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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 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
  • "What a delightful evening. Each dish was fabulous. This is our third time there and we were not disappointed."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "...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
  • "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
  • "great place especially for New Jersey. One of the better ones in Bergen County."
    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
  • "The place was ok. Waiter good but confused my sparkling water with tap water when i went to bathroom."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We love Varka; nice menu, friendly people, & great atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Good food but too noisy to hear your friends speak. Crab cakes awesome"
    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
  • "We always get the best food, and service at this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We don't drink, so once we said we didn't want wine, the waiter came back only twice--to take our order and to bring the check when we asked him to. Never once did he see if we needed anything or if we liked the food. The olives and hummus brought to the table with the bread tasted very good. The stuffed grape leaves appetizer tasted like rice-a-roni inside leaves. It was terrible. The salmon and shrimp dinners we ordered were tasteless, overcooked and we would have been better off at a chain restaurant. We spent over $100 and boy was it not worth it. I woudl never go again."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Fantastic food, beautiful decor & attentive staff. A bit tricky to find due to construction creating a detour from the directions given on my phone, but once we got there it was well worth it!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Bar none, this is one of the finest dinner establishments in New Jersey. Seafood is always fresh, and prepared exceptionally. Wait staff are professional and have a full knowledge of the seafood offered. This place never disappoints. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Best greek food in the USA! Service is impeccable and atmosphere is fantastic. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The food was very good and the service excellent. You do pay for this because it will cost you approximately $100.00 or more per person if you order an appetizer, fresh fish ($34.00 a pound for bronzini and $33.00 a pound for sea bass) drinks and dessert. However it was worth spending the dollar for our special occasion, we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversay and my husband's birthday. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "From the time my wife and I sat down until the last bite it was simply a awesome, awesome meal we had. I've already told at least ten people I know, and we will be back for sure!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Super spot and excellent menu and choices. Service, on this day, was quite spotty and there were long periods that the waiter was invisible. My partry left before I could actually get the check. Bad impression."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We have eaten there a few times on Saturday evening, but the service this time was lacking. The food was excellent as usual, but all the other niceties were missing. The waiters were slow with taking orders, bringing our food and clearing the table. The noise level was louder than usual. Saving grace...the food. Will try again in the summer when the outside tables are being used. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Spinach Pie - super ! The fish selection is awesome, everything is on display - and the wait staff explains everything. We had Louper de mer , a Mediterranean trout, and it was spot on. Would go back - a great meal."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The Chilean Sea Bass is probably one of their best entrées. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Simply the best restaurant in Bergen county We went there Easter sunday we had the lamb {souvla}. The best I ever had and the service was outstanding. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Never have a bad meal. Was disappointed that in Saturday night there was no lobster ;-(. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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