Varia

4.3
598 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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Hello and thank you for choosing Varia to celebrate the New Year! Our Chefs have prepared a 4-course prix fixe menu at $95/per person (No other menu will be available)Your reservation also includes access to our Main Ballroom bash and Grain's NYE party (valued at $75/per person).

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What 598 people are saying
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Jamar
Richmond
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
11 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.

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HottubGirl
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience2

While the piano music and song were unexpected, it was entirely too loud. We could hardly hear dinner conversation with those sitting right beside us or the wait staff. It would’ve been nice if it were very soft and relaxing instead. Service was slow but it doesn’t surprise given the staffing shortage everyone is experiencing. I will finish on the positive note and that was the food itself. Very very good., maybe excellent.

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WilliamF
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I love Thursdays when they have live music, The food is good, but the ambiance is awesome...

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RandieC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Waiter not very attentive. Did not fill water glasses unless asked. Did not come to check on us or ask how everything was. Also 3 of the 4 portions were so plentiful, we needed to go containers. 1 person ordered eggplant parmigiana- her serving was a child’s portion. Less than 1/2 cup spaghetti and her eggplant parmigiana was ONE slice- about 4” diameter and paper thin. I understand she should have complained but that is not her style. If eggplant was limited, waiter should have advised her to choose a different entree. Otherwise, food was delicious, piano music very pleasant and an overall enjoyable evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

DISCRIMINATED AND REFUSED SERVICE!!! Don’t be fooled by the diverse staff. Even with a reservation I was seated and no waitress came and they didn’t bring my high chair. I was ignored once seated. The hostesses are rude! My son loves the piano and they ruined our mommy and me date night. 1hr round trip for this visit was time wasted.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and prices! Will be back again!

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vipCharlesN
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bar seating with privacy curtains was phenomenal!

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Jane
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience3

Food and service was good but we had to leave because the artist/ music was so loud that we couldn't have conversation. We decided to leave and take our dinner home.

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Kaseymaye
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Beautiful and clean restaurant. Love the open kitchen. The service was good, he seemed new and not familiar with the menu but very nice young man. Food was good but nothing spectacular. I feel that the price point does not match the food. Likely will not visit again with all of the other restaurants in the Norfolk area.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will def return!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good

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Padre
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Micah Ann was our waitress. She was MARVELOUS. Had a Wonderful evening. Thanks, Sally and David Lassalle

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ChristianP
Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love taking my fiancé to new restaurants and so far I haven’t don’t bad yet but she loved Varia. The ambiance was phenomenal and the service from Reese was probably the best service we had from any restaurant. We enjoyed it all and now that I know how big the pizzas are, we’ll definitely come back

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vipLolitaZ
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It took an exceedingly long time for them to find our bottle of wine. We ordered a pizza and asked for them to make it half pepperoni half cheese, not possible , which leads me to believe it was frozen. The appetizers were delicious, especially the giant meatball! Bread was hard though. Entrees we’re ok at best. Quality of atmosphere far exceeds the quality of the food.

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KLynn
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My food was delicious and the ambiance was breathtaking. A great way to celebrate my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Items on wine by the glass menu not available. Understaffed and service lacked, a few people called out evidently and put pressure on staff. Server was awesome, had a wonderful personality. Ordered meatball app, came out cold, was supposed to be hot. Second one was brought and was assured it would be right, half hot, half cold, gave up asking. Entree was meh. Was going to have dessert but with all the other fails just paid and left.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week at varia is the place to be! Plus ladies night on Thursday! It was our anniversary and they made it so special! Thanks all!

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TaraW
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food Okay - Expected Food To Be Special Based on Price Paid.

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vipAlishaM
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got out as a family every Friday. Varia definitely delivered great food, an amazing live performance, and a very tentative staff!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was wonderful! We had a great evening and enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. We were able to enjoy our night without feeling rushed and our server was great at checking in. We really enjoyed the piano, too.

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Adventurista
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I went there last night for my birthday dinner and honestly had a pretty mediocre time. We reserved online and selected the option birthday as a special event and it wasn’t even acknowledged or addressed, and I didn’t want to be the person to say “Excuse me it’s my birthday!”. Maybe they don’t do anything special for people for it. Ive gone to similar priced places such as Ruth Chris’s Steakhouse where the event was immediately addressed and catered to. The food was just okay for the price. The live music was way too loud. It’s a small seating area and we were placed close to the stage area. We had to speak loudly over someone singing. The cocktails were pricey and tasted bitter. My SO had a bug in his drink when they set it down, which happens and isn’t anyone’s fault but it made him raise an eyebrow. This was checked off my list of places to go, but I’d suggest for your birthday or event go elsewhere for the price. Our server was kind at least.

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vipJIMS
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Very noisy with the music...but great food , very decorative

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Varia with my sister for her birthday and the experience was AMAZING! The live music was wonderful and the food is simply delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entertainment, a woman named Clarissa was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed celebrating my birthday at Varia. The music was beautiful, the atmosphere was amazing, and our waitress, Micah Ann, was awesome! I'll definitely be a returning patron. Thank you so much for an amazing night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

It was quite underwhelming. Food was just okay. Service was very very slow. Maybe understaffed? Would not go back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Ambiance is nice but food quality and taste does not match up. Nothing special if you look beyond the decor and wine selections. Presentation is one thing they do well but everything else was lackluster.

FAQs

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

Varia is rated 4.3 stars by 598 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.