Varanese

4.7
3298 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
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, Mason provided the best service we have ever had here. Highly recommend!

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vipKimberly
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Varanese was great. Food was fabulous, we were the only people in the dining room due to going for an early dinner at 5:00pm.

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RiaH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good quality with excellent presentation and fantastic flavors.

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vipDiddonedine
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Substantial menu options, great atmosphere and service. Rory makes an awesome espresso martini!

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vipClaudeW
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, atmosphere and entertainment were all excellent.

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SrCitizen
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was top notch and the food was very good.

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JanetB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner. And couldn’t have had better service. Thanks & I will return

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JaclynG
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christine was wonderful and gave great suggestions/feedback on entrees and wine.
Food was incredible as always - bacon wrapped pork special needs to be a regular on the menu!

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vipmarkb
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Ordered Brie came out cold and uncooked, sent back it was nuked until it was burnt, rest of food was not good either, this place was one of my favorite , but never again

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CliffordD
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, great sevice and they have live music you can enjoy and still hear to be able to have a conversation at the table.

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ShannonW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was our 1st time there, the food and service was great. Well come back 😊

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vipWonderful
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, as always!

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vipRosemary
Cincinnati
68 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We drove to Louisville just to eat at Varanese. We have eaten there several times over the past four years and enjoyed it. Since we live two hours away in Cincinnati we decided it was time to treat ourselves. We were not disappoionted. The food was great..the server was wonderful and the music was fantastic. Wish we lived closer.

Then on Sunday, we went to River House!

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JenelH
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the live jazz music playing in the background & the lighting, food, and service was all excellent. We came for our anniversary but will be back for our regular date nights because of the good food, ambiance, and value.

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ThomasB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our 30th anniversary dinner at Varanese and were very impressed. The wait staff was totally professional and there when needed. The food was wonderful. We plan on going back in the near future.

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RichP
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and muaic

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LouFoodie
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food2service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner! Great wines and cocktails before dinner. Then we ordered the Beef Tips Tortellini, Bacon Wrapped Tenderloin, and the Bourbon Barrel Smoked Pork Chop. We bragged to my in-laws about how great the pork chop is so my sister-in-law ordered it. All the dishes were great except the pork chop which came out too salty for her to eat. When we tried a bite, it tasted like someone had spilled an entire salt shaker on the chop. We have NEVER had that issue with a meal at Varanese before. My sister-in-law refused to send it back but she should have. We were embarrassed about this after bragging on the dish before! The dish was taken off our check at the end of the evening which we greatly appreciated even though we were expecting to pay for it. We still love the food at Varanese; the service is ALWAYS top notch. We'll be back soon!

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HelenO
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our car got hit out front on Frankfort Avenue - parking lot was full. Do you have security cameras?

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vipRogerD
Louisville
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a birthday dinner Saturday evening.....consistently the best dining experience in the area.
Thanks to all

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vipMike
Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good but music was very loud. Couldn’t hear to talk. Other than that it was great.

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vipMichaelP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely evening at Varanese. David, the manager, has a friendly and attentive staff and the food from Chef Jon Varanese is exceptional. We especially enjoy too the live music from the Jeff Sherman combo. We will be back soon ... and often.

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scottk
Louisville
16 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Atmosphere was great, food was very good and service was excellent. Our server, Liza was attentive without being intrusive, really pleasant and professional. Varanese is consistently very good, creative, relaxing and a great place to end the week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner, waitress was extremely nice and the staff was all wonderful! They provided me with a birthday dessert and the band played happy birthday!

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Chris
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, and the service was great. I will definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this! Food was great and the live music and atmosphere was awesome! So nice to be in a place that had live music again.

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely perfect for our Anniversary dinner! Amazing food, fantastic drinks, and such a great atmosphere! Highly recommend!!!!

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vipTomP
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mackenzie was a wonderful caring server. Highly reco9.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Varanase. They had a lot of outdoor seating and the weather was great. We sat just next to the jazz trio. Service was really nice. Had the baked Brie appetizer and the stuffed trout entree. Both were great. Overall a great time

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Brandi
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We enjoyed Varanese for a friend date night out and birthday celebration. The restaurant had a great feel with open air dining and live music. The service from our server was lacking but the other staff were on point. The food was yummy - steak was average.

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Great
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A breath of fresh air! It was almost like it was 2019 again! :) Live jazz band played all night as we watched the city go by from the open air dining area. Our server Jesse was awesome! Get the Duck Eggroll appetizer!

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vipMichaelP
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Varanese was lovely. The specials were interesting and well prepared. Service was excellent and we enjoyed the live music from Jeff Sherman and his trio. They even played an inspired rendition of “Wipeout” at our request. A perfect evening!

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ColinC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had decided on Varanese on short notice, and had a reservation at an optimal time. The host staff were very accomodating and provided us a great table, the waitress was attentive but not intrusive and carried out her duties very well. The food was delicious, everything seemed to be on the same playing field in terms of flavor and presentation. For the experience and meal itself, the value was well worth it. Definitely would return again and patronize this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with hubby. Our server was fabulous. Very nice open area was beautiful.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, incredible food and ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Treated special for our anniversary. Food was excellent as always and service was very good.

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vipYvoL
Tampa
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful birthday dinner!! Food was delicious and the ambiance is always nice! Our waitress Lizza was the best!!!

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vipLouisvillediner
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sign up for emails and Take advantage of the chef’s specials on Mondays!

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EmilyF
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and tasty food for a reasonable price! Great service and ambiance. I would recommend

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Mickey
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We always enjoy Varanese. I had my favorite Salmon and cheese grits which was wonderful. My husband had the Ahi Tuna which was very salty. He loves the salmon but was trying something different tonight. Server was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Louisville
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Ambience and food were very good. I had lamb (fall off the bone tender and very tasty), my wife had strip steak (perhaps a bit too chewy). Wontons as appetizer were out of this world good. Lava cake was good - but no lava in the middle.

We had asked to sit outside, but table was a bit distant and felt more like the parking lot than a nice restaurant. Staff happily moved us to inside table - and it was great. Could still hear the live music, and the setting was relaxing and comfortable.

Pricing more reasonable than we recalled.

FAQs

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

Varanese is rated 4.7 stars by 3298 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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