With front-row views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, Aria stands in one of the most enviable spots in the city. The windows overlooking the water are huge, the atmosphere is elegant and buzzy, and many of the tables have an intimate relationship with the stunning view. The food, created by Matthew Moran, one of Australia’s great chefs, is imaginative and mouthwatering. Some examples: roasted lamb loin with crushed borlotti beans, eggplant, and nettle pesto; or roasted venison loin glaze crépinette with red cabbage, quince, and macadamia nuts. For lunch on weekdays, a set menu offers one, two, or three courses (A$46, A$74, or A$89). A supper menu is available from 10pm for those craving after-theater snacks. Reservations are essential.
1 Macquarie St., East Circular Quay
Our Rating Neighborhood Circular Quay, City Center & The Rocks Hours Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm; pretheater daily 5:30–7pm; Mon–Sat 7–11:30pm; Sun 6–10pm Transportation Train, bus, or ferry: Circular Quay Phone 02/9240 2255 Prices Main courses A$46–A$58. 4-course tasting menu A$120, A$170 including matching wines; 7-course tasting men A$160, A$250 including wines Cuisine Type Contemporary Web site Aria