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2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #4 of 1,526 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $28
Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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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English first
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

We joined another couple for dinner at Varanese, and generally the experience was very pleasant. Our server, although not terribly attentive, was usually available when needed. The chef/owner is striving to present some innovative and varied regional fare. The menu is quite ambitious given the size of the restaurant. A complimentary plate of four bruschetta arrived at the table with... More 

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

Thanks for your detailed review. We really appreciate hearing from our patrons. I will point out the the croutons are supposed to be soft, as they are made with Polenta. Otherwise I will certainly pass along your feedback to the chef. We can always improve! More 

Peshtigo, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

We were visiting from WI and picked Varanese for our only dinner while in the area. We're so glad we did. The food was fantastic. Our server, Anna, was professional and a pleasure to speak to. The live music was relaxing and made it a perfect night. If we ever make it to the area again, we will definitely go... More 

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

We're so glad you selected us. Hope you had a wonderful trip to Louisville and thank your for posting this review. More 

Louisville
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Had another wonderful dinner at Varanese. We have been there several times over the years and each time it is as good as, if not better than, the last time. The flavors and food pairings always deliver. Walu dish this past time was spectacular and the quality of the ingredients could not be beat. Varanese is becoming my favorite restaurant... More 

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

What a wonderful review. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy New Year! More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We had 9:00 pm reservations on NYE and had to wait about ten minutes to be seated, not a big deal on such a busy night. We were seated by the door, though and it was quite cold. The band (although, very good) was loud, but we didn't mind - just something to keep in mind when visiting... the overall... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your review. We're so glad you spent New Year's Eve with us. It was a fun night! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

There are many great restaurants in Louisville but after tonight this is my favorite. The pork chop and salmon was out of this world. The server was excellent and explained the dishes very well. He was attentive and friendly. We will definitely return

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

Thank you so much for sharing your review. It looks like we'll be seeing you again soon. Happy New Year! More 

North Carolina
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had dinner here Sunday night with a group of 6 family members, food and service excellent. My wife had a salad special and the chicken ravioli, I had the stuffed grape leaves appetizer and almond crusted corvina, the sweet potatoes served with the corvina was the best I have ever tasted, don't tell my wife, the only disappointment was the... More 

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Thank you so much for sharing your review. We appreciate your wonderful comments and hope you'll come back to see us. More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had nine for dinner and the place was packed. Still the service was very good. My scallops and lobster ravioli was terrific and the avocado crab starter was delicious. 3 piece combo played. Totally festive. A little crowded and noisy but it was NY eve after all.

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

Festive it was! Thank you for spending your New Year's Eve with us, and for sharing your review. More 

Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic experience last night at Varanese; Brie with caramel sauce, butterfish and a 60 day ribeye. Great service...well managed even though the restaurant was packed...thanks for a memorable evening.

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

So happy to hear you enjoyed your meal. Thank you for sharing your experience and Happy New Year! More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

My husband and I chose this restaurant for our pre new years eve celebration. We were extremely pleased with the ambiance, service, menu options, and delicious food! This restaurant is upscale but not stuffy. Cannot wait to go back!

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

Thank you for spending part of your New Year's celebration with us, and for sharing your review. More 

Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

Went here for Christmas Eve. Nice chic environment. Grape leaves are quite interesting. Nice, friendly staff.

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Thanks so much for your review. Glad you enjoyed your meal with us! More 

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Additional Information about Varanese

Address: 2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
Phone Number: 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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