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Vlora Bar and Restaurant
Vlora Bar and Restaurant

Vlora Bar and Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vloraboston.com
  • Phone: (617) 638-9699
  • Hours of Operation: Open 7 days a week from 10 am until closing; weekend brunch is served from 10am until 3 pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Aldo Velaj
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Vlora offers preset menus for all private parties. To accommodate dietary restrictions and special occasions, personalized menus are available to be tailored to each party's needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Clarendon Street
  • Public Transit: Vlora Mediterranean Restaurant & Wine Bar is accessible by T. We are located within five minutes walk of both the Green Line (Copley Square and Arlington ) and the Orange Line (Back Bay).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer validated parking for those guests parked at the 500 Boylston Street parking lot. Anytime after 4:00 pm is $ 7.00 - please check with your server.
A word from Vlora Bar and Restaurant
Located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay (Boylston Street and Clarendon Street), Vlora Bar and Restaurant focuses on truly authentic Mediterranean cuisine that is characterized by only the use of olive oil, a minimalist approach to cooking with an emphasis on taste and the use of the freshest ingredients. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Aldo Velaj and Cindy Tsai, the restaurant is named after Aldo's home town - Vlora, Albania. Vlora's menu stems largely from Aldo's experiences traveling and eating through the Northern Mediterranean region of Southern Italy, Greece and Albania. Featuring an extensive yet reasonably priced wine and beer menu, the restaurant also offers a late night menu available until closing. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Food poor, service poor, quality and setting poor."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The waitress was lovely and when I told her I was gluten intolerant she brought the chef out to tell me what was gluten free on the menu (a lot!). He was great and enthusiastic about the food - coming to check that I liked what I had ordered. Very sweet staff!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Told the waitress that the burger was cooked well done, but ordered medium. Her reply? I wrote it down right. The cook doesn't speak English". REALLY? How about getting a manager? Or taking it off the bill? Or offering a cp dessert? If we weren't with others, would have spoken to the manager. Waitresses, don't even ask if you don't care"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Haven't been on a few years. I miss the scallope dish for sure Lamb special was very good but veggies were just plain Need to be a bit more inventive"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I had been here years ago for lunch, and remembered it being okay but pricey. Came here for dinner, and was pleasantly surprised. The drinks were very good, and the appetizer quite good (watermelon and feta cheese with a balsamic dressing). Our entrees were light and very appetizing (grilled shrimp salad and spicy shrimp couscous). The ambiance is pleasant and there weren't too many people dining so it was quiet. The servers were polite and friendly, though I had to flag them down for simple things like a glass of water (for a slow night, I'd expect them to be more attentive). But overall a good experience, and I would go back."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This place needs to decide what it wants to be. The menu offerings were all over the place, and loud disco (yes, 1970s disco) music dominated the dining experience. I ordered spanakopita and gyros, since I had gone in thinking the restaurant specialized in Greek food. The food was nothing special, honestly, and I had to wait quite awhile for my check. Very disappointed."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was OK but the atmosphere was very disappointing. It's like a school cafeteria with neon lights. The waitress was friendly but knew nothing about the food or drinks she was serving. Also the place has a cordials liquor license rather than a regular one so you have to order flavored drinks. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I always enjoy eating there and it will be lovely in the summer with their new patio. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We went for what we thought would be Mothers Day Brunch. When we got there, the hostess was very rude seating us. She gave us the menus and there was no special brunch menu. The menu would have been ok if we were not expecting brunch. The waitress was very un attentive. We had 3 kids with us ranging from 2 to 7 yrs old, it was very hard just getting silverware, napkins to drinks for the kids. When we were ready to pay, i finally flagged down our waitress after waiting about 15 mins. We gave her the credit card, and she never came back! I had to go downstairs after another 10 mins to get the check that still had my credit card. When I found the waitress she was adamant she had given it back to me...obviously she was wrong! never go back!