Amazing!The food is amazing I have yet to have something on their menu that I don't like!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat atmosphere!I love the atmosphere of varanese it between the table setting the soft live music and the lighting it makes for a perfect dining experience. The food was excellent some unque dishes in particular the baked Brie and the bread pudding desert! Not to mention a wine list to suit anyone! Perfect!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMfabulous foodVaranese is one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of dining at. The atmosphere is casually chic, the menu varied, and the service impeccable. I had the NY strip ( may sound boring but isn't because of the way they prepare it), melt in your mouth fried dijon brussel sprouts, and creatively seasoned white beans. Dessert was a small scoop of home made grapefruit sorbet (not on the menu but available for those who want something very light). The chef/owner took time out from the kitchen to come around to every table to make sure his guests were pleased and to make suggestions and answer questions. We will definitely be going back in the near future.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMLove!We had a large party of 15 for a birthday dinner, the service was exceptional, the atmosphere was nice and there was something on the menu to please everyone’s tastes and price points. Varanese is at the top of my list of Louisville favorites!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Chef comes to each tableThe Chef comes to each table throughout the night and asks how things are. Not many restaurants in Louisville where this happens!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding NightoutVaranese was a choice my wife and I made to come
back to when it wasn't as crowded as Valentines night.
We were just wanting a nice night out. Little did we realize
that it would be as outstanding an experience as it turned
out to be. Our table was nice and well appointed. The server
was very congenial and informative about the menu.
The walls were moved aside to let the night breezes blow
through and there was a live jazz duo playing. We were
not rushed with our ordering or meal. The food was
fabulous. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone
Looking for a great evening.6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is a really fine restaurantwith wonderful wait staff and an incredible chef, five out-of-towners, in Louisville had a wonderful dinner!6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAuto ShopThis appears to have been an auto service station converted into a restaurant in an older part of town that is being rediscovered and restored. It is a charming location and an absolutely unique restaurant. The food was great - excellent presentation and carefully crafted. The service was excellent and the menu was varied, offering dishes for any taste. I loved it!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways greatMy husband and I are never disappointed when visiting Varanese. The service is wonderful and the live music is wonderful without being intrusive. So many restaurants provide music but is so loud that it is difficult to hold a conversation. Meals are getting more expensive and it should be a relaxing pleasurable experience. Thank you Varanese!!
The food is always creative and good. We love to have a date night there.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMinside/outside diningLove the waterfall and the string duo-soft background noise that confers conversation privacy
Doors up on a pleasant June evening allow for a covered patio experience, despite the exposed location
Excellent service, well-timed and patient
Yummy birthday dessert surprise6/3/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious, Again!This was my second visit to Varanese and the food was as perfectly prepared with attention to detail this time as it was before. We sat outside right by the jazz ensemble and suprisingly it was not too loud at all. Just pleasant dinner conversation. Our waiter, Ed, was very helpful with wine suggestions and food suggestions as well.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMReview for 6-1-13First time for these Michiganders. Very nice, loved the outdoor feel and breeze, good combo, fried green tomato salad, awesome. Will for sure go back next time in the Ville.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMTop-notch!We came here to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, and did not regret our choice. The service, food, & ambiance was absolutely wonderful! Our server Jay, (I think that was his name), was superb...very knowledgeable about the menu, wine, etc. I had put in our reservation that it was our anniversary, and everyone from the hostess, our server, and a manager made it a point to wish us a happy anniversary. Rose petals on our table was an added special touch. We will definitely be back again. Thanks for making our anniversary one to remember.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMVaranese - A Neighbhor GemThe food is amazing here. It’s fresh, well-prepared, and perfectly plated. I was there for a birthday dinner, and it was a lovely, warm setting for the occasion.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMwonderful dinner at varaneseThis was the second time we have had dinner at Varanese and we will definitely return. Both nights there was live music which was very good. The food was delicious and well prepared. We had items off the regular menu as well as the special menu for the evening. The appetizer of baked brie is really tasty! The martinis are excellent. The service was very good - the personalities of the staff were professional and friendly. It's really a great place to go for a casual dinner or for a special occasion.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen I booked through openWhen I booked through open table, I added a special request for a private table as we were celebrating an anniversary. Not only did they provide us with intimate seating, the hostess wished us Happy Anniversary upon arrival. The food was delicious, and the bread pudding ranks as one of the best in town. The service was a little slow, but we were in no rush so it wasn't an inconvenience.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredibleChef is amazing. Food was great and wait staff is the best I have ever experienced. My favorite new place can't wait to go back.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMOutdoor OasisGreat place to dine in style outside. Food was very good. Definitely try the cheese grits and homemade ice creams!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMDifferent food choicesVaranese is a great restaurant with a variety of up-scale food choices. They have a very nice selection of wines. It was enjoyable to sit indoors but enjoy the outdoors while dining with the sliding doors open.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible food & outdoor seatingDinner was fabulous. Every appetizer and entree was incredible. Wine recommendation was perfect. Prices were reasonable for high quality food and portion size. We had leftovers to bring home. Loved the outdoor seating with the waterfall and live music. Definitely our new favorite restaurant in Louisville!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOur favorite...This restaurant is a must for everyone to try, friendly, great food and you will go back often like we do...5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMEclectic menuMy group of 7 enjoyed the open air atmosphere, live music (not too loud), and half price bottles of wine on a Wednesday night. The menu is eclectic with Mediterranean influences. The grape leaves were delicious. Entrees ordered by our group included the corvina fish which was prepared to perfection, steak that was tender and juicy, and pork that had lovely accompaniments. Chef Varanese visited our table which was a nice touch.