Varka Fishhouse
Varka Fishhouse

Varka Fishhouse

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.varkarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (201) 995-9333
  • 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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Varka Fishhouse reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (55)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (45)good for groups (39)romantic (35)great for outdoor dining (33)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (20)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (14)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    The food was fabulous, the service was terrific and the atmosphere was fun and inviting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great find
    ABH13VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Varka was a wonderful surprise. Best NJ restaurant I have been to in many years. Bar scene is very active. I was happy to arrive early and chat with friendly people eating and drinking at the bar. Service extremely attentive. Dinner was delicious. Every bite perfect with flavor. We had the Greek tomato salad, big enough for two, the grilled sardines, snapper for two, with veggies and potatoes. Fish was prepared to perfection. For dessert I had finger licking good baklava, with coffee chip ice cream. Will definitely return and make new choices!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average food high prices
    ExcellentVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I was excited to try Varka. But the food was average and prices over the top. Grape leaves were all leaves not much filling. Lobster was over cooked and tough.
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  • Possibly the best Loup de Mer ever
    Dominique
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    In my view, this is the best seafood place around. Very fresh, prepared to perfection to preserve the delicate flavors of fish. The Loup de Mer is my favorite and is out of this world. Nice wine list with a few Greek nectars to discover. Service is perfect. A great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EnjoyedforLunchVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    First time at Varka. A colleague and I hosted clients for lunch. The food was superb! The service was attentive and friendly. I plan on returning with family.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Varka: Still batting 1000
    greggVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    After at least a dozen visits, they still churn out top notch food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Content
    Trendyfoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We are extremely picky about our eateries and the whole picture. Overall very impressed. Seated us promptly, great attention and very fresh fish. Husband had the steak and feels it was outstanding. Only bad aspect was the very high noise level. Had to ask the other couples to repeat what they said a few times. Cheesecake was better than any high end place in NYC.. Bravo for Varka. Will be back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too expensive!!!
    lulu1852VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We go out to eat all the time, but this restaurant was way too high in their prices. $18.00 for salad!!! All they did was stick their hand in a bag of leaves and put it on a plate all for $18.00. Ridiculous. Food was good not great.
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  • Great Food
    Diane14
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Noticed a very nice improvement in the food since we were there a long while ago
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great For Lunch
    nycnewtojersey50
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Had family come in from Texas and everyone loved the food. - Perfect lunch place - food is a great mix of Greek and seafood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, ok service
    ilovefood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Met some girlfriends for lunch and got the grilled octopus (excellent), raw oysters (also excellent), and the zucchini and eggplant chips to start (all amazingly delicious). I got the lobster gyro which was good, but the lobster was minced and processed like gyro meat, and I was expecting fresh lobster so was a little disappointed, but it was good nonetheless. my friends both got salads and both were very happy with their meal. Food and ambiance are both top notch, but price is extraordinary making it BARELY worth it (but worth it nonetheless). our server was not the most helpful person, nor was he friendly and barely checked on us. Had our server been up to par with everything else it would have been 5 stars on everything
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jcjf
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very good and consistent very friendly and willing to ring out dishes in order you desire
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a winner
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We always love Varka even with having to drive 25 mins to get there from Englewood. The fish is always excellent, prepared simply grilled with wonderful accompaniments, the ambiance always pleasant, staff always helpful and generally it's a terrific place to dine. We love bringing new people with us and they always walk away totally satisfied and happy. We'll be back soon again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, tad expensive,noisy
    HMVan
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was great even though it was slightly expensive for what you get portion wise. Also having been there on other occasions, we find the restaurant is very noisy due to acoustics.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Party
    mmmmm
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Came true, had a excellent dinner with great wine and great service with my family. Could not have been better. Will go back to try the outdoor dining when it gets warmer, looked like a really nice area too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A place to celebrate the good life
    Monique
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This place is a gold standard for seafood. Uncompromisingly fresh, delicious, beautifully presented. Service always impeccable and friendly. It's a special occasion place for me. Yes, it's expensive, but worth the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always delicious
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We love dining at Varka. I always get the octopus appetizer for dinner, but try a different appetizer as my "real" appetizer each time we dine there. This time I tried the spinach pie - delicious! I love the Greek white wine (can't remember the name). I'm no wine expert, but I believe it pairs beautifully with the octopus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great outdoor lunch
    Patricia
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Went for lunch on a beautiful sunny afternoon and were seated on the terrace. It was the perfect setting for a birthday luncheon. We all enjoyed our dishes. To start we had the calamari and the Varka chips. The calamari was okay but the group really enjoyed the very tasty Varka chips with dip. We had the swordfish kebobs, lobster gyro and salmon and everyone was very happy with their meals. For dessert we ordered the baklava and the greek doughnuts. Both were wonderful but the greek doughnuts were a big hit! Great place - hope to visit again! Also the sangria was delicious and a nice way to start the meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fish lovers Paradise
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    If you love fresh, simply prepared fish, this is the place for you. We were a party of 6 and we each ordered a different type of fish. Each one was prepared perfectly. No heavy sauces just olive oil and lemon juice. For appetizers highly recommend the Varka chips & grilled calamari. The dips with pita seemed to be very small portions of each (we were sharing). Apple tart with vanilla ice cream and chocolate molten cake were delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
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    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
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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.
  • Lives Up to the Hype
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent fish restaurant. I wouldn't call this a Greek restaurant although it is sometimes classified as such. It is a serious foodie establishment with a focus on Greek seafood, particularly grilled fish. A perfect special occasion restaurant. Very enjoyable meal and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
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    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.
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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
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate