Fantastic dinner! The beef tip tortellini was delicious! We ate only half our entree because we wanted shareable desserts and leftovers. The bread pudding was otherworldly it was so good! The French toast dessert was also amazing. There are a ton of great places in Louisville but for the money, this place is the best By far. We got to sit by the string band and I requested tony Bennett so they played old standards all night. Such an amazing valentines date!
Overall a great way to celebrate our 50th Wedding anniversary. First time at Veranese and it proved to be a satisfying experience.
The food was excellent starting with a platter of fried calamari done to perfection. My wife tried the Braised Beef w/Tortollini and I had the Tenderloin Steak. Both dishes were well done.
As a bonus our waitress who gave us outstanding service all evening long, surprised us with a complimentary dessert. It was delicious!!!
Only drawback was the seating. A bit crowded for our taste. We were seated in the center of the dining room very close to others.
We would recommend this restaurant to family and friends.
It was a fantastic evening. Everyone was great and the food as always was outstanding!
Had a great birthday experience!
While everything was delicious and the service was great, we were a little annoyed that we were easy right next to another couple when the entire rest of the restaurant was empty.
Great Valentine’s Day
Delicious as always!
Fried jumbo oysters excellent , and we enjoyed the walu fish. Staff polite and professional.
Service was amazing as always!
Good drinks, great steak. Didn’t care for the volcano cake
Group of friends got together to catch up with one another. Everything was great. Food good and service was wonderful.
We went to Varanese on 2/6, in part to scout out the music. The guitar and bass were just okay. Food was good but our server (Zack) was over the top. He is so personable and friendly. We’d go back just to visit with him a bit. John Varanese has a prize in this young man. If you make a reservation, ask to sit in Zacks area
Food and service were outstanding! Loved the Cheese Curds appetizer!
Great location, LOVED the live jazz
Service was very good. Food was good as always
It was my first time their and it was wonderful. Food was top notch, service was very catering, oh even though I didn't get my ice fir my wine I requested I just remembered, lol, I was great , I would and will go back
Loved everything about the evening.
Great food. Server excellent
Even light music.
I was a bit nervous about what to expect and since I was making the reservation for some team members and managers I needed it to be good. I was pleasantly surprised to have a jazz band playing that was not too loud that you couldn't talk. Food was wonderful and perfectly prepared. Service was attentive and friendly. Price was fair. We were staying downtown which was crowded and pricey. So this was close enough to drive to and away from the hustle and bustle. Highly recommend it!
We were crammed into a little room that seemed more like a storage room. There was a larger party in the room too so it was really loud and very tight quarters. We have never had this problem in the past but felt like sardines. Would rather have been told there wasn’t a table available than to be squeezed in.
Fabulous all around! Food is always excellent, as is the service.
The food was phenomenal. We enjoyed the smoked bologna and fried green tomato biscuit for our appetizer. The flank steak was to die for and the special salmon pasta dish was very tasty. The wine selection and bourbon flights were great additions to the meal. There was a live trio that sounded great. The noise level was a little loud initially but then as things calmed down it was perfect. A wonderful meal!
Beginning with the band, the ambiance is also nice. The food has never disappointed me, if was my 3 friends first experience and they all ordered the pork chop and loved it. And Jordan our server was very personable! Overall, we had a great time!
This place never fails. Love the live music and the food is on point. Our waiter was great and received a good tip for his attentiveness. No doubt we will be back soon.
This was a special wine dinner with Grgich Hills wines which is a prime event that we never miss. Extremely creative menu paired with some of the best wines available. Chef John Varanese and Chef Erik Abram work to expand the taste buds with an awesome range of flavors enhanced by each of five wines. They hold wine dinner once a month and I always enjoy meeting new friends and sharing this experience. Varanese is one of our favorite spots in Louisville. And the lead bartender Rory was just awarded Bartender of the year by Kentucky Restaurant association! Music every night by Jeff Sherman makes this a wonderful place for more than you would expect.
We had an early reservation (5:15pm) and when we arrived, there were only 2 couples seated at tables and 3 people seated at the bar. The table the hostess took us to was a small 2 top table. The chair I sat on was unstable so I switched it out. We then asked for a bigger table. No problem. The server was very kind and helpful. We ordered an appetizer (fried brussel sprouts) and they were absolutely Divine. My friend's salad was good, too. I ordered the Hawaiian Seabass (on special) and it was cooked perfectly. My boyfriend ordered the pork tenderloin confit (on special) and it was so dry, he returned it and asked for the Hawaiian Seabass. The pieces of fish on his newly ordered plate didn't look a thing like my Seabass, but he ate it anyway. His meal was comped. We liked our server and left her a huge tip. We will return because this was the first time this has happened to us while dining at Varanese. Another thing that was annoying was how loud the live music was...once the musicians started (towards the end of our meal), it was very difficult to hear anything being said even though we were sitting right next to each other.
Service and food have always been great! Thank you
Overall it was a very nice dining experience.. was very busy though and the noise level was very high.
We had a fabulous time celebrating a birthday. Our server was amazing with my 2 nieces (15 & 11).
Met friends for an early dinner. They took us early as we arrived early, worked out great but did get pretty noisy once it filled up. Great Jazz band for background music.
Our table of four was coupled with a table of twelve for a family dinner to remember my mother. Considering the size of our party, everything went smoothly and we all had awesome time.
Always love this place for a special occasion or just a nice dinner. We are never disappointed!
Great food and atmosphere! Service was excellent.
This is our favorite spot to go for a relaxing dinner
This the second time I’ve been to Varanese and I was disappointed. It was very loud and the food was subpar. In addition, the scallops entree was luke warm. For the price, I would go somewhere else.
Drinks and dessert were good, service was slow but friendly. Food was just underwhelming. Everything sounded so good but in the end it just missed the mark by a good margin. Salt and pepper shakers on the table at a fine dining restaurant?
We really enjoyed our dining experience and were drawn to Varanese because it is one of the very few places in Louisville to dine with jazz music; which we love. Our only disappointment was that my husband's mashed potatoes arrive "cold" and when the server brought out another serving, it was just "lukewarm." My husband enjoyed the potatoes nonetheless though! The server was nice, but there were a couple of times there seemed to be a slight "lag" in timing, but overall, we had a good experience! Thank you.
Nice comfortable setting with live jazz trio. Great for date night.
The staff from the bartenders, waitress, to the manager coming over was top shelf. Not to mention the quality of service and food was outstanding. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying their experience here.
Our experience at Varanese was fantastic! My husband and I eat Keto and they were so accommodating. Our waitress was very willing to ask questions and to also find out the answers. Is there flour in the pecan bass, yes...Etc. She was great. I ended up getting the twin lobster tails on the specials menu. They came with grits and roasted corn. I asked to replace with fried brussels which were on their menu. She said no problem! My husband got the salmon without the sweet sauce. My dish came not only with brussels but with Asparagus, go chef! My husband had some sauteed zuchinni and brussels. Our friends had the pork chops with the normal sides. We also had a delicious caesar salad minus the croutons. The food was amazing, our waitress didn't make us feel like we were from Mars she was kind and welcoming. Everything was perfect! We will be back very soon!
One of my most favorite restaurants in Louisville. Unfortunately our food, albeit delicious, was warm at best. Again, it was still delicious, but my husband’s risotto was barely warm as was my angel hair pasta and shrimp. But that dish is so good i could eat it cold! Always can’t wait to go back!