What Insiders Are Saying
La Vara is the best Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn, and possibly all of New York City.
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.
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.
They were amazingly nice and accommodated a bday cake and let us stay a little past closing!
Exceptional service, fabulous food. Highly recommend!
The food was amazing. The chicken was the best I’ve ever had. The service was wonderful.
Sat outside drinking sangria with lamb hash and poached eggs for brunch. Very pleasant.
Food was decent if somewhat pricey given the very modest portion sizes. Service was friendly and efficient. But oh THE NOISE inside (the patio was open the weekend we went) even with the restaurant nowhere near capacity made sign language an obligatory skill if you wanted to communicate. If the table next to us (by about 6 inches) had been occupied we might have needed ear plugs.
Why oh why do New Yorkers (or Americans generally) feel they must virtually yell at one another during meals? Of course this isn’t helped by the addition of alcohol which merely facilitates unabashed shouting.
Any why do I always seem to eat at establishments frequented by folks with hideously penetrating voices and utterly vacuous things to say?
Delicious dinner and excellent service . Our only complaint is that there were not more vegetarian options.
Daniel our server was amazing. His recommendations were on point! His wine knowledge was great. I really enjoyed the PX/Palomino with flor contact. The food great, also well worth the price. Overall great experience!
Our second time, we absolutely love this place