Vlora Restaurant

★★★★☆
Eat Better, Live Better (617) 600-7685
  • 545 Boylston Street

    Boston, MA 02116

    Cross street: Clarendon Street

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  • 617-638-9699

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good tasty food...!!!

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★★★☆☆

good tasty food...!!!

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We found this spot on a hot afternoon after a day of shopping. From the moment we entered, the staff was polite, helpful, courteous. Sparkling water and cool cucumber martinis revived us. We shared several appetizers and desserts. The vegetarian moussaka is sublime, the caprese fresh and loaded with basil. Wish I lived in Boston so I could visit this spot all the time.

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★★★★★

We found this spot on a hot afternoon after a day of shopping. From the moment we entered, the staff was polite, helpful, courteous. Sparkling water and cool cucumber martinis revived us. We shared several appetizers and desserts. The vegetarian moussaka is sublime, the caprese fresh and loaded with basil. Wish I lived in Boston so I could visit this spot all the time.

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I love this place a lot!!!\nWe've been there with my husband plenty times. I loved Arancini Siciliani ( rice balls with mushroom and feta), Watermelon and Feta (very refreshing), Grilled octopus is very tender!\nTheir food is always fresh and healthy!\nThe atmosphere is friendly and service is excellent!\nOn fridays they have big parties and it's always fun!\nWill be back there very soon!

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★★★★★

I love this place a lot!!!\nWe've been there with my husband plenty times. I loved Arancini Siciliani ( rice balls with mushroom and feta), Watermelon and Feta (very refreshing), Grilled octopus is very tender!\nTheir food is always fresh and healthy!\nThe atmosphere is friendly and service is excellent!\nOn fridays they have big parties and it's always fun!\nWill be back there very soon!

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The trendiness of Vlora is amazing I will go back again in August. Wonderful Decor in and out as well exceptional appetizers I am glad we put our trust in our waitress to pick our appetizers. Wish they would stay open till 3am lol

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★★★★☆

The trendiness of Vlora is amazing I will go back again in August. Wonderful Decor in and out as well exceptional appetizers I am glad we put our trust in our waitress to pick our appetizers. Wish they would stay open till 3am lol

Pros: Wine was amazing and sent me to the sky

Cons: they close to early

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I was pleasantly surprised by the unbelievable delicious food and the extremely attentive service. We tried the octopus and trip of pies for appetizers and both were to die for. I had a yellow fin tuna that was cooked to perfection over spinach and couscous. Others in my group had the sole and the shrimjp over couscous. I would caution the Shrim over Couscous dish was a mild spice (i love spicy food! - one person can barely handle mild salsa) so the waitstaff might want to make caution about that. \r\n\r\nthe decor was modern, trendy and inviting. The restuarnt is difficult to find. They are below street level and difficult to find unless you are looking for them. I would suggest a sign that is more visible from the street.

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★★★★★

I was pleasantly surprised by the unbelievable delicious food and the extremely attentive service. We tried the octopus and trip of pies for appetizers and both were to die for. I had a yellow fin tuna that was cooked to perfection over spinach and couscous. Others in my group had the sole and the shrimjp over couscous. I would caution the Shrim over Couscous dish was a mild spice (i love spicy food! - one person can barely handle mild salsa) so the waitstaff might want to make caution about that. \r\n\r\nthe decor was modern, trendy and inviting. The restuarnt is difficult to find. They are below street level and difficult to find unless you are looking for them. I would suggest a sign that is more visible from the street.

Cons: When the door opens there is a draft if youre near the door

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My best friend and I just moved here from Los Angeles a month ago, so we're new the city. The other night, we went looking for a place to go out for drinks/appetizers after work, and decided to try Vlora after a co-worker recommended it to me as an upscale, trendy night spot. Well, let me tell you, we were not dissapointed! The inside of the restaurant/bar area is beautiful, very reminiscent of an LA lounge atmosphere, like S Bar, or the Palomar. We sipped glasses of tasty prosecco and shared the Arancini (filled with rice, feta, and mushroom: super yummy) and the Saganaki (pan fried Greek cheese: melts in your mouth!) I highly recommend Vlora to anyone looking for a relaxing bar to hang out in after a long day of work.

