La Vara

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Brooklyn. Definitely going back.

PL
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice, quaint neighborhood place. Innovative take on tapas, interesting and very tasty dishes. A little pricey but worth the experience.

LB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great great great great great. Seriouly dude, great.

B
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome dining experience in Brooklyn. Fantastic and interesting menu! Wonderful service!

GZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was quite good, but the service was very American. Felt like we were being rushed through the meal, servers were very eager to clear empty plates. We were seated at a table right next to the kitchen which wasn't ideal.

MS
Sydney / NSW
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level at this wonderful restaurant is a major drawback for anyone with even a minor hearing problem

AZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! Our anniversary was amazing thanks to this place!!

VC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Brunch is probably not the time to try this place. server was kind of rushing us so she could end her shift. She wasn't so helpful with the menu. Poached eggs were way underdone, but nice flavors. Tortilla tasted good, but potato/egg mixture wasn't like an authentic Spanish tortilla. The garbanzo beans could have used a sauce or drizzle.

RK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Wish the brunch portions were a little bigger!

LV
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The service was much too rushed. I have been there before and the meal was well timed...not this time

B
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely small restaurant with an interesting menu. The food is well cooked. The service is friendly. The cuisine is unique.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Best churros I’ve ever had in my life 😋

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional food. Great service. We received a few complimentary plates as well, which was a nice touch. Inventive combinations. Certain dishes stood out. Sublime day boat scallops, the cumin lamb, the suckling pig --all must haves. Will be going back for more soon.

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with exceptional flavors. Our best meal of the trip (vs. Celestine and Vinegar Hill House). Great to enjoy Spanish food with a strong seafood focus!

T
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous food and gracious service.

C
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is extraordinary. The food is excellent, the atmosphere charming and the wait staff attentive. We had a great time

SF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous and scrumptious food. Best was cold but milk broth with sliced scallops and sea urchin. Meatballs not moist and paella noodles flavorless. All else great including fried chick peas.

JL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

FANTASTIC, AUTHENTIC FOOD PREPARED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made a special trip to Brooklyn on the last day of our four day stay in NYC just to dine at La Vara. I made reservations weeks ago after researching to find a Sephardic restaurant for us to enjoy as my husband is half Sephardic and we have no such options in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, we had dinner plans for the rest of our trip so I thought we would try lunch. Cobble Hill is beautiful and the weather for patio dining was perfect but the food was only satisfactory and far from the special experience I had expected. We’ll try again on our next trip.

AR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was an outstanding experience! From the staff, to the food, to the atmosphere! Love the small plates menu because we wanted to try so many of the dishes being offered. We had 8 small plates plus 2 desserts! Each dish was visually appealing, flavorful, fresh, and and the flavors worked well together. The gin and tonics were awesome! Wonderful treat!

TE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service
Always coming back for the almond soup!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved it!! Each dish was more delicious than the last and our server was knowledgeable and fun. I highly recommend it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday dinnner with great friend

J
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service and a delicious meal. definitely recommend!

E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn! The food is truly outstanding, cocktails are delicious and service is lovely. A perfect date night spot.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vara was so great. The food was delicious and the sangria was equally good.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't think I can write a glowing-enough review for the experience we had at La Vara. Delicate, bold, delicious. The server was great also. I wish I remembered her name to give her a shoutout!

SB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

For a Michelin star restaurant it was underwhelming.
Everything we ordered was overly salted and made the dishes not as enjoyable. I felt the price point was also high for the quality. The white sangria I ordered lacked any fresh fruit which is usually typical in a sangria. I was visiting and convinced my friend to join me there so I was disappointed when it didn’t live up to the hype of the yelp reviews.

KZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I split 5 dishes and it was the perfect amount of food. The flavors are incredible! If you’re an adventurous eater, this is a great place to try all the unique tapas on the menu. Highly recommend this cute neighborhood spot.

MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Vara was everything I had hoped for. Zero pretension, just great food. We had the Garbanzos Fritos, fried artichokes, shishito peppers, Gurullos, Fideuá, a risotto special, grilled dorade special, the cake which is standard and a puddingish dish. The latter was the only thing I didn't love.

B
San Francisco
144 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved La Vara! The food is innovative and thoughtfully prepared and seasoned. You have to start with the chick peas. The Salmoreja is perfect, as is the Fideua. The service is friendly and coordinated. You won't be disappointed.

A
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Intriguing menu choices, great flavors, warm and thoughtful service - a delightful evening. We were to be joined by friends whose plane from Denver was diverted because La Guardia shut down during the rain. Restaurant graciously delayed our reservation, took care of their luggage when they arrived direct from the airport, and accommodated orders as people were ready to order. That spread-out schedule provided the opportunity for us to sample several appetizers/small plates, including a tasty off-menu special of a mix of fresh corn kernels with tomatoes and other ingredients, fried artichokes with anchovy aioli, and a luscious plate of salt cod carpaccio with fresh tomato, mimosa egg, dried black olive, and za’atar. Main course highlight was the house-cured duck breast with a savory, but not heavy chocolate sauce, almond picada, and pickled vegetables - not at all a mole, but rather a sophisticated flavor combination worthy of a 4-star restaurant. Yet served in a casual, comfortable setting with servers who seemed to love their jobs, the food they described, and the restaurant guests they served.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative and delicious small plates. We had the croquettes, crispy eggplant, real heart special and sardines. All well composed and delicious. But portions are on the small side if you're very hungry

JK
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Our meal was delicious, but unfortunately we had a less than desirable service experience that leads me to believe that I should not recommend the restaurant to colleagues or friends.

E
London
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great innovative tapas restaurant. Would recommend it to friends.

YO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

YYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMM. Thoughtful food and staff. Perfect for reconnecting with the hubby. Loved everything about it.

AS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always absolutely delicious!

JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place, a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting. The wine pour was a bit small considering how much it was for a glass - but overall Great date night place.

f
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The recommendation is actually maybe because of the following. The noise level is unbearable and unfortunately it really detracts from the high quality of the food being served.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were a large group so we tried a lot of the dishes on the menu. It started out strong with the persian cucumber salad which was a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. Unfortunately after that things went downhill. The preparation was good but many of the dishes were overly salty, we all thought the noodle paella tasted like Lipton's onion soup, the the tuna tartare (salty) came with fried motzah that left a burnt taste in the mouth. We had the chicken heart salad, the hearts were yakatori style on skewers and delicious but the salad was so salty it was hard to eat. Sorry, I really wanted to like the restaurant but 8 of us agreed it was disappointing.

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