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Interior - Bavel, Los Angeles, CA

Bavel

4.8
4.8
3087 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern

A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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2 people

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Booked 171 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 232-4966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

  • Catering

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

SPREADS

  • Hummus Masabacha$13.00

    creamy & chunky garbanzo bean purée, lemon, garlic, green zhoug, pita

    • Hummus Duck 'Nduja$14.00

      tahini, parsley, cilantro, sumac, pita

      • Baba Ghanoush$14.00

        tunisian eggplant salad, pine nuts, herbs, fried pita, kashmiri lemon salt

        • Farm Cheese$16.00

          fig za'atar, marjoram, olive oil, black sesame buckwheat toast

          • Pork & Lamb Rillette$22.00

            saffron mustard, pickles, black sesame buckwheat toast

            • Additional Bread$4.00

              blistered pita, fried pita, black sesame buckwheat loaf, or laffa

              Appetizers

              • Marinated Olives$9.00

                cinnamon, citrus, sheep's milk feta

                • Ocean Trout Crudo$25.00

                  pomegranate reduction, citrus, blueberry, urfa chili oil, sesame, sprouting cilantro

                  • Moroccan Carrot$18.00

                    rose pickled beets, whipped feta, dukkah, sesame, marjoram

                    • Heirloom Lettuce Salad$16.00

                      green tahini vinaigrette, cilantro, black sesame, rose petals

                      • Grilled Prawns$28.00

                        harissa marinade, cured zucchini & cucumber tzatziki, fresh herbs, lime

                        • Sprouting Cauliflower$18.00

                          hawaij spice, tahini amba, nigella, aleppo, lime, cilantro

                          • Oyster Mushroom Kebab$23.00

                            lovage & avocado purée, sumac, meyer lemon, cilantro

                            • Fried Quail$19.00

                              date & cardamom sauce, labneh, pickled celery, thai basil, green onion, rose petals

                              • Lamb Flatbread$22.00

                                spicy lamb & pork sausage, tomato, red onion, pine nuts, nigella seed, mint, sumac, sesame paste

                                • Malawach$21.00

                                  ancient grain crispy layered bread, grated tomato, dill crème fraîche, soft egg, strawberry zhoug

                                  ENTREES

                                  • Grilled Dorade$42.00

                                    smoked whole seed chermoula, cilantro, lime, turnips

                                    • Wagyu Oxtail Tagine$45.00

                                      cherry reduction, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut rice, soft herbs

                                      • Slow Roasted Lamb Neck Shawarma$46.00

                                        tahini, ajika, pickled vegetables, laffa

                                        • Whole Te Mana Rack of Lamb$75.00

                                          green amba spiced, yogurt, tomatoes, purple daikon, tarragon

                                          • 32 oz Grilled Westholme Wagyu Ribeye$160.00

                                            australian wagyu beef, fermented mushroom cream, marinated cucumbers, dill

                                            DESSERTS

                                            • Paglava$13.00

                                              rolled walnut & apricot-filled pastry, farm cheese, honey, dried borage flower

                                              • Strawberry Sumac & Sweet Cheese Pastry$13.00

                                                pistachio ice cream, sheep's milk ricotta, cured sumac

                                                • Ice Cream Terrine$14.00

                                                  cherry orange blossom sherbet, chamomile ice cream, black currant meringue.

                                                  • Spiced Caramel Ice Cream$13.00

                                                    cream, pour over Turkish coffee, chocolate & vanilla checkerboard cookie.

                                                    • Rose Clove Chocolate Donuts$14.00

                                                      bar au chocolat ganache, sherry diplomat cream

                                                      • Kirsch & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Custard$14.00

                                                        roasted huckleberries, coconut langues de chat

                                                        COCKTAILS

                                                        • Heka$14.00

                                                          Spritz! – white kina l'aero d'or, manzanilla sherry, dry prosecco, lemon oil, dried citrus

                                                          • Hani$16.00

                                                            Arak Colada – coconut, pineapple, lime, cardamom, nutmeg, arak, rhum blanc

                                                            • Tamar$15.00

                                                              Sour – tequila, fennel, reduced lager, lemon, mint, turmeric

                                                              • Rabi$16.00

                                                                Sour – mezcal, weichsel cherry, citrus, amaro, lemongrass

                                                                • Alma$16.00

                                                                  Boulevardier – bourbon, rye, nocino, bitter, mirto vermouth, candied black walnut

                                                                  • Tierra$17.00

                                                                    Martini – old tom gin or fruit & grain vodka, golden beet bianco vermouth

                                                                    • Nebuchadnezzar$17.00

                                                                      House Old Fashioned – lamb fat bourbon, blue plum brandy, smoked ice, grapefruit

                                                                      ON TAP

                                                                      • 1903 Lager, Half

                                                                        Craftsman Brewing / Pasadena, California

                                                                        • half$6.00
                                                                      • 1903 Lager, Full

