Bavel

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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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was perfect. Knew when to refill, kept close attention to finished plates and brought out the next one. Food, now that was just perfection. My husband and I had such an awesome experience and we will most definitely be coming back.

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best, most original Middle Eastern food I've ever had! Incredible baba ganoush and mind-blowing desserts

d
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

in short, Bavel is far better in terms of food, service, ambiance and noise level than absurdly overrated Bestia.

LM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere, food, and service were exceptional. I just with that there was bar seating.

F
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the atmosphere. We had a wonderful experience.

RS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and unique variety of food options that are all delicious. The lamb neck shawarma and the beef cheek tagine with the best cous cous ever are must haves. Excellent service from everyone including the wait staff, bus boys, wine experts, and hosts.

LC
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Bavel has an interesting Mediterranean menu. Dishes to share. I thought the food was good, just not my favorite.

CA
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience! Ambiance inside is better than outside. Food is great, average budget is 45-55 per person. Nice but I was expecting a little more of the wow factor.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Outstanding as always. The duck hummus and roasted cauliflower was incredible. Service was just ok, but the food is worth coming back for over and over.

c
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lots of great reviews regarding the food. I thought it was just ok. I love mediterranean food. Drinks a no go for me. It was an experience.

GP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Bavel is simply stellar. Every dish is a star and somehow manages to work effortlessly with the other dishes to make a beautiful ensemble.

p
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is rare when a restaurant exceeds the glowing reviews it has received. But Bavel did not disappoint.
The food was extraordinary....with complex and complimentary flavors. The service was first rate; Julio could NOT have been more helpful....and charming. And I loved the general attitude of the staff. They seemed very helpful....not just to customers....but to each other. And THAT is a sign of employees who are treated well....and pay that forward. The vibe was fun....the customers diverse....and the overall experience top notch. What a lovely place to be. Thank You.

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent.

RG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous, excellent service, just have to shout a bit!

h
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food really great, the service was really good--not too formal nor pretentious. Bathroom with the shared sink doesn't work. Just awkward back there.

Main issue I have is that I just don't like waiting 30 minutes beyond my reservation time especially when I arrive early. At least offer a drink or an app. Felt very disorganized up in front.

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everthing! Our waiter Trent was outstanding!

M
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The pita breads and mushroom kebab was the best. Other dishes were okay. Duck and lamb was too salty for me. Overall, food was great. Service wasn't because they seemed understaffed. It was hard to ask for anything because all the servers were so busy.

L
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Food is great but obviously we're not the target clientele. No alcohol seems to mean no attention from servers.

KH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

You will pay $12.00 for hummus and you will love it. Cocktails are great. Staff is attentive. The dishes and cuts, familiar and unfamiliar, are all delicious. Even though your friends won't hear you, you'll keep saying "this is really good!".

n
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every single dish and cocktail was outstanding. The ladies also really enjoyed the wine. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a while.

FF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might be my favorite restaurant in LA. Haven't had a bad dish yet. I might start going back and just having different breads and cheese alone.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was delish except for our main course which wasn’t as hot as we’d expected. We were coursed out by our sever and it seemed like it got lost or behind because of the business of the time we dinned. Not major just felt under attended by our service staff

OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal of my life!

ST
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, food and the restaurant ambiance was fantastic. The suggestion from our waiter was on target. We dined on the grilled prawns, fried quail and the duck dishes. Everything was fantastic

K
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely love Bavel every time I go! Best food in LA, if you ask me! My only complaint - if I could even find this worthy of labelling as a complaint - is that the tables for smaller parties (i.e. parties of 2) feel somewhat less "special" than those for larger parties, but this is so minor (and based on my own personal preferences, haha). I dream of the pita every time I fall asleep!

MC
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

What a fantastic dining experience!

Our party of 8 was seated on the patio (requested high table - but this was fine) and we absolutely loved every single dish. We had: Hummus (+pita), duck nduja hummus (pita), baba ghanoush (+fried pita), scallop crudo, roasted hamachi collar, marinated tomato, roasted cauliflower, roasted cauliflower-vegan, oyster mushroom kebab and grilled tomahawk ribeye. Everything was perfectly prepared; seasoning was incredible and we were oooing and ahhing over every dish! We did what I suspect many guests do: Bestia or Bavel. Bestia or Bavel. We could not select one over the other and decided that's a good thing.

OT
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Made us wait longer than expected (we almost left). Very loud. The saving grace was the chicken liver pate. Outstanding. Everything else, meh.

K
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance were top notch. The energy is very exciting, but the noise level makes it difficult to hear the people across from you at the table and at times people next to you. We loved all the dishes with our favorites being the okra, the mushrooms on a skewer, the tomatoes and yogurt and and the scallops.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best food ever !!! Loved and will be back soon

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Started with the Farm Cheese which was outstanding. Don't really remember what anything else tasted like after that. The service/pace probably comparable to a dim sum restaurant. They kind of just drop a bunch of dishes on your table and disappear. Drinks came out after the 3rd course. Hospitality wise probably the worst out of all the Sprout LA restaurants.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Great experience, unfortunately my server wasn’t as professional as my last time.
Great place overall I’ll definitely go back

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food there was amazing ! The flavors so delicate and unique ! We had farm cheese with excellent sesame bread, the grilled prawns are literally one of the best thing I ate in my life ! The lamp chop and hummus were also outstanding ! I can’t wIt to go back

RA
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only complaint was the server was not That friendly Make us feel like he don’t want to be there!!!!!

LL
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing delicious experience! The best taste so far for me and my family. And I consider myself as a very experienced restaurant customer.

D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I took a star off because one of the servers joked with one of his co-workers behind our backs that we should not have taken such a small serving home. We did take a bite or two of the lamb neck home because it was delicious and we wanted our daughter to try it (and why waste good food that we paid for). I think the server intended it to be joke to his co-worker, but he said it behind our backs and thought we were not able to hear him. Everything else was excellent (food, service, and atmosphere).

RB
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food in L.A.!!
Great vibe and impeccable service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it!!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to take my husband here for his bday on sat night. Everything was delicious. We also love Bestia!!!! We will definitely be back to try the other items on the menu. Thank you for an amazing experience.

JB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Still one of the most exciting restaurants in LA. Food was amazing as usual. Service was great, although the only knock might be that they should have offered a plate change a little earlier in the meal.

PS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The babaganoush and fried pita is out of this world. Must do! Cocktails were disappointing but the wine selection made up for it!