Nothing tastes better than that flaky fish, enjoyed in the sunshine with the salt breeze coming off the glittering ocean. You can’t have that experience every day, but you can enjoy the next best thing at Varka Estiatorio. Located in Ramsey, New Jersey, Varka boasts the freshest European seafood around. The owners and chefs work hard to ensure that the time between the catch and the plate is as short as possible.
Varka has ample space both indoors and outdoors. You can easily seat 180 guests within its well-appointed dining areas, which feature beautiful wooden beams, gleaming hardwood floors and crisp white linens. The patio area seats 52 people and includes large white umbrellas to shade guests while they enjoy their meal in the open air.
When you arrive at Varka for lunch, you’ll choose from a broad selection of appetizers, including Greek Fisherman’s Chowder, Mussels Ouzo and the house’s Varka Chips, a tasty treat of eggplant and zucchini chips alongside tzatziki dip. The oyster and shellfish bar is the star of the show, featuring a luscious assortment of the very freshest seafood. Sandwiches such as the Crab Burger, Lobster Gyro and Salmon Burger attest to the restaurant’s love for the ocean’s bounty. Unique options like the Swordfish Kabob, Arctic Char or Loup de Mer make the lunch menu special.
The “Whole Fish” portion of the dinner menu takes a tour of the world with Barbounia from Greece, Pompano from the Atlantic, American Snapper, Dover Sole from Holland, Fagri from the Mediterranean and Royal Dorado from Greece. The signature dish at Varka is the Tipsy Lobster, a whole lobster grilled over coals, bursting with delicious flavor. If you’re not in the seafood mood, you’ll find that Varka’s chef does a beautiful filet mignon, luscious lamp chops and a savory Chicken Yiouvetsi.
If you still have room after a delectable meal, try the sweet almond cake, orange-scented baklava, honey doughnuts, or fig-drizzled cheesecake. Near the reception desk, there is also an assortment of Greek cookies which are free to guests, you’re sure to leave with a full stomach and a satisfied sweet tooth.
Don’t wait to make your reservations at Varka, whether it’s for a small family dinner or a large group. The restaurant allows reservations up to a month in advance, and you can make those reservations online using the convenient form. If you need a reservation for the same day, you’ll need to call 201-995-9333. Varka is open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and for dinner Monday through Sunday from 3:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. No matter what time if day you arrive, the pleasant, skillful staff at Varka will ensure that you have a tasty meal in a relaxing atmosphere.
Ramsey, NJ 07446