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La Vara

4.6
4.6
819 Reviews
$30 and under
Spanish

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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Spanish, Basque

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (718) 422-0065

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Cobble Hill

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

Pica Pica

  • Garbanzos Fritos$3.00

    la vara spiced fried chickpeas

    • Pimientos De Gernika$9.00

      blistered sweet peppers with sea salt

      • Patatas Bravas$6.00

        eqp's rough cut crispy potatoes with spicy alioli

        • Croquetas Dia$5.00

          ask server

          Dulces

          • Ensaimaidas$6.00

            lard enriched orange blossom bun, honey

            • Torrijas$8.00

              spanish french toast with citrus and px syrup

              • Churros$6.00

                spanish crullers with dulce de leche

                Panes

                • Pan Amb Tomaca$8.00

                  tomato rubbed bread w/olive oil and sea salt

                  • Mollete$8.00

                    fried egg and bacon stew sandwich on andaluz roll

                    • Pan Mar Y Muntaya$6.00

                      toasted bread with goat butter, crystallized honey, canadian caviar

                      • La Vara Burger$11.00

                        nora pepper spiked patties, with tetilla cheese and cebes (charred onions), on semolina bun

                        • Bocata De Pescado En Adobo$11.00

                          crispy skate sandwich, special sauce, shredded cabbage, jalapeños en escabeche

                          Frios Y Ensaladas

                          • Salpicon Ponte Vedra$14.00

                            galician style chilled shrimp salad with melon and avocado

                            • Moje$14.00

                              layered salad of imported tuna, olives, endive, marcona almonds

                              Huevos

                              • Huevos Con Migas Aragonesas$11.00

                                fried eggs, chorizo, rustic bread crumbs, seared grapes, sweet onion

                                • Moragas$12.00

                                  flash fried sardines with olive oil fried eggs and muscatel vinegar

                                  • Cuchifrito$11.00

                                    crispy lamb hash with poached eggs, ajo cabiñil sauce

                                    • El Quim$11.00

                                      local squid and crispy morcilla with broken eggs, boqueria style

                                      • Revuelto De Xamfaina$10.00

                                        scrambled eggs with catalan ratatouille

                                        • Potaje De Judias Con Bacalao$11.00

                                          aragon style spicy bean stew with house cured salt cod and poached eggs

                                          • Alcachofas Y Favas$12.00

                                            olive oil braised artichoke and fava bean stew, poached eggs

                                            What 819 people are saying

                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                            4.6
                                            4.6 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.7Food
                                            • 4.6Service
                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                            • 4.2Value

                                            NoiseModerate

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                                            1. j

                                              joanna

                                              New York Area

                                              17 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on March 10, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The best restaurant in cobble hill. That’s all.

                                            2. RF

                                              RebeccaF

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on March 8, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was superb and I appreciate portions that are not overwhelming; it allows me to try more things. The atmosphere was lovely, reflecting the unpretentious charm of the neighborhood. Can’t wait to go back.

                                            3. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on March 6, 2020

                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                              La Vara would have received 5 stars if not for the

                                            4. 1

                                              112021js

                                              Washington DC

                                              19 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              19 reviews

                                              Dined on March 4, 2020

                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                              Overpriiiiiiced

                                            5. R

                                              foodiesRus

                                              New York Area

                                              50 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              50 reviews

                                              Dined on March 2, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Relaxed atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable service, with extremely tasty flavorful food! Don't miss the Garbanzos Fritos, Coca de Cebes, and the Cochinillo. Sip on an Albaicin cocktail, you won't regret it!

                                            6. h

                                              hungrydiner

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on March 1, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Always enjoy a meal at La Vara staff is always excellent, food is always delicious and they're accommodating to food allergies, truly one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

                                            7. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New England

                                              12 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on February 29, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We sat at the bar and she couldn’t have been more knowledgeable or helpful! Outstanding and thank you for guiding us through our selections.

                                            8. f

                                              frederickc

                                              New England

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 24, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Unusual dishes cooked home style, reflecting Moroccan and old Spanish dishes. Best "Andalusian" food I have had outside Spain

                                            9. ET

                                              EllenT

                                              Houston

                                              30 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              30 reviews

                                              Dined on February 23, 2020

                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                              Nice experience and a lot of good vegetarian options

                                            10. N

                                              None

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 22, 2020

                                              overall2food2service4ambience3

                                              For $200 for two you expect a great meal. It wasn’t that. Had 6 dishes, 3 were good not great, fish dishes + artichoke. Two were poor, (lamb & rabbit). Fried chickpeas were good.

                                            11. SK

                                              SriramK

                                              New York Area

                                              8 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on February 15, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.. We went for brunch and the eggs were cooked to perfection.. We had the omelette and eggs flamenca and had a hard time deciding which one was better. To top it all we had churros which were the best I’ve had since Barcelona

                                            12. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on February 10, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Always an amazing time at La Vara! Tried all the exciting specials as well as favorite dishes on the menu and everything was top notch.

                                            13. DS

                                              DavidS

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on February 7, 2020

                                              overall5food4service5ambience4

                                              Our dishes were excellent except for the duck. Although the duck tasted great, it was chewy and very difficult to cut.

                                            14. D

                                              Dracofav

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 3, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Really delicious tapas at a reasonable price. Every dish was delicious and we filled up with 2 dishes ordered per person. The cocktail I had was delicious and there were several good options. We also split a pitcher of Sangria which was lovely. The service was wonderful and the bartender was charming while we waited for everyone to arrive

                                            15. CH

                                              ChrisH

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              2.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on February 2, 2020

                                              overall2food2service1ambience1

                                              The food is pretty good... but overpriced and portions are small. We had a reservation, stood at the door for ten minutes, and eventually chose the bar over the table offered us - which was directly in front of the kitchen. We waited over 30 minutes before anyone approached us at all for a drink order at the bar. We had to ask someone to take our order. We had to ask for spoons for coffee. We had to ask for napkins and silverware. Food was eventually delivered by basically throwing dishes in front of us. Staff never retuned to check on us or ask if we wanted anything else... we would have actually gotten drinks if they could have been bothered. But they couldn't be bothered. Very poor service. Mediocre food. We will not be back.

