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.
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
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.View Private Dining Details
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The setting was very intimate and calm! The lightning made the mood of conversation nice! My husband and family really enjoyed this location!
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.
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
2nd visit and again dinner was very good and service was excellent.
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!
Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Varia is one of, if not my favorite dining spot in Norfolk. Consistently great - I highly recommend.
Excellent meal as always. I always look forward to dining here when in Norfolk. Definitely highly recommend.
Try the Pera pizza - phenomenal!
In bar area. Took awhile to get waited on by waitress.
Always an excellent dining experience. Beautiful dining room, solid service and highest quality food
Everything was excellent great atmosphere quiet and open kitchen so you can watch them cook your food
Visited Varia for Sunday brunch. Upscale atmosphere was extremely pleasant, and our food was delicious.
Delicious dinner in a swanky setting made perfect with excellent service from Courtney
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.
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.
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.
Excellent place, food and service!! Would and will absolutely come back soon! It made our night worth while.
They work hard at this restaurant and it shows. Great wine bar.
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.
Nichole Twigg was an excellent server. I would request her if I went back.
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.
We went for a special occasion and my husband first time going. The good was absolutely delicious and the service was great!
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.
Delicious food, fantastic service - highly recommend!
Nice menu, strong wine choices, great service, lovely meal, appreciated the open kitchen all made for a perfect evening!
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.
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.
Our meals were great. The service tonight outstanding. It was a nice dinner after a very long day. Thank you
Excellent - Overall Highly recommended it to all our friendly &family.
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
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.
great venue! excellent food! will be back. 👌🏼
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.
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.
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.
Very nice restaurant and the pasta was delicious!!!! It's perfect for a date night.
Outstanding food and the waitress was very, very nice.
food was exquisite and great service superb ambience the music was lovely
My food was overcooked. Waitress did not speak good English.
Our dining experience was very enjoyable--food was tastefully presented, and could not have been of better quality. A large number of guests were present, and enjoying themselves immensely. Regrettably, the two couples seated beside us were attempting to converse non-stop above the din of the music and background noise...