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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
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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  • 135
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Delicious!

My husband and I came here based on the reviews we saw on Trip Advisor. Having lived in Tampa and D.C., we were unsure about what the Louisville dining scene would have to offer. This restaurant was fabulous! The waitstaff was exceptional and the food was phenomenal. We ate the sweet potato... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Ana D
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

My husband and I came here based on the reviews we saw on Trip Advisor. Having lived in Tampa and D.C., we were unsure about what the Louisville dining scene would have to offer. This restaurant was fabulous! The waitstaff was exceptional and the food was phenomenal. We ate the sweet potato biscuits, pork chop, bass, and the French toast.... More 

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

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit! We're very proud to be a part of a rich and varied dining scene in Louisville. See you next time and thanks for your review. More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

A friend and I were in Louisville for an event, and we wanted to go out for a bottle of wine and a light dinner afterwards. I chose Veranese based on the location and reviews, and I was not disappointed! The service, atmosphere, and food were all excellent! I was a bit misled by the $$ indication on Trip Advisor... More 

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

Thanks so much for your review. I am sorry about the price surprise. I'll look to make sure we are accurately reporting our menu prices. More 

Concord, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

If you do, most likely the occasion will not be acknowledged. We chose this restaurant for a 30th birthday and told the hostess this when the reservation was made. We were asked to confirm the reservation the day before and, at that time, the person we spoke to mentioned that she saw we were celebrating a birthday. However, when we... More 

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

I am shocked to hear about your experience, and I sincerely apologize. This is truly not the way we treat our guests. Chef John Varanese has personally asked that you call the restaurant so we can make this up to you. You may ask for John or for David Allen, our general manager. You may also email us at letsdine@varanese.com.... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
Top Contributor
127 reviews 127 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We love coming here on warm evenings where we can sit outside and people watch while enjoying great wine and food!

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

So happy the weather has warmed up so we can open the patio doors. Thanks for sharing your comment and we'll see you again this summer! More 

North Brunswick, New Jersey
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The service at Varanese was absolutely top notch. The food was superb as well......first time we ever had fried green tomatoes and they were delish! This is a date night place, but ever so worth it.

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

Hopefully it won't be your last time having Fried Green Tomatoes. Thank you for your post! More 

Jeffersonville, Indiana
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The ambience at this converted gas station is amazing. The chef, owner and namesake did a great job of making the space a first class spot. The menue is well kept. Not too much and not too little but just right. The bisque is very good and the scallops were tasty and memorable. This may be the best bang for... More 

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

Thank you so much for sharing your review. I'm so happy you enjoyed your experience at Varanese. I hope you'll come back to see us soon! More 

Knoxboro, Ny
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

We went out for sushi one evening when I was in town visiting my daughter and I noticed Varanese's from across the street. They had outdoor seating and a three piece jazz band playing. We all agreed we wanted to eat there so we made reservations for the following Sunday evening. We were seated outside which was nice. I had... More 

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

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm glad you had a nice dinner, but I'm concerned about your server and will pass along your comments to our General Manager. Feel free to give him a call at 502-899-9904 if you wish to provide further details. Please come back and see us and thanks again! More 

Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

What a Resturant !!!' Fabulous food , impeccable service. One the top 10 of all times. The food was off the charts. Every dish we ordered was so unbelievably tasty!!! Do not miss this one , reservations needed. We had a wonderful time.

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

I second that wow. Thank you so much for your review. We will take Top 10 of all time. Come back and see us soon so we can move up that list. More 

Kentucky
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Six of us enjoyed an amazing meal recently at Varanese. First, the atmosphere is awesome. We had the good fortune of being at Varanese on a beautiful spring night so the large doors were opened to the outside giving an indoor/outdoor feel. There was a trio playing at just the right volume for some great background music. We were seated... More 

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

That's what we love to hear! Thank you so much for sharing your review, and we'll see you again soon. More 

Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This restaurant has all the makings of being outstanding. The food was delicious and the decor was first class. Unfortunately it was noisy... They had the doors open and there was a constant noise from the street. Additionally the music was loud which caused everyone to talk loud. Ther were 6 of us and couldn't hear the pson at the... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. We try to provide a lively, more vivacious experience for our diners on our Four Season patio with live jazz and the bustle of Frankfort Avenue. I do hope you'll visit again and ask to be seated in the interior dining room if it's available. I'm more interested in your service. Would you mind... More 

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Additional Information about Varanese

Address: 2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
Phone Number: +1 502-899-9904
Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 28
Cuisine: American

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business

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?