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Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #12 of 1,511 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $10 - $28
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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
Louisville, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Really had a nice date night! Started off with Brussels sprouts as an appetizer (it's listed under sides in the menu). The pecan encrusted goat cheese salad is also great! The shrimp Seviche is pretty good, but heavy on tomatoes and light on shrimp. GREAT live music and street views. Good place for 35+ crowd especially.

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

Those certainly are tasty, aren't they? Thank you for sharing your review. Happy Labor Day weekend! More

Lakewood Pierce County, Washington
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Four of us had dinner here and arrived around 5:30 pm to a mostly empty restaurant. By 6:30 it was packed, standing room only. I found service a little slow but that could be because the the crowd. I had the fried-green tomato salad because you don't get that where I am from. It was good and more than I... More

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. We appreciate your comments and hope you'll join us again soon. More

Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Do notmiss this restaurant! All courses. . From appetizers to mason course. . Full of robust flavors. Service was attentive, patient and not pushy nor ignoring. Then after 7 pm there was Jazz band. John Varanese, the chef& owner, was very accessible earlier tonight and shared his thoughts on his cousine.

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

Thanks for taking the time to share your review. We're so glad you had a great experience with us. See you next time! More

Marshall
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

What a wonderful dining experience! To begin with, we had forgotten our Garmin and were having a hard time getting the phone and car gps to work. So, we just called the restaurant. The hostess and manager guided us there through two phone calls. The hostess seated us and was so genuine as she seated us, highly recommending the bread... More

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

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We hope you had a great time in Louisville and we are so glad you made us a part of your trip. More

Columbia, Missouri
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great atmosphere in a nice location. Made reservations and the staff was very helpful. Tried 3 different Bourbons on there tasting menu and loved it. My Wife had the scallops and they were cooked excellent. Would recommend to any couples looking for a nice dinner at a moderate price. The live Music was a plus as well.

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

Thanks for stopping by on your first night in town. We appreciate that you shared your experience. Have a great visit! More

Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My husband and I have been to Varanese many times, and we recently celebrated our anniversary there. We were very happy with our experience. We love going to this restaurant when the weather is nice because they have a sliding door that opens to to the street. It is a great urban scene to be inside the restaurant, but also... More

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

Thank you so much for sharing your anniversary with us and your experience with this review. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

First visit here due to a friend's recommendation! EXCELLENT service and Excellent food! Already trying to figure out when we can go back next! Highly recommend!

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

Thank you for the review and come back any time. We're open 7 days a week!! More

Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We mistakenly went to this place when they were closed. Based on the reviews, we came back later that night and it was worth the wait. Reservations are a necessity. The place was packed and even though it is quite small with few tables, the side windows open up like a long wall of shutters in the evening to reveal... More

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

So glad to hear there will be a next time. Thank you for your review! More

Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

First place I have ever eaten at twice in two nights. Fantastic food, beverage, and atmosphere. At off the evening specials last night (Wagyu tenderloin with buttermilk mashed potatoes) and main menu tonight (pork chop). Everything was perfect. End of story.

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

Doesn't get much better than that! Thank you so much for your review. More

Nashville, TN
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Too my love and I to Varanese for dinner on a Friday night (had reservations for 7:00) and found a parking space right up front. Got immediate warm welcome and seated out on the covered patio. Jazz trio was just setting up. She had the salmon, I had strip steak. Both were amazing. Also had calamari as appetizer and everything... More

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

It sounds like you were really lucky on parking. You can also park across the street in the lot at Nancy's bagels. Happy to hear you enjoyed your meal with us. It's worth the parking search! More

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