Varanese

4.6
2912 reviews
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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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Louisville
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites! It never disappoints!

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Louisville
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Parking a problem. Way too noisy. Food was quite good.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my sons white Coat ceremony for pharmacy school. My granddaughter Enjoyed the band and dance to the music. The food was delicious and the service was exquisite

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Louisville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salmon dish I've ever had. Very attentive wait staff. Wonderful live music, too!

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RO
Louisville
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed Varanese this past Sunday evening for a birthday celebration. Our server Thomas was the most amazing part of our experience!!! He was very attentive to our birthday honoree and was such a delight overall. Thank you Thomas for helping to make a special memory : )

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LG
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I have enjoyed dining at Varanese many times. However, my recent experience was extremely disappointing. The server brought our bottle of wine to the table, but after the initial pour, did not refill the glasses. We had to request water when our water glasses were empty. The soft shell crab was mushy and when we asked our server about it , he told us it was a regional thing (Chesapeake Bay). Sorry, but unacceptable excuse. He then suggested we go to a casual restaurant in the area that served seafood. There was no acknowledgement of our complaint. I know that I this is not how Varanese works! I will be hesitant about coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food is ordinary

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The front desk was inappropriate and our of line. I changed my arrival time 30 min on Open Table and the hostess refused to honor it. She gave us a table with minimal view of the open dining room and asked us to be OUT of the restaurant in 1 hr 45 min. Food and wait staff exceptional. But front desk personal needs better manners

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veranese is always outstanding. Best service in Louisville, hands down.

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RT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Could be much better. s

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SM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All dinners were spectacular!! Great service as well.

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K
Louisville
82 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great birthday celebration at Varanese! All of the food was wonderful! Things our group tried: calamari, heirloom tomato salad, baked brie, V Burger, salmon, strip steak and shrimp and grits, and a side of brussel sprouts (to die for!). We will be back!!!

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LK
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Group of 8 ranging in ages from 12 to 55 and we all loved it! Our server, Jordan, was one of the best we’ve ever had - we’d give him 10 stars if we could!

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m
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our 42nd anniversary at Varanese and we definitely made the right choice of restaurants! Everything was wonderful from the excellent service to the delicious food and the overall ambiance. We were treated like special guests. Looking forward to returning again in the near future.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were incredible! Our server was fantastic and attentive. We will definitely return!

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C
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Varanese is one of our favorite neighborhood spots. The atmosphere is great and the service is top notch. We love sitting at the bar and the live jazz is a nice touch & cool way for a local restaurant to support our local musicians.

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RK
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food in a good atmosphere. The jazz session has very good taste and provides a nice complement for the atmosphere. They just need to stop trying to push customers to consume expense bottle of wines and respect customer choices.

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DB
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ‘re travelers from out of town, and found that Varanese had good reviews.

We weren’t disappointed. Great food. Great ambiance. Great service. We all give it a thumbs up.

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DS
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! For me one of the best in Louisville!
The menu has a large variety of food! This time I tried the Encrusted White Sea Bass and it’s delicious

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OT
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this place!

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Louisville
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our engagement at one of our favorite restaurants in town! We had great service and couldn’t be happier that with our choice.

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KC
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was great, very personable. But the service was rather slow at points. We were in the room off to the left of the door and sometimes felt forgotten.

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SW
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Large party and everyone loved their meal Will highly recommend

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, we’ll be back!

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Wild Turkey bourbon dinner & it was amazing. The food, cocktails & service were top notch & the history of Wild Turkey was interesting to hear. Will definitely do another event dinner!!

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SJ
Louisville
24 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Varanese is my go to restaurant when in Louisville because it never fails to be outstanding. Once again, it was. Food, service, value.

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in town. It had been a while time since we were here. We won’t wait that long again.

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were great. nice drink selections also.

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M
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had never been to Louisville before, and just sort of picked this restaurant out of a hat, so to speak. What a glorious surprise. A neighborhood gem, in a neighborhood full of restaurants. If the others are as good, it might be the place to move to.

The menus was good, the food even better. Friendly staff complimented a cozy dining room.

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PK
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Have been there a few times the past couple of years. The food was excellent - our friends had the halu fish and my partner and I really enjoyed the sea bass and lamb. The sauvignon blanc wine paire nicely with all of these entrees. If you like Manhattens, theirs is tough to beat with the orange marmalade. This time around, the noise from Franfort Avenue and two trains passing through during dinner was a bit much. But, the jazz trio helped.

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C
Louisville
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food bourbon selection was fantastic but prices were high.

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PH
Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food/service/value in the city. When we choose to go out, my wife and I compare any other place to Varanese. This is the benchmark for what a dining experience should be.

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OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend visiting from out of town and birthday.
Attentive service and delicious entrees.

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DS
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is incredible. It was my first time there and I loved. The food is delicious! Good ambiance and great service. I’m sure I’ll be back soon.

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OT
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at Varanese and it will not be my last. Excellent service and food.

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Louisville
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I have had mostly good experiences at Varanese, several years back. But they were off their game this particular evening. Everything was just average.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at Varanese!

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great night! We enjoyed the food and music for the first time after returning to Louisville after living out of town for 20 years. Great restaurant!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing from the appetizers to the main course and then dessert! I highly recommend!

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience; great food, top notch service, super atmosphere, and worth every penny!

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