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“Nice location and good food”

Varias Restaurant and Function Center
Ranked #2 of 38 Restaurants in Stanthorpe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $36
Cuisines: Australian, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brisbane, Australia
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Nice location and good food”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The cellar door and the restaurant are part of the QLD College of Wine Tourism. It's a fairly new facility and beautifully designed and built. The views from the restuarant are worth the visit on their own.

The food was top-class. We tried the pork with sala verde, roast capsicum, kipfler potatoes and wilted silverbeet. Beautiful food! The prices are reasonable for the quality and size of the meal ($30 for our meals).

My only suggestion for this restaurant is that not everybody wants such a large meal in the middle of the day - especially if you've visited a few wineries in the area and are already feeling a little sleepy. Some smaller meals for lunch would be great (something along the lines of a nice steak sandwich).

It's worth stopping in here for the views - peruse the menu, try a glass of wine or two, stay for lunch (or come back for dinner), there are plenty of reasons to drop in while you're in the Granite Belt.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Mikey0308
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mel f, Public Relations Manager at Varias Restaurant and Function Center, responded to this review, September 8, 2013
Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. May I suggest the next time you visit it may be worth requesting our Terrace Menu which includes items such as a classic steak sandwich. It sounds like you had a wonderful tour around the Granite Belt on the weekend. We look forward to seeing you next time.
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Brisbane, Australia
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91 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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“Nice location, good service and good quality food”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Varias restaurant is part of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and as such used for training chefs and waiting staff. We have been regular visitors to this restaurant over the years and have seen the quality of service improving. It certainly was excellent the last time we were there. The quality and the variety of food on the menu is very good. The ambience is pleasant, although it can become noisy when full. From the table one can have a view of the vineyard, from which they produce their own range of wines. However, only their own wine label Banca Ridge is on offer on the wine list, which limits the choice in quality and does not showcase the excellent wines that the region has to offer.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Jan M
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mel f, Public Relations Manager at Varias Restaurant and Function Center, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Jan,
Thankyou for your complimentary words regarding your visit to Varias Restaurant last weekend, we look forward to hosting you on another occassion very soon.
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Winemaker for a Weekend”
Reviewed May 20, 2013

I dined in Varias Restaurant for lunch (twice) and dinner as part of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism's Winemaker for a Weekend programme. My friends and I had returned to Stanthorpe to bottle the wine we had made 12 months prior as part of the Weekend Winemaker programme.

We were treated to a Cooking Masterclass by Head Chef Ben Lanyon on Saturday morning. The lunch menu was based on the masterclass - food and service was excellent. The wine, Banca Ridge (QCWT label), went well with our lunch. We had a masterclass with Winemaker Peter Orr in the afternoon and then returned to Varias for a seven course degustation dinner which was also open to the public. Each course was matched with a wine. The night was superb. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The service outstanding. The wines were good especially the chardonnay, tempranillo and the petit verdot. A great evening.

Sunday morning we bottled our wine (cabernet sauvignon) which had been maturing for more than 12 months and then applied our customised label (Happy Daze). Winemaker Peter Orr took us through the bottling process step by step and then supervised as we proceeded to fill bottles, apply caps and labels. Back to Varias for lunch which featured their signature dish - a tasting plate of 3 main courses matched with three Banca Ridge wines. Food was sensational and wines were matched well with the courses. The dessert which featured apples "three ways" was exquisitely presented, tasted great and was light and refreshing. Just perfect for lunchtime dining.

We departed Stanthorpe, having had a wonderful weekend, with our own supply of cabernet sauvignon plus some tempranillo and petit verdot!!

I can highly recommend the QCWT Winemaker for a Weekend programme. It is hands on, loads of fun as well as educational. Jump on the QCWT website to access full details. If you are retired (like me) and have a group of friends interested in wine you might be able to organise a midweek programme.

Lunch at Varias is a must if you are going to Stanthorpe. You won't be disappointed. I am planning another visit to Varias to coincide with the Wine & Tapas days which are held from time to time on a Sunday along with some entertainment.

I commend the college for their organisation, education, quality of food, high level of service, and genuine hospitality.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Lynjblack B
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mel f, Public Relations Manager at Varias Restaurant and Function Center, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Lyn, our team is delighted you so enjoyed the Winemaker for a Weekend programme.

Our Wnemaker for a Weekend programme has been available to the public during vintage when the grapes are available ready to crush - typically between February and April - now for 5 years. Throughout this time we have had the opportunity to refine and tailor the programme to suit our particular guests.

We aim to give our guests an experience that is unique (there is no other weekend programme like it nation wide) and shows the best our College and the Granite Belt lifestyle has to offer. Our point of difference is the combination of excellent food - from the picnic hamper style morning tea in the field through to the lavish banquet style or degustation dinner served on the Saturday evening.

Our Winemaker Peter Orr never falters as an entertaining teacher, always able to demystify the science behind winemaking; whilst our Head Chef Ben Lanyon demonstrates what is possible with the finest produce available throughout the Granite Belt.

Thank you so much for your words Lyn.

We look forward to an opportunity to host your group on another occassion.
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“Varias - our wedding”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We had our wedding ceremony and reception at Varias in May , it couldn't have been more perfect. The ceremony in the courtyard surrounded by family and friends, drinks and canapés in the bar around a huge roaring fireplace , and dinner - what a dinner, the food was superb, we let Ben decide on the menu focussing on fresh local produce - some of our friends are "gourmands " and they were truly impressed! The service was first class, Kim, Chrissy Melanie and teams could not have done anything more for us. As I said, perfect.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Megan O
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mel f, Public Relations Manager at Varias Restaurant and Function Center, responded to this review, May 20, 2013
Megan thank you so much for your review; for our team it was a pleasure to ensure the success of your special occassion, it was a beautiful day.
We hope to see you again very soon.
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Stanthorpe, Australia
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“nice place”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Food was rather ordinary but the staff were willing to please and it was a council function so perhaps price was an issue. I have had their food on other occasions when they cater outside and it was much better.

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Thank maryrofe
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mel f, Public Relations Manager at Varias Restaurant and Function Center, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
Thank you for your comments Mary.
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