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMThe owner/chef stopped byThe owner/chef stopped by during dinner and had quite a convesation with our 4 Sullivan Culinary students. Also, the food was great.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellenceVaranese never ceases to impress. Great food, great service. What more can I say?5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing Varenese!!We went to Varenese on Mothers Day Night! it was crowded but we had a reservation! We tried three appetizers--everyone was incredible. We were in Louisville for a mother-daughter trip-eating our way through Lville! Amazing foodie place. Varenese would be one of the first places we would g0 when we return. (Chef came out to check on things)5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experienceThe food and atmosphere were generally very good. The service was outstanding. The only complaint would be that the meat in my wife's meal was rather fatty.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMI love Varanese. The foodI love Varanese. The food is always excellent and the selection is plentiful. Each time I have gone there, the service is superb. Whether for dinner or just drinks, Varanese is my go to restaurant especially for special occasions and when friends come in town.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA sure thing!We always know that we are going to enjoy an evening out when going to Varanese. It's a sure thing! Have never been disappointed in the food, the atmosphere, service. Our last visit had a slight mar in the fact we requested perimeter seating and instead were seated in the interior (center booth). That probably would have worked except there was a party of all ages (app 14-16) within arms reach. The decimal level was upped substantially. But we will still return, and hope we get the seating we requested.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and great service.Excellent food and great service. The chef came to our table to check on our meals. A nice touch.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent all aroundVaranese is a gem hidden amongst neighborhood shops. The front section of the restaurant opens via folding glass panels providing open air seating in comfort. Very enjoyable. The food and service was excellent. We had the three course prix fixe meal for two (entrees: pork chop and flat iron steak). Both entrees were cooked to perfection. The dessert trio was an excellent ending to a perfect meal.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!Awesome resturant to choose for prom! I couldn't have ate anywhere better, and the service was spectacular. So polite, and always making sure everything's refilled and okay! Overall and awesome place and very romantic.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful food, music andWonderful food, music and ambiance. Our favorite place!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect place for a girl'sPerfect place for a girl's night out! Great food, service and atmosphere! The food was amazing!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMEverything was great! WeEverything was great! We were so busy enjoying our food, we couldn't stop eating when the chef came out to see how his dinners were!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service from theExcellent service from the time we were greeted at the door throughout the entire meal. Attentative without beig overbearing. Four very different dishes were ordered and were wonderful. Each was presented well and the flavors were delicious. Definitely a "go again" place.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBest food in Louisville!Best food I've had in Louisville. We loved it! And our waitress, Blair, was the best. We decided to share an appetizer and a salad, and she brought us our salad already divided onto two plates. The fried crab-stuffed avocado, the goat cheese salad, and the cream cheese grits were all standouts. Only downside was we were too full after half our entrees to eat dessert. Next time!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AM30 Anniversary dinnerWe went here for my in laws 30th wedding anniversary. The food, drinks, & ambiance was great. I would recommend to a friend!4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing as always. My favoriteAmazing as always. My favorite place in louisville or Lexington.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and ambiance.Excellent food and ambiance. Live jazz music is excellent.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMHusband is part of a jazzHusband is part of a jazz ensemble that plays three times a year. We enjoy going down on nice evenings and sitting outside and listening to Jeff Sherman and his group play. Wonderful food - the best staff - great atmosphere. This particular night we were setup outside close to band set as we requested in our reservation. As the evening progressed, thunderstorms were moving in. When lightening started lighting up the sky, the staff took immediate measures to move people inside and making room for the musicians to get valuable equipment inside. Heavy rain and hail very soon started BUT the show went on. Thanks to the staff & Jon. We look forward to our next visit.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMNoisy due to a special event,Noisy due to a special event, moderately annoying but understandable. Early in meal, waitress offered a 2nd glass of wine, it wasn't delivered until late in the meal, 20 minutes later. Restaurant not to busy, one glass of wine should not be that hard. Personal attention from chef/proprietor was pleasant and welcomed.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dining experience. TheGreat dining experience. The food was wonderful and service excellent. They definitely made our small party very special!!!4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMas always excellent/consistentas always excellent/consistent - one of the best (top 5) in town4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA gem.Our favorite restaurant. Never disappoints. Extremely consistent. Noise was moderate -- but there was a band playing which is a GREAT thing. The band is wonderful.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA great findThe covered patio was great and the music added that extra romantic flair. Very attentive staff and Chef Varanese visited each table to welcome guests. This was our first time visiting and pleasantly surprised, which made for an exceptional evening.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have only experienced dinnerWe have only experienced dinner three times and it is quickly becoming my favorite place. Wonderful service and atmosphere,4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, a beautiful diningAs always, a beautiful dining experience. The food is expertly prepared, it's a beautiful small venue, the staff is polished, and the owner (John) walks from table to table inquiring about your meal. In addition, they have a wonderful jazz trio putting the finishing touch on the 'adult' ambiance. Love it!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMOnce again a good experience.Once again a good experience. Always enjoy having the live music ensemble. A nice touch every time.4/4/2013 12:00:00 AMWe thoroughly enjoyed ourWe thoroughly enjoyed our first visit which coincided with Easter! We were not disappointed.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was superb! We went forIt was superb! We went for an Easter brunch and both had the crab cake benedict which was oerfectly cooked the poached eggs were spot on the crab cake was full of crab and soft not crispy. I had to ask for a touch of bread to truly clean my plate! Our server was attentive without being overbearing. The ambiance was lovely! I had been there before and was not as impressed but felt it was worth a second try...I am so glad we did....and the dessert was just what I needed after 40 days of no sweets....chocolate chip baklava with salted caramel ice cream! Loved it!3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM