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Varanese, Louisville, KY

Varanese

4.7
4.7
3785 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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Booked 24 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Appetizers

  • Baked Brie$10.00

    Baked brie wrapped in puff pastry served with bourbon caramel, toasted pecans and sliced apples

    • Sesame Glazed Chicken$9.00

      Crispy sesame glazed chicken with spicy slaw, Kewpie mayonnaise and green onions

      • Stuffed Crab Avocado$10.00

        Lump crab stuffed fried avocado with pico de gallo and a roasted jalapeño créme fraiche

        • BBQ Duck Confit Eggrolls$10.00

          Crispy fried duck confit and cabbage eggroll with BBQ aioli

          • Lobster Mac N' Cheese$15.00

            Cavatappi Pasta tossed with Lobster in a Creamy Cheese Sauce Served with Old Bay Seasoned Pork Rinds

            • Cheese and Hummus Plate$15.00

              Warm pimento cheese, smoked gouda, pickled okra, pearl onion jam, white bean hummus and fried green tomatoes, served with grilled baguettes

              • Fried Calamari$14.00

                Crispy fried calamari tossed with assorted peppers accompanied with sweet chili sauce and cilantro pesto

                • Cheese Spheres$9.00

                  Mozzarella, spinach and artichoke cheese spheres lightly fried, served with a tomato-herb dipping sauce

                  • Pork & Sweet Potato Biscuit$9.00

                    Slow roasted pulled pork served on sweet potato biscuits finished with apple butter

                    • Appetizer Platter$34.00

                      Appetizer platter of lump crab stuffed fried avocado, pork biscuits, BBQ duck confit eggrolls, and Cheese Spheres

                      Soups & Salads

                      Add to any salad: grilled chicken $6, grilled flat iron steak $9, grilled shrimp $6

                      • Lamb & Lentil Soup

                        Lamb and lentil soup

                        • Cup$6.00
                        • Bowl$9.00
                      • Pistachio Encrusted Goat Cheese$10.00

                        Warm pistachio encrusted goat cheese served over baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, cucumber and red onion with a tomato-balsamic vinaigrette

                        • Fried Green Tomato Salad$9.00

                          Fried green tomato and bibb salad drizzled with buttermilk dressing, crumbled goat cheese and crispy prosciutto

                          • Crispy Romaine Salad$8.00

                            Crispy romaine lettuce tossed with creamy roasted garlic and parmesan dressing topped with shaved parmesan and herb croutons

                            • Candied Pecan & Apple Salad$9.00

                              Candied pecan, granny smith apple and sun-dried cranberries tossed with mixed baby lettuce and caramelized onion vinaigrette

                              Entrees

                              • Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop*$22.00

                                Spice rubbed bourbon barrel smoked boneless pork chop topped with an apple bacon chutney served with gratin potato

                                • Beef Tips & Tortellini$20.00

                                  Sauteed beef tips and tortellini tossed in a rich gorgonzola cream sauce, baby spinach, grape tomatoes and toasted pine nuts topped with crispy prosciutto

                                  • "V" Burger*$15.00

                                    Char grilled grass fed beef topped with sharp cheddar, crispy onion straws and Chef John's V-12 sauce. Served with house-cut fries

                                    • Angel Hair Pasta$18.00

                                      Angel hair pasta tossed with baby bellas, tomatoes, olives and Chef John's special blend of herbs and spices. Chicken

                                      • Shrimp$21.00
                                      • Vegetable$16.00
                                    • Slow Braised Lamb Shank$26.00

                                      Slow braised lamb shank with roasted garlic whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus finished with a natural pan sauce

                                      • Stuffed Rainbow Trout$24.00

                                        Rainbow Trout stuffed with cornbread with roasted sweet potatoes, pecan-jalapeno crumble and molasses butte

                                        • Caramelized Orange Bourbon Salmon*$21.00

                                          Grilled salmon topped with a caramelized mandarin orange bourbon sauce served over cream cheese grits

