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Reviewed October 28, 2023

We had our 5th anniversary dinner here. From the food to the service, not just the server but the hostess and manager, this was the best restaurant we have ever eaten at. They made us feel so special. I had one of their specials, Filet...Mignon Oscar, the steak was so tender you could cut it with a fork, every flavor on that plate complimented each other. I scraped my plate clean. Just when I thought I had no more room, I found some for their orange cake. We are visiting from Ohio and I would definitely come back just to go to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 4, 2023 via mobile

I went with my wife to celebrate my Birthday. From the moment I walked in the door the dining experience started with a warm welcome. It only got better from there. The staff were beyond amazing. The food well it was mouth watering. I had...the pork chop and it was so good I will have memories about it. They made my Birthday memorble.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed May 11, 2023

Excellent food, service was fair, but parking lot very small pushing us out to curb parking on narrow street.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 10, 2023 via mobile

Food was good, Jazz was a great addition to dinner, and the bread pudding dessert was to doe for! Parking is limited so you will have to park on the street.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed September 19, 2022 via mobile

We took our out of town guests yesterday. Our server Jessica was amazing! She really made our night! (If you are reading this Jessica, y’all/yins did a great job! Lol.) Everyone loved their cocktails. The pork chop was very tasty and perfectly cooked, loved the...shrimp and grits… so flavorful! The salmon was also delicious! We had the cheese and hummus plate as a starter and I was not a fan. The hummus was gummy and had an odd flavor. The rest of our group didn’t mind it. I could have had the bruschetta as my meal… yum! For dessert we had the bread pudding and asked to have some bourbon to pour on top (so good!), the lava cake (wow) and the brûlée (coffee flavored and very nice). We were the last to leave and Jessica and the rest of the staff treated us if we had all the time in the world. We so appreciated that! Our experience was so special! Thank you!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022 via mobile

Enjoyed the best service we’ve had in a long time as well as one of the best dinners. Kate, our server, was delightful! She was attentive, prompt and seemed genuinely happy to be working there. The clam chowder was one of the best we’ve ever...had (and my husband’s from New England). Our entrees consisted of the specials; skirt steak with shrimp add on, and the grilled swordfish with shrimp add on. Throw in some Sonoma Cutrer and Tito’s cocktails and this was a winning evening. An addition to our favorite restaurants in Louisville’s world class dining scene!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 14, 2022

In Louisville as a tourist and ate here two weeks ago. Service was great, food was even better, and the ambiance even better than that. There was a duo, guitar and upright bass, who were great. Didn't try to overpower the room just played background...but if you wanted to listen they were really good....worth listening to. This place is a class act and worth going to...not stupidly expensive either, you won't be disappointed. If we lived in Louisville, we'd be regulars.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 29, 2022

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Varanese. Food, drinks and service were all wonderful! There was live music which only added to the experience. With Covid we have not been dining out ....Varanese was defiantly a great place to experience our venture back to in...restaurant dining. Our server, whose name I can't remember, was great! We never felt rushed or hovered over but were well taken care of (The young lady was a graduate student and waiting tables suited her schedule and she was well suited to the job)More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022 via mobile

Scallop appetizer was excellent. My wife’s pasta with and my sea bass on spinach were excellent. Arty presentation of crème boule. Good service but not exceptional. No butterknife. Efficient valet.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 1, 2022

For the New Year's celebration, I invited my niece (an international student at U of Louisville) and her mother, visiting town from Panama, to join me at Varanese, one of my favorite places in town. The whole experience was extraordinary with a great server (Kate,...I believe was her name) who welcomed us in Spanish and later in the evening brought her sister from the kitchen to say hello in Spanish as well. The food was, as always, well crafted and with its unique flavors, from the angus steak to the bourbon salmon, the lobster mac/cheese and the bread pudding with caramel ice cream. What a wonderful and delightful way to welcome 2022. The restaurant had live music and offer the traditional New Year's hats and tiaras, as well as a glass of champagne to toast. Cheers 2022! Cheers Varanese for a great opportunity for my family to feel at home in Louisville.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 13, 2021

We were spending the night in Louisville while on a trip and selected Varanese for dinner. While parking in the area is a bit of a challenge, it is well worth the effort. The setting is welcoming and nicely appointed. While we were there on...a Friday evening, there was live music. Mason provided excellent service. Pricing is fine dining, and the quality of the food was very good. The wine selection is good, with many high end wines. We were very pleased with the oyster appetizer, and entrees of lamb shank and strip steak. If in Louisville, we will definitely consider a return to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed September 20, 2021

My husband and I reserved Varanese for our sons rehearsal dinner. From beginning to end, working with David at Varanese was a breeze! He was very easy to work with, and guided us through the menu selection, table set up, everything! The food that night...was amazing! I am still receiving rave reviews on all the dishes. The appetizers were yummy, the salads and entrees were delicious, and my mouth is still watering over the dessert options! And, the wait staff was Five-Star! I would highly recommend Varanese for any dinner event (large or small) when you want to "wow" your family and friends. You won't be disappointed.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 18, 2021

The service was outstanding, the food was of the highest quality at a resonable price. I had the smoked burbon pork chops and they were without a doubt the best pork chops I have ever eaten. My girlfrend had the salmon and raved about it,...A jazz bad was playing and the atmosphere was more than we could have hoped for. Our next visit to Louisville will include reservations here.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 12, 2021

We recently hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Varanese. The servers, McKenzie and Mason, were top-notch. They were attentive, efficient, and pleasant. The food was superb. David Allen, the general manager, was very responsive to all inquiries and requests, from months in advance to day...of! The chef was accommodating to a few special dietary requests. It was a great experience. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 7, 2021

First of all, we want to give a huge shout out to our server Thomas ! His personality and engagement during our dinner was well above our expectations . If I could adopt him in would do it in a heartbeat ! There was a...music duo (guitar and stand up bass) that made our dinner experience even better than we would have expected . The food was phenomenal ! Oyster appetizer was to die for! I had the lamb shank and my husband had the red snapper . Both were mouth watering! For dessert we had the banana cheesecake cake, along with a cup of coffee ‘spiked with’ kahlua. We will definitely be back during our next trip to Louisville 🥰More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Yes, we have live music from the Jeff Sherman Trio every night of the week.
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Dee S
December 23, 2016|
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We do not have a children's menu but the chef can create something kid friendly upon request!
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There is not a gluten free menu, but chef can accommodate any requests. Thanks!
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5