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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.

815 Verified Diner Reviews

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Total Score

9
815 reviews
Recommended
(9.2)
Food
(9.1)
Service
(9.2)
Value for money
(8.1)
Atmosphere
(9.1)

dined on Wed, 20 Feb 2019

(9)
Food and service were fabulous! We enjoyed our pre theatre menu very much!

dined on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

(9)
Great food with beautiful view of the harbour.

dined on Sat, 9 Feb 2019

(9)
Excellent wines

dined on Wed, 6 Feb 2019

(10)
The pre-theatre dinner at Aria was fantastic. Food was excellent, the service matched the quality of the food, and the wine list is one of the most extensive ones I've seen. Amazing cocktails too - the Smoked Margarita is something very special.
CATHERINE PERCY

dined on Tue, 29 Jan 2019

(10)
Such a hot sticky evening so it was a beautifully cool temperature to walk Into bit a warm welcome with the door being opened for us. The service was super professional, understated but exemplary and discreet.

dined on Tue, 29 Jan 2019

(9)
Consistently very good food and service
Natalie Martino

dined on Sun, 27 Jan 2019

(9)
Prompt service Beautiful views Devine food catering for vegetarian special needs One of my favourite restaurants in Sydney Good wine selection

dined on Thu, 24 Jan 2019

(8)
Reception was odd, we arrived at 5.28 for a 5.30 booking. We were asked to wait. fair enough. While we were waiting 4 small groups and one large group were shown in to their tables. As each group was shown in we asked if we could go in, we were told to wait, curious why others who arrived later could go in first

dined on Fri, 18 Jan 2019

(10)
Great food and service

dined on Thu, 3 Jan 2019

(10)
Beautiful food and amazing service. We had a lovely and lively evening. The staff were zealous and plentiful, constantly on top of our needs and wants. Our pre-theatre options were perfectly proportioned and timed. Loved it. We'll be back!
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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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