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Varia, Norfolk, VA

Varia

4.3
4.3
717 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6281

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    At Varia, old world sophistication and modern charm combine to create an intimate, authentic dining experience. Our Italian inspired menu not only features staple foods of the Tuscany region, but adds a coastal Virginia culinary flair to every dish.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (855) 900-6494

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 717 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Virginia

    Hot Spot

  • Norfolk / Virginia Beach

    Hot Spot

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  1. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    First of all, Varia is a beautiful setting, and staff are very friendly and courteous. The Hostess is very pleasant, she remembered us from past visits and is very accommodating. Our server, Raheem, was excellent! Extremely nice and friendly and professional! Our dinner selections were excellent, well prepared, very nice presentation and flavorful. My wife had the Eggplant Parmesan, her favorite, I had the Chicken Marsala, very rich and flavorful, our guests shared the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and Caprese Salad; everyone was pleased with their dinners. Unfortunately our experience started out poorly; the primary reason we chose Varia for dinner was that her relatives were here in their first visit to Norfolk and we wanted them to have a memorable experience. My wife and I had hyped the wine experience at The Main (I’ve had a wine card since they opened) and were looking forward to enjoying a glass of wine before dinner, but when we arrived, at 6:30 pm on this Saturday evening, the wine dispensers were turned off. The Hostess apologized and went to get the Manager to turn them on for us, we waited, and waited, the Hostess went into the back to remind the Manager, without success, after waiting over fifteen minutes we gave up and asked to be seated for our 7 pm reservation so we could order at the table. Bottom line is, in my opinion, an epic fail in service! The Main’s state of the art self-serve wine dispenser system is supposed to be a pleasant experience and a draw to their venue, not even being turned on at 6:30 pm on a Saturday evening was ridiculous! I was very disappointed that I wasn’t even able to use my “exclusive” wine card to treat my special guests to a relaxing pre-dinner drink. Fail!!!! Interesting,y, after dinner, they were turned on when we left. Thank you for nothing.
  2. BB

    BrighterB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Patrick started our experience off wonderfully. Krystal was helpful in guiding us to delicious food. Caroline made sure we left loving our dinner. Thank you all!! Made our first time there memorable!!
  3. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    So the restaurant is beautiful, and we had a great server. My issue was the food. Some of it was so good, and other stuff wasn't. My biggest complaint was the Tira Misu, the Focaccia, and the Short Rib. I had the Chicken Marsala which was great.
  4. B

    Bonvivant

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The setting is lovely overlooking the older buildings with the water peeking through. Our waiter was very friendly and good. For the prices that they are charging, the food is average. The crispy brussel sprouts were definitely not crispy and a bit hard. The focaccia was oily. My entree was barely warm and very mediocre. Seasonal sorbet was chocolate …really?
  5. T

    Traveler

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Its a hotel restaurant. Trip Advisor has the three hotel restaurants in the same hotel as #1, #2 & #3. Our daughter went to the #1 rated and heard they tell people to rate them high on these type of reviews to get 10% off their meal. Their meal was just like this one - fairly good for a hotel restaurant but definitely not the best Norfolk has to offer.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    The food was well presented…rich taste fresh ingredients and overall…DELECTABLE LOVE IT.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful restaurant for a dinner date with my spouse. Our waiter was polite and attentive. We transitioned to the rooftop bar after dinner and was even more impressed with the hotel.
  8. MA

    MichaelA

    Key West

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food . Service and went to bar downstairs on street after for wonderful cocktails.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was very nice. Recommend the fried ravioli and steak frites which were both really good. It was also still happy hour so we had an old fashioned and a cosmo and bellini. Recommend the Bellini. There was a young lady singing and a gentleman on the piano and they sounded nice. Great experience overall
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date night especially with live music entertainment.
  11. JH

