Varden's
Varden's
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Varden's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vardensofparis.com/
  • Phone: 8599874700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar: Tuesday - Saturday 3:00pm - 11:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
    Happy Hour in Bar - 4 to 7 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Southern, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Cameron Irvin
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Let Varden’s catering staff create a menu as unique as you are. Call for a consultation, 859/ 987-4700.
  • Private Party Facilities: Party at Varden"s
    Surrounded by beautiful stained glass and rich Mahogany, Varden's makes a fabulous place for your next intimate party. Bridal lunches, Baby showers, Afternoon tea, Wine Tasting, private dinner and much more.
  • Private Party Contact: Giya Hannigan 8599874700
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment; check our events calendar.
  • Special Events: Visit the Events Page at www.vardensofparis.com

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Off street parking, on street parking, as well as a large public parking lot across the street from the restaurant.
A word from Varden's
Chef Cameron Irvin, fomerly of the Castle in Versailles will be unveiling his new menu. Come and experience a most unique blend of international cuisines, using the freshest Kentucky Proud products seasonally available. Along with the regular menu, Chef Irvin will also be featuring a selection of both appetizer and entree specials. The Bar & Patio at Varden's offer a wide variety of cocktails and feature a large selection of wines by the glass as well as a lighter menu for diners. Entertainment on the Patio at Varden's is on Friday & Saturday nights throughout the summer, & Saturday nights in the Lounge during the cooler months; bands start at 7 pm until play till 11.
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Varden's reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Just a lovely dining experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Just a lovely dining experience! It was a refreshing change from the Lexington dining scene. Varden's dining has both grace and style which compliments how absolutely delicious everything is. Also, wait staff were especially attentive but never intrusive. We never felt hurried which made it very relaxing. Whenever I've come to Varden's, it makes for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Don't miss Vardens!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    A friend & I were in Paris KY for the Secretariat Festival & had the great good fortune to discover Vardens (thanks to a mutual friend who lives nearby). It is outstanding! - lovely decor, one of the most delightful outdoor dining areas ever, a wonderfully inventive & delicious menu, excellent musical entertainment, warm hospitality, convenient free parking right across the street. We HIGHLY recommend this restaurant! We definitely will be returning next time we're in the Lexington area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food meets the 3 L requirement,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    The food meets the 3 L requirement, Light, Lively and Lovely. A great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet dinner on a Saturday night.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    There were only 3 other guests in the restaurant on a Saturday night so the place was very quiet and romantic. While my California Cobb salad had a nice presentation, it lacked avacado, and had chopped lunch meat instead of chicken breast strips. Our guests had the shrimp and grits and it was so spicy they could hardly eat it. My spouse had the chicken dish with mashed potatoes and greens and it was very good. The restaurant was out of my favorite wine but did their best to offer samples of substitutes. This was our second visit there and we will probably not go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, hospatslity and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/8/2012
    Great food, hospatslity and location. Excellent menu and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    Beachwalker
    Dined on 2/22/2012
    Beautiful food presentation, attentive service, never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Valentine's Day Evening
    Beachwalker
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Another great meal at Varden's. My husband enjoyed the duck very much. He was concerned it might be fatty, but it was quite lean and perfectly prepared. I had the Frutti di Mare. The seafood was fresh and the roasted pepper sauce just right. Our only complaint was that it was too much food and we stuffed ourselves right up to and including the Chocolate Fondant! A perfect Valentine's Day evening. We appreciate the atmosphere and the quiet but attentive service. We were able to have a romantic and intimate meal in the midst of a room full of people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Everything about Varden's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Everything about Varden's is first rate. I will be back and will not hesitate recommend Varden's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New chef Javier is very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/5/2011
    New chef Javier is very good. In the process of changing over the menu to his signature dishes. Shrimp and grits was excellent, filet and reduction sauce outstanding but the pork tenderloin was slightly overdone however the sauce and polenta were great. Overall a tremendous upgrade over prior chef . We'll be back....often p.s. the strawberry martini dessert is fantastic !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The quail appetizer was a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/15/2011
    The quail appetizer was a real treat. Onion soup was standard. The house salad was out of the box good. The lamb and chicken in regular good size portions (not small, not gigantic) were outstandingly good So was the strawberry dessert. We had a wonderful meal. Well worth going out of your way for.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Calamari salad was magnificent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/16/2011
    Calamari salad was magnificent. Service was flawless. Retro jazz & blues after dinner on the porch was the best "dessert." We will come again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Why more people don't eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    Why more people don't eat here is a complete mystery to us. BEST MEAL WE HAVE HAVE IN QUITE SOME TIME. ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! We ate in an empty restaurant, but oh what a wonderful meal and what great service. Thanks for the great dining experience!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was our first time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/17/2011
    This was our first time dining at Varden's but won't be the last! The food was excellent and the patio was perfect for a warm, summer Friday night. Enjoyed the entertainment on the patio also!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The Food is great and it is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2011
