Varley

4.6
64 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, and situated right next door to sister restaurant The Ivy, Varley is a craft cocktail bar and lounge for the downtown executive, urban local, and out-of-town guest seeking an innovative approach to high-end cocktail culture without all the pretense.
Led by Bryan Borreson and Vaughn Carrick of the Realine Group, Varley maintains the same modern aesthetic as The Ivy, but with a little more edge, and is the perfect setting to share in drinks and dialogue for both the most discernible of cocktail connoisseurs and those simply seeking a cold craft beer or pour on the rocks. Also, if you’re hungry, Varley conveniently shares the same kitchen as The Ivy and offers an exclusively curated menu designed to pair with the full selection of drink options available.

Varley is a 21+ Establishment

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 64 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a Bday part and the ambiance was amazing!!! Our server was so fun and kind. Also the truffle burger the fries, the Gnocchi all sooooo good!!!!

AP
vipAlexandreaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Cody was great and the mussels (which I also get at the Ivy - YUM) we're delicious. The Mandarin Lime Sour was great, too, but I would have loved a whole pitcher ;)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great first time experience! Our food was awesome, server was fantastic— he always made sure we were doing okay and his attitude was happy and positive he made us feel very comfortable, we sure did enjoy it. Plan on visiting soon again!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sexy lighting. Swanky setting. Great service. Very good food. Vegetarian bowl didn’t miss a meat accompanying it. Drinks were reasonably priced but very small. Would visit again.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, Both the bartender & server were great, inviting and funny. The food was amazing everyone in our party loved each dish and I had to try my kids serving’s as well the sweet potato gnocchi is incredible, the truffle burger has the best flavors and those fries yummy, the cashew bowl is delicious... I will be back!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Too many items missing from menu

SF
SaladFingers
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

It was a Tuesday night and maybe two other tables. We had to constantly call for the bartender because somehow our waitress was always out of the room? Oh and their online menu (which they have you scan on the table) is “out of date” they claimed. I ordered the truffle burger (fantastic by the way) marked for 16$ and was charged 19$. When I brought it up they decided that they would do me a “favor” by “discounting” the meal. Skip dining in and just pick up the meal so you don’t have to suffer through that service and skip the tip.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxed, great way to start the night

KT
KaseyT
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally recommend checking this cute bar out! Such a fun atmosphere to grab a drink with a friend or for a fun date night

TB
vipTechBro
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continually knocks it out of the park in terms of service, quality, and ambiance. It could be date night or hanging with a few good friends; this is the place.

D
Dmacdine
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick snd friendly from the time we stepped inside. Staff was great with recommendations and ensuring we had a great experience. The drinks were tasty and the perfect portion. Our order was taken with ease and the food temperature was idea, kitchen and server timing was great. Server was not intrusive, in fact, quite jovial which made our experience even better. The desserts are a MUST.

P
vipPicky
Salt Lake City
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Interesting menu of small plates perfect to share. Fantastic mussels, charcuterie plate and delicious cocktails. Stylish minimalist decor. Our server Cody was just the right mix of attentiveness and fun sense of humor.

PD
PamelaD
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The menu was smaller than expected. The Hummus and Burger were very good but I was a little disappointed in the texture of the Pumpkin Creme Brulee. I did advise the waitress.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Very weird ambiance here; TOO DAMN DARK. Too dark to read the menu or see the food, which ended up being creepy at the end of the night...service was awkward, food was not very well prepared; broccoli underdone, sweet potato gnocchi chewy, the charcuterie board was skimpy and awkward. Meh. Skip it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place!!!!

TB
vipTechBro
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very attentive without being pushy. Great food, drinks, and music. I think of this as a place adults come to meet for drinks and have great conversation. I can’t wait to see the place packed after Covid.

SW
SteveW
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for a cool hip environment and perfect cocktails! The food menu is small which I love, and all the food is delicious!

KP
vipKristineP
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience3

We asked for vegan food. The server changed my husband's mind to something that was vegetarian. It had milk in it and my husband is lactose intolerant. It's a bummer that the server didn't know the difference between vegan and vegetarian.

c
cjpeden
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun evening. Tried most item on the menu. All very good. Many items had an element of heat to them.

JH
JamesH
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at the bar and had so much fun. Our bartender was amazing and attentive. Will definitely be going back.

JP
JustinP
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, good food, overall great place to grab a bite and a drink.

t
tm81325
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was my first time at Varleys. The drinks and food were excellent and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant.

HI
HsingIY
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food choices are lacking.
I like options.
Good for after dinner hangs out.

a
viparladd
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the decor and ambiance. The menu is great, you won’t be disappointed with anything you order!

AW
AndrewW
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool spot, loungey with a small but all the way solid menu and great drinks.

HA
HANNAW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding but drink combinations were slightly strange. Most cocktails are served in very small glasses.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience

m
matthewd
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just amazing, so rare to get this kind of experience in utah. 5 stars on all counts

LA
vipLAtoSLCfoodgrrl
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The drinks here are super expensive and service is mediocre, if that! The charcuterie board wasn’t worth the wood it came served on. The entrees were good, but there’s not much of a menu to choose from. There’s nothing here that makes it stand out and there are way too many powerhouses downtown that will make Varley forgettable!!

JM
JamieM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Great place. Good food. Service was super. They went out of there way to make things just the way we wanted.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, awesome stuff! And we loved the free birthday dessert 😍

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe, interesting menu and solid service. No complaints at all. Will most definitely go back at some point!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Much better quality than expected. Just the classic cheeseburger and fries blew me away.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. However, I felt as if people were not properly spaced out they seated another couple at the end of our table and it was uncomfortable.

DS
DlayneS
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We had a high top reservation, which ended up being at the bar, which is fine. Our server seemed to be overly occupied with something or someone other than us. We had to ask to get a food order going and then our appetizer came out with our food. We didn't even get asked if we wanted another round of drinks. It was a little weird. The drinks were interesting, the gnocchi was the best part of our meal hands down.

IR
IgnacioR
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Drinks were very very good, the food was tasty albeit everything was luke warm at best. I’m assuming they bring it all from the kitchen of the restaurant next door and it gets cold on the way. I would certainly return, but probably just for cocktails.

That said, I’m assuming their restaurant is amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous little spot. More on the psh side so it’s perfect for dates or getting dressed up for cocktail hour!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was fantastic. Honestly surprised by how fresh and delish it was. Cocktaila were also great.

PM
PaulM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Very expensive for small drinks and not much a food menu.

G
Gianna
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A group of friends and I went to Varley for my birthday. The food was outstanding, the service was amazing and friendly. The Vibe made me feel like I was in Manhattan. I highly recommend coming here. Look forward to coming back soon!

FAQs

Varley offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (801) 203-4124.

Varley is rated 4.6 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.