                                                                        Craftsman Brewing / Pasadena, California

                                                                        • full$10.00
                                                                      • 'Hello LA' West Coast IPA, Half

                                                                        Highland Park Brewery / Downtown LA, California

                                                                        • half$6.00
                                                                      • 'Hello LA' West Coast IPA, Full

                                                                        Highland Park Brewery / Downtown LA, California

                                                                        • full$10.00
                                                                      • Boont Amber Ale, Half

                                                                        Anderson Valley Brewery / Boonville, California

                                                                        • half$6.00
                                                                      • Boont Amber Ale, Full

                                                                        Anderson Valley Brewery / Boonville, California

                                                                        • full$10.00
                                                                      • Saison Dupont, Half$7.00

                                                                        Brewery Dupont / Hainaut, Belgium

                                                                        • Saison Dupont, Full$12.00

                                                                          Brewery Dupont / Hainaut, Belgium

                                                                          BOTTLES

                                                                          • Agnus Dei Copper Ale$55.00

                                                                            Domaine de l'Ecu / Loire Valley, France 473ml

                                                                            • Hitachino Anbai "Salty Plum" Ale$16.00

                                                                              Kiuchi Brewery/ Tokyo, Japan 11.2oz

                                                                              WINE

                                                                              • The wine list at Bavel changes daily.

                                                                                It focuses primarily on producers from geographies that dot the Mediterranean coasts, while also showcasing kindred Californian wine . The wines range from classical and known to vanguard and emerging. We forgo wines that are solely commercial and strive for a balance that aptly supplies something for everyone, while remaining dedicated to enhancing your experience here as a whole. We would be happy to forward you today's wine list. Please send requests to info@baveldtla.com

                                                                                • Corkage

                                                                                  A $50 corkage fee applies per 750 ml or less (2 bottle limit). A $100 fee applies per bottle larger than 750 ml (1 bottle limit).

                                                                                  NON-ALCOHOLIC

                                                                                  • Soda$2.50

                                                                                    diet coke

                                                                                    • Soda$3.00

                                                                                      coke

                                                                                      • Soda$6.00

                                                                                        house ginger beer

                                                                                        • Soda$6.00

                                                                                          bavel ginger ale

                                                                                          • Bismark$6.00

                                                                                            classic lemonade with date syrup / flat or sparkling

                                                                                            • Saffron$6.00

                                                                                              pink lemonade with pomegranate & cinnamon / flat or sparkling

                                                                                              • Iced Tea$4.50

                                                                                                august uncommon. burnt apple & oolong

                                                                                                • Hot Tea$5.00

                                                                                                  august uncommon. metropolitan black or fig & chamomile herbal / jing. whole leaf peppermint

                                                                                                  • Coffee$5.00

                                                                                                    verve. regular or decaf drip

                                                                                                    • Espresso$4.50

                                                                                                      verve. single shot

                                                                                                      • Espresso$6.00

                                                                                                        verve. cappuccino or latte

                                                                                                        Last updated: May 16, 2022

                                                                                                        What 3,087 people are saying

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                                                                                                        • 4.9Food
                                                                                                        • 4.7Service
                                                                                                        • 4.7Ambience
                                                                                                        • 4.4Value

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                                                                                                          Davis

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined today

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing cocktails and great setting. Babaghanoush (get a side of fried pita) and lamb pizza are a must. Also loved the lamb shawarma!

                                                                                                        2. D

                                                                                                          Drstrongman

                                                                                                          San Francisco

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined today

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Clementine was truly amazing. Our table had someone with food allergies and Clementine went out of her way to mark a menu for the items not to order. So personable and great service!

                                                                                                        3. ST

                                                                                                          STSmith

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          10 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 1 day ago

                                                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          We always enjoy Bavel. Nice to see them back at work, crowded and doing the same great work for which they're known. We continue to return and always enjoy it.

                                                                                                        4. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Everything was amazing! 10/10!

                                                                                                        5. t

                                                                                                          talina

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                          overall3food5service2ambience3

                                                                                                          Food is good, vibe is pretentious. Wait staff and management interrupted my groups conversation what felt like 100 times, and walked by and made eye contact every 30 seconds as our 90 minute sit down time was approaching. We were asked about dessert 10 minutes after the main course was placed on our table. Get in, then get out of their way, unless you order expensive bottles of wine, then stay as long as you please.

                                                                                                        6. VD

                                                                                                          VictorD

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing service, amazing food. Favorite restaurant in Los Ángeles. Thank you! O

                                                                                                        7. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Delicious food, great ambience and warm thoughtful service. Had such a lovely evening!

                                                                                                        8. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          This date was perfect. Music was a VIBE. Food was stellar. Rachel gave us the best drink recommendations. I was all about it. Thank you!

