Vara Winery & Distillery
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
- Contact tracing information collected
Saffron Bomba Rice, Chicken, Chorizo, Shrimp, Mussels, Clams, Saffron Aioli
Fried Brussels Sprouts
Sherry Vinegar, Salsa Balsamica
Fried Green Chile Bombas
Bomba Rice, Shrimp, Chorizo, Green Chile-Saffron Aioli
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.
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!
Always a great place for food and drinks. Great service and experience in every way.
Vara is our favorite and we loved the NYE Prefix dinner! Highly recommended!
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.
The wine, service and atmosphere is very good.
OK. Good service, not so great food. Wine is ok.
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.
Great winery with tapas.
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.
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.
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.
Everything was great! Food, wine, recommendations, and Alex!!
Wine flights are fun and give you a variety to taste. Food was delicious and fun to share.
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!
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!
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!
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.
Loved our server! Loved the food! Loved the wine!
Our first time here and we’ll be back for sure.
The staff always take good care of us and the food is fantastic!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Vara is always a good time. Servers know the products will. Great options for wine and cocktails. Food is on point.
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!
Alex our server was great. Food was excellent. Can't wait to go back.
A great find! Loved our time at the winery! Great tapas! Great wine!
Loved the wine flights and tapas
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.
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!
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!
Always a great experience with food and drinks. Love the staff.
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.
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.
Excellent food. Emma and Alex were fantastic as always. We had a wonderful evening. Thanks!!
Lovely outdoor dining with tapas menu, excellent all around
Nice place to meet with friends and have food and drinks.
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 !
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!
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.