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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.

268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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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


Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(718) 422-0065

Website:
http://www.lavarany.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Vara Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Tapas (25)
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Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (13)
Casual (12)
Authentic (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Romantic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Seasonal (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Fun (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was good but not that mind-blowing. I don’t know if the Michelin standards are different from country to country but comparing with the standards I’m used to they are under the one star especially the overall experience. The service was the worse (no advices about food or wine, presenting the plates, waiters putting the garbage out during service, ...). The toilets were gross and the kitchen looked very unclean. I feel like they likely got some network to get this star and we all know that it brings tons of visits for the best and the bad!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Really spectacular, delicious, perfect. Great service too and the food was tasty and beautifully plated.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

La Vara is delicious, period. And our waitress and the host were so nice. Small room gets a little loud but in the back it was better.

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·Dined 7 days ago

We came to La Vara for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Everything we ordered was amazing - I even enjoyed the Pipirrana con Grano (cucumber and grain salad) despite not usually liking cucumber. We particularly enjoyed the gurullos (Murcian pasta) and Sobrasada con Miel (spreadable sausage with honey). We shared a pitcher of sangria, which was delicious too, and finished with amazing olive oil ice cream. The staff were friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is lively but not too loud. Overall I highly recommend La Vara!

Tags: Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

My partner and I celebrated our 19th anniversary , and we were treated very special by the staff (thank you ) . The food was amazing.

Tags: Tapas, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent and attentive staff. Food wonderful we felt we were back in spain

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

This place is fantastic - the food is so good and the staff is extremely courteous and helpful. I ate here for the first time a few weeks ago and had to go back right away!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice place. Drinks are very good. Service was excellent. I want to give it more stars but the food was disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Wonderful!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing dishes, great flavors, great presentation. The staff and service was outstanding!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Just great all around

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Just really enjoyed all of it. Delicious and unique cuisine, lovely server.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

My husband and I came to New York to visit our kids, both of whom live in Manhattan. My son recommended that we try La Vara and I agreed, although it wasn't as convenient as the other restaurants we chose. It ended up being our favorite, one of the ones that we'll put on our every time we visit list. It was wonderful that we were five people because we got to try lots of different dishes. I think we ordered 12 dishes, which we managed to finish, but we could have had less. My favorites were the paella, which was smaller than I expected; the fried chick peas and the spreadable sausage. The meal was paced very well and we also enjoyed our wine choices. Great food and service. And although the place was very busy, we could still have a conversation without having to shout. Can't wait to return.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is really good, but if you’re looking for authentic Spanish food this is not your place.
I would say that the food is Spanish inspired but not necessarily Spanish and the restaurant does not have the vibe of a Spanish restaurant (more like a Brooklyn hipster vibe). Moreover, they fail to explain that the portions are for sharing (all of them). The service is really good though and the food too, is just that it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Tags: Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Tapas style with what is described as “moorish” influence. Enjoyed the sweet potato and shrimp special. The rest was a little disappointing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We have been here several times and have always been very pleased with the food and service. We enjoy both dinner and brunch here. Creative menu. Will certainly return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food and service. The specials were really outstanding.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The flavors were spot on! Every dish our group ordered was amazing and something as simple sounding as fried chickpeas packed a great punch of flavor.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great wine list and excellent food. Love the details of every plate. I will come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great tasting food and selection. Service was attentive but not overbearing, which was greatly appreciated. The sobresada con miel is excellent, as is the duck.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Amazing meal. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed the discussion with the bartender who provided some outstanding suggestions for the meal. Will definitely go back the next time I'm in the city!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

All good. Service a little rushed for a Wednesday.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We had a very pleasant dinner. Food was very good as was the service. Will definitely go back and recommend that others do too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We came to La Vera after reading a few reviews. We were blown away by the amazing brunch menu and beautiful atmosphere. Our server was so incredibly kind, knowledgeable and professional, as were all the people working there. We were in NY for three days and this was our favorite meal.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Very nice spanish food! The tapas were great and the wine was delicious! The service was everything i expected from Brooklyn: chill and relaxed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great place to dine, especially with a group. Every dish we tried was delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We have been for dinner and it was excellent. Went for brunch/lunch on Sunday and it just wasn't great. So perhaps dinner is the time to go!

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I absolutely agree with the previous good reviews. The restaurant's food, service and wine choices- were excellent. We loved sharing and we had wonderful suggestions from the staff about what to order and followed their advice on amounts to order. Fun place and we will return!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Mediocre food, lack of attentive service and not worth the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The lamb entree and greens were great. The cod was alright. The pork belly was over cooked and the shrimps were inedible. Your wait staff was the best part of the evening.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Authentic Southern Spain in a fun, casual ambiance. We love all the dishes here. Pollo Asado, suckling pig and fish are my favorites. Recommend 2-3 dishes per person for sharing.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Casual, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service, great food, although the portions were a bit smaller than I expected them to be.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great experience, we particularly enjoyed the well chosen wine list.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Really bad service last saturday at brunch. Restaurant seemed understaffed. Also squid dish was not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

So many wonderful dishes! The service was attentive but not overbearing and we had a wonderful family dinner. We loved the suckling pig and cucumber salad. We didn’t love the seafood dishes as much but everything else was lovely!

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A little pricy for the portions given though food taste great. Thought I'll get a little bit more food for the price tag. E.g., Paella costs $21 but so little noodles - only filled up less than half of a plate and literally 3 bites.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Loved the sangria, chicken hearts, croquettes, lamb and paella noodle dish. A really fun menu, and looking forward to go going back. Service was especially excellent!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Place is tiny and crowded. Best to eat at the bar if you want room and a very engaging bartender

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 (New England)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Tasty good but don't come if you are very hungry-portion sized are tiny aside from the shishito peppers.

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