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Varanese

2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #16 of 1,508 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $28
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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

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
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
1 review
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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

Radcliff, Kentucky, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We chose to celebrate our anniversary at Varanese. We have dined at many of Louisville's best restaurants and Varanese is deserving of its reputation as one of the top restaurants in the area. The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. The service was exceptional and the atmosphere was ideal. Chef Varanese stopped by to check on our dining experience and... More

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

So happy to be a part of your celebration! Thanks for sharing your experience. More

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We have been to Varanese several times andwhen my father in law came in for the weekend we suggested it. The evening started wonderfully and our server was great. My husband and father in law loved their entrees but sad to say I didn't have the same experience. I ordered the strip steak cooked medium, upon cutting into it it... More

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

I'm so sorry to hear about your experience. Our Chef and Manager thought they had resolved the issue to your satisfaction. Please contact David Allen so that we can figure out a better solution. We certainly did not mean to offend you and apologize for any inconvenience. He may be reached at 502-899-9904 or at letsdine@varanese.com. More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I have heard all good things about this place and went here last year. Fantastic food and was asked by Mr. Varanese how our dishes were. Nice guy. Wonderful food and would recommend. Be prepared to pay for it!

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

Thank you for the recommendation. So glad you enjoyed your meal with us! More

South Padre Island, Texas
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have never been disappointed by a meal at Varanese. Louisville is a foodie city, blessed with an array of wonderful restaurants. In addition to the great food and wine menus, Varanese has a really friendly and fun ambience. Each month John Varanese hosts a wine dinner, with courses selected to go with specific wines. You really experience what an... More

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

We really appreciate the great review and shout out about the wine dinners. They really are so much fun! More

Versailles, Kentucky
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Sitting outside, a soft breeze blowing, very nice soft jazz playing old favorites in the background, people talking, people laughing, and all in all, a great atmosphere for a lovely summer evening. And the food and the service matched the ambience. My wife had Salmon, on a bed of delicious cheese grits, and a side of brussel sprouts. I had... More

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

What a lovely picture you paint. Thank you for sharing your experience in this review! More

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