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  • Address:
    2106 Frankfort Ave.
    Louisville, KY 40206
    Downtown Louisville
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Varanese Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.varanese.com
  • Phone: (502) 899-9904
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Varanese
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering is offered depending on Chef Varanese's availability. Call to inquire.
  • Private Party Facilities: With the addition of two new private dining room spaces, Varanese can accommodate groups of up to 80 people. Minimum sales requirement for each room applies. Call 502-899-9904 or email letsdine@varanese.com to inquire.
  • Private Party Contact: John Varanese (502) 899-9904
  • Entertainment: Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Sunday is Service Industry Night. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials starting at 8:30.
    Every Monday, enjoy a free Flambé Dessert with the purchase of any entrée.
    Wine Down Wednesday – Half price bottles of wine all night. Choose from our extensive wine list.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Vernon
  • Public Transit: Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.
A word from Varanese
Varanese settled in Louisville because of its successful independent dining scene, and he believes that the people of Louisville will appreciate fresh ingredients, prepared with a creative flair and a culturally diverse menu. Varanese’s eclectic menu boasts an array of options from stuffed grape leaves, and fried green tomato salad, to new signature entrées: the seared boneless pork chop, and caramelized orange salmon. Finish with a fried banana accompanied by a house-made oatmeal cookie dough ice cream dessert. This New American style restaurant will comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio. The four seasons patio of Varanese is an addition to the building, which has a dramatic 20-foot slate water wall. The space is enclosed by a serpentine of glass doors, which retract to offer an outdoor dining experience. Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Ave. in the Historic Clifton neighborhood Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Had a wonderful evening at Varanese with friends. Food was wonderful as always!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "This was our third or fourth visit to Varanese. The food was outstanding (as always), the server was attentive without being invasive, and the wine list was endless. It is a very nice touch that the owner and chef, John Varanese, visits each table during the dining experience and chats with his guests to ensure that everything is OK. I have never been to a restaurant where their "specials list" was as extensive as their menu! We had a tough time selecting as everything sounded wonderful!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We come to hear the great jazz and enjoy good food and excellent drinks. On jazz lab nights we are finding ourselves reserving a larger table each time - as word spreads through our social environments more people want to come and those that do want to come back - everyone enjoys it very much!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food & music, the service started out very good, but slacked off when more guests arrived. Overall it was pretty good."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Everytime I'm in town I make sure to stop by... The food is stellar, service is outstanding, and the atmosphere is amazing! This is a must go if in town place. Can't say enough good things!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "The food was very well prepared, the atmosphere was very pleasant with live music and our waitress was pleasantl and professional. We had wine, apps, salad and entres, all for less than 50 each. It was a very good experience."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Varanese is a gem of a restaurant. Our second time (why did it take so long to return) to eat here. Food was fantastic, I had the Grouper special, my wife had the Salmon. Nice wine selection and not overly priced. Our waiter, Liz I think, was spot on with the service and friendly ness. Will return for sure and a big recommendation!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "We had a friend in from out of town and wanted her to experience Varanese, as it is one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville. It did not disappoint. Everything from the appetizers all the way to the amazing Baklava dessert was perfect. It is now one of her favorite restaurants and will want to return on her next visit. Thank you again for a wonderful experience!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I loved celebrating our anniversary here. We went at 6, so there was plenty of space and was pretty quiet before the 7 o'clock rush. The food was fabulous, the service was really great, and the jazz trio added a lot to the ambiance."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Outstanding service! Waitress was very knowledgeable of menu and gave details of specials. Food was excellent. One of my favorite restaurants in Louisville"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My husband and I had a wonderful first visit to Varanese. It was trolley hop night and very crowded, but we were shown an intimate and unique experience nonetheless. Loved our table on the open patio. The food was delicious, and our server, Ed, treated us like old friends. We will definitely return!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Great girls night out spot. The food, service, music and outdoor dining were perfect!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Wow! We were visiting from Rhide Island on a conference and I found this amazing restaurant on Open Table. It got great reviews. It did not disappoint. The drinks were the best I've had in a loooong time. The food was so delicious and flavorful. We had the pork chops and the corvina. We had the meatball appetizer special and the pecan salads. Yum. Yum. Yum. The best part... The restaurant is really funky. It was an old auto garage/gas station. Totally reclaimed and revamped. Soooo fun. So good! Go! Go! go!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Every time I come to town I make sure to stop by. I bring clients whenever I can. Love this place! Great service, phenomenal food, and great location! The owner/executive chef has been there every time I visit and always comes to each table to check on how the food was and make sure everyone is enjoying themselves. Must go type place!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Our meal here was outstanding - as it always is. As much as I like the regular menu items, it is always worth it to get the specials. It's nice that the owner/chef grows many of his own vegetables - the heirloom tomatoes were to die for."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I don't think I've ever had anything other than a phenomenal experience here. The food is amazing, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is lovely."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed the food and our waiter was great. