Vara Winery & Distillery

4.7
202 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Vara is your destination for fine Spanish and American wines, artisanally crafted spirits, tasty tapas and dramatic sunsets. Relax on our patio with a flight of wine that connects the rich histories of Spain and New Mexico while honoring the birthplace of the American wine experience. Sip on a cocktail crafted from our unique selection of Vara's handcrafted brandies, rums, gin or Taylor Garrett Whiskey while enjoying a pan of paella or savory tapas. Vara satisfies the senses. You can sit on our patio with panoramic views of the valley or relax in our cozy indoor tasting room with a glass of wine. Come take a tour of our winery and distillery and stay for the the food, wine, and spirits!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 202 people are saying
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vipLORRIO
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We enjoyed ourselves but we shared Paella and rice was gummy and some of the meat/seafood was over cooked and rubbery. We’ll try it again though.

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Dolores
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food and service were excellent and of course the wine is the star of the show. We would have appreciated tasting notes with our tasting flight. It wasn’t offered to us and I feel like that would have enhanced our tasting experience. Overall, however, a delightful evening!

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SamanthaR
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for food and drinks. Great service and experience in every way.

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Jessica
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara is our favorite and we loved the NYE Prefix dinner! Highly recommended!

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vipBrookeB
Mississippi
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was friendly and answered all of our questions. The wine was fantastic! We had a great relaxing time enjoying all of our selections.

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NickC
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The wine, service and atmosphere is very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

OK. Good service, not so great food. Wine is ok.

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SusanH
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here exceeds expectations for what you might find at a typical wine tasting venue. As someone who lived in Spain and appreciates a good tapa, I could find no fault with the food. Their wines and spirits were also good to very good. All in all a pleasant experience and I look forward to going again, especially when the weather warms again for the outdoor patio.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great winery with tapas.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We enjoyed our evening out but, not as good as the last few. Menu is always the same some new additions would be good to try.

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TimMi
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was superb. Alex was an outstanding ambassador for Vara. Ambience a little too industrial for me - a fireplace would be perfect! The fact that we had to move from our table to open it up for another reservation, even though we had a reservation, was very unfortunate, and bad business - especially since we were ordering drinks and food regularly. The wine, all three we tried, were fantastic. I'll be back because the service and the wine were great. Hopefully I won't get kicked out of my seat again.

Vara Winery & Distillery
Responded on December 19, 2021

Thank you for your review. I'm happy you had a good time and enjoyed the wines. I do understand that having your time cut short is frustrating. With our reduced hours due to the staffing shortage and our small tasting room within a working winery and distillery it is hard to accommodate everyone that wants to come in. Like many other places, we put 2-hour time limit on each reservation (as posted online and at our tasting room) so that we can keep our staff employed. Hope to see you soon.

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SWABQ
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Food, wine, recommendations, and Alex!!

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LoriW
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine flights are fun and give you a variety to taste. Food was delicious and fun to share.

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VanessaM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Cocktails were great. Alex was an excellent server. We were a little dissatisfied with the pork belly, as it was a bit dry and chewy and didn’t have the manchego polenta. We were told the kitchen thought they were all in, so they gave us an extra live of belly to make up for it!

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GinaM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun evening. Excellent service in a fairly quiet setting. Really enjoyed the brandy, wine and tapas!! Definitely worth going here. Planning on taking other friends to enjoy this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely place! Service was fantastic, and the food was delicious. We tried their gin, whiskey and a res wine flight. All were amazing. Wound up buying 4 bottles of wine and 2 bottle of whiskey!

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vipTracyT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed the drinks that we tried. We also had the dates and popcorn. They were both delicious. The paella was not so good. It was very thick and gummy.

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christylou
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our server! Loved the food! Loved the wine!
Our first time here and we’ll be back for sure.

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AmyA
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff always take good care of us and the food is fantastic!

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vipNancypsy
New Mexico
68 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great time tasting gin, rum, etc. I really liked the gin. We enjoyed the tapas, Brussels sprouts and chicken empanadas and dates. Tasty! I’ll bring my hubby next time.

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AdrianeJ
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at VARA was beautiful! We sat outside they provided heaters for every table which was nice the atmosphere was great and the food was incredible

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vipAnnD
New Mexico
65 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Going to Vara is always a great time for us. We really like the whole experience, inside or out. Sharing the food and wine is a delight.

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SWABQ
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks with friends night. Alex, our waiter, was awesome and made good suggestions about wine and food. We left happy and with one more wine club subscription in our pocket.

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Lsivage
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there and definitely not the last!!! The ambiance was wonderful. The food was outstanding. The service was phenomenal. Chanel was our waitress and we’re looking forward to requesting her on our next visit.

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ChrisH
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara is always a good time. Servers know the products will. Great options for wine and cocktails. Food is on point.

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ELISAb
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this whole experience. Our server was amazing, knowledgeable, energetic, and fun. The wine tasting was delicious and the food was great. Such a great spot!

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TedW
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex our server was great. Food was excellent. Can't wait to go back.

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Mitchie
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A great find! Loved our time at the winery! Great tapas! Great wine!

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EricA
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the wine flights and tapas

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vipGeno
New Mexico
170 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first visit to the Vara Winery & Distillery, and it was overall a good experience. The spirits still need a bit of refinement, and the food, while it was good, was a bit pricy.

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OuroriginalThanksgiving
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely waitress. It was hard to purchase the wine in the store because of their computer… but the service was great, food and wine wonderful and fairly priced. It was a beautiful fall day… balloons out too.. splendid all around!

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KB211
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara is a new favorite place. I've only been in the patio area and it is wonderful, even in late October... quiet, lovely, shaded, and with terrific service. Food and wines are delicious!

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SamanthaR
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience with food and drinks. Love the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara has always been one of our favorite, go-to for date night! The food, ambiance service and wine are top notch and never disappoint! No matter the occasion, dining here always feels like a special event.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The service took 25 mins to just bring water, thank goodness for the food truck who are much quicker with the food service but the paella was super salty , we had put extra plain rice at home to make it edible. The service guy needs to remember while chatting with customers might be thing but if it impedes service on waiting customers may be need to rethink his job profile. Sorry for the harshness but I had the same experience twice now so May be it’s time to take break now for us.

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vipStellaC
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Emma and Alex were fantastic as always. We had a wonderful evening. Thanks!!

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CandiceC
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining with tapas menu, excellent all around

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Dulce
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to meet with friends and have food and drinks.

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SallyC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a regular visitor to Vara, everyone is always so friendly and the food and drinks are are consistently good. The food looks and tastes wonderful !

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LynneO
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara is always a delight in a beautiful location for sunset and pink Sandia time, delicious variety of wine, bubbly and still, and food can be had in quantity or nibbles. Our service was exceptional and the couple from New Jersey at the next outdoor table was having a wonderful experience for their first time in New Mexico, having found Vara online and it more than lived up to their expectations!

FAQs

Vara Winery & Distillery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 898-6280.

Vara Winery & Distillery is rated 4.7 stars by 202 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.