Varka Fishhouse

4.6
2289 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Varka is a Mediterranean fish house located in the heart of downtown Ramsey. They offer fish by the pound from all parts of the world, plus Greek specialties and Black Angus steak house selections. Full bar and wine list featuring wines from Greece and California.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2289 people are saying
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4.6
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CarolB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent. Seating by the kitchen was not so good. We did ask for a table change and still was seated close to the kitchen. There were empty tables more in the back. We love Varka.

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vipSusanW
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best experience. Most outstanding restaurant in New Jersey!

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vipAmyF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent! Excellent food you know what to expect and they never disappoint.

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vipFrank
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Classy setting. A place to return to!

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DonaldF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Overall very good with one exception.
Despite my reminding both the hostess and waitstaff (twice ) that it was a birthday celebration and that I wanted some sort of acknowledgement there was none. Otherwise a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good. We started with tuna tar tar and the meatballs, had the sword fish, the sea bass, and the filet mignon and really enjoyed it. We finished with the baklava, and wouldn't have changed a thing. The service was great, they kept checking on us to make sure everything was good. Really lovely outing.

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WendyC
New England
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varka never disappoints. Excellent for, service and ambiance. A great way to celebrate a special night.

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TaraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent, driven greatly by our server, Nico, who was phenomenal! Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Family birthday gathering

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MunehisaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bit pricy and table was small.

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DorisL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice selection of appetizers. Food was delicious. Service was perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is very tasty. Service was very slow, I attribute it to not having enough employees working.
Prices are extremely high, in addition to that they charge 3.5% service charge if you pay with a credit card. That is the only restaurant in the area that adds the service charge.
They raise their prices constantly and now they want to charge you more by adding a service charge. Do not plan on visiting this restaurant in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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vipJanetW
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fabulous and today's meal was made even more special by the attentiveness of our waiter, Favian.

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vippeterw
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Varka, having heard so many wonderful things from others. And we were not at all disappointed. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Food was amazing.! but the service was horrible. We felt like we were being rushed out of there. Waiter never came to check on us and wasn’t very polite when we ask about the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

A nice meal, very expensive, but portions are generous. I felt there was too much seasoning on the swordfish dish, it took away from the natural flavors, but overall enjoyable. The wait staff was attentive and the food came quickly, however the waiter lacked personality and seemed almost bored with being there. It was a nice date night, but we aren’t rushing to go back.

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PatriciaF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food, as always.

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GeorgeK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always great and this time was no exception. I got a burger for lunch and it was one-of the best I have ever had.

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vipNJvisitor
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Varka! Fresh langoustines and the delicious green beans are our go to order. Octopus app is sooo tender and delicious. This last time someone tried sardines and said they too were amazing. I also love the beet salad, the Greek salad and the dip trio. Usually the Varka chips are a winner, but this time they were ok but not as crisp as usual. It is quite loud which is why the ambiance is a 4 not a 5.

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vipKatherineV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious!

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vipDolores
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at Varka.

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JeffreyL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

JB
JoelB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating outside was quiet and pleasant.Service was not rushed. Food was beautifully presented. I will repeat the prix-fixe lunch.

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BorisM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good settings. It is a bit on pricy side, but quality is definitely there. Great variety of meals both fish and stake.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Found dinner prices exhorbitant.
Everything a la carte too. Will only return for luncheon menu!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipJohnH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, wonderful service. The outdoor tent is perfectly spaced and nicely ventilated - a truly enjoyable evening.

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LizabethG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience2

You can't go wrong going to Varka Restaurant. The food is excellent, grilled octopus, Varka chips, langostino's are excellent. I have never ever had a bad meal here!

I wish the outdoor dining was like it use to be. It was much nicer without the tent. The ambience in the tent is cold, needs some decor.

Go Try it You Will Love It!!

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RosannaH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Everything was delicious....our waiter was not very attentive. And BTW there was plenty of staff....

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johna
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent. Will be back in the near future.

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Trainer
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most incredible meal we have had in a king while. The portions were huge. Fish very fresh. Had a Greek wine which was delicious.
Will be back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Another place that charges premium prices for mediocre food. Most dishes were bland. Drinks were good.

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vipBarryF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Varka never fails me. Today's $29 lunch was first class. A brilliant fish soup, followed by perfectly grilled Meditarian Sea Bass, accompanied with Broccoli-Rob. The Yogurt was a perfect dessert.

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Chris
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had grilled octopus, Greek tomato salad , fried zucchini and eggplant as appetizer. All were excellent. Our dinner entree was the Mediterranean snapper, it was grilled to perfection! A wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was good

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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ErinP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipDisappointeddiner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are great. Disappointing when you frequent a place and only get a nod from mgt as if it was your first time there...IF you even get that.
Frankly it's time to drop the 3.5% surcharge for not paying cash. It's not a lot of money but the prices there are high enough without insulting the patrons. We've been to much better restaurants in NJ and have never come across a credit card surcharge. As much as they'd like to think they're in New York they are not.

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vipSabrina
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time at Varka last night. From the food to the drinks to the service and everything in between. We will be back.

FAQs

Varka Fishhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (201) 995-9333.

Varka Fishhouse is rated 4.6 stars by 2289 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.