Varka Fishhouse

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$31 to $50
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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.
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager Stravinsky is amazing with guest and how he handles the floor
Very few managers as fundamentally equipped as he is

RK
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always excellent. Service was a bit off.

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as always! Will be back soon.

PD
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here-had wanted to try for a while. Food was excellent. Had meatball appetizer which was tasty. Build your own tower was delicious and fresh albeit a little pricey with stone crab added but great tasting nonetheless. Whole fish for dinner was fabulous as was scallops and risotto. Would definitely go back. The acoustics could be improved- very loud and can hear the conversations at the next table very easily but wouldn’t stop me from going back.

EC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was extraordinary, and the service was kind and attentive. We started by sharing grilled calamari and spanakopita, both of which were fantastic. We then both had fish, which was so fresh and perfectly prepared. Varka is a lovely place to go for a special dinner. We also plan on going to the bar and sharing apps in the future. Such a pretty setting.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, our server, the food was fresh and seasoned perfectly and prepared spot on! The wine complimented everything we had to eat!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant...hands down!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing at Varka

Z
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Stopped in for a quick lunch. Very attentive staff and good food. A little expensive for a lunch, but a great place to eat.

BH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food is great however while they have an extensive martini menu their other specialty cocktails are limited if at all.

KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently outstanding. Never a bad meal. Varka is truly a gem in Northern Bergen County.

S
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner! Excellent service. Just a bit pricey!

GR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding! Only negative is the noise level is high. Other than that, loved it!

p
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We love Varka and go frequently. This past visit we felt very rushed - for an evening out that is quite costly, they brought our appetizer 5 minutes after we placed our order and our meals were brought so quickly we were done in 45 minutes. I appreciate you want to turn your tables but this was unnecessary and took away from our overall dining experience. You are not a diner and should not pace meals as such.

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food is always wonderful. Guaranteed great experience.

E
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

An amazing restaurant. The food is delicious and the specials awesome. I don’t like beets, but this is the inly place I eat them. Delicious!!!

Our waiter was not the usual attentive type, but his assistants were great and made sure we were taken care.

It is the most amazing seafood restaurant in the area. A must!!!

TR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints...fish and everything is ALWAYS fresh and perfectly prepared.
Service is spot on, attentive but not intrusive. Drinks are great. Price point a bit high, but you get what you pay for!!!
Only downside is acoustics...a bit noisy.

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant overall: loved decor, service, and food and drink selection. Some of the dishes were very gourmet and had a great presentation, some were okay and could have been a little better.
Definitely would recommend this place and will be back to check out more.

N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an outstanding experience to dine at Varka.

E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Food is delicious and service is great.

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The noise level is very high and hard to communicate so precludes a romantic setting, per se, but the intensity is up, the service is excellent without being pretentious and the food on point.

F
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good service by Fredy and our dinner was perfectly prepared we really enjoyed thank you

JB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Varka did not disappoint. The fish dishes are always cooked to perfection and the service is solid time after time.

ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and innovative cuisine!

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This review is based on the second time I have been here. The first time I ordered the chilean sea bass, which was phenomenal. This time i went with the "Angry Lobster", which I have only herd nothing but pleasing things about. Unfortunately, my lobster was served tough. I was very disappointed.

AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

DF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Simply the Best place in the.area for fish and seafood!

DA
Phoenix
80 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Varka so often that I do not post reviews that much. But lets face it. It is the best restaurant in Bergen County. The food and service are always perfect. Always. Dont they ever have a bad night? Nope. If you have not gone, go. Try the salmon, or swordfish, or arctic char or chicken. The Gigantes are a great appetizer or side dish. Eat healthy and great food.
And the bar makes the best cosmo anywhere. Get it with 3 orange wedges on the side of the glass and they will know who made the recommendation.

JW
Jacksonville
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place to take guests

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I would’ve gladly provided a five star rating however the waiters attitude really rained on our parade. He was condescending when we would ask a question about dishes on the menu and seemed really put out by anything we asked of him. An attitude that definitely does not belong in the hospitality industry. Other than that one individual, the experience was terrific as was the food. I did see other waiters being friendly, fun and engaging with their patrons, I will avoid getting him in the future.

MA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varka never disappoints! Always delicious! Our meals are consistently delicious every single time we dine here!

A
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic menu -- the appetizers are extremely good...and might I add, the dessert menu and especially the cheesecake is exceptional.

S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food remains fantastic. The restaurant always delivers a fantastic meal and nice dining experience. We love the Varka chips and the octopus appetizer. You can never go wrong with the fresh fish!

AL
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely delicious and look forward to going to this restaurant again.

d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food is excellent. The fish is beautifully prepared. Our waiter was not totally present, and was not particularly warm and friendly. We had to ask for our water to be refilled a few times and had requested a little more hummus with the bread but it never got delivered. The food is nicely prepared and presented, but even for lunch is still quite expensive. The acoustics are usually not good in the evening, but a smaller crowd for lunch makes it much quieter, which makes it even tougher to understand why our waiter did not handle our requests more appropriately with a very small crown there for lunch. Regardless, we would still go back because the food is very good.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Very slow service but the food was great

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We all had the grapefruit martini which is a must! Our appys of eggplant & zucchini chips, meatballs & the fried cheese were amazing. I had the scallops with eggplant and my friends all had a version of the angry lobster..so yummy. And..the cheesecake was out of this world! We sat outside which towards the end began to get a little cold. I’m sure the heat lanterns will be coming out soon. Kudos to the team at Varka!

JM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here before, but had forgotten how great it was. It was truly excellent. September is a busy month for occasions for us, and so had been to several very good restaurants in the past few weeks. Varka outdid them all. It is a 45 minute drive for us, but well worth it. Already booked another date!

G
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always consistent, food and service. One of the best places for fish in Northern NJ

We love the stuffed calamari appetizer.

Have had the same waiter past few times, Rich. Excellent!

K
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I can eat the grille octopus every day! drinks weren't great - I ordered a french martini and it was so sweet that I couldn't drink it. Switched to a Moscow mule and something was off.
Next time will just eat :)