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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FF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the best meal of my life!

ST
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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

MC
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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!

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

Loved it! Would definitely request a seat on the patio va inside since it's pretty loud in there.

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing dining experience. Top notch from head to toe.

JA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was great...except for the fact that we had to wait 30 minutes past our reservation time.

I had made a reservation for 845PM at least two weeks before my actual reservation. Unfortunately, when we arrived we were kindly told they were several minutes behind.

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

Incredible food, service and ambiance. We love how the menu changes slightly so you can keep coming back and trying new things. High quality, well worth it!

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

This was my second time. I was impressed when I went there first time. And this time I took my friends. We had great time with awesome food and the service. I will highly recommend to try this place, one of the best in LA.

s
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

I was very disappointed. Almost all the dishes were too spicy for me. There were not many vegetable or salad dishes. The waiter and sommelier were very condescending. As someone who knows wine and food, I did not expect to be treated as if I was ignorant by them and usually I am not in high end restaurants. The crowd was fun as the night went on, but would have enjoyed it more at bar, than outside table. The prices were very high I thought considering it is Mediterranean food. I would not go back.

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

One of the best restaurants we have been to. Amazing service and food! Scallop dish and tomato dish a bit spicy but so good! Loved all the flavors and attention to detail. Great place! Only recommendation is cushions on the seats at the counter.

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

I have eaten at Bavel on several occasions and have never been anything less than delighted. Our dinner the other night was exceptional.

h
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and they give you plenty. Our waitress was wonderful. We will definitely go back. The only slightly negative thing was the noise level.

HS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

too expensive for what you get. music much too loud and obnoxious.

D
Los Angeles
153 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food is very good, but you have to appreciate spiciness. Focus is on spice, not on the food itself. Very beautiful place, though a bit hard to find. Excellent service. A bit pricey.

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional. Coming from someone who lived in NYC for last 12 yrs. Well done to this team!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

3/4 of our dishes came on time, except our Malwach took 40 minutes to come out... super ridiculous. That was the disappointing part of the meal.

CY
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Mediocre. Rude server. Forgot to get our drinks and had to ask twice. Forgettable food & service but cool ambiance

n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Food was delicious but service was extremely slow. Also, their credit card system was down so it took 20 minutes to pay our bill. Not our waiters fault but he could have done a better job communicating the situation. Instead we were left to wait at our table wondering if/when he was ever going to come back with our credit card.

XX
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, and fun place. Even though it is expensive.

SA
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Your mouth will forever be thankful to you for visiting Bavel. It's currently my favorite restaurant, (well, I also really like Republique). The only negative thing about dining at Bavel is the noise; which at times can be a real problem.

JA
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience in a while. Great choice.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel is one of the most delicious and beautiful restaurants in Los Angeles! No food here is bad everything is amazing. Service is always on point and the open kitchen and hanging plants make this restaurant one of a kind. This was my 4th time back and keeps getting better and better! Worth the wait for the reservation!

ST
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel is a fun, delicious, hard to beat dining experience; if you have the money.

The duck and lamb flatbread were the stars of the night!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing like always

HR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and unique combinations
Always delivers on flavor!

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