I don't think I can write a glowing-enough review for the experience we had at La Vara. Delicate, bold, delicious. The server was great also. I wish I remembered her name to give her a shoutout!
For a Michelin star restaurant it was underwhelming.
Everything we ordered was overly salted and made the dishes not as enjoyable. I felt the price point was also high for the quality. The white sangria I ordered lacked any fresh fruit which is usually typical in a sangria. I was visiting and convinced my friend to join me there so I was disappointed when it didn’t live up to the hype of the yelp reviews.
My partner and I split 5 dishes and it was the perfect amount of food. The flavors are incredible! If you’re an adventurous eater, this is a great place to try all the unique tapas on the menu. Highly recommend this cute neighborhood spot.
La Vara was everything I had hoped for. Zero pretension, just great food. We had the Garbanzos Fritos, fried artichokes, shishito peppers, Gurullos, Fideuá, a risotto special, grilled dorade special, the cake which is standard and a puddingish dish. The latter was the only thing I didn't love.
I loved La Vara! The food is innovative and thoughtfully prepared and seasoned. You have to start with the chick peas. The Salmoreja is perfect, as is the Fideua. The service is friendly and coordinated. You won't be disappointed.
Intriguing menu choices, great flavors, warm and thoughtful service - a delightful evening. We were to be joined by friends whose plane from Denver was diverted because La Guardia shut down during the rain. Restaurant graciously delayed our reservation, took care of their luggage when they arrived direct from the airport, and accommodated orders as people were ready to order. That spread-out schedule provided the opportunity for us to sample several appetizers/small plates, including a tasty off-menu special of a mix of fresh corn kernels with tomatoes and other ingredients, fried artichokes with anchovy aioli, and a luscious plate of salt cod carpaccio with fresh tomato, mimosa egg, dried black olive, and za’atar. Main course highlight was the house-cured duck breast with a savory, but not heavy chocolate sauce, almond picada, and pickled vegetables - not at all a mole, but rather a sophisticated flavor combination worthy of a 4-star restaurant. Yet served in a casual, comfortable setting with servers who seemed to love their jobs, the food they described, and the restaurant guests they served.
Innovative and delicious small plates. We had the croquettes, crispy eggplant, real heart special and sardines. All well composed and delicious. But portions are on the small side if you're very hungry
Our meal was delicious, but unfortunately we had a less than desirable service experience that leads me to believe that I should not recommend the restaurant to colleagues or friends.
Great innovative tapas restaurant. Would recommend it to friends.
YYYUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMM. Thoughtful food and staff. Perfect for reconnecting with the hubby. Loved everything about it.
Always absolutely delicious!
Great place, a bit on the pricey side for what you're getting. The wine pour was a bit small considering how much it was for a glass - but overall Great date night place.
The recommendation is actually maybe because of the following. The noise level is unbearable and unfortunately it really detracts from the high quality of the food being served.
We were a large group so we tried a lot of the dishes on the menu. It started out strong with the persian cucumber salad which was a wonderful mix of flavors and textures. Unfortunately after that things went downhill. The preparation was good but many of the dishes were overly salty, we all thought the noodle paella tasted like Lipton's onion soup, the the tuna tartare (salty) came with fried motzah that left a burnt taste in the mouth. We had the chicken heart salad, the hearts were yakatori style on skewers and delicious but the salad was so salty it was hard to eat. Sorry, I really wanted to like the restaurant but 8 of us agreed it was disappointing.
This restaurant cooks delicious food.
Wonderful eating experience- late lunch. Meals were served hot, and tasty. Perfectly balanced Sangria.
I loved dining at La Vara, but wish I had realized beforehand that they are a tapas restaurant. Our server recommended 2-3 small plates per person. We made it work with several of the smaller appetizer sized dishes and one small plate each. They also had a great happy hour deal on Sangria!
Food was spectacular. Our waitress was truly one of the worst I have had in years. She was passive aggressive, non-accommodating, and pretty rude at times.
Dishes like lightly breaded and fried artichokes, unbelievably creamy pine-nut gazpacho with scallops, and a delicately prepared octopus salad were some of the best things I've eaten in New York ever. But it's no surprise from the chefs of Txikito and El Qunto Pino, who take Spanish food to an exquisite level.
Very delicious and very creative dishes to share, from the Basque Region. We loved most of them, but it can get pricey.
We had a terrific meal. The server suggest 5 dishes for the two of us. She was spot on. We had just the right amount of delectable food. We started with the fried Brussels sprouts. Unbelievable. What a great way to get your greens. The meatballs were savory and tender. We had a cucumber salad which was crunchy, perfectly dressed and light. I had the grilled sardines and I refused to share them. I would go back just for these swimmers! Finally we had the crispy suckling pig. It was so flavorful and tender it melted in my mouth and left a smile. I am looking forward to a return visit. It was a great meal.
Wanted to dine there for a long time and we are very happy we went there. My hubby ordered half chicken for us. Blowing off my complain that he ordered a boring dish, I have to tell, the chicken was THE BEST chicken I have ever had! Friendly and professional atmosphere. Beautiful location.
Delicious food and great service
Second visit, food was even better then first time around!
So different and interesting flavors.
La Vara is a lovely neighborhood restaurant. It has an excellent menu of tapas with a few regular main courses. The sangria is excellent. The wine list is very good. The beer list needs work. It is a warm and engaging place in a beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood and is alongside a lovely park. It is one of the finest restaurants in New York City. I would give it 2 Michelin stars for food (2 macarons).
Absolutely lovely restaurant in Cobble Hill where I celebrated my 40th with my 6 besties. Delicious food, lovely ambiance, excellent service. Don’t forget dessert!
Great food but WAY too loud for relaxation and conversation. If sound panels installed I’d definitely recommend and go back.
My husband and I went here for a date night recently. We had been to their sister restaurant in Chelsea in the past, which we really enjoyed for many of the same reasons: great service, casual and cozy atmosphere, delicious and interesting food that celebrates great ingredients. We are excited to try their seafood restaurant, St. Julivert, next!
Everything was insanely delicious. My favorite was the tuna tartare with fried matzoh. So good!
Creative menu, creative presentation of very good food. Thanks
Knowledgeable staff, extremely friendly yet professional service, and the tastes were lucsios. Small snafu with our reservation was unfortunate but did not diminish our enjoyment.
The artichokes were heavenly, the olive oil ice cream blew me away.
I always knew that La Vara was great for dinner but not that they do amazing brunch and have a lovely outside dining area. Great experience again!
We love La Vara! It’s a neighborhood gem. Delicious food, warm ambiance and a delight of Iberian and Middle Eastern flavors.
We were initially very disappointed that, despite our telling La Vara that it was our anniversary, they couldn’t seat us on the patio outside as we had requested. Fortunately, our server Jackie M was absolutely wonderful and made up for that. As usual, the food was terrific, the service warm and attentive, making for an exceptional evening. This is one of our favorite places-I think we’ve come to celebrate a birthday and another anniversary at least. Well done!
PS We appreciated the candle with our dessert.
My new favorite restaurant! The chicken hearts, duck breast and lamb breast are a must. Such an amazing meal.
The good is outstanding - so inventive. Can’t wait to go back!
The food was tasty but not great. Portions were adequate but not generous. Had brunch with eggs but had to ask for bread and for the table to be cleared when courses were completed.
my only issue was the wine by the glasses weren't really well described and i wasn't happy with either of them. both felt a little bland and overpriced.