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Varka Fishhouse
Varka Fishhouse

Varka Fishhouse Details

  • 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: Mediterranean, Seafood
  • 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 (201) 995-9333

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Diner Reviews
  • "Varka was our choice for a group dinner. It was fun and the food was great. Pricey though. But the overall experience was a good one. Would definitely go back! Very good service!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food here is always fresh and delicious. The service is professional."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Relax, enjoy, and experience a wonderful tasting event in a Mediterranean setting. The food is simply awesome! The service is excellent. Truly a wonderful experience. It seems too get better every time we go."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, great space, food is fresh and really good and all of the staff were friendly and attentive."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "The best Greek food west of Greece! Try the octopus or stuffed calamari and then a fresh fish on the grill... Delicious !"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The mussels and calamari appetizers were deliciously prepared. We enjoyed the specials which were outstanding."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Food is great, atmosphere is beautiful, but small portions and expensive."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Very good food. The fish was very fresh and well prepared. The stuffed calamari was awesome. The place was very loud."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food and service are amazing One of my favorite restaurants I give it 5 stars"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food at Varka is always terrific. I took 2 people there that had never dined there before and they raved about the fish. They said it was the best that they had had. The service and food is always great and that is why I go there every week."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "second time here and loved it even more. place is energetic for sure, it's a bit open space but we like that vibe. food is exceptional which you'd expect for the price, but it's worth it. service was perfect, plenty of attention without too much. the beet salad gets me every time and two appetizers was the perfect meal."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The best is the grilled octopus and whole fish. Everything is cooked perfectly and cleanly seasoned, with no heavy overpowering sauces. A great pick for a special occasion or to impress clients/corporate visitors."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Nobody can debate that fish lovers will flock to Varka, gaze at the fresh catch on ice, and work with the staff to plan the perfect meal. The bar scene is excellent. A great crowd balanced with men and women of all ages. Terrific bar tenders and wait staff. I highly recomment it."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Well my fiance and I have been here the past two New Year's Eves ('13 & '14)...and have totally enjoyed ourselves both times. This past time we had two other friends join us and they loved it as well. Top notch food with fantastic service...our waiter this past time was Nick and could not have been nice to us! We will continue to come back to Varka as it is now one of our favorites!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Every time we go its better then the last!!! Keep doing what you’re doing Varka, I just wish you were closer to my house!!!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Out of this world grilled octopus appetizer. Amazing selection of fresh seafood. Extensive and reasonably priced list of Greek wines by the bottle.Four of us went: two Greeks, one Italian, one Portuguese and we are already making plans to go back."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Needed a place for a business dinner. This place knocked it out of the park. Great place, food, wine list, and service we awesome!! Can't wait for work to bring me back to the area."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Service was excellent! Fabian was sweet as pie and very enthusiastic! Place is very cute with their boat with seafood. Bar area is nice too! I went specifically for the octopus and it was good, but for the price the portion was not enough, but it will not stop me from returning for another experience."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This is a great place to take someone special for a dining experience they will always remember."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Varka gives you an opportunity to try something different. Nice to have the lobster removed from the claws. Service was excellent. Pricey, but worth it. Looking forward to going back soon."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Fish is charged by the pound. I have the feeling they over weigh. For example we had the tiger shrimp. On the menu it is priced at $50/lb. We each had one shrimp. It cost $40 for 2 shrimp. I can't imagine that two shrimp are 4/5 of a pound. That's $20 per shrimp. I can't be sure but just a feeling."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Beet Salad and Mussel appetizers were very good; large portions and tasty. Halibut dinner entree, no so much -- a little bland and maybe even slimy. Baklava and lava caked were also quite good, as was the coffee. Very attentive servers. Might give it another try but at those prices, maybe not."