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Varanese

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2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Vernon)
Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
+1 502-899-9904
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Description: Varanese Restaurant is located in the historic Clifton neighborhood and...
Varanese Restaurant is located in the historic Clifton neighborhood and features an eclectic menu of New American Cuisine using local organic products, prepared by Owner/Chef John Varanese. The restaurant opened in 2007 and has recently completed a renovation and can comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio. Open 7 days a week - Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to midnight.
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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great food and service!

Menu was fantastic. Service was awesome. A new favorite place for us on special occasions. My 54th birthday was made special!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
lrjones117
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Menu was fantastic. Service was awesome. A new favorite place for us on special occasions. My 54th birthday was made special!

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Thank lrjones117
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you for celebrating your birthday with us and for sharing your review! More 

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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Made reservations through Open Table. Showed up at out reserved time. There was some kind of event going on, so there was a little issue getting a table. Only lasted 5 minutes, no big deal. We had excellent food and the service was great. I highly recommend the salmon, pork chop, and shrimp and grits and the fried Brussels sprouts.... More 

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1 Thank Larry T
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for your patience upon your arrival and we appreciate your review. Hope to see you back soon! More 

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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in here Christmas Eve on a road trip. We were looking for some good local dining, and were not disappointed. Two of us split the venison sausage, pulled pork biscuits, and bourbon barrel smoked pork chop. The food was really well done, and had a great depth of flavor. The plating was creative and the atmosphere made for a... More 

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Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping in. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year. We appreciate your review. More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

My family treated me to dinner at Varanese for my birthday.I loved the atmosphere! Our dinners were excellent and our server was too.Bringing me a birthday dessert was very thoughtful and was a very special ending to a very nice evening.Thank you,Carole S

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1 Thank Carole1227
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had a Happy Birthday. Thanks so much for celebrating with us and for sharing your experience here. Happy New Year! More 

Normal, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

Great atmosphere and outstanding service and food. We celebrated a graduation and birthday at Varanese and it was a treat! We all ordered different meals, every bite was delicious. My son thought the wild boar was extraordinary! We will return.

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Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you so much for stopping in and for sharing this review. Happy Holidays! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015 via mobile

We chose this for a birthday dinner after seeing all the rave reviews. Perhaps an early Tuesday evening is not the time to go. Although we arrived at 5:45 before the dinner rush we were seated in a back hallway area where we received average service. I guess because we did not order a beer or wine, they felt water... More 

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2 Thank okbyila
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

We strive to make sure there are no bad nights at Varanese. I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. Would you please contact our Manager David Allen at 502-899-9904 so that we can learn more about your service and how to make it up to you? More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015 via mobile

Food and service were top notch! Great location for holiday parties of just for dinner throughout the week. The salmon and the beef tenderloin were perfect. Matt provided excellent service and guided us through the menu. They didn't miss a beat!

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Thank MJR1977
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

So happy to hear it! Thank you for posting your review and happy holidays. More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

I have never had a bad meal here. The parking is marginal. However that is true for everything in this area. It is handicapped accessible. The food is better every time I dine here.

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1 Thank homeless-dancer
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

So happy to hear from a repeat diner. We absolutely love our regulars. Don't forget there's lots of parking across the street next to Nancy's Bagel Grounds. All Varanese customers are welcome to park there. Thank you for writing this review! More 

Erlanger, Kentucky
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

We were heading to the Playtime with Bigcats exhibit and stopped by for dinner So disappointed that we were in a time crunch. It's was FANTASTIC! for what we did have time for. INCREDIBLE crab cake stuffed avocado. Tender and extremely well seasoned short rib. Succulent sea bass with a sweet potato mash that beats Ruth's Chris (yes chain but... More 

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Thank patelpg
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your review. I hope you'll come by again when you have more time and don't have to rush off. More 

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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

After a fun day around the city, this was the perfect end to the day. The food was wonderful, the service superb and the live music just topped it off. Our waiter was extremely good and made the dinner complete!

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Thank ann e
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

I'm so glad you found us. Thank you for stopping in and for sharing this review! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
    (Vernon)
  • Public Transportation: Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville
  • Phone Number: +1 502-899-9904

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Business meetings, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Varanese Restaurant is located in the historic Clifton neighborhood and features an eclectic menu of New American Cuisine using local organic products, prepared by Owner/Chef John Varanese. The restaurant opened in 2007 and has recently completed a renovation and can comfortably seat 150 guests between its bar, dining room and four seasons patio. Open 7 days a week - Sunday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to midnight.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?