Varia

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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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What 336 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very very good
Our sever was very insightful, kind, patient and pleasant
to talk to!
Thank you for a wonderful experience 🙏🏼☺️

OT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great. The service was a little slow, but overall we had a good experience.

KM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Vaughn our bartender/server was excellent. The food was delicious. We can’t wait to go back.

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing here, but waitstaff needs a bit more training for this restaurant to be first class. There’s little attention to detail.

BT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Got off to a bumpy start, waiting 30 min for drinks. They recovered well, however, comped the drinks, and dinner was excellent. Great music that evening from Jimmy Hopper. A fun night out!

OT
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful service, and food. We will be back!

FR
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Restaurant service has really gone down hill since we last ate here. Don’t plan on ever coming back here again. Had to ask for water. It’s unfortunate as we previously thought this was going to be our go-to place for an upscale restaurant. Not any more. Oh well....many fish in the sea.

b
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was great however the service and ambiance were definitely lacking. When paying the amount of money we spent on a meal I expect exceptional service and while our server was very nice I don't believe the training was there. She didn't seem to know how to perform table-side wine service properly and though likely not her fault, our white wine was not served at the correct temperature and we had to send it back to be put in the fridge. Little things like clearing appetizer silverware and bringing plates for apps (we had to use bread plates which were then never cleared) and having to ask for bread and water refills go a long way in the dining experience. No complaints on the food, everything we had was delicious however we are not likely to return as there are so many other great options downtown without service issues.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

It was a birthday party for my husband. We arrived at 6:30pm for the reservation and waited for almost two hours for our dinner. We had constantly to remind our server for every request such as refilling our water.

HS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. Meal was late but compensated for. Exceptional wine selection

GH
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lunch was overall good, but the spaghetti pasta was a little undercooked. Also, be aware there’s no bread or rolls at lunch. Only dinner. Wine by the glass options pretty limited and unimpressive.

VW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the brick oven pizzas and craft cocktails. We enjoyed excellent customer service.

Always a treat! We will be back!!

BL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Varia several times and each time is more enjoyable than the next. Their craft cocktails are delicious! Our favorite is the burrata appetizer. Highly recommend their brick oven pizzas. The setting is elegant and many beautiful options for seating, depending on your mood. Service was top notch! Put Varia on the top of your list to visit! Excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place. It’s fun but a great place for a professional or romantic dinner – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes! My fave is the buratta and Brussels! Yum yum yum! If you go to varia you will not be disappointed I promise!

DM
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was a gem. We happened to find it on open table while visiting Norfolk. Our meal was fabulous. I had the spaghetti and meatball. Wow it was an amazing 14 oz. of delicious pork, veal and beef! The general manager, Matt was very courteous and knowledgeable. Trent our server was especially attentive and made the evening even that much more enjoyable. When ever we are in town, we'll be dining at Varia! Try the chocolate olive oil cake. Yummy!

JN
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom here for her birthday. It was absolutely wonderful! Our waiter was amazingly nice, and the restaurant covered our wine due to it being my mom's birthday. And the food was great, of course! It was better than I could have imagined.

S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Server took 15 minutes to acknowledge us at the table. Ordered the burrata appetizer...delicious!!! So good I asked the server did they make it in house; he actually said NO(always say yes to that). Had scallops risotto for dinner. Don’t know if it was the Parmesan cheese but super salty. My friend had eggplant Parmesan and disliked as well. Presentation was not very good either.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Really disappointed with dinner. The braised short ribs were cool to the touch and lacked seasoning. Reminded me of pot roast. My husband gnocchi was mushy and flavorless. The cheese and meat was the best part. William our server seemed very dusorientated..he opened a bottle of wine..but we had no wine glasses to pour it into.. so he got 2 glasses, poured the wine, with thr wine bottle practically straight up in the ir

AH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous ambiance, the food was delicious and the waitstaff was very attentive! I will definitely be coming back.

