Bavel

4.8
224 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Fe
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Parking details
Street parking also available
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 224 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined a day ago

Wonderful food. Too much explanation about how to eat the dishes. Dessert was flawed. Nice wines.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Made reservations at Bavel to celebrate a good friend's birthday. Since he's a foodie, I was a bit nervous. But we agreed, it was our best meal of the year!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The entire staff was attentive and professional. We followed waiter’s food recommendations and were not at all disappointed. We’ve been waiting to visit this restaurant since we knew it was in the works. Fantastic experience

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service, creative variations on middle eastern dishes, and a cool Arts District building all make Bavel one to add to your Downtown LA rotation.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding service and food everyone in my group loved e erything

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Our server rushed us a lot when we had dinner there. I think her name was Risa J. We didn’f Have a great experience at all with her. It was very disappointing at that kind of nice restaurant. We went there to enjoy our dinner, but we got rushed a lot.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The food is fantastic and I really like the atmosphere. The pita bread is so delicious and bears absolutely no resemblance to what you find in a market and at most other middle eastern restaurants Where ive eaten. We had the tagine which was excellent, but the real marvel was the couscous with which it was served; again, no resemblance to the couscous I’ve made. Can’t wait to go back with a larger group to try more of the menu!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of, if not the best, meals I’ve had in LA. Everything is so flavorful and well prepared. Amazing wine list as well.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The service at Bavel is excellent. So much attention to detail. The sommelier has excellent suggestions and the wine I had paired well with my meal. Every bit of the food was great.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Like it's sister restaurant (Bestia), Bavel offers food that is inventive and delicious. Our server, Camilla, was extremely helpful, too. Great specialty cocktails, too!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

chef ori does it again!!! the man is a frickin genius!!!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

I would order the entire menu if I could...seriously, the bread alone makes me want to drive from the westside on a daily basis - can you please consider opening a bakery west of the 405? The buckwheat bread haunts my dreams!

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Beautiful space enhances fabulous dining experience. Helpful floor staff, including servers and bussers, work hard to make dining fun. Food is delicious; each course is better than the next. Halva with foie gras?!?! Amazing. Hummus, mushrooms, dessert—everything great. Wine program is uniquely Mediterranean with a glaring omission: no Israeli wines. Inquired about this, and wine director mistakenly believes that the food wouldn’t pair well with Israeli wines and/or ubiquity of Israeli wine locally is insufficient. What? Have you noticed the menu is strongly influenced by Israeli cuisine. Wines from Lebanon are sourced from essentially the same growing area as Israel’sGolan Heights. Yet there are any number of Lebanese wines on the list. Poor response and lack of familiarity can only explain this ignorant reply. Cheers.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Wow, what can I say it was a true culinary adventure. From the Farmers cheese appetizer, the mushroom kebab, chicken liver flatbread and the lamb shawarma every bite was perfection.
Can’t wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was amazing! The restaurant is very nice looking and has good music although it can get kind of loud in there. The server disappeared half way through the meal so we were never offered coffee or dessert and had to go find the hostess for someone to finally bring our check. Would return for the great food though!!!

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

We were so excited to get a reservation after hearing so much buzz and positive reviews.
The hummus dish was excellent everything else was good but extremely overpriced.
We both were not familiar with most of the dishes it would of been much better if I server would of guided us better on what to order or not order. After dinner we both were uncomfortabley full.
I dine out on a regular basis at such places as Bestia, Factory Kitchen, Rossoblu etc.
We had sticker shock when the bill arrived especially for the amount we ordered (4 dishes) and the quality. The whole experience felt more about the scene and not the entire dining experience.
I wish them success but can’t imagine it will substain for a long time.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Innovative and modern take on Middle Eastern cuisine. We loved the hummus, dorade and mushroom skewers. Desserts we tried were the rose clove donuts, simple but yummy and the licorice ice cream bon bon., which was delicious but on the interesting side of taste. The only okay item was the flat bread, the hard boiled egg was unique but not a favorite. Although there is plenty to choose for vegetarians it would be nice if there was one main dish on offer for vegetarians. Otherwise a standout restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great energy staff and environment...the Lamb is super ...the flavors!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Fabulous as always!

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

I love everything literally everything except music was way too loud

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Copy of my review on YELP:
This was a dream!!! Wait: was it real, was I there, or did I just dream it? I guess both. Everything was just perfect and marvelous. No wonder why it is so difficult to get a table reservation.
From the arrival, everything is supercool, the architectural outline and design result in a spectacular and warm (should I say hot) ambiance with lots of light, open kitchen with a huge fire, plants and electrical fixtures playfully populate the ceiling: I could sit there even without the food. And let’s be clear: the ambiance has to nail you down because one could otherwise easily get blown away by the fabulous food!!

