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Bavel

4.8
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1820 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1820 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
service
4.7
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJen772
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and relaxing atmosphere even in quarantine :)
Excellent and enthusiastic service. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valet was prompt. Hostess was gracious. The service staff seated my wife as I parked the car and she was elated that her seat was pulled out. The waiter and waitress were a delight and fun. They staggered their service and were so engaging, were knowledgeable and spot on with their suggestions. FOOD WAS AMAZING! Ambience was beautiful and we were socially distanced & safe. Each table seemed to enjoy the intimacy and privacy of the distancing. We loved it.

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vipSharence
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Staff are all geared up (with masks, face shields, gloves).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I arrived in time for my reservation but my friend was running 10 minutes late. They did not let me sit and asked to wait outside. When I asked why can’t I sit since we booked the table and it’s just waiting for us, the reply was: it’s due to covid. I don’t understand how this measure is making any difference but causing trouble to guests. I was standing outside under Los Angeles sun and it got really hot, I asked for some water. Water was provided in a plastic MEAL container, not a cup. Something my dog usually gets when we dine with him... I felt quite miserable standing under the sun drinking from this container. Food was ok, nothing special and we were seated right next to the parking lot, I was 2ft away from dirty cars, I’m not sure so about the ambiance and $ value... I get it, the times are weird but don’t make it worse by mean inattentive service and silly rules.

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TimothyG
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Expensive, but the food was amazing. Great service and cocktails.

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MichellP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful place and amazing food! I would recommend to everyone.

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vipLorenaL
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hummus with the freshly baked pita were delicious!
The scallop crudo is excelent, and the lamb iand the babaghanoush are a must. Definitely coming back.

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Janet
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Their outdoor dining is very comfortable and away from the streets.

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Ayala
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, aesthetically served, great service and good atmosphere

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vipSvetlanaK
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice ambiance on the patio. Menu was shortened (so they can ensure people leave within allotted 90 min) and it’s not as inventive and unique, anymore. Also, felt a little rushed - busboys were a bit intrusive - hovering at the table like flies. I think value has declined, as well - charging $4/piece of toast 🤷🏼‍♀️
Not going back unless menu choices go back to pre-Covid standards.

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Roundzebra
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I worked with Jessica to make my reservation and coordinate menu details. Everything was absolutely perfect. Everything we ordered paired well, including our wine choices. The wait staff was very attentive and the atmosphere made for an aesthetically memorable experience. Thank you!

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PeterC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Baba ganoush, prawns, and oyster mushrooms are delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Everything about the experience was incredible - great service and exceptional food. The only issue, however, was that with 10 minutes left of our 90 minute seating limit, we were told that our table was needed and that we had to leave. I assume the man that approached us about this is the manager. After such a lovely meal and evening, it felt slightly offensive to be shooed away especially having just spent so much money and still having time left on our reservation. I completely respect the new protocols due to covid-19, but hopefully management can learn to talk to diners with a bit more tact and timeliness.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice patio space great food and wine

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vipOpendiner
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food and service were excellent. However dining area on pathway adjacent to parked cars was bad. Our table lit up red from rear brake lights every time a new car moved in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Phenomenal food

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KennedyC
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience. I would come back and bring a friend

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food here especially the duck hummus. Great vibe with music and comfortable patio for social distancing.

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vipChip
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tables for two are in the worst areas of the outdoor dining area, i get it - the big tables generate more $$ but remember we have been dining with you since the beginning.

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DonW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We have been to Bavel a couple of times pre-COVID and we were excited to return this week. We had family in town and decided to celebrate a birthday at Bavel. Unfortunately, third time is not a charm. The outdoor seating is more akin to a Tijuana taco bar patio than one of the great restaurants in the Bestia family. It's cool in a coarse urban way but could be hipper with the prices you will pay. The first two times I went to Bavel, I thought the food took middle eastern cuisine to another level. This time it was just expensive Middle Eastern food. The shrimp was a standout dish and so was the grilled whole fish. The rest was just ok and the flatbread flat out boring. The dessert, a rose doughnut, was ok, but tasted fried in a not good way and the rose too faint to make a statement.

