
Great view , good service , food all delicious .
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and dining with us at Aria. It was such a pleasure having you join us and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest, Team Aria
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 17 Sep 2019
Zoe Roberts

dined on Sat, 22 Jun 2019

(10)
Love love love a visit to Aria. Just excellent!
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
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Mon, 12 Aug 2019

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

dined on Sun, 15 Sep 2019

(3)
Not good service at all!! Especially for the price that it paid! Food is good but certainly not worth it!
Thank you for dining with us at Aria and providing your honest review. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed in your experience. We can assure you we take great pride in our excellent customer service and treating all guests the same when dining with us. It would be greatly appreciated if you can please provide further feedback to our General Manager, Patrick, on patrick.agostinelli@solotel.com.au. Kindest, Team Aria
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Wed, 18 Sep 2019

dined on Sun, 8 Sep 2019

(10)
Best fine dining experience for us. Thanks Aria.
Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria and providing your wonderful review. It was a pleasure having you dine with us, we look forward to welcoming you back again.
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Tue, 17 Sep 2019

dined on Sat, 27 Jul 2019

(9)
Always great!
Hi, Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria and providing your kind review on The Fork. We look forward to welcoming you back again. Kindest, Team Aria
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Mon, 29 Jul 2019

dined on Thu, 11 Jul 2019

(9)
took a visitor to Sydney so was very suitable ...he thought expensive though
Thank you so much for dining with us at Aria and providing your kind review. It was an absolute pleasure having you join us and we look forward to welcoming you back. Kindest, Team Aria
Restaurant ARIA Sydney responded on Mon, 15 Jul 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
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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A Taste of Spring

Enjoy a complimentary spring dish created by Executive Chef Joel Bickford - strawberry souffle, whipped crème fraiche.
When
05 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
When
05 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Standard Booking

A complimentary ‘taste of spring’ when guests book a table at all 7 Matt Moran restaurants (Aria, Bea, Chiswick, Chiswick at the Gallery, Chophouse CBD, Chophouse Parramatta & North Bondi Fish)
When
05 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 12:00 PM - 2:00 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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