Varanese

4.6
2818 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Serving Brunch menu from 11:00 am. - 4:00pm. Full menu available all day till 11:00 pm.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Open for Easter Brunch 11:00 am
Special Brunch Menu available, along with full menu
Credit card is required to secure reservation, 24 hour cancellation notice is required to avoid $25 per seat cancellation fee

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 2818 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Food was delicious. Server was very attentive.

Report
Helpful
MW
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Girls night out. The atmosphere was amazing and the food delicious. The service was a little slow but there appeared to be a larger party that was taking up a lot of our servers time. The other party was also a little loud. The bread pudding is amazing! I will be back.

Report
Helpful
N
Tampa
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

On the outside it seems as it’s not that “great of a restaurant” since it seemed dark inside and the sign lights were not working. When we walked in, the server seemed as if he didn’t want to seat us since he was closing up, even though it was 10 pm and they close at 11. He asked if we would like to sit at the high stools in the bar and we did. The bartender ended up serving us and she was a delight! She was very nice and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was phenomenal! One of the best meals I’ve had outside. Definitely visiting Varanese again when I take a vacation in Kentucky!

Report
Helpful
OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Music was a little loud, when the music ended, it was better, we could talk then

Report
Helpful
DB
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. First time there and will definitely go back!!

Report
Helpful
CB
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant experience. I've been to Varanese a few times and it is consistently delicious and overall very good value. Sometimes it can get a little loud (especially if you're seated near the live music). I had the red snapper, which was excellent. My date was also impressed with her steak. Portions are large, I usually only order a main and don't have any room for dessert (unfortunately). Absolutely will be back!

Report
Helpful
DW
Key West
18 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice dinner for four last evening. Food and service was excellent. I asked to be seated in a more quiet area to allow discussion and we were put in a smaller room that worked well.

Report
Helpful
g
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit to Varanese. The food was outstanding, prepared perfectly, and service was spot on, not hurrying, but just right.

Report
Helpful
SA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was outstanding, but our service left a lot to be desired.

Report
Helpful
C
Jackson Hole
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice meal at a great restaurant. Prompt and friendly service, food was very good. Crab stuffed avocado was both unique and tasty! Charred romaine salad with chipotle vinaigrette was spicy but very good. Lamb chops well prepared as was Hawaiian butterfish. Will return!

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food

Report
Helpful
OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years, this has been a special lace for our family.... this was a night my wife and I took our Mom’s for dinner on Friday during Lent. Salmon and bass were great... thanks for another great dinner... will be back soon,

Report
Helpful
k
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite restaurants in town. Food is always delicious. Our server was very friendly and attentive.

Report
Helpful
DH
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. The waiter made great recommendations. Everything we chose had great presentation and flavors. There was live music the night we were there, 3 guys play instrumental pieces, not too loud, added to the overall great atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
RS
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I had oysters and scallops, absolutely exceptional in preparation and taste. The chicken in the Angel hair pasta was hard and dry, tasted like Kroger chicken. All of our other food items were exceptional. I wouldn't hold this against the chef, sometimes you just get a bad piece of chicken and Yes we did! We did not report it to the staff, no need to cause a fuss. She was already full on an amazingly delicious soup and appetizers. Perhaps rethink the chicken source. We gave the chicken to the dog when we got home.

Report
Helpful
JS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance with live music and service was excellent. Our server made helpful suggestions to our food choices as this was our first time there.

Report
Helpful
t
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is not my first time and, hopefully, will not be my last to dine here. Always a great experience. I really should pay more attention and not order appetizers and a side order. The generous portions are too much for me. But both the corn chowder and the Brussels sprouts were knockout treats.

Report
Helpful
RK
Louisville
117 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious dinner in the quiet room up front. Food was absolutely delicious, and the service was great. Don't skip the cheese curds!

Report
Helpful
SC
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It was pretty loud. The whole time we were there. That was my only complaint

Report
Helpful
CB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This continues to be one of our favorite restaurants! Don't change a thing!

Report
Helpful
JJ
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Too loud but everything else was like normal, enjoyable

Report
Helpful
c
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I was very disappointed in the small room they put us in 3 tables no candle and no flower as the tables in the main room had. If they had told me that that is where I was going to be I would not have gone.

Report
Helpful
W
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The baked brie was AMAZING!! The tortellini and beef tips were out of this world!! My friend had the white bass and loved it. Highly recommended!!

Report
Helpful
D
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Atmosphere was perfect! Service was impeccable. It’s our favorite place for a reason!

Report
Helpful
JF
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Great food. My wife and I loved it. Music was a great touch.

Report
Helpful
OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately, it wasn’t great. The cheese plate was greasy and messy. The salmon was tasteless. The server was very nice, but overall we were unimpressed.

Report
Helpful
T
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere and service were good. The food, not so much. I ordered the Pecan encrusted white fish with jalapeno honey butter and molasses sweet potatoes. I received a piece of fish with a thick layer of nuts (couldn't taste the fish at all), and honey butter atop sugary potatoes...it was sweet, sweet, sweet. There was NO spice whatsoever or hint of jalapeno. It was far from my expectations.

Report
Helpful
CT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was GREAT !
I certainly enjoyed the music as well.
It was nice to see how busy you were
Saturday.
David does a great job, he is the best
in Louisville by far.

Report
Helpful
JC
Louisville
48 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places in Louisville. Always a consistently good experience from service through food. Had the house Old Fashioned (switched the whiskey to Old Forester Signature) and it was delicious.

Report
Helpful
SM
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great atmosphere, wonderful service, food was delicious

Report
Helpful
DG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall service and food quality where excellent. Noise level from all the hard surfaces very high making it nearly impossible to hear other guest at the table and when live music was playing it was impossible to hear the guest across the table. Probably will not return anytime soon.

Report
Helpful
PR
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good food, tasty version of an Old Fashioned, good service and the two-piece band really makes the atmosphere.

Report
Helpful
DV
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food and service is outstanding! Best steak in Louisville

Report
Helpful
w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant had great food and service with a varied menu and price points. There is something for eveyone. They had live music in the restuarnt at an apprpriate sound level that was a nice touch.

Report
Helpful
TS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mason, our waiter, was awesome, great customer service. Food outstanding!

Report
Helpful
LR
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service from the moment you walk in is excellent. Personable servers and genuinely attentive and concerned staff. Parking is limited in their lot but street parking is available for those brave enough to parallel park. We came for our anniversary and were treated like royalty. We continue to come back for the food, atmosphere and service.

Report
Helpful
TY
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants in town. My wife got the angel hair pasta and it was probably the least favorite meal we’ve had there, but my steak was tremendous as usual and service was great.

Report
Helpful
LC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful dining experience. The food was delicious, the ambiance was perfect, and our waiter was the best we've had anywhere. Our waiter, Jordan, made the experience wonderful.

Report
Helpful
PB
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always predictably excellent. Dined many times with large and small crowds. Never had a bad experience.

Report
Helpful
b
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Great menu selection.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
71

Tweets by Varanese