La Vara

4.7
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819 reviews
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$30 and under
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Spanish

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La Vara celebrates the Moorish and Jewish legacies in Spanish Cooking. Chefs and Owners Alex Raij and Eder Montero, of Manhattan's premier Spanish restaurants El Quinto Pino and Txikito, extend their story in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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vipjoanna
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in cobble hill. That’s all.

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RebeccaF
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was superb and I appreciate portions that are not overwhelming; it allows me to try more things. The atmosphere was lovely, reflecting the unpretentious charm of the neighborhood. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

La Vara would have received 5 stars if not for the

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vipJasonS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriiiiiiced

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foodiesRus
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed atmosphere, friendly knowledgeable service, with extremely tasty flavorful food! Don't miss the Garbanzos Fritos, Coca de Cebes, and the Cochinillo. Sip on an Albaicin cocktail, you won't regret it!

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viphungrydiner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy a meal at La Vara staff is always excellent, food is always delicious and they're accommodating to food allergies, truly one of my favorite restaurants in NYC.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
12 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and she couldn’t have been more knowledgeable or helpful! Outstanding and thank you for guiding us through our selections.

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frederickc
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unusual dishes cooked home style, reflecting Moroccan and old Spanish dishes. Best "Andalusian" food I have had outside Spain

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EllenT
Houston
27 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Nice experience and a lot of good vegetarian options

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None
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

For $200 for two you expect a great meal. It wasn’t that. Had 6 dishes, 3 were good not great, fish dishes + artichoke. Two were poor, (lamb & rabbit). Fried chickpeas were good.

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SriramK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant.. We went for brunch and the eggs were cooked to perfection.. We had the omelette and eggs flamenca and had a hard time deciding which one was better. To top it all we had churros which were the best I’ve had since Barcelona

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time at La Vara! Tried all the exciting specials as well as favorite dishes on the menu and everything was top notch.

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DavidS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our dishes were excellent except for the duck. Although the duck tasted great, it was chewy and very difficult to cut.

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Dracofav
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious tapas at a reasonable price.
Every dish was delicious and we filled up with 2 dishes ordered per person. The cocktail I had was delicious and there were several good options. We also split a pitcher of Sangria which was lovely.

The service was wonderful and the bartender was charming while we waited for everyone to arrive

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ChrisH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

The food is pretty good... but overpriced and portions are small. We had a reservation, stood at the door for ten minutes, and eventually chose the bar over the table offered us - which was directly in front of the kitchen. We waited over 30 minutes before anyone approached us at all for a drink order at the bar. We had to ask someone to take our order. We had to ask for spoons for coffee. We had to ask for napkins and silverware. Food was eventually delivered by basically throwing dishes in front of us. Staff never retuned to check on us or ask if we wanted anything else... we would have actually gotten drinks if they could have been bothered. But they couldn't be bothered. Very poor service. Mediocre food. We will not be back.

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MatthewM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The unique dishes never disappoint. They are full of flavor and generally not anything you will see on a menu anywhere else. The service is always top notch.

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vipAmasia
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice. Food is good, service very helpful and polite. Good value except coffee. That’s a bit overpriced and they charge by the cup. My opinion - if it’s brunch then coffee should be refilled gratis. But that may be just me. Would definitely go back.

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Jon2020
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed casual vibe but with very professional service. Food, wine, and meal timing were all fantastic as well, even though they were very busy. Delicious. Highly recommended.

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LisaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely evening - service / ambiance top notch. Food very delicious.

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vipSara
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious and surprising flavors. The white gazpacho special is one of the best things I have ever eaten. The staff was friendly and I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Highly recommended

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EricT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere and price point all made this restaurant outstanding. We cannot wait to come back.

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JulietK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was wonderful and the specials were so tasty!

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Professor2Foodie
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food service and ambience do not live up to reviews. Coffee was bitter, brunch items—cuchifrito, tortilla, salads, all average. Was expecting better for a Spanish/ Jewish/ moorish themed bistro.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the service, and the ambiance were spectacular.

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vipMally1212
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing, it was my birthday and we have a great time. This restaurant is one start Michelin.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Paper towels in the bathroom please! Also please inform about specials prices seemed a bit high

Frozen labne was phenomenal! Amazing eggplant and croquettes as well as wine. Thank you!

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HJLR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and outstanding service. Lights of the rest are too bright for the type of restaurant. Decoration and ambiance could be better. Value was fair not great.

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vipGrnMntn
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vara is a gem...a neighborhood type restaurant - small, quiet, comfortable, with exceptional food. We were impressed on every level, including the friendly, professional service. I can't wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine.
Server did not have knowledge of the food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So lovely. Food was excellent and the server Molly really made it an A+ evening

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vipWVneighbor
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our dinner at La Vara! Perfect evening of excellent food and service on a snowy evening. Every dish was prepared well (we shared 3 small plates and 2 bigger dishes between the two of us) and they timed the delivery of each dish well so that we never had to sit there hungry or rush to finish some because a new dish had come out too soon. Service was really great - our server explained all of the specials for the day and cared to recommend a dish over another by looking at them together with the rest of our chosen dishes. Really wonderful experience and we’ll definitely be back.

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VanessaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn> Never disappointing

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NancyB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vara is a neighborhood gem with a comfortable and easy atmosphere and absolutely delicious tapas! Everything was delicious but my absolute favorite was the duck breast! Wow! Looking forward to going again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dishes, thoughtful presentation and timing. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience3

It’s really good, consistent quality food. I just feel it’s over priced for the portion size (and I’m not from the US, where diners generally enjoy very large portions)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and knowledgeable staff. So kind to put up with a late large order. Made it an anniversary to remember. We're still talking about it and can't wait to go back!

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Williammcrory12
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Brooklyn. Definitely going back.

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vipAshley
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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La Vara is rated 4.7 stars by 819 OpenTable diners.

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