Boston >Food & Dining > Vlora Restaurant
545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA | Directions 0211642.350601 -71.076000
10am until closing.
Neighborhoods: Back Bay East, Back Bay
Owned and operated by husband and wife team, Aldo and Cindy Velaj, Vlora features flavors inspired by the Northern Mediterranean region including Southern Italy, Greece and Albania.
Dine in the relaxed, sophisticated ambiance of this authentic Mediterranean restaurant. Vlora's menu and wine list are an extension of the flavors and dishes served in Aldo's own home, including exclusive handpicked wines and lovingly prepared signature dishes that are unmatched within Boston.
Planning a special event or desire private dining? This Copley Square Mediterranean restaurant's main dining room seats up to 175 guests and accommodates 200 people for cocktails. The private dining room accommodates up to 50 seated guests and 80 people for cocktails.
Visit Vlora's website to view their complete menu and picture gallery. (617) 600-7685
Hidden jewel – I'm surprised with all the negative comments about Vlora! Vlora is one of my favorite restaurants in the city!!
Food is exotic and amazing, fair priced and service is very friendly!I'm obsessed with the octopus and the rib eye just melts in your mouth!! Also save room for desert!The almond parfait, kasata, I think.OMG!!
I've been there several times and only have positive things to say about this restaurant!!
Best mezes in Boston – For someone who grew up overseas and travels for work, I find mezes at Vlora to be as authentic as it gets. The octopus is exactly as that you would find in Greece. The owner told me that it's cut up because it's more suitable for the local palate. It's the perfect place if you work long hours and all you want is a light bite and a good glass of wine to end the night. Which brings me to the subject of the last two reviewers. Unfortunately, I was at Vlora the same night as the two ladies who wrote the scathing remarks on the 16th and witnessed the whole scenario. All I can say is, there is nothing more shameful than individuals who use public forums to lash out at establishments when their own behaviors are absolutely appalling. I also highly doubt the comments that these ladies eat out a lot. If so, they would know that wines can be taken out of restaurants if they are contained in certain types of bags. I hope Vlora stays around because it's the only place I know that doesn't have butter in its food!
Great group experience. – I was part of a group of seventeen that had an outstanding experience at Vlora on a summer Monday night. We received excellent attention from the staff from the time when we made (and then changed) our reservation, to our being seated promptly upon arrival. The presentation of food was outstanding, the food was tastey and not overdone, whether meat or fish. Salads were a fabulous start as well, and desserts finished off the meal. I would recommend the orange salad and the lamp chops I ordered. The Baklava for dessert was among the best I've ever eaten. I heard good comments from people who had the sea bass. A good selection of wines, although they seemed a bit overpriced. Because the restaurant is underground, it is not particularly easy to find for the Boston novice.
Great food at a reasonable price! – I've been to Vlora twice now - once for brunch and once for dinner, and I highly recommend it! The place is gorgeous inside - comfy white leather chairs, high ceilings, a waterfall, and overall a great seating layout. The food is reasonably priced (especially for back bay) and well worth it. I went for a variety of side dishes, each one more delicious than the next (the couscous and baked goat cheese polenta were especially wonderful). My friend got salmon with a lobster bisque sauce that was exquisite. For brunch, the eggs benedict was great, and my friends enjoyed the gyro plate. Also, the staff there are very nice - friendly but not overbearing. The food came out quickly, but not so quickly that I felt like it was sitting around. And, they have delicious sour dough bread while you wait. Overall, I highly recommend this place!
Cold european dining – That's your 1st thought when you step into the restaurant with it's landscape pictures of the city Vlora. The atmosphere is indeed European but it also has a chill to it and lacks the intimate atmosphere that I was looking forward to. The food was different, grilled octopus is indeed what it claims to be (fork tender) and has a nice smoky hint to it. The ostrich steak is WAYYYY unexpected, very lean and chewy even when cooked medium rare (although I was warned by the waiter beforehand). The Chilean sea bass was all bone?.wasn?t the moist and tender dish I was eager for. The wine list was impressive; they had all sorts of varieties, not just the Mediterranean. It was a nice experience but somehow left me feeling baffle. I left the place feeling satisfied because I tried something new but let down because I did not enjoy it as much as I had anticipated.
WOW! Vlora is one of the finest restaurants around. – I need a restaurant to take my boyfriend for his birthday and I decided on Vlora after reading all the great reviews. The atmosphere is very chic and cmfortable. The bar has small little lights in the ceiling, something I've never seen before. The food was fantastic, the watermelon feta was out of this world good. The ostrich steak was one the best steaks in the city, if you like good steak you need to try this. They also have a great wine list and the waitstaff made some perfect suggestions. If your looking for a great meal and great service this is the place.
Authentic Mediterranean fare has a Back Bay home in a subterranean Boylston Street space. – In Short
A focus on authentic Mediterranean cuisine--from Italy, Greece, and Albania--makes this restaurant a healthy and affordable alternative in the Back Bay. Named for the chef's hometown, Vlora embodies a minimalist approach to cooking with an emphasis on taste and fresh ingredients. The grilled octopus is as good as any in the city, and the salads, pies and grilled meats and fish are all suitable authentic. The extensive and reasonably priced wine list offers something for everyone. A cozy, European atmosphere enhances the dining experience.
Unusual Yumminess – We started off with an unusual grilled zucchini with garlic yogurt appetizer, which- even to our surprise, was delicious! The natural sweentess of the vegetable contrasted to the delicately lemony tang of the yogurt- subtley reminiscent of Greek cuisine. The table bread was a brioche-style roll accompanied by homemade garlic olive oil, which was not only delicious but a perfect palate-cleanser before the main dishes. Next, we feasted on the Cod filet and the steak filet (bone-in)- the fish was lightly salted and pan-cooked to perfection, however it was not the highlight of the dish. It came with 2 sides: the carpiccio and the Vlora-style cabbage which were both beautifully spiced to enhance the flavor and texture of the fish. The steak filet was slightly dry but the side dishes once again rose beyond our expectations- the creamed corn was undeniably fresh and home made, while the sauteed mushrooms were succulent and un-saltily flavorful. We had the New Zealand Sauvignon blanc at the table which was a perfect mate to both dishes. This new restaurant comes with high commendations from us!
Awful – This is easily the worst restaurant I've eaten at in Boston over the past 5 years. Not only was the food intolerable (the fish was more bones than meat, the wine was acidic, the saganaki came out cold), but the prices are so outrageous/insulting we just had to laugh after the whole experience. The ambiance is cold and loud. The only thing I recommend here is the service - but even that won't save this place. This restaurant will be gone within the next few months.
A new cool Restaurant – I love the place. It has such a good energy. I have been there twice already . The food is simple but good. The wine list is reasonably priced. The only thing I did't like the first time I went there, was the fact that it is hard to find. They do not have a sign outside. I was ready to go somewhere else. It was worth the trouble though. Anyway,check it out
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