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Thu, 1/24
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly


baked brie
Baked Brie wrapped in puff pastry served w/ bourbon caramel, toasted pecans & sliced apples.
cheese & hummus plate
feta cheese queso, fontina cheese, pearl onion jam, roasted garlic hummus & crispy flat bread.
crispy beef tenderloin meatballs
topped w/ diced tomatoes, red grapes, cucumbers, red onions, & feta cheese in a curry-yogurt sauce.
fried calamari
crispy fried calamari tossed w/ assorted peppers accompanied w/ sweet chili sauce & citrus ponzu
stuffed crab avocado
lump crab stuffed fried avocado w/ pico de gallo & a roasted jalapeno creme fraiche
cheese spheres
mozzarella, spinach & artichoke cheese spheres lightly fried, served w/ a tomato- herb dipping sauce.
bbq duck confit eggrolls
crispy fried‏ duck confit & cabbage egg roll w/ bbq aioli.
pulled pork & sweet potato biscuit
slow roasted pulled pork served on sweet potato biscuits finished w/ apple butter
serves two $15
serves four $25
assorted charcuterie plate
chef erik’s‏ assortment of house-cured salumi & artisan cheese.
appetizer platter
appetizer platter of lump crab stuffed fried avocado, pork biscuits, stuffed grape leaves & cheese spheres.
anchovies $+2
crispy romaine salad
crispy romaine lettuce tossed w/ a creamy roasted garlic parmesan dressing topped w/ fried polenta croutons
pistachio encrusted goat cheese
warm pistachio encrusted goat cheese served over baby spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, grape tomatoes, cucumber & red onion w/ a tomato-balsamic vinaigrette
candied pecan & apple salad
candied pecan, granny smith apple, & sun-dried cranberries tossed w/ mixed baby lettuce & caramelized onion vinaigrette
fried green tomato salad
fried green tomato & bibb salad drizzled w/ buttermilk dressing, crumbled goat cheese & crispy prosciutto garnish
cup $5
bowl $8
curried lamb & lentil soup
curried lamb & lentil soup
slow braised lamb shank
with a creamy potato, parmesan, & caramelized leek hash & braised collard greens finished w/ a natural pan sauce.
pecan encrusted california white bass
pecan encrusted california white bass atop molasses whipped sweet potatoes finished w/ a honey jalapeno butter sauce.
chef john’s personalized vegetarian dish
created w/‏ seasonal & local ingredients.
gulf shrimp & grits
butter poached gulf shrimp w/ sharp cheddar & chive grits finished w/ a spicy tasso gravy.
grilled certified angus beef tenderloin*
with roasted garlic whipped potatoes topped w/ a smoked bacon jam.
certified angus strip steak
Grilled strip steak served w/ rich creamy white beans w/ pancetta, zesty fried Brussels sprouts & natural reduction.
“v” burger
char grilled grass fed beef topped w/ smoked mozzarella, crispy prosciutto & chef john’s v-12 sauce. served w/ house made chips.
crab cake sandwich
seared lump crab cake topped w/ a spicy slaw & horseradish spread on a toasted brioche bun. served w/ house-made chips.
bourbon barrel smoked pork chop
spice rubbed bourbon barrel smoked boneless pork chop topped w/ an apple-bacon chutney served w/ gratin potato
beef tips & tortellini
sauteed beef tips & tortellini tossed in a rich gorgonzola cream sauce, baby spinach, grape tomatoes & toasted pine nuts topped w/ crispy prosciotto
assorted cheese & fruit plate
daily selection.
brioche french toast
Custard-fried brioche French toast topped w/ candied bacon, sugared pecans, peanut butter powder, bourbon maple syrup, & caramel sea salt ice cream.
bread pudding
toffee-marshmallow bread pudding & bourbon caramel sauce served w/ salted caramel ice cream.
small bites
small assorted tasting
mocha creme brulee
mocha creme brulee, rich custard w/ a candied top accompanied by a warm chocolate & caramel-filled praline
chocolate lava cake
warm, gooey chocolate lava cake served w/ vanilla bean ice cream
small scoop $2
large scoop $4
ice cream
french press
red hot roasters certified organic coffee
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.
$10 - $28
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My wife and I thought we would try Varanese before our Broadway show for a nice dinner date. We were seated quickly and the server was quick to get our drink order. The decor is nice although I would prob kill the Christmas lights hanging...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank seabiff
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have now been to Varanese for both a date night and a business dinner and I can say this lovely restaurant delivers on both, which is rare. The atmosphere is romantic, but not so much that you feel awkward at business events. The menu...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Shannon A
Reviewed December 19, 2018 via mobile

We stumbled into this place by accident and were really pleased. Great wine list and cocktails and some of the best seafood I have ever had, in a landlocked city. Salmon was great and special Hawaiian ono on grits was even better. Service and atmosphere...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank johnmV7204KW
Reviewed December 16, 2018

It was just down the street from our Airbnb; it wasn't busy on a Monday night but we got reservations ahead of time just in case. The alcoholic drinks were potent but good. We enjoyed the appetizer; my smoked pork entrée was literally 2" thick...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Glentanahome
Reviewed December 12, 2018

No music until Thurs-Sat. Descent bar drink. Somewhat noisy in restaurant area with table of six trying to hear each other. Food very tasty--loved the duck. Service outstanding. A lovely night at a top notch restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank AwesomeladyUS
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Varanese is a top restaurant in a city with # top restaurants. Can't go wrong. The eclect ic mix of appetizers and Entrees has something for everyone. Desserts are fantastic!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank larryzigerelli
Reviewed November 16, 2018

Management was more concerned with the drunk women and their fashion show. Not the Dinning Out for Life patrons.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Scenic774051
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Perfect for a date night! Live music, fancy atmosphere. We loved the crab stuffed avocado appetizer - so different from anything we’ve ever had before! Yum! The salmon and mashed potatoes were delicious! We wouldn’t recommend the Mac n cheese - it was the only...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 71tiffanys
Reviewed November 10, 2018

These people know their business. The atmosphere is comfortable and romantic. There is a first rate live jazz ensemble playing every night. The food is imaginative and very well prepared. The only dish that ever put me off was the antelope tartar that appeared on...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank William M
Reviewed October 31, 2018

We were very disappointed in our experience at Varanese this past Monday night. There were a number items that left us disappointed. These include ordering the Rib Eye special to be told the restaurant only had 5 steaks and the table behind us ordered them...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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February 28, 2017|
Response from Randy B | Property representative |
Yes, we have live music from the Jeff Sherman Trio every night of the week.
Dee S
December 23, 2016|
Response from Randy B | Property representative |
We do not have a children's menu but the chef can create something kid friendly upon request!
November 24, 2015|
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Response from Randy B | Property representative |
There is not a gluten free menu, but chef can accommodate any requests. Thanks!
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