Varanese

4.8
3540 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Varanese did a fine job during pandemic with fine dining and food experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was cool

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I have been to Varenese many times for dinner and to celebrate many occasions. I have found the food and service excellent each time until today. I am sure the extra tables added for Mother’s Day added to the wait and kitchen staff shortcomings of my visit. I was embarrassed that I was the one who had suggested we choose Varenese for our Mother’s only Mother’s Day lunch for my Freire day and I. We waited at least 10 minutes after being seated to see a waitress and nearly 30 before the drinks we ordered were served. My food was barely warm and truly cold before I could eat it. My friends meatballs sir her pasta were raw on the inside and were sent back to the kitchen to be replaced. My other friend didn’t complain about her vegan dish but I assume was greatly under seasoned since she repeatedly added salt to the dish. I could barely hear anyone’s conversation due to the number of tables-and we were not even in the main room with the music. Overall not a positive experience from a normally reliable dining location.

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vipPc1029
Louisville
423 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mother’s Day special menu. The 2 men got the hot brown & both loved it. I got the apple salad with grilled shrimp which was very good, & my friend got the shrimp & grits & said they were great. We shared a piece of lemon meringue pie too. Service was nice & the jazz group began playing about 5-10min. before we left. We also had a mimosa for the ladies & a Bloody Mary for the men. All were very tasty!!

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MKrash
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal there for our 17th year anniversary. The table was set up beautiful with even rose petals and a happy anniversary sign. There was live music, and the wait staff was excellent along with the food. Will definitely return.

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vipDanaD
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar for our meal and were taken care of quite well by our bartender for the meal service. He did an excellent job and was very efficient and attentive. Our food and service were spot on. Our first trip to Varanese in some time and we were happy with our visit and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. We were in a side room, so the noise level was low. The main restaurant featured a jazz combo that was really good, but the talking was very loud.

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LynnB
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was wonderful. Enjoyed the jazz trio.

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OpenTable Diner
Western KY
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Love this place!

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NellieD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Large selection of wine. Everything was good.

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DanielleM
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic atmosphere, service and food! Live music everyday is an awesome addition to the experience. We will be back!

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GTBuzz
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and attentive service! It was nice that the patio was opened up.

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JudiH
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Prices a little inflated. Service good.

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vipBRW1116
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John, David and the team does a wonderful job: good quality, presentation and service. All top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not the varanese we are all accustomed to, seems cuts were made due to derby week

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vipSidneyF
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mason was the beat server. Great meal. Was very loud bit that was expected on Thurby night.

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TeresaL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Our go to for Thursday dinner every year before Derby weekend! Fabulous food and fabulous service from our bartender!!

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MikeC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Limited parking but worth the walk.

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vipBillB
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding as always! Erika the best!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Crab tower was excellent everything we put in our mouth was awesome Will definitely go back

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vipgaryy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service and food plus great live jazz. Never have had a bad dining experience at this restaurant. John has done a great job over the years in keeping loyal diners coming back. A great asset to the Louisville restaurant scene. Thank you!

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vipReginaC
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Diverse menu, friendly staff and located in a very cool neighborhood.

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vipJohnK
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

My rib-eye was too fatty! With the darker light, it was just tough to find meat! Then my girlfriend had dry tuna. The combo with pineapple and rice was so dry. Bread pudding was very good. Avacado-crab appetizer was great.

However, the main course was just poor. Would not recommend

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vipJACKA
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

always excellent. family favorite for birthdays, etc

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Made a 9 pm reservation and upon arriving slightly before 9 pm there were no tables available. Around 9:20 we agreed to sit outside in the chilly afternoon. The party that was with me landed in Louisville late so we had to do a later dinner. Kind of disappointing to arrive and not have a table waiting.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good friend in town.
Varanese is fabulous as usual. Could maybe have band play a tad softer

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We were seated next to band and could not talk to each other

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great overall experience. A lot of the tables were pretty close together so you could hear a lot of chatter, but I loved the food, the service and the drinks. Will definitely be going back!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kate is amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. Food and drinks are always good.

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Lynn
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, love the live music! Jessie is a fantastic server

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and atmosphere was spot on!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. It was a little more crowded than I had expected. But we are vaccinated and that made us feel a little better about the crowd

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KarlaD
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Interesting menu choices. Food prepared as requested. Quite loud when the doors to the outside are closed due to weather. Overall, a nice place to eat.

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vipTrskrs
Houston
47 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and menu had variety and unique fish options. My party enjoyed everything that was ordered We enjoyed a jazz band as well on the Saturday eve. Thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, food and appreciated the great service.

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vipBRW1116
Louisville
20 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints! The food and the service are always exceptional. We look forward to returning time and time again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Lots of people inside and also the music was so loud we had to yell over the table

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vipWilliamS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening and great food. One of our favorite spots in Louisville.

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DoctorL
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I used to have great dinners here. This time it was lukewarm. We sat next to the band and it was too loud to talk. I'm so used to COVID silence, I guess I wasn't ready! The staff is excellent and happy there are diners.

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GaryC
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prime rib special was awesome! What a treat. Will definitely go back

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3540 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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