Borsch Vodka & Tears

4.6
67 reviews
$40 and under
Polish
Borsch, Vodka and Tears is a Melbourne institution currently celebrating 20 years at the colourful end of Chapel Street. Styled after a Kraków cellar bar, Borsch is a romantic Bohemian enclave, the home of the Green Faery, an ode to a hazy and debauched bygone world. We specialise in Polish vodka, vodka-centric interpretations of classic and modern cocktails, authentic wormwood absinthe, Eastern European beers, contemporary Polish dishes and late night fun times.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 67 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.4
Value
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JohnB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The place was buzzing when we got there, however the restaurant is well-organised to cope. The wait staff are personable and prompt. The food is delicious and the cocktails great!

MJ
MirandaJayne
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our absolute go-to! Every cocktail is to die for!! With amazing customer service, you’ll be a regular too in no time!

JB
JadeB
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were regulars if after the tears and as much as we miss it we were very happy with our recent dinning experience

JH
JacintaH
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a lovely place to eat and drink, phenomenal food. Great ambience. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience2

We’ve been coming to this restaurant over last 10 years, every time we are in Melbourne. Last night was disappointing apart from the service. The food was bland. The atmosphere lacking, half the menu was unavailable and two of the party were sick after. The only redeeming feature of the whole evening was the excellent and light service provided by the staff.

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KathyD
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, vodka tasting board delish. definitely go again.

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LukasX
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Current density limits meant the only booking space for two left was outside. With the passing crowds on Chapel Street providing the expected levels of noise, a table of extremely loud fellow customers who were yelling over each other to be heard, made conversation between two people opposite each other nigh on impossible. The group were obviously friends of the staff, so they were made even more rambunctious by the wait-staff's presence. We did consider cancelling our meals and cutting our visit short, but persevered.
While I have always loved BV&T, this visit was less that enjoyable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely date night

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AmandaS
2 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this place and the staff are always happy, polite and welcoming. The food is delicious and well presented.
The list of drinks is very good as long as you like vodka and vodka based cocktails - which is how it should be!
It has a great vibe and ambiance

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Maxx
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

On Saturday, I went to Borsch, Vodka & Tears for a first date. It's located in the throbbing heart of Chapel Street, besides several other top tier restaurants and bars.

The menu was vast, but the waiters were very knowledgable, which made the experience intriguing rather than overwhelming.

The date wasn't exceptional, but the venue was. Highly recommended, though if you're hard of hearing, the outside area might be too loud for your tastes.

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Neil
9 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love coming back to Borsch, Vodka and Tears - amazing cocktails, great service and such unique and delicious food. Great decor and ambience too. Noise levels are not off the scale compared to many venues nearby. No surprise that BVT has been such a success for so long in the Windsor foodie strip. Thanks!

KB
KimB
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Fresh, hearty Polish-style food. Excellent service.

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Lomax
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Amazing food and Vodka. Especially the horseradish Vodka.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
9 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Loved our time here. All of the food, especially the pierogi was delicious, however the cabbage rolls were flavourless and desperately needed salt. It had definitely more of a bar vibe which I wasn’t expecting so the music was quite loud and having a conversation was difficult but loved it nevertheless. Good price too!

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Karenfromtheblock
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing cocktails and food, coupled with fantastic staff. I’ll be going back again ASAP!

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EmmaH
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service! Lovely dinner. Was a little loud in the restaurant but otherwise was great!

KL
KarenL
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You must go here! The food and vodka were exquisite. As a vodka novice, I actually recommend the huntsman tasting tray over the beginner’s, since it’s a little sweeter. Absolutely everything on the menu is delicious.

JV
JuulVennekens
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Superb food and cocktails, plenty of vegetarian/vegan options for a good price! Staff is friendly and would highly recommend anyone to buzz in and have a taste.

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annep
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful hearty winter food. Our waitress helped with our selection as it was our first time dining here. All meals were wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

BVT is an old favourite of mine. As reliable as home cooking. Fantastic food on a cold winter’s night.

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Leslie
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place, AMAZING cocktails! Will definitely be back.

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TristanS
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food drink and service I’ll be coming back :)

JS
JemS
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is honestly one of the best restaurants I've been to. The atmosphere is lovely, the food was loved by all 8 of us (Even the picky eaters). The drinks were spectacular, specifically loved the Moonshine Southside and Serenity Now. It was for my birthday dinner, and multiple people at the table mentioned that they loved the place so much they wanted to have their own birthday dinners there. Honestly couldn't recommend it enough, Chapel was too busy to find a bar afterwards but on a quieter day the location would be perfect for it. Big thank you to the staff as well, keen to come back asap.

JR
JoanneR
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service with happy friendly staff. Cocktails were brilliant! Polish food absolutely delicious. I will definitely be back.

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PhillipN
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service, everyone from floor to behind the bar were wonderful, I really looked like they enjoyed what they were doing and wanted the best for all patrons. The selection of drinks is impressive and would take many, many visits to try even half of what's available. The 3 we has were all wonderful. The food was really hearty only a couple outside our pallet. Wonderful night. Highly recommended.

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Jord
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff, led by the amiable and hospitable Callum, are so polite and wonderful. The drinks and food are all very yummy, particularly the house specials Grapefruit Margs. I love frequenting this fine establishment.

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OlgaSev
2 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Used to be one of my ultimate favourites, but they seem to have updated their menu and it really lacks that authentic Eastern European flavour. My Ukrainian mum did not agree that gnocchi should be seen in a stroganoff…

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Shevi
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were exceptional and the food was really good.

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BenB
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The pierogi was fantastic, the cocktails were sublime, eager to come back for round two.

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CharlieR
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been going to this restaurant for 10 years due to amazing food great service and cocktails is a must thanks 🙏 once again for your amazing service

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AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pleasant bar with a good selection of authentic Polish food. Impressive, though not really Polish drinks menu. Highly recommended.

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KimberleyF
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing in every way possible. The cocktails stole the show. And the tasting trays were unbelievable too. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to exit Lockdown 4.0

KJ
KJKJ
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the interesting menu options, great food and exotic cocktails!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food

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Schnitzel
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Food is always good. Service is normally too, but we were a bit concerned that on arrival we were told our booking was only for 90 mins instead of the 2 hours we had booked on open table. Would be good to be consistent with your booking system or it leads to frustration

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brezg
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Things have really slipped at BVT - time was when it was a welcoming, homely environment but now, despite it's unique positioning, it seems very 'run of the mill'. I miss the old vibe, the elbows rubbing with the next table and the friendly knowledgable staff.

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Vyvyan
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Super busy vibe, would appreciate better service from foh staff by greeting guests, offering specials, and checking in more often to replenish drinks.
Other then that, food was amazing, cocktails killer, and lots of variety in vodka to try in flights.
Huge thumbs up to the foh staff member that swapped our reservations to sit outside with our border collie.

KU
KUNALT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was wonderful and staff was very cordial. Huge variety of vodka and suggest OLD OAK as the best.

MJ
MarkJ
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great food vodka bit pricy but you pay for what you get and post covid what is not pricey? Will go again for sure.

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simmy84
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience4

service was great. ambience is great for a cold winter night, good place for a date. the food was good but it was lacking in salt so I had to ask for salt and pepper. we ordered a cocktail and it was well priced and really nice. would go back just for drinks perhaps

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Borsch Vodka & Tears is rated 4.6 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.