Cuisine: Modern Australian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35+
Ranked: #6 of 95 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: #6 of 95 restaurants in Sydney 6
Solander Dining & Bar
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Mains: $25 - $35+

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Jack Williams

Food was divine!!

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Josie Clarke

Excellent service, beautiful food. Thank you

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What a wonderful evening!!!

Hadn't heard about this restaurant until we found it on the First Table website, but the reviews were good, so we thought we would give it a try. It was to celebrate my mum's 70th birthday, and we all had such a lovely night. The food is amazing, as was the service - would highly recommend.

And if you like dessert, be sure to try the Crack Pie - omg, delicious!!!

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Robyn Borrusos

Really interesting menu, beautifully presented and great tasting. A very special night out. Thanks

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Jessica Norman

The restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner or fine dining celebration. The decor is moody sheike and the service was impeccable.
The highlight was definitely the food. My goodness. It is the kind of food you only experience a few times in your life.
We had the pork belly, beef fillet, venison and salmon main dishes. Absolutely beautiful experience!

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Outstanding ambience, great food and wonderful hospitality. This is a great ‘undiscovered’ gem.

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Kym Berry

Beautiful food, ambience was fabulous. Finally, a restaurant where we could hear each other, even with soft music playing in the background. Was so easy to get to with the Wilson parking across the road. We were ‘First Table’ customers, and I appreciated that ‘First’ Table was for 7pm as never would have made it before that. In fact, it was only reason why I chose it, but was so very happy I did. Excellent in every way.

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Lian Yiow

Have been wanting to come here for some time to try a menu that looked refreshingly different. Happy to say it lived up to my expectations and I really loved it. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful, and the flavours fresh and unique. I liked the restaurant although for some the view of the street might not be their cup of tea. Will definitely return and I highly recommend it.

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Dan Allen

Very interesting menu with a wide range of unique dishes - and the staff were very helpful with their suggestions of what to order - delicious! Thanks

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The service was excellent. Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the food and menu. The food itself was delicious and the restaurant was beautifully decorated providing a fine dining experience. Highly recommend

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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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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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Fay Petrou

I had driven past this restaurant a few times in the last month and thought to myself that it looks fabulous. So I was pleasantly surprised when I realised that this was the restaurant I had booked on First Table.
Absolutely fabulous ambiance, service and food. I eat out at least 3 to 4 times a week and there are very few restaurants I have not been to in this city. I have become increasingly disappointed with the quality of food and prices in this town. So what a pleasant surprise this place is. The food was top quality, prepared with genuine talent. The chicken parfait was excellent, as was the gin cured salmon. Our mains were the beef fillet cooked to perfection with thick-cut chips (not those ridiculous fries that most places have). The service from the staff was outstanding.
It is located in the new Hilton Boutique Hotels. The decor is superb.
This restaurant deserves to become one of Sydney’s notables. I highly recommend this.

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Louise Kennedy

Solander has it all! Chic, mid-century decor, delicious cocktails and decadent food!

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Angela Silberberg

Had dinner here the other night for a family celebration. The food was amazing and catered to everyone's tastes (some of us vege and others dedicated meat eaters). Everyone enjoyed their meals and desserts. Would definitely come back.

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Lovely meal. The mains were very nice and the serving sizes are generous without being over the top. The sides and bread starters are phenomenal.
Service was great. We were a little disappointed that they have a policy that we couldn't take leftovers away with us... but mostly because the food was so delicious that we didn't want to leave anything behind.

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Steph Downs

Had never heard of Solander before, saw it on FirstTable and decided to give it a go, it was a win and worth paying $10 for the 50% voucher. I'm vegan and usually struggle to find delicious mains to eat at nice restaurants but there was a whole veg selection, the gnocchi was amazing! My partner enjoyed the pork and we shared a few sides, the warrigal greens were awesome and we had a couple of cocktails that went down a treat - they were better then the ones we got at Shangri-La later on in the night, that were double the price. Staff were super friendly and accommodating, we'll be back!

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Evelyn Sherwood

Delicious food and outstanding service by attentive staff. Our dining experience was enhanced by live music on a Friday night and happy hour drinks. Will definitely like to return here again. Thank you for a delicious meal.

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Jack Williams

Food was divine!!

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Second time come to this place. Great food and service.Had a great time with friends!

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Josie Clarke

Excellent service, beautiful food. Thank you

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What a wonderful evening!!!

