Bavel

4.8
2189 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

Support Bavel during COVID-19

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2189 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EricaM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely LOVED everything we ordered. The Hummus Masbacha was delicious, the pita was so soft and perfect. The Grilled Prawns were incredible, the turmeric potato flatbread was out of this world, the Grilled Dorade was perfection! The cocktails were gorgeous yet delicious. Everything on the menu was cooked to perfection, I honestly cannot wait to go back. Our server Liam was so great, he was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, he truly made our dining experience a great and memorable one.

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Grace
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and staff are always amazing. Still thinking about the tomato strawberry dish!

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Susan
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. Would like some less $$ wine-by-the-glass options

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best dining experiences in LA

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AlexandriaG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was amazing. Will definitely be back!

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jag58
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular. Our server gave excellent recommendations and got the amount of food just right for our group. A+

LK
vipLauniK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another spectacular meal!!

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Lavs
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible, great for sharing and vegetarian friendly. Service was great as well, our server was super attentive and helpful!

BR
BlakeR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the single greatest dining experiences I’ve ever had. Period.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.
Great service- changes our utensils and cleaned the table throughout dinner, refilled water and asked us about drinks once we finished drinking. The food came out in a timely manner but one after the other around the same
Order of the items on the menu.
Food was amazing we had 4 people eating and ordered 7 appetizer and small plates and 2 large items and we were stuffed.

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vipFungabi
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. While I was hoping for a little more fanfare (20 is a pretty big deal, right?), we had a nice table, the food was amazing, the service impeccable, and most of all -- everyone was truly kind and welcoming. The front of house was nice, the waiters were great, and I would say that the service team was possibly one of best I've seen. Attentive and knowledgable and mostly just kind. You don't see that often, especially at a bustling, popular restaurant that doesn't really need us to visit to be successful. We'll be back.

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ChelitoV
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Love Bavel and so glad it is back! We always had an amazing experience pre-COVID. Customer service was very wonky, the waiter told us what will order (We dont eat meat) and the noise level in the restaurant was too loud that we couldn't even hear each other to discuss the dishes. We will go back but request the patio because the food is so delicious.

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vipEvelynH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This was a special occasion but they sat us at a table right next to the parking lot…

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vipGreatspot
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say, Bavel is expensive if you do a full dining experience. However, this could be one of the very best places anywhere in LA! If I say too much, a hard reservation will be even more difficult! Don't miss this place!

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Betty
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Maybe because we were at patio table, it is quite noisy

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Yaiiii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, fun environment. Great service, good music, and great drinks

DE
DosEkhiz
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Service was excellent. The food was fresh and inspired. We had to sit outside but that was fine, the chairs were really cute. The interiors and design are gorgeous and intimate.

The goat neck schwarma was A STUNNER. It was decadent, but it was delicious.

We had a little appetizer party and everything was a hit, especially the patée and hummus duck 'nduja(sp?).

The team from Bestia has their style. It's low to the ground, it's a little gritty, but it's mostly polished and becoming distinctive. I'm a fan.

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vipdarcysings
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Here is what is wonderful...
Forget the amazing food, beautifully presented...
delicious on your palate...
It is the warmth and care of the staff..
From the moment you step in...
They seem genuinely pleased you are there...
And upon departing ... everyone thanked us...
A winning combination... bravo !

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AdamS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food at Bavel is insanely good. Probably the best restaurant in LA. If not the second best. But the new Covid seating leaves a lot to be desired. One of their seating areas is literally a parking lot. Which for $300 is not the place you wanna be sitting. they also we’re pretty behind schedule in terms of getting us seated we had a 745 reservation and we didn’t get seated until after 820. The hosts were pretty rude about it as well. They finally brought us some wine to make up for it, but if you have a reservation being seated 35 minutes after your seating time is pretty rude.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and service was great, they were very attentive

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landlands
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We had to move our reservation up so we figured that is why we ended up in the exertion by the parking lot. It wasn't the most picturesque, but we didn't care that much. The food and service were excellent and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

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David
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Food is ok, we were asked to leave because they need to sit a new customer

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LJG1
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was spectacular and nicely served but the music was so loud it was uncomfortable and impossible to talk.