    The Food is great and it is wonderful to drive out from Lexington and a sunny evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food at vardens is really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    The food at vardens is really outstanding, especially for the price. I've paid twice as much for the same quality food, but that is what makes this place special. You don't leave the restaurant feeling cheated. The atmosphere has a very local vibe which would be really cool if you didn't feel like an outsider when your in from out of town. I would say the main thing lacking for me was the service. It's just ok and it takes a long tome to get your food. My husband and I are generally slow pace eaters especially in a place like this... But it was really slow. I still would go back though because the food is really delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet food at a great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/7/2011
    The salads were delicious - mint yogurt dressing was light but not too sweet on romaine and candied nuts; the shrimp and grits was beyond delightful...not only wasd it served piping hot (which often does not happen,the shrimp were large,topped with fine crispy onions and the semi-sweet & spicy sauce was perfect. The portions were more than ample. The pork shop entree with applesauce on top and veggies was presented with a flair. The atmosphere is low key, quiet and service right on - not too slow, but not too fast...soft lighting and comfortable booths all alomg one side of the wall. The service is attentive, but not overpowering. Value for your dollar? Excellent:very reasonably priced compared to some establishments in the class
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place to Go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2011
    Excellent meal! Many vegetarian AND meat options to choose from. Everything was great, and the prices are not bad at all. We will be going back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant - service
    LanceVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2010
    Great restaurant - service a little slow but the food makes up for it!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent from
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/24/2010
    The food was excellent from start to finish. The pricing of the food was most modest pricing I have come across for a restaurant that high of caliber. Varden's would be a great choice for anyone travelling through Paris, KY or living in the cities of Lexington, Cynthiana, Georgetown, or Winchester.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Varden's is by far one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2010
    Varden's is by far one of the best places I have eaten in a long time! The atmosphere was perfect for the celebration of my 14 year partnership especially with the low lighting and piano subtly playing in the back ground. The appetizer selection is simply divine and the taste; absolutely scrumptious! The menu selection was very classy and the selections we made were quite delectable. The service was exceptional. I have already mentioned my experience with several friends and plan to continue to share my enthusiasm of Varden's whenever someone asks me "Where's a good place to go for dinner?"
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • once again a wonderful dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2010
    once again a wonderful dining experience. service was great and friendly....steve was welcoming as always.....fried green tomato entree was wonderful....husband who is hard to please on steak raved about how great it was......the chef is really just marvelous....will be going back this week just to enjoy again.....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My first time at Varden's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/6/2010
    My first time at Varden's and my wife and I enjoyed the food, ambiance and great service. Will definitely return. The trout waw wonderful and the chocolate cheesecake could not have been better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vardens menu was interesting,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2010
    vardens menu was interesting, creative and so delicious!!!!its my favorite restaurant in the lexington area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was delightful. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2010
    The food was delightful. We had the shrimp and grits and the seafood special of the day. Both were very nicely prepared. The tables by the window allow people on the sidewalk to watch you eat, which we didn't enjoy. The was constant traffic walking by our table along with the talking didn't help ambience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We drove over to Paris over
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/12/2010
    We drove over to Paris over the weekend for our first time at Varden's. Overall the experience was delightful. My dinner partner's scallops were outstanding. They were cooked perfectly. I chose the crab cake special which was a little bit disappointing. One cake had the advertised mango salsa while the other had a tasteless sauce. Also, the crab meat was lower grade with too much filler. The flavor was good but the quality was not high and not what was advertised. We had the bittersweet truffles for desert and they were delicious. The service was outstanding and the ambiance was pleasing. I do recommend this restaurant but I would recommend ordering off the menu and ignoring the specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were met with a personal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/14/2010
    We were met with a personal greeting from one of the owners as he led us to our spot on recently-opened patio. Expertly made cocktails soon arrived, followed by a fresh salad with homemade blue cheese dressing and grilled bread. We tried the filet and fried chicken for the first time. Both were seasoned and cooked appropriately and were paired with fresh vegetables. Dessert was a refreshing bowl of strawberry sorbet. The chef visited each table of patrons to check on their experience. We recommend and feel confident if you visit, it will become a spot you frequent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Varden's Bistro offers a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/24/2010
    Varden's Bistro offers a wonderful dining experience for those who love nice food with a southern flare. The atmosphere is fun and they offer a wonderful drink menu. The bar area is nice for a quick dinner and some cocktails and the dining room is nice for a date or dinner with some good friends. The new patio will be nice to enjoy a dinner outside once the weather gets a little warmer. I have had almost everything on the menu, and it is all delicious and memorable. If you are looking for somewhere new to dine this is the place to go!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful for the eye...really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2010
    Delightful for the eye...really a charmer and very nice staff. Their Monday night grill menu needs work, though. We had a hamburger....not a generous size; onion sticks on it were fried to rock hard and had no flavor; and the french fries were also overcooked and over-peppered. In addition, the beer cheese was so spiey that the menu should warn people about it. It's quite a setting: I hope they continue to work on their menu to improve the food quality. It was edible, but only just. I will go back to give it one more chance on a regular night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, wonderful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2010
    Great food, wonderful service and a beautiful setting. A real Triple Crown!
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    • Noise LevelModerate