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5.2 /6 Excellent 73 Reviews


Waterloo Vietnamese $$ +100
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About So9

So9 has to be one of the most tastefully done of Sydney’s many modern Vietnamese joints. Paying tribute to the steam, smells, sounds and tastes of Vietnamese street food, So9 has created an atmosphere where the kitchen and the food feels not like some external, foreign entity, but something connected to the space and the diners; there is hustle and bustle but also comfort and calm, and amongst it all is some of the best banh beo, banh cuon, banh xeo, bun bo hue and pho dac biet you could find in Australia. So9 is one not to skip in Waterloo.

Opening Hours

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday 09:30 - 15:00, 17:30 - 22:00
So9, Danks Street 18, 2017 Sydney

Further Information

Vietnamese cuisine is varied, vibrant and eating together is considered a very important part of life in this Southeast Asian culinary paradise. It’s also not unusual to find the best food at street stalls set up in marketplaces or by the side of the road. In fact, that’s exactly the focus at So9, a beautiful Vietnamese restaurant where diners order their food from dedicated stands, depending on what type of Asian delicacy they happen to fancy. This is a gem of Sydney. It’s a light-filled space in Waterloo with a creative layout and pale wooden furnishings both avant garde and humble. On Danks Street, it’s also very popular and certainly receives serious cool points as something in between an art gallery and a hawker centre. Style and substance in abundance – that’s the best way to describe So9.

But even tastier than its decor is the food. Vietnamese food is all about freshness and zing. It always packs a punch but perhaps the best thing about it is that you can eat so much of it and never feel bloated. The menu at So9 is therefore perfect. Try soupy Pho noodles, crispy banh xeo pancakes or rice paper rolls. This is some of the best Vietnamese food in all of Sydney, never mind Waterloo. Reserve your table now.


73 Reviews

5.2 /6 Excellent 73 Reviews
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
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Cassius N.
2 reviews so far 6
19.08.2017 01:13

Consistently fresh, superb quality food. Really delicious and well-priced. Service is professional and friendly. The Shaken Beef is so addictive, as are their desserts. Why go anywhere else????

Roslyn J.
1 review so far 6
18.08.2017 22:37

It has great food, service and friendly people. And it's heaven for people with coeliacs - nearly everything on the menu is gluten free. Soft shell crab is my favourite.

David I.
2 reviews so far 6
06.08.2017 02:11

Great food, very fresh, authentic. The menu offers a wide range of dishes from quite spicy to not spicy at all. The booth style seating is lovely too, you are in your own world quite separated from other diners. Very friendly staff.

Jenny Y.
2 reviews so far 6
16.07.2017 08:23

Great food and quick to come out. Fast service - got the mock duck and beef pho and both were great! Check this place out for delicious Vietnamese.

Basilia D.
1 review so far 6
10.11.2016 22:25

Delicious food, beautiful interiors and great service! It was very handy to see photos of the specials on an iPad/phone when the waitress presented them to us and they were SO good by the way! Staff were flexible with us as we had to push back our booking, and the space reserved for us was also really great as we had a booking of 9, so the private space toward the back was very much appreciated by all. Thanks for a great time So9!

Peter M.
1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 04:11

Nothing to fault at SO.9 in Danks Street Alexandria. 6pm booking on a Thursday, easy parking on street (but there is the option of undercover parking in the building, 90 minutes free). Great presentation of the restaurant (they just won an international award for restaurant design). Interesting range of dishes, well sorted on the menu. Green Papaya & beef salad is a knockout, perfect little heat bite from some chilli in the sweet,sour, tangy dressing - mmmmm ! Generous serves for sharing plates, ranging from $15-22 a plate - 4 of us had either a beer (Ha Noi lager) or a boutique alcoholic Ginger Beer, we were very well satisfied for $188 for 4 of us - great value IMHO - we will definitely return !

dex c.
1 review so far 6
06.05.2017 23:31

So9 was soGood! Best pho I've had in a long time. And what an elegant decor! The staff were also very patient and helpful with the menu and providing our kids with kid-friendly bowls and cutlery without needing to be prompted. Will most definitely go back again.

ewan b.
2 reviews so far 5
02.07.2017 08:06

Parking is non-existent, so you'll need to have one person run in to get it while the other drives around the block, but it's worth the hassle, so i always pass by this place and everyone i ask say its "just okay" so it was place i always wanted to eat but always on the back burner. So i finally went it and was immediately greeted with a genuine hello and was helped promptly. Our gang had a great time with super-fresh food that tasted organic, place was clean and they served up the treats real quick with a smile!