                                          • Certified Angus Strip Steak*$28.00

                                            Grilled strip steak served with roasted garlic whipped potatoes, zesty brussels sprouts and natural reduction

                                            • Roasted Chicken$24.00

                                              Roasted chicken served with Cavatappi mac n' cheese, cabbage slaw. Topped with salsa verde and Alabama white sauce

                                              • Crab Cake Sandwich$15.00

                                                Seared lump crab cake topped with a spicy slaw and horseradish spread on a toasted brioche bun. Served with house-cut fries

                                                • Chef John's Personalized Vegetarian Dish$19.00

                                                  Created with seasonal and local ingredients

                                                  • Flat Iron Steak*$24.00

                                                    Char grilled flat iron steak served with a mushroom and parmesan risotto finished with Chef John's V-12 sauce

                                                    • Gulf Shrimp and Grits$21.00

                                                      Sautéed gulf shrimp with cream cheese grits. Topped with peach and sweet tea Kentucky chow-chow finished with a Cajun butter sauce

                                                      Sides

                                                      $6

                                                      • Cream Cheese Grits

                                                        • Potato Gratin

                                                          • Roasted Sweet Potatoes

                                                            • Vegetable of the Day

                                                              • Mushroom Parmesan Risotto

                                                                • Garlic Whipped Potatoes

                                                                  • Cavatappi Mac N' Cheese

                                                                    • House-Cut Fries

                                                                      • Zesty Fried Brussel Sprouts

                                                                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                        What 3,785 people are saying

                                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                                        4.7
                                                                        4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                                        • 4.7Food
                                                                        • 4.7Service
                                                                        • 4.6Ambience
                                                                        • 4.5Value

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                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined 2 days ago

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Everything was perfect; service, food, experience - all of it! We will be back, again!

                                                                        2. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          It was great food and service

                                                                        3. J

                                                                          Jojo

                                                                          Cincinnati

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          The food was good. We ordered pork ribs, duck rolls, salmon with bourbon marmalade sauce, and the Alaskan fish. Cocktail drinks were okay. The service was excellent!!! Only issue was we went on a Friday night and everyone was too loud it was hard to converse.

                                                                        4. MB

                                                                          MicheleB

                                                                          Kansas City

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                                                          overall5food4service4ambience4

                                                                          We had a lovely evening at Varnese. From the complimentary bruschetta when we first sat down to the dessert sampler. My salmon was perfectly cooked and my husband's chicken dish was delicious. This was a Monday night, so we were surprised to find that the restaurant was almost full. The live music was lovely and it was $5 martini and manhattan night which was a nice bonus! Service was extremely good.

                                                                        5. JW

                                                                          JessicaW

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          4.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                          This is a really great restaurant and chef. We were there to celebrate a birthday. Everything was great with food and service. The only drawback is that they have crammed so many tables into the space that you are right on top of each other. We were in an awkward spot that had little to no lighting. There was a fun band and the front of the restaurant was open air. Good band and music however you could not hear each other talk. But for good music, I'll take the trade off. Our food was great and we will go back on a less crowded evening.

                                                                        6. M

                                                                          kikiM

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          5 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          I first have to give a shout out to our Bartender. He was “Lovely “. I told him so to lol!! He kick started our evening serving us Great Cocktails and provided excellent customer service. I had not been to Varanese in years so I had to revisit the menu. Two of us went with the fish Special which was like a nice Halibut. I asked our waiter could I tweak my side orders and he was very accommodating. In our party of four we also had a pork chop and a shrimp and Pasta. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. I absolutely loved the ambiance and it just reminded me of good times when all the restaurants like Dietrich’s were thriving. Everyone made the evening very enjoyable. The coffee with our dessert was good as well!!! I have to say just excellent service and a great dining experience.

                                                                        7. E

                                                                          Excellent

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          58 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          58 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent!

