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Vara Winery & Distillery, Albuquerque, NM

Vara Winery & Distillery

4.6
4.6
308 Reviews
$31 to $50
Winery
Vara is your destination for fine Spanish and American wines, artisanally crafted spirits, tasty tapas and dramatic sunsets. Relax on our patio with a flight of wine that connects the rich histories of Spain and New Mexico while honoring the birthplace of the American wine experience. Sip on a cocktail crafted from our unique selection of Vara's handcrafted brandies, rums, gin or Taylor Garrett Whiskey while enjoying a pan of paella or savory tapas. Vara satisfies the senses. You can sit on our patio with panoramic views of the valley or relax in our cozy indoor tasting room with a glass of wine. Come take a tour of our winery and distillery and stay for the the food, wine, and spirits!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Distillery

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue 11:00 am–6:00 pm Wed–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-6280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We are not accepting private events at this time.

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Cross street

    Located on the north corner of Alameda Park Dr NE & Alameda Blvd NE

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Guided Wine Tasting

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    WINE CLASS EXPERIENCE, an in-depth guided wine presentation with Vara's Wine Educator. Explore six different wines in a communal setting, including wines that aren't usually offered by the glass. Great for groups and individuals alike. Classes are offered Tuesday - Friday at 1:00 pm. $30 per person with a small snack plate included. Reservations recommended. Tasting Hours are open to walk-ins 11am-6pm on Tuesday and 11am-4pm Wednesday-Saturday. Please note: dining is not available during this time. Get Details at https://varawines.com/wine-tastings/

Popular dishes

What 308 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New Mexico

    Good for groups

  • New Mexico

    Great for fine wines

  • New Mexico

    Great for outdoor dining

  • New Mexico

    Great for scenic views

  • Albuquerque

    Best Overall

  • Albuquerque

    Good for groups

  • Albuquerque

    Healthy

  • Albuquerque

    Great for fine wines

  • Albuquerque

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. SC

    SharonC

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We had a gift card. The first server we had didn’t even take my husbands food order. The food was very good just not much of a choice. The last server was very good. We had a total of three
  2. AC

    AmyC

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband is a French snob when it comes to wine and VARA is by far his favorite wine and spirits in New Mexico! We also love the Spanish tapas menu, especially the papas bravas and the "pan con tomate". Such a sophisticated restaurant yet the staff are approachable, friendly and efficient. I love having a wine flight with lunch/dinner!
  3. KW

    KimW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great wine and delicious tapas. Perfect for a date night or a fun night out with friends.
  4. N

    Nadia

    Portland

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and great ambiance!
  5. R

    Rando

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great cocktails and wine, great and helpful service. Good food.
  6. DH

    DanielH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Stevie was great, very kind and helpful, and the door was very good. Cocktails and wine were great.
  7. T

    Travelmama

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food, great prices, and a fun experience. Love Vara!
  8. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Vara has an amazing ambiance, pricy for what you get, drinks are marginal.
  9. DW

    DavidW

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, service, and wine. We look forward to getting back with friends and family coming into town.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone we spoke to was very polite, friendly, had chill-vibes, and had great recommendations. Highly recommend for anyone.
  11. C

    Cece

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    They ran out of salad, we got last two cream brûlée and last two bottles of a wine we wanted to buy. Charcuterie board was good.
  12. YT

    YanceyTaos

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Excellent staff and service. Tapas great and wonderful selection of wine.
  13. AB

    ABQLaurel

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Go here to taste wine and drink with friends. Don’t bother with the tapas. The evening was cold and we never warmed up during our dinner the day after Thanksgiving. I expected to feel cold, as I remembered the concrete floors, the cement and glass walls and the high industrial ceilings. So I dressed warmly. The service was attentive and fairly competent if inexperienced. That is also what I expected in post covid Albuquerque. We had two wine flights which were excellent and enlightening. One whiskey drink using their artisanal spirits was also enjoyable. I had no idea until one of the staff informed us that Vara has no kitchen. That changed everything. We had a cheese and meat board and everything was refrigerator cold. The menu mentioned M’Tucci,s bread but a very chilly lavash came with it instead. We requested the promised bread and it “took time”, as promised. The brie was too cold to spread, the other two cheeses were nowhere near room temperature. The other two tapas we ordered were well done. Flank steak was perfectly cooked and sliced. The chicken skewers delicious,too. We sent the dessert back. It was nearly frozen and impervious to our spoons. The problem servings were removed from our bill and we left with an excellent bottle of whisky.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Second visit to Vara. First time we had a very knowledgeable server and that was really fun! She recommended delicious pairings. This time service was subpar and our server wasn’t very knowledgeable about wine in general it seemed. Regardless, the paella was delicious and the wine was delicious and I will be back!
  15. SS

    SidneyS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wines! Fun and quaint little tasting room. Patio was closed because its too cold right now but it is beautiful in the summer!
  16. RR

    RRM505

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The staff are always friendly and helpful. The wine is amazing and the food delicious.
  17. B

