Varka Fishhouse
Varka Fishhouse

Varka Fishhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.varkarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2019959333
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: George Georgiades
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area (bar only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties with up to 75 guests can be accommodated.
  • Private Party Contact: Stavros 2019959333

Getting there

  • Cross Street: East Main Street
  • Public Transit: N.J. Transit to Main Street, Ramsey.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a large private lot located directly behind the restaurant.
A word from Varka Fishhouse
Varka is a Mediterranean fish house located in the heart of downtown Ramsey. They offer fish by the pound from all parts of the world, plus Greek specialties and Black Angus steak house selections.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Varka Fishhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (54)great for outdoor dining (52)special occasion (50)romantic (39)good for groups (36)hot spot (28)great for lunch (24)vibrant bar scene (23)notable wine list (20)late-night find (8)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Never disappoints!
    Max123
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great food. Really enjoyed dinner. Only complaint is when we ordered drinks and the waiter brought back the wrong drink that instead of replacing it promptly argued and said this is what we ordered. Other than that fabulous as usual!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but worth it?
    Bauerdr
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Do you really have to pay $50 for fresh Dover sole? And, that wasn't even the most expensive choice. I could see the value of being in NYC for prices like this, but we are talking about Ramsey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    it should be better for the prices that they charge
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Food & Restaurant
    GC01
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Dinner at Varka the other night was phenomenal. Food is unbelievable from main course to dessert. Perfection. One of the best seafood restaurants I've been to. Decor is beautiful, atmosphere is perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service, great food.
    Fishyfan3
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Fish is always fresh. You can pick your fish from the ice boat. Oysters were fabulous and varied. Great wine list. Top shelf service. Not cheap but worth it. Great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive but excellent
    KenMcVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I took a couple of customers to Varka for the first time after hearing some good reviews form friends and I was not disappointed. Our waiter was Greek and walked me over to show me all of the fresh fish available that day. I had a Branzino which was cooked and fileted perfectly. However, one of my party had the lobster pot pie and it was amazing. It was served in a circular dish with the legs, head, and tail hanging over the sides, and a round piece of delicious, crispy, perfectly browned phyllo dough covering the sherry cream and lobster meat filled dish. It looked like it would crawl away, but there was no way my guest was letting it go! All in all a great experience. Just bring your expense account or wallet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Food in my hometown
    VARKALOVEVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been going to VARKA since it opened it's doors - it only gets better. If I had to choose my favorites: Apps: Shrimp Santorini, Grilled Octopus Salad and the Roasted Beets w/Skordalia, and of course the VARKA Chips - just WOW. Entrees - The diver scallops, Plaki (Sea Bass) fresh and flaky in a lovely sauce, and the Greek Shrimp Scampi - served with a Risotto that was better than some of my dad's favorite Italian spots. Overall - amazing meal....go spend the money - well worth it. The staff is wonderful!! We go at least 3x a month for lunch - unfortunately I don't get there for dinner all that often since I live up in Orange County - but I send a lot of my execs. there. ENJOY
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love the octopus, grape leaves, and langoustines! Stavros, the waiter is very attentive and well informed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Thelma
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There are several outstanding restaurants to choose from in North Bergen County, unfortunately Varka no longer rates among them. The menu is tired and pricey. The entrees are not terribly creative. On our recent visit, the arugula salad was rather limp and crab cake appetizer just middle of the road. The main courses were what one might expect to find at a local family style restaurant. That said, we won't be rushing back anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Great
    FoodieForLife29VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This has become one of our favorite "special occasion" restaurants because you can always count on fantastic food and wonderful service. They've never disappointed us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Very consistent fresh well prepared food. Great seafood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was the second time the 4 of us have been to Varka - Will be going a third time. noise level is very energetic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dennis
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    our waiter was excellent the food also we had a great time
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JGForever
    JGForever
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Never disappointed in the fabulous fare of Varka Estiatorio that transports us to Santorini. I could enjoy the charcoal grilled octopus with red and yellow roasted Holland peppers every week! Despite the noise level, and one unruly child screaming at our next table, we still love dining here - inside and outside. But, this time, the wait time for our main meal was interminable!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice but a bit over-priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Can get the same very good Ambiance, food and service at a more reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Such a difficult choice to make with all those tasty sounding fish dishes....I opted for the tuna which is a huge favorite of mine. It was quite tasty while dining but I found myself ill within a few hours. I would think twice before returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Out door seating
    luv2etas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I requested an outdoor table upon my arrival. Even though 50% of the tables were available I was told that they were all booked for that hour. One hour later, after finishing my meal indoors, I noticed that several tables were still empty.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good pricey fresh fish restaurant
    powderpuffVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is fresh and seasoned perfectly. The portions are good,but the price is a little high. If you don't mind spending a little more than the average for a good northern nj restaurant, this is a restaurant with good food, nice happening atmosphere and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Food... Fair Service
    BIGBE
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I dine all over the Tri-State area from Philly to NYC so I know the good the bad and the ugly pretty well. The food was good, menu was diverse as seafood goes. My date ordered the special and I ordered Halibat. That part was great as were the drinks. Problem was three members of the staff about five minutes apart inquired about our preference for water on the table. After 20 minutes nobody showed up with water! Get it together staff. Eventually head waiter took care of us and admonished the staff. Also no one appeared to ask how our food was or if I wanted another drink. Hey am I chopped liver over here? For the price expect better service. It's not cheap, even for Bergen County. It was a Saturday night so I will give them a 2nd chance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Varka must be "excellence" in Greek
