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Varanese, Louisville, KY

Varanese

4.7
4.7
4422 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Varanese settled in Louisville because of its successful independent dining scene, and he believes that the people of Louisville will appreciate fresh ingredients, prepared with a creative flair and a culturally diverse menu. Varanese’s eclectic menu boasts an array of options from stuffed grape leaves, and fried green tomato salad, to new signature entrées: the seared boneless pork chop, and caramelized orange salmon. Finish with a fried banana accompanied by a house-made oatmeal cookie dough ice cream dessert. This New American style restaurant will comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio. The four seasons patio of Varanese is an addition to the building, which has a dramatic 20-foot slate water wall. The space is enclosed by a serpentine of glass doors, which retract to offer an outdoor dining experience. Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Ave. in the Historic Clifton neighborhood

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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

What 4,422 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Central Kentucky

    Best Value

  • Central Kentucky

    Hot spot

  • Central Kentucky

    Contemporary American

  • Louisville

    Best Value

  • Louisville

    Hot spot

  • Louisville

    Contemporary American

4,422 Reviews
  1. MartynaI

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very friendly service and good food. The ambiance was certainly lacking as we were seated in the area that’s used as open air during spring and summer. Very loud and warehouse-like.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I usually love everything I order from Vernice however, last night the crabcake was mediocre. It was very burnt and did not have a lot of flavor and was very dry. I’ve never had an experience like that with their food, and was highly disappointed.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Run don’t walk to this wonderful eating establishment. A truly wonderful culinary experience!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was just okay. The food made up for the wait.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Went the weekend after Valentine’s Day, and the place was pretty busy. The tables around us seemed to have reasonable service times, but our waiter seemed to be struggling to keep up. The food good. I wouldn’t say anything exceptional. But I would say it was fairly priced. I think if I go back, I will try to ensure it’s not as busy, which I believe would have an impact on the overall experience.

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  6. ReneeC

    Louisville

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was very slow. It took us almost 35 minutes to place our food order. Our anniversary dinner which I had told them.. nothing was ever mentioned from the waiter. Food was barely warm. By then we were so irritated that we just wanted to get out of there. We will never go back,,, It used to be one of my husbands favorite places. Telling everyone to go to Connor's instead.

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  7. SamA

    Louisville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great customer service. Our waiter Will was a gem!

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  8. derrickd

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always have a great time @ Varanese. Food, service and ambiance were solid! A+

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  9. BetsyR

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Varanese never disappoints. Having live music makes it even better.

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  10. AaricaB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for a special anniversary and were well taken care of. The food was fantastic. Rhe atmosphere was cozy. The musicians were wonderful. Loved everything

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  11. suzanne

    Montana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The butter fish is always excellent !, But so is everything on the menu! NO wrong choices, Delicious !

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  12. DouglasN

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hidden gem for sure. Highly recommend. Great food, great service. What else can you ask for.

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  13. annel

    Louisville

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was too crowded which made service slow. I felt like we were on top of each other. The waitress was friendly but it took forever to bring our appetizer and a long time to ask about drink refills. Because of the crowd, it was loud and our neighbors were close. This was my first Valentine’s Day with a new boyfriend (my ex split after decades of marriage) and I was really hoping for a romantic, intimate dinner and didn’t get that. The food was good.

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  14. DannyB

    Western KY

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in Louisville. Their menu is eclectic and curated for almost any palate. Their drinks are unique and we always have excellent service. The variety offered in their menu is outstanding. Highly recommend.

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  15. RondaM

    Louisville

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You can never go wrong spending Valentine’s Day at this jewel

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  16. DeaniseF

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice restaurant. The tables are little too close together.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was nice and helpful. Food was outstanding. Bread pudding was so delicious I could eat it everyday Looking forward to returning back.

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  18. RonaldO

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valentine's night was our 1st experience at Varanese. We ordered Crisp Romaine Salad, Roasted chicken served with cavatappi mac n’ cheese, cabbage slaw. Topped with Alabama white sauce and held the salsa verde. . The salad was flat tasting. the chicken was charred heavily on the outside, the mac n' cheese rubbery. The dessert Fried Apple Turnover and Mocha Creme Brulee were tasty. Parking was limited and we had to walk from a church parking lot down the side street. The restaurant was full which indicates patrons like the restaurant and food.

