Varanese

4.6
2569 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
  • Special Occasion
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
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M
Louisville
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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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GP
3.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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s
Louisville
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

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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NW
Louisville
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

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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S
4.0
Dined 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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OT
Louisville
4.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Great food. Felt rushed. Server wanted to turn table

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OT
4.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

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

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JL
Louisville
5.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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BC
5.0
Dined 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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DB
3.0
Dined 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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ME
Louisville
5.0
Dined 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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KN
4.0
Dined 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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OT
Louisville
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Parent’s anniversary

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OT
Nashville
5.0
Dined on July 11, 2018

Great food. Nice music.

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KS
Seattle
5.0
Dined on July 10, 2018

Great Jefferson’s bourbon dinner!

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D
Louisville
4.0
Dined 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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DW
5.0
Dined 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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EW
Louisville
5.0
Dined 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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OT
Louisville
5.0
Dined 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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OT
Louisville
5.0
Dined on July 5, 2018

Another great time and as always delicious food!!

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k
Louisville
5.0
Dined 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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WI
Louisville
3.0
Dined 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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PE
Louisville
5.0
Dined 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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ML
Louisville
5.0
Dined on July 2, 2018

The food, cocktails and service were splendid as usual!

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OT
5.0
Dined 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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OT
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

I loved everything about this restaurant - on the outside it didn’t look that inviting, but once you are inside, it is very cozy! The food was excellent - I had a pasta dish with a goat cheese salad to start. The service was fast but not hurried! Loved it and will be back.

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OT
Louisville
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

Great meal, service excellent!

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MP
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

One of the best spots in Louisville to dine. The food was fabulous and so was the service. We had the pork chop, salmon and steak. Every entree and side dish was delicious and all were reasonably priced !

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London
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

The food is always good at Varanese. Service is usually good but can get very slow at times. This time it was excellent & staff was great. Evening was nearly ruined by the ridiculously loud jazz ensemble. It was almost impossible to converse with my wife at a two person table. We will avoid jazz nights in the future.

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OT
Louisville
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

I’ve never had a bad dining experience here-one of my absolute favorite restaurants in Louisville to dine with friends and family.

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BS
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Everything was great except it was very uncomfortably HOT! I was sweating from the high temperatures we were experiencing. The food and service were very good. Maybe they should look at a floor fan to move the air around as it was uncomfortable by the glass windows.

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OT
Louisville
3.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Nice setting and good service food was okay. Macaroni was flavorless.

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r
Louisville
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Excellent presentation and delicious seafood

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P
Louisville
4.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

We celebrated 2 birthdays together & were very happy with the food, service & atmosphere. Most of us split 1/2 price bottles of wine & meals & then 2 desserts were brought after our meals.
I shared the salmon, grits & veggies. Very nice.
Great service too!

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f
Las Vegas
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

We really enjoyed the cocktails and wine selection. The food was very good, although the risotto with corn was not to my taste. Desserts were excellent as well, especially the bread pudding.

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JM
Louisville
5.0
Dined on June 26, 2018

Wide variety on menu, nice ambiance with the soft jazz trio.

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J
5.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

We were celebrating our first anniversary and the staff made it very special for us. They placed rose petals on the table and asked us for our preference on where we wanted to sit (near the band or away from the band). The service, food and drinks were excellent. It was a wonderful experience and we will be back!

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R
Louisville
2.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Food was ok. It was very warm. Could have used some fans or ac to make it more comfortable. We have dined there many times in the past but wasn’t impressed tonight

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Louisville
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Frankfort Rd was blocked due to an event that was occurring. The feeling was open air due to the glass wall was opened. The noise level was very bad. A small duo arrived for music and we had been placed next to them. Since the event was going on, people would suddenly come to friends eating at the restaurant and continue to have loud conversations behind us.
We have been going to Varanese for a long time but this was really the first time that We we’re not pleased with it. The food was great and the server was new. We waited 15 minutes or more to place our dinner. We had placed an appetizer order and the server waited until it was done to bring it out to us and then take our dinner order.

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AA
Louisville
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

A bit disappointing. I have eaten here before, a while back, and enjoyed it more then. The food was good, but not great. We had apps, salad, soup, entrees and dessert, nothing really stood out as unique or special. Atmosphere was good and service was excellent. I imagine the the focus is on the River House and Varanese is on auto pilot.

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