                                                                        8. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          My daughter chose it for her college graduation dinner as it’s her favorite restaurant. She’s right. The food is incredibly delicious. We all try each other’s. Every single item is as awesome as the next. We basically moan upon trying each bite. Never disappoints. Service is excellent.

                                                                        9. SC

                                                                          SaraC

                                                                          Washington DC

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Lovely meal with elegant service. Nice venue and fun to hear the music before we left.

                                                                        10. TB

                                                                          TroyB

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Food is always great, service was also great. Our new favorite date night place.

                                                                        11. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Wonderful service and scrumptious food! Highly enjoyed our celebration dinner!

                                                                        12. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          1.0

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                          overall1food3service2ambience2

                                                                          It was our anniversary. We put it on the reservation, but don’t expect anything,. We have been here several times before, but not for a couple years. When we went to hostess stand, hostess and a server were arguing over the server taking an outside table. Ok. We were seated. We had water right away but waited around 5 minutes for our server. Ok again. We ordered our drinks, they were great! Had the complimentary bruschetta and it was good also. We ordered and received our crab stuffed avocado appetizer. It was ok. For our entrees, I ordered the smoked salmon pasta and my husband ordered the tenderloin - medium rare. We mentioned to our server that the menu on Open Table hadn’t been updated as there was a trout dish listed and it was not available. When our entrees arrived, mine was very good. My husband’s tenderloin was extremely rare. It took a while to get our server’s attention. She confirmed it should be medium rare, apologized, and took it back. After what seemed like forever - the awkward time that I was eating and my husband sat with nothing - our server returned with his tenderloin. It was presented nicely, but it was still barely medium rare. In the mean time, we had ordered two glasses of Cabernet. I finished mine and it had some residue at the bottom of the glass. Ok, it was decent tasting so I’ll let it go. My husband drank his and near the bottom, there was significant residue or really what looked like small twigs? At this point, we were done, too much had happened to forgive, he went to the hostess stand to ask for the manager. He was told there was no manager on duty, but they would send the chef. At what was 90 minutes into our dinner, another sever came and asked if we needed anything, we asked for the chef. When he finally came, we were polite but shared our issues. He said they just finished Derby and he could alter our bill. We said we really just wanted to let him know about our experience - he said, “just leave then”. We won’t be back.

                                                                        13. M

                                                                          Meandbill

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Our night was exceptional! The bar tender was right on everything! We never had to ask for anything. Our food was delicious and drinks spot on! Varanese is our favorite in Louisville, Ky!! We also like supporting local restaurants!

                                                                        14. MW

                                                                          MichaelW

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Service was outstanding. Food was delicious and hot. Waitress was very nice and made sure our experience was great.

                                                                        15. JH

                                                                          JohnH

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          19 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          19 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent service and food.

                                                                        16. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Detroit

                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          3.0

                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                          overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                                          Food took a very long time to come to get yet the staff was nice.

                                                                        17. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          It was amazing! PERFECT service and our waiter was so sweet! Definitely recommend going here! Food was amazing!!!!

                                                                        18. C

                                                                          Cookie

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          22 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          22 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Lobster tails were excellent. Hummus tray very good and different.

                                                                        19. KB

                                                                          KathleenB

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                          Went on Mother’s Day and a music ensemble was set up so too loud to hear others in the group talking. Other than that the food and service were great

                                                                        20. BB

                                                                          BrianB

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          It was very romantic

                                                                        21. A

                                                                          Anniversarydinner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Our group of 5 adults and a baby went there for Mother’s Day. They were very busy but the service was great and the food was great! Ambiance is always good there. We weren’t rushed although part of our party was 15 minutes late. They were great about it. We will be back.

                                                                        22. GM

                                                                          GwenMJ

                                                                          Kansas City

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                          We were lucky enough to get a last minute reservation on Mother's Day. Pleasantly surprised by the ambiance and loved the live music. We shared a salad and both enjoyed the special of the day a Hot Brown with parmesean cheese sauce. Delicious! I hope to return next time I'm in town.

                                                                        23. MC

                                                                          MCBLou

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                          We enjoyed our Mother's Day brunch. Service was good.

