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Cuisine: Argentinian, Tapas/Small Plates
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $25

The Polo Bar & Restaurant is the perfect setting afternoon aperitifs and delicious shared plates.

Being a laid-back sanctuary, it is a great venue to relax or catch up with friends.

Sit by the fire, enjoy the sunny outdoor areas or partake in a game of croquet.

Inspired by Argentinian cuisine, The Polo offers a menu of various sharing plates of selected meats, smoked and chargrilled for a unique flavour.

Delicious vegetarian dishes are also on the menu.

Check in often as the menu changes regularly so we can use the freshest local ingredients to create our mouth-watering dishes.

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The Polo Bar & Restaurant
Hotel Montreal
363 Montreal St
Christchurch

Open Hours:
All day, everyday

Phone: 03 943 8547

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The Polo Bar & Restaurant
Cuisine: Argentinian, Tapas/Small Plates
Mains: $15 - $25

Reviews

Jayne Bradbury

If I could rate this restaurant a 10 I would.

The food was exceptional (the prawns in particular were some of the best we have ever had) and the service from all the staff was fantastic. The venue was outstanding, there is the option to sit outside (under the large umbrellas) or inside near the bar.

When we arrived, they were expecting us and took us straight to our table (even greeted me by name before I had even spoken.
We ordered 5 tapas and they all came out together on a board, presentation was outstanding but the flavours were just incredible.

We would never have chosen The Polo Bar as a dinner option if it wasnt for First Table, and we are now planning our next dinner there as it was just so good.

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Lovely ‘feel’ to the polo bar. You felt instantly welcome and comfortable . All the staff were very attentive and anticipating your needs. The option of a main or tapas is great. The 2 guys had mains, their wives had 3 tapas to share, all followed by delectable desserts, of course!! Next time will linger and relax on the couch by the fire.Will definitely be back.

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Mary O'Leary

We were attended to by the lovely Patrick. The food was excellent, particularly the slow cooked lamb with the pasta - outstanding. We shared a variety of plates; I had the set menu which was paired with wines. The wine pairings were excellent - constructive criticism is to train staff about these wines, as they are worth talking about. The dessert of bite sized treats were indeed a treat, can't wait to come back.

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It was our first experience of Argentinian food and first time dining with tapas as a group. We all loved the flavours and textures and thoroughly reccomend this restaurant as a great place to share a meal. The atmosphere was lovely and the fire helped us feel comfortable. The service was friendly and attentive. We are looking forward to dining in the courtyard in the summertime.

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Fantastic experience great staff delicious food beautiful scenery great parking...will definitely go again

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

A great experience- Patrick (our waiter) was very attentive. Knew just the right time to come and serve us. Thank you Patrick.
Started off with breads and dips and for once we had plenty of topping to put on the breads - delicious.
I had the lamb rump with roasted veges and it was superb, beautifully cooked to my request. My partner had the T-bone with broccoli

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We loved this place it's immaculate and the styling of the restaurant is classy and unique. The food was delicious and we couldn't fault the food or the very friendly service when we went for dinner. The outdoor table area and immaculate lawn area were very well set up and we look forward to going back
It will be lovely when we go back on a summer's day.
Would highly recommend this place if you want a high end experience. Also, recommend the salmon and the churro for dessert. The tapas looked amazing too. They came out on a long board.

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Farrel Foster-Lynam

Lovely friendly service and great food.
The Queso platter in particular is varied, delicious and generously sized

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Luis Leh

Wonderful experience as expected! Food was great and the service was exceptional!

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Dan McCormick

Great service, advised us of the options, which proved to be perfect, we shared 4 tapas, which were all good.
First visit to the Polo Bar, which has a great atmosphere, small, but cosy on a wet winter night.
The outdoor area looks to be a good spot for the summer. We'll be back.

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Toni Harris-Daw

From stepping into the warmth of the room to feeling the warmth of the friendly staff, albeit on a cold rainy night in Christchurch we got excited. We ordered 6 dishes for 3 of us and the presentation was first class. The variety of choices made you want to order everything. I love their sommelier who makes a mean brandy and dry!

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Jennifer Horsburgh

Nice welcome on arrival. Great advice on food and quantities needed. Food arrived in a timely manner and was delicious. Restaurant was not too busy and had several groups coming and going over the time we were there. Everything felt clean and well maintained.
We have already decided what we will be having when we return to hit the starters and desserts! Thank you for a lovely evening celebrating my daughter's birthday.

