Cuisine: Modern Australian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #7 of 93 restaurants in Sydney

Embrace some of the best regional and seasonal produce New South Wales has to offer at Solander, a modern Australian restaurant in the heart of Sydney. Named after first fleet naturalist Daniel Solander, this venue bases its food philosophy on its namesake with a botanical-inspired restaurant and bar.

When Solander arrived in 1770 he extensively explored and researched the region’s flora and fauna. Like him, the restaurant has researched the region’s best available produce and has chosen to work closely with a number of small, local suppliers to help find fresh and local ingredients, as well as some niche native plants and animals.

Belgian-born executive chef David Vandendeele brings 20 years of international experience to the table. Start with an elegant entrée of double-boiled chicken tea with goji berries, ginseng and ginger, or whet your appetite with one of the fresh seafood specialties, including Sydney rock oysters and charred green prawns. Mains are divided between 'flora' and 'fauna' and you might find wallaby shanks, wagyu beef cheeks or beetroot risotto with goat's cheese. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

As well as presenting an upmarket menu that reflects a botanical influence, Solander embraces a naturalist feel with the open-air jungle-style atrium and the emerald green terrazzo marble bar. Enjoy one of the venue’s special cocktails here after you’ve indulged in a little dessert—the perfect way to end your night.

If you’re looking for somewhere to take a date or simply a venue to enjoy great food with great company, Solander is a wonderful choice.

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Solander Dining & Bar
65 Sussex Street
Sydney 2000

Open Hours:
Daily: 6:30am - 10pm

Phone: 02 8297 6500
Website: www.solanderdiningandbar.com.au/#about

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Ranked: #7 of 93 restaurants in Sydney 7
Solander Dining & Bar
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Mains: $25 - $35+

Reviews

Talia Harrigan

From start to finish our dining experience at Solander was 5 stars! We were seated on very comfortable chairs at a lovely window table with just the right low lighting. Our server Jewel was so friendly and knowledgeable assisting us with her recommendations on the food and the wine, i truly believe it really goes a long way when the staff have tasted the drinks and food menu. We had the the bugs and chicken parfait to start, delicious and full and flavour. For our mains my partner had the venison rack and I had the fillet steak which melted in mouth. All the dishes were beautifully presented and cooked perfectly. The lighting, decor and ambience in the restaurant is low lighting with plush seats and has a very romantic feel to it. Such a wonderful and pleasant evening at Solander, Thank you!

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Dorian Maruda

Solanders always delivers an above and beyond good experience. It is the perfect mix of flavours: ordering some flora and fauna mains gives the most complete night. Thanks to Luca who was, coincidentally, our waiter again, who made the night a laugh and a half!

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Paul Mendham

We went for an anniversary dinner on a rainy winter's evening and found it a very enjoyable occasion all round. It was a nice enough location, but nothing special.
The service, however, was outstanding, and the food itself also very good indeed - different, but 'good different'.
Definitely worth a visit, and if it's a First Table early booking there's no reason to put it off!

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andrw clift

Wow, absolutely wow
I initially wanted to try Solander because the menu looked interesting, so many familiar but different dishes (meaning the flora and fauna were familiar but i had never eaten them or eaten them in the ways listed)
but i never expected it to be sooooo good
firstly - sound levels and lighting are fantastic.
there was a live musician but he was situated so that you could hear him well but it wasn't disruptive to normal conversation (he was great btw, absolutely flawless).
the over all lighting is low but there was an individual light at the table and the waiters offered to turn it up if needed.
This place has a very romantic feel to it and would be great for a date if that's your thing.
the staff were exceptional too, very kind and friendly, well informed and attentive without being annoying
and then the food
OMG
we started with the Acacia and Banksia pot bread with black garlic butter
which was lovely and warm, my only criticism would be that the butter wasn't strong enough with the garlic flavours for my liking (but then i eat garlic by the tablespoon so....)
then we went to the mains
I ordered the slow cooked wallaby, my friend ordered the braised pork and we shared a salad of macadamia cheese with rocket, beetroot and glazed pecans, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT
the serving sizes were excellent and I was thoroughly impressed as often these fancy kind of places are a bit stingy with the food (I like to eat....A Lot!)
I didn't have desert but i am definitely coming back soon to try everything
this was a 10/10 experience and I thoroughly recommend to everyone

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anni haque

We were searching for a restaurant that met our tough brief of great vegan and meat options in a stylish setting with fab service and great vibe. Solander delivered all of this and more in spades.

The environment is warm and inviting with a high end quality fit out and excellent design. A wonderful guitarist played for over two hours and the settled hum of good conversation was a lovely backdrop. Service was impeccable. Luca did a great job looking after us and was a master of knowing when to serve and when to stay away. Food was fresh, innovative and local + 5 star plating up’
Drinks were excellent too. And all other staff were brilliant.

