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802 S Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210-1715
+1 315-478-1235
09:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri 09:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 22:00
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

Yummy pizza Very cool place Not expensive Fan of sport than its the place for you Right next to Syracuse U

Thank Karen S
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Has a variety of menu items to choose from. The seating is open and large but they do have smaller booths too. Can walk back to the school.

Thank Kumikoo
New York
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85 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

If you are looking for collegiate atmosphere then The Varsity is the place for you. This restaurant has been around since the 1920s and is Syracuse University themed - the chairs and booths are blue and orange and there is SU memorabilia all over the walls as well as pennants from other universities and colleges. The food is served cafeteria... More 

Thank SJL369
Syracuse, New York
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320 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2015

Pizza, burgers, wraps, salads, hot sandwiches. Place is packed on Dome events or on game day. On-street parking can be limited.

Thank FamilyExplorer4
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

While traveling through the area we stopped over night near my Alma matter. In the morning we toured the campus and found - to my pleasure- one of my all time favorite places to hang and eat and drink was still there. And thankfully, it hadn't changed much. Except for the veggie rice bowls, a nice addition. We had great... More 

Thank careerguyn
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342 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

I've been going to The Varsity for over 40 years. The pizza is basic, good and CHEAP -- under two bucks a slice. The beer is inexpensive, too. Always worth a stop!

Thank KommissarKen
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Stepping into the Varsity is like stepping into a time machine. The place looks, sounds, and tastes the same as it did 40 years ago. The pizza is good, the wings are good. If we want upscale dining this is NOT the place for you, but if you want an authentic campus eatery I recommend stepping back in time and... More 

Thank BobJ645
River Vale, New Jersey
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196 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

This was the place to be after a night out my 4 years at Syracuse many moons ago. This is not crispy NY pizza but it’s the closest you’ll get in central NY. The wings are the best and the guy with the hat is still taking orders – 30 years later. Yes every college has one of these but... More 

Thank Marc K
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013

Bumped into Varsity when Funk n Waffles was closed on a labor day weekend Friday? REALLY!? :-(. Best value meal I've bumped into in a long time. Kids liked the pizza and grill. Salads were fresh and crisp. Wifee loved the wrap. Thanks Varsity for not being closed. :-)

1 Thank mriveraocasio
Syracuse, NY
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

If you ever went to college, you probably ate a lot at places like Varsity Coffee Shop whenever you had money to "eat out". It's a cafeteria-style place with burgers, fries, sandwiches, wings, breakfasts, coffee, tea, beer in bottles - and a sister pizza parlor tucked in a corner. It's okay food cheap, and the ambience is "College Burger Joint"... More 

Thank timeliebe

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 802 S Crouse Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210-1715
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Syracuse
  • Phone Number: +1 315-478-1235

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