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About La Vara
La Vara celebrates the Moorish and Jewish legacies in Spanish Cooking. Chefs and Owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero, of Manhattan's premier Spanish restaurants El Quinto Pino and Txikito, extend their story in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
Friday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, 5:30pm - 12:00am
Sunday: 11:30am -3:30pm, 5:30 - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
La Vara Ratings and Reviews
I wished I lived close to La Vara so I could eat there regularly and try everything on the menu several times. The food was creative and delicious with surprising textures, colors, and spices. We sat at the bar because there was a problem with electricity in part of the dinning room and that was worked out very well. The bartender engaged us in friendly conversation while giving us help with selecting wine (very good red) and dishes--garbanzo beans (warm, crisp and spicy), crispy eggplant (in a slightly sweet melted cheese sauce), cod salad (least favorite dish of the night), noodle paella (funny to think about), and duck (amazing flavor that lingered on the palate). Can't wait to go back.
Great food, great menu and service overall was great. We were a bit disappointed at the end of our meal when we asked to order dessert and an aperitif and instead of being glad we were staying longer/ordering more food, our server took that opportunity to inform us of our table "time limit" which made us feel unwelcome. It kind of soured the end of an otherwise fabulous evening.
The restaurant was suggested by acquaintances on a food tour while we were in Paris. It surpassed all of our expectations. Go early you can get a table. The gazpacho with razor clams was superb. We also had roasted vegetables, octopus and a great duck dish. Go here now.
Each time we go to La Vara we realize that we should go more often. The pollo asado and the garbanzos fritos are life changing. And all of the dishes are creative yet comforting. We eat at a lot of restaurants . . . and the staff at La Vara is particularly warm and professional.
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful dinner at La Vara. Everything was delicious. The only dish that we were not happy with, they proactively took off our bill, which was much much appreciated. It was cooked perfectly but not seasoned well and fell very flat against the rest of the meal. We are hoping that was a one time issue. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu with friends.
We loved the atmosphere, food and service at La Vara, from the fried artichokes to the enormous sautéed prawns. Market tomato salad very refreshing. Our server was terrific, very responsive. Only quibble: food is very salty. If you've got issues with salt, keep that in mind.
I had family visiting from out of town and we came here for a nice meal together before they left NYC. The food was wonderful - everything was delicious and well-prepared - and our server was friendly and helpful. It's a little on the pricier side, but for a special occasion, completely worth the cost - I'd definitely recommend!
I hadn't been in a while, so I was so delighted when it was even better than I remembered. I brought my discriminating S.O. and he swooned over it. Warm & professional service (Holly at the bar), innovative and delicious food, lovely ambience. We'll be back.
This was my second visit to La Vara. My first experience was much better, as the portions seemed more reasonable. The food was good, but the portions were ridiculously small. I am usually satisfied with a shared app, and my own entree, unfortunately the entree was also app size. TINY! My friend, and I, ended up ordering three additional dishes to feel satisfied. The place is not inexpensive, and so this led to a pricey bill. I thought that 80's portion sizes were in the past. Guess not.
The fideos and octopus were very good, but the other dishes we got were subpar. We ordered over 3 cocktails each even after food but the waiter told us to move to the bar after our dinner which was rude considering how many plates of food we got.
The food was thoughtfully prepared and just plain delicious. Service was great too, which is something that sometimes restaurants don't pay attention to. This restaurant had great service. We will definitely return, Particularly for the appetizers and desserts. We were talking about next time sitting at the bar for a drink and dessert !
Small but pretty dining space, well balanced tapas menu with some surprises as well as traditional options. Portions were appropriate for tapas. Bread if you request. We shared (2 people) 4 dishes and a plate of bread and were comfortably full. Wait staff available and informative. Wine list also respectable. Safest to reserve ahead.
I go to La Vara often and have had good experiences. I have nothing bad to say about the food, which is really good, but on this occasion- a brunch for six people- the service was terrible. Several of us were extremely cold, the AC blasting at us with full force, and the staff was unhelpful bordering on rude, since they said they were gonna turn the AC down, but they did not, and when we complained again (shivering in the summer), they sort of blew us off. It was a very uncomfortable meal all in all.
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