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Vara Winery & Distillery, Albuquerque, NM

Vara Winery & Distillery

4.7
4.7
245 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!

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Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Distillery

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-6280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We are not accepting private events at this time.

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Cross street

    Located on the north corner of Alameda Park Dr NE & Alameda Blvd NE

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Guided Wine Tasting

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Experience an in-depth guided wine presentation with Vara's Wine Educator. Explore six different wines in a communal setting, including wines that aren't usually offered by the glass. Great for groups and individuals alike. Classes are offered Monday - Friday at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. $30 per person with small snack plate included. Reservations recommended. Please note: dining is not available during this time.

Popular dishes

Menu

Wines

    Aperitif

    • Viña Cardinal - NM

      • Glass$12.00
      • Bottle$32.00
    • Vermut Seco

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
      • Bottle (375 ml)$14.00
    • Vermut Dulce

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
      • Bottle (375 ml)$14.00
    • Vermut Añejo Dulce

      • Glass$11.00
      • Bottle$27.00
      • Bottle (375 ml)$18.00

    Sparkling

    • Silverhead Brut Cava ESP

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
      • Bottle (375 ml)$14.00
    • Silverhead Brut Reserva ESP

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$24.00
    • Silverhead Brut Rosado ESP

      • Glass$10.00
      • Bottle$24.00

    White

    • Viura 2019 ESP

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
    • Albariño 2020 USA

      • Glass$13.00
      • Bottle$32.00
    • Malvasia 2020 ESP

      • Glass$13.00
      • Bottle$32.00

    Rosado

    • Garnacha Rosado 2020 ESP

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00

    Red

    • Garnacha 2019 ESP

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
    • Cariñena 2019 ESP

      • Glass$14.00
      • Bottle$34.00
    • Tempranillo 2019 ESP

      • Glass$9.00
      • Bottle$21.00
    • Garnacha 2019 Lot #0321 ESP

      • Glass$14.00
      • Bottle$34.00
    • Monastrell 2018 USA

      • Glass$13.00
      • Bottle$32.00
    • Garnacha Reserva 2018 ESP

      • Bottle$46.00

    Dessert

    • Dorado 2017 USA$100.00

      Sangria

      • Sangria Tinto 1.75 Liter

        • Glass$10.00
        • Bottle$50.00

      Wine Cocktails

      • Silverhead Kir Royal$10.00

        Silverhead Brut Cava, pomegranate, raspberry

        • Silverhead Escape$10.00

          Silverhead Brut Cava, ginger, lime, jalapeño

          • Sweet & Seco$10.00

            Vermut Dulce, Vermut Seco, orange twist

            • Vara Spritz$11.00

              Vermut Seco, Vermut Dulce, Silverhead Brut Cava, lemon twist

              Wine Flights

              includes 2 oz of each wine

              • Vara Wine Flight #00$14.00

                Select any Four Wines

                • Vara Wine Flight #01$14.00

                  Silverhead Brut Cava, Silverhead Brut Rosado Cava, Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava, Viña Cardinal - NM

                  • Vara Wine Flight #02$14.00

                    Viura 2019, Garnacha Rosado 2020, Garnacha 2019 ESP, Tempranillo 2019 ESP

                    • Vara Wine Flight #03$14.00

                      Garnacha 2019 ESP, Cariñena 2019 ESP, Tempranillo 2019 ESP, Monastrell 2018 USA

                      Beers

                      • Featured New Mexico Beers$7.00

                        On Tap; selections vary

                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                        What 245 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                        4.7
                        4.7 based on recent ratings
                        • 4.6Food
                        • 4.7Service
                        • 4.5Ambience
                        • 4.4Value

                        NoiseModerate

                        Loved For

                        • New Mexico

                          Fit for Foodies

                        • New Mexico

                          Notable Wine List

                        • Albuquerque

                          Best Overall

                        • Albuquerque

                          Best Food

                        • Albuquerque

                          Best Service

                        • Albuquerque

                          Best Value

                        • Albuquerque

                          Fit for Foodies

                        • Albuquerque

                          Hot Spot

                        • Albuquerque

                          Notable Wine List

                        • Albuquerque

                          Vibrant Bar Scene

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                        1. J

                          Janban

                          New Mexico

                          10 reviews

                          5.0

                          10 reviews

                          Dined 2 days ago

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We’ve been to Vara before and we keep coming back because both the food and wines are excellent. Our server had a tiny error, corrected immediately and comped our dessert.

