Varanese

4.5
2584 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Live Music
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.
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Special events & promotions
Sunday is Service Industry Night. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials starting at 8:30.
Every Monday, enjoy a free Flambé Dessert with the purchase of any entrée.
Wine Down Wednesday – Half price bottles of wine all night. Choose from our extensive wine list.
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 2584 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Menu lacks creativity and food presentation has minimal appeal. The salmon was wonderful quality but was bland. On the bright side, the live music creates a great ambiance. We had good service too.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Excellently prepared food, friendly service. We were pleased as always. Looking forward to next time.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We had issues at another local establishment that use to be on open table and switched to some other service which screwed up our reservation. We were able to use open table, make last second reservation and the host looked us up without difficulty and got us seated and served. Service was good,nothing spectacular, same with food. Overall, very happy with the experience!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Our favorite place.... food and service are always excellent.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

First time diners. We got the pork chop and a flat iron steak. Based on our experience, I will definitely go back for the pork chop but the steak was not nearly as good. Sides were good.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Love this place! Atmosphere is great and Tommy the bartender is the best in the world!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We had a great time and enjoyed an enjoyable wine dinner.

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3.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Food was excellent, but very slowly served. Dining experience took 3 1/2 hrs. The entertainment left after 2 1/2 hrs. We enjoyed the company of the random table of diners and were very pleased with the quality and presentation of the meal.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

We love Varanese it never disappoints. They have great food and live music, iconic Louisville restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We had an exceptional server & experience. The band & ambiance was on point for our date night.

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Good food, music way too loud for small venue. Unable to carry on conversation.

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2.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Very disappointed! We were from out of town and found this restaurant as one highly rated on google. One of us got the lamb shank and it was luke warm when arrived and the potatoes were still raw! One of us got the baby back ribs and they were very fatty. I got the salmon which was a signature dish and I was really disappointed. It was very simple and plain. The sauce was on the side , which I asked for and was basically a teaspoon of a peach type syrup. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was great with live jazz music! Just wish the food was up to par!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Varanese is always fantastic. Save room for the bread pudding for dessert!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The food, service, and atmosphere were fabulous; the band is good but we were seated close to them and could not carry on conversations very well.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

We had a great dinner. The live music was great, the food was delicious, and the open-air environment was very pleasant. We’ll definitely be coming back.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Service was on point, top notch... attentive but not intrusive. We had a nice bottle of wine, and enjoyed the ambience. The avocado appetizer was very good, unique, and easy to share. Salmon entree was fresh, and cooked medium, as requested. Boneless pork chop was more medium well than medium, as ordered, and a little dry/tough. The saute of squash was disappointing, kind of an "oh well" veggie. Overall it was a nice visit, but the food could have been better.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Love Varanese, food is always good! Our server was great and we got to sit outside under cover away from the live music. Just what I requested!

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I took my Mother to Varanese for her 79th birthday and it was fabulous! It was so intimate and cozy, we sat outside even though it was raining, the rain didn't put a damper on our evening. It was remarkable! We had a lovely time. The food was delectable, the service was phenomenal, the band was amazing and the atmosphere was just so nice! Matter of fact, it was amazing!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The restaurant has an eclectic menu that they are excellent at preparing. Appetizers thru dessert was amazing. The live music offered a nice backdrop too.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food. Felt rushed. Server wanted to turn table

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

Great service and atmosphere. Food was...interesting.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Great food, wonderful service, great value!! Will visit again soon!!

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very nice venue. Attentive staff. Everything was very good my steak was a little fatty and had grissle for the price

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3.0Dined on July 12, 2018

I absolutely love the food at this restaurant in the service. However it was so loud and noisy we could not even hear the conversation at our own table.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Varanese is always a favorite place that delivers consistent quality dishes.
Nice ambience and a perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Food was good loved the extra attention for our anniversary! The portions were large for the cost of the meal!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Parent’s anniversary

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great food. Nice music.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Great Jefferson’s bourbon dinner!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food and service were very good and it was fairly priced. No complaints there. I would say, however, that they had a three or four piece musical group playing in the corner. I love music, but it was too loud to even have conversations over dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Food is the best in town!!! Especially for the price! Ambiance is great! Waiters are fantastic! Excellent restaurant!

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

The ambiance here is always so great. There was live music, the food was great, and the service was great also. We love coming here. Great date night spot.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Varanese is always a solid choice! I have never been disappointed. Ask for Jordan and your experience will be exceptional.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Another great time and as always delicious food!!

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Monday night at Varanese was a perfect time. It was Martini Monday ($5) and the martinis had that little bit of ice on the top which is the mark of a good drink. We had their pork chop special ($15). What a treat! It came with veggies and a potato. They also have a Salmon special that is equally as delicious.

I can’t say enough about the wait staff. Our server was attentive and friendly. He treated us like we were the only couple in the restaurant and they were slammed!

I’ll return to Varanese for another martini Monday and would recommend others experience this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

We had cold air blowing on us from a make shift AC unit between the bar and dining area.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Our dining experience was exceptional. We ordered the Bourbon Barrel pork chop and the glazed salmon specials. They were outstanding . The jazz band played softly in the background, adding a touch of class not found often in the Louisville dining experience. We will return and take our friends.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food, cocktails and service were splendid as usual!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Fantastic evening. The staff and our server were great. We asked to add another couple just a couple of hours before our reservation and they were super in accommodating us. The food was fantastic. I would recommit anyone as the menu has many beautiful dishes.

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