Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


2106 Frankfort Ave. (Clifton Ave.) Send to Phone
Casual continental-inspired restaurant featuring live jazz and a front room that turns into a patio when its glass doors are opened.


Dinner nightly

* Click here for rating key

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Varanese Restaurant Review

: Every evening, chef-owner John Veranese offers a long list of dinner specials, from appetizers to desserts. They are always worth sampling, but it’s hard to ignore the menu staples. Make a meal of starters such as the pulled pork and sweet potato biscuit, barbecued duck confit eggrolls, and deep-fried avocado stuffed with crabmeat. The crispy Romaine salad (anchovies optional) is the house take on a Caesar. Caramelized orange bourbon salmon, slow-braised lamb shank, and the bourbon barrel smoked boneless pork chops are excellent entrée choices. (Too bad the mashed potatoes are tarted up with garlic.) Waitstaff is willing to accommodate special requests and advise on cocktails and wine; the list is devoted to big name labels from a variety of regions, but is heavy on California selections. A fair-size dessert wine array is attractive. Chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream is the go-to dessert. Be warned that the stylish atmosphere, complete with a wall down which a curtain of water flows, is marred by a very high decibel level.

Best Kosher Wines
Best Kosher Wines

Check out GAYOT's list of the Top Kosher Wines.