Varanese

4.8
3351 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Snowbird
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great ambiance!

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KevinJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I truly enjoyed myself. The food was wonderful. I would suggest the Bourbon pork chop. The waiter was very attentive and made suggestions that guided our experience.

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HaleighB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very nice. The atmosphere had an upscale feel and the food was reasonably priced. I will definitely be going again.

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vipJohnB
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the third time in a year that my girlfriend and I have had a dinner date night at Varanese. As with the other times the food and service were excellent and the ambiance was nice. We went on Saturday night and the jazz group was playing which added to the experience! We will definitely be back again as Varanese is becoming one of our local favorites!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Typically have great meals!!! This time it was just average fish was over cooked and crab cake was too much filling

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DonnaC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food! Great ambiance! One of my favorite places to eat!

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MikeC
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding services. The waiter Jesse provided super services.

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MaryJ
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Didn’t see are waiter but three time take the order, bring food, and take payment.

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vipKimorn
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good wine list. My vegetarian dish was very good. My husband ordered the scallops over risotto. He said it was ok but would not order it again. The toffee bread pudding was amazing. There was live music but it seemed like they took a lot of breaks :) Overall a good experience and we would go back.

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MichaelG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome, food was even better!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had new year's Eve dinner here and everything was fabulous. The food was delicious as always, and our server was wonderful. The bar service here never disappoints. I had a black Manhattan which was delicious.

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MicheleD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Year's Eve dinner was terrific and the service was as well. We had a wonderful time and will be back!!

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MeganS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Varanese so much. It’s so close to our home and we receive excellent service every time!

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vipTeriG
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great per usual! It has become a family tradition to celebrate New Years Eve at Varanese.

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vipRandolph
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great evening, great food, great experience.. The best bartender in Louisville is here, how could you possibly go wrong?

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DallasS
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Louisville restaurant. I had the Sea bass and it was excellent. We went on a Wednesday and took advantage of the 1/2 priced wine special. The service was excellent as always. We will be back soon.

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vipEricE
Cincinnati
29 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has always been my favorite restaurant in Louisville. The atmosphere, nightly music, and ( of course ) the food are always superb.

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JeffG
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great. We had an excellent ding experience and plan to go back soon.

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vipWonderful
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with family! Definitely one of our favorite local restaurants. Jeff Sherman band is the best!!

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AngieB
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was exceptional. Excellent service. Excellent food We will return soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we chose Varanese for our small COVID safe holiday dinner. Fine dining but outstanding value. All four of us (including 2 16 year olds) loved the experience. Service and food were outstanding. We remarked that we got so much more great food and amazing service here than another recent fine dining which cost us much more. We will be back.

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vipBEnedetto
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately we haven’t been in years, our fault, what a great spot, neighborhood gem, attentive, I like it when you feel welcomed by all the staff, we were fortunate to arrive on half off wine night. Bonus! Food, service, atmosphere was awesome! Will be back soon. Thank you for staying open during these trying times.

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vipmaria
Louisville
34 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DInner, as always, was fantastic. The crab calzone appetizer was something new for us. it was delicious. Old favorites, the stuffed avocado appetizer and the flat iron steak entrée didn't disappoint. We took a lava cake home! Even with fewer diners in the room, it was still a loud group. Love the live music.

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vipKyleN
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab stuffed avocado was excellent--great food and service as always.
A true Louisville gem!

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KelseyM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. They greeting us with rose petals on our table and a Happy Anniversary sign! Dinner was exquisite and ended the night with free dessert on the house. We’ll back a thousand times over.

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MarkS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I always love the food and the music

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SharonB
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have a group of gals I hang with. One of us died last year so we came to Varanese on her birthday to celebrate. Varanese was her favorite restaurant and she and I were there to celebrate her birthday last year. Our server, Mackenzie, was amazing and we truly had a wonderful experience. Thank you. We will be back.

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Mary
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was great! Service was spectacular! And the birthday surprise at the end of the meal for my friend was greatly appreciated!

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kdnurse
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great atmosphere heaters kept us very warm

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vipsdfoodie
Miami
57 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First the enduring stuff: imaginative preparations and very fresh ingredients. Wednesday is half price wine night, which offered fantastic value for our visit. Less enduring but equally important in these pandemic times is the restaurant is perfect for covered outdoor dining with social distancing in an elegant setting for most weather.

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DEANNAL
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and table. We had a wonderful birthday experience, we would recommend to others for celebratory meals!!

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AlyssaB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Great date night. Trout was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We went for my daughters sweet 16 bday. It was nice. My husband and I got the swordfish which was a special. It had cheese grits and asparagus with it. It was super salty and lacked a little in flavor. Maybe because it had so much salt? My daughter got a steak and had ordered it medium but it was a little rare for her liking. Overall it was a great dinner and we will definitely be back!

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DonM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first time at Varanese, which is exactly why we chose it for my wife's birthday. Louisville has many great restaurants and Varanese is definitely in our top 10. Always exceptional!

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AddyS
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for a quick weekend in Louisville discovering new restaurants and sites. We stumbled upon this restaurant and we were not disappointed! Food was excellent and the staff was top notch.

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StephanieD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely, already have! Absolutely, already have!

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Thomerson
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go-to places that will cater to dietary requirements, while providing top-shelf services and ambiance.

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Suzanne
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service... outstanding
Food....... delicious
Music...... excellent

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vipKYGirl
Louisville
73 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good. I'm vegetarian but the rest of our group of 4 were not. The Risotto and Sauteed Veggies dish I ended up ordering sounded so good to one of the others at the table that she got it too--and we both loved it! The guys also loved their hamburgers and fries. I love how willing the chef and staff are to work with special diets.

And the ambiance with the live music--so good too! Highly recommend.

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JenniferS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the glass doors were open so it was very nice with the open air feel. The service was fantastic! Mason was our server and he made great suggestions and was very attentive. The food was delicious. We sampled the cured salmon everything bagel dip, kale salad, pasta with salmon, and the chef's vegetarian dish. Wine selection was nice as well.

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Varanese offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 899-9904.

Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3351 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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