Tavern
Tavern

Tavern

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tavernla.com/
  • Phone: 3108066464x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 2:15pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:15pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30- Close, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Suzanne Goin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz and our very own Paella for $25! EVERY Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 9:30 pm throughout the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Darlington
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Daytime parking lots available 2 hours free with validation.
    Evening valet available for $4.50 (on Darlington).
A word from Tavern
Tavern is the third restaurant from the chef and sommelier team of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, who also own Lucques restaurant and AOC winebar. This is their West Los Angeles outpost, which serves as a local gathering spot for the Brentwood crowd. Chicly designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, Tavern encompasses three separate, yet connected spaces: a glass roofed atrium dining room, a large blue walled bar and a café space called the Larder that features casual dining, bakery, retail and prepared foods to go. The restaurant serves Suzanne Goin’s signature California/Mediterranean cuisine with just a touch of a classic American influence.
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Tavern reviews from OpenTable diners
239 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (126)neighborhood gem (119)special occasion (111)great for lunch (100)great for brunch (75)vibrant bar scene (61)good for groups (58)romantic (50)hot spot (47)notable wine list (35)great for outdoor dining (26)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Salty and stale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I was a big fan of the Tavern, and though the restaurant itself is very attractive, especially the atrium, the daily soup, and two vegetable side dishes unfortunately were oversalted, rendering them unpleasant to eat. Additionally, one of the cheeses from the cheese plate was stale rather than aged. The other two dishes we had ordered were fine. The noise level is intrusive -- you often have to shout to be heard or lean way in to hear what your party members are saying! This was a disappointing experience overall, perhaps it is best frequented at lunch or brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fall is in the air at Tavern
    MamaVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Fall is when Tavern really hits its stride. The food is heartier, the vegetables are more colorful and warmth abounds. On our most recent visit, two of our guests were vegetarians and the vegetarian main course made them very happy. The lamb osso bucco is another tip of the hat to fall; hearty and delicious. Tavern's Steak Frites is always done to perfection. Delicious cocktails, wonderful service makes this one of the finest restaurants in Los Angeles. Suzanne Goin deserves all of her accolades. She not only understands food, she understands all of the other ingredients which go into the making of a fine restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    Spook
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The tavern is consistently good with few surprises. It is a favorite of mine and I recommend for business dinner, romantic evening or just a night to get out for a really good meal. Always a good spot for Sunday brunch as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pricey but good
    willewonk
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Tavern does a wonderful job of putting new life in old favorites. Went here for brunch. If you like people watching, it's five stars, pretty girls, guys and food. The grits were spectacular with an tense smokiness, eggs Benedict came with a built in salad that lightened up the dish a bit. Smoked fish was a perfect satisfying portion. Service was relaxed but friendly. Parking is free for 90 minutes in the nearby lot. WELL DONE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Experience
    happydiner
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have eaten here many times and are never disappointed. The food is delicious, service is good and the atmosphere is terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone downhill
    jujuVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Started out with good and interesting food and great service. Now the food has gone down hill...the service was the worst! One of my guests had her order taken wrong 3 times. About 30 seconds after they dropped off the starters, the entrees showed up and they just moved our starters to the side...mid bite, to make room for the entrees. This is one that we will not revisit. Very disappointing.
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  • awesome place for brunch
    TBearEats
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Really, really good food, lovely ambience and not crazy pricing. A rare trifecta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Spot for Business Lunch
    TherealmjbVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I've been here a few times recently for business lunch meetings. Good food, good ambience. Not the best for confidential conversations in bar seating area as seats are somewhat close, but that's how it is...Salads are awesome, burgers OK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    Californianative
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Took a relative here the other day and we loved our experience. Food was great. My cousin is already planning to come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Tavern has been reliably good since it opened several years ago. The menu gives enough choices, both some favorites and also seasonal selections. Certainly to be recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Went twice in one week. First time had paella and rice was extremely gummy. Second time had brisket hash and eggs for brunch. Brisket very tough and not much flavor. Extremely disappointed.
