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  1. Distance: 0.85mi
  2. Distance: 0.97mi
  3. Distance: 1.18mi
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About Varka Fishhouse

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.

30 North Spruce Street
Ramsey, NJ 07446
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
East Main Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(201) 995-9333

Website:
http://www.varkarestaurant.com/

Parking Details:
There is a large private lot located directly behind the restaurant.

Public Transit:
N.J. Transit to Main Street, Ramsey.

Executive Chef:
George Georgiades

Private Party Facilities:
Private parties with up to 75 guests can be accommodated.

Private Party Contact:
Stavros: (201) 995-9333

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Varka Fishhouse Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (16)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Healthy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Cozy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Fun (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Seasonal (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Went for my husband’s birthday. Food was so fresh, you pick your fish out of “the boat”. Service was excellent! Plus We ordered dessert)the doughnuts so delicious) and it was on the house for his birthday! Will tell all my friends and family and will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was poor. Food was good but overpriced. Overall not as good as it was in the past.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We hadn't been to Varkas for quite - it's certainly not the cheapest place to dine, and it was as delicious as ever. So happy to have this gem in our neighborhood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Varka never disappoints! Took a friend for lunch for her birthday. This was my 1st time for lunch & it was just as wonderful as dinner. Do not miss the grilled octopus or the sampler platter of Greek spreads. The bread & olives alone ,that they do generously put on the table are delicious. Great fresh food every time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent service and food! Highly recommend! Fagri and Dorado was excellent!

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

One of my favorite local restaurants. Food always fresh and perfectly prepared. Great service! I highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went there for New Year's Eve, dinner and energy were fantastic. This restaurant never disappoints.

Tags: Vegan, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This was a New Year’s and anniversary celebration. Fantastic food. Fresh, perfectly and simply prepared fish. Really pretty exceptional. Service wasn’t perfect because it was very busy- they forgot silverware and were too rushed And it was noisy but otherwise, a wonderful meal.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Poconos)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and atmosphere!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

What can I say. Varka has been around forever so they must be doing something right.
The wait staff is excellent with just the right amount of attention. It is a Greek restaurant so don't expect fancy sauces as it is very clean food but cooked to perfection. Portions are very
hearty. The ambiance is nice. Sometimes a little loud if you are seated by a big party. They are New York City prices but remember no toll or parking fees and you are getting NY quality food. One of the very few restaurants in Bergen County with this high a caliber. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys NYC quality food but does not want to travel far.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Delicious grilled octopus appetizer (big!) and ample fresh salad. Great bread too. Entrees a bit problematic: halibut overcooked on first try and sea bass overwhelmed by tomato broth and onion slices. Simpler would have been better. Place got busy and our server was distracted by big tables. Got bailed out by front of house man. I think we will give it a second try with more careful selections.

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food must have the octopus

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Dinner

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food here is consistently fresh and fish is well prepared. The prices, however, are exorbitant.

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always dependable to have great fish we thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The food is reliable and like a fine steakhouse for fish lovers.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Stylish and elegant ambience backed by outstanding food. Amazingly fresh and simply prepared using the finest ingredients. Absolutely delicious! The best Greek restaurant in NJ, hands down. My only criticism would be the awkward process to check one's coat. We were seated first, then had to struggle to remove our coats in between tables for our hostess to take with her.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Never disappointing. So very special

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Varka is a good restaurant. I have been there many times. However, it is extremely noisy when even half full. I never go there on a Saturday night since you cannot enjoy talking to the others at your table. I do recommend the food. But go there on a weekday evening if want to have a conversation with your friends or relatives. We went for lunch and since many people go out for lunch this time of year we found it quite noisy. The food choices for lunch are excellent.

Tags: Disabled Access, Authentic, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Varka has amazing food, great drinks and a great atmostphere.. was perfect for our night out!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Terrific venue to celebrate a special somebody in your life!!
Food, service, and ambience was excellent!
This was my first time here, but I WILL be back!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Another wonderful meal at Varka. The service is always excellent, fish is fresh and fantastic as are all of the salads and sides.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great food and atmosphere, close to home. Had the fish and chips, made with Chilean sea bass, which was top notch. Definitely coming back.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Loved it! This place never disappoints!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Amazingly fresh fish!! Deliciously prepared! Service was just right; attentive but not obsessive!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Always excellent quality food and drinks at this local favorite. Service is on point with very attentive servers. We chose to make this a lighter night with multiple rounds of appetizers instead of individual meals. The lobster gyros and grilled octopus are by far the best! Can't think of anything negative to say.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Very not birthday lunch!!

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

At 32 dollars a pound, the fish had better be fresh and terrific. Luckily they are. Probably the freshest sea food in the area. The cheesecake is DIVINE. Fresh berries and fig compote complete this decadent dessert.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always amazingly fresh food, especially the fish! Delicious. Well worth the price for fresh Mediterranean fish. Grilled octopus is terrific- so tender and tasty. Ambiance is beautiful. We’ve been going here for years and always consistently great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Always an amazing meal. Great ambiance and top notch wait staff.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Truly Wonderful!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We all enjoyed the fish luncheon special. The fish was perfectly prepared and delicious on the risottw with corn. For appetizers we enjoyed the fish soup and spinach in phyllo and for dessert, we shared the donuts and yogurt. Everything, even the bread, was delicious. It was a great spot for lunch and for getting together.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great birthday dinner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Love, Love, Love doing an appetizer sampling at Varka. Favorite by far is the grilled calamari! Start with oysters, then Greek Tomato/Feta Salad, Greek Spreads, then Grilled Calamari and Grilled Shrimp! Yum!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our dinner was excellent, the food and service were both top notch. Went to celebrate our 20th anniversary, the friendly hostess offered us a congratulations and sat us on a cozy corner table. The server Fredy asked if it was our 1st time there and since it was he explained the menu in detail and helped in my Entrée selection, a whole fish the loup de mer. It was a great choice! I HIGHLY recommend the lobster gyro for appetizer and the lava cake was one of the best I've ever had.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food and Service were top notch, very enjoyable, also, good bread and great coffee, both regular and decaf.
We went on a Saturday night, noise level was high.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Welcoming ambiance, friendly service, excellent wine list, creative cocktails, delicious clean food. what more can you ask for. My new go to place for special occasions

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Varka is upscale, well executed Greek. However it is very pricey especially for NJ and the food is only a cut above more casual Places however there is a full bar (but a weak wine list). Servers are professional but not particularly friendly - always feels like a production environment here. But they have a fantastic collection of fresh fish and seafood on display - impeccably fresh buy inappropriately pricey. Example is whole red snapper is sold by the pound - 33 bucks. So if you share one it will be over 70 bucks.

Places like Periyali is NYC are top of the game but more reasonable than Varka and better preparations. This being north Jersey however this is probably as good as it gets.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great food and great service! Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fun, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Meal was excellent but
Would have been perfect if they had gluten free bread to dip into the sauces

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Amazing place with good service !!
Had fun !!!!!!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Cozy
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