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Varka Fishhouse

4.7
1512 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Perfect For:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Romantic
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Seafood
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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.
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Phone number
(201) 995-9333
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
George Georgiades
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Private party facilities
Private parties with up to 75 guests can be accommodated.
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Private party contact
Stavros: (201) 995-9333
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East Main Street
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Parking details
There is a large private lot located directly behind the restaurant.
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Public transit
N.J. Transit to Main Street, Ramsey.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1512 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Celebrated my parents 57th Anniversary. We had a wonderful night. The food was delicious and the service excellent. We were not rushed, And thoroughly enjoyed a special evening. We were treated to dessert and coffee, which was a nice touch.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Open space , little too dark to read off the menu :)
Between the appetizer and the main dishes it took about 40min .. which was too long of a wait. i wanted to cancel the order and leave. By the time we were done eating it took us about 2.5hours to have dinner. Overall, service was ok and the food was good.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Although very expensive ,food is outrageous! All night my wife said love it love it!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great service as always. Waiters are always friendly but unobtrusively professional. They know the menu and products well and work hard to help you enjoy the evening. Thx to Varka for that.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Reliable quality food over and over again! Love all the fish and even the underrated Pork Chop was the best ever!
Pink Grapefruit Martini is perfection!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Last minute dinner date for my wife and I on a Saturday night. Varka never disappoints. Food, wine and ambiance are always on point. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

BEST Greek seafood specialist around. Wonderful fresh fish, well seasoned sides, great wine list and very attentive service all in a vibrant room bustling with diners of all ages. Very high end. Definitely a Bergen County destination for foodies.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great as usual.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We go to Varka every few months. Aside from one ‘not so good’ experience, all of our visits have been excellent including this past Easter Sunday, 4/1/18! Everything was exceptional!! The service was superior; very professional yet happy to help with anything! We got help with wine and menu suggestions, perfect service including extra plates for sharing, etc. I have no kitchen now and wanted to have my family, but with the holiday, I wasn’t sure how things would go. Everyone was extremely happy!! Every time a friend says they want to try Varka, we say will go with them. We are so lucky to have this place and Ramsey.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We loved our dinner here. We would knock off marginal points for the Baklava dessert which was not the light filo pastry delight we prefer. There were 3 of us and we savored our fresh sardines and zucchini and eggplant crisps which we chose to share as appetizers. We went on to devour our individual portions of tiger shrimp, scampi, and filet mignon. The other dessert was an almond fig cake was as delicious as expected. The service was outstanding and the Sancerre we quaffed from the excellent wine list, very good. The acoustics good use a little help as the noise levels are high but it does lend to the lively ambiance!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Angry lobster is fantastic. Service is usually very good here. For the area it is expensive but the meal is worth it.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The mini lobster gyros are delicious! What a treat for lunch!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Varka never disappoints. Brought guest from Japan and he really enjoyed the fish selection. I had Sea Bass for the first time and it was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Have been going to Varka for many years, although not as frequent as I would like. They never disappoint. The service is good and friendly and the fish is fantastic.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Had a lovely time, it was my girls 60th Birthday, the food and service were outstanding, looking forward to my next dinner at Varka.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Wonderfully surprising delicious and clean food!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always love this place, food ambiance and service is always phenomenal. Unfortunately this visit our waiter seemed to have been more concerned with socializing with the hostess instead of serving our table. We had to ask other servers numerous times to assist us.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Always pricey but ALWAYS delish - their grilled octopus salad - amazing!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Very relaxing

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We had an outstanding dining experience with every meal being top class. We had a delightful waiter Nico too whom made our dining experience most enjoyable!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Good service! High noise level!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

As always, Varka was perfect
The food is always fresh and tasty, the service wonderful
The restaurant is a bit noisy, but other than that, there is nothing bad to say about this restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Pretty pretty pretty pretty pretty very exceptional

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Service, ambiance, cocktails and food were all incredible. Left nothing to be desired. This was my first time to Varka but definitely not my last.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Best restaurant in New Jersey, hands down. Wonderful warm atmosphere and super nice staff and ownership.never disappoints.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Everything is generally pretty good at Varka. Loved the Filet although the fries weren't crisp at all rather soggy this time around.
Fried cheese was yummy. Cheese cake dessert was good too!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Went here for my anniversary with my fiance. The staff was very friendly amd informative. The ambiance was very romantic and warm. I had the veal porterhouse special of the day and it was outstanding. I drove about an hour to get there and it was so worth it. Highly recommend it for anyone.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Thank you to Stavro! The Fagri and Greek Salad was top notch! Looking forward to returning.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Varka never disappoints! Had a terrific meal! Cold lobster , arugala salad, grilled whole fish filleted. It doen't get much better!!! My favorite restaurant in Bergen County!

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

We love Varka and are regular guests. The food, service, and ambience is off the charts

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I've eaten more multiple times and each time has been a great experience. Food is always very fresh and cooked perfectly and the wine they have is always top notch. Service was excellent and although it was a busy night with people waiting, we were never pressured to leave even though we had ordered a couple of rounds of drinks after dinner. Will always consider them for special occasion meals or anytime my wife and I want to dress up and go out for a nice dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Favorite local place, great fish, fresh veg. Service was professional as always, however, they were pushing drinks a bit more than usual today.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

The manager was very accommodating and our waiter Nick was great!

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was very good.. but over priced. The octopus was good, but wasn’t worth the $28 they charge. The Lobster Gyro was unbelievable and would go back just to eat that again as an entree. I ordered the halibut and was cooked perfectly. Wish they had more of a cocktail/drink selection. All I saw were martinis.. great place for a business spending account.. but would have to make it a special occasion to leave there paying $100/per person.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

We really enjoyed our dinner at Varka. Everything was fresh and delicious. We started with the Greek salad and fried calamari for main course we had the bronzino and lamb chops. Would definitely recommend friends and family. Nice atmosphere great food good service. The cocktails weren't the best though. Will order a bottle of wine next time.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Always great

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We celebrated my sister-in-law's birthday this weekend at Varka and had an amazing meal. Two orders of octopus for 6 people plus a beet salad, lobster taco and mushroom appetizer were perfect (although one can never get enough of their octopus!). Each couple then split an angry lobster and we split two desserts. Yes, I could have eaten more lobster but when you add all of their amazing bread into the equation, it was certainly enough. Great food, great atmosphere, and very attentive service. Varka continues to be my favorite Bergen County restaurant!

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Tried Varka for drinks and apps with my husband and another’s couple. One round of drinks and a few apps (half of which were vegetarian) cost us $100 per couple before tip! I wish the prices were more reasonable. Great ambience and love the bar area. Our waiter was not very attentive. Had the beet salad, Greek tomato salad, tuna special appetizer, shrimp Santorini and grilled octopus - all were ok but nothing special. Not sure if we plan on coming back any time soon

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