    JohnH

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Beautiful setting, really nice menu, friendly service, overall we had a great time. However, there were just a few minor negatives; such as wine service machines in the foyer of the restaurant had at least four empty bottles in the service machines (really, these self-serve wine dispensers are fantastic and can be lots of fun when they work correctly) and for at least two wine selections, a couple of the pour buttons did not work at all, I will say though that when we identified the issue the bottles were quickly replaced. Our dinner server had a great smile and was very friendly and cheerful, however, their (not using her/his name or gender so as to not get "them" in trouble) knowledge of the menu was more than a little lacking (for example, explained that the biscotti listed as part of the dessert and not served with the Creme Brulee was probably buried in the desert itself (say what??!!!!!)), not deal killers, but definitely not up to the expectation of what the Varia experience is supposed to be. The two ladies at the host/ess station were very nice and very welcoming, and when we asked if they could use our phone to take a photo of us, she bent over backward to take a beautiful photo, really put in extra effort, and kindness! On the whole, the ambiance (the restaurant is beautifully appointed and the hotel lobby and wine service areas are striking in appearance), and the staff (hostesses, sommelier, waitstaff, etc.) were all especially kind, welcoming, and friendly, and the food was very well prepared, beautifully presented and flavorful (we had the eggplant parmesan and the chicken parmesan, both were very good!). We will be back soon and highly recommend this restaurant!
  12. SV

    StephV

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance, attentive and friendly service, and show stopping food.
  13. 5

    52reasons

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service from Reese was outstanding. Dinner was very good
  14. NC

    NurseCandy

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous setting in the Hilton Main. We had great service from Reese and enjoyed our date night. The braised short rib was melt in your mouth tender and the gnocchi was perfect!!
  15. DC

    DaryleC

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Reece, was exceptional. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. We will definitely be back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 1st visit won't be my last...here for my birthday celebration with a few friends and it was amazing. Thank you Varia for making this evening one to remember.
  17. BB

    BBarker

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The live music was the perfect touch to an exciting evening
  18. o

    oliwal

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This is a great place, especially for a special occasion. Food was reasonable for this kind of restaurant and quality. I would have preferred smaller portions for a little less money.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Portions are small for the price.
  20. H

    Hali

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    The place is terrible there was no place to park and then the food was just a no. It took us a while to get to the floor it was on too
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food taste was excellent. Some of the portions were very small. Service was fantastic.
  22. NN

    NeeNee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Venissa, our waitress for "Ladies Night", was wonderful. Food was delicious!!! It would be nice if all the cocktails weren't sweet (maybe include an Old Fashion).
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    If you want Olive Garden quality food for the price of fine dining this is the spot. Service was fast and the staff was polite, however it was extremely overpriced for the quality of food. Mashed potatoes were obviously reheated and Marsala sauce tasted like burnt pieces and salt. Recommend saving your time and going to four eleven York. Pricing is the same, if not better, and food is far superior. Overall, if your staying at the hotel and need a quick easy meal it’s worth it, otherwise it’s not worth it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    Food was great! However, they need to provide hospitality training to their waiting staff.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful dinner for two. The calamari appetizer was hot, tasty, and plenty for two. Main courses of chicken marsala and waygu short ribs were each mouth watering. Serving sizes provided a nice meal with enough left over to take home and enjoy again. Service was attentive but not overly so. Highly recommend!
  26. JV

    JoanVB

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Food was average at best. Bread was served with olive oil and butter, but was not edible because it was so stretchy from the microwave. At that point we weren’t expecting much, entrees we’re just okay, no where worthy of the price.
  27. DH

    DianaH

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was wonderful. I had been before in the bar area. This was my first time in the dining area. The food was delish and the service was perfect! I will come again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    This rating is solely based on my family’s experience here on Mother’s Day. The staff seemed a bit unorganized and not knowledgeable of the menu and how items were prepared. Unfortunately, the Mother’s Day menu wasn’t available anywhere online (nor social media) prior to booking our reservation, otherwise we would’ve chose to go elsewhere since there wasn’t many options to choose from. The food was the worst part. There was an open buffet (which we strongly disliked due to the current circumstances.) We were seated at a table closet to the open buffet and I personally saw a guest cough near open food with no reserve to remove himself for the sake of others. I’ve included a photo where the serving utensils that everyone touched were laid over the food for the next person to grab. This alone is easily calling for another Covid breakout! There was cooked salmon served on ice.. (I’m not sure who enjoys cold salmon but we thought it was a joke). Half of our party ordered steak and eggs which was very dry and tasted bland - thank God for A1 sauce. I ordered the sirloin flatbread which had raw/medium-rare strips of steak on a flatbread.. (steak on a flatbread? and raw?? Yuck). To top it off, this was $55/pp for a 3 course meal, including a 20% added gratuity, and we still left the restaurant hungry. That’s ridiculous. The only thing we all enjoyed collectively were the strawberries and the cheesecake. But most of all, this was a disappointment to my mother who wanted to enjoy a lovely meal with her children especially for the fact we drove from Richmond VA to Norfolk (a 2 hour drive) specifically to eat at this restaurant.. So, based off of our experience, we will not be returning.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Overall it was a great experience. They had a set menu for Mother’s Day that had a lot to choose from for the most part. The biggest issue is that they did not prepare adequately for the amount of people. They had three desert choices and by the time we were ordering desert around 2:30 all but one was sold out. Additionally, the appetizer was set up as a buffet with various seafood, meat and cheese and wedding soup. The kitchen staff was not able to keep the buffet stocked continuously. Lastly, once the buffet was restocked I asked politely if they could refill the condiments like cocktail sauce and the kitchen staff rolled there eyes at acted as if I was inconveniencing them. For a $300 lunch I would not expect such a response from the kitchen staff. Very inappropriate. I had also made reservations for four people. They seated us at a three top and it took a unusual amount of time to get another place setting. Overall I like this restaurant but it could improve, I hope the next visit will show improvement.
  30. AL

