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Borsch Vodka & Tears, Windsor, AU-VIC

Borsch Vodka & Tears

4.7
4.7
255 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 2 times today
Experiences are available.

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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
  • 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
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, 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
  • 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 - Thu - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm,Fri - 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 $11 on selected cocktails and Martinis with $6 on selected Beers as you share some delicious plates from the kitchen for special price.

What 255 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
  • 4.6Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Melbourne

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Inner City South

    Good for groups

  • Inner City South

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Inner City South

    Healthy

  • Inner City South

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • Inner City South

    Lively

255 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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

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  2. LouiseH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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.

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  3. 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

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  4. 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 😊

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  5. 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.

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  6. LouiseH

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We scheduled a preconference dinner as I’m speaking on Ukraine. Our table was waiting. We tried a lot of different menu items. They were all wonderful & the service was impeccable! The vodka samplers were amazing. And, considering we were a group of 5 having lots of food & drinks, the cost was reasonable. Can’t wait to come back!

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  7. JasmineB

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    24 years later it’s still and icon! Always a fun night!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 February 2024
    Hi Jasmine, Thanks for the great review, we are happy to hear that we still got it going on!

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  8. Bebe

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks, and atmosphere were absolute perfection as always! Forever my favourite restaurant to visit in Melbourne!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 February 2024
    Thank you so much for the high rating and great review, we are delighted to hear that we are your favourite restaurent! :D

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  9. ArseniyD

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend the more traditional polish dishes. We had the farmer's zakuski and the perogi. Also had two flights of vodka tasting. Will be back
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 26 January 2024
    Thank you for the great rating and review, we greatly appreicate your feedback! Looking forward to hosting you next time.

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  10. RobynM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is great, serving all the traditional favourites from a childhood growing up in a Polish family. Recommended for any diner. Huge Vodka selection, great cocktails. Would definitely go back.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 26 January 2024
    Thank you for the great review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. We look forward to hosting you again!

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  11. KatherineM

    Berkshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is delicious every time we come. Also loved how quickly the good came ! We live on the other side of the city but will always travel for Borsch Vodka and Tears !
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 16 January 2024
    Hi Katherine, Thank you for the positive review, we are so happy to hear that we are worth the travel! Looking forward to hosting you again soon.

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  12. KarenB

    Victoria

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Vegan pierogi was to die for. Waiter was lovely and food and wine were good value.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 16 January 2024
    Hi Karen, Thank you for the positive review, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience dining with us. Looking forward to hosting you next time!

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  13. LorelaiD

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    My table was the slightest bit sticky and the floor nearby seemed slightly dirty, but overall loved the food and decor.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 13 January 2024
    Hi Lorelai, Thank you for the feedback, we will make sure to address these issues to make your next experience with us even better! We appreciate you supporting our small business and look forward to hosting you again.

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  14. TracyS

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great vodka and ambience. It was disappointing that a couple of menu items we had been recommended to try were not available, but that’s a good excuse to go back! And for the vodka of course… fabulous flavors, excellent quality!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 13 January 2024
    Hi Tracy, Thank you for the feedback, we apologise about the missing menu items and understand how disappointing that would be. We would love to have you back again for the full dining experience!

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  15. NicolaS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Polish food, great decor and atmosphere.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 13 January 2024
    Hi Nicola, Thank you for the positive review, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience dining with us. We look forward to hosting you again!

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  16. TrishM

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I've never been disappointed when I've eaten at BVT. It is exciting to try the various dishes and cocktails. Staff are friendly and helpful. Venue is quirky.

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  17. SteveF

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed all of the dishes - the pierogi and beef goulash in particular. The vodka tasting tray was also a highlight.

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  18. JamesW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful every time. The food is delicious and filling. Atmosphere is relaxing and inviting too

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  19. AmandaF

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were so lovely and accommodating, the food delicious and quick and the vibe excellent.

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  20. Liba

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great staff amazing food and drink selection 👌...

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  21. PaulM

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic Polish comfort food and specialties. With plenty of old favourites, the menu is excellent. I've been eating Polish fare for 30 years and these were some of the best pierogies, galumpkis and dill pickles we've tasted. The Ukrainian Borscht was yum and the beet infused butter and home made bread was to die for. We tried a flight of fig, quince and plum vodka, along with the Warsaw cocktail and Polish beers. It was all excellent. The service was very good and there are over 100 different vodkas on the menu. We'll be back!

