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2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206-2002
502-899-9904
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Ranked #7 of 1,516 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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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Went for our anniversary ! White table cloth / jazz music / chef drops by. Loved it ! Small menu , great choices. Wine and bourbon menu. Just a lovely spot ! Couples romantic spot ! Chef gave us complimentary dessert for the occasion ! Great hospitality !!

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

Sounds like you had a great anniversary! Thank you for sharing it with us. More 

Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

John the chef and owner does a fabulous job with the food each day. Casual elegance is the restaurant whether you eat inside or out.

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

Thanks so much for the review! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We really enjoyed this restaurant. The food and service was excellent. It was a little loud, but we were in the front room and there was entertainment. The back rooms would have been more quite.

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

Thank you for dining with us and for sharing your experience here! More 

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My wife and I had dinner at varanese for the first time and could not have had a better experience! The pork chop and salmon were top notch and would have cost twice as much at the restaurants in our hometown! These were the dishes suggested by our server, Matt, whom was top notch as well! Don't miss this restaurant... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review. We look forward to having you back again soon! More 

Clarksville, Tennessee
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here for our Anniversary and were blown away! Made reservations when we saw the daily specials online about 4:30pm. We were taken to our table immediately and greeted with Happy Anniversary from the Hostess. There were rose petals on our table and we were given fresh bruschetta as we sat down. The Lobster ravioli & scallops were the... More 

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

Sounds like the perfect anniversary celebration. Thank you for sharing it with us and for sharing your experience here! More 

Indiana
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Varanese is not in downtown Louisville, but only less than a10 minute drive and well worth looking up directions. We ate there on a Sunday evening and were pleasantly surprised to hear a combo playing when we entered. White tablecloths and napkins made it very nice. Our waitstaff was Anna and she was able to answer all our questions from... More 

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

So happy you enjoyed your visit to Louisville! Come back and see us again and thank you for your review. More 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were taken here by my brother who lives in Louisville. The restaurant had us sitting in the room to the left of the door and my sister-in-law had asked not to sit in there when she made the reservation because it was a bland room. They quickly found us another table. The food here is great and the service... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm so glad we could accommodate you and your group! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Thanks so much for sharing your review. It's great to hear from a repeat customer! 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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