What Insiders Are Saying
La Vara is the best Spanish restaurant in Brooklyn, and possibly all of New York City.
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!
The service staff are incredibly helpful. If any diner has an allergy, every dish will be explained in detail as it comes to the table, assuring the diner s/he can enjoy the food without concern. The food is fabulous! Every dish arrives with a burst of unique flavors. We are already looking forward to returning for another memorable meal.
Most unique, amazing dining experiences! Everything was absolutely delicious and so flavorful. We will definitely be back to try more. Also, the staff was so kind and helpful.
Everything was amazing from start to finish plus the service was great and authentic. All the staff was extremely friendly. All the food was made with quality ingredients and extreme care. Great price point. 10/10 would recommend.
Avoid the long shared table for 10. Too small. Too close.
This is easily my new favorite restaurant: the food is unique and incredible, and the service was perfect. The dishes came out one after another in a steady but well-timed stream.
Loved the unexpected food combinations and delicious flavors. Will come back! Our server was a bit inattentive but overall the experience was great.
Amazing food and service in a beautiful restaurant, but on the pricey side -- especially given how many dishes it takes to get full.
Cute neighborhood restaurant with excellent food! It maintains a relaxed and friendly vibe while delivering food with the quality of a fancy high-end restaurant. I wish it wasn’t so popular so we could just pop in without a reservation (it was packed on a Tuesday in the winter).
Delicious and creative food choices that was fun sharing between 4 of us. The wait staff was friendly and attentive. We will definitely go back the next time we are in Brooklyn.
3/5 of our dishes were pretty tasteless... not what I was expecting with so many vibrant ingredients!
We went to La Vara for a celebratory dinner and made a reservation for two. When we arrived, we were told by the wait staff that we wouldn't be able to sit at an individual table for two, but rather a table directly between two other parties. This was a disappointment to us, so we asked to sit at the bar instead and enjoyed our meal there. The food was delicious and the serving sizes were larger than we anticipated (still small, sharing plates). In addition to the food, the drinks menu is large. We enjoyed the sangria.
Lovely and wonderful food but too loud. Great service.
This is a charming restaurant that clearly takes pride in its food and service. Celebrated my sons birthday there and everyone has a wonderful time
Celebrating friends returning to us
Service was outstanding. Each dish was well crafted, plated, and tasted amazing. Cocktails were delicious.
La Vara is consistently terrific. Highlights are always the nut-milk based gazpacho (special and not every night - it's absolutely to die for), anchovies, fried artichokes, roast pork belly. Come hungry and share everything.
This is one of my favorite places to eat. Being tapas, it’s make fore sharing and the food is excellent. It’s a fair price, so I feel like I’m able to try lots of different things on the menu. The drinks/wine selection is good, I don’t think you can order the wrong thing. The staff is great. Everyone is very knowledgeable about everything that was served, I could ask anyone what ingredients made up the dish and they were able to tell me immediately.
La Vara is an absolutely excellent neighborhood gem in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Worth the drive from the city or suburbs. A must try on your list!
Great tapas and very well paced meal allowing us to enjoy superior food with some good drinks and fun conversations!
My husband and I went for dinner on New Year’s Eve- the food was amazing but their was no prefix menu which is pretty typical on NYE. And they really didn’t do anything special- music list was all over the place and lighting was really bright. Just didn’t feel like a special occasion.
Loved this place. Stopped by New Year’s Eve. Didn’t stay for the countdown, but certainly started the night off right.
Standouts were the artichokes, eggplant and migas dishes, and all the cocktails were quite good (my wife and I had a few).
Just amazing in every way, from the inventive menu to the attentive staff, can’t wait to return
I had been wanting to try this restaurant since a friend recommended it to me back when I moved to the neighborhood last year, and finally had the perfect opportunity-I closed out 2018 by having dinner with my two siblings who live out of town by dining at La Vara. Everything from the service, to the drinks, to the food was fantastic. My younger brother can be a picky eater, yet he tried and loved every dish we ordered. My favorite had to be the crab and rice special, it was to die for. I will definitely be coming back and bringing all my loved ones to enjoy.
My party of 8 had a blast. Great way to show off this neighborhood gem with a fresh and unique menu among a brownstone lined street. We got a bit of everything being the tapas are small plates. We were blown away by the flavors and quality of their food. Make your reservation now!
Loved the creative city of our meal. This was not your basic brunch. Really enjoyed it!
The food was great, the service was great and the suggestions by staff were great!
We will definitely be back!
The food was beyond amazing and the staff was very fun. The chairs and tables are like something from a wobbly vintage outdoor barBque.. who thought they were a good idea? They need a larger space. Go for the food and drinks...
The food was fantastic and the tapas style dining made for great conversation starters.
Was very excited about this place. Unfortunately the plates are really small and quite expensive.
I’d been here once before and had a lovely meal but this time around it was incredibly salty to the point of being an edible. I was with a group of four and we all agreed it was incredibly salty beyond enjoyable.
Delicious tapas! I went to La Vara for my birthday dinner. At first, I was a nervous as we were a large group and not everyone in the group loved tapas. La Vara won the skeptics over! The drinks are well done -- the Spanish vodka is particularly smooth. The food is fantastic. We ate a lot of the daily specials as well as trying most of the regular menu. The stand out dishes at our table included: croqueta, berenjena con miel, migas aragonesas, albóndigas, fideuá, and carabineros. Everyone left full! I would highly recommend.
The food was delicious and varied. It it all went well together and I liked the novel take on things.
It was truly a delight. And the drinks/cocktails were also fun.
Wow!! This was some of the very best food I have ever eaten!! The pork dish was unbelievably good and the anchovy toast was to die for. If I lived near this restaurant you couldn't keep me away. Loved!
Sadly this restaurant lost its Michelin Star. The food is really wonderful, and the price is surprisingly decent for a restaurant of this quality in New York City. The portion size of each plate varies, and it is easy to order too much at this restaurant (so just be careful!). My favorites were the rabbit, the duck, and the artichokes. Be sure to tell the server to pace the dishes well, as our plates came out super fast in the beginning, and then slowed after we requested.
Overall great experience!
Food break down;
Olives - literally just a jar of olives
*Rice cooked in tomato water (dunno what that means) with crab & mushrooms - it’s pretty much a crab risotto, which is great if you like crab
Cumin Lamb breast - AMAZING! This is a must try!
*Shrimp dish that was half seared & half raw in a white cream sauce with olive oil - don’t do it!! The texture of the shrimp was exactly what you would expect from half cooked shrimp
*specials the night we went
Our server was so sweet and kind even after we refused to eat the shrimp. She was also very knowledgeable about the wine selection & helped me pick out the perfect one!
Amazing and authentic Spanish Cuisine. I was instantly transported to the Basque region upon entering. I would recommend the cider to drink and for you to keep a menu to explore. Food was bold and playful, each dish a wonderful experience.
La Vara is a real gem.