Vara Winery & Distillery

4.8
188 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!

Experiences

  • New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner

    $85.00 per person

    Dec 30 - Dec 31, 2021

    Come join us to bid farewell to 2021! We are celebrating this year with a special five-course dinner featuring exciting new dishes from Chef Ruiz, with tantalizing Vara wine pairings included. Space is limited, so make your reservation now! Note: please inform us of any dietary restrictions upon making your reservation.

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 188 people are saying
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VanessaM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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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
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
63 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
5 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
2 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!

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RickW
New Mexico
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As usual, the food and wine was delicious. This is one of our favorite places to dine out in Albuquerque, especially as it's so close to home. We can highly recommend it.

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JenJen
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vara has gotten popular! We got reservations on a Saturday afternoon at 3pm and it was booked up after that. I really appreciated that they are not trying to "cram" more people inside. It is very pleasant. Our table only came to try their wine flights and ordered a couple of small tapas plates, not a whole meal. The server couldn't have been nicer about our simple order and also knew a lot about the wines. It was the first time I sat inside and it was very cool to be inside of a working winery.

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Abqdeb
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great time at dinner here. Paella is excellent! It did not take 45 minutes to make like the server said, however, so we hadn't ordered wine or anything yet. Too cold to sit outside (get some heaters, please) but they let us have a nice table in the retail space. All of the food we ordered was very good. Highly recommend.

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DavidD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Nice outdoor space and seating. Our server Mattie was very nice and took great care of us.

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MarianT
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a member of the VARA Wine Club. The atmosphere is very pleasant and relaxed. The staff is very professional, personable and knowledgeable about the wine and distillery offerings. The menu is both tapas and entree oriented. I highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance, service, beverages and most of the food was outstanding. I was underwhelmed by the paella, but everything else was great! Alex our server was delightful!

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BoonieG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, friendly and efficient servers, nice outdoor dining area.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

So thing was first time ever going to a winery ever. I went for my birthday. The location was nice cool breeze and the server Alex was great explaining what kind of wines they have and options. I saw the menu for the food which was not great just because everything they had on the list for food and appetizers had spicy in every single one. Since I do not eat spicy I picked one dish that said nothing of spicy. That was a mistake. I couldn’t eat it. But it was tasty. If that makes sense. I was able to enjoy the cocktail I had a cucumber gimlet. Very tasty. Overall it was a good experience I would definitely recommend this place and maybe go again to try more drinks.

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Roadrunner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time dining so didn't know what to expect. Food was very good and our server, Maddie, was excellent.

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HollyM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine and delicious Tapas. The service is always very good.

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MahelioR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good staff, very knowledgeable
Wine and food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! The service was excellent! This was our first experience eating here. We are looking forward to dining here again!

RC
RachaelC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating area is wonderful.
Food and beverages were lovely.
Exceptional service!! We really appreciate all the staff wearing masks!!
We are in the medical field and want to THANK YOU for showing us you care!! - Rachael Cunnick

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and amazing staff!
Thanks!

FAQs

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

Vara Winery & Distillery is rated 4.8 stars by 188 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.