I hope everyone has as good a time as we had at Solander.

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Linda Allan

We had a lovely meal here.
Arrived early so had a beer & bubbles at the bar.
Were moved to our dining table by a friendly staff member.
Ordered oysters Kilpatrick and the gin cured salmon for starters. Both were absolutely delicious.
Next we chose the beef cheeks with shitake mushrooms and Kakadu plums, fillet steak, wok fried sprouted broccoli and warrigal greens.
My husband said he has never tasted meat as tender as these cheeks, it just melted in your mouth.
My eye fillet was cooked perfectly, no need for the steak knife at all, and I let some little cubes of steak soak in the red wine jus - delicious!
The sides complimented our mains perfectly, the Warrigal greens having a distinct "bush" flavour and the brocolli was presented beautifully. Both sides were ample serves.
We would most definitely return here, meals were delicious and service was great.

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Megan DK

I cannot recommend this restaurant enough, the food was absolutely incredible!

We went for a birthday and every single dish we ordered was 11/10.

The only thing I could fault was the ambience could have been improved with music as it felt everyone was not talking very loud so others would not overhear their conversation.

Would definitely go back.

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Dorian Maruda

The evening was perfect from start to finish: the service was wonderful - the staff didn't have to write anything down yet we got everything exactly as we asked for it (even with alterations!). Our waiter Luca was especially helpful with his wonderful understanding of the menu which was absolutely scrumptious. The gin-cured salmon, the charred green prawns, and the venison rack were standouts in their field, but you could not go wrong with anything on this menu!

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Rebecca Blackman

The food was incredibly presented and delicious, the decor was fabulous (think luxurious purple and green velvet, in a gorgeous Art Deco venue with soft lighting) Great pricing and the service was fantastic as well, only downside was that I had wanted to leave a tip and the waitress bypassed the tip option on the card machine! Will definitely return...

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Solander has great atmosphere. The food was sensational. Every bite was like heaven. I would highly recommended this place to anyone.

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Gaurav Singal

Probably one of best dining experiences to date and was only made affordable through this website. Simply put, their worst dish was their panna cotta desert and I still loved it. I would definitely come back her, the quality of meat they use and the techniques used to prepare them was high class. If I had one critique that was the way my beer was poured (half foam half liqud) but easily looked past this due to the their friendly and authentic staff who seemed to have a passion for food.

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Shirley Barbuto

Everything about our lunch was perfect.
A sophisticated dining area which was quiet and cool. The food was delicious, our waitress was delightful and so helpful. All staff were professional and so courteous. We had a thoroughly enjoyable lunch and will be back often.5 stars.

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Kylie Caesar

Absolutely fantastic evening. The food was top quality, prepared with genuine talent. Beetroot risotto, kingfish, wallaby shanks, the greens seasonal special, salt baked chicken - all delightful. The oysters kilpatrick were amazing. The highlight was the venison - the best I have ever had, so tender (possibly fallow) and basted in a divinely complimentary jus. The service from Angela was commendable. This restaurant deserves to become one of Sydney’s notables. Do not hesitate to try it.

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The setting and ambience provided the perfect backdrop for the terrific menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our meals which were absolutely delicious and just a little bit more interesting than the usual standard fare.

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Javier Coindreau

Yummy food and excellent service with lovely people. Highly recommended, I’d definitely go again.

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Talia Harrigan

From start to finish our dining experience at Solander was 5 stars! We were seated on very comfortable chairs at a lovely window table with just the right low lighting. Our server Jewel was so friendly and knowledgeable assisting us with her recommendations on the food and the wine, i truly believe it really goes a long way when the staff have tasted the drinks and food menu. We had the the bugs and chicken parfait to start, delicious and full and flavour. For our mains my partner had the venison rack and I had the fillet steak which melted in mouth. All the dishes were beautifully presented and cooked perfectly. The lighting, decor and ambience in the restaurant is low lighting with plush seats and has a very romantic feel to it. Such a wonderful and pleasant evening at Solander, Thank you!

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Liana Tran

Restaurant was really beautiful, service was amazing, food was nice :) thank you for having us! Will be back

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Martin Hoang

Thank you, Jewel, for your extremely kind and heartwarming service. You have really enhanced our experience. We have tried Explorer Menu, 7 courses menu, which I cannot complain about at all. Would definitely recommend to visit this restaurant.

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Great food and great staff, would highly recommend

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Dorian Maruda

Solanders always delivers an above and beyond good experience. It is the perfect mix of flavours: ordering some flora and fauna mains gives the most complete night. Thanks to Luca who was, coincidentally, our waiter again, who made the night a laugh and a half!

