Varka Fishhouse

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1861 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Outdoor Eating
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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New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 September 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 10 September 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 9 September 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 7 September 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
4 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great seafood restaurant. Nice ambiance and solid portions.

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

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

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

A pleasure!

LF
1 review
Dined on 31 August 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
26 reviews
Dined on 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 31 August 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 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 29 August 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 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
1 review
Dined on 19 August 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 17 August 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 16 August 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 15 August 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
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trifecta food service ambiance
Always a favorite for us

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

Outstanding as always!!!!

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

Always a superior dining experience with superior service.

DA
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always varka does not disappoint. We travel 45 min to eat here. Not low priced but worth the drive

s
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service combined with a beautiful outdoor patio.

p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our third time dining here for lunch and it is enjoyable every time. We always bring my 83 yr old mom and she invariably asks for the Greek donuts, which are on the menu, even the price fixe luncheon menu, but are never available on Saturdays. That is our only complaint!

SK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service.

SK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is outstanding! The servers are fair, sometimes rude. The wine selection is very good.
My biggest complaint is that every time I go to this restaurant, they want to seat me in the last table in the back of the restaurant while there are plenty of tables available throughout the restaurant. We simply say we want a different table and they move us.

M
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varka is a Beautiful restaurant located in Ramsey. They have lovely alfresco dining and a hip ambiance inside. Food is delicious but bring a full wallet. . It is expensive!

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a wonderful anniversary dinner @ Varka!! Food and service were excellent.

GI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The fish is always excellent. Fresh and cooked to perfection.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Far too noisy in this restaurant. Food is ok, but too pricey. Service is ok. The place feels like a tourist trap!

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional- as always:)

i
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food was excellent but there were several miscommunications with our server. It was very busy so loud which was fine, and the food was delicious. We ordered only appetizers which we found to be the best value. Octopus is a must, as well as the Varka Chips. The dips, shrimp, and lobster gyros were also good. We also ordered oysters but they never brought them, but were charged for them and that was one of the miscommunications. We had Loukemades for dessert which are terrific and coffees were good as well. Overall would recommend because the food is always fantastic, but the service my past three visits for dinner here were average at best. If the service was more professional I would visit much more often.

VN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday and the staff gave me a comp birthday cheesecake . It was delicious ! My fave food were saganaki and Greek yogurt drizzled with honey and berries 😋 It got a little loud and noisy at 7p on a weekday no less . But we had so much fun and enjoyed the food just the same .

RC
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been coming here for many years and keep returning because of the good food and nice selection of Greek wines. The atmosphere is quite energetic and noisy which can make it a little difficult to have a conversation. Considering the premium prices charged, we suggest that they keep on top of some of their old standby favorite appetizer recipes. To our tastes, the octopus tastes great but has been a little over tender and not enough bite the last couple of times. This past visit, the meatballs were decidedly bready tasting. Broccoli rabe and grilled calamari were great, but the grilled sardines were not up to par. We will still return but hope for perfection!

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