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Me and my friend's orders were wrong, i think our waitress didnt understand much english but it looked like she was trying. Great outside seating and beautiful indoor set up enough room to hold events and go for a romantic date. the manager and bartender were very nice. I will revisit them again"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Although the menu was not extremely expansive, there were multiple dishes that everyone at my table wanted to try. The half roast chicken was delicious and my friends really enjoyed the chicken shish kabobs. The restaurant is on a basement level, but the decor provided colorful illumination inside. The sangria was also very good and the cocktail list had good options."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Horrible Service half of the items on the menu wasnt available "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had a fantastic kale salad with grilled shrimp and fresh squeezed OJ. The entree choices were fresh, healthy, and just the right amount of spice!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Nice moussaka and lamb, chicken kebab needs more flavor. We picked Vlora on its location as we had a play in the area. The menu is limited, though generally tasty. The food arrived promptly, meeting our schedule needs well, though the server did not come across as friendly, which might have been as much mis communication due to language as anything else."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Wonderful appetizers, quick and attentive service, well priced drinks (and menu altogether) in a part of the city where quality that isn't overpriced is hard to find. This is that exception! Highly recommend giving it a try!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I went with a group before a show at the Colonial to try something different. We all enjoyed our meals, I found the salmon a little heavy on the butter and the accompanying rice a little heavy with either oil or butter...but I almost never use either in cooking so that is just my personal preference. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating; they called us a van cab as the walk to the Colonial was a little too far for some of our group."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Attentive service followed a friendly greeting for our group of six. Everyone enjoyed our early dinner, with people especially liking the vegetable moussaka and vegetable lasagna. The only flaw in the otherwise excellent service was the disappearance of someone's take-home leftovers. But this was graciously rectified by kitchen and staff."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I went with a group of couples and we had a waitress who was either very new or had a loose command of English; she was very serious, slow and made us slightly uncomfortable. Food took awhile to arrive but was overall very tasty. I had the beet salad which came sliced and topped with goat cheese but was very difficult to get on a fork and ended up splashing beet juice all over my light-colored top and jacket. Slightly pricey for the selection but very different flavor combinations to choose from."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Food was very plain and tasteless. Whet with wife and two daughters-all had same reaction. Even the atmosphere had nothing to offer! Should have listened to my first gut reaction when I first saw this dungeon. Please don't bother"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "This is a clean, simple restaurant with good basic food, mostly Greek dishes. The service staff was very nice and patient with our indecision and slow pace."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was good. Tasty, fresh and nice sized portions. Good wine list. Service was attentive and informative. A few specials would have been nice. Overall, we enjoyed our dinner."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went here with a group of friends from work. The reservation was for 6pm and we were the only people in the entire place so we were a bit concerned initially. It was a Monday night. We didn't need to worry, the food was excellent and the service was very good. The menu is full of eastern-European inspired dishes, which may not be for everyone, but if you are adventurous and like to try new things you'll be happy."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Vlora looked like a great place for a Valentine's Day dinner. But the food was SUCH a disappointment! The uninspired limited menu stated the lobster roll had the meat of one lobster... No way! Combining ketchup and mayo does not qualify as a "special cocktail sauce." I had to dip it in the tzatziki sauce to make it edible. The cod was deep fried, which was not noted on the menu. Even though it was Valentine's Day, the place was not busy. The service was mediocre. I can't imagine what it would be like if it was actually busy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We came here for dinner on a Saturday night and found it to be good... but not great. It seems to be more of a bar scene, which (despite the fact that they only have a cordial license) was totally hopping. The waitstaff was great, the food was good. I wouldn't mind going again if I was invited, but with so many really excellent restaurants in the area, someone else would have to motivate the visit."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner at Vlora, not over-priced and excellent quality. Service is great. Highly recommend this restaurant - friendly and great Mediterranean food with good choices for vegetarians which is very much appreciated."