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Variety Restaurant

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921 York St NE, Aiken, SC 29801-4023
+1 803-648-6987
16:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Batesburg, South Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best fried calamari I have ever had so if you love fresh seafood check out Jimmy at the variety.

Thank Jim W
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Last night my family and I went to the variety restraunt. The food was great and the service was even better. The servers were really nice and helped one another to make sure all patrons had what they needed. Overall a great experience. Mr. Jimmy was the owner when I was in school, not sure if he still is but... More 

Thank roberttF6933PZ
Aiken, United States
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We go to the Variety for the Seafood, but they offer steaks as well. They h.ave great soups. The Baked potatoes are huge. They do not cook the food until you order it so it is hot. They get fresh fresh shrimp and fish from the coast weekly. The prices are a little on the upper side, but they give... More 

Thank William M
Edgefield, South Carolina
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

A friend dragged me there, recommending the fried shrimp. She ordered that and gave me a sample. Yes, probably better than Rinehart's in Augusta. I ordered the friend oysters (not always available) and wish they'd used the same batter as on the shrimp. Because the oysters were not as big as some I've had, the ration of batter to oyster... More 

Thank Martha M
Aiken, South Carolina
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Best shrimp I ever had and good value when special. Large helpings . You might have to wait for a table .

Thank betshal
Aiken, SC
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

The seafood platter at Variety was always something to brag about. Unfortunately, my last visit was not as pleasant as previous visits. The fish, shrimp, scallops and oysters were mediocre. The shrimp were smaller and fewer than I remember. The fish did not taste nearly as fresh. I don't know if it was an off night or something else.

Thank mjd5547
Aiken, South Carolina
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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 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.

Thank CWK2dogs
Aiken, South Carolina
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319 reviews
233 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 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 

1 Thank ASH814
Saluda, South Carolina
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

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

1 Thank Rammsm
Midwest USA
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162 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 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 

Thank 1_TravelerMidwestUSA

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 921 York St NE, Aiken, SC 29801-4023
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Aiken
  • Phone Number: +1 803-648-6987

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