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We were a party of two. Overall, it was a nice experience. Everything is very fresh. The cheesecake: fantastic! You cannot complain about the price, except for the Chilean sea bass - a bit pricey for a small piece. Also, the chairs could be a little more comfortable. Still, highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Love this restaurant. The staff is courteous, friendly, knowledgable & accommodating. The food is creative, beautiful, fresh & delicious. We had a group of six for lunch - old friends that don't see eachother often with our elderly parents. We planned on taking our time and visiting & eating. The service was excellent.- Attentive but non intrusive- and so very pleasant. Everyone in our party raved about their meal and how perfect the restaurant was for our special get together. I would highly recommend Varka Fishouse without a doubt."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food, beverage and service exceeded expectations. Great experience! Will be dinig there again soon."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We've been to Varka a few times now and it's been nothing short of Excellent! The food is prepared with fresh ingredients. There is a huge wine selection. Very attentive servers throughout the restaurant. Great place for special occasion."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Best restaurant all around that my husband and I have been to in NJ. The food is phenomenal, and the service is beyond compare. We had dinner there with a few friends before, but when we decided to do our 35 person joint birthday sit down dinner at Varka, we were shocked how accommodating and organized they were! Our tables were ready in a perfect u-shape so we could all see each other and mingle in a tucked away spot of the restaurant, we were so impressed on how the servers catered to our every need/request (I have some picky friends including myself), and to top it off, the food was absolutely delicious! Our guests who had not been there were so happy :) Thank you Varka!!"
    Dined on 6/19/2013
  • "I'm not a huge seafood eater but took my girlfriend here for a date night. The food is amazing. Try the octopus appetizer. Great atmosphere. All together a great night."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Wonderful atmosphere, great staff and even better food"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Hadn't been in about 4 years. Food still consistent, but expensive. Noise level unpleasant, but our waiter was very helpful with selections of both food and wine. It seems if you're a regular you get the better tables."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Ambience, Service and Quality of Food were all excellent. This is a high quality Seafood Restaurant with Mediterranean flavors. From the appetizers (excellent Raw Bar) to the entrees and desserts, the choices were excellent and the Service was very helpful in assisting us."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "I love Varka. I must go there once a week and it is always terrific. If you like fish, this is the place for you. But I love their chicken which is the best grilled chicken I have ever tasted. That, and asparagus (which is thin and crunchy) and you have dinner."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Grouper served on a potato pancake and broccoli rabe with a very light caviar cream was spectacular! The vegetable chips and dip as an appetizer was delicious and there was plenty for the four of us. this was from wine to capuchino a nearly perfect meal."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Although extremely busy food was perfectly prepared, service attentive wine selection terrific. Other places would buckle to the pressure of new yrs eve. Not varka. Perfect dining experience as expected"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went here for an early New Year's Eve dinner. Regular menu, not limited. Everything was excellent from the grilled octopus appetizer, main courses of arctic char, swordfish kabobs and shrimp santorini (which they made into a main course from the app menu) and the almond cake with chocolate ice cream and figs for dessert."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Have been here quite a few times...Not sure I need to come back anytime soon. While the food was good...Service was a not. Our waiter was a bit on the rude side. He just seemed uninterested and annoyed the entire meal. I think he just needs to retire and not be around people anymore. The price of fish is a bit absurd. $37 for a pound of fish per person and then to be told that the fish weighs 2 1/4 lbs making 2 of my parties dishes over $45.00 a piece is nuts!!! The wine bottle selection is too steep for my taste buds as well. $64 for a bottle of wine that I know retails for $12.99 is silly."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "We loved the food but the prices are more like NYC than Ramsey! Very expensive for what you receive!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "All good great on our visit except salmon main course was under seasoned and sat on bed of bland mush. All other courses good enough to go again though."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The food was unbelievable. Although the appetizers were more interesting than the entrees. The pan seared cheese is beyond fabulous. Great wine list. We had a group of 30 people next to us and the noise was not at all noticeable."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We love eating at Varka... their fish is off the charts and their salads and sides are wonderful! Extremely fresh. HOWEVER.... the noise level is also off the charts and they have added so many tables that the wait staff knocks the back of your chair every time they go by. I felt like I had whiplash by the time dinner was over. Those are my only complaints... everything else, including the cocktails, was/is great."
    Dined on 12/21/2013