What Insiders Are Saying
La Vara is the best Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn, and possibly all of New York City.
I went here for the second time Saturday night and this place is now officially one of my favorite restaurants in New York. La Vara’s food is off the charts and each dish is better than the last. Incredible flavor, beautiful presentation, and accessible ingredients and combinations. Worth every penny!
Very enjoyable experience in both food,service,and ambiance.
One of our favorite places in the neighbor, we had never been there for lunch and found it just as appealing as dinner. Fresh takes on classic menu items, great service and good value. It could be a bit quieter but we love La Vara!
food and service were superb
will definitely return
Felt unwelcome from entering the door. Server looked put upon to educate us about the menu. Food was rushed. Never inquired about how we enjoyed the wine or meal. Server was unable to clearly describe the special and was robotic in her delivery. She could care less about our dining experience. Will never go back or recommend to others.
Loved the food! Only disappointment was the runny eggs when we asked for them to be well cooked.
This is a neighborhood favorite that never disappoints. The food is surpassed only by the service, but both represent an attention to detail that is worth every penny.
We were excited about this place from reviews and actual close friends who raves about it, but we found the food lacking. The cucumber and grain salad was among the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten, and the shrimp were incredible. The rest was, meh. Bland, lacking flavor or seasoning. I find myself yearning for the delicious restaurants of my hometown of Chicago, and NY tends to let me down with these close-but-no-cigar places. La Vara is a place I desperately want to love, but only really liked.
Love the inventive choices on and off the menu. Great, attentive service. Not a huge fan of the desserts.
Very enjoyable but a bit packed in at the Bar. Really good staff. Not cheap, not expensive.
This was so good! The food exceeded my expectations, the atmosphere was fun and lively especially for a Monday night. I received a candle on my dessert acknowledging my birthday in a subtle manner which was lovely. Can’t wait to go back!
Super tasty, simply delicious. Great brunch menu without the usual suspects!
It was magnificent the food is just so excellent it make you want to try all. The ice cream at the end blow your mind. The service is so professional and friendly at the same time. Love La Vara
Very good dinner overall, some dishes clearly better than others. Good wine
Everything was perfect!
La Vara is a wonderful combination of fresh, vibrant and incredibly flavored dishes coupled with a relaxed, warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter was knowledgeable, professional and friendly. He made sure to
manage expectations; we knew dishes would come out as they were ready -- the perfect time at what to enjoy them. The decor is simple and inviting. Prices skew a bit high for such a casual feeling spot, but menu ingredients are surely top notch and likely more expensive. Our only objection was to the wine prices. Spanish and Portuguese wines usually skew a bit more reasonable, but we paid $60 for four quite skimpily poured glasses. We live in the neighborhood and are looking forward to becoming regulars -- but may stop elsewhere for cocktails first.
Always delicious. Great service, dishes, specials. Highly recommend!
The food is spectacular and interesting. The cocktails were worth the money, the waiter was knowledgeable and pleasant. This was our 2nd time dining and we will be back. Get the anchovies and mezcal cocktail and thank me later
La Vara was great, would definitely recommend that you make a reservation. It's a small, but popular spot among locals, and even with a reservation you're likely to be waiting at least a few minutes for your table to clear up. The food, sangria, and espresso are delicious and super fast. The staff are warm and welcoming. Will definitely be back.
Great food and atmosphere!
Everything was delicious.. staff was great.. lots of restaurants in this neighborhood but this one is outstanding
La Vara is a neighborhood gem. Food is amazing! My salad was so colorful it could have been a photo for Food and Wine magazine. Servers are welcoming, friendly, and attentive. It’s always busy but you never feel rushed.
Great food, wine and ambience. Service was a little slow at times and we did have to wait a while for our table even though we had a reservation. Overall great experience.
Honestly was so so so delicious. it’s all the things you like in new and interesting ways. and every dish we had was surprising. highly recommend!
Recently got to try this Brooklyn gem. And went back the following week! Kudos to the chefs for the flavor palette they have created. Food is amazing. Looking forward to warmer weather to checkout their backyard dining space (unfortunately had view of an ugly blue tarp thru the backdoor all evening. A pretty lace panel on that door would have improved the ambiance!)
Fantastic and food was delicious! Preferred tapas style vs entrees. Lots of flavor in ever plate
I had a wonderful experience at La Vara last night. The food was exceptional, and well-priced for the high caliber dishes. We had the Faeuda and two specials which were phenomenal. The Albaicin cocktail didn't wow me, and my view at the back table wasn't ideal—however, the service was top-notch and I felt very well taken care of and informed about the dishes. I'm sure I'll be back!
Friendly and knowledgeable servers. Portions were perfect for a first date.
The service staff was extremely helpful, polite and knowledgeable of the menu. The drinks were just right and the food was quiet unique, tasted delicious and priced fairly. They even took note that it was out anniversary and gave us complimentary drinks to that.
Terrific basque cuisine and service was impeccable. It is located in a quiet spot of Brooklyn and reasonably priced. All around great experience.
This was one of the most creatively delicious meals I’ve ever had. Everything was amazing, and the lamb was mind-blowing.
Great food, knowledgeable service and good atmosphere - thanks!
La Vara is always exceptional. One of our favorite places in Brooklyn.
It was awesome.
Most of the dishes we had needed more seasoning, seafood and roasted pork was bland
It's impossible to choose the right thing because there isn't a bad one on the existing menu, and any special they suggest you should get to. Plan on going more than once!
Before we were even asked about ordering dessert, my table of three was told rather directly that we had to vacate our table because of an upcoming reservation. With dessert menus in our hands, I asked if we could at least order and eat dessert, the waiter looked at his watch and said the next reservation is in 10 minutes, so if you order right now, I can do it, otherwise we can move you to the bar (which actually filled up in the next five minutes). This was my birthday dinner, and ruined by a horrible policy.
Management should reconsider such an obnoxious policy and instead 1) just let the table know that you have a full night and that we should take our time (which almost everyone would take a hint and hurry up a bit), 2) offer the incoming guests a free drink while they wait, 3) offer to buy us dessert if we could move to the bar, 4) speed up your service, 5) etc., 6) etc.
There are SO many ways this could have been handled better. It ruined my birthday dinner, and I've made sure to tell everyone I know of the experience, warning them away from both this place, and the rest of the restaurant group. Restaurants come and go in a flash in this town...just because you're hot today, don't think it'll last. So pretentious...
It is a hidden treasure with a cozy ambiance , attentive staff to help you with choices of food or wine, and delicious tapas that , although small , eventually satiate you.
We had the Croquetas, Fideuá, Pipirrana con Grano, Lamb meatballs, and Deviled eggs and all very very tasty . Our knowledgeable waitress suggested a wine that had less tannins bc of my allergy and it too was very crisp and dry as I like it.
Looking forward to our next meal at La Vara.
This restaurant was outstanding! I had discovered it via Michelin and OpenTable and made a reservation for one of my trips to NYC. I was staying in Midtown East and took the train to Brooklyn to dine at LaVara. It was worth the time to get there. The servers were wonderful and helpful, the food was hands-down the best meal I've had in NY in years!
We’ve been a few times and always love our time there. The food is outstanding and very unique. The ambiance was romantic and intimate which is what we were going for. Just always feels like a special experience. Love it!