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
Great service! Food was okay, a little heavy. Plates could be warmer. Disappointed by the bread pudding. Pretty dry with a huge slice of marshmallow covering it.
First-rate service, not rushed, very relaxed. Excellent food prep & presentation. Well crafted cocktails. Not a "cheap date," but definitely worth it.
This was a Mother's Day dinner and considering how busy the restaurant was this evening, I was very impressed with how smoothly our dinner went and how wonderful the food was. Our waitress, Mackenzie, was excellent. She made good suggestions for what to order and was very friendly. She even asked the chef to accommodate a special request on one of our dishes which turned out better than we imagined. We ordered the salmon, pork chop, the tenderloin special, and the strip steak. All the entrees were delicious! The sides, however, were maybe even more impressive. The risotto, the cream cheese grits, blue cheese potatoes, and the brussel sprouts were all absolutely amazing! We had the crab stuffed avocado for an appetizer which was a nice combination. For dessert we had the chocolate lava cake (not overly sweet) and the bread pudding. The ice cream on the side for both was very good. Overall, highly recommend this restaurant for quality, taste, value, and great service.
Varanese did a fine job during pandemic with fine dining and food experience.
It was cool
It was so delicious
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
Food and service was wonderful. Enjoyed the jazz trio.
Great food and service. Love this place!
Great food. Large selection of wine. Everything was good.
Fantastic atmosphere, service and food! Live music everyday is an awesome addition to the experience. We will be back!
Great meal and attentive service! It was nice that the patio was opened up.
Food was great. Prices a little inflated. Service good.
Amazing local hangout with great food and ambiance. We were there Derby weekend and so much fun
John, David and the team does a wonderful job: good quality, presentation and service. All top notch.
Not the varanese we are all accustomed to, seems cuts were made due to derby week
Mason was the beat server. Great meal. Was very loud bit that was expected on Thurby night.
Love this place! Our go to for Thursday dinner every year before Derby weekend! Fabulous food and fabulous service from our bartender!!
Great food and service. Limited parking but worth the walk.
The food was outstanding as always! Erika the best!
Crab tower was excellent everything we put in our mouth was awesome Will definitely go back
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!
The atmosphere and food are superb. We visit Varanese at least once a month. It's especially convenient that they are open on Sunday evenings when many nicer restaurants are not.
Diverse menu, friendly staff and located in a very cool neighborhood.
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
always excellent. family favorite for birthdays, etc
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.
Good friend in town.
Varanese is fabulous as usual. Could maybe have band play a tad softer
We were seated next to band and could not talk to each other
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!
Kate is amazing.
Fantastic. Food and drinks are always good.
Great food, love the live music! Jessie is a fantastic server
Food, service and atmosphere was spot on!
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
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.
Varanese offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 899-9904.
Varanese is rated 4.8 stars by 3544 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.