Varanese

4.7
2680 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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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
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Phone number
(502) 899-9904
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Varanese
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Catering
Catering is offered depending on Chef Varanese's availability. Call to inquire.
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Cross street
Vernon
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Parking details
Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.
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Public transit
Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
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Entertainment
Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2680 People Are Saying
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JG
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food. Good service given crowded evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband I celebrated my birthday on a Saturday evening. We enjoyed the food and the live band. Our server was fantastic! I wish I had left room for dessert. We can't wait to come back and try the rest of the menu.

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IE
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both fish dishes were fabulous! The fried Brussel sprouts are a must try!

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TB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were given a better table in a side room. Much quieter and more intimate. Service was excellent and so was the food. It was a very enjoyable experience. Thank you.

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KE
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife and I love to come here for date night dinners. While good, this visit was probably our least favorite - the room we were placed into felt a little too cramped (one too many tables) and while good the food was slightly disappointing compared to normal (possibly because we always enjoy the specials and none of these really seemed up our alley). Still highly recommend though overall.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent salad (goat cheese) and soup. Great service!

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E
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time with friends

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Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great experience with food, music and service. Server Nicole did an excellent job. Love coming here for special occasions.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to Varanese several times and have always been satisfied. The food and service are both amazing.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Our server was very attentive and took care of every need. Enjoyed the musician trio also.

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Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner experience. Great ambiance and great food!

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b
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always spectacular!

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JS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varanese is our favorite Louisville restaurant. We have never had a bad experience. The atmosphere is perfect for either a casual dinner or special occasion. The service is consistently great. We love their menu- something for everyone. Always a vegetarian option. We highly recommend is restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Louisville! Food, music, and prices are excellent.

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PB
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. Exceptional food, good ambiance, great atmosphere.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a wonderful evening! I had the best swordfish that I’ve had in a long while! Great service and atmosphere.

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RP
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife always what’s to go there for her birthday so we go. By the way I really like Veranese myself so no problem here.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely spectacular from all angles. The service was incredible; very attentive and friendly. We were celebrating a birthday and our table had rose petals on it when we arrived. The bourbon flights were excellent; perfect size and great value for the price. The appetizer special of meatballs melted in your mouth and was great to split between two. Our entrees had the exact amount of food to fill us happily with no left overs. Our server brought out a birthday dessert sampling with some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had; it’s homemade! Highly recommend for any date night, intimate occasion or celebration. 5 stars all around!

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QN
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Hi...just wanted to let you know about my experience as a first time customer. I ordered a chardonnay, bartenders choice, not too oaky and one more fruity. I was told that the bartender said no chardonnay is fruity but the unoaked should be ok. I ordered the shrimp and grits. It was great except for the bits of sand. Then mocha creme brulee for dessert which was really chocolate mousse. Kind of a disappointment honestly. Worse part was when I messaged them...no response...though I could see they read it. Just wow...

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CS
Raleigh
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting for the weekend. Baroness was recommended by a friend and it certainly did not disappoint. Drinks were awesome, food was delicious and the renovated service station made for a great atmosphere.

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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

I ordered the salmon dish and it was not served hot. Maybe it was prepared before the other dishes at my table so it got cold. Disappointing. The service was slow but the waiter was nice.
Overall rating -2 1/2. For me personally, the over all atmosphere and experience did not live up to expectations.

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RV
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant, one of our favorites. Nice atmosphere, food is well prepared, normally a jazz duo or trio. The menu can sometimes be a little short.

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D
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick was great to us and the live music was amazing. Great night!

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

My dates steak was undercooked and my steak was tough.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday, her cousin’s birthday, and seeing her aunt in 2 years, great starters; beer battered curls and hummus plate,
Two of the bourbon salmon, one salad and one flank steak
all great!
Wished the grits with salmon was a bit warmer

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AL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious, service was outstanding and our table was decorated with rose petals for our anniversary. It was a wonderful experience, we will be returning

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BJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary and enjoyed our evening. Mostly quiet as it was a slow night. Our meal was very good which we totally enjoyed. The service was exceptional. We would recommend without hesitation.

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ES
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always! Great specials, great service. Love the craft cocktails. I have never been disappointed.

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N
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Our waitress was less than knowledgable about ingredients and did not seem to want to check until pushed. She seemed to think it was not her job to know the ingredients. On the special there were substitutions to the sides that were not communicated until we asked about it- and they were disappointing changes. The bright light was good quality cocktails and a nice live band.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated anniversary!

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TF
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Jordan, was exceptional. The food was delicious. And we always enjoy hearing the Jeff Sherman trio.

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BH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We visited for an anniversary dinner while attending the Breeders cup. Perfect evening!

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

We had eaten here previously and reserved a table for six, seated promptly. Noticed the noise level was very loud even though they had put padded pieces on the walls. We sat for 30 minutes before we had any service and the rest of the dinner continued in the same manner, endless waits for service and for food. We were finally served desert and coffee after 11pm. The whole experience was less than satisfactory. Fortunately we were in pleasant company. I will not be going back again nor would I recommend it any longer

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Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful in all, food, service, ambiance trio playing music very nice attentive staff.

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PK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good mussels and shrimp/ grits, for me. My husband loved his ribs.

Wonderful desserts presented for our birthdays — Bravo.

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KC
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We were very disappointed in our experience at Varanese this past Monday night. There were a number items that left us disappointed. These include ordering the Rib Eye special to be told the restaurant only had 5 steaks and the table behind us ordered them ... this was at 6:30 at night ... how do you run out of one of the day's specials that early. Secondly, the tables were so close, that patrons and waitresses could not reach everyone at our table. There was another room right behind us with plenty of open tables, but no one was being seated there. Thirdly, the music is a very nice touch, but much too loud for this small of a room. We ended up having to raise our voices in order to be heard across the table. Fourthly, I ordered the special Red Snapper, instead of the ribeye, and it was so dry and tasteless. I left it on my plate and explained to the waitress how bad it was. No apologies, etc. I would suggest looking at one of the other many restaurants in the area when choosing a dinner spot in Louisville.

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h
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints!

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were stellar. The worst thing that could be said is that it was slightly loud in the restaurant but that was only from people enjoying themselves. The price point was less than I anticipated so was I even happier when the check came. Great value for your money.

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S
Louisville
27 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Erik and GM David Alken do a fantastic job with great atmosphere and wonderful food. Danielle was our server and took excellent care of us and watched every detail

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IL
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

60th Birthday. Food was amazing and Jen was a great server!

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