K
Richmond
25 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, food was excellent. Always a great choice for dinner. I will be back.

m
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, amazing atmosphere. This is probably my third time having dinner here with friends and family and always a great time

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a great vibe at Varia during their Jazz Brunch! Thoroughly enjoyed the sounds c/o The Carlton Trio. Kudos to the chefs for marrying 'typical' brunch food with different options. The piece of short rib I tried was a little tough, but that didn't deter my from enjoying the rest of the food at each station. Next time, I'll make sure to save room and try items from the dessert station. Big thank you to Doug!! He was beyond pleasant and accommodating. Always checked in at the right time to ensure my dining experience was going well. Looking forward to returning for future events!

OT
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed brunch at Varia. Amazing jazz music with great variety of quality food. This will be our new brunching spot.

RT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AJ was great, lovely place. Would definitely go again.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

One minor isue would be with the service replacing used flat ware after it had been removed after the appetizer. But, all servers and management were professional.

j
E. Tennessee
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marcello’s Gnocchi is incredible along with the bruschetta and his incredible stuffed figs.

YL
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Our first experience was much better then our second. We stayed in Norfolk on two separate occasions. Our first stay we had dinner and breakfast at Varia- both were good. Service was slow but overall it was okay.
We were looking forward to dinner and breakfast at Varia during our second visit to Norfolk. Dinner was okay but breakfast was a big disappointment. Service was terrible and the food was not great. Chances are we would probably not go back to Varia if in Norfolk again.

LU
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Very good looking, the place and the food. But expensive (even for us) and inconsistent. Started with a pizza, very good. Then the garden salad, also very good and enough for 3 people to share. Entrees were part good and part ... what was the Chef thinking. Extensive wine list, almost all choices I've never heard or seen before, and the choice we made was meh. IMO Italian reds are not to be chilled; took forever to get to room temperature and just not good, only drinkable. Service was also a downside, she was very inexperienced it seemed and did not pay enough attention to us to even keep our water glasses filled. Ratings are inflated for what you get IMO.

C
Richmond
16 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent and service was terrific. The piano was too loud and we could really converse. It was a distraction. I play the piano and the performer was very talented, but it’s unnecessary and took away from the ambiance. Everything else was great.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One entree came out cold, food was still good tasting but we had to send back to reheat.

Waitress was very friendly but not ontop of things 100%

SW
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere is amazing. A little high on the price but not over the top.

O
Richmond
148 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food! Live Jazz was a bit loud, but entertaining.

TW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varia is simply 5-star in my opinion. The ambience is lovely; calming; and conducive to a romantic, business, or special occasion meal. The background piano and occasional vocal music is a perfect complement to dinner. The staff are 'over-the-top' kind, courteous and helpful: they all exude warmth, friendliness, and a welcome feeling. The food is cooked to perfection; the wine list is all anyone would want; and the service is efficient and timely, beyond any I've experienced. The maitre-d', a beautiful woman who made our selection of table easy and prompt; our waiter (Adrian) and breath-taking, fashion-model waitress (Jasmine), were a joy to interact with. I felt I was blessed to be in their presence. There is no better restaurant in Tidewater, Virginia, than Varia. I would highly recommend everybody find some time to enjoy a glorious meal and create a life-long memory by going there.

B
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate my girlfriend’s birthday. We absolutely loved this restaurant. The food was wonderful and I like the fact that you can see the kitchen and staff preparing your dinner. We also discovered a private dining room behind a couple of book shelves. Definitely will plan to have an event in there. Overall, we’re very satisfied with our experience at Varia.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

AJ was wonderful server and the music was nice

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Overall pretty disappointed. The only good part about the restaurant is the ambiance. Other than that, I would not recommend going. My table was not set up when we sat down. The food was pretty mediocre at best for the price you pay. My table ran out of water because they never came around for refills. When my table was unhappy about the service, a manager never came around to inquire about our dissatisfaction. Finally, the music in the restaurant is just way to loud (which is nice if you are going to the bar, but not if you are trying to have an upscale dinner). It is so loud that you can barely hear the people at your table and even our waiter had to ask us to repeat our orders cause he could hear us. There are better italian restaurants in Norfolk that I would go to before booking a reservation here.

NS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was so nice and the food was very good! I went with a group of friends for a birthday celebration and we had an amazing time!!! Will definitely be back!

BC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service , ambiance and entertainment!

MF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

GT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Loud- unable to hold conversation- poor service, bill wrong, great food

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