Varanese

4.8
3474 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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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.7
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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lots of people inside and also the music was so loud we had to yell over the table

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vipWilliamS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and great food. One of our favorite spots in Louisville.

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DoctorL
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I used to have great dinners here. This time it was lukewarm. We sat next to the band and it was too loud to talk. I'm so used to COVID silence, I guess I wasn't ready! The staff is excellent and happy there are diners.

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GaryC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib special was awesome! What a treat. Will definitely go back

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Nick
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

I had high hopes after experiencing this restaurant a few years ago with great food and drinks.

That was not repeated in my most recent experience.

The apple and pecan salad, while good, could have been ordered from Panera.

The food was bland and best. My swordfish was practically flavorless. It was accompanied by dry couscous and sliced cherry tomatoes.

My companion had the walu, which was better than my fish, but still quite underwhelming.

We are younger, and we’re about half the age of the rest of the guests, just for reference.

My cocktail was fair- it was trying to be inventive but just didn’t quite hit the mark.

Our server was very pleasant. He was very nice and attentive.

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vipBarbaraC
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is funky cool. The food was outstanding and service was excellent. If we lived in Louisville, we'd be there every week!

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vipRomantic
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined here for our 30th anniversary. We were greeted by the hostess who wished us a Happy Anniversary and seated at table with rose petals and a little sign saying the same. Our server, Mason, did an excellent job. He was attentive and very polite. Our food was delicious. I had the salmon and my husband had shrimp Angel hair pasta. We finished it off with a sweet dessert on the house and the music duo played a traditional wedding anniversary song. We had a wonderful evening at Varanese and it’s why it’s one of our favorite restaurants!

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NiyaB
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing restaurant. The food was great and the atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxing. I loved the live music and it was a great experience.

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DavidT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale yet very affordable. Great service & food was delicious.

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Mark
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jesse was outstanding! The music by Jeff Sherman was wonderful and we had a great experience as usual!

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Jay1
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The setting and mood was really nice, I definitely recommend it for a second or third date maybe even a birthday dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Louisville. I love the food and the atmosphere!! My wife comes for the “best dessert in town...the bread pudding made from scratch.

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Staci
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Varanese could not have been more wonderful. The food was amazing as our service was exemplary. I can't wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, Staff pleasant, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love the music.

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JSW2
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love Varanese. It’s our favorite restaurant. Definitely the most consistently great restaurant in Louisville. They never disappoint. Went for my husband’s birthday. Table had rose petals and a “Happy Birthday” sign. We were with another couple. We all loved the food, service and ambience. Ordered chicken, prime rib and salmon. Thank you, John Varanese!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time

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DaleB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Louisville! Always love it!

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SusieL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Easter dinner at Varanese. The calamari was amazing! Our dinners were all fabulous & the bread pudding was outstanding! A beautiful meal shared with family in a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you Varanese!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Easter Sunday was amazing!

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vipBrianW
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Easter lunch. Great specials and full menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We absolutely love Varanese! However, this last meal was AWFUL. I don’t know if it was because it was Easter or what, but the portions were sad, food was either overcooked (Calimari) or undercooked (pork chop). Everything was very lackluster. It was sad as we have always enjoyed Varanese, but may have to pause before we come back.

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CharlesS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and we requested Mason as our server. He is always attentive and polite. Food was amazing just like before. We loved our experience. We will return for many more

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all very nice and great wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic for the whole party, drinks are a bit pricey. Server was excellent.

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vipBella
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salmon entree & cocktails

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StephanieV
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was incredible! The perfect setting for date night, dinner with friends, whatever your reason for dining out. The staff was accommodating and didn't hesitate or seem annoyed when I (someone not from the area) asked for recommendations. I ordered the vegetarian special of the day and it was beyond my expectations. I would recommend a reservation; this place fills up quickly (for great reason).

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Carrie
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb & the food and drinks were excellent. We stopped in while on a trip to Louisville & we loved it. We will return anytime we are back in the area. We highly recommend it!

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JoeO
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly. Service was attentive, but not pushy or overbearing. And the food was scrumptious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! Highly recommend 😊

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great, but the food was not as good as previous times. My steak was very over cooked.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Martin/Kinser family have been with John Varanese since he opened Varanese ❤️Also ❤️RiverHouse. All Special Family occasions with Chef John or Chef Eric

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HannahS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pork chop and Mac and cheese were amazing. The classic old fashion was also good. The service was excellent. The music is great but a little loud if you are near the band.

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vipphillychicagolouisvilleky
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service ! Awesome seafood !

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Chip
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot with lovely music. Not too loud. The food is first rate!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We held a small private wedding ceremony with a four course meal that followed. Everything was perfect! Thank You to Dave and team for our great experience. I have been to Varanese many times, but had not experimented with the menu. This event allowed me to try several of the menu go to’d that I had not tasted before. It was a fun culinary experience, that has now given added some more choices to my go to’s!

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garyy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably my favorite restaurant in Louisville. Always great food and service along with some good jazz. John really cares about his customers and makes sure they are pleased with their visit. 5 stars plus

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MarshaL
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to have dinner here at our favorite restaurant!!!!!!!!!

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3474 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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