Jeff S.
1 review so far 5
03.03.2017 21:34

So9 is one of my favorite modern Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney. The food is great with a good variety on offer yet not overwhelming. I had the pork belly which is sweet and juicy. A generous serve of tender pork belly with boiled egg, rice and salad.

Nick C.
7 reviews so far 6
12.10.2016 23:40

I have been a regular diner at So9 for some time now and I am always pleased with my meal, the service and atmosphere. It is consistent, innovative and interesting in its approach to a fresh, high quality product.

sally p.
1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 21:57

Had a fantastic night at So9. The food was terrific. Beautiful flavours and very fresh. And the lady Maitre'D was fantastic. Attentive, informative, gave wonderful recommendations and helped us navigate the menu. Will definitely be back.

Tess L.
1 review so far 6
19.09.2016 09:02

We loved our dinner at So9, 4 adults and 2 kids. Great service, great space and delicious healthy food! Kids had chicken and rice which was good to have a plan option.

Genevieve B.
1 review so far 6
26.10.2016 00:30

The atmosphere is light and breezy, we had a table in a quiet area and the food was delishious. The staff were charming and helpful. We weren't rushed and the dishes were perfectly timed so we were able to savour everything. There was a large table next to us, yet spaced well so there was no noise interference. Will definitely return.

Janelle M.
1 review so far 6
01.07.2017 22:49

We love So9, that's why we come back again and again! Fantastic, fresh, tasty food. Fabulous, friendly accomodating service every time! Thanks for having us!!!

Vicky T.
1 review so far 5
18.03.2017 01:09

So9 offers great food in a comfortable and funky setting. Seating is perfect without feeling too close to the next table. Service is prompt without intrusion. Fresh and tasty food

Jenny Q.
1 review so far 6
30.12.2016 08:41

Fantastic food in a great atmosphere. A modern take on Vietnamese food without losing any authenticity. Service was great and it was very kid friendly which was a huge plus. I've been previously for a girls night out too and it was just as great.

Lilian Z.
1 review so far 5
10.05.2017 22:39

Excellent service and range of food! Decor is also exceptional. We had the pork/prawn salad, lemon grass beef rolls, combination pho and the clay pot ling. Good amount of food between two people. Refined flavours, only slightly more expensive than places like cabramatta but much more convenient location and better overall food experience.

Kim T.
1 review so far 3
08.06.2017 23:01

Pleasant atmosphere with great decor. Unfortunately my friend had to wait 15 minutes for her drink after I had already been given mine and I had to wait another 10-15 minutes for my meal after my friend had received hers (my meal arrived 40 minutes after we'd ordered). The food was underwhelming, I had ordered caramelised pork belly and received what looked like braised pork, whilst my friends sugarcane prawns looked and tasted like chicken. Was disappointing as it is a good atmosphere

Jess S.
1 review so far 6
26.02.2017 07:53

Dinner was absolutely delicious and the restaurant had a great atmosphere and was perfect for dinner with a group of friends! The Pho deserves a special mention as does the bun and rice paper rolls! We will definitely be back!

steph s.
3 reviews so far 6
07.08.2016 01:53

We highly enjoyed this restaurant, food was amazing and of expected quality and taste, service was fast and appropriate for how busy they were. Atmosphere was fantastic, really well designed. So happy we decided to come.

Emma C.
1 review so far 6
29.03.2017 01:38

The food was delicious, good service, and they were very accommodating in relation to dietary requirements (we ordered vegan dishes). Very nice ambiance. Parking can sometimes be a problem but was good on a Friday night

Nick C.
7 reviews so far 5
30.10.2016 20:03

Slower than usual service with this visit has prompted a slightly lower rating than previous reviews. It was a busy night but there should have been more staff to compensate. The meal was, as usual, very good,

Melissa B.
1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 21:34

The place was inexpensive, and the food was great. Friendly staff, who didn't bother you. The homemade lemonade was delicious! We went for lunch, and we'll definitely be back again.

Amy W.
1 review so far 6
29.09.2016 00:24

Food was great!! So was the service, will definitely be back to try some more lovely food on the menu! Make sure you try the lychee watermelon and mint slushee!

Andrew M.
1 review so far 2
17.05.2017 22:41

Uninspiring food in a clean and simple restaurant. The glass fronted kitchen let's you watch while your food is being prepared. The food lacked a lot of flavour which surprised us. We ordered a duck salad which had a rather bland and watery dressing. Our rare beef salad didn't have a lot of meat and the rice paper rolls lacked flavour. The rolls were incredibly large and seemed to be filled mainly with Vermicelli noodles. Smaller rolls with less noodles and more filling would had improved our rating.