                        2. C

                          Chief

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined 2 days ago

                          overall3food4service3ambience2

                          Some tapas are excellent; issue with timing of food orders. Sat inside due to wind and the flies were annoying!

                        3. SC

                          SwimChick

                          Jacksonville

                          13 reviews

                          3.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          Outdoor patio was nice; good view of Sandia’s. Wine was good; not the best in NM, by a long shot. Wines are simple, not complex, single note. Meatballs were moist, empanadas crispy, potatoes had nice heat, crustiny was underwhelming. Value was lacking. Service was OK.

                        4. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great atmosphere, drinks and food! Staff very knowledgeable about their menu.

                        5. LP

                          LisaP

                          New Mexico

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience2

                          Really enjoyed the paella and wine recommendation. Service was great.

                        6. LB

                          LoisB

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          We had the paella, the dates, the bruschetta, and the Brussel Sprouts as well as wine flights #1 and #2 split between 4 people. The food and wine were very good as well as our waiter who advised us like a pro. Doesn’t look like much from the road when driving by but it packs a lot of good positive vibes into a small area.

                        7. KT

                          KarelT

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                          overall5food3service5ambience5

                          We were there for a wine tasting. We only had snacks to go along with the wine. We want to return for a meal sometimes soon. We really enjoyed the wine tasting and bought several bottles of sine to prove it!

                        8. YT

                          YanceyTaos

                          New Mexico

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Again ! Great wine , service and wonderful food thanks

                        9. A

                          Anthony

                          New Mexico

                          13 reviews

                          5.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on April 30, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Great Service

                        10. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New Mexico

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wine tasting experience was exceptional! She was extremely knowledgeable and was super fun!

                        11. BW

                          BillW

                          New Mexico

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had a wonderful evening. Wine and food were fabulous.

                        12. j

                          jeffs

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Great experience wine tasting at Vara. We tasted six wines and were surprised to enjoy them all (unusual for us). Sean was a great host and made for a very relaxing and informative time. Vara has so many things going for it, expert wine makers, designers, and big big plans to be a force in the Southwest. We recommend visiting or if you can't, at least order some of their wine on line.

                        13. a

                          aefoodie

                          Denver

                          13 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Great in-house wine and spirits, cocktails, and Spanish food. Best service I've experienced in NM.

                        14. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely venue, great food and Wine

                        15. MC

                          MichaelC

                          New Mexico

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Staff was great and knowledable. Good food!!

                        16. AR

                          AmandaR

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 22, 2022

                          overall5food3service5ambience5

                          Sangria is so good! Staff was great and accomidating

                        17. CM

                          CaraM

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on April 19, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The wine tasting was amazing. Shawn was a great teacher and we learned quite a bit.

                        18. V

                          Vivi

                          New Mexico

                          12 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          12 reviews

                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          We had a great time. The brussel sprouts were great! Good wine choices. We enjoyed the flights.

                        19. RB

                          RobertB

                          New Mexico

                          9 reviews

                          4.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                          We enjoy the unique dining experience provided by Vara.

                        20. s

                          stevenl

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 30, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We went to a wine tasting at Vara as a birthday celebration, and it couldn’t have been any better! The staff was great, and so were the wines.

                        21. ET

                          EliseT

                          New Mexico

                          11 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          11 reviews

                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had such a wonderful experience here. Perfect for a date night. Lovely atmosphere. Great service, food and drink are excellent.

                        22. d

                          debbied

                          Western NC

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Very enjoyable; food was excellent!

                        23. YT

                          YanceyTaos

                          New Mexico

                          4 reviews

                          5.0

                          4 reviews

                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Staff are all very attentive and polite. Great atmosphere and awesome wine selection. Also many spirits and mixed drink selections.

                        24. c

                          christylou

                          New Mexico

                          34 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          34 reviews

                          Dined on March 19, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We are so glad we discovered this hidden gem! Their wines are made from Spanish and California grapes, so they are a cut above New Mexican wines which tend to have a bitter aftertaste. Staff is enthusiastic and fun as well as knowledgable. Tasting plates are all delectable!

