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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ES
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and innovative cuisine!

MJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service

DF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

DA
Phoenix
80 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place to take guests

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Very slow service but the food was great

SS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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 :)

D
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Do not order anything here other than the fresh fish, simply prepared. The Chilean sea bass on the menu is inedible—probably not even Chilean sea bass but some form of junk fish.

MB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Varka's was excellent. The food was amazing and so was the selection. I would recommend this establishment to my friends.

LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varka has consistently been one of my favorite restaurants in New Jersey. It sets the standard for Mediterranean/Greek cuisine. For appetizers, the octopus was grilled to perfection while the Greek salad was refreshing and full of flavor. Although Varka offers a wide variety of fresh fish to choose from, I went with my “usual”, the Loup De Mer - simple, flaky and delicious! I highly recommend Varka and look forward to my next dinner there!

A
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The outside atmosphere was wonderful and the food delicious, however our waiter was terrible, neglectful throughout dinner, first gave us the wrong check then totally forgot to give me my credit cars in which I still don’t have two days later and he just ruined the experience.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We are frequent visitors to Varka and it is one of our favorite restaurants, however, this past weekend was a disappointment. The service was well below their normal standard. We waited too long for a server to take our order. When the main course arrived, one of the orders was completely wrong. A runner later resolved this. The primary server never once came back to the table to see if we needed anything and required us to get one of the runners to get our check. Very disappointing for normally a great experience.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood restaurant. Nice ambiance and solid portions.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary, nice treat to receive dessert at the end of our meal

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasure!

LF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varka is one of our favorite places. Best seafood and steak Arround. Portions are generous ! It’s worth the money. Can’t wait to go back 👍

s
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Varka also has the best outdoor dining in Bergen County.

MG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varka is our favorite place to dine love the ambiance the food ,service and we always feel welcomed.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Arugula salad had a lovely dressing. Size can be for 2 people. Our meals were enjoyable.
Desert was very disappointing. It was the worst baklava I have ever had.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, shared salads. 3 orders of Bronzino fish and 1 order lambchops with a shared cheesecake for dessert.
My compliments to the Chef all food PERFECTLY prepared. We can't wait to return.

NS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoy the atmosphere, wine selections and the location...🤙

OD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, very good. We sat outside so the noise was minimal. Girlfriend’s birthday.

N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently high quality food and service. A little pricey but worth a try.

B
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Although the food and service were very very good. I still feel this restaurant is very overpriced for the location and overall experience. I won’t be back anytime soon.

EV
Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing seafood in the heart of the suburbs. The best octopus I've had.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently moved to Ramsey and Varka always has a buzz when we drive by! I read reviews prior and was excited to try for our anniversary- and we weren’t disappointed. First off the service from Angelo was the next to superior! He and the entire staff worked like a well-oiled machine. His suggestions for wine (amazing, a wonderful Pinot), food (stellar) were appreciated and on the mark. Lastly, the food. My husbands strip was juicy and cooked to his liking. My fish, Branzino- which definitely ask waiter if they can show you the fish! - was light, airy and melted in my mouth. We added oysters and the octopus app to start and again, mouth-watering. You’re going to drop $$ - but it is truly worth it for a wonderful experience.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to Varka for many years. Service and food always very good. However, if you don't know how to order at this type of restaurant you will get more than you can eat and it will be much more expensive.

J
Naples
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trifecta food service ambiance
Always a favorite for us

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!!!!

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