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Borsch Vodka & Tears, Windsor, AU-VIC

Borsch Vodka & Tears

4.7
4.7
260 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.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Polish, Eastern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–2:30 am Sun 12:30 pm–12:00 am Bar Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–2:30 am Sun 12:30 pm–12:00 am Lunch Fri–Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (03) 9530 2694
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Ajesh
  • Area
    Windsor
  • Cross Street
    High Street
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to Prahran & Windsor Train Station (about half way to both stops) On the number 6 and 78 tram line and a short walk from the 5, 64 & 72 tram lines.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Experiences

  • WÓDKA TASTING TRAY

    $15.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    3x15ml premium wódka
    WÓDKA TASTING TRAY photo
  • Borsch Flight Menu

    $45.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy our Borsch flight menu TAKE OFF Cup of Borsch and Bread & Butter IN-FLIGHT Mixed Pierogi (4) OR Cabbage Rolls (2) OR Dzialka Salad LANDING Lemon Meringue Pie cocktail OR Frosted Passion Cocktail

Offers

  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm,Tue - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm,Wed - Thu - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm,Fri - 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm,Sat - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Join us on the street tables or in our cosy interior or on the bar for Happy hour $15 on selected cocktails and Martinis with $7 on selected Beers as you share some delicious plates from the kitchen for special price.

What 260 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Inner City South

    Best Value

  • Inner City South

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Healthy

  • Inner City South

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inner City South

    Lively

260 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant Polish food in lively atmosphere. Enormous selection of vodkas, cocktails and liqueurs. The porcini and sauerkraut pierogi in broth was a highlight. Terrific fun vibe with friendly staff.

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  2. KyleeE

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everytime we visit this restaurant we have a fabulous time . From the vodka shots to the cocktails to the yum Polish dishes every mouthful is delish! We are Polish but we take friends each time and they are impressed with the food and value for money ! Try it you will be going back for more 😊

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  3. markb

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic…quick meal at the bar.. super tasty great value and attentive staff

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  4. EmmaD

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I lived in Poland for several years but the borscht at the restaurant was the best I've ever had!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 16 April 2024
    Wow that is a huge compliment! Thank you so much Emma, we hope to see you again soon.

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  5. BS2022

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Bread shouldn’t be dry and stale. Please ensure food is not over salted (the stew). Almost inedible. New girl they were training was lovely (but pushing the vodka a bit too heavily, considering we stated we weren’t drinking). Next time I’d only get the perogi. Having all your staff hang out at the counter doesn’t really lend itself to a relaxing environment, especially when you’re trying to eat and feel like 6 pairs of eyes are constantly looking at you.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 14 March 2024
    Thank you for the honest feedback, we'll take it into account to ensure a better experience for your next visit. Rest assured, we don't watch our customers eat but we do take pride in being attentive!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great as usual, the only problem the borscht was a bit bitter yesterday. Every time the food is great, I believe it is just yesterday something went wrong. Katya
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 March 2024
    Hi Katya, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate the honest feedback and apologise for our Borsch being on the bitter side, we do agree with you, so we brewed a fresh batch. We hope to see you again soon!

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  7. LouiseH

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 24 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our third time at BVT & we’ve also had takeaway. Some of the dishes we’ve tried were not to our taste, but that’s on us. So, we kept trying & have found our favorites. The food appears extraordinary quickly! And the service is the best we’ve had our 20 years in Melbourne! Getting a reservation is easy too! Loved the kransky, pierogis, squash flower that comes with a mean hot sauce, bread basket, goulash & latkes. The pickles are the best I’ve had anywhere! It’s also fun to sit outside & watch the world go by. Without a doubt the best part is the 19(?) page vodka menu. I never thought of vodka is something you taste. Boy was I wrong! We’ve found some favorites but can’t wait to come back & try more. And, price won’t break your bank account.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 March 2024
    Hi Louise, this is such a wonderful review! Thank you so much. We are stoked to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us, it makes us very happy to hear that we changed your view on vodka - as this is what we are all about. We are excited that you love vodka as much as we do. Looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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  8. VidhiP

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every thing was perfect, The food is absolutely amazing – everything we tasted melted in our Mouth,I recommend to everyone as vegetarian & vegan options are delicious.Vegan pierogi was very delicious compliment with our cocktails-Flirtini and Frosted Passions-Amazing staff, Amazing Service, Delicious Polished Food.m, had a great experience Thankyou
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 March 2024
    Hi Vidhi, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our selection of food and cocktails! Hope to host you again sometime :)

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  9. AndreaL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect as always, thank you! Food was tasty, service attentive and a big plus, that we were able to split bills 😊
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 March 2024
    Hi Andrea, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. Looking forward to hosting you again soon!

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  10. JackV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always. Gnocchi was a little off, perhaps a bit watery?? But everything else was stunning.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 March 2024
    Hi Jack Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, we appreciate the honest feedback. We will review our Polish Gnocchi and make sure that it will be better for you next time. Hopefully see you again soon!

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FAQs

Borsch Vodka & Tears offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (03) 9530 2694.

Borsch Vodka & Tears is rated 4.7 stars by 260 OpenTable diners.

Borsch Vodka & Tears does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Borsch Vodka & Tears

173 Chapel St, Windsor, AU-VIC 3181

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    High Street
  • Area
    Windsor
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–2:30 am Sun 12:30 pm–12:00 am Bar Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–12:00 am Thu 5:00 pm–1:00 am Fri, Sat 12:30 pm–2:30 am Sun 12:30 pm–12:00 am Lunch Fri–Sun 12:30 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
  • Price
    $40 and under
  • Cuisines
    Polish, Eastern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Close to Prahran & Windsor Train Station (about half way to both stops) On the number 6 and 78 tram line and a short walk from the 5, 64 & 72 tram lines.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ajesh
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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