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  19. JeffB

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    My wife and I went to Varanese for Valentine's Day. We both enjoyed our dinner and will go back.

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  20. Indi

    Indiana

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Sat to close to other guests. Was not romantic. Bread pudding and apple fritter was not cooked enough, still raw. Waitress was very absentminded and frazzled considering we were one of her first tables she had for the evening.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Let me start by saying the food at Varanese is fantastic and absolutely delicious and we will definitely be back. That being said, our service was lacking. This was our Valentines dinner and yes they were busy. However, our food took a horrifically long time and to be honest, I’m pretty sure the waitress didn’t put in our order. We were sat at 7:15 and did not have our entrees until 8:30pm. We were sat first beside two other guest tables and placed our orders 10-15 minutes before them and they had finished eating their entrees before we were ever brought ours. I’m not for sure what happened, but our waitress never came back over to check on us. We had to grab another waiter to go check to see what was going on. He then came back to say what we had ordered just took longer, however the people beside us had ordered the exact same thing AFTER we had and at the exact same temperature. We probably should have asked for the manager, but didn’t want to be those people. So all in all the food gets 5 stars but the service for the night we were there was some of the worst I’ve had for such a nice restaurant setting.

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  22. GaryC

    Louisville

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We celebrated my wife’s birthday. Excellent on point service. Food is always very good. Love the live jazz. 

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  23. FranklinW

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good, service was attentive and excellent, ambience was very nice. It is not a private restaurant but each table though close to others felt correctly private. Price was perfect for a wonderful dining experience.

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  24. Casey

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Poorly staffed. It was the weekend before Valentine’s Day. The food was just okay. They had run out of most of the entrees and our reservation was at 7:00. Got tired of waiting and left before dessert.

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  25. BradleyT

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal. Nice lite music being played by a trio.

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  26. AllenB

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and live Jazz for the evening.The two main reasons we return.

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  27. TimL

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good (about what we expect) although the daily special salad while fresh was just a mix of taste that didn’t work together for us. Service while pleasant was very slow. No sign of a manager, making the rounds on the floor assisting with getting things moving faster or talking with customers. That was one aspect that was disappointing.

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  28. MonicaG

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a family b-day dinner here. Our 1st time but will not be our last. Everything was perfect.

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  29. RichardB

    Louisville

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent, atmosphere was great with the music and we weren't too close. Wine select was good. Food, mahi was great but chicken was overcooked and not warm.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food as usual, not the best service we’ve experienced however there was a manager who helped expedite towards the end. The table we were placed was so high traffic and tight we were touched by each passing staff and patron, so dozens of times. Very uncomfortable. That particular table should not be part of the dining chart. 2 top near host stand/entrance.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My only complaints relate to the table. My wife and I were seated at a table for two and there just wasn’t room. We could have been part of three different parties, and servers kept coming almost through our table to shortcut to kitchen. Tables were too close. Also, table was not level and rocked. Everyone knows how annoying that is. Not what you’d expect for the money. Otherwise, food was great as well as was service.

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  32. 1790

    Louisville

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite Louisville restaurants. Food and service are always consistent. Dessert was perfection.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always. I would highly recommend for everyone to experience a great atmosphere and excellent food.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always excellent food and service. We’ll definitely be back!

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  35. RonaldW

    Louisville

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as always my wife and i love this place

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  36. MarjieV

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I am gluten free, and despite the server trying to steer me to items that absolutely had gluten in them as a mistake, he was very good about making sure the kitchen got the word all my food needed to be gf. It was, and there was no issue! The pineapple spicy margarita was unbelievable too!

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  37. Sabrina

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for a birthday & it was amazing. They had a live band playing, the food & drinks were delicious. Also the place is decorated beautifully. Our server was great also. We’ll definitely be back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. David the manager checks on all of the tables to ensure you’re satisfied. Always a wonderful dining experience.

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  39. EduardoC

    Louisville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place!!!!!!!!!!!, delicious food!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. debbiet

    Indiana

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always , a lovely place to enjoy a very good dinner ! All 4 of our dinners were great , esp the special salad of the day & the Alaskan rockfish . The music really adds to the ambience , but sometimes it seems a little loud .

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FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 4422 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 27 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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