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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, Reservations, Takeout
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 129
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Always a Pleasure

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
Mike R
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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181 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW 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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Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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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Lambertville, Michigan
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Reviewer
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
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 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 

Louisville, Kentucky
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is our go-to restaurant for great food & great service. We've been several times with only good things to relay. You CAN spend alot but there's no need. The menu offers affordable options. With the caliber of food, we initially expected pretentious service but were pleasantly surprised with friendly yet professional service. Don't miss it.

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

Thanks so much for your review. Be sure to come by now that the weather is warm and we can open up the patio doors. More 

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I would define this restaurant as affordable fine dining. The plates are well made and interesting but also fairly affordable. We got reservations through Open Table on Friday night for Saturday night. I would definitely recommend reservations as they were turning away anyone who did not have a reservation. The atmosphere is good but unfortunately we were sat at the... More 

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

I'm so sorry we weren't able to move you to a different table. I will certainly inquire about it. I'm happy you enjoyed your meal, and also wanted to let you know that the parking lot across the street next to Nancy's Bagel Grounds is available for our Patrons. Thank you so much for sharing your experience! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My husband and I recently went to this restaurant to celebrate his birthday. We had reservations but got there 15 minutes early, and were promptly seated. I do recommend reservations since the place was pretty packed on a Saturday evening, and by the time we left, there were several people waiting for a table. The ambiance was pretty good. There... More 

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

Thanks so much for celebrating your husband's birthday with us. I'm so glad you enjoyed your dinner and I appreciate you sharing your experience. Hope you'll come back and see us! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food here is impeccable! John Varanese is always coming up with some of the most unique food creations. I love all the food on his regular menu and always look forward to seeing what he has come up with for specials. The dining room sometimes can feel a little crowded but other than that I highly recommend this place!

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

Hey, it's good to be busy, right? Thanks so much for stopping in and for sharing your experience! More 

Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We made reservations and arrived early, but still were seated promptly. It took our sever awhile to get to us, but she was apologetic. Extensive wine list and bourbon choices. My husband ordered strip steak with sweet potatoes and he absolutely loved it. I ordered the bourbon glazed salmon with pasta. It was fair. The bread sticks tasted like day... More 

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

Thanks for your feedback. We very much appreciate your comments & hope you'll come back another time. If you like, you can request a table away from the jazz band for a more quiet dining experience. 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: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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?