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This place is very surprising. The foodies really fresh-tasting, healthy & delicious, and lots of it. Not exciting or trendy but every dish was full of big flavor and value. The grilled octopus was nicely spicy and served in a salad of cakes and tomatoes with a that didn't overwhelm, and it was big enough for sharing even for two people who had racked up a lot of city miles during the day. The Greek salad was also generous and and the veggies tasted so fresh I would have thought them just picked but it was deep winter. Lamb chops were perfectly cooked and, again, generous in portion (4) and accompaniments. The place was slow as Boston seems to be during Xmas break, but the wait staff was really friendly and attentive. We will return."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Came here for dinner with out of town family during the holidays. It was quiet (probably because it's December 23rd), which was perfect for us. Not sure if it's usually got more people. Our family is a mix of meat-eaters and vegetarians. This was very vegetarian-friendly, with multiple delicious vegetarian options."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Downstairs on Boylston to a Mediterranean/Greek restaurant very nicely designed in a sleek style but not glitzy. Good food for a great price (my entree was $12! ) Wait staff attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Food good but limited menu. Not a place to go for special occasion. Poor liquor selection. Did not have Tangeury for my martini. Never heard of gin they had. Also poor selection of beers."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We had a delicious meal and were served by some of the most congenial staff ever!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Very easy to make reservation for somewhat large group. At early lunch time staff was very accommodating. Entire party pleased w/their orders as options were broad yet not overwhelming. Even the special drinks choices did not disappoint. Dishes were fresh, hot/warm and nicely seasoned. Crepe presentation stunning though the crepe seemed a bit over cooked. Wraps, sandwiches, salads, etc. were completely consumed as they were delicious. Suited our group, all from elsewhere -east to west coast. Nice way to be together for a family holiday. Restaurant was recommended by friends-they shall get points!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "From the fabulous beet salad to ratatouille, the food was wonderful---but equally impressive were the wait staff who treated our special party like we were the only group there. The ambience is warm, classy without pretention, and inviting. If you are in Copley Square, this is a find you will return to often. Thank you Vlora!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Vlora is one of Boston's greatest restaurants. It has the most authentic Mediterranean food. Chef Aldo consistently delivers."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "A little hidden since there are steps leading from street level to this gem! Food is wonderful an service is excellent! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 11/7/2013
  • "Amazing food and very kind staff. I love this place!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "Vlora is downstairs but its food and service are upstairs. I recommend it to my friends because we've had many very pleasant evenings here."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The food was brought out within five minutes of ordering, which clearly meant it was not cooked to order. It was edible but I would not call it quality or good what so ever. It was our first time here so I was completely disappointed. Definitely not going back!"
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "Vlora was a 1000-pt option, so thought I would give it a try. Was with a group of co-workers for a meeting in Boston and wanted something in the Back Bay area within a few blocks of our office. And, who's ever been to an Albanian restaurant? Right. Our server, Katherine, was French and utterly delightful! Very knowledgeable about the menu, the cocktails and the wines. Everyone was adventuresome in their ordering so we could share bites of all the delicious entrees. We ordered 3 desserts to share and all had a unique and delicious mediterranean twist. When I come to Boston, which is about monthly, I will visit Vlora again and again. And, I've already recommended to many co-workers."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "I have eaten here 3 times and unfortunately, the food is just NOT GOOD. It's not horrible, but it is lacking in flavor. I've tried the Basa (fish), the kebabs (beef & chicken, super skimpy!) and the rib eye for entrees. I've tried the arancini (decent), the calamari (no flavor and a weird relish sauce), and the watermelon/feta salad (best item so far amongst the other average tasting items). All are mostly bland. All are over priced. My friends like this place because they like the pineapple upside down drink. Somehow I keep getting suckered into eating here and I regret it every time. The owner is nice. The staff is lax. Our order has been screwed up on more than one occasion. #ConstantDisappointment"
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Great service, excellent food (mediterranean - greek/italian fusion). Had the octopus for an appertizer. Prepared beautifully and so tender. And then the Penne with a meat sauce for my entree. Also very good. Large portions of everything as well, you definitely get your money's worth."
    Dined on 9/19/2013