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Varanese

4.7
2423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00pm

Christmas Eve 11am-10pm

Christmas Day CLOSED

New Year's Eve 4pm-12pm

New Year's Day CLOSED
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Phone number
(502) 899-9904
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Varanese
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Catering
Catering is offered depending on Chef Varanese's availability. Call to inquire.
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Cross street
Vernon
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Parking details
Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.
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Public transit
Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
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Entertainment
Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.
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Special events & promotions
Sunday is Service Industry Night. Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers and drink specials starting at 8:30.
Every Monday, enjoy a free Flambé Dessert with the purchase of any entrée.
Wine Down Wednesday – Half price bottles of wine all night. Choose from our extensive wine list.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2423 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great food, great ambience, great service!

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vipProspectfoodie (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Varanese is always a winning choice. We thoroughly enjoy dining here.

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vipProspectfoodie (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Varanese is our very favorite restaurant. We would eat here every evening if it was practical to do so.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Wedding Anniversary

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vipOpenTable Diner (Columbus)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Always amazing. Food is delicious and high quality. Service is outstanding! Easily one of the best in Louisville.

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MatthewS 
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

very loud and my order was incorrect. My salmon at home is better.

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LiiAnn (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Without spending a fortune, we had a great "date night" complete with delicious meal and drinks. I can't wait to go back. I enjoyed the shrimp and grits, and my date loved the pork chop.

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OpenTable Diner (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

First time for evening dinner. Great overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

It was wonderful the pork chop was so tasteful I will be coming back

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bird7888 (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Awesome night!

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Nicholas 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Excellent restaurant, top notch. The food is phenomenal made from fresh, high quality ingredients. The atmosphere is romantic and vibrant. It's the best restaurants to goto for a special occasion, a date night, or just to get some amazing food. I've been at least a dozen times and never had anything less than a perfect experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Wonderful. A little expensive. But then, we ordered a high dollar wine... so, my fault. The pork chop is, hands down, the best food value in the city of Louisville. Extraordinary, at $20.

Thanks for a night of food and romance.

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KathyK 
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Varanese is such a great restaurant. I’ve eaten there several times and thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate my husband’s birthday with our “young adult” children. The staff really worked to accommodate several of my special requests! Our waitress was fantastic and assisted us with making several food choices and she was spot on. We also thoroughly enjoyed the jazz trio; it truly was a great birthday dinner for our family!

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JacobsMimi (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Both the service and food were perfect, as always!

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bpowers1977 (Indiana)
2.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

We had a decent start to the meal ordering up the beef short rib taquitos and the crab avocado balls as an appetizer. Our server was pleasant and seemed to be knowledgeable of the menu and boasted how all of the seafood was flown in from the west coast and Hawaii, always fresh, and never frozen as well as all of the meat products being local... fantastic! This is where the upside of our experience ended. My wife ordered up the flat iron steak and specified medium which ended up coming out bloody as hell and I would dare say that it was even a little under medium rare touching on the side of being flat out rare. The mushroom risotto tasted like they had pulled it out of the fridge and didn't warm it up all the way, as it was practically ice cold, not to mention seriously lacking flavor. Ever hear of salt guys! She didn't complain about the steak, but asked for another risotto and was brought out promptly, and was at a suitable temperature this time. My ribeye which I ordered medium rare was cooked to the proper doneness but seemed as though it had sat out longer than it should have before being brought out to our table because the lobster infused butter that was spooned on top of my steak hadn't even begun to melt. The mac and cheese that was served with my steak was decent, but overall the dinner was just meh! Save your money and go somewhere else!

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