Varanese

4.8
3474 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always, Staff pleasant, great service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and love the music.

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JSW2
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great time

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DaleB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in Louisville! Always love it!

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SusieL
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Easter Sunday was amazing!

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vipBrianW
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Easter lunch. Great specials and full menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience3

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.

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CharlesS
Louisville
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was all very nice and great wait staff

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
45 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic for the whole party, drinks are a bit pricey. Server was excellent.

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vipBella
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious salmon entree & cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JoeO
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated promptly. Service was attentive, but not pushy or overbearing. And the food was scrumptious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great experience! Highly recommend 😊

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great, but the food was not as good as previous times. My steak was very over cooked.

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Martin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Martin/Kinser family have been with John Varanese since he opened Varanese ❤️Also ❤️RiverHouse. All Special Family occasions with Chef John or Chef Eric

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HannahS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipphillychicagolouisvilleky
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service ! Awesome seafood !

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Chip
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great spot with lovely music. Not too loud. The food is first rate!

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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garyy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MarshaL
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight to have dinner here at our favorite restaurant!!!!!!!!!

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vipHibida
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at Varanasi! Food was really good, service was impeccable and the atmosphere was delightful.

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SandyWalt
Louisville
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my birthday special with sign and rose petals on the table.

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vipAndyf
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David and Rory always greet us with great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Western KY
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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HollyV
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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foodiedrinkie
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very classy. Great service and wonderful food. Went early and enjoyed the music at the end of my meal.

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vipJill
Birmingham
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very professional and top notch service. Great place for an anniversary or birthday dinner!

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vipCraig
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and ambiance. So wonderful to have a jazz trio playing Friday night with masks. Orange bourbon salmon with cheese grits, and a side or braised brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar.

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vipFoodie
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding waitress and service. Food was delicious!

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AliciaW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Our server was very attentive and kind she was very helpful with suggestions and information about the menu!

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vipCodyG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was very amateurish. Didn’t like the flavors, especially the overly sweet orange glaze on the salmon and the mushy pico with the crab avocado. My steak was not cooked properly (didn’t even eat it), but because we sat down and didn’t see our server for nearly 30 minutes, I was already over the restaurant. I appreciated them comping the app due to waiter confusion, but this was two hours of my life wasted and would have had tastier food, quite frankly, anywhere else on Frankfort Ave.

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JessicaJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. While we were seated about 20 minutes after our reservation was scheduled for, we were able to grab a drink and wait.

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vipJohnB
Indiana
23 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the fourth time that my girlfriend and I have dined at Varanese in the last year and a half. As before, we thoroughly enjoyed everything about our dining experience. We enjoyed our dinners along with the great service and ambiance that we have always enjoyed about this restaurant! We have always dined on Saturday nights so we enjoy listening to the Jazz trio as we dine. It is a fairly loud atmosphere, but not too overwhelming, it just adds to the experience overall. We have eaten out at many restaurants in the Louisville area and Varanese has become one of our favorites!!! We highly recommend giving it a try.

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vipJoey
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was impeccable. Jesse was our server very knowledgeable of the menu and he had a great sense of humor.

FAQs

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.

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