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2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Vernon)
+1 502-899-9904
17:00 - 23:00
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Louisville, Kentucky
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This should be your favorite go to restaurant in Louisville. Whether it be a special occasion, out of town guests or just a night out, this is where you need to dine and relax. Excellent food and selection. Great drinks and wine list and competent attentive service. Varanese always excels. Pick up the phone and reserve your table!

Thank Charlie H
Louisville, Kentucky
Level Contributor
26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Varanese has been my special occasion dining as the atmosphere, live jazz, service, and food are excellent. Every. Single. Time. Whatever the owner and management team are doing, they've got it right down to an art. From Valentine's Day dining, birthday meals, to my engagement there, its become my trusted favorite in all of Louisville. The orange glazed salmon, the... More 

1 Thank foodiegal78
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Varanese is a favorite of mine and my husband's, so we decided to have an early Valentine's dinner there on Saturday night. As usual, we were not disappointed. We started with an order of the stuffed crab avocado and an order of the baked brie. The avocado was good, but it didn't wow us the way the baked brie always... More 

Thank KyMom1
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you for celebrating Valentine's Day with us and for sharing your review. We appreciate that you took the time to describe your experience. See you next time! More 

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77 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

My wife and I went to Varanese for appetizers and cocktails and had a wonderful time. The staff was very accommodating and engaging. My wife enjoys chartreuse and they happily made her cocktail even though they'd never heard of it before. The appetizers were good, but I was hoping for them to be over the top great. The atmosphere, menu... More 

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

Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your visit and that our bartenders were able to create the chartreuse cocktail your wife wanted. We look forward to your return visit! More 

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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Varanese Restaurant was refined, elegant, intimate and trendy. Service is subject and can be different each visit when dining at restaurants. At Varanese, hostess and server were great. Couldn't have done better. Hawaiian Butterfish and Filet Mignon were excellent. Different chef specials routinely. Will definitely visit again when I am back in town.

1 Thank Anthony V
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us on your trip to Louisville. We appreciate you took the time to share your experience and we are happy that you enjoyed your meal! Looking forward to your return visit. More 

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252 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful contemporary atmosphere. Professional servers. Full service menu. Fine wine and drinks. Delicious Italian entrees. I had a great steak, myself. Street and parking can be congested sometimes. I will return.

Thank Coff33
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

I'm so happy you enjoyed your meal and we thank you for your review. Look forward to your return visit! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

A cup of the lamb & lentil stew is the perfect way to start your meal at the end of a winter day. Sometimes I get a quart to go!

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

An excellent choice for sure! Thank you for sharing and for the high rating. See you next time! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The kale was excellent. The setting was intimate. Typical above average Louisville restaurant. Service was very good. We complained a little about the room being cool and that was quickly fixed.

Thank Vaughn-Debbie P
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review. I'm happy to hear we were able to accommodate your request. Please come back and see us again! More 

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125 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Loved the cocktails and every dish. The price is reasonable for the high quality. Our only complaint was service was a little slow but our waiter was awesome!

Thank Twinmommy123
Randy B, Public Relations Manager at Varanese, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your review. I'm so happy you enjoyed the meal and we appreciate your feedback about the service. Hope to see you back again! More 

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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The food and service were ok for the prices they charge, but the hostess left a very sour taste in our mouth to start. It was a rainy Thursday evening and only two or three tables were occupied when we arrived, several minutes before the time we had booked several days earlier. The hostess first tried to seat us at... More 

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

I'm so sorry you were not satisfied with your seating location in the restaurant. The building used to be an old auto service station, so you were close in your assumption. Most of our guests love to sit in the Four Seasons Patio area to enjoy the live band and the feeling of al fresco dining year-round. I hope you'll... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
American, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206
  • 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
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?