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Varanese

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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 2473 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Had reservations thru OPEN TABLE, was seated immediately. Was very noisy but there was live music and a modeling show which was good.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing restaurant! Night we were there was very crowded, due to student jazz. Staff and owner were on point. Food and drinks paced just right, no long delays or rush to get us in and out. Food is creative, yet comfortable. Live jazz nightly. Great evening.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Another fine meal! Excellent service. Host David was phenomenal. Jazz band that evening set a really nice vibe. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food & service were great as usual. Was unusually for 9:30 on a Saturday. The noise level was slightly elevated, but with a full house it’s expected. Will definitely be back in the future. The bourbon barrel pork chop is always a great if you’re looking for a food”gasm”!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Food was good but overpriced. I expected more of an experience but wasnt more than a normal
restraurant but with high priced food and drinks. I eat out alot but this was just more than I want to pay for a meal.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

John Varanese's restaurants are gems. However, Varanese on Frankfort Avenue remains our favorite. The food and service are superb! In nice weather, the sliding doors/walls transform the main dining area into a "lanai." With inclement weather they are closed, creating a more intimate experience... Not to be missed!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Had the bourbon pork chop and it was perfect. Wife had the flatiron steak and she loved it as well. Great service too. Never had to ask for anything. Went on Wednesday to take advantage of the 50% off bottle of wine. Very reasonable wine prices when that comes into play.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Had the most wonderful experience at Varanese. So accommodating, the most caring, kind, and considerate wait staff, and great food. Can't wait to return and try more of the menu!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Calamri was amazing and chocolate lava cake which was free for our anniversary. The atmosphere was great a party of 10 sat us . all in all it was nice to experience once. Rose petals on the table. Hubby got the lamb which wasn't ver much food but good and I got the flat iron steak it was just ok. But the appetizer was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Get the pork chop....best in the Ville

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Amanda was extremely helpful in accommodating our large group. Wait staff was outstanding and food was top notch. Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Wonderful food

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Fantastic experience!

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We had great service and really enjoyed listening to Jeff Sherman's Duo with our meal. The salmon in the pasta was perfect for me, but a little under cooked for my wife. Next time we will specify that her salmon needs to be cooked a little longer when we place the order.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Delightful Easter afternoon with friends and family. Love the food!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Went to Varanese for my wife’s birthday. There was a jazz band playing, which was unexpected, but cool. The food was amazing. The crab stuffed avocado appetizer, well...that says it all. My ribeye entree was cooked perfectly. But the marshmallow toffee bread pudding may be the best stuff I’ve ever put in my mouth! Our waiter was Jarrod, who was excellent. Very laid back but also very attentive. Can’t wait to go back! Thanks for a great evening!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

On top of great food and service, our specialty cocktails (Manhattan and Sazerac) were terrific!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent service, menu and ambiance! Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We love Varanese! Daily specials are always delicious & service is outstanding!!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Acoustic panels are a good try, but noise level is still annoyingly high.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Delicious food with great service. The baked Brie was the highlight for us followed by the flat iron steak!

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3.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Food was good, but not exceptional. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. Highly recommend. One of the best in the city. Live music duo lovely.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I came here with my family and husband after my ballet recital. We'd always noticed Varnase but hadn't been. Our server, Neil, was very attentive and knowledgeable. Everyone was satisfied with their meals and the price was extremely reasonable. I loved the live music. We will be back- especially for some of the prix fix meals.

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My experience at Varanese was just okay. The Brie appetizer and wine selection were both great. I had gotten the Brisket with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes which considering the price of the plate I assumed the food would be of better quality taste wise. The brisket was overcooked and very fatty and my brussel sprouts were barely cooked, yet burnt. I ended up not eating them at all and the waiter didn't even offer a substitute. The biggest issue that I had was being mis-gendered by multiple members of staff in addition to my service feeling as if I was being ignored. I was called "Sir" on multiple occasions without them apologizing or even making an attempt to correct themselves. I'm a woman with short hair and in Ohio where I reside and the rest of the venues I went to in KY, I never had such issues.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Varanese is a great place to get a great meal. There was a jazz band playing while we were there. The drink menu was extensive, and the food was delicious!

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3.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Pork chop highly overrated. Tough cut this night.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2018

My husband & I took our daughter & her boyfriend, who share the same birthday (03/17) there to celebrate. The food & wine were excellent, as always, but we were very disappointed with the service. Our server, Tracy, forgot that we had ordered two appetizers, so we never got them with our meal (although the manager did offer us one appetizer to go). Having been advised she forgot our appetizers, she then offered multiple excuses ~ the restaurant is so busy tonight, I have so many tables, etc.), & then proceeded to basically ignore us until it was time to bring the check. We were also supposed to get four desserts (two of the dinners came with it), but we only got three. I still consider Varanese one of my favorite “special occasion” restaurants, but this experience was less than stellar.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We hadn't been to Varanese in a while. We chose this restaurant for a family dinner as there is a nice variety of entrees. The server was good and attentive. The music was a nice touch although it was a bit loud and a little hard to talk over. Everyone's entrees were well-received. Pasta with veggies got a big thumbs up from our 15 year old. My husband had the crab cake sandwich and it was really good, as always. My MIL had the salmon and enjoyed it. My FIL and I had the vegetarian plate. I love being able to choose from several side veggies to make up a meal. All of the items were very good....grilled asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes, etc. We won't wait so long between visits!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were a party of four celebrating one birthday. We had a great time, and the food was excellent. Jenny was our energetic and amazing server. Great hospitality!

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We normally love Varanese and it has been one of our preferred dining spots. Unfortunately our most recent experience was less delicious than expected. Service was still very good. We ordered the soft shell crab special - a favorite delicacy. The crab was chewy rather than crisp and the dish had a "garnish" of sauce. It would have benefitted from more sauce.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great evening.

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3.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The noise level is much too high. Will not return. Many other restaurants to chose.

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Varanese is one of our favorite go to places. The quality of the food, taste, selection and service is always dependable. Their pork chop and salmon for $15.00 is a very good meal at a good price when they have it. We have visited several times on short notice after receiving the email announcing this special.

My favorite is the Beef Tips and Tortellini

The cocktail menu is very good and the Burnt Lemon Old Fashion was very enjoyable.

The live music adds nicely to the atmosphere although we chose to be seated away from the performers so we can talk more easily.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

This was a lovely "landing place" for our Louisville weekend. Off the downtown scene, but with all the flair and fun of a downtown bistro. We loved the live music, cheese grits and the bread pudding. We'll be back on our next visit!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Excellent food. Wait staff very nice and ready to treat you with good care. Price was appropriate for the upscale atmosphere. We will be eating there again.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The food and appetizers were very good. Service was attentive and not overbearing. Noise level was loud enough that hearing jazz quartet was somewhat hindered.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always nice for special occasions

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Server was fantastic! The steak is cooked To where it is kind of chard. I know some people love it, I’m not crazy about that taste though. Price was good, ambience (comfort, music, seating) was what made the night special for me.

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