Hadn't heard about this restaurant until we found it on the First Table website, but the reviews were good, so we thought we would give it a try. It was to celebrate my mum's 70th birthday, and we all had such a lovely night. The food is amazing, as was the service - would highly recommend.

And if you like dessert, be sure to try the Crack Pie - omg, delicious!!!

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Yung Duong

Great food and service.

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My second time in this restaurant. The food was excellent, same as the service. The chocolate acacia fondant was not quite okay, but the chef was willing to make us a new one within 15 minutes. Great service.

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Robyn Borrusos

Really interesting menu, beautifully presented and great tasting. A very special night out. Thanks

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A lovely surprise!! Excellent and original food, good service, and a warm and smart ambiance. We'll be back soon.

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Excellent. Food was outstanding across the board.

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Ronald Choi

Highly recommended - high quality food and service was exceptional.

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Great meal in a lovely restaurant.

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Sozon Smith

It was agreat experience start to finish! The ambience is great, the service is beautiful and understated and the food was amazing! The best steak and the mussel starter was delicious. The entree portions are particularly generous. I was so full that I could not do dessert, which is the only thing I was disappointed about! ha!

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Thabata Andrade

Good food and service. Just the gnocchi wasn`t too tasty, but all the other dishes excellent.

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Attentive service. Great decor and love the life music present on friday night.
Entree great. Had the fresh gin infused salmon. Mains where good and dessert was awesome. Would recommend a visit.

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Jessica Norman

The restaurant is perfect for a romantic dinner or fine dining celebration. The decor is moody sheike and the service was impeccable.
The highlight was definitely the food. My goodness. It is the kind of food you only experience a few times in your life.
We had the pork belly, beef fillet, venison and salmon main dishes. Absolutely beautiful experience!

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Amazing customer service, beautiful food and a lovely atmosphere!

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Food is excellent. Nice atmosphere. Good place for fine dining. Lovely desserts as well!

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Dining at Solander was incredible; the food was delicious, the atmosphere was tangible and the service was friendly and sincere - looking forward to dining back here again!

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Heidi Smithers

Fantastic food experience. Would highly recommend.

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Outstanding ambience, great food and wonderful hospitality. This is a great ‘undiscovered’ gem.

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Kym Berry

Beautiful food, ambience was fabulous. Finally, a restaurant where we could hear each other, even with soft music playing in the background. Was so easy to get to with the Wilson parking across the road. We were ‘First Table’ customers, and I appreciated that ‘First’ Table was for 7pm as never would have made it before that. In fact, it was only reason why I chose it, but was so very happy I did. Excellent in every way.

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Linda

I wanted my friends who were visiting Sydney from overseas to taste food that was uniquely Australian and Solander didn't disappoint. The food was delicious (especially the Wallaby shanks) and the service was great too. I highly recommend the restaurant if you're looking for something a bit different.

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Tia Mahajan

Had the pleasure of dining at Solander with my partner as part of his 30th birthday celebration and we were not disappointed! Luca, our waiter, was excellent and so patient with us as we took our time deciding through the delicious menu. $10 for half a kilo of mussels was more than a bargain and the dessert was delish. Mains were cooked to perfection (we got fish and beef) and you could tell that the chef knew exactly what he was doing. Ambience is perfect- sophisticated, well spaced and just beautiful. Will go back with First Table for sure!

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Lian Yiow

Have been wanting to come here for some time to try a menu that looked refreshingly different. Happy to say it lived up to my expectations and I really loved it. The presentation of the dishes was beautiful, and the flavours fresh and unique. I liked the restaurant although for some the view of the street might not be their cup of tea. Will definitely return and I highly recommend it.

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Giuseppe Lauria

Food and quality of service excellent , but bit slow service and main portion a bit too small for the price .
But overall enjoyed of the dinner.

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Brilliant food. Restaurant owner obviously understood the theme meat and vegetable and celebrated in an amazing way. Well done to the team

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Good : Oysters are very nice, Quiet and good ambiance specially girls catch up.
Bad : Service, Over cooked fish

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Dan Allen

Very interesting menu with a wide range of unique dishes - and the staff were very helpful with their suggestions of what to order - delicious! Thanks

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The service was excellent. Staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable of the food and menu. The food itself was delicious and the restaurant was beautifully decorated providing a fine dining experience. Highly recommend

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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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