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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (20)
Good for Birthdays (17)
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Good for a Date (17)
Authentic (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Romantic (13)
Healthy (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Good for Groups (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Business Meals (11)
Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
People Watching (8)
Notable Wine List (7)
Cozy (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Casual (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great birthday dinner!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent all around. First visit and will return definitely.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great Octopus appetizer and wonderful salmon luncheon with fresh asparagus. My client had fried calamari (very good) and a Tuna Kabob that he said was excellent. Overall a very nice ambiance...very attentive wait staff and an overall good value for the money! I will definitely go back when next in that area.

Tags: Organic, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Good fish, beets,donut!!!!will visit again soon

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful as always!!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Hands down one of the best dining experiences I have had in this area. The octopus was the best I have ever had and surprisingly enough (since it's a Greek place) the cheesecake we had for dessert was phenomenal! Excited to go back and try more :)

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

Mainly a fish restaurant with a varied menu including beef options. Enjoy delicious, large servings in a lovely environment with great service. What more could you ask?
On Friday evening was very busy and can get quite noisy. But, not oppressively loud, can hold a conversation.
On a previous occasion I had lunch on their outdoor terrace. Also very, very good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Took my mother here for her birthday. This place hasnt changed a bit - and they should keep it this way. Everything from the food, service, atmosphere are top notch. I’m from Ridgewood and I’m jealous. Ridgewood offers nothing even close to Varka. Keep it up!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2017

I have nothing but praise - wonderful service, amazing food, and overall worth trying. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Healthy, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food, although good, is ridiculously expensive. The prices are beyond high and the quality of the food is good but not so much so to reap the high cost of the menu.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always consistent. Always fresh fish. Quite the hot spot. Alittle pricey.
But always enjoyable

Tags: Hot Spot
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing food! Amazing drinks! Amazing service! I want to go back ASAP

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always fresh and consistently delicious! Wish they did take out!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Varka is the best Greek restaurant in Bergen County.
The food is consistently fresh and delicious.
Unfortunately, the noise level makes it difficult to have a conversation.
Best is to go in nice weather and sit on the outdoor patio.
Too bad the service is so poor. Had lunch with a friend this week.
It took a request to get menus 25 minutes after being seated, and we had to get up and ask the bartender to have the waiter bring our check at the end of our very yummy meal.

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Always a great meal at Varka, and the vibe with lighting is excellent for groups or romance!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Food was superb. service was attentive, polite and pleasant. atmosphere was lively but still conversation could be had at our table. a real winner!

Tags: Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food was very good, so was the service. The noise indoors is deafening; we had to constantly raise our voices to be understood, but so did all the other guests. Saturday night is to be avoided if you're looking for a decent conversation with your fellow diners.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

We sat outside, although it was lovely, I wish they would fill in the gaps between the tall evergreens so we wouldn't see cars outside and give a feeling like we are more enclosed. The first waiter that came over to offer water was rude but everyone else was friendly!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Good place, solid food, friendly staff

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner! The fish is outstanding and the service was fantastic. Really great place!

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We love to visit Varka when we can sit outside. The food is delicious and plentiful, and the service is friendly and professional. Inside is just too noisy for our enjoyment!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was a second visit, first time for dinner. Food was fresh, served hot and perfectly cooked. The selection is wonderful. Our server was so attentive and helpful. Varka is now in the top 5 of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Always amazing! Hands down the BEST restaurant in Bergen County!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Exceptional Mediterranean cuisine and lively ambiance. The whole fish was the best i have had since a Capri Italy.

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vip
 (Poconos)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Slow service. Lots of bugs outdoor (lit candle as we were leaving). Food was fair at best (Tuna dish and a Grilled Chicken dish). Appetizer of Avocado and Crabmeat on Flatbread was good. After that, save your money or try something else.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I thought the portions were a bit too big. It made it hard to have more than one course.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Delicious and Fresh Fish. Great Service. I am a repeat diner and love bringing guests with me to enjoy a really nice restaurant. Great Variety.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Ate outside on a beautiful day. Salads were amazing. Service very good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

As always......my favorite restaurant! They know what they're doing!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Incredible fresh fish and simple clean food preparation made for a great food experience. Also the service and ambiance made for a spectacular meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Favorite restaurant around.

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

This place has consistently good food. Although a bit pricey I would highly recommend

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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