Varia

4.2
297 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Welcome to Varia, a Romantic, Upscale Italian Restaurant in Norfolk.
Varia, our Italian restaurant and wine studio, features wine by the glass and a pianist six nights a week. Indulge in homemade pasta, freshly tossed pizzas from our brick oven, or signature Italian desserts like the tiramisu. Varia's modern Italian fare is made from only the best local ingredients and the wine studio features over 100 hand-selected wines, including 50 by the glass.
The dining room's intricate finishes and the warm glow of its reclaimed chandelier, formally of the Historic Cavalier's ballroom, offers an intimate ambiance that invites conversation over a full bodied merlot. Guests can book the ultra private dining room only accessible by hidden doors in the bookshelves for special events.
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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:30PM

What 297 People Are Saying
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MF
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. A bit loud. New waitress, very sweet, needs experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal best atmosphere

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JC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very impressed with 3 out 4 dishes! The seafood was very good...the wagon wheel Italian dish was not good. Our server must have been new...reaching over us, brought our kids bottles of soda because she forgot to make the Shirley temples. Not well informed of options. Saltines on the lower level of the Hilton was fabulous! I would rather eat there!

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r
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Very poor quality food for the price. I would not try this restaurant again.

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Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service and wine. Piano was a little loud for conversation but it was nice music (next time we’ll ask to go a little further from piano). Went up to Grain after for a beverage- nice city views. A great evening. And parking is easy and inexpensive.

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JB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Our experience at Varia was excellent. I lived the atmosphere and food presentation. Be aware that what is on the happy hour menu online is not offered in house and really they did not have many happy hour items which I found disappointing as there was quite a bit online. In this day and age of technology what’s advertised online should be honored in the restaurant. I loved it there eve still and would go back.

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OT
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. I loved the Veal Osso Bucco

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TD
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere!! Great Customer service and experience!!

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MT
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for date night!!!!!!!!!!! #BougieNights

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D
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent the week in Norfolk, staying at the Hilton on Main Street. Excellent location and restaurants in the hotel. We received excellent food and service outstanding service from AJ @ Varia! The staff at Varia treated us like royalty that evening, even with glasses of champagne! The food was excellent as well.

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SD
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

It's upscale-ish for a hotel restaurant. The food is tasty and not horribly expensive. I was a bit upset that when my kids ordered sodas, and then asked for refills, we were charged $12 for 4 sodas... and weren't told there was a refill charge. That was quite disappointing and why I put 3 stars and not 4.

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M
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very disappointing

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DK
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Our appetizer came out cold. My pasta was under cook and I found multiple crab shells in my dish, and my sauce was so thin it wouldn't coat the noodles. Very displeased.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service appetizer and drinks were great however. King crab leg pasta still had many shells through the dish. Deal breaker!

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Father’s Day. They had a special....$55/person. The food they gave us easily would have fed 10 people. We brought 4 large bags of food home. I missed pictures of the first course (calamari, grilled octopus, bruschetta, caprese salad).

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TM
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Delicious food. Waiter was poorly trained. He did not chill a bottle of white wine for 2; used terms of endearment when speaking with an older woman, which we found inappropriate. He failed to bring promised bread to the table and then said, “You have to ask for it.”

The wine list was not up to date; the sommelier was unaware that a requested wine was listed on the electronic wine list as only a taste and not by the bottle.

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AP
Atlantic Canada
154 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my Norfolk favorites. Always great food and service. New tapas size menu options are a great add!

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R
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The Main is beautiful. Varia itself is gorgeous. Food came out timely and was great. Calamari was awesome. Brussels were great. We had a gnocchi and marsala; not the best pasta we've had but still tasty. Zack was are server and was pretty consistent throughout service. He did disappear for 20 minutes after our dinner course without explanation which lowered my rating. Another server took our dessert order and that was a bit awkward. Other than that, we love this place, love the ambiance. Definitely recommend.

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JD
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Matt the Wine guy was great.

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JM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing and the service is impeccable

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I wish you could rsvp at the front area for tasting the wine. Maybe being able to make rsvp in dining or near the front near the tasting area.

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AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Such a disappointing experience. When we sat done, no server came to greet or us take drink orders for 30 minutes. Then the whole meal went on like that. Sat at 6:45, didn’t get check until 10pm. I ordered most expensive thing on menu and by the time it came it was very dried out like it sat under a heat lamp. Love the Hilton restaurants at the beach, this was unbelievably disappointing

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AP
Atlantic Canada
154 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The food, service and ambiance cannot be beat.

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SS
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. We were seated close to the piano and singer so it was a bit difficult to hear each other. So we enjoyed the live music.

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t
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and we had just about the best waiter we have ever had. Everything was first class

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DE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was very surprised at the prices. Thought it would have been more expensive. Excellent service and food to match. Will return.

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JB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Varia was a great date night restaurant with amazing food and a bartender that really knew his stuff! The chicken marsala was underwhelming, but I would highly recommend the octopus and gnocchi! Would have given 5 stars, but the restaurant was not busy and they seated us all the way in a back corner by ourselves, service was extremely slow, and the live piano singer was terrible. They would have been better off playing cool lounge music (like Buddha Bar).

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KD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful service. Very nice atmosphere.

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TA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the live piano but found the live singing too loud and distracting. We were happy when the singer took breaks so we could talk and hear each other. I think the English/pop songs was part of the problem in addition to the noise. But keep the live piano up!

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in Norfolk. Loved it♥️. The entire evening was a dream. Thanks all to Varia.

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K
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My waiter was very friendly and amazing! Food was fantastic!

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M
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was excellent as is the ambience. The lady who waited on us was not very happy at all. She actually ignored me. I had to speak with the manager about her before she actually turned into a very good waitress.

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just food and service. At a high quality restaurant it is not unusually to feel rush. We did not feel rushed at all during or meal at Varia.

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, I had the chicken parmigiana and a bottle of wine that was pricey but wonderful!

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SF
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was the best we have had in the area. Definitely check this place out!

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AP
Atlantic Canada
154 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Always a great meal. This visit was probably the poorest I've had - octopus not up to it's usual excellence. This is a dish I specifically go to Varia for, and it just wasn't as fresh as usual. Rest of meal was excellent however - order the PERA pizza - it is the pizza gold standard for me! Service and ambiance great as always.

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varia provides an enjoyable atmosphere (including a pianist and vocalist), a variety of meal choices, which are delicious and plentiful, and exceptional service. I will definitely return.

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P
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

That's the third time I had the pasta with seafood. First time perfect. Second time pasta was overcooked and the third time two of the muscles we're nasty. Told waiter and suggested someone needed to be more attentive to what venders selling the restaurant.

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d
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere, but...ordered appetizer, Va. Salumi & cheese, not much for $20. We only received TWO of the four cheeses, w/grapes and butterfly crackers (huh), server did not identify meats or cheeses. Ordered main course salmon piccata. Have no idea what I received, small piece of salmon w/diced tomatoes & onion over pasta?! - no lemon, capers or sautéed spinach. Our generic martinis, gin & vodka cost more than the "specialty cocktails", $11 & $12. Best part, warm faccacia bread w/olive oil & balsamic.

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L
Richmond
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu, food and service were exceptional! Only downside was the noise level. It was difficult to carry on a conversation with friends at our table - probably a function of the size and design of the restaurant. That won't keep me from going back though.

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