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★★★★★

My best friend and I just moved here from Los Angeles a month ago, so we're new the city. The other night, we went looking for a place to go out for drinks/appetizers after work, and decided to try Vlora after a co-worker recommended it to me as an upscale, trendy night spot. Well, let me tell you, we were not dissapointed! The inside of the restaurant/bar area is beautiful, very reminiscent of an LA lounge atmosphere, like S Bar, or the Palomar. We sipped glasses of tasty prosecco and shared the Arancini (filled with rice, feta, and mushroom: super yummy) and the Saganaki (pan fried Greek cheese: melts in your mouth!) I highly recommend Vlora to anyone looking for a relaxing bar to hang out in after a long day of work.

Pros: Ambience, Service, Food, Wine

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In the Back Bay Area on New Year's Eve,my husband and I had hunted for a breakfast place and didn't want just bagels or coffee. Watching the snowflakes fall into a stairwell on Boylston we spied a gorgeous dining room ( underground! where WE HAD THE MOST MARVELOUS BREAKFAST -EVER! I had a Belgian waffle served with sliced strawberries and real maple syrup on gorgeous dinnerware. My husband had a spinach omelet that was 'to die for' buttery, real spinach and just beautiful to look at! The service, the strong coffee with a hint of cinnamon?, the beautiful service, and the sweet and non intrusive waitress make it a MUST GO!\r\nThey've been there for a year! Take my advice, Go before they leave (Since no one can see them from the street-the landlord won't let them put up a bigger sign. They just have a V above the stairwell) I'm going back this weekend!

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★★★★★

In the Back Bay Area on New Year's Eve,my husband and I had hunted for a breakfast place and didn't want just bagels or coffee. Watching the snowflakes fall into a stairwell on Boylston we spied a gorgeous dining room ( underground! where WE HAD THE MOST MARVELOUS BREAKFAST -EVER! I had a Belgian waffle served with sliced strawberries and real maple syrup on gorgeous dinnerware. My husband had a spinach omelet that was 'to die for' buttery, real spinach and just beautiful to look at! The service, the strong coffee with a hint of cinnamon?, the beautiful service, and the sweet and non intrusive waitress make it a MUST GO!\r\nThey've been there for a year! Take my advice, Go before they leave (Since no one can see them from the street-the landlord won't let them put up a bigger sign. They just have a V above the stairwell) I'm going back this weekend!

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Vlora is absolutely a great choice for authentic, healthy and fresh food. The appetizer 'Trio of pies' was not only crunchy from the outside, its flavorful creamy filling is simply yummy with great taste and aroma. Not to mention, being a huge fan of fish, I only eat Salmon 'raw', never cooked. But the Salmon entree from Vlora by far is the only 'cooked' Salmon that I'll enjoy devouring every single bit. \r\n\r\nThe restaurant's atmosphere is an added bonus, its friendly owner and servers provide the best customer service, which made me felt like I'm at home. I also highly recommend the Baklava dessert, I won't describe it into too much detail, as it would only ruin the great yummy experience that you're about to find out!

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★★★★★

Vlora is absolutely a great choice for authentic, healthy and fresh food. The appetizer 'Trio of pies' was not only crunchy from the outside, its flavorful creamy filling is simply yummy with great taste and aroma. Not to mention, being a huge fan of fish, I only eat Salmon 'raw', never cooked. But the Salmon entree from Vlora by far is the only 'cooked' Salmon that I'll enjoy devouring every single bit. \r\n\r\nThe restaurant's atmosphere is an added bonus, its friendly owner and servers provide the best customer service, which made me felt like I'm at home. I also highly recommend the Baklava dessert, I won't describe it into too much detail, as it would only ruin the great yummy experience that you're about to find out!

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The food at Vlora takes me back to the Mediterranean. My favorite dishes are the grilled octopus, the tiramisu, flat iron steak, and the watermelon and feta. Their service is exceptional - unpretentious, non-judgmental, and down to earth. Their wine list is fantastic and definitely worh exploring. From what I understand, the owner - Aldo - tried every single bottle. His theory was if he wouldn't drink it, why should he sell it. I took my daughter there and she loved it. Finally a place where kids get excited about food as opposed to what is normally available on the children's menu.

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★★★★★

The food at Vlora takes me back to the Mediterranean. My favorite dishes are the grilled octopus, the tiramisu, flat iron steak, and the watermelon and feta. Their service is exceptional - unpretentious, non-judgmental, and down to earth. Their wine list is fantastic and definitely worh exploring. From what I understand, the owner - Aldo - tried every single bottle. His theory was if he wouldn't drink it, why should he sell it. I took my daughter there and she loved it. Finally a place where kids get excited about food as opposed to what is normally available on the children's menu.

