Varanese

4.8
3433 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
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4.9
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4.7
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KcgLou
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and the live music was so wonderful. Loved it and I’ll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Mason, was excellent!

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carlys
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is officially my new favorite restaurant. It is so good. My husband got the flat iron steak and he was so impressed with how perfect it was cooked. Everything was delicious.

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Casey
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service
Good selection very good
Tenderloin superb

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AnneG
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent locally owned restaurant. The menu will please just about any taste, prices are very reasonable and the food is always very good and consistent. The music trio makes for a festive and lively atmosphere and service is always top notch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter and I came for dessert after suffering through an incredibly disappointing dinner at Ostra (I know Ostra receives off the chart reviews, but all I can say is yuk). Anyway, on a more positive note, we had bread pudding and French toast at Varanese and they were amazing! I finished my French toast. Remarkable because I never finish my dessert. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday at Varanese last December and loved our meals - it’s one restaurant that I’m adding to my local go to list.

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Cami
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite possibly the best meal I've ever had! The food was amazing.

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KristieP
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Salad was dry and bread pudding was dry

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vipZoom
Dallas
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. My wife and I used to go here all the time but it fell out of our rotation of restaurants - we realized we missed it and It will be put back in. I just wish the parking was not such a mess.

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vipFredS
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location, service and value. Will eat there again soon.

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JohnH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Louisville in combined terms of food quality, ambiance, value, and service. 5 stars for sure!

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FrankH
Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food, drink and service. It was like being back in Paris again. A rare find in the back streets of Louisville.

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DillonD
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appertizera and entrees were really good. The wagyu steak was the best steak I had ever had before. The side we’re also really good!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great! Our go to place for special occasions.

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LoraW
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great visit to Varanese. The pork chop was amazing and the service was wonderful.

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vipDanielM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Food was great as always and it’s one of the places we like to go celebrate big events at. It was my wife’s birthday and we have hardly gotten out to eat in a year because of the pandemic. We finally venture out for this special occasion and the restaurant is PACKED. Although our table had good distancing from tables next to us, place was entirely too crowded with the pandemic still going on. No way it meets all the cdc requirements. There was standing room only at the front and a table of 12 people in the middle. Made us very nervous and uncomfortable the entire meal, with a small room and people screaming over the music - so much so that we almost left as soon as we got there. Very disappointed in their lack of Covid awareness from the large number of people inside.

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GoCats
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was a bit loud

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carlys
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, this place was so good! Wish I would have come here sooner. All the food was delicious! Will definitely be back.

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oldsoldier
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food great service

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we were told that high top seating was not available during our dinner time slot, Varanese personnel did their very best and found us a table near the bar. The restaurant was beautiful, from the water wall to the bar setup, there was nothing to complain about the setting. The cocktail and daiquiri was amazing! The food was delicious. I forgot to remove some of the ingredients from my girlfriend’s Angel Hair Pasta and the server replaced the plate fairly quickly and we were very satisfied with the entire dining experience. Thank you, Varanese for the lovely evening. Will be back in the future for more of your Lobster Mac and Cheese

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BradP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Love Varanese. Probably our favorite restaurant in Louisville. But, we’ve not been in a while due to the pandemic. Our issue this trip was the number of people and closeness of the tables during C-19. I’m sure they are within guidelines but it didn’t feel like it. Likely wait until the vaccine is more prevalent before going back. But looking forward to it.

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Muzjundi
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall great experience however I had some food missing when boxed

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JULIER
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! The service is excellent and our waitress made some great suggestions that we were very pleased with. Will definitely make this one of regular stops.

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AngieB
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service

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RogerS
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Food was excellent, well cooked and well presented. Staff was courteous and waited us well. I could take or leave the music.

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EthanA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My girlfriend and I went for our Valentines dinner. It was everything we expected and more. I would recommend the lamb shank.

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jerryc
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The choice of salmon and cream cheese grits came with sauteed mixed zucchini and squash.
The salmon was very good. A little on the sweet side for me with perfectly crisp salted skin. The grits had a strong cream cheese. While separate, not my favorite, together they balanced and complimented each other perfectly.

The service was perfect. Friendly, attentive but not intrusive.

I would recommend you try Varanase.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Overall, we'd give it 4.5/5 stars. While almost all staff were very attentive, even the manager was making the rounds, our waitress had to be reminded to bring something ordered. The waitress also never once asked if we'd like any other drinks after we clearly had finished the first round. Outside of that, every step of the dining experience was wonderful!

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BenL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic. Appetizer to dessert, everything was great. Great atmosphere and service.

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Josh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Pork was unevenly cooked and incredibly dry... The appetizer plater was good but overpriced compared to the amount of food you got. We reported a vent that was hanging on my just one screw over a customer's head and as of the time we left, nothing had been done about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Thank You !!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Varenese can always be a safe choice for a classic date night or special occasion, however in my opinion there are better more niche restaurants if you’d prefer Italian or just simply a fancy night out.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made reservations for Valentine's Day. We were seated right away. Servers were great on getting apps, water, drinks, etc. Food came out pretty quickly. Excellent prime rib steak. Fried brussels sprouts are excellent also.

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JerryS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great food was amazing. We will definitely b going back.

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CharlesS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars isnt really enough. Every part of our experience was exceptional. Mason was our server and he did a great job tending to us. My fiance is still talking about it which made our valentines day 1 to remember. This will definitely become a regular for us.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful spot with a great menu selection and we always enjoy the musicians. We had excellent service, the food was fresh and delicious! Look forward to our next visit!

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BeverleyW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food! Absolutely delicious.

Know before you go that parking is limited so you will most likely have to park on the street and walk a bit.

Service was top notch.

The building itself is a little run down but they’ve done a good job making it look nice.

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RobertW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Varanese didn't disappoint. A great Valentines Day atmosphere with amazing eats. You can dress up and not feel over dressed, or dress in jeans and not feel under dressed. It really is just the perfect spot for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Food was mediocre. Expected more. Very disappointing

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3433 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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