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Variety Restaurant

921 York St NE, Aiken, SC 29801-4023
803-648-6987
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Ranked #41 of 138 Restaurants in Aiken
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- Aug 27, 2014
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Tallahassee, FL
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187 reviews 187 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Excellent food. We had the Shrimp special and the food was wonderful. lots of shrimp-- breaded and deep fried to perfection. I would recommend this restaurant--LOCAL-- we love local restaurants

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I've lived in Aiken my entire life and had heard on more than one occasion that variety was a good place to eat. The inside looked dirty and smelled really musty. I ordered the jumbo shrimp with fries and my wife ordered the aged ribeye steak. My shrimp had no flavor and tasted like it'd been in the freezer for... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited the variety on a Friday night, and were greeted & seated instantly! The waitress was extremely helpful answering our questions and recommending menu items. We ordered ribeye and shrimp combo with twice baked potato and like a seafood platter combo . The food came out hot and tasted delicious! What a great family restaurant, seemed like a place... More

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Trenton, South Carolina
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My review will be shorter, but hopefully cover everything I would like to...For starters this was my birthday and a Monday. When we arrived (my parents and I) it was 4:30 a half hour after they opened, and they were not busy. We were seated by some very nice waitstaff, however the first few feet in the door and the... More

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Longmont CO
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

From the outside this restaurant definitely looks like a hole-in-the-wall, BUT, as the locals know, this is a great place for fried seafood and steaks! We visited the first evening I arrived in Aiken and, for a party of 4, were extremely lucky that a table had just opened up when we arrived. We started with an order of fried... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

We had 9 people in the group and the service was great. I have never had better fried calamari. Everyone remarked on how wonderfully cooked the meal was. Each portion will fill more than one. The shrimp and oysters were beautifully cooked. My steak was served - as ordered - at medium rare. The portions are generous and the service... More

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Lexington, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Friends took us to Variety for the first time and warned us not to expect a fancy building; when I saw the building I realized that I had passed many times but never stopped to eat. Nothing fancy! The menu was loaded with great choices- seafood, steak, soups, salads, etc. We order the seafood platter with she crab soup- the... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013 via mobile

The exterior is not much to look at but don't let this put you off. Although noted for its steak and seafood, it has the best spaghetti around.

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Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

You can have your selection of the range of menu items, but suggested favorite is the seafood platter.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

September 12, 2013, I attended a retirement party of a former coworker at the Variety. I had never been to this Aiken landmark but am very pleased with the service and quality of the food. You can't judge a book by its cover nor can you judge an eating establishment by the homey interior/exterior; the place opened in 1931 and... More

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