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Vara Winery & Distillery, Albuquerque, NM

Vara Winery & Distillery

4.7
4.7
337 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
***WE HAVE MOVED RESERVATION PLATFORMS***
Book your reservation at https://www.exploretock.com/vara-wines-albuquerque or call us at (505) 898-6280

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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Distillery
  • Hours of operation
    Bar Tue 11:00 am–6:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 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

What 337 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.7
4.7 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

337 Reviews
  1. CurtissL

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktails were great, so enjoyed sitting on the lawn. Just a wonderful afternoon.

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    Jacksonville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my wife and I took the guided wine tasting with Jennie on June 30, 2023. Jennie provided a lovely charcuterie to accompany our sampling of wines, which was important to us as we prefer to have some food with our wines. We sampled a very nice selection of VARA wines and Jennie taught us about every wine. Our enjoyment was made all the better with the in depth teaching of why the wine was made, how it was made, and a lot of great information to explain all the whys that my wife had about each wine. It was such a laid back experience but full of knowledge parsed out in a fun way. Would definitely recommend VARA wines to anyone who appreciates great wines and the guided tasting is a must!

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  3. Boomer

    San Antonio

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall, very good experience. Will be back…with friends.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The paella was amazing. I love it here. It takes a little bit longer to come to your table then their other dishes but it’s definitely something you want to try. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Oh, those pork chops! So delicious. We were disappointed they ran out of paella by 6:30, but the chops proved to be a delicious substitute. Sangria was fab as we enjoyed the beautiful outdoor setting.

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  6. AlanH

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server left us unattended for almost 45 minutes. We did not have the opportunity to order more food or drinks. The tables around us experienced similar issues. Our main course (pork chop) was serve at room temperature, not hot. The salad portion vs price was what we expected, too small. The staff is usually extremely good and this is our first negative experience. Most of the staff seemed new and the restaurant was busy.

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  7. Jester

    New Mexico

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed VARA,S menu last year. We went multiple times taking many new people to enjoy the outdoor searing area and these great tapas plates. VARA wine is spectacular especially for a local winery. Many selections which included, chicken skewers, asparagus plate, beef plate and a potato plate with sausage. This year we went back for our first visit. The outdoor dining area was great, service was ok but tapas lacking. This year plates were mainly starches, very little proteins except pork which several in our group don’t eat. We sincerely hope that this years tapas menu can be revised to include more proteins as we really enjoy this venue. We don’t know if we can easily recommend VARA to friends given the current menu.

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  8. DebbieH

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and good wine. Went early in case there was a crowd so they were not too busy.

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  9. Lizette

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit and it won’t be our last

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  10. Carol

    New Mexico

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The tapas selection was quite meager. The menu on Open Table I looked at just prior to going there had an extensive selection that did not exist. It was a mystery to everyone there but it was disappointing. We ended up having to order dishes we weren't particularly interested in because we needed to create a meal for four. The High Desert Martini was interesting. I was already familiar with the wines and do like several .

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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 337 OpenTable diners.

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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
    Bar Tue 11:00 am–6:00 pm Wed–Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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