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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Excellent food. A bit loud. New waitress, very sweet, needs experience.
Wonderful meal best atmosphere
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!
Very poor quality food for the price. I would not try this restaurant again.
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.
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.
Food was very good. I loved the Veal Osso Bucco
Great atmosphere!! Great Customer service and experience!!
Great spot for date night!!!!!!!!!!! #BougieNights
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.
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.
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.
Service appetizer and drinks were great however. King crab leg pasta still had many shells through the dish. Deal breaker!
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).
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.
One of my Norfolk favorites. Always great food and service. New tapas size menu options are a great add!
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.
Great food. Matt the Wine guy was great.
This place is amazing and the service is impeccable
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.
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
Love this place! The food, service and ambiance cannot be beat.
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.
The food was amazing and we had just about the best waiter we have ever had. Everything was first class
I was very surprised at the prices. Thought it would have been more expensive. Excellent service and food to match. Will return.
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).
Great food. Wonderful service. Very nice atmosphere.
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!
Best dining experience in Norfolk. Loved it♥️. The entire evening was a dream. Thanks all to Varia.
My waiter was very friendly and amazing! Food was fantastic!
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.
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.
The food was fantastic, I had the chicken parmigiana and a bottle of wine that was pricey but wonderful!
The food was the best we have had in the area. Definitely check this place out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.