                                                                        24. E

                                                                          Edsiesgems

                                                                          San Diego

                                                                          67 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          3.0

                                                                          67 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                          Had Mothers Day brunch at 11:15 on the way to airport. Hostess, not welcoming nor gracious. Waitress was pleasant and efficient. My guess is that Brunch really not their thing so would suggest regular menu needed to be tried before evaluating their food.

                                                                        25. JV

                                                                          JasonV

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          30 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          3.0

                                                                          30 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                          Varanese had been on my list for many years as a place I wanted to try. We went on Mother’s Day. To be honest, my expectations exceeded the results. Service was pleasant, but not consistent. The same for the food. My chicken and waffles were cold and soggy. On the other hand, my wife and daughter’s meals were excellent. Then, we waited nearly 50 minutes for our desserts. The manager delivered the food and said that our ticket had been lost. Then he zipped away. We will be back, the restaurant’s reputation deserves that. Fingers crossed for good results!

                                                                        26. TH

                                                                          ToddH

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Just a awesome night. Great service and atmosphere. Food was wonderful

                                                                        27. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                          overall4food3service4ambience4

                                                                          In general it was good. The only problem was I asked for my food to be well but it was medium.

                                                                        28. JS

                                                                          JenniferS

                                                                          Memphis/West TN

                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Birthday and celebration after The Oaks

                                                                        29. S

                                                                          Spencer

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                          overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                          Loved the live jazz music. Excellent service despite being Oaks Day. Food delicious.

                                                                        30. LA

                                                                          LoriA

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Our server, Jessica (Victoria), was professional and personable. The ribeyes were cooked to perfection, even the one Pittsburgh style. The lobster ravioli was to die for. Enjoyed every minute. Our out of town guests were impressed.

                                                                        31. W

                                                                          William

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          6 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent dinner to end THURBY. Great service and food.

                                                                        32. E

                                                                          Equestrian

                                                                          New Orleans

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          4.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                          The food was great and so was the service. It was a busy night before the KY Oaks so the place was crowded and loud but not uncomfortable at all. The excitement for derby weekend was palpable and that added to the experience.

                                                                        33. TM

                                                                          TMerc

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          22 reviews

                                                                          vip
                                                                          5.0

                                                                          22 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Chef Varanese and his team always put food quality and the customer first! David, the manager always says hello and greets everyone. From the bar service, Thank you Rory, to the wait staff (Special thanks to Charlie, Mason, Jesse) it is a great experience every time. Highly recommend their nightly specials and the espresso martini is the best in the city!

                                                                        34. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Pittsburgh

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          3.0

                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                                                          overall3food3service5ambience5

                                                                          The cornmeal-crusted rockfish was just okay- I think it’s time to change the frying oil. Mocha crème brûlée was tasty but the rolled pastry with it tasted just like my fish! Server was very pleasant and attentive, great decor & atmosphere but the food was disappointing.

                                                                        35. DS

                                                                          DerekS

                                                                          SW Indiana

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent overall experience. Enjoyed the live music as well.

                                                                        36. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Very good food prices were different from menu on open table. The service was fantastic. Will be revisiting!

                                                                        37. OT

                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                          Orlando

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Varanese was excellent as usual tonight. Kate was our server and she was excellent. I had the pork chop - they do the best pork chop anywhere. Also love the fried green tomato salad. I love Varanese - it has my highest recommendation!

                                                                        38. JL

                                                                          JLfromKY

                                                                          Louisville

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          We always have a great dining experience at Varanese!

                                                                        39. DM

                                                                          DonM

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                          Excellent food. Entrée, appetizers great. Dessert so so. Will go there again.

                                                                        40. LH

                                                                          LaurieH

                                                                          Indiana

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          5.0

                                                                          1 review

                                                                          Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                          Excellent food, cocktails, service, and atmosphere! The jazz trio is great!

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

                                                                        Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3785 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                                        Booked 24 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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