Bavel

4.8
372 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(213) 232-4966
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis
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Cross street
Santa Fe
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Parking details
Street parking also available
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 372 People Are Saying
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4.6
service
4.7
ambience
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LT
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Awesome flavors and food. Patio is nice

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

Food was excellent, gourmet middle eastern, so pricier but worth it. Wait staff and sommelier excellent. Restaurant was way too noisy to have decent conversation. It was a Thursday early evening, so can’t imagine noise level on a Saturday at 8 pm! Don’t recommend for anyone with hearing issues.

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m
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sitting on the patio is fantastic. Duck Nduja Hummus, lamb neck schwarma, whole dorade and romanescu all really excellent.

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LG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a really good dining experience here, having dined on the patio. Indoors the noise wall was pretty crazy. Food prep and presentation were technically spot on. Very interesting menu. The server and the sommelier were likewise attentive. Only ding was the arrival of the courses felt a bit rushed.

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SR
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s always such a pleasure to dine at Bavel. I’ve been several times since opening week and I love it more each visit. The duck hummus and the romanesconand he friend fried quail and the malawach and the prawns and the babaganoush... and the cocktails and the dessert. We did very well for ourselves and will be back soon.

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

We love Bavel! The food is spectacular! Lovely space. The only complaint we had on this our 3rd visit is our server seemed to be rushing us. We had an 845pm reservation and we felt pressured to order our next items. Other than that I would highly recommend!

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S
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is really good. Great space. A bit too loud. I enjoyed it but now worth a six week wait for reservations.

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EF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

One of the most divine meals we’ve had in awhile and we are lucky to eat out quite a bit...we will for sure be back when we ar lucky enough to get a reservation....

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J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! We got there late and even though they ran out of all their entrees we were still able to have good food!

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

the food was too salty | the restaurant too loud | the space was cool in concept, poor in execution

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. Very loud!

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VM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in a very long time! The pits + hummus was INCREDIBLE. We just got the regular one (as opposed to the duck) and it was the best I've ever had, including a trip to Israel. The Pita is insanely fluffy. Grilled Prawns were best item we had. And the butter lettuce salad, while simple, was a favorite of the meal. Left the meal full, but not like we had to roll ourselves out.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in LA!

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, healthy portions and very good service.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food. Amazing customer service. Nice ambiance. Loved it!!

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. The tomatoes, prawns and blistered pita are unreal.

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PD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time in Bavel and it was almost better the second time. From delicious food to amazing staff, this restaurant has it all. Thanks for the great experience!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So amazing! The service was excellent!

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I
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

I was excited to try Bavel, but it was just OK for me. Great ambiance and scene but the food I have had similar dishes outside the US which have been far more tasty and satisfying. The lamb flatbread which is popular had way too much sauce and NO lamb crumbles. The grilled pawns were spicy and kinda dry for being over cooked. The Dorade fish was tasty except i think the sauce should be on the inside of the fish and not on the skin. For dessert we had the rose donuts which could have been delicious if they didn’t have the sugar all over the outside. Good experience but Bestia by far is their better restaurant.

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v
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Very good food and service, but the decibel levels (music too loud) is outrageous! No chatting with friends here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience - will definitely be back! :)

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect as always. We loved having Trent as our server. He made our entire experience even more memorable from his knowledge of menu, great recommendations, timing of courses and always coming back to fill our wine. Top notch.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and ambiance was decent. The servers were amazing. The only negative is the price. Expect to pay double for a dish here versus other restaurants in the area.

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N
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Bavel was fabulous overall. Food was great, service was great, vibe was great. Only issue was how loud it was with the diners volume mixed with the music at an energetic level creating a difficult situation to have a normal conversation. We did ask the manager if the music could be lowered and they did seem to comply. NIce touch!

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SI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun great food. Too noisy, no matter what one’s age. It does have an ambiance that is outdone by the noise level which is not vibrao..

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with even more amazing food. I had a great time and we will definitely be back.

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing! from the cocktails at the bar to each individual dish. My only thing was that we had to wait maybe 30-40 minutes for our table (we arrived maybe 20 minutes early to our reservation) and they were going to give us a table on the patio which we didnt want. So we asked to be seated inside and they said it would be another few minutes and they just ended up seating us at a high top in the bar section. It was right next to the open kitchen and fire so it was quite warm but other than that, everything was great.

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j
Orange County
30 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Must: Foie Gras Halva, Scallop Crudo, Grilled Octopus, Oyster Mushroom Kebab, Grilled Lamb Saddle Chop, Braised Wagyu Beef Cheek Tangine

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RV
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

After making a reservation almost a month ago, it took them 45 minutes to seat us. They sat us at a 4 top on the patio that lacks atomsphere. The inside of the restaurant is vibrant, filled with live plants hanging from the ceiling. The energy is infectious, I felt like I ordered my food to go. The food was excellent, and the wine was incredible. Luckily I have a bit of wine knowledge because the somm spent no time at our table. Usually if I'm going to buy a bottle of wine that costs $100+ I want to learn something about it. A rushed description of the favor profile is not what I'm looking for. Just didn't seem acceptable to me. Also, he brought it to me open and decanted. I don't mind if you decant my wine, but do me the courtesy of presenting me the bottle and opening it in front of me. I would go back, for sure. The food is incredible. I'd prefer to sit inside next time. The experience will be just that much better.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food coupled with great service make this a must try restaurant.

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m
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was soo good we tried various appetizers with was fun to share Chef Johnny did a great job

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really cool vibe here, both the patio and the interior are beautiful. Food, cocktails, and service were all outstanding!!

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IM
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table sucked. But everything else was great. The host was nice and friendly, we got seated as soon as our majority party (2/3) was there. The waitress was doooooope, she great recommendations that we tried and she was very nice and quick to get our orders in. The food itself was deliciously prepared and gorgeously plated. Hopefully next time we can get a table with good ambience as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, service was amazing. Could not ask for more.

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j
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is top-notch. Wish bar area was first come first serve. Overall great place.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an unbelievable dinner only down side was the wait.

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B
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here was great. Our server and the sommelier were both really helpful. Great experience.

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RR
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Bavel received Jonathan Gold's last review (a well deserved rave), so I knew I would visit. I wish I had come sooner. It seemed like a good place to eat before the opening night concert of the LA Phil, because they start dinner service early. Gold's review starts with a disquisition on hummus, so that was where we started, and it was the best hummus I've ever eaten. It's paired with pita clouds, fresh from the oven and pumping out yeasty steam as they're put on the table. We followed that with another ethereal, if less rustic, dish, a scallop crudo. The scallops themselves were briny and super fresh, and the sauce a delicious foil. Roasted cauliflower was perfectly cooked al dente, sprinkled with pistachios, and accompanied by a green chile sauce and serrano creme fraiche. A sampling of eastern Mediterranean style cured meats and sausages followed, similar to a charcuterie plate, but with different and very tasty seasoning for the meats. We finished with the lamb sausage flatbread, which featured fresh mint leaves among other flavors, and was extraordinary. Service was attentive and helpful in choosing compatible dishes. We will return, soon.

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RA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great LA hot spot! Fantastic food, ambience and service.

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IP
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. I will definitely go again. Great food and service.

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