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Borsch,Vodka & Tears

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$$$
Polish, European
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173 Chapel Street, Prahran, Stonnington, Victoria 3181, Australia
(03) 9530 2694
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Staggering choice of Vodkas. The last time I saw a vodka list that big was at the Vodka Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Great cocktails - the Lychee martini went down well with my wife. The wine listed is pretty limited but plenty of beer if you don't like vodka. We had a range of share plates... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Staggering choice of Vodkas. The last time I saw a vodka list that big was at the Vodka Museum in St Petersburg, Russia. Great cocktails - the Lychee martini went down well with my wife. The wine listed is pretty limited but plenty of beer if you don't like vodka. We had a range of share plates between four of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Do yourself a favor and leave time to spend in this place. The best bloody mary's in the world, without a doubt, seriously. The menu is fantastic, the staff are awesome and the decor welcoming. This place is on my must do whenever in Melbourne, oh and if you like vodka then you will be in heaven (the Krupnikas is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We had a great night of food wine and vodka to celebrate three adult birthdays. Although a small restaurant they were able to manage a table of 10 quite easily. Seeing some of the reviews I was a bit unsure of what to expect but was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the food was. I am not sure how authentic... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Borsch Vodka and Tears is a perfect balance of wonderful ambience and enjoyable food, topped with a selection of vodkas which must surely be unsurpassed anywhere in Australia. Polish food predominantly, anyone looking for a generous feed, and plenty of different flavours, subtle or bold, in a vibrant atmosphere will not be disappointed. My wife, who is a Polish beauty... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Probably a tad biased on the food front married to a polish man and having frequented Kraków on numerous occasions but whilst enjoyable not quite up to scratch Vodka on the other hand awesome such variety shame the staff don't have polish experiences to guide and share though

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If you want bad service and bad food - this is the place to go. On first glance, the atmosphere is really nice and the drinks list very long. The vodka was great and so was the drinks. The piroggis are too overpriced for what it is. The food was a real disappointment as everything was heated up in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Vodka lovers paradise. The choice was vast, in fact most of the menu was given over to the selection of dozens of different vodkas. I don't drink it so my preference was a great cider. The food was wonderful and not expensive. The only downside was the volume of sound - rather deafening making conversation difficult at times. Being a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

it was ok ... not as I remember from a few years ago it was much better the waitress argued with me as to where Borsch is from because I said "why was everything covered in dill?" she said because dill is Polish and I said well I thought this restaurant was more Russian !!! I hate dill !!! but... More 

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Launceston, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Popped in for a cocktail with friends and was very impressed with both the drinks and service. Amazing drinks menu of cocktails, vodkas and wines. Great atmosphere. We all ordered the Something Wicked This Way Comes cocktail which was amazing. Will definitely return next time I am in Melbourne as there are so many more cocktails I must try !!

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We were expecting so much from Borsch, Vodka & Tears especially with all the positive reviews we've read. On a positive note they had an extensive vodka list... so I don't know if they rely on getting people plastered before eating, but the food and service was shocking especially for a mid-week meal (not busy). Food was well below par... More 

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 173 Chapel Street, Prahran, Stonnington, Victoria 3181, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Stonnington  >  Prahran
  • Phone Number: (03) 9530 2694

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 29
  • Cuisine: Polish, European

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