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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.

Varanese Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (73)
Special Occasion (69)
Good for Anniversaries (65)
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Live Music (53)
Neighborhood Gem (53)
Romantic (50)
Creative Cuisine (46)
Fit for Foodies (44)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Notable Wine List (38)
Cozy (36)
Authentic (29)
Local Ingredients (28)
Good for Groups (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Fun (24)
Business Meals (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Worth the Drive (23)
Casual (20)
Comfort Food (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Healthy (12)
Tasting Menu (11)
Late-night Find (10)
Great Beer (10)
People Watching (9)
Disabled Access (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Organic (3)
Tapas (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Louisville)·Dined 3 days ago

Wedding Anniversary

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Live Music
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 (Indiana)·Dined 4 days ago

First time for evening dinner. Great overall experience.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

Awesome night!

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·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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!

Tags: People Watching, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined 5 days ago

Both the service and food were perfect, as always!

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 (Indiana)·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

The food was unique and delicious. Great use of space and is very intimate but very loud. However, it was Valentines Day so it was extremely crowded.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

First time at Varanese. It was 8PM reservation on V-day so place was packed. Our Server was fantastic. The food was really good. I'm not a foodie, my wife is and thought food was fantastic. Atmosphere was good. It helped once the crowd died down. But it's Vday so crowd and noise level was to be expected. Overall great place and we'll be back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined 7 days ago

My wife and I go to Varanese regularly. We usually sit at the bar but had a reservation for Valentine’s Day. Varanese is one of the best restaurants in the city. The bar is wonderful. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food and daily specials are excellent. The ambiance and nightly jazz provide the perfect setting for enjoying a drink, sitting awhile and having a conversation. If you’ve not yet been, you’re missing out.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Finding the menu intriguing, we booked a table at Varanese. We were knocked out by the whole experience! From the moment we entered and heard soft live jazz playing, we knew we had made a great choice. We later learned live music plays nightly. The room was warm and intimate with long glass windows surrounding the front of the restaurant. Our waiter was personable, friendly, and knowledgeable.
Manager addressed every table and we had a pleasant travel and food conversation.
The food was exceptional. As this was our first stop on our trip south, I began with fried green tomatoes on Bibb lettuce and a buttermilk dressing and goat cheese crumbles. I followed with the BBQ duck confit egg rolls. My husband began with a special appetizer of fried oysters with remoulade sauce and house cocktail sauce. Perfect--crispy, light batter and not greasy. He followed with the pork chop, au gratin potatoes and sautéed veggies. Loved it. Each component of all dishes hit all the right notes for our tastebuds. We rarely order dessert, but couldn't resist "small bites"--in this case a brownie, chocolate fudge ice cream and a strawberry and cream. Good wine list with a fair range of choices and prices. Can't wait to return on our vacation journey next year! Thank you, Varanese!

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Great local restaurant, great service, great food. Live music was nice and contributed to the overall experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great service from start to finish. Our server was just attentive enough to where we weren’t bothered, and we were never left needing something. He had great recommendations and was more formal than service I’ve had before, which I appreciated. Live music was a little loud for my mother, but we could still carry a conversation. The food was amazing. It was one of those meals that you know you shouldn’t eat every bite, but it was so good, we couldn’t help but stuff ourselves. We shared the Crab Stuffed Avocado, amazing! We then split the romaine salad which was a caesar with soft polenta croutons which were just perfect. For dinner I had the Hawaiian Butterfish, and my mother had the Salmon; my mother said it was the best salmon she’s ever had, and the butterfish was delicious. We will definitely come back.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and had a great time! The waiter was exceptional and friendly. I chose this restaurant because of the variability in menu choices and prices for our large group.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

New American -meets a little bit of southern cuisine. Most of the dishes have either grits , or sweet potatoes with a lot of bourbon delish the dessert was bread pudding with homemade ice cream and brittle. Everything was spot on

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I was at Varanese for a Valrntines date. My girlfriend and I have never been and wanted someplace new to both of us. Everything was great with the exception of my meal. I had Pecan encrusted White Bass. The fish was overcooked and dry in the middle. The sweet potatoes tasted like pumkin pie so much that it took away from the natural taste of the potatoe. My vegetables were luke warm at best. I did not complain to my server or to managemnent. I enjoyed the rest of the evening there and disregarded the entree. I WILL be back again.

Tags: Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We had a wonderful time at Varanese celebrating my parents 55th wedding anniversary. The food was excellent and the wait staff friendly and helpful. It was a great evening! The only downside was that it was very loud in the main dining room and we had trouble hearing each other speak. It got better as it cleared out...

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 9, 2018

I selected Energetic for the noise level above and gave the Ambiance a poor rating because the only negative in the whole experience for the five of us was the music being TOO loud, like WAY to loud.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great food, service was excellent. Atmosphere was casual, the band playing was a nice touch.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Perfect! Wonderful food with solid jazz music. A bit pricey but the food is worth every penny.

Tags: Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 3, 2018

As always, the evening was wonderful. Staff, food and setting are all top notch.

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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great food, attentive service.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were there for a birthday celebration. There were two ther celebrations that evening, both larger and noisier parties than ours. The noise level was very high where we were first seated, but the management moved us to a quieter location when we asked, and were very nice about it. We appreciated that and were able to enjoy the excellent food.

Tags: Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Varanese is one of our favorite places! We go there for all of our special occasion dinners, as well as just a fun night out when the weather is better to enjoy eating "al fresco". We just enjoyed our Anniversary dinner there and it was wonderful! Love the atmosphere, the food, the service and really enjoy the live music! Definitely will be back again and again and have recommended several times!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

It was very good. My only complaint is the server was very nice, but slowest we have ever had at Varanese. Long absences from table when we needed more drinks and waiting to order food.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Varanese is an excellent choice. Extensive menu with very affordable prices. This was our third visit since in the past 2 months and we have enjoyed all of them. The food is excellent the atmosphere is cozy. There is live music to enjoy and the noise level, while moderate, does not interfere with conversation at the table or the live music. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The pace of service is extremely relaxed, so if you are in a hurry, this might not be the place for you. I would highly recommend Varanese for any occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Service was great. Bourbon and wine selection was great. Food fell short for the price.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Nice ambiance. Ate in the bar, waitress/bartender very accommodating, attentive & polite. Calamari came out slightly cold. It took a long time in between dinner and dessert.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Louisville)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Varanese is our all time favorite restaurant. The food is wonderful. The service is impeccable and the live music creates an ambiance that is unmatched. We love to dine here.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Late-night Find, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The entire experience was first rate. Best cannoli in town! Classy atmosphere, delicious entrees, and exceptional wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The noise level to loud could not hear conversation we were having at our table

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

noise level was terrible - the worst ever when I've eaten there.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A perfect meal and service!

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 (Louisville)·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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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 11, 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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