    Barbara08

    New Mexico

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Beyond service. This must be approx 10th time we go and it’s keeps getting better and better. Incredible paella and vino.
  18. SW

    SusanW

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were very pleased with the total experience except for the asparagus dish. It was tasty but not worth the money. The asparagus were so small in size, which is fine,except there were about 8 of them.
  19. MS

    MariaS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    We went to our first ever Wine Tasting and this one at VARA was guided. We learned so much about wine, all thanks to Jenny, our guide. Jennny was very knowledgeable and made the experience fun and interesting. We loved it!! We tried 6 different wines along with snack so we can taste the difference of the wine tastes with food. Although we didn't get to try their food yet, we definitely will come back for dinner.
  20. DB

    DominicB

    New Mexico

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    It’s a great place to dine Food, wine and waitstaff are all terrific. The ambiance leaves a little to be desired until you remember that it is a working winery and distillery. That makes the experience more enjoyable.
  21. CC

    CCox

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did the guided wine and cheese tasting, and as this was our first experience, we weren't sure what to expect. We loved it! Jennie, our wine educator, was personable, knowledgeable, exciting, and quirky in all the best ways. We already want to go back and do it all again... as well as try out their dinner menu.
  22. SS

    SusanS

    Monterrey

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The service and food are always good. We had the Paella and several small dished. It was perfect for our party.
  23. B

    Barbara08

    New Mexico

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience each time. Worth the drive from Santa Fe
  24. B

    Bnavdez

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    As authentic as it gets from Spain here in Albuquerque. Food is always good, set in a nice location. As long as you understand that paella takes time to prepare, you will be waiting a bit, but it's time for you to taste the wine.
  25. J

    Julie

    Richmond

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really enjoyed our tapas!
  26. JT

    JorgeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    About my 10th visit, so obviously I like everything about the place. And the wine flights are so yummy and so much fun! Our server, Ms. Ulibarri, was outstanding!
  27. RT

    RhondaT

    New Mexico

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    This was our first time to Vara and this is what we learned: 1. You must have a reservation.They will only make a reservation for up to 8 people. 2. You have 2 hours to eat/drink only. 3. No separate checks. One check per table. The wine was good. The food was mostly good but not really a place I would choose for dinner. I noticed the first and last glasses of wine on the flights were my favorites. It was casual and family friendly. The portions are small (tapas) and are to be shared. We enjoyed the salad, goat cheese/peppers, tomato toast, Paella. One person ordered the steak but was surprised nothing came with it. Was tasty.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Try the wine flights and distillery flights it gives so much more insight on what VARA has to offer. It's great place and nice ambiance not to mention the staff is always welcoming and attentive. Can't wait to see the Sanra Fe location!
  29. HL

    HenryL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great wine, great atmosphere, nice views, the food is great! Great special on bottles of wine to take home.
  30. P

    Pancho

    Seattle

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    A very nice patio to have a good wine and tapas and enjoy the beautiful view. Service was excellent to make the full experience complete!
  31. JL

    JLRT

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good views, good service, would recommend to a friend
  32. l

    luvgoodfd

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perect outdoor dining - quiet, large umbrellas to shade the sun. The waitress was attentive. We love their small plates and excellent wines.
  33. JP

    JoanP

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Vara gives a very good pour even in their tasting flights. The food was unique and tasty. The service is excellent; all staff is helpful and friendly. We wish we could have been outside but that area was already full. A fun and interesting place to go.
  34. BJ

    BobJ

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The service was good, and the food was good. The only issue we had was that we ordered a bottle of Vara's sparkling wine, and it was served too warm. An ice bucket accompanied the wine, so only the initial pour was too warm
  35. VU

    VirgilU

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Very serene setting. The Reserve Grenache is always tasty. Unfortunately, the menu has been paired back due to lack of staffing, good news is the paella is still on the menu. Our service was excellent.
  36. TP

    TracyP

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We will definitely return to Vara! The service was outstanding! We shared 3 tapas and loved them all. The potatoes were outstanding. Of course, the wine is hard to beat!
  37. LF

    LoriF

    New Mexico

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Ethel was awesome. She said she was new to VARA but she was great. We landed up signing up for a membership. Great food, great experience.
  38. PS

    PaulaS

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great venue and delicious foods and wines!
  39. JG

    JudiG

    New Mexico

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Jennie is fantastic. What a gem. I tell everyone I know to attend her tasting.
  40. T

    Theo

    London

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    short staffed so no paella. but instead all the tapas we tried were just excellent. shared with our group of six and enjoyed desserts as well. lovely place and look forward to returning.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Vara Winery & Distillery offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (505) 898-6280.

Vara Winery & Distillery is rated 4.6 stars by 308 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Vara Winery & Distillery

315 Alameda Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Located on the north corner of Alameda Park Dr NE & Alameda Blvd NE

  • Neighborhood

    Albuquerque

  • Hours of operation

    Bar Tue 11:00 am–6:00 pm Wed–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sat 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Winery, Tapas / Small Plates, Distillery

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (505) 898-6280

  • Private party facilities

    We are not accepting private events at this time.

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