Poly

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94 Reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Poly is a walk-in wine bar by Mat Lindsay and the team from Ester.

We take limited reservations at selected times but save the majority of our seats for walk-ins. If you cant find a reservation online please give us a call or walk in!

Bookings are online only, please use the widget to check availability.
What 94 People Are Saying
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TK
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Poly is one of my favourite bars - it has a great cosmopolitan feel but isn't so noisy that you have to shout to be heard. The food is amazing, every ingredient treated with respect and a joy to the palete. The menu changes often enough to keep me returning regularly. Please never take the steak tartare (in any of the wonderful interactions) off the menu - its heaven!

Friendly staff that are attentive but not in your face, reminded us that one diner had a food allergy by checking in. Wonderful wine recommendations and wine list.

Thank you Poly for another great evening.

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CD
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good quick service with good variety food. Drinks not up to expected standard, and expensive.

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BW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

the snacks were wonderful (potato, tartare w crispy cheese....) but the mains were not worth it in my opinion.

good spot for some snacks and wonderful selection of drinks.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very good and excellent service with very knowledgeable staff, however Not as amazing as Ester

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SC
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Very inventive, tasty food, however incredibly overpriced and poor value for money.

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KM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

difficult to get in the front door-tables so close to it
sat next to speaker.....
all dishes were same texture- soft, not chewy, white in colour, a lot of vinegar
we shared 6 dishes but were hungry afterwards

thought a wood fired oven would provide something with more character

and we were not tempted by the desserts

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IG
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If this is where Modern Australia cuisine is heading then give me more ❤️
The whole experience was one I’ll remember till the next time I dine there

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AS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Multiple waiters made us feel over looked & an order was put through by one which we had not ordered, it was a special occasion we were celebrating & we left feeling very underwhelmed.

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BD
Tasmania
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was outstanding. Fantastic, well-priced wine list and a menu that exceeded expectations. The Potato with salted egg yolk is TO DIE FOR

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

The lamb ribs were 95% fat.
Dessert was burnt.
Service lacked detailed knowledge of both the food and drink menus.
Overrated in general.

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HB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Poly was excellent, the food and service were both amazing and we will definitely be back!

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J
1 review
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

Food was expensive but taste was very average. Also couldn't get a wine for under 90, with a single glass being more then a cocktail. Cocktails were more of a shot then a cocktail. We left and went chin chins due to such poor clarity of food and poor wine selection with only selling bottles for 6 times the cost

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We loved it! Lamb ribs and smoked ice cream dessert were winners!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We impromptu went here for dinner the other night and the food was sensational from the beginning to the end. It is a cosy yet stylish venue serving up incredible Italian-esque food that leaves you satisfied and renewed. Delicious!

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the highlights of our 2 week Australia/NZ holiday. A must for foodies traveling to Sydney! Bravo.

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L
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Smoked milk ice cream and perfect service were definitely highlights!

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A
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Booze focused yet best food in Sydney, can’t wait to try Ester

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OT
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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KA
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was melt in your mouth amazing - I'd even order the pigs head terrine again, and I don't usually like terrine!! Wine was delicious as well.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and intimate dining experience. Perfect for a date night!

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A
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was stunning at Poly, the service was attentive and in a cool, elegant and minimalist space. Definitely recommend to dates and small groups. Given the stunning menu and level of service, definitely worth the value.

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NB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Poly is my favourite Sydney restaurant, I could eat here every week. Our waiter Nick made the evening extra-fun, but every bite reminded me of why I keep coming back. The bread is amazing, the crispy potatoes and egg incredible and the desserts to-die-for. Don't eat anywhere else before you come to Poly.

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GP
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a booking and was shown to a table for two. We got lost so we’re a little late but they were fine we were ask wat type of water we would like and the still water was chilled which was wonderful. We were left long enough to decide what we would like to order. The drinks menu is huge with choice of per glass wines and bottles great selection the plates of food are share. We started with the source dough bread rolls which were very nice with a dipping cheese and oil which was wonderful. We also had feta cheese and lamb encrusted ribs wonderful ending with the ice cream which was to die for so delicious. Friendly staff felt at home. Could become a regular Great background music.

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DB
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Wine list was amazing! Thank you for fitting me and my date in - a special one.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely little space with open kitchen. Great service, AMAZING food and wines. We’ll be back!

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MR
Sydney / NSW
9 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Delicious and flavour packed inventive food but some of the servings were extremely small. I know it’s bar food but charge less? Interesting wines - a little pricey. Very slow service to start and hard to attract a waitperson’s attention but staff are lovely and friendly. I think the restaurant might be understaffed. Great place for a glass of wine and a few share plates. Definitely have the house made bread and burrata.

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TK
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every time I have been to Poly it has been exceptional. Wonderful staff and food that is outstanding. It keeps me coming back and its why I chose to celebrate my birthday there. My favourite dish has been the steak tartare - just brilliant. Will be back and introducing as many friends as I can to the Poly experience. Thank you!

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PA
London
28 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Good fun casual night out. A little bit loud but not too much. Food good. Service was fine.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visited Poly on what turned out to be a busy Saturday night. Fantastic service and delicious food. Would strongly recommend for special occasions!

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c
Sydney / NSW
5 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food, everything we ordered was an absolute stand-out. Cannot wait to go back.

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DE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

Nothing special, a very local bar, everyone seemed to know each other, felt out of place and staff didn’t appear interested in checking on us. Wound up with four small plates of food for 130, and we’re still hungry so went to another restaurant for dinner. Their plates are nothing more than appetizers. Not certain who, how or why we wound up here, but not worth the walk or effort to get there. We had so many nice dinners in Sydney, that Poly is definitley a pass.

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S
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time at Poly! We love Ester but we loved Poly maybe just a little more. Food was amazing and the service was first class - friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. We'll be back.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

nice food and staffs

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JH
Sydney / NSW
7 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing wine and food. Loved it. Highly recommend.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal celebrating my wife’s birthday

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M
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A nice spot for a glass of wine and a snack. A perfect date night venue.

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N
London
9 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were excited to go to Poly as we love a good wine bar. The food was tasty and service friendly. The let down was the price of wine and the mark up. A decent bottle was approx $100 and over. We don’t mind paying for a good bottle but don’t expect these prices at a neighbourhood restaurant.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

The menu was just okay we were looking forward to try some of the items from their instagram but apparently it wasn’t available. We had 3 entrees; scallops, enoki & potatoes. The potato with salted egg was worth to try. Mains were just okay we had the oxtail, snapper and steak. Oxtail was the best for us.

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A
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

Overall the dishes were tasty and enjoyable. However, the service was very poor. Firstly we were seated and given menus. No one came to talk us through the menu or how many dishes would be suitable for two people. 20 min after being seated the waiter came over and said “what can I get you?” We then explained we hadn’t been here before so if you could explain how many dishes would be acceptable... we got a very short and blunt response saying “maybe 5 or 4 if you want”. Then he just walked away. Another 10 min he came back and took our order.. we ended up ordering 5 dishes as we were quite hungry however even though the food was delishous we realised we had ordered very rich and heavy dishes. Wish we had some more advice from the waiter as the menu items aren’t very descriptive.
Our location of where we sat was also an issue. We were constantly bumped as people walked past. We also ordered some wine which only came out half way through our meal (even though I saw it sitting on the bar across the room, the waiter just hadn’t brought it over)- the people next to us also had the same issue and had to chase down their bottle.
I think the restaurant could be 5 stars once they sort out the waiters- they are really dragging it down!

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ED
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was fantastic - very tasty, creative but not fussy. Good service, nice atmosphere.

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