                                            16. MM

                                              MatthewM

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 26, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The unique dishes never disappoint. They are full of flavor and generally not anything you will see on a menu anywhere else. The service is always top notch.

                                            17. A

                                              Amasia

                                              New York Area

                                              8 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              8 reviews

                                              Dined on January 25, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Very nice. Food is good, service very helpful and polite. Good value except coffee. That’s a bit overpriced and they charge by the cup. My opinion - if it’s brunch then coffee should be refilled gratis. But that may be just me. Would definitely go back.

                                            18. J

                                              Jon2020

                                              New York Area

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on January 24, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Relaxed casual vibe but with very professional service. Food, wine, and meal timing were all fantastic as well, even though they were very busy. Delicious. Highly recommended.

                                            19. LL

                                              LisaL

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 22, 2020

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Lovely evening - service / ambiance top notch. Food very delicious.

                                            20. S

                                              Sara

                                              New Orleans

                                              20 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on January 15, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Absolutely delicious and surprising flavors. The white gazpacho special is one of the best things I have ever eaten. The staff was friendly and I will definitely be back.

                                            21. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              Philadelphia

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 14, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Wonderful service and food. Highly recommended

                                            22. ET

                                              EricT

                                              Chicago

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 9, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Food, atmosphere and price point all made this restaurant outstanding. We cannot wait to come back.

                                            23. JK

                                              JulK

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on January 9, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Great birthday dinner

                                            24. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on January 2, 2020

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Service was wonderful and the specials were so tasty!

                                            25. PF

                                              Professor2Foodie

                                              New York Area

                                              6 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on December 29, 2019

                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                              Food service and ambience do not live up to reviews. Coffee was bitter, brunch items—cuchifrito, tortilla, salads, all average. Was expecting better for a Spanish/ Jewish/ moorish themed bistro.

                                            26. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on December 23, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food, the service, and the ambiance were spectacular.

                                            27. M

                                              Mally1212

                                              New York Area

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on December 16, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food was absolutely amazing, it was my birthday and we have a great time. This restaurant is one start Michelin.

                                            28. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 15, 2019

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              Paper towels in the bathroom please! Also please inform about specials prices seemed a bit high Frozen labne was phenomenal! Amazing eggplant and croquettes as well as wine. Thank you!

                                            29. HJ

                                              HJLR

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 6, 2019

                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                              Excellent food and outstanding service. Lights of the rest are too bright for the type of restaurant. Decoration and ambiance could be better. Value was fair not great.

                                            30. GM

                                              GrnMntn

                                              New York Area

                                              33 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              33 reviews

                                              Dined on December 5, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              La Vara is a gem...a neighborhood type restaurant - small, quiet, comfortable, with exceptional food. We were impressed on every level, including the friendly, professional service. I can't wait to return!

                                            31. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 5, 2019

                                              overall3food3service3ambience3

                                              It was fine. Server did not have knowledge of the food.

                                            32. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 4, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              So lovely. Food was excellent and the server Molly really made it an A+ evening

                                            33. WV

                                              WVneighbor

                                              New York Area

                                              6 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              6 reviews

                                              Dined on December 2, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Loved our dinner at La Vara! Perfect evening of excellent food and service on a snowy evening. Every dish was prepared well (we shared 3 small plates and 2 bigger dishes between the two of us) and they timed the delivery of each dish well so that we never had to sit there hungry or rush to finish some because a new dish had come out too soon. Service was really great - our server explained all of the specials for the day and cared to recommend a dish over another by looking at them together with the rest of our chosen dishes. Really wonderful experience and we’ll definitely be back.

                                            34. VM

                                              VanessaM

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on December 1, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              One of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn> Never disappointing

                                            35. NB

                                              NancyB

                                              New York Area

                                              16 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on November 23, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              La Vara is a neighborhood gem with a comfortable and easy atmosphere and absolutely delicious tapas! Everything was delicious but my absolute favorite was the duck breast! Wow! Looking forward to going again.

                                            36. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              San Francisco

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on November 20, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Amazing dishes, thoughtful presentation and timing. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

                                            37. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              3 reviews

                                              3.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on November 14, 2019

                                              overall3food5service4ambience3

                                              It’s really good, consistent quality food. I just feel it’s over priced for the portion size (and I’m not from the US, where diners generally enjoy very large portions)

                                            38. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on November 12, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Friendly and knowledgeable staff. So kind to put up with a late large order. Made it an anniversary to remember. We're still talking about it and can't wait to go back!

                                            39. W

                                              Williammcrory12

                                              New York Area

                                              3 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on November 9, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Best restaurant in Brooklyn. Definitely going back.

                                            40. A

                                              Ashley

                                              New York Area

                                              7 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on November 3, 2019

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Anniversary

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                                            La Vara is rated 4.6 stars by 819 OpenTable diners.

                                            Not available on OpenTable

                                            Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

                                            If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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                                            Additional information

                                            • Neighborhood

                                              Cobble Hill

                                            • 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

                                            • Cuisines

                                              Spanish, Basque

                                            • Dining style

                                              Casual Dining

                                            • Dress code

                                              Casual Dress

                                            • Parking details

                                              None

                                            • Payment options

                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                            • Additional

                                              Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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