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Variety Restaurant

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921 York St NE, Aiken, SC 29801-4023
803-648-6987
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Don't be fooled by the appearance.

The looks of the place may be a little off putting for some but the food is wonderful. Make sure you go hungry because the portions are huge. Very good seafood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2015
CWK2dogs
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Aiken, South Carolina
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Aiken, South Carolina
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

The looks of the place may be a little off putting for some but the food is wonderful. Make sure you go hungry because the portions are huge. Very good seafood.

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Thank CWK2dogs
Aiken, South Carolina
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180 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The Variety has been in business for years and is consistently the best seafood restaurant in town. Seafood is fresh from the South Carolina coast and is prepared to perfection. Seafood dinners come with a huge baked potato and salad or coleslaw. Steaks, spaghetti, and burgers are offered as well but we go for the shrimp or flounder. They serve... More 

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Thank ASH814
Saluda, South Carolina
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

The menu offers something for everyone and the food is great. The staff is friendly and the service is great.

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Thank Rammsm
Midwest USA
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131 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Nothing fancy about this restaurant. But if that was what you chose - you'd miss out on some really great food. Pleasant and fun servers. Great tasting food - specializing in fresh home cooked selections. The She Crab Soup was excellent as well as the deep fried fish/shrimp/crab that I had. Others in our party had steak which they said... More 

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Thank 1_TravelerMidwestUSA
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

Horrible food, slow service, and incredibly overpriced! I so regret not having gone to burger king instead! One example...my salad came with no dressing and when I asked about it the waitress said it's supposed to be dry! Who eats a dry flavorless salad!? I would have been ok with some of the other food but the price was really... More 

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2 Thank Tracy E
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223 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 via mobile

A client told me about this place so I decided to give it a try. If you are looking for atmosphere go elsewhere, if you are looking for great food this is your place. The wait staff seemed to know everyone in the place so I felt like I as at "Cheers". I ordered the hamburger steak and fries, the... More 

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1 Thank joefromjohnsisland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

They have the best steak salad and baked potatoe in town! Way better than the steak house chains in aiken. It does seem a little pricey but he offers good specials every day that are more than worth the money. I would pick variety over any restaurant in aiken

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4 Thank alaynasmom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

Ok, you are hungry. You want real food. You don't care about the look of the place. Don't care about the calories. You want good southern food. Then you must go to Variety Restaurant in Aiken. The place is old and doesn't look like much, but is clean, the staff is very nice, and the food is great. Just come... More 

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3 Thank Sam F
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Always great food and staff. Have great deals and generous portions. Closest burger and fries to the former restaurant Arri's Grill.

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4 Thank Bethany F
Aiken, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

great steaks and seafood - best blue cheese dressing in Aiken. Never had a bad meal and when you go tell Jimmy I said hello.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 921 York St NE, Aiken, SC 29801-4023
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Aiken
  • Phone Number: 803-648-6987

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?