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Varanese

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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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    Very good
  • 12
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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
Great food and excellent service

Highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful and vibrant. Enjoy the open air seating with the glass doors open. Light live music is a nice touch. Our wait staff, Jay, was on his A game. Attentive and very helpful. Now let's talk about the food. Imaginative and creative southern... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
TravelQueen56_10
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Lake Lotawana
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Lake Lotawana
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46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is wonderful and vibrant. Enjoy the open air seating with the glass doors open. Light live music is a nice touch. Our wait staff, Jay, was on his A game. Attentive and very helpful. Now let's talk about the food. Imaginative and creative southern cuisine. I suspect that you can't go wrong with whatever... More 

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

So nice of you to share your experience here. Thank you for coming in and I'm happy you had a great time. Hope to see you back again soon. More 

Bloomington, Indiana
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Had dinner in the open air front room of Varanese. The food was great - we all had different specialties of the house and all were very pleased. Jenny was our server and was attentive. Good bourbon selection and interesting mixed drinks. There was a jazz trio which was a nice addition. The restaurant was pretty loud when we arrived... More 

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

Thanks so much for sharing your review. I'm glad you got to enjoy the nice weather! Come back again and see us. More 

KINGMAN
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This place caught my eye because it advertised live music. Well that was just the tip of the iceberg. The interior is very unique from the water feature on the wall--to the "walls" opening so the entire restaurant is Al fresco. Our waiter was Jay and he was EXCELLENT and made our experience even better. Then, there was the food.... More 

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I'm so glad you had a great time. We love having Jeff Sherman play with his musicians each night. What a great way to dine. Thank you for sharing your experience! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I love this place anyway. Great service at the bar or out in the dining room. But I have to tell you the Wagyu burger special was OUT OF THIS WORLD! DELISH!

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

Isn't it amazing? Thanks for the review. More 

Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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95 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

John the owner and chef walk through the restaurant multiple times each night to check on his guest. Great atmosphere that allows you to sit in or in a partially covered outdoor area. Good food with many daily specials

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Thanks for your review. We love our regulars! See you next time. More 

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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Excellent menu with so many great choices. Also, One of my favorite places for a girls night out . Ate there tonight with friends & we each enjoyed our meal. Love the lamb & lentil soup, one of my favorites is the candy pecan salad, husband had shrimp & grits, friends had veggie plate which was a nice selection sautéed... More 

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Sounds like you had a nice selection from our menu. Thank you for sharing your review! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Had the grape leaves as my starter, unique flavor really wasn't for me. My entree was the lamb chops simple delicious, best lamb chops I've ever tasted,the caramelized onion was what made it amazing. Finish it off with the bruelle banana split,something words can't describe you haven't had a banana split till you've had one from Varenese. Rachel also gave... More 

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Sorry you didn't care for the Grape Leaves but I'm happy the rest of your meal was wonderful. Come try a new appetizer next time! Thank you for sharing your review. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Our meal was a most enjoyable dining experience. Exceptional service, delicious food with eye appealing presentation, soft jazz music in the background all added to this exceptional dining experience.Fabulous value!

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Thanks so much for sharing your review. So glad you had a great time. Come see us again! More 

Versailles, Kentucky
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55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We love the covered patio, soft jazz, prompt professional service and very good food. Need I say more?

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

I think that says it all. Thank you for coming in and sharing this review! More 

Atlantic City, New Jersey
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Came to town with my daughter for college orientation and found this place while out exploring - absolutely perfect in every way! from the fabulous to the sea bass and bread pudding with toffee for dessert I can hardly wait to return!

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I'm so happy you found us when you were in town. Thanks for sharing your review! 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: Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic

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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?