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2106 Frankfort Ave, Louisville, KY 40206 (Vernon)
+1 502-899-9904
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Burlington, Massachusetts
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Traveling to Louisville for the first time we stumbled upon this restaurant and couldn't have been more pleased with our meal. Tender and tasty calamari, pork tenderloin was delicious, the ribeye special was perfectly prepared YUM. The risotto was another triumph. Can't go wrong here!

Thank ElectraJoe
Louisville, Kentucky
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134 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Returned to the bar at Varanese after a few months and had a great experience. Even though it was Wednesday half price wine bottles, I really wanted a nice cocktail - Martini. Absolutely delicious! Plus, the bartender is so talented on all drinks and easy going. Live Jazz in the background and excellent snacks. Lobster ravioli and meatballs are excellent.... More 

Thank Tom V
Louisville, Kentucky
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited Varanese for our wedding anniversary. We loved it! Sat outside on the covered patio and enjoyed some live music. We had the Brie appetizer and it was so good! When we return in the future I want to try some other appetizers because they had so many that looked good. I have the fried green... More 

Thank Andria_Reynolds
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We will definitely come back if we ever come back to Louisville, Kentucky. Food was delicious with southern taste!

1 Thank PokharaRN
Miami, Florida
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194 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group was in Louisville for Derby Week, and as is the case at all of Louisville's finer restaurants, Veranese had a "Derby menu" with 4 courses price fixe $125 -- Note: This meal was truly superb, & worth it!! Each course had 4-7 delectable choices, enough to please any dinning preference. This 2017 Derby Menu featured several Varanese dinner... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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101 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I dropped in for dinner during Derby Week. Dinner on that Wednesday night included live music, and a "Hats on the Avenue" display by a neighborhood shop. Both of these added enjoyment to the evening., While imbibing nicely crafted cocktails, we shared an appetizer of hummus, queso, and tapanade...absolutely large enough to share, with delicious feta queso,... More 

Thank PoppaP54
Stow, Ohio
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a very enjoyable dinner in the heart of a area of Louisville that offers many restaurants, antique shops, etc. We had dinner on Sunday right when it opened and we're surprised at how quickly it filled up. Like the way the restaurant is comprised of an Open patio and a covered area, also opened to the outside. Our server... More 

Thank Dixiecup2014
Frankfort, Kentucky
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235 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went for a business dinner with several coworkers. Had heard good things about Varanese and they were confirmed. I order one of the daily specials which was pan fried soft shell crabs on a bed of pea risotto that was topped with just the right amount of some kind of delicious buttery sauce and some roasted asparagus. We also tried... More 

Thank wamzie
Frankfort, Kentucky
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this place for a business meeting with some colleagues. The food was spectacular. The duck egg rolls were the best I've ever eaten. The Ribeye was delicious and from the looks of everyone else's food it was delicious as well. The staff was very knowledgeable and helped with all questions. Don't be scared of the mocha creme brûlée,... More 

Thank JhibbnJuno
Louisville, Kentucky
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$28
American, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?