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“Impressive Brussel Sprout Appetizer!”
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Ranked #29 of 1,780 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $28
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
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.
Louisville, Kentucky
Level 6 Contributor
391 reviews
285 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Impressive Brussel Sprout Appetizer!”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

Never thought I really cared for brussel sprouts, but we got an order to share as an appetizer and they were FABULOUS! Everyone agreed and I saw surrounding tables ordering them as well. All of the food we ordered was fabulous and the service was top notch! It was nice out, so the sliding glass doors were open, which added a nice indoor/outdoor feel to the place. Will be returning!

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
“Great spot for special occasions and group dinners”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Varanese has been my pick on multiple occasions for a group meal for 8 or so friends. The atmosphere is fun with great energy - love the live music - but it's still intimate enough that you can enjoy conversation with your tablemates. The menu variety makes it appealing to everyone and the staff are always knowledgeable, friendly and very accommodating. Perfect location on Frankfort Ave for continuing festivities elsewhere should you so desire.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank JWillKY
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Nashville, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great dining room and amazing food!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

This place was great! We really enjoyed the dining room with the glass wall overlooking Frankfort Ave and watching all of the folks traveling around for their “gallery hop” night. Even though the place was busy, the service was prompt and our glasses were never empty for long. I had the pecan mahi-mahi which was out of this world, and my partner had a steak that he was very pleased with. The chef/owner came to the table and chatted and was very gracious. Oh yeah, the bar area was also very cool with very friendly bartenders and very fun group of customers and we chatted with several of them. Absolutely a great place!

  • Visited March 2013
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Mequon, WI
Level 6 Contributor
476 reviews
317 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Call before going”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

The night I went, the GM and Chef were out and it showed. The server was very nice but VERY slow. The brisket was flavorful but way overdone. My friends like this place (they were disappointed to) so my advice is to try it if you are in town, but make sure the Chef and the GM are working!

Visited March 2013
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Thank BosoxKen
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Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
“"Not at the level we expected"”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

YES, Based upon high recommendations we tried this dining spot as well. The chef was attentive and did stop by about half way through our dinner but less than concerned about the quality of the food. One of our entree was the Flat Iron Steak which was over seasoned. The other meat entree was thick and not flavorful. It appeared to have had been cooked that morning and was left out to dry out. No one really seemed to care and seemed offended we did not enjoy the meal. Made us feel we did not know food and had an issue with the price. We never mentioned anything about the price or indicated we wanted any compensation for a bad experience. Ambiance was nice, probably better in the summer with the full windows opened up. The band very was professional though they seemed less than thrilled to be there, took a long break while we ate. But returned while we had desert. The bread pudding was a mess a tablespoon of caramel Ice cream which would have been starting to melt had the beard pudding been even slightly warm. Reality TV would tear this place apart and do it a favor. While I will not go as far as to say terrible, the chef is certainly not in at level the hype implies. But, then it is an old service station building, that just does provide the level of service. Here we go the price implies or commands. Gordon Ramsey Please Check This Place Out.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Tow_Zone
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