Varia

4.3
627 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Fri - Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM 9:00PM - 9:15PM

What 627 people are saying
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Foodie
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Everything was perfect until another server delivered my main course within minutes of being served my appetizer. My server apologized, but the damage was already done, as I felt the need to rush eating my appetizer for fear of my main course growing cold. To me, this is not the fault of a restaurant’s staff. Instead, the fault lies with training.

Varia is one of my favorite venues. I hope this mistake never happens again.

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vipASJS
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Service was superb, Food was outstanding. We certainly will be back. Restaurant Week special offer was an all-around winner

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Ashley
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere with great food. I got the nightly special which was a cream sauce over pasta, grilled shrimp, balsamic marinated cherry tomatoes, all topped in a balsamic reduction. They even made my birthday extra special with dessert. Highly recommend!

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Austin
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit too loud, but that's dinner with music. Tbh, the higher volume allowed for muddling of more private conversation, also the music was great

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Hollie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The reservation did not say that it was strictly for a NYE event that required a $95 meal, but the manager made up for it by letting us have the party access and NYE activities for free, so cudos to them. I didn't eat there on that night but I've eaten there before and the food was good then. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Restaurant was really nice but the restaurant was out of almost every food option We wanted. Service was not good or understanding, especially since I was a service charge already added.We had reservations at 9:15 and we didn’t eat till 1045 almost missed New Year’s. Took them another 45 minutes to bring the check. very disappointed in our experience here. Not worth $95.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

For new years. The service was least than what I expected. Half of the exclusive four course meal was non existent. They ran out of food courses towards the middle of the night, which i did not understand due to people reserving early on For dinner. me and my fellow friends accompanying for the night did not get sat down for our reservation to 1and 45 min later. Waiter did not get back to us in a timely matter as well. I would not go there again for event that big again. Very disappointed ☹️

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The mushroom ravioli was delicious, the octopus was ok. I prefer the other style on how they make it normally.
The wait staff could definitely use some hospitality training. They were ok, but the restaurant is so polish that the staff needs to polish up their skills to match it.
Lastly, the NYE cost was over priced for what you received in return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

This review is just for their prix fixe NYE dinner event. Completely a bust. 4 course menu... 1st course was bread! 4th course was dessert but there was no left by the time we went to main ballroom. Definitely terrible value, service was ok and all of us were starving leaving the table. Would not recommend it to anyone.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grate service great wine food was good but small portions.

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Localloveroffinefood
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

They had a special menu for NYE. It was a 4 course meal. Everything we had was on a miniscule scale, with the exception of the desserts. The 4th course was on the 4th floor in a dessert room. The desserts were plentiful with champagne offerings. That would have been wonderful if we were on a dessert diet. There was an adjoining room with a DJ and dance floor. The price was outrageous and not worth the $260.00 for 2 people. Also, we did not appreciate the $38.00 built in gratuity. We left with empty stomachs and empty feelings. We felt as if it was a rip off.

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DiscerningFoody
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NYE dinner! Service was particularly good...not easy to accomplish in current times!

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BlueLove
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The experience was meh. Previous years have been better with a lively ambiance. The food seemed an afterthought. Not very festive for New Year’s Eve…

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KimberlyP
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit at Varia. The decor is beautiful, food is good, and the service is excellent. I will be visiting again.

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JonathanP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was great. The ambient was awesome. Food was good as well.

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vipGlennT
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Try the meatball!!

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vipUkgirl
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always!

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DennisO
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The daily special, shrimp and mussels over risotto, was delicious! Tasty chopped salad and a bombe for dessert, yum.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife & I wanted a memorable Christmas Eve dinner. This place did not disappoint. Samuel made sure everything was perfect.

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WindsorFoodie
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, outstanding service, very cool place. Double date Christmas dinner with friends. First time here - will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was my first time. The food was great and service was excellent. I was in and out in less than 2 hours in time to attend my play.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varia Is the best! Angel is the best!

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vipRMej
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The grilled octopus appetizer was excellent. Very tasty and service was great.

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JLK1
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience1

This was our second visit. The first time was much better. This time it was hot, loud, crowded, and slow. The piano singer was great, but WAY TOO LOUD. Everyone was yelling just to be heard over the music. Good food, but slow service, probably due to staffing shortages. We'll be back, but hope it's quieter. The noise was off the charts.

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vipAPL29
Atlantic Canada
162 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, location, ambiance, and most of all, food! The Wagyu short rib ragout on pappardelle is incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was freezing in the place and the Waiter who was a nice guy but lost. My pork chop bleeding red.

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Jamar
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tanner was a great server. Thank you as well to the hostess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place, delicious meal, great ambiance, and of course stellar service.

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JDT82
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The atmosphere at Varia is pleasant and the noise level is suitable for easy tableside conversation. The chairs are heavy and similar to standard living room furniture. It is difficult even for men to move. They might want to consider seating that doesn't require furniture movers to assist you with it. We started with drinks. I had a sweet riesling. While it was nice, four tablespoons of wine for $18 was simply highway robbery. I ordered the seafood special. It was flavorful but the presentation was lacking. Varia has the appearance and prices of an upscale restaurant but food quality and presentation are lacking. I can't say that I would ever consider returning.

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vipDave
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING service from Reese, GREAT server.
Dined in the dining area, not bar and the piano and singer were very loud in the dining area. Had a hard time hearing the server and with our guests.

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SandyQ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Food was unremarkable. Flavor and substance was less than desirable. The prices did not warrant the poor quality food. The short ribs were soupy and the Tagliatelle was over cooked. The mixed drinks were good, as was the octopus appetizer. The pizza was also tasty. The other entrees were substandard. The salmon was dry and overcooked. The service was excellent. It’s sad that Hilton’s standards are not higher.

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colleenb
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible! Loved the atmosphere, the food, and the staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Awkward start since our reservation was at 6pm and we arrived at 6:15. The host said, “at 6:15 reservations were automatically canceled.” There was a bit of back and forth and then we were politely seated. The house bread was very tough. The menu was decent and the food ok. Overall a decent experience.

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LizK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This is the third time I have been here. We come strictly for the ambiance. The food is nothing special. It’s good but not great. I have ordered several of the entrees as well as the appetizers. At least they give you bread now when you sit down!

But the ambiance is spot on!

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VictoriaT
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole vibe of Varia was great. I made a reservation to be close to the music as my friends were performing that night, and we got a table right beside the piano. it was perfect.

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vipUkgirl
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of downtown from the bar. Swanky atmosphere and great food.

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MarcD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was accurate and very personable. Manager who checked with us frequently was absolutely the best, especially when the dessert E ordered was not available.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The food was great but our server rushed us to order then disappeared, never came to check if everything was ok, made eye contact with us several times when we were trying to get his attention and he literally turned away and never came over… will probably order take out next time cause we enjoyed the food but would like to avoid the horrible service.

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Brandon
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was just ok, my fiancé had the Linguine, and since I didn’t see anything that I thought I would enjoy, I stuck with what I know “A Pizza.” The pizza tasted like a Digornos pizza. Linguine portion size was very small. Excellent service, nice live music. Will I go back. No.

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KeithW
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a great place to grab good food and dine in a comfortable atmosphere.

FAQs

Varia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (757) 763-6281.

Varia is rated 4.3 stars by 627 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.