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Servers Patrick & Sophie were wonderful & made our dining experience very memorable
I urge anyone to have a cocktail as they are amazing
The food is delicious & presentation is excellent
We all finished with the fabulous desserts

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ALWAYS exceptional. Food is delicious. The atmosphere is calm, quiet and friendly. We appreciate efforts to move us in and out quickly as we requested.

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Leonie Cowen-Willis

Wow Wow and Wow. I cannot believe we hadn't been here before, it is AMAZING. We were served by Alex who provided excellent service. We had the big platter which was exceptional. The meat on it was to die for and our friends had a selection of tapas which comes out on a long wooden board. Finished off with Churros. Would highly recommend this place. Will definitely go back soon

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We enjoyed the food and the service here. We went for the light Tapas menu-3 between my husband and I. They were tasty and a good light meal. Our daughter is dairy free and they were adaptable with food options for her dessert while also having DF and GF options on their menu.

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Exceeded our expectations in every way. The food tasted amazing and there was plenty of it and the service was attentive without being claustrophobic.

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Kerry Wood

A fantastic experience, Alex, the restaurant manager was charming and very attentive, chef went over and above with the chilli squid, it was DELICIOUS! Very well presented and a fabulous ambience. Would definitely recommend

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Lache Glintmeyer

We absolutely loved our dining experience the food was fantastic, waiters were very attentive, kind and funny. We will definitely be heading back to enjoy more of the delicious menu.
Matt and Lache

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Simeon Whyle

The food was INCREDIBLE! Super nice staff too . Will be back!

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I arrived a few minutes before my companion, was shown to a table and served with sparkling waster to my taste. While I was consulting the menu my nephew arrived and we were treated to a wonderful meal, served with style. The eye fillet of beef was done to both our tastes, the vegetables were cooked to perfection and the side dishes were just the right choice. We opted for dessert and an Irish coffee to finish off. All in all a great experience and would go back again when able.

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Really great and freshly made food. We got a plate with several smaller plates on it and the food was amazing. We enjoyed our food outside on the terrace which was really good. The staff was very friendly and overall a very good experience. They are situated in a quit area just outside the busier streets, so nornally I probably would not have found if it weren’t for first table.

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Rosemary Collins

Wonderful dinner at the Polo Bar. Our party of three decided to go with the tapas and had 8 delicious plates, every one a winner. Such mouthwatering bites of deliciousness. The wait staff were very good and attentive. An interesting selection of drinks and we ended the evening with affogato. We will return for another taste of Argentina.

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We have two young children so a portable highchair was strapped to one of the chairs for our 14 month old & an inspired kids menu was presented to our 6 year old. The kids menu was 3 courses - vegetable skewer entree; a choice of 5 mains; a choice of 2 desserts - what a brilliant change from chicken nuggets etc that other restaurants offer! It was a lot of food for our 6 year old but highly recommend, loved it.
The staff were very attentive without being intrusive & seemed to genuinely enjoy talking to our kids, particularly the 14 month old who was enjoying the breadsticks more than a teething rusk, the staff told us they’re handmade by the Head Chef and a generous helping of them came with our sharing platter of Salamis & prosciutto. We had a lovely, relaxed dinner with excellent quality food and will definitely return.

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This is a great venue on a warm summer night - sun shining in,doors open and the option of dining outside.
The lamb dishes and the steak were cooked as requested. The vegetables and salads offered as sides were very tasty and the perfect match for the dishes concerned. Excellent service from Olivia from the time we arrived.
Recommended!

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This was a great place to eat at. While it was quite noisy the night we were there, the staff were really lovely, the place looked really nice and the food was super tasty! If I come back to Christchurch, I would definitely eat here again.

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Bob Miller

This is a hidden gem - so I shouldn't be putting this out there as others will start to go as well.
Very cool tapas type food, served in the Argentinian tradition on a long wooden board. The pork sliders were popular and the braised beef croquettes were unusual and hit the spot. The roasted vege dish was great too.
But the real outstanding feature of the Polo bar is the service - attentive but not overbearing, polite and professional. The staff have limited technical skills (tray carrying and the like) but they have the attitude that makes the evening.
Oh and I loved the cloth napkins too :)

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The Polo Bar and Restaurant has a lovely, intimate atmosphere. We went with the Argentinian vibe and ordered steak which was cooked to perfection with delicious crispy potatoes and a side of tomato and capsicum salad. The dessert menu looked great but we didn't have any room after our mains, so opted for coffee. The service was faultless. Thanks to First Table for introducing us to this restaurant!

