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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 - 11:00 pm
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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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  • 133
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 11
    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
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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Craig W
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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Kentucky
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
45 helpful votes 45 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 

cleveland, ohio
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Excellent apps, salads and entrees. Efficient wait staff. Knowledgable bartender. Modern decor - clean and fresh. Has live music at times. Modern menu with southern flair.

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

That about sums it up perfectly. Thank you. I hope you enjoyed your Derby weekend. More 

Champaign, IL
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was an excellent place to eat. I had the Pork Chop entree and it was cooked perfectly. It was so much that I could not even finish the meal, though I tried. The service was really good. They were able to fit our entire group of 10 in for a meal. The owner (or GM) of the restaurant came... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. Most likely it was Chef/Owner John Varanese who visited your table. He loves chatting with our guests. Please come back and see us soon! More 

Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 via mobile

We enjoy the ambiance and the food. In fact, we ate there last night. John Varanese, the owner, hosted guitar concert of local guitar students. The music was great, the wait staff excellent, the food and wine were tops, as always. We signed up for the email list on the Varanese.com website. Each special event is announced in advance. The... More 

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

Thanks for the review. Glad you like our email notification and find them helpful. Feel free to reply to our emails if you have any questions or suggestions! More 

Fort Myers, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I have eaten here last year before I started to post reviews on Tripadvisor. Glad to be able to share my thoughts on this fine dining experience. From the understated, sophisticated decor to the eclectic menu the experience last night was memorable. I was in a party of 20 and I was concerned that the shear size of the group... More 

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

Thank you so much for that high praise. We love to take care of large parties! Stop in again for you next celebration. More 

Lambertville, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This restaurant exceeded our expectations for dinner and entertainment! It was about a $10 cab ride from downtown (4th street area). We arrived to a beautiful, sliding glass open front restaurant, complete with a wall of water falling. The wait staff was outstanding. Two live jazz artists played tasteful music on the patio which is a regular even there. We... More 

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

Looks like you arrived just in time for our Hats on the Avenue Fashion Show. I'm so happy you enjoyed the experience. Thank you for sharing your review and please come see us again! More 

Glasgow ky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife was running in the Papa John 10 mile race and we wanted to try a new restaurant on Friday night. We were pleasantly surprised at the excellent overall dining experience. The potato au gratin was superb. Our waiter sensed we were dining at a leisurely pace and his service matched perfectly. We live out of town and we... More 

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

Thank you so much for dining with us. I hope your wife had a great run and that you enjoyed your stay in Louisville. The Papa John's 10 miler is one of my favorites to do. More 

Elizabethtown, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

Wow!! Fabulous meal for Easter brunch! Started with the baked Brie, covered with a delicious caramel sauce and walnuts...fabulous on sliced apples and toasted French bread. Next, how can we rave more about the polenta croutons on the salad...melt in your mouth, unlike any crouton I have ever had. Great crab cakes with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, finished off... More 

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

Thanks for sharing your Easter Holiday with us. I'm so happy you enjoyed everything. Don't forget, we've also got Mother's Day and Father's Day brunch coming up. We'll be open early again. 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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, 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?