    Iglypop
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner this past Friday evening. This is our "go to place" for special occasions. The experience was outstanding. The service was excellent as always; extremely attentive, but not intrusive. We were seated promptly, and did not feel the least bit rushed throughout the entire meal. The food was absolutely delicious. We have never had a meal here that we haven't thoroughly enjoyed. The drinks were also excellent. My wife ordered a Cosmo, and the drink that was delivered was a work of art. It looked so good that I was drawn to it and had to try a taste of it. I recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking an excellent meal with impeccable service and an overall superior dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always consistently great!!!
    RandiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. It is on par to any NYC top mediterarian restaurants. We were saying that it is actually better than Milos! Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great langoustines!
    JerseyGirl
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My husband & I love to dine here, it is absolutely awesome! We always get the grilled octopus appetizer and a plate of langoustines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NanaVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    As always we loved our evening at Varka....food, service, atmosphere....everything just right. Our fish and wine were excellent and we look forward to returning for our next great dinner!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    MartinR
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dear Manager, I have been in the wine and restaurant industry for 20 years and I was really looking forward to go the this restaurant. Food was good, services was OK, I felt like the every time the bring something to the table they "through" it, like in a rush, they were probably short of staff. Buy the way it really set the tone... Private message Very disappointed. Mart
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  • divine dinner
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Every bite was divine! I love, love, love the octopus appetizer and order it for dinner all the time. It never disappoints. My husband usually orders the special, which was a delicious grouper dish on this occasion. We had room for dessert and tried the phyllo wrapped custard for the first time - YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food as always
    Shawn
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We always have a great meal at Varka. The Varka chips are still awesome as is the octopus appetizer. We experimented this time with the greek white wines which were very yummy. As always, the fish is excellent and cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Kept Secret in NJ
    way2full
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    People... don't go.... If you go, then I will have to fight you for the best fish in NJ... Last Night: two of us ate 4 pounds of Langostines, a pound of godzilla size shrimp, a lobster, oysters... EPIC Meal. I love this place, have been there numerous times and they never disappoint. Easy win for a romantic or business dinner. One of my favorites in the NY Metro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    JeanMarie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was excellent! We had the lamb chops and Bronzino that were very delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Karen
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A very warmly decorated large dining environment inside. It was a beautiful night, so we decided to dine in the spacious outside patio. Great wine selection as well as creative appetizers, main courses, and desserts. A little bit pricey, but well worth the cost.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the eveing
    steve
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very professional staff,Eric our waiter was with us constant and made us fell very special. The food and kitchen were on top of their game. We will return very soon and thank you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was our second visit and the food was as delicious as the first time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Paige
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My husband and I had a very enjoyable dinner at Varka last night. The food is delicious and the service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noelle
    Kate
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have always loved Varka.. but the creamy ceasar salad wasn't creamy at all ... and the fish was a bit dry/bland this time - and for the price they charge ($42! just for the fish) that reallly isn't ok.
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  • Varka Fishhouse is always fantastic
    MBDBVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We have been to Varka many times. The fish is always the freshest in the area and Spiros, our waiter, and the entire staff, are always attentive and make us feel very welcomed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    H2001
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I have heard about this place. This was my first time. I have been to many restaurants in Ramsey of the same caliber but was greatly disappointed. The food was ok. The price for what I thought the caliber of food was extremely over priced. If I am paying that much it should make me go wow that was incredible and it sure didn't. The service was non-attentive. We had to grab several people passing by just to get refills or the next course. We sat outside and a beautiful night. Just disappointed overall and overpriced for sure!!!
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    Eduardo
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything went perfect but noise level. The local acoustic does not fit the restaurant. Is not possible to have normal conversations due to noise level. Good service and really good food quality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Recommended Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    From the moment we arrived at Varka Fishhouse, we knew we had just discovered someplace special. From the skilled and knowledgeable servers to the last bite of our beautifully presented and perfectly prepared dinners, Varka saw to our every need in making our evening very enjoyable. Varka Fishhouse is certainly on our list of where to go for fine dinning. A lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor dining
    GreeneyesVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    As usual, we enjoyed our lunch at Varka. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed dining on the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect every time..
    LokinVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Varka never disappoints! Outstanding food and service! Vibrant crowd, beautiful atmosphere.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We like Varka...
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    ...but sometimes the prices just aren't justified. The octopus app was excellent as usual. The zucchini in the Varka chips was great, but the $16 price is unjustified, not to mention the eggplant wasn't crisp. $10 for romaine with lemon dill dressing, not even a tomato. For 3 apps and one glass of wine at lunch it was $66 with tip for 2ppl. Can't beat the outdoor patio on a sunny day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.