LB
LeslieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nothing short of an amazing food experience. We had wanted to eat here for a while and only hoped it lived up to the hype. Surpassed it-- Nothing short of exemplary. Our party of four shared the duck nduja hummus, baba ganoush, mushroom kabab, cauliflower, tomato & strawberry salad, harissa shrimp, lamb neck schwarma, grilled dorade & a strawberry & sumac hand pie with pistachio ice cream & ricotta. We certainly didn't need the dessert but felt compelled as everything else was so amazing. In fact, we probably had one dish more than we needed, given that we departed with lamb left-overs...but honestly there's nothing I would have wanted to cut out from our dining experience...so lamb neck for breakfast it was!

Service walked the perfect line of helpful/attentive/good with suggestions but not pushy or overbearing.

We ate inside & loved observing the hustle ( & craftsmanship) in the kitchen.

Drinks were also delish-- we all loved the mescal sour ...and I enjoyed a lovely cremant with the dorade as well.

We are planning a return trip with a group of 8 !

CB
vipChristopherB
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and service were outstanding!

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Imposterhunter
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Over rated Ripoff, the strip steak costs 115 dollars. You can can get the same steak at sizzler.The fish has no taste but can understand them using a sub par catch drowning it in spices. They hide everything with there marinated yogurt. Oh I forgot there tomatoes hand portion dishes. This place is a scam!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

They had no serving utensils for dishes , all of which were family style. I asked for them and they did not provide. Made a reservation and waited a long time for my party of 4 to be seated at a table of 6 in a dark corner. We were moved (we asked) but overall , bad and awkward service. Lovely food. Good music.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! The food is outstanding and the service was wonderful. Thank you for a lovely bday dinner.

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Mary
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The food: the hummus was my favorite, the bab ghanouj was my mom's favorite, and the rack of lamb was *chef's kiss*, as was the oyster mushroom kebab. The ambiance and service were so good, too!

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vipLive2Dine
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was inventive and delicious. The licorice bonbon dessert was extraordinary! We weren’t encouraged to over-order and the service was attentive but not overbearing. It was a wonderful meal all the way around.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about it. Definitely need to go back.

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Mariecon
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints, even better than the last time I was here!

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AdamF
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very good food
very good wine
great staff
$100ish per person for multi courses of food, wines (got the cheapest bottles at around $60 a pop) cocktails and dessert... not bad for a fancy place.

its a big place with tons of tables and massive staff and they are pitch perfect with the food and service making it feel like a small boutique restaurant that scaled up. quite a feat.

JD
JaneD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is remarkable, the service warm and knowledgeable, the wine list is notable. Bavel is quite "sceney" if that's your thang - we go either way on that. The hosts have done the best with the usable space to accommodate diners in CovidTimes but at the onset it did feel like we were sitting in a plastic tent in a parking lot. Once darkness fell and the food started coming, we didn't care because each dish was terrific and paired well with the excellent Rose the sommelier helped us select. I would recommend Bavel to anyone without hesitation. When they re-open the inside, we will be back.

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MichelleS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven't gone to Bavel since the pandemic started and it's just as I remembered - excellent food, ambiance, and service. I am so grateful to be able to dine here again.

MB
MordechaiB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exceptional. We love it and keep coming back quite frequently.

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tama
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love coming here--the farm cheese and baba are our favorite dishes, must haves!

SM
vipStuMcDnld
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding. Sam was an incredible guide through our experience and the food, the wine, the cocktails were all second to none. Hands-down one of the best dining experiences we’ve had in many years. We’ll be back and bringing everyone we know!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, we also got a cookbook signed by chef that night! Food is outstanding

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Cecita
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! We enjoy the food and the service is A1!!

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 2189 OpenTable diners.

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.