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About Varanese

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

2106 Frankfort Ave.
Louisville, KY 40206
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

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

Cross Street:
Vernon

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(502) 899-9904

Website:
http://www.varanese.com/

Entertainment:
Live jazz seven nights from the Jeff Sherman band 6-10pm.

Catering:
Catering is offered depending on Chef Varanese's availability. Call to inquire.

Parking Details:
Varanese provides on-premise parking along with additional parking across the street at Nancy's Bagel Grounds along with street parking.

Public Transit:
Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.

Executive Chef:
John Varanese

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

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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Happy Valentine's Day. Celebrate with us for lunch or dinner.

Varanese Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (65)
Special Occasion (63)
Neighborhood Gem (56)
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Good for Anniversaries (56)
Live Music (54)
Creative Cuisine (48)
Good for Birthdays (46)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Romantic (43)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (34)
Good for Groups (30)
Local Ingredients (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Authentic (25)
Business Meals (24)
Great for Outdoor Dining (23)
Fun (22)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Worth the Drive (20)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Casual (18)
Comfort Food (16)
Bar Seating (15)
Healthy (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Great Beer (10)
Seasonal (9)
Happy Hour (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
People Watching (8)
Disabled Access (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined a day ago

A perfect meal and service!

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner for my husband! The lump crab appetizer was amazing, and our entrees were delicious as well!! Our waitress was very friendly and attentive, and the trio of musicians was excellent. Overall a truly five star experience!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Romantic, Cozy, Organic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food, great service, and good atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We consider Varanese our “go-to” restaurant for special occasions but it is a great place to eat anytime. We brought good friends with us, and they loved it! It was our wedding anniversary. Our table had rose petals strewn across it. The service was prompt and consistent. We never had to look for someone to fill our water glass. Our drinks, salads, entrees and dessert were all excellent. Great waiter. We ordered bourbon salmon, a steak and another fish dish. Our friends raved about the cream cheese grits. All in all, Varanese delivers every time we go. Thanks, John!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As always, impeccable service and exquisite food by John Varanese and David Allen/staff!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Extremely good culinary, atmosphere including live music, and overall value.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Should have given food five stars but we only split rwo apatizers.
Our waiter was outstanding.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

I've enjoyed Varanese on several occasions. Always a great menu and some excellent specials offered. I'v never had a disappointing meal - they are so good that I struggle to explore the menu, but when I do, I just have a new favorite!
I don't often eat dessert, but when I do, it will be the bread pudding.
This is absolutely a gem in Louisville, which is blessed with so many good restaurants.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Perfect meal from beginning to end! Service was prompt and attentive but not at all rushed. I ordered the pork chop and split the baked brie, candied pecan salad, and chocolate lava cake with my partner. Every bite was so good that I’d be mad at myself if I had ordered anything else! Trio of musicians added a nice ambience without making conversation impossible.

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·Dined on January 5, 2018

My wife and I went to celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary and that we had just bought a house. We made a reservation and upon arrival, despite being 20 minutes early, we were seated immediately. There is a live band playing music while you eat, there was a water accent wall where it was an indoor waterfall, ambient lighting, white table cloths, and a fair amount of seating. We were sat away from most people which was nice for us since we could talk more and it wasn't as loud. As soon as we sat down, a gentleman came over and filled our glasses and when our waiter came over he brought us a small plate with 2 baguette slices with fresh bruschetta. This small plate set the tone for how great the food was going to be. The bruschetta was extremely fresh and had great flavor. Our waiter was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and gave us some recommendations through the menu and we put in our drink order while we looked over the menu. I got a scotch on the rocks and my wife had the French Fusion (SO GOOD!) it had absolut pear with white grape juice, muddled grapes and mint, and was just fruity enough without being overly sweet. We got the fried avocado stuffed with crab meat and it was delicious but I would probably try a different appetizer next time. I chose the crabcake sandwich and fries for my entree and my wife got the certified angus skirt steak with crispy brussel sprouts and garlic whipped potatoes. They were both excellent and my wife couldn't stop eating the brussel sprouts. It was an awesome meal. Because my wife mentioned what we were celebrating, our waiter actually gave us a free dessert of our choice and we chose the bourbon bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream. We savored every bite of that dessert! Our waiter really made the experience top notch which just added to make it one of the best meals we have had in a long time. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Very disappointed on this place for my birthday- appetizer very strange - short ribs taquitos that did not have any resemblance to taquitos as I know them and no short rib taste or flavor - then I had a Caesar salad which had very little dressing and croutons which were soagy - I think croutons need to be crispy - then I had an age ribeye which was cooked perfectly medium rear but it needed seasoning - then they ruined it by covering it with some gravy which tasted like it came from a bottle - it was strange- the steak came on top of mashed potatoes which tasted so so but they were cold - then I turned to my wife and asked her how her food was - she said strange - she ordered tortellini which I know she likes very much - she ate very little and took the rest home - it is in the refrigerator for already 3 days - I don’t think she’s going to eat it - they were nice to bring me a desert but it looked old and extremely hard - my wife did not let me call the next day like I wanted - she said we will never go back and I agree - I had a good time with my guests and ate as not to make too much of a scene - I would wish for the manager to read this in hope he accepts as constructive criticism for other souls visiting his place in the future - that’s my wish - thank you - we spent 130.00 plus - I know a few places that we can go for less and be better satisfied

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

My husband and I celebrated New Years Eve for the third year in a row. We are typically casual diners on non occasions. However, during a crazy holiday we were incredibly pleased and impressed with all aspects. The service the bar tending with wonderful drinks, the friendliness and food were extraordinary!!!

