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Varanese, Louisville, KY

Varanese

4.7
4.7
3923 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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 21 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 3,923 people are saying

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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
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Central Kentucky

    Hot Spot

  • Central Kentucky

    Contemporary American

  • Louisville

    Hot Spot

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

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  1. L

    Laura

    Jacksonville

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We visited this restaurant due to a friend’s favorable review. We were a party of three who all ate fish. The dishes were average or below the restaurant appears to be a place that people go for meat, so perhaps that’s what makes it popular? We will not be returning.
  2. EE

    EricE

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful menu with options for everyone’s palates, inventive cocktails as well as the standards, and an extensive wine selection.
  3. BS

    BrendaS

    Louisville

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We celebrated three birthdays. The meal was delicious. It was a beautiful evening & the doors were open to create a pleasant breeze. The music was subtle & not overwhelming. We had two young children and our waitress (Katie) was patient and kind. Highly recommend!
  4. K

    Kentuckyfoodies

    St. Louis

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our special birthday dinner was wonderful. Staff was extremely attentive and the food was great. We highly recommend this place for any day but special occasions are handled nicely here!
  5. WD

    WDE35

    Louisville

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and service were good, but the noise level was off the charts. There were four of us at the table, and we were yelling at each other and still could barely hear.
  6. RL

    RobinL

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Even a table card ‘Happy Birthday’
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had to add one seat to my reservation and staff helped and made it easy. The food was fantastic
  8. SF

    SteveF

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Varanese is always a special event. Good food. Great service. Live music.
  9. k

    kentuckykelly

    Salt Lake City

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and our waiter exceptional!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had family and friends together to celebrate a birthday and J (Jessica) took great care of our party. The place was packed so a little hard to hear but still had a great time. Highly recommend!
  11. TT

    TinaT

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Music was very nice. Food was very good. The room we were in was a small room next time I prefer a larger area.
  12. s

    scottm

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wife had beef tip tortellini said it was way to salty. She couldn't finish it.
  13. SH

    SharonH

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and wonderful service. Katie was amazing! Highly recommend!
  14. K

    Klarinet1975

    Louisville

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner tonight it was a bit loud with people try to talk over the live music.
  15. L

    Lesgross

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, wonderful service. Brie appetizer is amazing.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roy is the best
  17. PH

    PatH

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    If you want to visit with an old friend and you are at Varanese, ask if there is a quieter room than near the hostess stand. We had trouble hearing. In addition, once we were seated a young man gave us water WITH A GRAND, almost humorous, FLOURISH, and then we were abandoned. I had to go ask for someone to wait on our table. The food was fine, but with a near $200 check, it should have been. Our guest chose the restaurant. If I want to patronize this group, I'd go to River House; it is superior in all ways.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have enjoyed Varanese for years. This meal was no exception. While prices have increased everywhere, it seems moderately increased here. Service was excellent and we enjoyed our meals. We both had the Corvina fish special. It was delicious.
  19. JS

    JackieS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lighting warm, white tablecloths, candles, live jazz, adequate space, comfortable temperature, lively ambiance, good service, good food, good drinks. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. The only negative is that the music was a bit louder than I would hate liked. It made it somewhat difficult to talk without really raising your voice, as we had someone who was hard of hearing. The next time I think I will sit in the bar area or the back room and not the front room.
  20. m

    mlgr317

    Louisville

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varanese has become our go to restaurant to celebrate special occasions. We are never disappointed.
  21. e

    energy1

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always good food. Service was great last night. Looking forward to leftovers today.
  22. LB

    LynnB

    Louisville

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like a good friend, this restaurant is dependable . Always fun with delicious food!
  23. D

    Drvill1

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our anniversary and the food was delicious. We love the bourbon pork chop and we’ve always switched the au grautin potatoes for the mashed sweet potatoes which are no longer on the menu. We were very disappointed in that, but everything else was wonderful. We love the granny apple salad, tried the fried avocado crab appetizer, but didn’t love that. Loved the ambiance-jazz band was wonderful-would definitely go back!
  24. LB

    LaurieB

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Special appetizer of fried Wisconsin cheese curds were perfectly crisp and delicious with homemade ranch dressing. Vegetarian dish on mushroom risotto was exceptional. Fried green tomatoes were overcooked and not traditional quality of Varanese food. Noise level is a real challenge for a person with hearing aides.
  25. T

    Ty90

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Overall Varanese just missed the mark. The food was creative and we'll prepared, but it wasn't exactly to my wife and my pallets. We expected suit and tie fine dining, but it was more of an expensive BBQ place. The drink list and bourbon flights were excellent, no fault there at all. This place would have been great if we were expecting the BBQ version of The Melting Pot, we were expecting of a 5 star, multi course dining experience so for us is missed the mark.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Didn’t feel rushed during the meal at all
  27. S

    Satisfied

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating a friend’s birthday and the staff made it so special! We had a great table near the fabulous musicians who played Happy Birthday for our friend and stopped by our table to ask if they could play her a song. We were given a wonderful complimentary appetizer when we arrived and the table was beautifully decorated with rose petals and a little “Happy Birthday” sign. The food was wonderful as always and the birthday dessert was the perfect end to the evening. Thank you so much for making it a special evening!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was seriously the best meal we’ve had in forever! The cheesy breadsticks and bruschetta are complimentary and amazing! All of the wait staff was attentive, polite, and fun to chat with. We loved the life music, and the entrees were to die for!
  29. 8

    8573

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Live music was lovely but not distracting from the meal. Fabulous food and drinks. Cheese curds on special were phenomenal! Great service as well. Will be back.
  30. B

    Boss

    Atlanta

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent
  31. S

    Sacg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was outstanding. Our server gave us some nice suggestions and took excellent care of us throughout our visit. The food was fantastic. The flat iron steak was incredibly tender and the bread pudding was beyond delicious.
  32. LY

    LindseyY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I loved the waterfall on the wall! It was so relaxing and the food was great. The burratta and prosciutto appetizer was simple but delicious. The prices were very fair so I would love to go back to try more!
  33. CT

    CoachTom

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The building is cool, the live entertainment is nice in the background, service is outstanding and the food is both intersting and tasty. Love the salmon. I Travel in from California on business monthly and love to eat here.
  34. BI

    BILL

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OUR MEALS WERE OUTSTANDING, PERHAPS WE HAVE HAD IN LOUISVILLE!
  35. j

    jill

    Louisville

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food!
  36. SC

    StaceyC

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was great. It was a little loud.
  37. LA

    LAURAG

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 8 tried multiple appetizers, drinks, entrees and desserts. There was not a single complaint among us! Personally, I highly recommend the Buffalo Tea!
  38. KS

    KellyS

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to gather! Loved the jazz and water wall feature. Staff was beyond attentive and welcoming. Food was excellent! Definitely will go back!
  39. TR

    TylerR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Varanese has become a Louisville icon for consistently fantastic cuisine and service. Their wonderful atmosphere, attentive service, and spectacular menu offerings have never disappointed. Dave Allen runs a great organization there and they aim to exceed expectations. Absolutely worth checking out.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was delicious as usual. I had a salmon dinner and my friend ordered soup, a salad, the Brussel sprouts appetizer and Brie. The salmon and sides that come with it were prepared to perfection. I had some of the brussel sprouts and they were superb as well.

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3923 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 21 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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