Pros: A lot of choices and very friendly waitstaff

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I've eaten at Vlora several times and always enjoyed it...cool vibe, good food, and a well rounded wine list. But unfortunately, I was disappointed last night. The service was definitley off and the food wasn't nearly as fresh and flavorful as past meals (even the lemon roasted potatoes have suffered ). Hopefully, they will get their act together but I'm not sure I will return since there are so many dining alternatives in Boston.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've eaten at Vlora several times and always enjoyed it...cool vibe, good food, and a well rounded wine list. But unfortunately, I was disappointed last night. The service was definitley off and the food wasn't nearly as fresh and flavorful as past meals (even the lemon roasted potatoes have suffered ). Hopefully, they will get their act together but I'm not sure I will return since there are so many dining alternatives in Boston.

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I'm surprised with all the negative comments about Vlora! Vlora is one of my favorite restaurants in the city!!\r\nFood 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!!\r\nI've been there several times and only have positive things to say about this restaurant!!

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★★★★★

I'm surprised with all the negative comments about Vlora! Vlora is one of my favorite restaurants in the city!!\r\nFood 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!!\r\nI've been there several times and only have positive things to say about this restaurant!!

Pros: service, valet parking

Cons: Hard to find at first

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Healthy and tasty cuisine. Open 7 days a week. Food available until late.

Cons: Difficult to find if the first time.

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Ambiance, service, presentation, taste.

Cons: Difficult to find for the Boston novice because it is underground.

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Food, ambience, friendly staff

Cons: Does not look as nice from the outside

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: great service

Cons: below ground restaurant

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Menu, wine list, atmosphere, service

Cons: kinda tucked away across from copley square, hard to find

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: Ambience, Friendly & quick service,

Cons: The window-side tables are a little chilly...

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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.

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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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★★★★★

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

Pros: a lot of things

Cons: very hard to find (no sign outside)

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Came across this restaurant on Citysearch, and had to try it out. ALthough the restaurant was empty early in the night, it was bustling by 7pm. The waiter was attentive, and the food was outstanding. I would reccomend the Ostrich, and old favorites like escargot and tuna steaks do not dissapoint here. The restaurant itself is cozy and welcoming, but also modern and chic. A mix of techno-trance music (but at just the right volume) adds to the embiance for a complete experience. Great date spot!

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★★★★★

Came across this restaurant on Citysearch, and had to try it out. ALthough the restaurant was empty early in the night, it was bustling by 7pm. The waiter was attentive, and the food was outstanding. I would reccomend the Ostrich, and old favorites like escargot and tuna steaks do not dissapoint here. The restaurant itself is cozy and welcoming, but also modern and chic. A mix of techno-trance music (but at just the right volume) adds to the embiance for a complete experience. Great date spot!

Pros: service, atmosphere, overall experience

Cons: could walk right by if you didn't know it was there

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I was told by a friend of mine that this new restaurant opened up and I am all about great food. Everyone thinks I am very hard to please but let me tell you I loved the restaurant. The decor was beautiful, very elegant yet you fit without a very dressy outfit. The food was so good I finished all the plates. I had 2 plates of the grilled octapus. YUM YUM. The pie plate was so tasty I took one order to go. The kasata as a desert, my God, soooooooooo good. The owner was really nice and funny. The service was great. \r\nFinally Boston has a restaurant that has it all, Location, Ambiance, Service, Food. \r\n\r\n\r\n After I finished dinner I called all my friends and told them "" You just have to try it""

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★★★★★

I was told by a friend of mine that this new restaurant opened up and I am all about great food. Everyone thinks I am very hard to please but let me tell you I loved the restaurant. The decor was beautiful, very elegant yet you fit without a very dressy outfit. The food was so good I finished all the plates. I had 2 plates of the grilled octapus. YUM YUM. The pie plate was so tasty I took one order to go. The kasata as a desert, my God, soooooooooo good. The owner was really nice and funny. The service was great. \r\nFinally Boston has a restaurant that has it all, Location, Ambiance, Service, Food. \r\n\r\n\r\n After I finished dinner I called all my friends and told them "" You just have to try it""

Pros: Ambience, Parking, Services

Cons: loved everything

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If you are looking for a restaurant that offers delectable food, great ambiance, and even better service you can end your search and go to Vlora. Appetizers are oh-so-good, entrees are delicious, and desserts are the best I have had so far in Boston. My favorite appetizers were the calamari, the octopus, and the traditional tava. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked but i must say that the flat iron stake was just as yummy. As for desserts, i would strongly urge you to try the Kasata and the kataifi. Also, if your waiter and/or host suggests a wine, don't hesitate to go for it; they know what they are talking about. If awsome food is not enough to get you to dine at Vlora, the ambience will. You will truly experience a European-like environment. And to finish, the music. Their compilation of music from Greece, Albania, Italy and other European countries is so appropriate and creates a fine ambience and sets the perfect mood for a romantic dinner. Bottom line, Vlora is the best mediterranean ever. Enjoy the wonderful experience!