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Nice venue, pleasant ambience. Only a few diners for lunch. The lunch menu suitable for those who don’t want to over indulge - appealing options, and the food was good. Service was pleasant but ‘missing in action’ at times - hard to fathom given the restaurant was largely empty. This could be improved.

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Paul Mendham

We went for an anniversary dinner on a rainy winter's evening and found it a very enjoyable occasion all round. It was a nice enough location, but nothing special.
The service, however, was outstanding, and the food itself also very good indeed - different, but 'good different'.
Definitely worth a visit, and if it's a First Table early booking there's no reason to put it off!

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Lovely tasty healthy innovative food

Friendly attentive service, thank you

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Had a most memorable time dining at Solander with friends. Luca waited on us and he was most amicable. He recommended the Explorer Menu which took us on a delightful culinary trip through great Aussie food produce. He described each of the six plates that came out which we thoroughly enjoyed. The bottle of Pinot Noir helped too.

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Thu Tat

Thank for for making the night so enjoyable - food was superb & the service fantastic!!
We will be back.

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Beautiful experience !

The food was amazing, the waitress and the barman was really professional.
Good quantity.
It could be a 2 hatted restaurant.
Congratulation to chef David.

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imogen barwick

Great service and wide variety of food.

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Massimiliano Cassano

This restaurant is a gem few people know; the food is exquisite with emphasis on australian local produces and the service is excellent
Daniel is a great host, he will suggest you the best combination that suits your need
Definitely recommended

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Loved the interesting Australian menu and beautifully designed space!

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Yan NI

The food was wonderful, we ate a lot of fish, king fish, salmon ect. The chips were delicious and fantastic service. Pity the band was not there last night.

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Hanna Tingström

The food was very good and the service as well! Highly recommend

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Biljana Petrova-Draskovic

Tasty gourmet food, good wine of the month and attentive service. All over great fine dining experience. Keep up the good quality!

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Excellent food in wonderful atmosphere

Very enjoyable

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Elizabeth Canals

Wonderful dinner. The food was lovely but the service was exceptional. It was my first time using First Table so I was a bit unsure when I approached the staff but they were very welcoming and accommodating and took the time to explain the menu. Very happy with my experience.

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Excellent food. Very good service. Very nice atmosphere.

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Karen Wu

Lovely staff and great food.

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Jade Lindsay

I'm planning my return already. Solander has a lovely set-up, the live music was quality and the food was beautiful.

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Faye Roberts

The menu was very unique and the food was delicious and presented beautifully! The staff were very accommodating and made sure we had a wonderful experience to remember. Highly recommend!

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Quiet ambience for a good chat with your pal. I went there on a Thursday night. I had the Explorer set. All dishes was exquisite and we were too full to finish the last two course. Lovely waitress who were attentive to customers needs.

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The food was delicious and the service was pretty good - I would however like to see more of a wine by the glass selection - it was a bit limited.

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Ella Moore

Had a great time, dinner was delicious. Interesting and different entrees and mains. Found lots of delicious dishes to share between 3 which gave us opportunity to try lots of different dishes.

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Michelle Brindle

Beautiful setting, good service.. highly recommend the salmon entree

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Had a really good experience with my daughter, food was above our expectations and service was very friendly.

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Diana Yoo

It was a very lovely dinner with great service.

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Remy Leonard

Food on the most part was really good, highly recommend the bug. The mussels were a bit flavourless and boring. Oysters really fresh too. It was a little bit too dimly lit for my liking, I couldn’t quite see the intricacies of the food. The Wine menu slightly different to online menu, but on the whole - a good experience.

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andrw clift

Wow, absolutely wow
I initially wanted to try Solander because the menu looked interesting, so many familiar but different dishes (meaning the flora and fauna were familiar but i had never eaten them or eaten them in the ways listed)
but i never expected it to be sooooo good
firstly - sound levels and lighting are fantastic.
there was a live musician but he was situated so that you could hear him well but it wasn't disruptive to normal conversation (he was great btw, absolutely flawless).
the over all lighting is low but there was an individual light at the table and the waiters offered to turn it up if needed.
This place has a very romantic feel to it and would be great for a date if that's your thing.
the staff were exceptional too, very kind and friendly, well informed and attentive without being annoying
and then the food
OMG
we started with the Acacia and Banksia pot bread with black garlic butter
which was lovely and warm, my only criticism would be that the butter wasn't strong enough with the garlic flavours for my liking (but then i eat garlic by the tablespoon so....)
then we went to the mains
I ordered the slow cooked wallaby, my friend ordered the braised pork and we shared a salad of macadamia cheese with rocket, beetroot and glazed pecans, EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT
the serving sizes were excellent and I was thoroughly impressed as often these fancy kind of places are a bit stingy with the food (I like to eat....A Lot!)
I didn't have desert but i am definitely coming back soon to try everything
this was a 10/10 experience and I thoroughly recommend to everyone

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Great experience, the seat we had was in a corner next to the window, felt pretty cozy and private. Our waiter was attentive throughout and recommended a perfect choice of side to go with our mains. The pot bread and charred bugs were full of flavours, for mains we had beef cheek which was cooked very nicely and so was the seared king fish. In the end we were both too full to have any desserts, which gives us an excuse to come back next time!

