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.
Unique atmosphere and food. I enjoy Varanese. The waitress had the attitude of “we aim to please”. All involved were friendly and capable.
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!
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.
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.
A great night out. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was great. Music was also a nice added touch.
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!
All was great at one of my favs
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!!!
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.
The food was outstanding! We will return!!
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely fabulous. Our first time there and we will return. Loved it! The Birthday dessert was awesome.
Great service on a big birthday party
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.
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.
The night was special and Jordon made it more so, thanks.
Fabulous server who was going to seminary in L Ville. Food was delish. The curry soup was devine. Loved the experience and will return!
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.
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.
Excellent pace to the dinner, neither too fast nor too slow. Attentive & knowledgeable server. Excellent food.
I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food was delicious and the service was top notch!
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.
Loved the music and talking with musicians. Food and server great.
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.
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!
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.
Very nice good service excellent food and very good salad
We arrived early, which was a good thing because the restaurant filled up quickly. By 6pm it was full. No special pricing on Friday night (as expected), but an interesting list of specials. The lemon sole was very good, although I would have enjoyed a side other than potatoes. The ribs were also very flavorful and tender. We also had the baked brie appetizer. I always like brie, but this was too sweet. We ordered a lot of sweet things, so really our own fault! I would go back, but I would try something else.
It was ok...just ok... food was nothing special, our waitress tended to disappear, obviously went outside to take a smoke break... and when I requested my check I received it promptly but had to search for her to pay it... and the “jazz” music was absolutely terrible... not going back
Overall a very enjoyable dinner. Pork chop was the best of the 3 entrees at our table. Cool little place with some live music. We will be going back however the menu options are limited. Good place to try!!
We enjoyed our meal. We both had tournedos, new potatoes and asparagus...the pecan and apple salad
delicious. Our complimentary dessert for our anniversary was wonderful. Martini Monday we enjoyed cosmos and lemon drops. A thoroughly enjoyable meal.
Looking at locations for a particularly nice meal while in Louisville, we were made aware of Varanese as a possible option and reserved a table. We were very pleased by our experience there. The only possible question being that we found both entrees (the salmon and the smoked pork chop) to be slightly overdone, which I realize is more a subjective leaning. Happily, the wine list provided lots of options without being overwhelming...and the prices for their wines weren't particularly high. Very good experience overall. When returning to Louisville, we would certainly consider dining at Varanese in the future.
Delicious Fried oysters, eggrolls, shrimp and grits, and walu were enjoyed in a smaller quiet dining room.
Varanese was recommended by friends in Louisville and we loved it! It was a beautiful night so the glass windows were all open. Loved the set up of this b/c we felt like we were sitting outside but were really inside the restaurant. Three member group playing jazz music that made the atmosphere that much better. Our server, Thomas, was knowledgeable, friendly, and very attentive. The pork chop was outstanding and the steaks were prepared perfectly! The only reason I didn't give the food 5 stars was b/c I didn't care for my fish BUT that's a me thing not the restaurant! Everyone was shocked that I ordered it...my husband said it was very good! Looking forward to returning the next time in Louisville!
Enjoyed a great glass of Super Tuscan red wine suggested by David Allen, the GM. Then had my favorite Apple Pecan salad which was crisp and fresh with just the right amount of dressing. About that time, Jeff Sherman and his trio started playing jazz which really enhances the atmosphere and pleasure of dining. We had theater tickets this night so we went ahead and ordered our entree - the Bourbon Barrel smoked pork chop - a juicy large portion with magnificent flavor. Sorry we didn't have time to drink more wine and listen to Jeff's trio, but we'll do that next time. Always appreciate the service and food as Chef Eric puts on the table.
The staff was very good and accommodating. The food was very good. Ambience was elegant and the jazz music was very good