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★★★★★

If you are looking for a restaurant that offers delectable food, great ambiance, and even better service you can end your search and go to Vlora. Appetizers are oh-so-good, entrees are delicious, and desserts are the best I have had so far in Boston. My favorite appetizers were the calamari, the octopus, and the traditional tava. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked but i must say that the flat iron stake was just as yummy. As for desserts, i would strongly urge you to try the Kasata and the kataifi. Also, if your waiter and/or host suggests a wine, don't hesitate to go for it; they know what they are talking about. If awsome food is not enough to get you to dine at Vlora, the ambience will. You will truly experience a European-like environment. And to finish, the music. Their compilation of music from Greece, Albania, Italy and other European countries is so appropriate and creates a fine ambience and sets the perfect mood for a romantic dinner. Bottom line, Vlora is the best mediterranean ever. Enjoy the wonderful experience!

Pros: Delicious food, great ambience, and great music

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Vlora is a spectacular new restaurant. Its right on boylston street across form copley in the underground space that hasnt been anything for the longest time. They did a great job decorating the interior. The bar is great for after work drinks and appetizers, you have to try the watermelon and feta. The staff is very friendly and has no problem explaining things on the menu. They also have a real extensive wine list.

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★★★★★

Vlora is a spectacular new restaurant. Its right on boylston street across form copley in the underground space that hasnt been anything for the longest time. They did a great job decorating the interior. The bar is great for after work drinks and appetizers, you have to try the watermelon and feta. The staff is very friendly and has no problem explaining things on the menu. They also have a real extensive wine list.

Pros: Food, Sevice, Atmosphere, Location

Cons: Nothing

Message from Vlora Restaurant

At this Boston Mediterranean Restuarant, located in the heart of the Back Bay, lives the soul of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Vlora, named after Chef/Owner Aldo Velaj??s hometown in Albania, opened to the public in Fall 2007. With a menu brimming with old family recipes and unique versions of traditional favorites, Vlora embraces the true Mediterranean lifestyle. The dishes reflect the age-old adage of ??eat better and live better.? Believing that food should taste like food, the natural tastes and flavors of the freshest ingredients are enhanced primarily with olive oil and fresh herbs. With an emphasis on freshness and a minimalist cooking style, the naturally healthy menu covers tastes from the Northern Mediterranean region encompassing Southern Italy, Greece, and Albania. The menu and wine list are an extension of the flavors and dishes served in Aldo??s own home, including exclusive hand-picked wines and lovingly prepared signature dishes that are unmatched in the city.



The entire restaurant was designed by Aldo to emulate the warm and inviting environment that one would feel in Vlora, Albania. Located below the bustling streets of Boylston, this subterranean space complete with private outdoor patio offers guests a unique atmosphere commonly found in parts of Europe. From the antique wooden door, to the custom-designed water wall that greets you upon entry, Vlora makes guests feel a welcoming sense of escape from the busy Back Bay. Fresh reviving colors and customized lighting set the tone while captivating artwork and sleek furniture evoke an atmosphere that is warm, inviting and hip.



The menu features a diverse variety of options of both original and authentic mediterranean food, fitting for all palates and lifestyles including carnivorous, vegetarian and vegan options. The food is prepared using the freshest possible ingredients and authentic minimalist cooking techniques that primarily rely on olive oil, fresh herbs, and the natural tastes and flavors of the ingredient being prepared. Vlora??s signature dishes include watermelon-feta, lemon potatoes, arancini siciliani, barbounia and fork-tender grilled octopus. From authentic Albanian Tava and home-made potato gnocchi, to trio of phyllo pies and vegetarian Pasticcio, Vlora??s menu can satisfy a very diverse set of lifestyles. This family friendly Mediterranean dining restaurant offers a variety of ??On the Side? items and smaller hot and cold dishes, all for diners to share. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, no diners will feel left out at Vlora.

 

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