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Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #11 of 1,505 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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Louisville, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here for our anniversary and it was perfect! To start, we shared the fresh heirloom tomato and mozzarella cheese appetizer and it tasted so fresh and wonderful! I'm a light eater and love hummus, so I got the hummus sandwich, and it did not disappoint! My husband got the chicken and mushroom ravioli and he... More

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

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for celebrating with us and sharing your review. More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Attended a group dinner the other night we were hosting for key clientele. From start to finish I would say the service was slow enough that I would reconsider hosting a group there again. Food was terrific and I would go again with just my wife but it's off my list for a holiday party.

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

I'm so sorry to hear that you were displeased with your service. Would you be willing to contact our General Manager, David Allen, to share some more details about your client dinner? He can be reached at 502-899-9904 or at letsdine@varanese.com. Thank you for sharing your review. More

Lancaster, Ohio
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

When I visit Louisville, I visit Varanese. I am usually alone so I sit at the bar where I am always well taken care of. The wine selection for by the glass is great and I always get the curried lamb and lentil soup. It is like a stew, thick and flavorful. The brussel sprouts are another favorite of mine.... More

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

Thanks so much for sharing your review. It's great to hear from a repeat customer! More

Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a place to go for our anniversary while visiting Louisville. Trip advisor did not disappoint us! This was one of the best meals that we ever had. We started with the stuffed crab avocado, I had the special Hawaiian butter fish and my husband had the smoked pork chop. After reading the rave... More

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

Happy Anniversary! So happy you chose to celebrate with us and share your own review. Please come back and see us next time you're in town. More

Winston Salem, North Carolina
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It is definitely an easy place to miss when driving to the location, in more of an up-and-coming area of Louisville. I had the pistachio crusted goat cheese salad (divine!) and the orange bourbon glazed salmon which was very good but the glaze makes the grits that the salmon sits on a bit too sweet for my tastes. Otherwise the... More

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

So sorry to hear about the mix up with your bill. I trust it was resolved to your satisfaction. Please give us a call at 502-899-9904 if there's anything further we can do, and thank you so much for your review. More

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
147 reviews 147 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

By far the best meal I have had in Louisville. Varanese was outstanding with both its food and its service. Located in a remodeled gas station, this elegant restaurant has a fun atmosphere with live music on the patio and extremely well trained servers. They take the utmost care of all their guests and even the chef (Chef Varanese), comes... More

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

Sounds like you got the full experience! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself at Varanese. Please come back and thank you so much for sharing your review. More

Louisville, Kentucky
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Had a delicious meal, a great time to talk with friends and enjoy jazz all at the same time. Varanese is one restaurant where couples can talk and the noise level is manageable.

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

Thanks for the review and the kind words. So happy you enjoyed your Friday night with us! More

Tennessee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My husband and I wanted to have a special dinner in Louisville, which was our last stop after touring the Bourbon Trail. What a perfect evening! The open air seating under a deep roof, the fun little neighborhood, live (but not intrusive music), and my husband finding a limited-edition, can't-be-found in our hometown Pappy Van Winkle bourbon on the spirits... More

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

I'm so happy you enjoyed your meal and that you had fun on the Bourbon Trail. The Wagyu beef is really something everyone should experience at least once, don't you think? Thank you for sharing your review. More

Boynton Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Incredibly friendly staff, even John Varanese chef and owner came out to check on things! Outstanding, flavorful food. There was also a small band for entertainment.

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

Thanks for your visit and your post on Trip Advisor. I hope you had a great time! Come back and see us again soon. More

Berkeley, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were on the road for an extended period and just wanted a light meal. Varanese has a great variety of salad and appetizer choices that fit the bill perfectly. Two salads, a fantastic lentil and lamb soup (very lightly curried, not at all spicy but YUMMY) and an appetizer left us feeling full and yet not overwhelmed with food.... More

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

Thanks so much for the review! We're so happy you enjoyed your meal with us. Hope to see you again on the next go round! 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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