The menu list is long, and apparently also changes here and there, too long to try everything but an absolute invitation to come back. Everything is a wonderful fusion of beautiful appearance, creative and very flavorful combinations of unexpected ingredients, tender texture, hot and mild at the same time. The pita bread, fresh, warm and fluffy, is just a prelude. Nothing but a feast when combined with the humus - which I believe is the best I’ve ever had.
Other items – all like the great finale of a firework except that more was to come – included the Scallop Crudo, Tomato and Plum salad, a Malawach flatbread, and the Grilled Octopus, which again was nothing like the rubbery stuff that is served in many other places, but something more tender and flavorful than I ever had before, it almost meled on the tongue

Even though it is tempting to order too much, the server provided firm recommendations where to go and when it was enough. But it was better to leave some space for desserts: OMG, the Roasted Fig Tart and the Vanilla Date Crème Brule were an excellent combination, and both for themselves very light, incredibly smooth and tasty. Rounded up by a real espresso (remember: a MIA at Bestia …).

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

The food was amazing! Love the FOIE GRAS HALVA, MUSHROOM KEBAB, and MALAWACH especially! We went on a Monday night and it was super busy. We sat right next to the open kitchen and saw the kitchen staff making the food, and it was very interesting. Definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys middle eastern food.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Best restaurant in LA with authentic middle eastern food.

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Pricey and appetizers worth it. Mains less so Empty when we arrived but had been told no later reservations. Service rushed giving you the feeling they had to get you out.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

This place is super close to my home and I really love Bestia so I gave it a try. You feel like you left the Arts District and walked straight into Beverly Hills, first of all. Our waitress seemed annoyed to be serving us and was annoyed to be answering any questions we had, she was honestly pretty terrible. She seemed 'too cool' to be helpful or kind and she sort of put a damper on the evening. We ordered 3 cocktails, all were fine but it took about 20 minutes to get them, they came after the hummus we ordered (which we ordered after the drinks). Waitress was neither apologetic or nice about it either. Whatever. The hummus was delicious and the pita bread was divine. It was fluffy and perfect. We ordered the Mushroom Kebab, the Grilled Octopus, the Grilled Prawns and the Cauliflower. Everything was fresh with awesome, unique flavors and cooked perfectly. For dessert we ordered the Licorice BonBon and the Creme Brulee, both were amazing, I would definitely recommend. It was not a ton of food at all and our bill came to nearly $200. I would recommend this place to a friend but I am not rushing back.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

The food was delicious and the cocktails were too. Such a lovely restaurant.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Had an all apps meal and loved it, especially the prawns with cucumbers and stone fruit salad.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Amazing! The food is great, the atmosphere too!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Absolutely delicious. Highly recommend this new spot opened by the same people who own and run Bestia.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Amazing food!! Even better than bestia which is amazing as well.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

The wagyu stew bowl was avg
Everything else was delicious but pricy

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Really blown away by how delishious everything was. Has some small plates, loved the eclectic and interesting desserts 🍨

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Second time at Bavel and this experience was far better! Sat in a booth (5 people) so the noise was not nearly as intense as sitting at a table in the middle of the dining room. All of our dishes were excellent and again the service was superior starting with the host station. They welcomed me back, which is always nice to hear, and our server and bus people were great. Dined with a vegetarian so we went all vegetarian - delicious!
A much more enjoyable experience. Full disclosure - the first time dining was during the unbearable heat wave, 105 degrees at night, so everyone was hot and bothered.

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2.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Food was great; however, our waitress and the host were horrific and undid the efforts of the kitchen staff and the bussers. We dined at this establishment for a date; I wouldn’t recommend doing the same since the experience left a bad taste in our mouths. My date and I both looked at each other in disbelief when our waitress THREW our check onto our table without a word. For the price point, there are a lot of better restaurants around in the Downtown / Arts District / Little Tokyo area with much better service and comparable food (we’ve been living in the Arts District for the past five years, believe us).

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

As a fan of Bestia, I had expectations. The food hit the mark, unfortunately the service was cold, on a 95 degree day. The open air dining design of the restaurant is nice but not on a hot evening. The service was bad and unconcern with correcting mistakes. Our waitress gave us the wrong mix drinks, then a fly dies..yes dies on our plate. We informed her about the bug. She made no attempt to replace the dish. Then a bus boy drops several bottles causing glass fragments to fly all over. My wife was struck by a fragment just below her knee, which caused a cut. The waitress and bus boy showed no concern, until we requested a bandage.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

always an awesome meal!

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2018

food is good but is quite pricey for what you get. also charged for water, which i assume since its a new restaurant and you have to offset the costs of a new restaurant in some ways. the pita/flatbread here is amazing!!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Cant wait to come back and order more from the menu.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

A little over hyped. Personally, it wasn't anything I would drive out of the way for.

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Bavel was good but not for lactose intolerant or non-spicy eaters like my mom. For $200 she could only eat the hummus, pita and the dorade because the scallop crudo and liver flatbread were super spicy. Not a lot of options. The real star for me (which she can’t eat) was the octopus which was tender and mixed great with tzatziki. The service was fantastic and I will be back to try dishas that have dairy but not her. I wish they specified what was spicy, would have been more limited but also less $. It was her birthday too.

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