Varia

4.3
130 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
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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Phone number
(757) 763-6281
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Payment options
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

Private Dining

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.

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What 130 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
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4.6
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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Outstanding food and the waitress was very, very nice.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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...

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1.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

One of my favorites in Norfolk. Gorgeous dining room, consistently high quality dishes. Live entertainment is a nice touch, but can be intrusively loud by times.

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3.0Dined on July 21, 2018

We ordered apps, pizza and soup- everything was brought to the table at the same time. Additionally, we ordered 2 bottles of wine... very slow drink service.

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

We went here for Restaurant Week, and we enjoyed ourselves. The service was great, and the food was amazing. I will be back for the buffet.

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4.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Dinner was delicious. Service was great. Consistently- the entertainment is too loud and makes it difficult to have a discussion anywhere near the piano. I’m all for live music however can we turn the volume down ? Please.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Our anniversary dinner at Varia was near perfection. When I made the reservation, I requested a table against a wall or a booth as I hate sitting in the center of a dining room. We were seated in a cozy section of the restaurant. Our waiter was a perfect combination of professional and friendly and quietly attentive keeping our wine glasses full. The wine list was a little intimidating for me since I recognized very few of the vineyards. The waiter sent over the sommelier who was delightful. I told her our price range (toward the lower end) and she made some recommendations based on the meals we ordered and our preferences, explaining the flavors in an understandable way. The food was delicious, fresh and perfectly prepared. Warning...the veal Milanese is not a cutlet but a huge bone in chop...tender, moist with a crunch breading. My husband loved his shrimp scampi and ended up helping me with my huge portion of veal. We can’t wait to go back. My only negatives are that the hostess was very cool making me worry for a few moments that the rest of the staff might be snooty and condescending. I found that not to be the case at all. Also, the menus could be a bit more descriptive. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

The food is excellent and the best we ever tasted. The blackened scallops was the best ever, and my husband said the salmon was the best he’s ever eaten. The fried zucchini for the appetizer was excellent. Of course, the service was really drawn out, and it was slow getting the food. I do think the cheesecake was excellent, but it was half the size you get anywhere else for $9. Overall though, it was a great restaurant. The seats are very comfortable at the tables as is even the low padded bar stools. After you leave, the hotel lobby is gorgeous and you can listen to the lounge singer and sit on one of the couches or chairs and enjoy a cocktail.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

This was a great place to eat. Food was great. Make sure to ask for specials. Our server forgot and we only found out after the manager asked if we heard them. Overall - we recommend!

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

The atmosphere was excellent. The food wasnt as good as I expected. The entertainment was really loud so you couldnt have normal conversations without yelling across your table. Its a great date night spot.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Everything was very good except for the live music. THE SINGER WAS HORRIBLE. It would have been much better if there weren’t any vocals.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Overall another nice dinner at Varia. The noise level was a bit much since we were next to the piano & singer. However, the food & Service were great.

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4.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Lamb, Brussel Sprouts & Asparagus were good. Flavorful, grilled & all cooked & fried with many tastes. Argentina Merlot was great too. It was our first visit and the ambience is beautiful. Will definitely be back.

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1.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Service was awful. We waited 20 minutes and only got water, had to ask for menus, and fetch our own wine/drink menu. We ended up walking out.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Beautiful restaurant great view very chic it was quite load and difficult to hear so I would say it isn’t the best for a date but the food was Wonderful get the octopus

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

The restaurant was beautiful, but the food selections leave much to be desired for the average person. I mentioned in my reservation that I wanted an acknowledgement of my husband's birthday ,I had to ask the staff about it twice and they charged me for the piece of cake they brought out with the candle on it. There was nothing special about the presentation of the cake, just sat on the table. Which had me confused because a couple if tables over they brought out cake to another guest with sparklers and candles with all smiles.

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1.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Poor service, took forever for the food and a long time to get our drinks! Won't recommend or return again!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Food was very good. Prefer to have regular bread with dinner - not pizza bread.

Service was okay though they brought an incorrect tab (was too low). Never saw our waitress after she delivered the bill - other waiter brought corrected (higher) bill.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Food was good but not noteworthy in any way. Server was informative when asked but overall very slow throughout the entire dining experience.
We dine out fairly regularly and at nicer restaurants commonly and three out of four of us separately commented about the poor service.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Came for my girlfriend’s birthday dinner. Had an excellent experience, both of us greatly enjoyed the ambiance, food, and service. Definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The service was excellent, restaurant is beautiful and modern. The downfall was the food, very small portion ( in comparison to the cost) and the quality did not match the price either, slightly disappointed.
Although the dessert was delicious, the portion and quality matched the price. We ordered a homemade cheesecake, beautifully plated and delicious.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Very good food and great service. Wonderful evening.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Our waiter was awesome, ao everything that happened, I want to make sure you understand was not his fault. We were there for mother's day, first they put us facing a wall all the way to the back, and that was with reservations. Next, the table was too small for five people, it was so uncomfortable! Next was the 32 dollar plate of snapper, I was expecting flavors out of this world, but no, pure bland and last, my fettuccine with clams at the end I found an unopened clam and you know what that means. It means I could had ended up at the hospital.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The music was way too loud to be enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Went on a Tuesday evening with my wife for our anniversary. Food and service were excellent. Server inquired about our visit and we informed her that we were celebrating our anniversary. We were surprised by our server after our delicious dinners of lamb and veal with a celebratory garnished dessert of cheesecake (on the house). I know it was not a big expense for the restaurant, but the thought and the presentation went a very long way. We will be back again!

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2.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The server Steve was very good. We Did not care for the menu. The hostess very personable enjoyed talking to her wine excellent

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We loved having a private dinner at Varia!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Both plates of pasta were under cooked. Hard. I would think an Italian themed restaurant would get the pasta perfect.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Extremely attentive service and extraordinary cuisine served up in a vibrant and eclectic environment

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Nice setting. Great wine list. Food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Service was extremely poor....Not enough staff. Took 45 minutes to get a drink.

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1.0Dined on May 4, 2018

overpriced bland food with small portions - there were 5 in our party and no one liked their main dish (two people had the same dish). We also ordered three appetizers and we didn't finish any of them as they were just not good. It was a real disappointment because we were there to celebrate a graduation and it put a damper on our evening.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

All the food was excellent, the service was very good & it is a very glamorous dining room. We loved it & will go back.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Great atmosphere and very vibrant. Service was excellent and food well prepared and very good
They had great wine selection available by the glass

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Delicous appetizers, salad and entrees. The ambience was lovely, though I will say the live vocalist was a bit loud. Compared to the other restaurant in Norfolk The Main, Varia particularly stands out as a high end restaurant to take a colleauge, friend, or special guest.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

This was my very first time at the Varia. I was very impressed. I liked the exceptional service, the food was excellent and the music was right on time. There was a relaxed atmosphere. I have told my out of town friends that when they visit, I will be taking them there. Thank you!!!

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