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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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  • 39
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 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
Frankforts Special

Had the grape leaves as my starter, unique flavor really wasn't for me. My entree was the lamb chops simple delicious, best lamb chops I've ever tasted,the caramelized onion was what made it amazing. Finish it off with the bruelle banana split,something words can't describe you haven't had a banana... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Louisville, Kentucky
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Louisville, Kentucky
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19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Had the grape leaves as my starter, unique flavor really wasn't for me. My entree was the lamb chops simple delicious, best lamb chops I've ever tasted,the caramelized onion was what made it amazing. Finish it off with the bruelle banana split,something words can't describe you haven't had a banana split till you've had one from Varenese. Rachel also gave... More 

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

Sorry you didn't care for the Grape Leaves but I'm happy the rest of your meal was wonderful. Come try a new appetizer next time! Thank you for sharing your review. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our meal was a most enjoyable dining experience. Exceptional service, delicious food with eye appealing presentation, soft jazz music in the background all added to this exceptional dining experience.Fabulous value!

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

Thanks so much for sharing your review. So glad you had a great time. Come see us again! More 

Versailles, Kentucky
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53 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We love the covered patio, soft jazz, prompt professional service and very good food. Need I say more?

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

I think that says it all. Thank you for coming in and sharing this review! More 

Atlantic City, New Jersey
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Came to town with my daughter for college orientation and found this place while out exploring - absolutely perfect in every way! from the fabulous to the sea bass and bread pudding with toffee for dessert I can hardly wait to return!

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

I'm so happy you found us when you were in town. Thanks for sharing your review! More 

Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

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 

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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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
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56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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
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127 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

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

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?