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Varanese, Louisville, KY

Varanese

4.7
4.7
3982 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm Christmas Eve 11am-10pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve 4pm-12pm New Year's Day CLOSED

  • Phone number

    (502) 899-9904

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    John Varanese

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill

  • Cross street

    Vernon

  • Parking details

    Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.

  • Public transit

    Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.

  • Entertainment

    Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,982 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Best Value

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot spot

  • Central Kentucky

    Contemporary American

  • Louisville

    Best Value

  • Louisville

    Healthy

  • Louisville

    Hot spot

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. TT

    TroyT

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and the food was even better
  2. HB

    HectorB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for making our anniversary memorable, we enjoyed being there!
  3. DL

    DewbsLouisvilleLocal

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varanese has excellent food, excellent service and an exceptional staff. They had a nice live jazz band that was exceptional, with the exception that we had 3 members of our party that are had of hearing and the main dining room was pretty loud. The manager quickly came over and moved our table of 8 to the back of the restuarant where we could still hear, but it was much quieter. We would highly recommend this restaurant!
  4. t

    troyt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and atmosphere Will recommend in the future and return
  5. JS

    JeffS

    Louisville

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great place to dine. Food and service are always excellent.
  6. F

    Frequentdiner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing, but the service was even better!
  8. b

    barbaram

    Louisville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Totally wonderful experience. From the greeting from the hostess through great service during dinner, everything was great. Food was delicious. Love the live music.
  9. RM

    RogerM

    Orlando

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All was as expected…excellent! The only criticism I have is the cherries used in their drinks. They need to use Luxardo…adds to the experience…not plain old maraschinos.
  10. t

    theresas

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food and ambience were incredible!
  11. CJ

    ConnieJ

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Welcoming out of town friends. Wanted the best.
  12. k

    knotestine

    Cincinnati

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were traveling from Dayton Ohio to watch our Wright State men’s basketball game vs. Louisville (we won at the buzzer!) and were delighted to get a table on a Saturday night. The food was divine and the service was excellent, timely and friendly. Our only concern was finding parking since we are not from the area.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Tables were extremely close together, but the biggest problem was the noise level. Couldn’t have a conversation.
  14. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing. Food was cooked to perfect . Ambience was perfect and for our anniversary they had a sign on our table, rose peddles and a special desert. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ruth was amazing.
  16. MS

    MeganS

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, very good portion sizes. My husband and I went for our anniversary and they put rose petals on the table and gave us a free dessert sampling. We were able to linger over dinner without being rushed while also being taken care of efficiently.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    The table was not done up for our Anniversary as stated in reservation. Took over 45 minutes for the server to come back after drink order was taken. Waited an hour and a half for food to come out. The food was just okay. The table next to us was seated after we were, and they had their entire meal before we received our first course. Had to flag the server down just to get refills and another round of drinks. We were not impressed by any means! When I went and asked the hostess stand about time since being sat, no one came to our table to discuss the matter. Highly disappointed in the entire experience. And this was our first and last time dining there. Plus the small band was great, but way too loud for the space. It made impossible to hear our party speaking at the table. Would not recommend your restaurant.
  18. SW

    StephenW

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and so was ambiance. Parking is tough.
  19. J

    Jofry

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely incredible! We ordered off both the specials menu and the regular menu. Both dishes shined! The biggest star though, the spinach salad with warm a vinaigrette! Knock your socks off. Kudos to the water filler as well. He wowed with his super high pouring technique. Excellent meal, at an expected price, made for a stellar start to an evening out!
  20. K

    Kris

    Louisville

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience was wonderful. Food was amazing. Service was great. My only concern was our seating which was resolved immediately. We had an early dinner reservation at 5 pm and we were the only guests at that time and hostess wanted to seat us at the very first table inside the door. She was agreeable to scooting our party of four away from the door and the rest of our experience was perfect! We will be back!
  21. M

    Moonie

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    For the price point, you cannot beat the service and food quality. Not to mention the soft string duo playing set the evening off.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great! Loved the half price bottle of wine.
  23. W

    Winston

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and ambiance. Also reasonable pricing. Definitely will go back.
  24. K

    Katy

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!! Thank you. Wonderful service and food.
  25. DD

    DanD

    Louisville

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Varanese was absolutely incredible as always ! Under the guidance of GM, David Allen combined with Exct Chef Eric Abraham and his team the kitchen, Varanese is 5 stars in every category across the board. Regardless if it’s a special occasion or an everyday dining meal, your dining experience will be a special one.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  27. EB

    ElaineB

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Continued great food and service. Jennifer was great as a server and David is a great manager. Jeff Sherman and trio are always a treat and feel free to request your favorite song.
  28. JD

    JoseyDillon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varanese has become our go-to place for above excellent food and ambiance. Last night was no exception! Awesome, awesome food and service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff went above and beyond to make my birthday celebration one to remember. The atmosphere was perfect and the food, as always, was delicious. I can’t recommend the Beef Tip Tortellini enough.
  30. MK

    MarshallK

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m a regular and dinner last night was a 10. Is always good but sometimes they have a special that is exceptional. That was last night. Dave does a great job managing the restaurant. Also a very good value for the good and service you receive.
  31. LW

    LindaW

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Server was too busy trying to turn table. Kept interrupting. Knowledgeable though.
  32. MD

    MelissaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to Varanese to celebrate three birthdays. Our server was phenomenal and the food was divine. They fussed over us for the birthdays and made it a truly special night. Highly recommend Varanese!!
  33. TG

    TonyG

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very quaint restaurant with friendly service. The food was excellent.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We'll definitely be back.
  35. J

    John

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful service. Delicious dinner. Great neighborhood
  36. O

    Omnivore

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Love the food and the value of both food and drinks. My only dislike is the volume of the music for conversation. This has always been a negative for me and my friends but nothing changes in this regard. Still enjoy the restaurant.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food3service1ambience4
    Server was slow to return to the table each time. Diners that arrived 15 min after us and ordered all the same courses finished 20 min before us. My food arrived not as promised. Rather than telling me in advance that I was not getting what I ordered, it was brought to the table with our other entree and I was asked it that was okay. It was not but I didn’t have 30 more min to wait while my husband ate.
  38. JP

    JPMP

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great and relating date night for us. Love the food and we always feel welcome.
  39. I

    Indyfarmgirl

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Our server Mel was great!!! We loved her! Food was great. It was pretty crowded though so it was hard to have a conversation.
  40. k

    kennyg

    Louisville

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varanese never, ever disappoints. The food and drinks are always excellent and wel prepared. The ambiance is very welcoming. The wait staff is always pleasant and accommodating.

FAQs

Varanese offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 899-9904.

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3982 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 32 times today
Google Map for Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vernon

  • Neighborhood

    Frankfort Ave - Crescent Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm Christmas Eve 11am-10pm Christmas Day CLOSED New Year's Eve 4pm-12pm New Year's Day CLOSED

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.

  • Public transit

    Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    John Varanese

  • Entertainment

    Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (502) 899-9904

  • 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

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