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent food and great service as always. Live dinner music was awesome. Table was wobbly but was quickly fixed. Some of the tables are too close together.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, music and service.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very disappointed in the food. The-prices were very reasonable for entres -. Unfortunately the food was surprisingly pedestrian. The roast chicken was disappointing as were the scallops and we definitely will not make a repeat visit. The couple who were our guests for dinner to celebrate a birthday made no comment about their dishes.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Terrible service the night we were there. They were understaffed and overwhelmed.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

the food was better than we expected! this was definitely a good choice for a special dinner date

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed our night and food. We spend Christmas Eve alone and really enjoyed our dinner and atmosphere at Varanese. We split the mussels and they were great. We also split the goat cheese salad and it was wonderful. Her beef tip tortellini was great and so was my pecan crusted bass.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were there for 2 hours. By the time we got our food a table of 6 that came at the same time had already paid the bill and were leaving. Steak was Luke warm

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate our annual Christmas dinner there and my daughter got the aged ribeye and said it was the best steak shes ever had. My husband got the poultry/sausage entree (i forgot the name) and he loved it and I got the brisket on a waffle and it was amazing. The brie appetizer was super good with the sauce and nuts- we all agreed next time we come our first words will be "bring us each a brie". The bread pudding was an unexpected 10 as I usually am not thrilled with bread pudding- but I am now! This will become a regular hangout for us now.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Overall a great experience. Menu selection offers plenty of options and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went to Varanese on Christmas Eve with reservations. The place was absolutely packed with patrons celebrating. Our meal was fabulous and the service was wonderful. David and his staff did not miss a beat even with a packed house. We love dining here.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was our first visit and we came on the recommendation of a family member. The food was delicious, although the pork chop was a bit tough in spots. It was cooked to medium, as suggested by server. I would ask for well done next time. We were comped a dessert for our special occasion, which was very nice. Service was a little slow towards the end, but we still plan on a return visit.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent as always!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Our food was absolutely wonderful and the service was equally excellent. On top of that, the live music was the perfect mood music for our dinner. This is a great place to enjoy a wonderful evening.

Tags: Live Music, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food was great, the service was great. We will be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

It's an ok place to eat. The ambiance was nice, the music was great, the service was ok, the portion sizes were good, the food was ok, and the prices were pretty high.

Tags: Disabled Access
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Service was provided quickly (but not rushed) and professionally by Nikki. Wonderful food, this was our 1st visit but we will be back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Celebrated our 19th anniversary and had the best meal and service. The atmosphere and ambiance is always so special. Definitely a favorite!!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Staff went out of their way to make sure we had the perfect dinner. Inititally seating was incorrect, however the staff made it priority to "make it right" with a great attitude to match.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great experience for our anniversary. I rarely if ever give 5 stars but this was very close. I’m not a foodie but this place would be even better if you are. Staff and Management were wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always a great time with wonderful food!
Steak was perfectly cooked as ordered. Friends snapper was very good- one of the many specials that evening.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Varanese never ceases to amaze me. They have created a 1/2 chicken that is fabulous. The seasoning is perfect. I love this dish. In addition, the service, the ambiance and the music are all wonderful. This is my favorite restaurant in Louisville.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

If i could give more than five stars, i would. It was our daughter’s 21st birthday dinner and our first time at Varanese. Our waiter, Neil, was excellent and made the evening more special for the birthday gal than we had hoped.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Every aspect of our dining experience here was wonderful. David (the gen. Mgr.) knows exactly how to run a first class restaurant.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was very good with exception of lamb shank. I was very disappointed with this meal. Seemed boiled instead of roasted or baked

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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 (Louisville)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Music was a bit loud only because we weee sitting close to the bad and they played intermittently so not a huge deal. Food was awesome as usual and service was good. Will remain a top 10 restaurant on our list.

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 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We are new to Louisville and were looking for a dinner spot on a Sunday evening for my husband’s birthday. Varanese made us feel warm and welcome and made our first special occasion in Louisville very special indeed. The food and service were outstanding. They had several vegetarian options and a great wine selection. Thank you so much for making it a great evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Live Music, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Louisville)·Dined on November 26, 2017

A ho to restaurant of ours. A favorite of the whole family.

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Overall lovely meal, great service, wonderful menu. A few dinners came out a bit cold, one needed to be sent back but the problem was corrected. Very nice wine list and creative cocktails. Really enjoyed the live music.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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