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The Varsity Athens

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1000 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606
706-548-6325
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Old Favorite

The Varsity is an old favorite for us. We love taking our grandkids with us to eat here. We know we will get our "grease fix" but it's ok once in a while. Right? If you choose to go at a time when the order lines are short (weekday at lunch) you will have fast service and they'll always ask... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Qbeckq
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Athens, Georgia
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Townville
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time I visit Athens, GA (at least 2x/month) I always eat lunch at the Varsity. Can't beat those hot dogs!

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Thank Linda R
Bogart, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Chili Dogs here are outstanding and the peach pies are even better! I weekend recommend this restaurant to anyone!

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Thank Jay B
Athens, Georgia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Varsity is an old favorite for us. We love taking our grandkids with us to eat here. We know we will get our "grease fix" but it's ok once in a while. Right? If you choose to go at a time when the order lines are short (weekday at lunch) you will have fast service and they'll always ask... More 

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Thank Qbeckq
Savannah, Georgia
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36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Needless to say way disappointed. We grew up on "what'll ya have" in Atlanta with great service attiutude and good "grease" (yes there is such a thing). The Varsity Athens was the complete opposite of that. The front line service had no personality - the cook service - not sure where to start. I could go on and on but... More 

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Thank Karen T
Athens, Georgia
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

"What'll ya have?" is the question you'll get when you step up to the counter, and, much like a NYC deli, you had better have already made your decision and know EXACTLY what you want (especially if it's a UGA home football weekend and folks are lined up behind you). The Varsity is a nostalgia trip: hot dogs, burgers and... More 

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Thank Bob N
Cerritos, California
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315 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We came here because of the reputation of the chain. However, we were sorely disappointed. The young woman taking our order messed it up twice - and it was a standard item. The food was cold. No one cleaned any of the tables while we were there. A real disappointment!

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Thank Barbara F
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Three of our family members that day were UGA grads, so to re-live the good ole days in Athens and who doesn't love the nostalgia of the Varsity....we decided to go there for lunch. Bad mistake! The service was HORRIBLE! The people at the registers were rude taking orders, confusing when communicating to the kitchen and the food took forever... More 

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Thank Reviewfairly
Athens, GA
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Interesting place, greasy food. Hot dogs must come from another planet, a weird red color. Staff is kind of rude. Some people love the place. Last time I went was with a group of folks from my work. By mid afternoon we all felt terrible. As always YMMV. Never been back. Yuck.

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Thank UGA_guy_Athens_GA
Bulgaria
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

IF you're into fast food (read fast, greasy, and super-unhealthy fried stuff), this is the place to go in Athens, if you want to skip the franchise options, which are probably just as bad. The only redeeming feature of this place that I can think of is the "local" feel, as it is a regional brand, very popular in certain... More 

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Thank pesheff
Hamler, Oh
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242 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The lady who took our order was less than friendly, the chicken sandwich was not grilled it was microwaved. The onion rings were cold and greasy - they returned them hot and greasier with no flavor. I would not go back for any reason and would suggest if you were walking to walk past to the Dairy Queen - I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1000 West Broad Street, Athens, GA 30606
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: 706-548-6325

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?