Prescilla W.
1 review so far 5
04.06.2017 09:55

The food is excellent... The service is fine but some of the waiters sometimes look frustrated when serving you. You can't ask too much from them. Overall it is still a great place to go!

Nick C.
7 reviews so far 6
24.08.2016 23:49

Once again a lovely meal in a fabulous little local that has just turned one this week. I can't get enough of this restaurants fresh, innovative and delicious food.

Sandra L.
1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 04:00

Great, innovative Vietnamese food. Sales are light and tasty, betel leaf beef is especially good. Generous servings. Even the deserts are unusual and very nice And not expensive.

Johanna E.
1 review so far 6
16.01.2017 20:18

So good! Food was amazing- fresh, authentic and very tasty. Staff were professional and polite. Atmosphere was trendy and modern. A great date night or friend meet location!

Peter M.
1 review so far 6
14.09.2016 22:34

Very relaxed environment with good menu of delicious Vietnamese food. Service was great. For those with kids, the 5.30pm opening time for dinner is also a winner.

Rod T.
1 review so far 5
19.12.2016 01:35

Great food & decor. Excellent list of specials offered. Only downfall on this occasion was the service which was a little erratic. My third visit and has been consistently good each visit.

Sam C.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 01:28

This place is brilliant. Tasty food with attentive staff in a casual setting. Small menu makes choices easy and make sure you ask about the deserts.

Lindy M.
1 review so far 6
03.11.2016 04:05

Perfection! The Staff were knowledgeable on menu, good selection of specials, decor and ambience great, beverage and cocktail list and food sensational. Will definitely go back!

Matt F.
1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 22:09

Great interior design and very tasty food, if you like it hot go for the spicy beef noodles. The salt and pepper cuttlefish was also delicious.

grace L.
2 reviews so far 6
16.11.2016 01:41

Generous portion size. Service was good. Very fresh food. Delicious beef pho, prawn rolls and salads.. Will definitely return soon.. Must book early on the weekends😁😁

Maryam A.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 01:40

We always have a wonderful experience here. The service is always polite and prompt. Order their pho and you can't go wrong with their daily specials!

Monique D.
1 review so far 6
03.07.2016 22:48

Great food & friendly service for a local restaurant - menu offered variety and there were specials. Food was enjoyable and fresh - worth a visit.

Tony M.
1 review so far 5
26.02.2017 01:53

Nice service, mod decor, very well presented and prepared food. Will certainly return. Main courses are generous for the price point- all in all a great experience without breaking the bank

Kennedy T.
1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 07:55

love this place so much!!! they always have great service and food, wish it was closer to where I live. Would definitely go back there

katie l.
1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 21:42

Great Vietnamese in the South East. The pancakes are amazingly fresh and crunchy. Pho was good too but a bit small. Would definitely go back

Amelia F.
1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 21:42

Lovely meal , not too busy on a Sunday night. Don't miss the desserts! Only slight negative table next to us had two noisy kids.

Nick C.
7 reviews so far 6
22.07.2016 23:46

Extremely good dining. Fresh, Innovative menu with friendly and knowledgeable service. Small but adequate wine list. Can't wait to go back and try more dishes.

Nick C.
7 reviews so far 6
04.08.2016 22:08

Once again a delightful meal with fantastic, well informed service. The specials were what made the meal for me. Can't wait to go back again.

Sophie w.
1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 00:28

second time to eat at So.9. Always impressed with the incredible food. So delicious. Friendly service as usual. Highly recommend this restaurant. a must try!

Kelly W.
1 review so far 6
26.01.2017 22:08

Very good food, our waiter was excellent also. I would love a few more vegetarian options, but the ones they do have were very tasty.

Thomas K.
1 review so far 6
13.05.2016 21:52

I love this place so much. The food is amazing. The service is very good. It is reasonably priced So healthy, so good, so 9!

Helen W.
1 review so far 5
27.06.2017 23:04

We really enjoyed it. It is a great place, with delicious food. Don't miss the eggplant starter but I don't think you could go wrong ordering anything on the menu.

steph s.
3 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 02:02

We love coming here. The beef noodle soup is incredible. Our favourite for Saturday night dinner, especially with the good selection of wines & cocktails

Aaron M.
2 reviews so far 5
13.08.2017 22:58

Environment was cute (and very millennial). Service was generally prompt and attentive. Food was lovely - standouts were the crispy and fluffy banh mi bread and bo bia ngot

Jennifer M.
2 reviews so far 5
19.11.2016 20:09

Excellent food and interiors Would love music to be a bit louder for the vibes . But overall it's great, great value for money. Ask for the veggie pho