Varanese

4.7
3605 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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Mike
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed the evening at this restaurant. Food and price were very good. Will dine here again.

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GaryG
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time visiting. Our waitress Courtney was excellent. We will return again.My strip steak was cooked to order and my wife's salmon was also . Everything is priced just right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a dinner to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary.
We dine here often....including our post-wedding dinner for 30 that was accomplished beautifully.

BV
vipBryanV
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience2

Service was great. Tuna dish was OK but nothing special. They need to update the entertainment unless they are going for the 70+ demographic.

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KirkK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey perhaps, but you get what you pay for, they say. The service was flawless and not overpowering. One suggestion: the wine list was short on details like vintage year. We almost ordered a Pinot Noir on the wine list from a wine maker that produces several different variations. The Veranese list had no indication. Still, no big deal. We had a great time and enjoyed each course. Cocktails were delicious, too.

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AshNicBro
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very elegant but casual atmosphere. Food was absolutely delicious! We ordered salmon with the cream cheese grits and the strip steak with brussel sprouts and garlic whipped potatoes. Everything was absolutely delicious, but the brussel sprouts were the star of the show! We definitely will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service.

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claytons
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service4ambience1

Special evening with our Pastor. Looking forward to our usual nice evening but was seated next to the bar and the noise level was extremely loud. I was told that it was a bourbon experience evening but was told they would put us at
A table that we could talk. Kate was our server she was great! Disappointed.

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vipMulls
Charleston
116 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was outstanding. Took very good care of us without being overbearing. Also had a very impressive wine list.

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lynden
Louisville
23 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner for five people. The menu was great and the food matched our expectations. Great! We loved the music too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We frequent Varanese as one of our favorite, go to restaurants. Fairly consistent and reasonably priced.

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GrantS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite go-to's!
Love it every time - the food is always great and the service is wonderful!

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JohnS
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Atmosphere was lively, but even with a full room and a jazz duo playing overall volume was moderate.

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angelaporterart
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kristina was our bartender and gave wonderful service! Food was amazing….please put that duck breast with risotto on the menu permanently. Sooooooo delicious!

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vipBenD
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Definitely underwhelmed by our experience. Had Varanese on our list for a while and chose to spend our anniversary here. We were told they were short-staffed (so take everything else with that factored in). It took almost 90 minutes for us to get our entrees, and they weren’t bad but salty. I ordered a bourbon flight in which one of the three wasn’t available. They decided to serve it with another bourbon even though I would have chosen a different flight if made aware one was missing. They brought out a small plate dessert which we thought was nice but later found out they charged us full price for it without making us aware or asking us if we wanted it (we would have ordered a different dessert)—overall just a blah experience.

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RickH
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Naranese is outstanding. The food was fantastic, the service impeccable, and the 2 piece band was an unexpected bonus.

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ScottG
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great meal for a reasonable price. We will definitely return for future celebrations.

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vipRnfoodie
New England
52 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesse is the best! He is engaging, knowledgeable, and attentive. Jesse, along with the excellence duck and NY strip steak, made for a memorable dining experience.

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TriciaG
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to Varanese to try it out, since we have booked it for a rehearsal dinner later this year. The food was delicious!! Beautifully plated and generous in portions. Our server was a rockstar, answering all my questions! So glad we picked Varanese!!

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KristopherH
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varanese is my favorite restaurant ever! It’s a very charming atmosphere with great food and excellent service! If you haven’t been here...you should go now!

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vipGoBlue502
Louisville
17 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, especially the salmon. Great service. Great everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Evan was great and we had a fabulous meal with our friends. Love this place!

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RichardG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites!!! Food is always excellent. Love the live music.

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Amycat
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Food was good. Not worth the expense though. Also, appears if you are not from area and regular customer, or not with bigger table, your service will be lacking. We waited for 15 minutes for even water and an acknowledgment once seated. It was a special occasion very disappointed.

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vipTimH
Louisville
53 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Fried Green Tomato salad, followed by the Bourbon Barrel Pork Chop is two thumbs up all the way!!!!

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vipKimmie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varanese is one of my favorite restaurants in Louisville and last night's experience why I keep coming back here. Our server, Christina took the best care of us and was very lovely. My date and I ordered the specials, the Salmon & pasta and the Tenderloin...they were both phenomenal!! The ambience is always amazing and relaxing, along with the live music. We definitely will be back soon :-)

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vipTinaC
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints! Has been a favorite of ours for over 10 years and we’re always pleased.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great at Veranese!

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vipMontana
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful restaurant... from the candlelit table with a rose on it... to the intimate setting with live music... this restaurant made me look like a hero to my wife... But then add on the amazing food and I was my wife's hero that night! This is a must try restaurant while in Louisville!!!

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vipBella
Louisville
25 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere & service!
Highly recommend the salmon entree & the Liquid Spa cocktail!

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service provided by Jessie, excellent food & menu options. Good vibe between management and staff. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

We went to Varanese to celebrate our anniversary. Our friends had given this place high marks and we were anticipating a good experience. Unfortunately the food preparation ruined the night.
Highlights:
Ambiance great and terrific band
Service great.. Mackenzie was an awesome server

Disappointing moment:
Food☹️= steak had to be sent back twice and still incorrect. Well Done is supposed to be WELL DONE. The entree was taken off the bill and the manager did come and apologize, but the damage to the evening was done.

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TonyM
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time eating inside since the pandemic, although we have grabbed take out once or twice between in-person visits. We came for our daughter's high school graduation dinner everyone enjoyed their meal. First time for the other family members. Katie did an outstanding job as our server and will specifically ask for her on our next visit. The only *slight* con was that it was fairly loud, hard to engage in conversation, but we were seated right next to the musicians, who we enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Heavy menu focus on seafood, all dishes Excellent. Advice we good. Very full seating after COVID. 9/10 will go again

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vipPc1029
Louisville
428 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We Booked a reservation for four and were coming from Churchill Downs. It was a very early 5:45 reservation high top in the bar area. Which was great for us. We shared the fried oysters in a delicious sauce & my husband & I shared the pork tenderloin with brussel sprouts & fingerling potatoes. Wonderful flavors!!

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vipTbryant
Louisville
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. The quality and value of the food & drink coupled with the great service should put this above most restaurants in Louisville. There are some other great restaurants in Louisville but you pay significantly more.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My bday celebration

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

I’ve been several times and always gave 5 out 5. However, this time the food was not the best. Mine was over salted and my friends food had no flavor. It was unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a pretty restaurant

TY
vipTonyaY
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening!

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FAQs

Varanese offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (502) 899-9904.

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3605 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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