The real disappointment was the service. Our main waiter was very friendly and accommodating, but the overall team effort failed miserably. We ordered a lot of spreads and appetizers, but they came out rapid fire and we felt attacked by the food and couldn't really enjoy the experience of dining with one another. It felt like the kitchen wanted to go home early! We finally had to ask our waiter to slow down the service, which he did.

The real issue came with the drink service. Three of us drink alcoholic beverages, but my niece is a minor, and my husband 17 years sober. My niece and husband both ordered what sounded like cool non-alcoholic drinks. The rest of us ordered cocktails. When the first two drinks came out they handed one to my niece and said it was the non-alcoholic Bismark. We corrected the waiter and said the Bismark was for my husband. My husband took a few sips and asked me to taste it because he thought it might have alcohol. I tasted it and we checked the menu to make sure the Bismark didn't have alcohol. It doesn't. However, my drink did and they had served him my drink. So much for sobriety and so much for Bavel.

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vipOtiumFab
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious from the hummus to the lamb neck, all great. We also had the mushroom kebab and grilled shrimp appetizer which were both unique and tasty. The wine list is also fun and innovative, I liked the non - corporate approach to the wines, we had a great white Pinot Gris that went perfect with all the food. Overall, a great meal!

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JordanF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal with an exceptionally knowledgeable server. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks you for excellent service and a extraordinary meal

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends Birthday

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JulieD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! And felt safe and well taken care of outside on patio. Wait staff was attentive, but not on top of us (well maybe once). Loved that it was quiet outside, too, and could talk with my friend. Love to return!

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EricS
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious. One of the best meals I have ever had. Worth the hype

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vipmanbche
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dreamy atmosphere. Food was delicious and the wait staff was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio options are great and had a lovely ambiance. Such a wonderful dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bavel. It surpassed our modified pandemic expectations exponentially!! Food, service, professionalism. All spectacular as always. We felt “normal” for the first time since March. Forever grateful for a glimpse of what once was.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time here! Tom our server was very knowledgeable and helpful.

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ElisaF
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant as always. I love coming here. The food is delicious

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THE NIGHT 💜💜💜

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PaulE
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Whole experience was fantastic. Super safe everything sanitized. Food was excellent scallop starter dish delicious, Fatoush salad fantastic.
Entresse: Dorade perfect, and of course the Lamb neck was juicy and succulent. Almost like a Pot Roast. One of the few restaurants where all they hype it true!

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vipLACEY
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food on a beautiful patio! We even had a celebrity sighting! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for every day or a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good experience

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MaryB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a pretty mediocre experience overall. The pita was very unique and delicious, and the grilled mushroom kebab was wonderful. Besides that... meh? There’s a middle eastern restaurant in silver lake called Mh Zh that is genuinely twice as good for half the price.

The service was very reluctant, which I understood given our current Covid circumstances. However I’ve noticed the service is pretty crummy at Bestia as well. It’s the feeling of... we’re slammed... we actually wish you weren’t here... you’re welcome for being allowed in our restaurant.

Again, you’re slammed. I get it. But the food... is reeeaaallly not good enough to justify the price or attitude. Even Miz La La in West Adams, which is essentially fast food, is more interesting.

So boring. So blah. Haven’t found a restaurant this overrated since 71 above. But they have a view.

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AfshinN
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

extremely rude waiter, the food was fine. they were out of pretty much everything though

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Avery
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genuinely the best cauliflower I have ever had in my life.

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sokasalsa
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

I usually love this restaurant. Obviously the experience outdoor is not the same!

FAQs

Bavel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 232-4966.

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 1820 OpenTable diners.

Bavel does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://baveldtla.com/gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.