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Valerie Parrott

We were greeted by friendly staff and treated to exceptionally good service, as we were the only customers, which is the good part of being first table. Our food was beautifully cooked and presented. The staff checked that we were warm enough and happy with our meals without being overbearing. We will definitely go back to The Polo Bar again and recommend it to friends and family. 10 out of 10.

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Rodger Hewitt

This is now the second time dining here with first table and am still yet to fault them on their service. The food has been top class and will happily book here again

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Raewyn Brice

This was the first time we had used First Table and though it was an early time to dine it was great to have a quiet and relaxing restaurant to be able to talk and enjoy our time with friends. The service was excellent and the food perfect. Everything was just lovely and we would definitely return. Thanks Polo Bar and First Table.

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Michelle Malone

Great sharing plate options, delicious and lovely restaurant to dine in or outside.

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A fabulous dining experience, the food and the service could not be faulted. It was a superb evening.

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Nice atmosphere, helpful friendly staff and a great menu. It was hard to decide what to have. Food was lovely and cooked perfectly. I’d love to go back with a small group.

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Don McCormack

This is a real favourite Restaurant for us with a great atmosphere both inside and outside where the layout is substantial and very well set up for outdoor dining or just a casual drink or two.
We were seated inside and had a delightful Kiwi girl looking after us and she was very good indeed, a great role model for other service staff elsewhere to emulate.
We are fast becoming fond of The Tapas style of eating which opens the door to trying new dishes and cuisines.
This was not our first visit to the Polo Bar and Restaurant and it certainly won't be the last and we will bring friends and Family back to enjoy this classy place.

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Marty Sun

Very good value for the food, steaks cooked perfectly (not many can do it right ) deserts are great must try their barley ice cream, so good

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Craig Muller

First time dining here and we couldn’t fault anything food was tasty staff were good would definitely return

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We ordered the excellent recommendations by our waiter which we thoroughly enjoyed. Wine and beer were a bit expensive though .

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We had a wonderful evening. Alex had a great knowledge of dishes that could be adapted to become gluten-free as well as those marked gf. Great selection of tapas. We had patatas bravas, croquettes, empanadas, prawns and the surprising standout dish - roasted veges. Looking forward to returning and trying some more dishes.

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Great dining experience all round - the food, the service and the location. Love this restaurant

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Abi Maria

This is my second time at The Polo and it was even better the second time. The food is amazing and fresh and the service is outstanding, very accommodating. Will be back for sure !

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Lovely lunch with a good range of share plates. Service was friendly and efficient.

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Jo Kuta

We came for tapas before an event and the food was delicious, came out super fast. Loved the big platter and the chicken. Would love to come back when we have more time. Great to see kids menus with real food on it

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Ashleigh Rea

Quick and easy stop for a pre show feed. Lovely service, delicious looking menu but we were all dressed up so only had a few tapas.

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Great service, food and overall experience. Highly recommend!

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Keri Hodgman

Service and food quality were consistently excellent. Recommended.

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Peace and quality! Decor, music, indoor-outdoor flow ad five-star service made this a delight. Food-wise they diligently and pleasantly accommodated our quirky restrictions, still coming up with a great meal. An absolute treat all round.

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Sarina Towers

Excellent service - so friendly! Food was great but not quite 10/10

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Beccy Thwaite

Absolutely gorgeous food. The waiter helped guide us towards the perfect amount of food to share between the two of us. We got 4 tapas and it was the perfect amount, came out on a cool sharing board - made for a great photo! Kept our water glasses full with iced water and which was great in the heat. The outdoor seating was great with umbrellas to keep the sun out of our faces. Fab experience!

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Jo Twohig

Wonderful setting sitting outside for drinks and tapas then we went inside for our main meal. Food very tasty and staff attentive and helpful. Will definitely be back

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Rebecca Gilbert

Great meal and very good service thanks.

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Very professional service, and happy to help with any questions regarding the menu and dietary requirements. Lovely Tapas served on beautiful boards, and the chefs seafood creation was sensational.

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Cherie Pope

We had a very enjoyable meal here. The food was delicious. Great atmosphere. We will definitely return again.

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If you like to be able to talk to your friends easily while eating this is the place to go, it also has quality building , great atmosphere, even the glasses were different shapes and pretty, nice pictures too just all the details to make a great place to have a meal. One of the best experiences using first table. One downside the waiter took my plate away when I intended to eat what was left in the sharing platter

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Lovely dinner, the staff are very welcoming. Great atmosphere, highly recommend!