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Simply beautiful. The service was exceptional; attentive and personable. Enough food to leave satisfied, we had 3 courses and the meat was cooked to absolute perfection - steak and venison rack melted in the mouth. Really well put together menu with enough choice for everyone, definitely recommend leaving room for the dessert!

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Leah Amaazing

Very good food, portions a bit small but we were still full in the end having ordered so many delicious dishes. The venison was the best

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Maria Smolinska

Venue ha a good atmosphere. Food is of good quality and very tasty but service could be more attentive.

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anni haque

We were searching for a restaurant that met our tough brief of great vegan and meat options in a stylish setting with fab service and great vibe. Solander delivered all of this and more in spades.

The environment is warm and inviting with a high end quality fit out and excellent design. A wonderful guitarist played for over two hours and the settled hum of good conversation was a lovely backdrop. Service was impeccable. Luca did a great job looking after us and was a master of knowing when to serve and when to stay away. Food was fresh, innovative and local + 5 star plating up’
Drinks were excellent too. And all other staff were brilliant.

I hope everyone has as good a time as we had at Solander.

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What a fabulous experience at Solander! Our dinner included bugs, oysters, venison, wallaby, chocolate fondant and milo panna cotta, accompanied by some cocktails and wine. The native Australian flavours were wonderful and very welcome. We have such great local ingredients in AUS, and it's fabulous to see them so skilfully used, here. The only negatives in the food were that the slow-cooked wallaby was actually a little dry, albeit very flavoursome, and the chocolate fondant, again brimming with flavour, was not very moist in the middle - it had almost no squishy, saucy centre, as was expected from the menu description. Our waiters were all very knowledgable, friendly and attentive, with the only negative being that they were a little slow with water top-ups - not once did a top-up come without us having to ask. Despite having ordered sparkling water in the first instance, our glasses were subsequently topped up with tap water. One can't overlook the cocktails, which were awesome. We loved the copper coupe in which one of the cocktails was served. So different! Thanks, Solander. We'll be back!

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Tracy Walcot

Used First Table for the first time at Solander. It was great value and fun to be able to try out a new place! We ordered the bread pot and charred bugs, wallaby shank and greens with black garlic. The bread was a little dense, but the mains were very tasty. We waited a long time for mains before we realised they were waiting for us to finish the bread starter! There was so much bread, we didn't know we were expected to finish it all! I was expecting a bright and airy greenhouse look with the botanical themed website and menu, but it was quite dark and subdued, which would suit a romantic date or friendly catch up as it was private and quiet enough for conversation. Would visit again!!!

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George Plastourgos

Good food, however a subdued atmosphere. Dessert we wanted was sold out even though we were the First Table?!

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Great service and amazing food that came out real quick!
Would definitely come back

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The food was good but service was ordinary. Felt that first table booking was being treated differently to other tables.

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Massimiliano Cassano

Innovative menu with native australian produce
Attentive service and nice decor

The Acacia pot bread and chocolate fondant are brilliant!

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The overall experience was good. The starter and the main meals were good but ordinary and unfortunately the desserts were disappointing. The service was good but waiters were not very knowledgeable in terms of menu.

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Solander’s seasonal explorer courses is something special - attuned, less typical, straight up Aussie and elevated. Couldn't think of a better set of botanical cocktails to go with an interesting dining experience! Recommended - very good setting with plenty on offer. Will book again for next season’s courses.

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Great fine dining experience, food were amazing though the service is a little below average.
My daughter loves her beef fillet, hubby had the shanks and I love the venison rack it was cooked to perfection!

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cynthia Lim

The service was amazing. Music and atmosphere great. Thanks for a superb evening. Desert not as good as main course which was great.

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Fantastic fine dining experience. One of the most delicious beef fillet steaks I’ve ever had in my life. Very attentive (yet non-intrusive) service. Highly recommended.

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Had a pleasant meal for 2. There are many dishes on the menu that look interesting and a bit different. I had the venison which was cooked as requested and delicious. Side dishes were a good size and tasty. Wine list is quite good. Service was attentive without being forceful. I would return just to try some moremmof the dishes.

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