Varia

4.7
166 reviews
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Open 7 Days a Week:
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch:11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to close
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(757) 763-6281
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM 8:00PM - 10:30PM

What 166 People Are Saying
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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting was very intimate and calm! The lightning made the mood of conversation nice! My husband and family really enjoyed this location!

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Atlantic Canada
126 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I dine at Varia every time business takes me to Norfolk, and it never disappoints. Pizzas are great, pastas are great, and the service is consistently excellent.

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

we had a reservation and when they went to seat us that seated us a table where you just sit and have drinks and appetizers you would have to stay bent over to eat and drink. Waitress was not on top of her game. She did not ask if we wanted additional drinks. She appeared to be new. The scallops were not seared enough therefore had a very fish taste. I handed them to the individual I was eating with so they could add them to the lasagna they were eating. We loved it the 1st time we went but I will not be going back

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RK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd visit and again dinner was very good and service was excellent.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to Varia on a Friday night.
I had a reservation for 6PM and I was half an hour late but they were still able to seat us. I surprised my friend on her 30th birthday because she's never been and she loved the décor, they even had live music. The music wasn't too loud where we couldn't have a conversation. The food was spectacular. We ordered the lasagna and Mama's meatball. There was so much food! They also gave us a slice of strawberry cheesecake on the house for the birthday celebration. I'd go back to this establishment. Thank you staff at Varia!

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Atlantic Canada
126 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Varia is one of, if not my favorite dining spot in Norfolk. Consistently great - I highly recommend.

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Atlantic Canada
126 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meal as always. I always look forward to dining here when in Norfolk. Definitely highly recommend.

Try the Pera pizza - phenomenal!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

In bar area. Took awhile to get waited on by waitress.

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PM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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Atlantic Canada
126 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always an excellent dining experience. Beautiful dining room, solid service and highest quality food

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent great atmosphere quiet and open kitchen so you can watch them cook your food

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DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Varia for Sunday brunch. Upscale atmosphere was extremely pleasant, and our food was delicious.

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RE
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious dinner in a swanky setting made perfect with excellent service from Courtney

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FR
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! We used to live in Naples Italy and I have to say that this is the first restaurant I have found in Hampton Roads that has figured out how to make "Mozzarella di Bufala" like they do in Naples. It was so good I thought it had to be imported, but it is actually made on site. The ambiance is very upscale and the menu has just the right amount of variety. Food was excellence. Our Waitress, Courtney Proctor, was outstanding. She was very attentive and ensured we had everything we needed, without being overly intrusive. Highly recommended for special occasions and anytime someone wants really good Italian food and some great wine. The wine list was amazing.

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Atlantic Canada
126 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Always a great meal here, and service to match. The octopus is phenomenal - a definite must order. Beautiful dining room and live music is a great touch.

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ED
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took two guests from Paris to this restaurant, one of them has a sibling who is a chef. They loved it! The jazz singer was incredible; perfect level, so you noticed her singing but could talk easily.

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JG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place, food and service!! Would and will absolutely come back soon! It made our night worth while.

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Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

They work hard at this restaurant and it shows. Great wine bar.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ben was fantastic and Bethany helped with our wine selection. We will definitely be back. Quality of food was amazing and the library books are a cool touch. The live music was good but a little too loud for our liking. We could barely hear each other talk.

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BO
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nichole Twigg was an excellent server. I would request her if I went back.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

The atmosphere at Varia was outstanding. Lovely decor and comfortable seating. The friendly welcome and awesome live music was unfortunately not nearly enough to overcome poor service and poor management.

We ordered wine and hordeuves- a pizza, bruschetta and the meatball appetizer. It took about 30 minutes for the first 2 appetizers and then promises that the meatball appetizer would be right out 10 minutes later we asked our waitress about the meatball appetizer and she said that she couldn’t ask the kitchen about our order until “things calmed down”. After an hour still no appetizer and my husband asked for the manager. The waitress had never followed up on the missing food. She seemed afraid of the kitchen staff . At that point we told them to forget it at this point and we cashed out and had to order the rest of the meal at another restaurant in the hotel.

I’ve made over 100 reservations on open table and never experienced a restaurant where the server was so intimidated by the kitchen staff that they didn’t take care of the customer. Really horrifying.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a special occasion and my husband first time going. The good was absolutely delicious and the service was great!

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C
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We were cruising on the Bay and stopped in Norfolk. With the weather we didn't want to go to far, and the location was very convenient. After a day on the Bay, we look forward to a good dining experience and we were very pleasantly surprised. The ambiance is a bit "hotelish", but the food and service more than compensated.

It was large, but the tables were not jammed in, so good room and separation from other diners.

The lighting level is a bit high.

The wine list is uneven with few moderately high wines, going from modest to high without a lot in the middle.

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PP
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, fantastic service - highly recommend!

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JK
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu, strong wine choices, great service, lovely meal, appreciated the open kitchen all made for a perfect evening!

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Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and that you could see into the kitchen. Great wine recommendation from the waitress and she was friendly, patient & attentive on a Saturday nite. Portions were a bit small for our entrees so we ended up ordering a pizza for dessert and it was the best part! Would go back. Nice date nite and we took our well behaved 3 mo old (& was a little nervous because our original table was so close to others) but they moved us to a booth upon request and it worked out great...she slept too! Lol. Pricey but you’re paying for the setting, which was quite lovely. Would def go back, maybe for lunch next time.

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RK
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After being seated for 5 minutes we wondered if our server knew we were even here, especially after another couple was greeted immediately after being seated. After talking with the manager, everyone made it right 10 times over, and this was our anniversary night out. Matt and Richard took great care of us, and the food was fantastic. We will definitely go back.

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Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our meals were great. The service tonight outstanding. It was a nice dinner after a very long day. Thank you

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FF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent - Overall Highly recommended it to all our friendly &family.

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GF
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the very first moment we arrived I knew I would like this whole experience. Sarah greeted us as did the manager Brianna. I asked for a “nice” table as we were celebrating two birthdays, a Mother , 96, and daughter: 72. We were seated at a corner table with lots of windows! Service; food; whole experience LOVELY. Cannot wait to go back! Wonderful all around! Bravo

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Hampton Roads by far. Food and desserts were delicious as well as fantastic service from both our waitress and the restaurant manager who checked on us as well. Absolutely great.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great venue! excellent food! will be back. 👌🏼

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Doug was user friendly and attentive. He provided excellent service. After 2 yeas in Japan your customer service is superb! Really appreciated his fulfilling our request to lower the piped in music for conversation purposes. The VESUVIO pizza was one of the best I've had. Looking forward to our return. My wife also was thrilled with the decor.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The lunch prices & Wine Studio were great. There were few people there when we arrived, so I thought the server’s service was too slow for the volume.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing experience trying this restaurant for the first time. The wait staff was very professional and courteous. The hostess was very very sweet and personable with us. Nothing bad to say.

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CS
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant and the pasta was delicious!!!! It's perfect for a date night.

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JG
Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and the waitress was very, very nice.

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WS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was exquisite and great service superb ambience the music was lovely

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KA
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 2ambience 4

My food was overcooked. Waitress did not speak good English.

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GP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

we had to go to the management to get service and the service was horrible.

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