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Varro, Los Angeles, CA

Varro

4.0
4
26 Reviews
$30 and under
Argentinean
Varro specializes in wood-fire cuisine and natural wine. Our menu — curated by Chef Leo Lanussol, who hails from the kitchens of the legendary Francis Mallmann in Argentina — showcases various techniques of modern rustic cooking using organic, seasonal produce from local farms, prepared over a hearth with simple intention. Recognizing the fragility of our environment, we commit to using ingredients such as grass-fed meats raised humanely, poultry raised in free range farms, and sustainable fish from local waters. A diverse selection of natural wines from small producers around the globe complements our food.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:15 pm Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 405-6385

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Leo Lanussol

What 26 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. DB

    DavidB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very distinct / sophisticated / delicious cuisine. even basic sides and salads are highly layered. AMAZING tartine sourdough bread. feels like being in another country.
  2. H

    Hanna

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Good wine and ambiance. Great first date spot or happy hour with coworkers. Wine is really good, especially orange house wine. Good is just ok. Will come back to drink but probably not to dine!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Chef Ryan made our night. There were a few mistakes and misunderstanding when we ordered a GF meal, but Ryan came out and personally rescued the situation with his service and lovely food.
  4. M

    Matt

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The menu for the evening is just RIDICULOUS !!!! No choice and quite expensive. Furthermore they were out of some products while it was 7:30PM. We left the restaurant without eating.
  5. n

    njd51

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The wine list contained listings that were marked "sold out". We wanted a bottle of Sancerre but were told it was also sold out and then 5 minutes later they found some. The young waiter had no idea about the wines or many of the food ingredients. the 2nd bottle of wine (which we liked) hadn't been chilled in anticipation of our ordering more (we were a group of 4) The chicken was dry and bland. The bread was a joke, $9 for one hard chunk of bread to be shared by 4 people. The dipping sauce was pleasant but overall presented horribly. The appetizers were good, some of us liked the sunchokes, but it wasn't unanimous. The pea tendril salad was good but the sauce on the bottom wasn't really accessible to the dish, and this is when good bread would have been appreciated. The lentils were good but were a bit on the cool side. I'm a sticky toffee fan but the others at the table weren't impressed. Our dirty dishes sat in front of us for too long and I had to ask two people to come clear the table. This place has potential but it needs a professional to come in and straighten out the staff. It's new so maybe that will happen soon.
  6. SA

    StreamingAnimation

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A quaint location for a date night. The service was excellent. What I liked most about the restaurant was the menu. It was a break from traditional dishes and allowed me to try some creative flavors that I had not experienced before. The portion sizes were designed to support intimate conversations, just right -- keeping the focus on the flavors, company and relationships. I'm definitely adding Varro to my list of restaurants to come back to every once in a while to see what other flavors I can try from this very well thought out menu.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2021

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    Lacking portions, inadequate recommendations for party size and frankly just unique sound on dishes. I’m into trying new things but this place is just nothing special and better for a date.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This place isn’t a wine bar - they got about 10 wines by the bottle or glass. Service is terrible.
  9. B

    Bill

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    steak entre was served ice cold, asked the server if it was intentional and he said no it's supposed to be hot and then walked away from the table without offering any remedy to this. The sad looking sweet potato appetizer was 3 small pieces of sweet potato with a handful of lettuce dropped on top of it. grilled mushroom app was ok, but the flavors didn't really make sense or seem to complement each other. nothing on the menu reminded me of any food I ate in Argentina. would not recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    The food here was very disappointing. Boring tasteless strange preparations. And super overpriced. Services was mediocre.
  11. VG

    VictoriaG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I are omnivores who enjoy innovative flavor combinations; our daughter and her boyfriend are mostly gluten-free vegans who appreciate the health benefits of avoiding foods that are sweet, heavy, or oily. Varro is that rare restaurant where the four of us can all eat very happily -- sharing most of the dishes! -- with no one sacrificing any of the elements that are important to them. The food is terrific by any standard and it's an outstanding addition to our shortlist of favorite restaurants.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Made a reservation a week in advance. An hour before my res I decided to look at their IG to get excited about dinner only to see on their story that they were closed for the night. I called to confirm since nobody reached out to cancel my reservation. The customer service was horrible as they didn’t seem to care to let me know or even try to rebook me.
  13. RF

    ReganF

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Interesting food good ambiance
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    service was very slow.
  15. CC

    CecilyChambers

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience. Everyone that works there really cares about the food and it felt almost like a family run experience but also elevated. The mushroom dish, carrots as well as the pea tendrils were probably my favorite things!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Overall the restaurant was good. We needed a neighborhood restaurant that was approachable and good for multiple occasions. Our overall feedback was that the food was lacking salt and acid, and some dishes came out lukewarm instead of hot. Chicken dish was great and other dishes were good. Need to kick it up a notch!
  18. S

    Seanfoc

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If the idea of "Argentinian" conjures visions of grilled meats for miles, know that Varro grills and roasts vegetables (and seafood) with the utmost care and creativity. The sauces and spices were delicious and the platings are gorgeous. I've eaten here twice and I'll be returning again and again for sure.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Creative and unique flavors completely worked in every dish. The scallops with smoky flavors and corn relish was delish, porabello mushroom with hazelnuts and citrus sauce, sweet pea shoots were all great dishes, but don’t forget to get the bread to use for all the leftovers sauces on the plates.
  20. AS

    AmeliaS

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and service during soft opening! It was quiet on a Sunday evening, with lots of options for dining on the lovely patio. Vegetarian options were great and I enjoyed my glass of rosé.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    The food at Varro is very tasty and interesting, however it's positioned as a shared plate/ tapas concept and the portions are simply way too small for the cost. Additionally every dish arrived within 10-15 minutes of ordering which felt rushed. Our entire dining experience could have ended in 45 minutes had we not decided to order more food as the initial 7 dishes we ordered for 4 guests was simply not enough food. Our bill was over $450 for 4 without having ordered a bottle of wine, though wines by the glass are very pricey too - some are $25. Our initial bill presented - over $580 - was also incorrect in that we were mistakenly charged for two bottles of wine we didnt have. The server and manager were very apologetic and immediately removed but I'm just glad I reviewed the check in detail which I admittedly don't always do. Overall I think Varro could be good if adjustments are made.
  22. DI

    DanieleIS

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    3.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The menu is very short and does not offer many choices, mostly vegetables, which is a bit odd for an Argentinian restaurant. The rib eye, priced at $78.00, comes on a plate, uncut. The bread, oily, is also unsliced. The music was too loud, and we had to ask twice to have it lowered. 25% gratuities were included (the amount was not disclosed on the bill), and 4% for the Help Health was added. Not rushing back.
  23. DA

    DaraA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Never come here… overpriced food, terrible menu, feel like I was being robbed as I left
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice people… definitely early stages, but a unique menu and a fun eclectic crowd
  25. S

    Staceyb

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great staff. New place and pretty well organized for a fresh opening. Some plates are better than others but for the most part, the food was quite good. I am confident it will get even better as they get in the groove in the coming weeks.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New neighborhood restaurant and I’m excited to go back!

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Varro is rated 4 stars by 26 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Abbot Kinney and Venice Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Venice

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:15 pm Sun 8:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Leo Lanussol

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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