Varley

4.2
99 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, and situated right next door to sister restaurant Ivy & Varley, 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 Ivy & Varley with a little added edge. Varley 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 Ivy & Varley, offering 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
  • Contactless payment available
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 99 people are saying
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Joyous
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great drinks and delicious food! We had the charcuterie board, pear and goat cheese salad, Thai curry mussels, and beet hummus. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service3ambience2

Can’t tell if it’s a night club or a restaurant

SM
SepehrM
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere.

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GregR
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Some of the food was good some of it was poor. The charcuterie plate was really poor. The muscles in the curry sauce were quite good. We only had appetizers cuz the main meals did not look very appetizing. Drinks were good but nothing special. Our waitress was very unresponsive however as the night went on another waitress noticed and came over to pick up the slack. The ambiance was quite nice.

JB
JamieB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool yet cozy ambience with great cocktails and food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, can’t wait to go back!

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KendallF
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tangerine lime sour was super delicious, and the staff were kind and attentive, and the ambiance was classy without being fussy.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely cocktails, great service and great setting! Looking forward to our next visit!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Montana
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We sat there for 30
Minutes without being acknowledged. We finally left before we found even get a drink.

MP
MarbryP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The sweet potato gnocchi and the coconut Thai mussels were simply amazing!!! The service was great and her recommendations were helpful. Would love to go back and try more dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Made reservations for standard seating & they tried sitting us at a high top, when we asked to be sat at the open standard table they said they couldn’t because of COVID and our party of 4 was too big??? yet a few more minutes later they sat us at the standard table. Drink and service was great. Ordered a salmon and had to send it back because it was under cooked, I wasn’t upset at all & they came back comping the plate. That was appreciated and not expected. Overall great time but wouldn’t highly recommend.

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CG0427
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place. Nice atmosphere, great for a casual get together. We didn't feel packed in and had excellent food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Way way too loud

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BreaC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, food, ambiance and staff. We love this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to grab dinner and drinks with friends!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and loved it. Food was really good and the ambiance was perfect for the birthday occasion. Can’t wait to come back.

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CamilleP
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Cool ambience and tasty drinks. Food is okay. Kitchen is shared with the Ivy so you might wait 40-60 minutes for your meal.

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was perfect. Really yummy food and amazing cocktails. Very attentive service. Definitely will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friday’s are just great here, a perfect group get together place with a fantastic DJ, great food, nice seating, friendly service! Seems just a bit short staffed sometimes for how many large groups there are but you do get great service albeit sometimes slow.

MT
MichelleT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Party of 4 instead of 5 we each ordered some food after waiting 30 minutes some one came to our table to tell us there was a mix up in the kitchen and the asked us our food order again. When our food did arrive only 2 plates were brought out all of us being polite we did not eat until all of the plates arrived. By the time we all started eating my food was cold Our waiter came by twice and apologized and said that he would talk to the manager to see what he could do to compensate us. That never happened. Don't think that I will go back there

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, awesome service, we loved the experience we will be back again when we visit salt lake next.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Varley old fashion was delicious. Truffle burger had a great spice to it.

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EjokeE
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the vibe here. It’s very chill and relaxed. The food is good and the drinks are good. The service is also outstanding.

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KatieN
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was not great, and the service was pretty slow even though it wasn't busy. I'd probably go here for drinks, but not for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our second visit and we enjoyed another awesome evening with friends. Next thing we know 4 hours passed. Never once felt rushed. Service was exceptional and we really enjoy the vibe and feel. Until next time.

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Jules
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Service was terrible and rather uninformed server. They turned the lights down so low we couldn't see our food. Up down, up down, find a setting and stick with it. Then we had three different people ask if we were doing OK....it just seemed like a bunch of rookies were playing restaurant. Good vibe if the lights weren't almost off. Don't get the charcuterie board. Burger rocked though.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fam and I got stuck in SLC traveling back to NYC! We made the best of it and went out to dinner! Our server was Luke, super nice and tentative. Food was delicious, music was fun! This is def an under 30 crowd as there was a dj and music was flowing. But it was subtle and not too loud. Even though our party was btwn the ages of 27 and 72…. The staff didn’t make us feel like we didn’t belong. They were friendly welcoming and fun!

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

I thought our drinks were very good (old fashion & whiskey sour). I felt like the burger was just average but had the potential to be more. The gnocchi was too garlicky. The lights would constantly dim which was super annoying. Our server was more interested in keeping this one party full of women serviced than making sure all the other tables had their basic needs met (like silverware, water & simply asking us if our meal was good). Our whole table ate our whole meal without any drinks.

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vipAnniversary
Detroit
17 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Just a bar. Nothing special. Limited choices.

CS
vipCameronS
Chicago
34 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and intimate location. Really like the bar setup at Varley. Staff was busy but did their best to be helpful and accommodating. Had a fantastic time!

JC
JenniferC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for my clients first date! They loved it!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, top notch staff, amazing food, interesting drinks

BJ
BakJustin
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and music was really dope! Overall, the vibe of the place was great!

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LizP
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first meal out that we've had in a very, very long time that impressed us. Cody, our server, was very attentive and helpful. He checked in with us often and also gave us space to just enjoy our drinks, meal and dessert. We had appetizers (olives and beet hummus). The beet hummus was amazing! Olives were spicy but not too much. I had the blistered salmon with pea salad and it was prepared perfectly; the peas were so fresh. My partner had the steak, Brussels and potatoes. The steak was cooked perfectly and cut like butter. Of course, I have to say something about the drinks! They are remarkable. Don't be fooled by the small size of the glasses -- each glass packs layers of flavor and a punch. Enjoy. You can't go wrong. Also, the seating is intentionally spread out and so you have privacy and distance from others in the restaurant. I look forward to returning.

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TomM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great location! These guys have done a great job creating a warm and inviting space.

The ONLY drawback for me is that while Varley and The Ivy next door share a kitchen (they're owned by the same company), they don't share a menu. So I couldn't order a Chicken Caesars Salad, but they offered to sell me a regular salad with Caesar's dressing and a side of chicken so it was pretty close.

What I ended up with tasted great, so I can't complain about that. But it just seems dumb that while the chef was making my quasi Caesars Salad, they were very likely making a real Caesars Salad right next to it.

Overall, the experience was great and I'll go back. But I'll go knowing that a shared kitchen doesn't mean a shared menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
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!!!!

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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 ;)

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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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
11 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.

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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!!

FAQs

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

Varley is rated 4.2 stars by 99 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.