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Had a lovely meal at the Polo Bar on Friday night. The menu had a wonderful selection of food and the wine list was great. We over ordered but still ate it all because it was delicious.

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Sandra Kelly

Lovely environment, staff and meal.

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I have visited here before and was a little disappointed.
This was not the case yesterday. Excellent service and a food quality that was a 'step up' from previous occasions.

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Booked the Polo Room on First Table for Sunday night to take an overseas visitor. Could not fault the service or the food. Our visitor was very impressed. I have dined here several times in the past and always enjoy the food and surroundings.

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We really enjoyed the food and the staff were bright, bubbly and friendly.

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

Great meal, good service, nice admosphere.

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Vanessa Brown

Great service and delicious food!

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Yummy as always! Ordered 7 tapas between 3 of us and it was the perfect amount. Great service again. Turning into regular customers here!

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The small sharing platters are pretty good. Good variety of food choices and decent portion sizes.

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Nicki J Hayles

We were made very welcome and sat at a table beside a window to the courtyard. Our waiter explained how the menu works and we ordered a couple of share plates - the meatballs and beef croquettes, but were nice, particularly the croquettes. We did see another tables share plate of prawns later on and wish we had ordered those too as they looked spectacular.
Our mains were all enjoyable, especially the salmon and the lamb, very tasty and nicely cooked.
For dessert two of us enjoyed the Afogato and the others chose different dishes, all were delicious.
The service was great, really friendly and attentive.
Next time we visit we will be ordering the large shared meal we saw on a very long wooden board, it looked fantastic!
Thank you for a really enjoyable night

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Naressa Ladkin

Fantastic food and service!

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Jayne Bradbury

If I could rate this restaurant a 10 I would.

The food was exceptional (the prawns in particular were some of the best we have ever had) and the service from all the staff was fantastic. The venue was outstanding, there is the option to sit outside (under the large umbrellas) or inside near the bar.

When we arrived, they were expecting us and took us straight to our table (even greeted me by name before I had even spoken.
We ordered 5 tapas and they all came out together on a board, presentation was outstanding but the flavours were just incredible.

We would never have chosen The Polo Bar as a dinner option if it wasnt for First Table, and we are now planning our next dinner there as it was just so good.

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Love this place.fantastic atmosphere, kinda comfortable and relaxing. Very professional service and excellent food. Would totally recommend . Pat

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Abi Maria

Amazing food and great staff. The outdoor dining is beautiful and feels far away from the city

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Costa Kerdemelidis

Excellent meal and very friendly service. Definitely be back.

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Excellent service from the moment we arrived at The Polo Bar and Restaurant. Once we ordered, the Tapas arrived quickly and beautifully presented. Serving sizes were spot on for the 4 of us. Mains presented the same and the food was delicious. We experienced the Argentinian Cuisine using top quality New Zealand produce. It was my son’s 16th Birthday and he loves South American food so he throughly enjoyed his meal. Highly recommend dining at The Polo Bar and Restaurant.

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Holly Henderson

great ambience, yummy grazing board.

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The meat was excellently cooked.

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Florencia Santillan

Great restaurant! Great service! Great food! Thank you for a great experience! I’ll definitely be back.

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We're really glad this place is on First Table! It allowed us to try something different at relatively low risk. My wife was a huge fan of the pate, I really enjoyed the croquettes. In total we enjoyed 4 dishes and a delicious dessert. Thanks for the good time! :)

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Both service and food were amazing, a hidden gem

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Always Great !

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Trenia-Tony Johnson

Loved the food. Beautifully presented and very tasty. Alex was his usual happy and attentive with exceptional service. Only bit not keen on was the small round table where it was situated but will definitely be back.

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Fantastic time at The Polo Bar & Restaurant.. the service and the food was perfect. We had a platter for two which was generous and delicious.The staff were very friendly ..We are definitely going back.

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Ashley Johnson

Thank you Polo Bar and Restaurant for an amazing experience. On a beautiful day the dining area was opened up to their outdoor space. The service and food were amazing and we had a lovely time! Highly recommend the Chefs Choice set menu.

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Alanna O'Grady

This was our first time dining at The Polo Bar & Restaurant and it will not be the last! The food and service was absolutely perfect. I can't wait to come back & try it again!

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