Poly

4.5
57 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Modern Australian
Top tags:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Good for a Date
  • Bar Seating
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.
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7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

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DS
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had been looking forward to trying Poly & were not disappointed! We ordered way too much food for two people but could not resist the choices on the menu.
Every dish was well executed, the staff were extremely attentive & the Martini perfect.
I have already recommended my son bring his partner for a ‘date night’!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great place to catchup with friends over a good selection of wine & food. Would definitely come back again!

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LB
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Friendly staff and excellent food. The mark up on the wine is a little high. Overall a pleasurable dining experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was excellent, and ambience was good as well, if a little loud. The meal was let down by the service. Not only was it inattentive, our waiter actually left several times before we had finished speaking to him. All in all it was a great meal and I would definitely come back, but the experience would’ve been rounded out well had the service been up to scratch.

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SB
2 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Poly is a great bar for a drink and some share plates with friends
Good wine list

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PD
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Poly is awesome. It is a true dining experience, something so many restaurants have lost sight off. Wines that compliment food, staff that know the menu and wines, eating that is perfectly paced and food that is dynamic and interesting. Even the dish that may not be to your liking is perfectly ok as this is a dining experience, it’s ok not to like everything.... although you likely will. Thanks poly staff for a perfect afternoon.

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CE
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Highly Recommend. Great atmosphere, food, service and wine.

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E
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

The food and wine were good, but the service was cold at best; it was near-impossible to attract attention of the server to order more drinks and food that it felt like we were being purposefully ignored, making me wonder if it were my being non-white that was offending the waitress. The space is rather claustrophobic with very low ceiling and tables too close to one another. The noise level is almost unbearable. Upon our departure, our server asked if we were staying upstairs - I take that she meant Paramount House Hotel. Maybe the waitress mistook us for tourists and decided not to serve us; who knows? For whichever reason, that kind of service is unjustifiable.

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MF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the variety of food served and our waiting staff were very helpful. It was a very busy night yet we didn't have to wait long at all. the wine was list is excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service, atmosphere and food was sensational. Just got a shock when one of the pepper varieties on the plate of peppers was exceptionally hot for my tastebuds- my partner loved that variety though.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Very cool space. Welcoming. And cool and original drink list. Wines that I have never seen on other wine list. Excellent service and knowledgeable staff. The food however was a little disappointing. Lacking flavours (King Prawns), and the steak (small plate) was tough and hard to chew. The Gouda donut sounded interesting, but was just way too greasy. On the other hand, the best garlic bread that I have ever had and good Kangaroo jerky. Prices are high as well. Would go back for a drink. But not for the food.

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CB
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really good value for a fine dining establishment. Creative menu. Maybe indicate the classic cocktails available.

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d
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

most wait staff were ambivalent, leaned over us to pour wine, serve drinks.
Had to try to catch eye to place orders.
Even when we first sat down all we were asked was did we want water, not anything else like a glass of bubbles etc.
Food was average
Good wine list though most bottles over $100
the female wait staff a the time was very good
best food was the burger
overpriced
id go for a drink and maybe a bar snack again but that would be it

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NH
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu and service. It won’t disappoint. Great spot to forget whatever you don’t like in life.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service from our lovely waitress who made great recommendations of wine and food.

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H
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Had high hopes as a sister restaurant to Ester, but was let down.

- we placed dietary requirements in the reservation, but server wasn't aware
- had to ask for our first drink order
- the potatoes (what we were looking forward to) sold out on a Saturday at 6.30pm (?!). Tables around us had them, we apparently missed out
- an allergen we specified to be excluded came in a dish that was served

I hope this was an exception rather than the rule... but definitely not in the same league as Ester which we love (... albeit at the same price point!)

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DR
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue and food. Amazing service - wait staff were attentive yet relaxed. Highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service food made with care top quality ingredients

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cool wine bar, amazing wine list and good service. Love the concrete vibe. And so close to Golden Age Cinema!

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TP
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved sitting at the bar tasting quite a lot of the menu. Everything was delicious and perfect for 2 to share. Seamless service, a lovely early birthday evening for me with a good friend. Thank you!

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Z
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really great time. Enjoyed everything. Wine list is phenomenal with food to match. Service was discrete but attentive.

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WW
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very different menu and a wine list that really pushes boundaries. Staff are very attentive and knowledgeable. Has a wine bar vibe, but really shines when approached as a multi-course restaurant. Save Poly for when you have a few hours to really push the boat out. Top courses - pig's ear, flatbread, blood pie. I wouldn't order the crudites - beautiful vegetables but condiments eh.

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RV
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

That pipi dish was cray

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting from Melbourne and loved the sister restaurant Ester so I thought I’d give Poly a go! We opted to sit at the bar, the staff were very accommodating and friendly and the menu is short but sweet. All the dishes were delicious and beautifully presented, it was clear that only the best and freshest produce had been used. My only criticism is that it felt a little expensive, but it was definitely worth it. We will definitely be back!

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P
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Great food! Just the service was not wonderful. Staff seemed uninterested. We wanted to order more drinks and they could not see us trying to wave them down, more than once. But the food more than made up for this!

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NN
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome place !

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T
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The murray cod! omg and the Anchovy toast..! seriously good- love the sake list!
Would really like to see more wines by the glass - why not ? Such a good range ; )

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LM
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

Poly’s ‘big sister’ Ester is great. We were hoping that Poly would be of the same ilk. Unfortunately, both the food and service were underwhelming.
The food was over salted and there really wasn’t any cohesion in the dishes. They looked good, but were fairly plain in taste. The fish was not cleaned properly and part of it had a very unpleasant taste.
The staff were friendly, but took a long time to take our order and serve our dishes- were saw them ready at the pass, but they were there for quite a while.

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S
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Foods there are wonderful, however, the service was not very desirable. i always need wait long to be serviced . the waitress attitude was good that is why i still end up with tipping her.

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b
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Thanks for a great meal! Would definitely recommend to friends. Easy going atmosphere with good food.

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k
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Incredibly tasteful and well articulated menu and wine list. Love the open fire cooking. Expected the service would be a touch less casual or perhaps more intuitive and suggestive, but great nevertheless. Will be back!

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MP
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food wine and knowledgeable service. Would recommend this to anyone who wanted a great experience with great value for money

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T
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding
Came here for a birthday and did not disappoint, staff were friendly and after the back of visiting ester many times and loving it, poly did not fall off the mark or reputation of ester and i would easily say it was on par
Great times

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, fabulous wine list and attentive service. Thumbs up.

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MR
3 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service, good wine options, delicious food!!

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JW
6 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We came as a party of 7 and were incredibly impressed. Having been a huge fan of Ester we wanted to see if Poly was in the same league - and it certainly was! we asked our waitress to "just feed us" which she did brilliantly.
We had a couple of UK guests with us from London and they were too very impressed.

Without question we will be back ...however whilst I recognise that Poly is a wine bar - please could a few more choices of beer be offered!?

Congratulaitons on a superb dining experience with outstanding unique food

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V
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great wine list especially natural wine lovers. Amazing food for a wine bar too. Will definitely be back

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