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  • Brunch
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I went to the Tavern for a business brunch during the week. The food and service was good, although I felt there was a limited selection on the menu. I prefer the weekend brunch as there are more items to choose from than the mid-week brunch. I will definitely return to the Tavern, either for dinner or brunch on the weekend. The Tavern has a beautiful atmosphere and the service is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    Gr8vibespot
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Chicken entree is off the charts and the special mixed drinks ( Bourbon one ) absolutely outstanding.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely evening
    Lulueats
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    It's a beautiful space with comfy seating. We had the best waiter, funny, personable and charming. The food itself was exciting and prepared to perfection and sampling of 4 desserts was the perfect ending to a fun evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Meetng Spot
    SBBrunch
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love this restaurant. Great wines by the glass. Menu is brief and every dish superb. I meet friends here every few months as it is convenient to all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evel
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My salad had a tasteless dressing, when I asked for something more tart, I was brought out another tasteless dressing. Next time I will take my dressing with me. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ya gotta go
    Terrybrian
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We skipped the entrée because the appetizers were too fabulous. I highly recommend the Spanish chicken. Oh, and the lamb meatballs. Don't miss the jumbo shrimp cocktail. You get the idea!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Declining quality
    sheilajoyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Unfortunately our last 2 visits have been disappointing. This was our favorite spot for brunch, but the quality of the food is nowhere near what it used to be. On this visit fresh sausage had no flavor, salad was overdressed, soup was greasy, pancakes did not have blueberries as stated on the menu. We will not be returning anytime soon.
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  • GREAT
    Pres
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Wonderful! Had a great Brunch going back next week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good but...
    knowswhatsgood
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is my second visit for brunch. We enjoyed the dishes so much last time--cornmeal waffle and brisket with eggs--that we ordered them again. I would say the food was not as outstanding as on the first visit. The brisket seemed over-salted and generally there was a subtle but noticeable difference. I hope it was just a slightly off day and this is not a trend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming!
    ThrilledCustomer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beautiful atmosphere. Delicious dishes. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Want to love it, but...
    compcook
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Lunching at the Tavern for my second time confirmed my first impression. The food is interesting, well cooked-- especially the chicken on the cobb salad. However the salad was limp and over dressed. My complaint is more with the waiters. They're hurried and our waiter yesterday was not very professional. I wanted to ask questions, but he dashed immediately. He was in quite a hurry. I felt unimportant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worldtraveler
    worldtravelerVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Lovely lighting, tables not scrunched together, soft shell crab appetizer excellent, mussel and garlic sausage excellent, waiters helpful but not overbearing, responsive to our needs but never rushed, familiar with food and dishes, very pretty setting, nicely dressed clients, everything was fresh, crisp, clean and comfortable. Noise level was just a mild hum so we could all hear. Very Very comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food but...
    FuFu
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was great but there were flies lingering around during my lunch. One landed on my mother's plane & got stuck on the food...kind of gross. We told the bus boy and he quickly took the plate away from us but never told our server. I had to wait 15 minutes before I could find my server. He quickly replaced the food. I kind of expected the bus boy would tell the server immediately. I was a bit disappointed with that. But overall the food and service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Neighborhood Gem
    BrendaVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Tavern does everything right. The servers are attentive to detail and make you feel special, the dishes are creative, healthy and full of flavor and the ambiance is terrific. I especially like the atrium where you feel like you are outdoors but you have the benefit of a/c and no bugs or wind. I have been to Tavern for brunch and for lunch and will definitely return. For lunch, I love the trio of salads. For brunch, the eggs benedict with an especially light hollandaise sauce and prosciutto is definitely worth a trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food, good crowd
    sarahkmg
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food was really good, service was great. We sat in the bar area for dinner and it was a little on the loud side but great for people watching.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    LuncherVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Good food selection, excellent service and 2 hr validated parking. Perfect for a nice lunch with friends. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weds. night Paella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's probably just seasonal, but we have been to Tavern for Weds. night Paella twice now, and it is delicious. Large enough to split between 2, add some salads and an appetizer. We had the lamb meatballs with feta and pine nuts, really good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid!
    WinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The Tavern is solid all around. Love the food choices, the wine, the vibe in the atrium and the service is solid. The only thing I didnt like was the way they try and promote their tax to the diners for them picking up Health Care for their employees. In a way, I should like it becasue it shows the consumer how they are being impacted by a poor choice at the election polls.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greedy
    danapointartVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I am a frequent diner at both Lucques and The Tavern. On 9/2, The 3% surcharge added to my bill was a surprise. I dine out 4 to 5 nights per week and have never experienced it elsewhere.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    foodlver
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Four of us were looking forward to having a wonderful brunch. Unfortunately the service was terrible and food cooked poorly. The computers were down so orders were not being placed properly. Our breakfast food took over an hour to be served. I ordered eggs Benedict and the eggs were over poached- had to send it back to kitchen. Our waiter did not bring us extra syrup, orange juice and hot toast as we requested. We had to ask 3 times. The manager never came over to apologize or offer any compensation for the poor meal. The waffle my husband ordered was cold as well. It was not a good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Overall we had poor service. The staff seemed to be annoyed with everyone and not very helpful. The food took long to arrive, as well as the bill. I would definitely NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • More than OK
    Jackster
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This was a first and much anticipated visit to a Suzanne Goin restaurant so expectations were a tad high. The bread was excellent - country style with an outrageous crust. A rather stingy offering of butter. My main course of fish tacos was bland as I was unable to top the overstuffed tacos with the accompanying pico de gallo mixture. Excellent coffee - no refills offered and dessert selections were mostly featuring ice cream or dairy products and were not that enticing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Natural light
    AmbianceaboveallelseVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The atrium provides lovely natural light and a gracious vibrant ambience for dining. This is by far the salient reason I like to go to The Tavern.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow Service
    shewqueen
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The ambiance is great and the good is excellent. Our service was very, very slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    EZ2Please
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went to Tavern with my girlfriend and her two kids on her birthday. OK, romance was not in the air, but that wasn't Tavern's fault. We went there because my GF's friends have told her it was good. I will admit there was a vibrant bar scene of attractive people. They also sat us on time and the service was attentive. The problem was the food wasn't very good and it was expensive. The highly rated chicken dish was bland and my spare rib had no more than 3 ounces of meat on it. The kids had ice cream for dessert and the birthday girl and I enjoyed the Snicker's bar. All in all it was a disappointing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tavern!
    lobo
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It has a great atmosphere, welcoming space and staff. The food was delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is a lovely place with good credentials - we have been there many times. It was packed for lunch, and we were surprised at how close together the tables were - uncomfortably so when adjacent tables turned over (everyone stops eating and draws back, moves their drink glasses in, and waits while chatting with the poor person trying to get out unobtrusively). And the food was inconsistent - my wife and I had the same chicken curry salad - mine was good and packed with raisins - hers was fair and had about 3 raisins (only found out afterwards). Nice service, delicious bread. My history there also says they do lunch better than dinner.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Paella & Live Jazz on Wed!
    MamaVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Wednesday nights are a highlight of our week. In addition to the regular outstanding menu, they offer fine live jazz. In addition, off-menu, and only on Wednesdays they serve a marvelous Paella and that Paella is loaded with the best seafood imaginable. That,in addition to the usual ingredients of sausage and chicken and rice. Divine dish and presentation. Four in our party. Three ordered the Paella. I ordered 2 appetizers and we all left so happy. Service was great. Food was outstanding and the jazz was the frosting on the cake.
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  • slow cooker
    food4thought
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We visit Tavern fairly often. It is a little pricey, but the food is absolutely delicious. Our favorites are the updated Cobb salad, which contains chickpeas, beets, butternut squash in a lemony dressing with crispy skin salmon added.Also love the decadent ricotta pancakes at brunch and fantastic steak frites, served up in a gorgeous indoor garden setting with hip and sophisticated furnishings. The only negative is that the service is always very slow. We have waited up to 50 minutes to get food, and have to work at getting our beverages refilled. Definitely a good place for a leisurely meal, (we obviously keep returning) but don't go here if you have a time constraint.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.