Vlora Bar and Restaurant
Vlora Bar and Restaurant

Vlora Bar and Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vloraboston.com/
  • Phone: 6176389699
  • 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.
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Vlora Bar and Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.3
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.2
    Noise LevelModerate
45% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (8)neighborhood gem (7)good for groups (6)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)romantic (3)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)hot spot (1)fit for foodies (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Convenient Back Bay restaurant
    oldnwise
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We met here to have some long discussions over dinner. We were looking for something slightly upscale, but not too expensive in Back Bay. That we got. It is downstairs under a sub shop and not too well marked. Their published address is the entrance to an office building, and Velora is in the basement. That would have been good to know as we had to double back to find it. The food is a little unusual and is described as Mediterranean and seems to include Greek, Italian, and Albanian dishes. There are several choices, but not too many unique enough. Even some of the familiar choices were prepared in good, but unexpected way. They had calamari, but it was served with pickle relish rather than a red sauce. Good, but not as expected.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    DMWC
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We recently returned from touring Greece and were very excited to try Vlora's Albanian twist on Mediterranean cuisine. Unfortunately, we were disappointed on most accounts. First, the menu posted on Opentable, Zagat, and Vlora's website is out of date -- the real menu handed to us at Vlora was 1/3 the size and didn't have either of the dishes we had hoped to sample. The bruschetta was not what you would expect bruschetta to be but it was still good. If you're expecting a crusty bread, you will be severely disappointed. But it was great to try Albania's take on bruschetta. I would not order it again but I appreciated the Albanian twist. Also, they ran out of the Vegetable Mousaka, so as a vegetarian it was not easy to pick another item.
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  • great breakfast/brunch spot!
    OutoftownerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Vlora is in a great location right on Boylston Street. The seating is relatively spacious as far as Boston restaurants go. The service was very friendly, and the prices were fair. The food was relatively simple, but this is their selling point anyways, and overall the food was very good. This was a very positive dining experience, and we think we'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The service was slow, and the watermelon in my salad was not ripe.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Food is not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is not that good and not worth the price.
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  • Decent patio, Not so for the food
    MandiferousTRex
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My visit to Vlora what not what I expected. From the description and pictures, I booked at Vlora thinking we'd have an authentic Mediterranean meal in the heart of the Back Bay with a view of Copley square. Well, Copley square yes but the food was anything but authentic and nowhere near fresh. Honestly, as soon as we arrived, I could tell it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for, but we figured we'd start with a couple apps and go from there. We spend nearly $50 on apps and two lagers! The crab cakes were mushy and fishy with a side of straight-out-of-the-bottle (grocery store bottle) tartar sauce. The meatballs were swimming in a lake of spaghetti-o "marinara" sauce. Go here to have a beer, but I can't recommend the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    mnoormo1VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Mixed reviews from our party of 3. The rib-eye was delicious and very flavorful; however, the lamb gyro (which 2 in the party had) left much to be desired. The lamb kefta filling lacked flavor/seasoning. The french fries and salad accompanying the gyro were delicous. The service was poor - our server did know the size of the rib-eye and had to ask someone. Further, instead of giving us 3 dessert menus - she gave us one. I wouldn't go out of my way to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unfortunate nothing was good
    IHdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food poor, service poor, quality and setting poor.
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  • Excellent Service
    tastyb
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why bother asking?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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
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  • return trip
    GailVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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
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  • Good food and good service
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I was there for an early dinner and really enjoyed the watermelon and feta salad. Service was great and the restaurant was quiet when I was there.
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  • Good food, Service Okay
    BostonDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • Nothing special
    amydVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 642 reviews are from the Vlora Bar and Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Fair at best
    FiDiGirlVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I always enjoy eating there and it will be lovely in the summer with their new patio.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what I expected
    Dianna
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luv2dine
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sparkly
    nicatnight
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    AAAAVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Horrible Service half of the items on the menu wasnt available
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  • Healthy Options
    ShellyVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice moussaka and lamb
    BarNone
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    YuriyGVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Good pre-theater spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Affable, attentive
    CallistoVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food, So-So-Service
    MakeupGoddess26
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plain
    Dennis21VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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
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  • Good and basic
    hungryinnorwood
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Family Dinner
    BostonVisitor
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ethnic Dishes
    HbgNate
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vlora looked like a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
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  • Good, not great
    Doll
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Great NY Eve menu
    Ange
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good clean food
    MadridVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious, vegetarian-friendly food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • A deal in Copley Square
    John
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Good for low cost dining
    Anne
    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.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Excellent food and friendly staff
    Pannie
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We had a delicious meal and were served by some of the most congenial staff ever!
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Turkey Celebration
    Ezra71
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of 9--memorable experience!
    MOSGam
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    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!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate