Varanese

4.7
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3038 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
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy Varanese & your food!

R
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent, management was very accommodating of our reservation while dealing with a power company issue outside. The service was attentive and prompt. The only drawback was the entire dining room was filled with smoke from the kitchen. Not a deal-breaker by any means, I'll definitely go back.

SD
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Varenese has always been a wonderful experience but avoid the waiter, Jesse. He turned our special event into an awful experience

KY
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and drinks as always! Love the live music as well!

AC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Drinks were excellent! Wonderful Service! Would recommend to others!

p
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time dining at Varanese and the appetizer (avocado stuffed crab) was delicious, we ordered two specials and they were amazing and the wine menu was very nice. I really enjoyed the live jazz as well.
I’ll definitely be back!
Thank you!

R
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looking forward to going there again

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 20th Wedding Anniversary with a special dinner night and 1st Visit to Varanese. Angela was our waitress and could not have been more gracious. Our food choices were amazing. Would definitely return!

J
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Canadian friends and I had a very enjoyable evening. Server was very attentive even though he was spread rather thin. Food was delicious. Will return for sure.

L
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails. Wonderful ambiance. Live music but subtle and easy to have conversations at the table. Food is outstanding with nice mix of fish and meat dishes.

DB
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoyed a very pleasant dining experience at Varanese. The food was delicious and well presented. My wife and I both enjoyed the steak tips and tortellini. Our server Jordan was above and beyond. He was so pleasant and very attentive to us as well as other guests seated in our section. A true professional. We have dined at this restaurant on other occasions and will definitely return. Always a very pleasant and positive dining experience.

AB
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unique atmosphere and food. I enjoy Varanese. The waitress had the attitude of “we aim to please”. All involved were friendly and capable.

CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great date night - we did not feel rushed to order or to finish. Music is pleasant without being too loud. I ordered the special which was fabulous!

BS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to have a nice family birthday celebration for the 4 of us. This was accomplished with plenty of room to spare. The meals were very tasty and displayed in a nice manner. Out service was excellent. We All greatly enjoyed our entire experience. We will return.

TF
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was amazing, and service was wonderful. The overall ambiance was wonderful. The only complaint I have was that I had reservations at opening and there was several employees at the bar watching a football game making a lot of noise.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A great night out. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was great. Music was also a nice added touch.

T
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely marvelous experience!! My girlfriend and I were celebrating our one year anniversary. Not only was the food beyond belief, they even made us our own special anniversary dessert. Couldn’t have been a better evening. Service was stellar and personal. Thank you to the entire staff at Varanese! You certainly made our special event beyond special!

SB
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was great at one of my favs

OT
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the salmon special, I was brought the wrong dish. It was corrected immediately with a hot, fresh correct dish! We love this place!!!

JF
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so happy to visit Varanese. The Bourban glazed Salmon and Rainbow fish were both awesome. Coctails were fantastic. We have had several great meals there, pork chops are memorable. Also love the jazz music.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! We will return!!

d
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was very good and the service was outstanding. The venue is very cozy (fairly small and tables are close together) so it was noisy after the restaurant filled up. Halfway through our dinner, a jazz combo came in and started playing which made normal conversation pretty impossible. In all fairness, we were sitting pretty close to the players. If we had known they were going to play, we would have requested a table farther away. My only other comment is that they are very, very proud of their wine! The markup is huge.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The atmosphere, music and service was good. The food was not. The appetizer (cheese balls) was too dark, the kind of dark you get when the oil has not been changed often enough. The braised short ribs in the taquitos was tough as shoe leather. The rest of the food was just as lackluster. Nothing was awful, but sadly nothing was appropriately seasoned either.

Bottom line, I would not recommend the restaurant and would not go back.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Great atmosphere, my girlfriend and I did not enjoy the food but the service was great. Also the band was warming up and it was distracting.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Our first time there and we will return. Loved it! The Birthday dessert was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service on a big birthday party

F
Kansas City
344 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We had dinner with friends and we’re pretty disappointed with the Opah special. Chewy and fishy. The wine and service were probably the only good part of the experience. And the two piece band were a lot of fun though.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varanese is one of our favorite restaurants for special occasions. Whether it’s an anniversary, birthday, or date night, Varanese never disappoints. Last night was no exception. We love the staff, Jordan, Dave, Alex, and Jaquar. They worked hard to make our night special.

J
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was special and Jordon made it more so, thanks.

HS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous server who was going to seminary in L Ville. Food was delish. The curry soup was devine. Loved the experience and will return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. Best meal we’d all had in a while. We were seated in the little room off to the side, which was perfect. We could hear the music from the other room but we could still hear each other.

LP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent absolutely delicious. Service was great he was very attentive and on top of everything. We were celebrating our Anniversary and they had rose petals on the table and offered us a complimentary dessert. Every thing was wonderful from start to finish.

DO
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pace to the dinner, neither too fast nor too slow. Attentive & knowledgeable server. Excellent food.

N
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food was delicious and the service was top notch!

RP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The last few years we’ve been going to Varanese for our anniversary. We don’t eat out very often so we really look forward to going to a fine restaurant like Varanese. Good atmosphere great food need I say more.

BS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the music and talking with musicians. Food and server great.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! We were a little late for our reservation, but the staff were extremely Friendly and understanding. We were seated in the boardroom, which was great. Definitely going back to Varanese the next time I’m in Louisville.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at Varanese and I was not disappointed! Excellent food and great service from Jesse, our server. I will be returning!

JU
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My wife and I had a wonderful experience. It was our 1 year anniversary and was made even more special by our server. She was one of the best that I have ever had, anywhere. Very attentive, kind, and thoughtful. The ambience was just what I had hoped for. The food was exceptional and the value exceeded what anyone would expect from any restaurant that demanded twice the price. Thank you for helping to make our anniversary very special.

NS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice good service excellent food and very good salad

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