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing food coupled with outstanding service make this a must visit place."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "It was our first time to the restaurant, which had come highly recommended by our friends. The food was incredible, my wife had the Bourbon Pork chop and I had the Diver scallops. The Fried green tomato salad was very good. My wife had a cocktail which was one of the specials for the day and loved that as well. Our only complaint was our server was either new or overwhelmed. She wasn't very attentive. Our salad and our appetizer came out at the same time. Plus I wanted to have a beer with dinner but we never saw her till we had finished. The restaurant was very nice and brought us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary. We really enjoyed the doors being open with such a beautiful night, and the live jazz music was relaxing."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "great dinner, busy place, wait staff over burdened, wonderful music but if you are there to talk the crowd was noisy. We will go back"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Loved the food. The duck was outstanding, the appetizers were great. Loved the indoor water feature and the live musician. Overall, a great experience, would rate 4.5 stars."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Ran into a few problems at this restaurant for derby. The management contacted us and invited us to give it a second try. WOW! Knocked our socks off!!! It was wonderful! Our waiter Jay must have wrote the book on service. The food was outstanding. Varanese is a Louisville gem."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been hearing about Veranese since our relocation to Louisville several months ago, and we finally checked it out this weekend. Shame on us for waiting so long! The ambience was fantastic; the indoor/outdoor seating gave it such a cool feel. The food and service were great too. We'll definitely be back soon!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The salmon dish was excellent and my husband ordered the vegetarian dish and left if to the chef to choose the vegetables. Both dishes were two that I would definitely order again, if there were not so many other things that I would like to try on my next visit. Service was not over zealous and the pacing seemed just right. The only caveat is that most of the seating is open air at this time and it was particularly muggy so after sitting out in it for awhile, that got a little uncomfortable. If I were to do it over again, I would ask to be seated inside, but the tables looked so lovely, I thought "how hot can it get"? Well you should never underestimate the heat and humidity in July in the Ohio Valley."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I've lived in Louisville for 20 years and, somehow, had never made it to Varanese. My husband and I went the other night and it is now one of our Top 5 favorite restaurants in Louisville. Really a can't miss for all tastes."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I have decided this is now my favorite restaurant in town. I love the nightly music, the staff is attentive and friendly, and I thoroughly enjoy every bite. Always try at least one special! I have yet to be disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Varanese is a wonderful venue for casual dining - both "fine" and "everyday". the food is outstanding, the service top notch, and the music a great addition. Made to feel speciel no matter what the occasion. a hidden Louisville Original"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Women diners were seated in small tables for two but couples were seated at large tables for four. Try juggling two appetizers and a wine carafe on that small table!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Varanese is superb. The food and service are among the best in the city. I rarely give rave reviews, but this place deserves it."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The service is excellent and so are the servers thank you for a wonderful evening"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Do you ever approach a young girl at the hostess stand and although the restaurant is empty and you have reservations she wants to put you in the corner booth. When did these young part time employees get all the power? How about asking the waiter to split the bill and a few minutes later he approaches the table to ask how we wanted to split the bill. Someone needs to teach these young people the art of customer service. The customer is in control not the hostess or waiter. The food was amazing, the jazz band not too loud and the ambience hard to beat. At the end of the meal the customer still votes with their wallet."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had out of town guest and once again Varanese did not disappoint. The food was wonderful, the old favorites are consistent so I could recommend with confidence and the specials were an excellent selection. Our service was exceptionally good on this Saturday with our server answer questions easily and knowledgeable of the wine and bourbon settings."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We eat at Varanese on a regular basis, and it's just great every time; such a romantic evening. It's just everything you would want for a perfect dinner: nice music, friendly staff, fun drinks, and great food. As always, we will be back"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Varanese on a recent Friday evening. We enjoyed a fabulous jazz band, spectacular service and delicious salmon. We even splurged on chocolate lava cake that was out of this world! We began planning our next visit on the ride home. If you are looking for an all-around great place to have dinner you must try Varanese."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Excellent service and food, a little hot and too dark"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We arrived a little early, but were seated immediately. Our waiter was courteous and had all the answers we needed regarding food and wine. (He also treated my wife and I to a dessert for our anniversary) The live two piece band was great as well."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere at Varanese seems to never disappoint and this time was no different."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Great friendly atmosphere! Attention without hovering- I like that. Good food as well."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Decided to make a last minute reservation and was lucky enough to get a table. As usual the food was great and we had a great time. Thanks Chef John"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Came here for a small dinner with friends. I was very pleasantly surprised at what a great restaurant this was. The food was great, the service phenomenal. The chef even came out to ask how we liked it...I've never experienced that with any other restaurant. I Strongly recommend, as I have now found my new favorite restaurant in Louisville!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014