Varanese

4.7
3622 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
What 3622 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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cherylt
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, excellent service, live dinner music-exceptional dining experience.

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vipSarahM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Calamari was over cooked. Breadsticks simply are not good-sorry.
But salmon was really good

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TWPLP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy to see it operating at 100 percent capacity, as it should have always been. We drive over an hour to eat here. The food is excellent. The service is great. Will be back next month.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the top atmospheres to have a meal at.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Father’s Day brunch. Food is always consistently good. This is our favorite restaurant in town.

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Katiep
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night! Bar seating was perfect, nice size bar top tables are roomy and plenty big enough for 4 people. Service was great, food and drinks were as well.

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vipJanetQ
Louisville
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We had a table by the music and we couldn’t hear each other! Maybe we should have asked for a different table? Service was slow.

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DonS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had the Cod and the Yellowtail. It wasn't as good as others we have had. The sides were excellent, but the fish did not impress. Love the Soft Jazz with the meal.

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AngelaL
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were celebrating our daughter’s 19th birthday and Varanese is one of our “go to” restaurants. Our server, Mackenzie, was fantastic and she covered every detail from splitting our meals (some shared) to having the band play the birthday song. Our food came out promptly and cooked to perfection! The night would have been perfect except the noise level was so loud that it made it difficult for us to talk to each other. We love Varanese and will definitely go back!

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vipBillB
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and our server, Erika was amazing as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varanese NEVER disappoints. Love this place!

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vipLuLu
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience3

Usually love the food at this restaurant but last night was not good. Two of us had Hamachi fish, it was a gray color and had zero taste. It was certainly overcooked. Another person had pork tenderloin which was a very generous portion but very over cooked also accompanied by purple slaw that tasted like nothing. Hoping this was just an off night as we like Varnasi. The manager came to our table and ask about our food and immediately adjusted our bill. Our service was excellent. Will try them again sometime.

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kycc
Louisville
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We went at 5 on a Fri. night. For the first half hour, it was quiet. As the restaurant filled up, the noise level increased accordingly. Be warned, it can get very loud.
We sat in the bar. Great service and they seemed to have a well staffed serving crew, which to date, some restaurants don't have. We were glad to see it. Management is very attuned to service.
I had a special of the night, pork loin over white bean and bacon cassoulet with purple cabbage slaw. The slaw and the beans had more taste than the loin (which, there was a lot of, btw). My husband had the beef tips and tortellini, which he thought was good. We had a BLT salad. It said it was smoky bacon and it had a definite smoke flavor to it. It was okay. We had a Reuben dip appetizer and it was very good!

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suzanne
Charleston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this restaurant! Food and service is always fabulous. The atmosphere is even better!!! One of my favs in Louisville!
Suzanne S

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Beachbum
Louisville
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food & service & one of the better values in Louisville.

Sat at table facing bar & was quite loud but that could be blamed
on a loud mouth lady at the bar.

Nice evening.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the evening at this restaurant. Food and price were very good. Will dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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GaryG
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting. Our waitress Courtney was excellent. We will return again.My strip steak was cooked to order and my wife's salmon was also . Everything is priced just right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a dinner to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary.
We dine here often....including our post-wedding dinner for 30 that was accomplished beautifully.

BV
vipBryanV
Miami
28 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Service was great. Tuna dish was OK but nothing special. They need to update the entertainment unless they are going for the 70+ demographic.

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KirkK
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey perhaps, but you get what you pay for, they say. The service was flawless and not overpowering. One suggestion: the wine list was short on details like vintage year. We almost ordered a Pinot Noir on the wine list from a wine maker that produces several different variations. The Veranese list had no indication. Still, no big deal. We had a great time and enjoyed each course. Cocktails were delicious, too.

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AshNicBro
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very elegant but casual atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious! We ordered salmon with the cream cheese grits and the strip steak with brussel sprouts and garlic whipped potatoes. Everything was absolutely delicious, but the brussel sprouts were the star of the show! We definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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claytons
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Special evening with our Pastor. Looking forward to our usual nice evening but was seated next to the bar and the noise level was extremely loud. I was told that it was a bourbon experience evening but was told they would put us at
A table that we could talk. Kate was our server she was great! Disappointed.

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vipMulls
Charleston
116 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding. Took very good care of us without being overbearing. Also had a very impressive wine list.

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lynden
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner for five people. The menu was great and the food matched our expectations. Great! We loved the music too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We frequent Varanese as one of our favorite, go to restaurants. Fairly consistent and reasonably priced.

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GrantS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go-to's!
Love it every time - the food is always great and the service is wonderful!

JS
JohnS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Atmosphere was lively, but even with a full room and a jazz duo playing overall volume was moderate.

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angelaporterart
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristina was our bartender and gave wonderful service! Food was amazing….please put that duck breast with risotto on the menu permanently. Sooooooo delicious!

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vipBenD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Definitely underwhelmed by our experience. Had Varanese on our list for a while and chose to spend our anniversary here. We were told they were short-staffed (so take everything else with that factored in). It took almost 90 minutes for us to get our entrees, and they weren’t bad but salty. I ordered a bourbon flight in which one of the three wasn’t available. They decided to serve it with another bourbon even though I would have chosen a different flight if made aware one was missing. They brought out a small plate dessert which we thought was nice but later found out they charged us full price for it without making us aware or asking us if we wanted it (we would have ordered a different dessert)—overall just a blah experience.

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RickH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Naranese is outstanding. The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, and the 2 piece band was an unexpected bonus.

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal for a reasonable price. We will definitely return for future celebrations.

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vipRnfoodie
New England
53 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse is the best! He is engaging, knowledgeable, and attentive. Jesse, along with the excellence duck and NY strip steak, made for a memorable dining experience.

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TriciaG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Varanese to try it out, since we have booked it for a rehearsal dinner later this year. The food was delicious!! Beautifully plated and generous in portions. Our server was a rockstar, answering all my questions! So glad we picked Varanese!!

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KristopherH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varanese is my favorite restaurant ever! It’s a very charming atmosphere with great food and excellent service! If you haven’t been here...you should go now!

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vipGoBlue502
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, especially the salmon. Great service. Great everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Evan was great and we had a fabulous meal with our friends. Love this place!

RG
RichardG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!!! Food is always excellent. Love the live music.

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3622 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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