Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop*
Spice rubbed bourbon barrel smoked boneless pork chop topped with an apple bacon chutney served with gratin potato
Caramelized Orange Bourbon Salmon*
Grilled salmon topped with a caramelized mandarin orange bourbon sauce served over cream cheese grits
Toffee-marshmallow bread pudding and bourbon caramel sauce served with salted caramel ice cream
This was an amazing restaurant. The food was great and the atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxing. I loved the live music and it was a great experience.
Upscale yet very affordable. Great service & food was delicious.
Our waiter, Jesse was outstanding! The music by Jeff Sherman was wonderful and we had a great experience as usual!
The setting and mood was really nice, I definitely recommend it for a second or third date maybe even a birthday dinner!
Our favorite restaurant in Louisville. I love the food and the atmosphere!! My wife comes for the “best dessert in town...the bread pudding made from scratch.
Our experience at Varanese could not have been more wonderful. The food was amazing as our service was exemplary. I can't wait to return.
Excellent as always, Staff pleasant, great service
Great food and love the music.
My husband and I love Varanese. It’s our favorite restaurant. Definitely the most consistently great restaurant in Louisville. They never disappoint. Went for my husband’s birthday. Table had rose petals and a “Happy Birthday” sign. We were with another couple. We all loved the food, service and ambience. Ordered chicken, prime rib and salmon. Thank you, John Varanese!
One of our favorite restaurants in Louisville! Always love it!
We had a wonderful Easter dinner at Varanese. The calamari was amazing! Our dinners were all fabulous & the bread pudding was outstanding! A beautiful meal shared with family in a wonderful atmosphere. Thank you Varanese!
Family Easter Sunday was amazing!
Great Easter lunch. Great specials and full menu
We absolutely love Varanese! However, this last meal was AWFUL. I don’t know if it was because it was Easter or what, but the portions were sad, food was either overcooked (Calimari) or undercooked (pork chop). Everything was very lackluster. It was sad as we have always enjoyed Varanese, but may have to pause before we come back.
Second time here and we requested Mason as our server. He is always attentive and polite. Food was amazing just like before. We loved our experience. We will return for many more
It was all very nice and great wait staff
Food was fantastic for the whole party, drinks are a bit pricey. Server was excellent.
Delicious salmon entree & cocktails
This place was incredible! The perfect setting for date night, dinner with friends, whatever your reason for dining out. The staff was accommodating and didn't hesitate or seem annoyed when I (someone not from the area) asked for recommendations. I ordered the vegetarian special of the day and it was beyond my expectations. I would recommend a reservation; this place fills up quickly (for great reason).
The service was superb & the food and drinks were excellent. We stopped in while on a trip to Louisville & we loved it. We will return anytime we are back in the area. We highly recommend it!
We were seated promptly. Service was attentive, but not pushy or overbearing. And the food was scrumptious.
What a great experience! Highly recommend 😊
Service was great, but the food was not as good as previous times. My steak was very over cooked.
Martin/Kinser family have been with John Varanese since he opened Varanese ❤️Also ❤️RiverHouse. All Special Family occasions with Chef John or Chef Eric
The pork chop and Mac and cheese were amazing. The classic old fashion was also good. The service was excellent. The music is great but a little loud if you are near the band.
Great service ! Awesome seafood !
Great spot with lovely music. Not too loud. The food is first rate!
We held a small private wedding ceremony with a four course meal that followed. Everything was perfect! Thank You to Dave and team for our great experience. I have been to Varanese many times, but had not experimented with the menu. This event allowed me to try several of the menu go to’d that I had not tasted before. It was a fun culinary experience, that has now given added some more choices to my go to’s!
Probably my favorite restaurant in Louisville. Always great food and service along with some good jazz. John really cares about his customers and makes sure they are pleased with their visit. 5 stars plus
Always a delight to have dinner here at our favorite restaurant!!!!!!!!!
Great experience at Varanasi! Food was really good, service was impeccable and the atmosphere was delightful.
They made my birthday special with sign and rose petals on the table.
David and Rory always greet us with great service and food!
Great food and service!
Anniversary , thank you for making it a very enjoyable evening. Highlights were Brussel Sprouts and Lamb Shank. Only thing didn’t like were sweet potato biscuits seemed like the were microwaved to get them warm, hard. Service was great, definitely will recommend and return!
Very classy. Great service and wonderful food. Went early and enjoyed the music at the end of my meal.
Excellent as usual! Our waiter was also covering the bar and she did both beautifully! You are always in for a great experience at Varanese!
Very professional and top notch service. Great place for an anniversary or birthday dinner!
Varanese offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 899-9904.
Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3474 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.