                        25. C

                          Colorado

                          New Mexico

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 18, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Jenny was great. Her knowledge and experience in the wine industry is fantastic! Highly recommend.

                        26. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New Mexico

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We had the meat & cheese board as well as the dates. It was all excellent. Had a wine flight and particularly liked the Tempranillo

                        27. VJ

                          VeronicaJ

                          New Mexico

                          2 reviews

                          3.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on March 12, 2022

                          overall3food2service3ambience3

                          Wasn't happy with food had to send back it was cold meatballs and bread. they said they made a new one for us. When brought back I lied and said it was good. Still cold.

                        28. TH

                          TimothyH

                          Atlanta

                          1 review

                          vip
                          2.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 10, 2022

                          overall2food1service2ambience2

                          Wine was decent. Food was not good at all. Pretty disappointing all in all.

                        29. FF

                          FoodForThought

                          New Mexico

                          5 reviews

                          3.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 10, 2022

                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                          The food did not meet our expectations! Whatever that brandy mustard is that accompanies the lamb sausage, should not be served, in our opinion. It ruins the dish.. the lamb sausage did not have the taste of lamb to us, either. There was a slice of blood Orange that came with this dish, no chimichurri or cranberry inclusion as it states on the menu. The paella is average, not enough shellfish, and tiny bits of chicken and sausage. It was disappointing. People were having a good time and seemed to be enjoying their meals and time together. Maybe we just picked the wrong choices. The red wine was good.

                        30. C

                          Colorado

                          New Mexico

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on March 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Dinner and service was outstanding.

                        31. N

                          Nursenielsen

                          Savannah

                          5 reviews

                          4.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                          Good wine and charcuterie, but a little small and noisy. Offered to share our table since people without reservations were.being turned away and told that they were short staffed. Not very good whiskey IMO. Maybe we will try again if outdoor seating is available and warmer outside.

                        32. YH

                          YvetteH

                          New Mexico

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Our server Mattie was amazing and helpful. Definitely will go back.

                        33. BM

                          BrandyM

                          Kansas City

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on February 26, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Wonderful experience! We will be back!

                        34. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Nashville

                          9 reviews

                          5.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on February 26, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Loved everything

                        35. SB

                          SharonB

                          Tahoe

                          1 review

                          4.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 18, 2022

                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                          Tapas style eating is perfect for wine tasting and spirit tasting. Excellent tapas. Especially enjoyed the stuffed dates.

                        36. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New Mexico

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on February 12, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We decided to head to Vara for the special for the weekend. PEI oysters. We’d love it if they made this a regular event. We had a dozen with a bottle of reserve cava.

                        37. SS

                          StephenS

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on February 12, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Decor very Avant-garde. Great experience. Great food

                        38. S

                          Shoulderguru

                          New Mexico

                          7 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on February 11, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent tapas!!! Drinks and Service were also outstanding. Highly recommended!

                        39. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Los Angeles

                          5 reviews

                          5.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Always outstanding. I love that the menu is changing with the seasons!!

                        40. LO

                          LoriO

                          New Mexico

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on January 30, 2022

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          My husband & I had the best time together. We ordered a flight of wine which we made one wine change for our preference and a flight of the whiskeys. We thoroughly enjoyed the drinks and food. The tapas portions of the food were perfect for us. Can't wait to go back with our friends!

                        Safety precautions

                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Physical distancing

                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                          • Extra space between tables
                        • Screening

                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                          • Staff is vaccinated

                        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 245 OpenTable diners.

                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                        Make a reservation

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                        Booked 11 times today
                        Experiences are available.
                        Google Map for Vara Winery & Distillery

                        315 Alameda Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87113

                        Dining areas

                        Additional information

                        • Cross street

                          Located on the north corner of Alameda Park Dr NE & Alameda Blvd NE

                        • Neighborhood

                          Albuquerque

                        • Hours of operation

                          Sat 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Distillery

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Parking details

                          Private Lot

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Additional

                          Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                        • Phone number

                          (505) 898-6280

                        • Private party facilities

                          We are not accepting private events at this time.

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