Featuring trattoria-style Italian fare, Varia serves as a combination lounge, piano bar and tasting room with a luxe atmosphere and unequaled wine selection. Located on the second floor of the new Hilton Norfolk The Main, Varia was designed with a luxe interior complete with an open kitchen, reclaimed chandeliers from the historic Cavalier Hotel in nearby Virginia Beach, and two hidden "speakeasy" inspired private dining rooms.
Anchoring the signature lounge atmosphere at Varia is a 24 bottle wine cruvinet and live piano entertainment provided nightly to complement a full schedule of culinary workshops and tasting events.
Sommelier: Matthew Emborski
With more than 19 years of experience, Matthew Emborski oversees the wine menu for the entire property and offer curated wine experiences exclusively at Varia, the hotel’s signature Italian restaurant.
In 2005, he discovered his passion for wine while working at Salacia, a four-diamond steakhouse in Virginia Beach, Va., where he worked as a server and learned the art of fine dining. Since then, he has managed and developed wine lists for renowned restaurants throughout Washington, D.C. and Virginia, including Bastille Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria. Emborski became a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers in 2012. Prior to working for Hilton Norfolk THE MAIN, he owned and operated a small wine shop in the Freemason area of Norfolk where he hosted weekly wine seminars.
Hilton Norfolk The Main
Varia is located within THE MAIN, Downtown Norfolk's newest upscale destination hotel and conference center. At 22 stories tall The Main features a combined 500,000 square feet of meeting space, Hilton branded accommodations and dining venues. Part of the vibrant port-city atmosphere of Norfolk, the hotel is a 2 minutes' stroll from the MacArthur Center trolley stop and 6 minutes' walk from the Battleship Wisconsin museum on the Elizabeth River.