Varley

4.6
49 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 49 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

TB
vipTechBro
New York Area
28 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
5 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
KristineP
Salt Lake City
1 review
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.

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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
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.

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tm81325
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
5 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
Denver
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

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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
62 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
2 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
21 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
3 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!

OA
OutdoorAmateur
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food. The ordered the charcuterie board. Simple meats, but we really enjoyed the blue cheese (very stinky). We purchased a few drinks along the way with Varley Old Fashion. Very smooth, great bitters. The mojito and Margareta, both were very sweet. We finished with a portobello mushroom burger and the pork appetizer. They were amazing. The guacamole mousse added the extra flavor for the burger. The appetizer was a full of flavor and the cabbage had a great crunch.
There was a live DJ creating a great ambiance of indie electric mashups. The seating along the wall is very creative and super comfy.
Overall we would have enjoyed a little bit more of a cocktail bar.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. The staff was very polite and the food was incredible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice staff! Great recommendations!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! It was our first time there and I really loved it! The staff was awesome and the food was wonderful! My husband was vegan and they were very accommodating!

JM
vipJasonM
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First, we were pleasantly surprised at the quality and presentation of the food; it was really exceptional, and reflected the good work of an excellent chef. The mixed reviews are simply related to this not being a restaurant so much as being a lounge/bar. As a consequence, the ambiance is sitting in a bar/lounge eating, rather than in a dining room, and was consequently very (very!) dim, the seating was typical-style lounge plush couches (with chairs), and there was techno house music playing in the background. The staff were perfectly pleasant and professional.

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Darcey55
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried Varley the Monday after Christmas because the other places we checked didn’t have any reservations available. So glad we ended up there! Upon initial look at the menu, we weren’t too excited about the options, but everything we tried was insanely good. The best food we’ve had in recent memory! Even the hamburger with arugula side salad was incredible, and neither my husband nor I normally care for arugula (spoiler: we ate it all). The hamburger was melt-in-your-mouth tender. The chorizo fried rice was equally surprising, and don’t leave without trying the gnocchi. We also tried the little shredded pork cracker things which were tasty little bites and the drinks were perfect as well! We’ve excitedly told many friend about this new place and are looking forward to going back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a great addition to Salt Lake City! The drinks were delicious. Came here with friends on a Saturday night! They were great at following Covid safety measures as well. Would definitely recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute Christmas Eve dinner... at first we weren’t sure about it but didn’t have many other options so we decided to give it a shot ... first drinks ... brilliant... next our food exceeded expectations!!! Hit the ball out of the park! Wonderful service... quiet and relaxing! Best of luck ... hats off to opening during Covid!!

LS
LeonaS
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food was amazing! The mussels were perfection BUT it was intensely dark. Varley is a nightlife spot but this was at 7pm on Christmas Eve. There was no need to make it to the point where you could barely see the food in front of you. Overall, it was great but the lighting needs some work.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The food was okay. I honestly had high hopes and it wasn’t bad by any means but there is still room for improvement. The Muscles were delicious! The Pear and Goat cheese salad was mostly arugala. It was under dressed and hardly had anything else to it except a few pears and very little goat cheese. The chicken I added was necessary to make the salad actually have some substance. I tried my friends Chorizo Fried Rice and it was really
Good.

R
Ross
Indonesia
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Drinks, food, music, and location were all amazing. Whether you are visiting SLC or local you have to try Varleys.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is just simple and inviting. You can actually hear your friends talking, but you can’t hear the music that well unless you’re in the middle of the place. Service was excellent. Food was great.

JB
JoeBoobus
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for good cocktails and shareable bites!

SM
vipShawnM
Salt Lake City
42 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great drinks, and food was pretty good overall.

FAQs

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

Varley is rated 4.6 stars by 49 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.