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Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #19 of 1,479 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Vernon
Transit: Varanese has a TARC stop in front along with a Frankfort Ave. Trolly Hop Stop.
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.
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Santa Monica, California
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

What a great atmosphere in this once a filling station with overhead doors and all. When the weather is nice they have amazing doors that open up to give you an outdoor feel. A very creative menu especially for the price point. You will still have money left over for dessert! Waitstaff is always helpful and efficient. The bar staff... More

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

Thanks so much for your review. We're very much looking forward to the warmer weather so those patio doors can be wide open! Come back and see us when you're in town. More

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Our server Ed was fantastic. Nice to meet the chef. Very personable. Food was great. No complaints at all. We'll be back.

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

Glad to hear it. Thanks so much for the review! More

Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My husband and I had been to Varanese before so when we were going with our friends, all 16 of us, we took them there for a wonderful dinner. On this trip we were there on a Saturday but the previous one on a Sunday. It is one of the few great restaurants in Louisville open on Sunday!

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

Thank you for your review, and for mentioning that we are open on Sunday. It's nice that there is an option for fine dining on a Sunday night, isn't it? More

Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My daughter and I were in Louisville this weekend for a 10K. I'm a Kentucky native transplanted to Cincinnati for the last 25 years. While in town, I wanted a nice place for dinner Saturday night where I could visit with my parents, sisters and their spouses. I wanted a place most of us had never been with a menu... More

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

We're so grateful for your incredibly descriptive and wonderful review. It's everything the restaurant and John hopes to achieve and share with our guests. This just makes our day! Thank you. More

Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Went here with a giftcard that I received my work and my wife still talks about how delicious it was. We've been back twice and are always impressed. Great, professional service, delicious food, a must for locals.

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

We appreciate your nice review and that you've returned so often after using your gift card. Thanks again! More

North Vernon, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Salmon dishes were amazing and the service by Ed was very nice. Only dislike is I live an hour + away from this gem!

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

Thanks so much for the nice review. Hope to see you again soon despite the travel time! More

Dallas
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Charming restaurant with creative menu, great service and surprisingly reasonable prices. Check out "flambeau Mondays" for free dessert.

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

So glad you had a great time. Aren't those desserts the best? Very dramatic. Thanks for your review and come back to see us. More

Louisville, Kentucky
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. Everything we ate was delicious and expertly prepared. Only complaint is one I've seen repeated...the bourbon prices are some of the priciest in town. Expect to pay 50% more for your bourbon compared to other restaurants in town. This is quite surprising since the food is divine and moderately priced.

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your meal with us. We certainly strive to be competitive with our liquor prices, and will look into this matter further. Thanks so much for your review! More

1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

My wife and I went to Varanese for a Friday dinner and had a wonderful experience. Everyone that we came in contact with, from John, the chef-owner, to our busser were friendly and professional. The water glasses stayed full all night and our waiter was helpful and professional, as well. My wife had the pecan encrusted corvina and I had... More

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit and we'll see you next time! More

Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I've been to Varanese several times, most recently this fall. I find the food to be consistently well prepared, the service to be exemplary and the atmosphere to be pleasant. I have eaten vegetarian, seafood and pasta dishes here. All were wonderful, as were the appetizers. John Varanese frequently saunters through the tables chatting with guests. On Thursdays (I believe),... More

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

Thanks so much for sharing your review. We actually have live jazz every night of the week! And we're glad we can help your mother have a nice dinner out every once in a while. More

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