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  22. JaneW

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious. Lots of options for everyone and the vodka was yum!

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  23. JohnC

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love BV&Ts! Wonderful food and friendly service. Authentic taste. I'd love to see Piroshki grace the menu.

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  24. selene

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great ambience and good value for money. The lamb croquette and potato blintz were highlights. Highly recommending to anyone who enjoys vodka or Eastern European-style cuisine.

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  25. AnnaR

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious. Reliable. BVT’s reputation is well deserved.

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  26. SophieS

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was so lovely I ordered a take away serve for my lunch the next day :)

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  27. VC3182

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice place and great atmosphere. Staff were really nice and friendly. Food was only average but the cocktails were amazing. I will defiantly go back for cocktails but not food.

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  28. Chelsea

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service. all staff were very accommodating. Great vibe and even better cocktails.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 6 September 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback . It would motivate us as a team to work even harder . If you have enjoyed our food and drinks . Please , tell your friends and family about borsch vodka and Tears . It would be a huge help to small businesses like us . We need support from our customers so that we can reach out to other people in Melbourne.

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  29. Khoolmann

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe and excellent food. The variety of vodka on offer is off the charts. Great place to hit after dinner if you're after some 'buzz', or for a lazy lunch.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 6 September 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback . It would motivate us as a team to work even harder . If you have enjoyed our food and drinks . Please , tell your friends and family about borsch vodka and Tears . It would be a huge help to small businesses like us . We need support from our customers so that we can reach out to other people in Melbourne.

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  30. Ollie

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As a Ukrainian, this reminded me of my grandmothers cooking! Great food and drinks, can't wait to go back!

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  31. BeetBreath

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The borsch was delicious and the pierogi and stroganoff were a modern take on classic traditional cooking. Loved the vodka cocktails.

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  32. Isho

    Melbourne

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, Great drinks, and Really great service. 10/10 would highly recommend it

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  33. AndreaL

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you so much, we all enjoyed our dinner and will be back.

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  34. LindaV

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time at this bar/restaurant! We visited for cocktails and light bites before heading out for a night of clubbing. The food was absolutely fantastic - filling and delicious without inducing a carb coma that would have sent us to sleep before hitting the dance floor. The desserts were equally amazing, and the extensive vodka list offered plenty of exciting options. Our favourites were the dirt reuben fries and the pierogi selection - both were a big win! Overall, a fantastic experience with great food, drinks, and atmosphere. Highly recommend!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 7 August 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback . It would motivate us as a team to work even harder . If you have enjoyed our food and drinks . Please , tell your friends and family about borsch vodka and Tears . It would be a huge help to small businesses like us . We need support from our customers so that we can reach out to other people in Melbourne.

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  35. LizG

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were unreal. Staff were super friendly and really helpful with recommendations. Will definitely be back!

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  36. Mark

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Unbelivable food. Just like Nanna used to make from the good country. Loved it.
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 August 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback . It would motivate us as a team to work even harder . If you have enjoyed our food and drinks . Please , tell your friends and family about borsch vodka and Tears . It would be a huge help to small businesses like us . We need support from our customers so that we can reach out to other people in Melbourne.

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  37. LoriJ

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic borsch, pierogies and cabbage rolls! So much vodka there too! The raspberry leaf tea with vodka was divine! I will be back!!
    Borsch Vodka & TearsResponded on 3 August 2023
    Thank you so much for the positive feedback . It would motivate us as a team to work even harder . If you have enjoyed our food and drinks . Please , tell your friends and family about borsch vodka and Tears . It would be a huge help to small businesses like us . We need support from our customers so that we can reach out to other people in Melbourne.

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  38. Bips

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really Loved it…. Microwave beer was awesome…..!!!

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  39. TeenaM

    Melbourne

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food pretty average compared to when we came years ago. Disappointed actually. Won’t be back. Polish food but not really any more!

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  40. DrEd

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We took our Ukrainian friends there and they loved the food and mulled wine. High praise from Poland’s neighbours!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

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 255 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.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 2 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
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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