    AlexandraL

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Booked party of five in advance. We were nicely attired not off the street in biker shorts, flip flops (as were others, no dress code here) for a family dinner celebrating Mother’s Day weekend expecting fine dining. We were shown to an area consisting of a very small, low coffee table not amenable to multiple people eating Italian entrees. Hostess said they had no tables for 5 (though there were accommodations for large prom parties and tables for groups of 6-8) we identified a better seating area and she accommodated. The service was very slow. Our waitress was very, very sweet and had an affable demeanor but she knew nothing about the wine list (by the glass.) We watched our cocktails sit at the bar for 10 minutes before another server brought them. The food was fine, nothing special to make the wait for the drinks and food or the service worthwhile. No specials. We ordered an expensive bottle of wine, the sommelier was accommodating when it was not available and provided a lovely alternative. However after his pour our glasses were not refilled nor did they check to see how the wine was with dinner. If you’re staying at the hotel it’s an ok option if you don’t want to walk but nothing I would drive for as an experience especially if you’re expecting fine dining and a wine centric culture. We saw two other parties be seated and leave while we were there.
  31. RB

    RichardB

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and service
  32. H

    Hate2clean

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Food overpriced and un flavored. Music was so loud could hear people at table talking. Won’t be back.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Ambiance was lovely. Bar seating/dining area with the low couches is not comfortable for a dining experience. The couch sits you too low for eating with the height of the table. Food was very pricey for the quality. Chicken Marsala was decent but not for the price. Wine by the glass was overpriced as well. Would recommend to others to come for happy hour or Ladies night to take advantage of specials.
  34. BB

    BBarker

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Superb staff. Friendly. Engaging.
  35. CF

    CurtisF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was okay, not bad and not the best ever. But the ambiance and servers were super. It was a nice experience overall
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was super delicious. Samuel our Server was the best. Will definitely be back again.
  37. s

    smpwk

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Varia has a very interesting and pleasant ambience. The food and service are excellent. The reason we gave it 4 stars is the seating was not the most comfortable. We had a party of 4 and sat in rather large wing chairs that were not comfortable and did not reach the table level.
  38. MG

    MichelleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    This was my first time going there. The hotel decor leading to the restaurant as well as the restaurant itself was elegant. I loved the art work. The service as well as the food was good and reasonably priced. As we were leaving the lights dimmed and there was live music! I could have stayed longer! I have already made plans to return and have told several of my friends about it. Thanks
  39. V

    Valentine

    Richmond

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good salads, bread and pasta. Steak special was cooked perfectly. Reese was our server and took excellent care of us.
  40. BC

    BeverlyC

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places because of music, ambiance and food

FAQs

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

Varia is rated 4.3 stars by 717 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Varia

100 E Main St Norfolk, VA 23510

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Norfolk

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (757) 763-6281

  • Private party facilities

    At Varia, old world sophistication and modern charm combine to create an intimate, authentic dining experience. Our Italian inspired menu not only features staple foods of the Tuscany region, but adds a coastal Virginia culinary flair to every dish.

  • Private party contact

    Sara Wagner: (855) 900-6494

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