Varanese

4.6
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$30 and under
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

AB
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Unique atmosphere and food. I enjoy Varanese. The waitress had the attitude of “we aim to please”. All involved were friendly and capable.

CH
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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!

BS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

TF
Louisville
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A great night out. Our waiter was fabulous and the food was great. Music was also a nice added touch.

T
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

SB
Louisville
21 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All was great at one of my favs

OT
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!!

JF
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Columbus
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! We will return!!

d
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

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.

TS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

LC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous. Our first time there and we will return. Loved it! The Birthday dessert was awesome.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great service on a big birthday party

F
Kansas City
342 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

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.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

J
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night was special and Jordon made it more so, thanks.

HS
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous server who was going to seminary in L Ville. Food was delish. The curry soup was devine. Loved the experience and will return!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

DO
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pace to the dinner, neither too fast nor too slow. Attentive & knowledgeable server. Excellent food.

N
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The food was delicious and the service was top notch!

RP
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

BS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the music and talking with musicians. Food and server great.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

JU
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

NS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice good service excellent food and very good salad

SS
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

AG
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

OT
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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!!

s
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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.

KF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

r
Louisville
33 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Delicious Fried oysters, eggrolls, shrimp and grits, and walu were enjoyed in a smaller quiet dining room.
Polite service

SK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

S
Louisville
45 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

JB
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was very good and accommodating. The food was very good. Ambience was elegant and the jazz music was very good

B
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Disappointing experience

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