Varanese

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2875 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

A credit card is required to secure all holiday reservations. A 24 hr. notice of cancellations is required to avoid any cancellation fees

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 2875 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is incredible. It was my first time there and I loved. The food is delicious! Good ambiance and great service. I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at Varanese!

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JT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience; great food, top notch service, super atmosphere, and worth every penny!

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R
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food preparation and the portion sizes were very ample. Overall I would go back for fine dining at reasonable prices. Our appetizer of crab stuffed fried avocado was plenty for two. Entrees of flatiron steak and a short ribs stroganoff were more than enough and could have been split between 4 rather than 2. First time there and we were pleasantly surprised. Cocktail specialties are high priced but they are everywhere now.

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KS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pleasant and comfortable indoor/outdoor dining experience, with live jazz music that didn't overwhelm, but complemented, the dining. Food was excellent and service was attentive, but not intrusive.

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J
Indiana
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and music was as fabulous as always, but it is so loud in the restaurant.

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KY
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Varanese was a wonderful night out for dinner with my family. Excellent service and food!

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CW
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were so looking forward to a night out at this very well known restaurant. To put it simply, the food was good, not outstanding. The floors are concrete, and they had a jazz band, so it made it simply so very very loud. Nice waiter. Service was ok. It just didn’t live up to all the hype I’ve heard in the past. Try it though. Your experience may be way different than ours.

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G
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Varanese is always an excellent place to have dinner. Unfortunately, during this visit, our server was not very attentive and completely forgot our order and had to come back to the table to get the order again. Also, she brought dessert to one of our ladies having a birthday, but did not ask anyone else if they wanted dessert or coffee. Unusual.

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Y
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for our anniversary and it was very nice! Live music that played the anniversary song for us, owner greeted each table, food was impeccable!

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PS
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Unfortunately, it was not a good experience. One of our salads had to be sent back and exchanged for a different one. The greens were bitter. The crab sandwich should have been sweet and moist. Was rather dry and salty. This could be in part because of the abundance of pickles. The scallops while good were definitely not $35 a plate good. I have had better. Based solely on this dining experience, I could not recommend them.

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g
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. It was our anniversary and they wished us a happy Anniversary and had rose petals on the table. Classy! It also happens to be half price wine night - a very nice surprise.

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OT
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out of town business partners, all commented that this was one of their best, if not the best meal they had on their many trips to Louisville. Lamb, fish, pork chop - all were excellent!

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BV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our food was delicious and our server was outstanding. It was our first time and we will be back for sure!!

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JV
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with great food. Very pleased from the bar to our dinner great value for the money as well. Very pleased. Thank you

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RJ
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was celebrating 33rd anniversary. Resturant was great. Service, was exceptional. Food was good. They went as far as putting rose petals on the table. The jazz was nice as well. Not too loud. Set the mood for a wonderful evening. My wife loved it. Will definitely go back..

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this restaurant but it is quite loud inside even when the band is not playing. It’s hard to have quiet conversation so I had requested a quiet table when I made the reservation. Amanda gave us a great quiet table outside and our server Michael was very good
I would recommend any of the Varanesse restaurants in Louisville
Great place great value. Creative cocktails and excellent food

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AN
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent and food was pretty good. We had a very good time.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! It's our second visit while in Louisville and plan on making it a regular stop for dinner in the future.

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Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Very little ambiance. Decent food. Average service. Definitely better in Louisville. John Varanese does a great job at the River House. This restaurant is a little long in the tooth

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S
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There are so many amazing restaurants in Louisville but Varanese is one of the best! We are never disappointed. They have incredible service, food, and ambiance. Absolutely love this place! This is a favorite date night for us.

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TR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out waitress was excellent! The food was scrumptious and the atmosphere was spectacular.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I went to Varanese in a party of three, and to be fair, the others in my party would give them a better rating than I would. I had the Tortellini with beef tips in a gorgonzola cream sauce and, honestly, did not like it. The beef was tough and the sauce was mostly tasteless. We had the fried calamari for an appetizer and it was excellent, as was my caesar salad.

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S
St. Louis
27 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful anniversary meal. They made it really special. Loved it!

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PF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very, very, very, very good experience. Outstanding professional and respectful service, nice personal touches, live music that added to the ambience without drowning polite conversation. Appetizer and salads we're unique and delicious. If anything, the entrees we're too generous by half.

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TM
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great outdoor dining on a beautiful evening. I'd definitely recommend Varanese.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HS graduation

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W
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this place. Have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed.

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SS
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Just need to note when putting a table for anniversary couple, don’t put them next to a huge table with children.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fabulous and the food was equally as fantastic! Fried green tomatoes were out of this world great!

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OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great!

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Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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OT
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall it was a good experience. We were there for mother's day so it was fairly busy.
Ordered the stuffed crab avocado and the description said it was jumbo lump crab, it was definitely not jumbo lump crab. If it was it was poorly treated.
The other 2 items we ordered was the ribeye and lamb chops, both specials. They were both really good.
Ordered the bread pudding for dessert and it was great! Overall I would go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mothers day

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KK
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always such a treat dining here!

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CN
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere. We will definitely be returning.

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P
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We went on Mother’s Day...I would probably not do that again. It was quite hectic...the server, who had a wonderful personality, seemed a bit over-burdened. They were serving brunch in addition to the regular menu...I think the menu would have been better with fewer selections. The steak and eggs was perfect as were the desserts.

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DR
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Varanese was outstanding. We truly felt as though we had enjoyed a luxurious Mother's Day celebration. Our server, Mason, took our dinner to a whole new level. He was the most outstanding server, in every way, that we have had in any restaurant any where.

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P
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service started out poorly. We were seated and then ignored for 30 mins while large parties seated after us were served. Once we checked back in to see what was going on, they were very attentive. Food was great and very reasonable for the portion and quality. Manager came out to apologize in person and comped us for dessert. So they redeemed themselves and it came out as an overall positive after a rocky start.

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