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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "My husband & I love to dine here, it is absolutely awesome! We always get the grilled octopus appetizer and a plate of langoustines."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Food was excellent! We had the lamb chops and Bronzino that were very delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was our second visit and the food was as delicious as the first time!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My husband and I had a very enjoyable dinner at Varka last night. The food is delicious and the service was excellent as well."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Varka never disappoints! Outstanding food and service! Vibrant crowd, beautiful atmosphere."
    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."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "What a delightful evening. Each dish was fabulous. This is our third time there and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Outstanding food and service. However, the host (Male) has no people skills. Arrogant and very much obnoxious. He could use some training on how to approach customers and make feel them welcome. Beside that, the place is excellent."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We had an excellent meal and the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a Wednesday dinner. The appetizers and seafood were delicious. Nice "by the glass" winelist. The service was excellent and this was despite the fact that there were several large groups dining as well."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The appetizers were terrific. One of the Lobster Ravioli dishes that I have ever tasted. I was part of a group of 10 and all of raved about our entrees."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "great place especially for New Jersey. One of the better ones in Bergen County."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The place was ok. Waiter good but confused my sparkling water with tap water when i went to bathroom."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food excellent as always, but service horrific. Very disappointing. We think the waiter was annoyed that we only ordered appetizers - but with drinks and dessert, the bill was well over $100. It's the food that will keep bringing us back, but the service will make is second guess that decision. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We love Varka; nice menu, friendly people, & great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Good food but too noisy to hear your friends speak. Crab cakes awesome"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Dinner for two... Great food perfectly prepared. Good service and atmosphere. Nice wine list. Manhattan prices but excellent food quality. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always, food, service, and atmosphere were great. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon and we sat outside on the patio."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "As always - Varka never disappoints. Love it. Go there - you won't regret it."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food and service are top notch. However, be prepared for an expensive evening. Appetizers are overpriced by comparison to other establishments and dinners are on the high end. Moderate orders (appetizer, dinner and dessert) with single alcoholic beverage with tip will run $100 per person on average easily. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Without question the best Greek fish and seafood in the entire state of New Jersey. We'll worth the drive because this place rivals the top NYC Greek fish restaurants. Food is prepared to perfection and the new expanded menu offers you a wide array of non fish choices. This is a must for anyone in northern NJ."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I attend the restaurant on a fairly regular basis, but have to say I am getting bored of the same menu."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Best Greek in Bergen County, hands down. Whether you order entrees or just apps, everything on the menu is fresh, flavorful and delicious. Can't say enough about this gem."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "Varka is a regular restaurant for us. The food and service is generally top notch.. But you have to beware if you go during a holiday. Mother's day service was off a bit and the food was good or not depending on the dish. There were six of us. The filet mignon was over cooked. Came well done when ordered medium. The fries were actually horribly soggy and a big disappointment. The crab-lobster was inedible. However, the rest us had good dishes. As an aside, charging $18 for a kid's plate of ziti is a bit outrageous, no? A box of Barrilla is less than a dollar. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • ". Due to the fact that I live 20 miles away and my wife and I like to drink, it's not a place that I would go on a regular basis, still, the food was good, staff was friendly, that is more than enough to make me go back sporadically. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a great night at Varka celebrating our birthdays! Food was amazing, especially the octopus appetizer and the raw bar selections! Every time I come back I continue to be impressed."
    Dined on 5/3/2014