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After the Tears

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9b Gordon St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
+61 3 9523 0969
15:30 - 23:30
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Sun 13:00 - 23:00
Mon - Tue 15:30 - 23:00
Wed 15:30 - 23:30
Thu 15:30 - 00:00
Fri 15:30 - 01:00
Sat 13:00 - 01:00
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So to start with the place is really cool, but it is way overcrouded and there isn't enough waiters because the service was crap. We were ignored for ages and had to sit in a cramped space next to other people. Love the place itself tho. The waiters need to dress more appropriately, one as wearing what looked like just... More 

Thank Kat123S
Melbourne, Australia
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For dinner we went to the Polish restaurant, After the Tears. As on previous occasions, the place was busy so it’s a good idea to make a prior reservation. It’s pretty casual and lay back place with its own appeal. Beef and chicken Polish Pierogi were good. I would add some sliced, light golden colour fried onion to make it... More 

Thank Joseph A
New York City, New York
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190 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Used to come for post movie supper. Last Sunday delivered yummy ,perfectly seasoned cold platter of sausages, hams pickles,beetroot and Russian salad with crusty rye bread. Very good pancakes and rhubarb crumbles. Better service than usual

Thank Eva D
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a very disappointing experience with this restaurant, particularly in relation to their customer service. I would have refrained from publicly giving them this poor review if they had been bothered to reply to the e-mail I sent them outlining my concerns. I was spoken to rather shabbily by one of their wait staff upon arriving for my booking,... More 

Thank lulah2017
Roxby Downs, Australia
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122 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

We have been to the sister restaurant a few years ago and decided to try this one for a celebratory boozy long lunch. We tried a large range of tasting flights of vodka, starka and absinthe. All accompanied by pickles and the vegetable platter. Great place to go, the only downside it took 20 minutes to get someone at our... More 

Thank RandolphCarter1919
Carnegie, Australia
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We go here often before a movie and the food and service is really good, but if you don't want dinner at least drop in for coffee and share a dessert. We've not had any that did not blow us away, warm cheesecake with vodka and berry sauce, we didn't realize how awesome warm cheesecake was until we had it... More 

Thank carnegiegirlcp
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

The food was ok, not great, not bad, just ok. Hand cut chips were brown, but limp, and oily. Iced coffee was full of ice, liquid was gone after a few sips. Not good value. Russian borcht, was not seasoned, and rather flavourless. Lamb shank was nice, but too much mashed potato, not enough lamb shank, well, just one, so... More 

3 Thank Alfred-Furburger
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Great Food! When we got it. Sadly the entertaining waiter seemed to think that was all that we needed for us to have a great night. No. Not really. Not when plates were not cleared at a reasonable rate. Clearly the management shirked their responsibilities in regard to employing personnel, or quite a few rang in sick on this night.... More 

2 Thank Greg321rw
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

I love this place for a bite to eat and a cocktail. We usually spot in before heading next door to the cinema.

Thank JustJanine
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We are so disappointed with the place. Came here many time at night time, sitting now at 3:30 to be greeted by a very angry waiter who does not want to work, our drinks were literally juice!! When we complained the waiter argue with us that we are wrong!!! So rude! Never coming back!!!!!!!!

2 Thank Tami C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Polish, International, European, Eastern European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Open Hours
13:00 - 23:00
15:30 - 23:00
15:30 - 23:00
15:30 - 23:30
15:30 - 00:00
15:30 - 01:00
13:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9b Gordon St, Elsternwick, Glen Eira, Victoria 3185, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Glen Eira  >  Elsternwick
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9523 0969

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?