                                                                                                        9. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Fantastic - incredible food quality, service, and overall experience!

                                                                                                        10. R

                                                                                                          Ruth

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing and delicious meal. Can't wait to return for another meal.

                                                                                                        11. A

                                                                                                          Alonzo

                                                                                                          St. Louis

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                                                          Atmosphere was great. They're very busy, so def make a reservation. I was seated at the very end of the bar near the service station for drinks. It's a weird spot because the bartender has to come around to talk to you. I only had the iced tea to drink, very unique flavor and relatively inexpensive compared to the other non-alcoholic beverage options. Shrimp are killer and a must order. Bursting with flavor. Oxtail missed the mark with me. A bit too sweet and was expecting the sauce to be more reduced and pack more flavor. Portion size was great. Coconut rice also was very bland. Would have enjoyed more as a pilaf style maybe with ghee, onion and herbs. Overall, a decent spot. It's LA, so hard to say I'd come back with so many decent restaurant options.

                                                                                                        12. BP

                                                                                                          BadPotatoes

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          2.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall2food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                          One of the staff knocked over our water with one of the plates and broke glass all around us. Glass wasn’t completely cleaned up and kind of disregarded. No apologies were made regarding the mishap as the the same guy who broke the water bottle at our table casually cleaned our table with a dirty rag and left more crumbs on there prior to him cleaning it. Also during the glass breaking mess, someone on their staff took one of our bags which was a gift from my sister. We had no idea where it went since we didn’t see anyone take it. When we asked our waiter about it, someone else brought it out and said it was kept in a safe place…the trash? I’m so confused on why no one told us they took it. Also host while twirling her thumbs as we walked out, no “thanks for coming” or smile on her face as we left the restaurant. Love the food but service has gone down significantly. We always come here to celebrate birthdays and love the food. You would think cause of the large price point the service would also be on par

                                                                                                        13. LK

                                                                                                          LKAK

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          16 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          16 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                                                                          I thought the food was delicious. Our server was knowledgable and helped us choose great items for our widely diverse group of eaters. The only part of the service that was not great was the wine service. We brought an expensive bottle to enjoy for a birthday celebration and the sommelier never came back and poured again after she opened the wine. A corkage fee should come with some service. Also, decanting in a used magnum instead of a decanter? We've never seen that and don't think it's really appropriate.

                                                                                                        14. KP

                                                                                                          KatieP

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                          We had a wonderful experience overall. My only complaint would be that the music was too loud and we had trouble hearing one another. The food made up for that by far.

                                                                                                        15. AS

                                                                                                          ASant

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Simply phenomenal, every single time

                                                                                                        16. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 4 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          This is my third time at Bavel and I can honestly say that every time has been a great experience. The ambience, the food and most importantly the service are consistently exceptional. This was my first time having an early reservation (right when they opened at 5pm) and because we were a little early we got to hear the cheering and chanting of the staff (which I assume was due to a pre-opening meeting/ pep talk). That within itself set the mood, it gave a glimpse of camaraderie that resides within Bavel. Our waiter was more than happy to offer any advice. Some of my friends experienced Bavel for the first time and they absolutely loved every plate which can be rare within 5 individuals with different palates and backgrounds. I can confidently say that we will definitely be back (sooner than later).

                                                                                                        17. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          3 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          We love coming here because the food and service is amazing. We ordered just appetizers this time since we had a 10pm reservation but we still ended up full. We got the prawns, baba ghanoush and fried pita, malawach, oyster mushroom, and heirloom lettuce salad. They were all 10/10.

                                                                                                        18. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Las Vegas

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                                          It was an amazing dining experience here. I suggest making reservations when coming. You would have to make a month's reservation for a Friday or Weekend night. The food here was great had the grilled prawns, rack of lamb, and the trout crudo. Out of all that, the grilled prawns were the best. The ambience here is pretty energetic just like its sister restaurant Bestia. The employees there were super hard working. And loving the vibe from all them.

                                                                                                        19. KT

                                                                                                          KikiT

                                                                                                          Central Coast

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          One of the best meals I have had in a long time. For appetizers the oyster mushrooms and prawns were phenomenal. The oxtail was superb, I cant wait to go back to try the rack of lamb.

                                                                                                        20. A

                                                                                                          Afrigeo

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                                                          Middle Eastern dining with a master touch. The food was delicous with the flavors being beautifully balanced . The slightly charredbuckwheat toast made a great foil for the fresh cheese spread. The mushroom kebabs on a lovage & avocado purée dusted with sumac are wonderful. The whole rack of lamb on thin layer of vinegary spiced green mango sauce and yoghurt dressing blended perfectly. The service was prompt and while at no time hurrying us. I finished off with the leaf-shaped, thin sweet cheese pastry with pistachio ice-cream and sumac, again a a great balance of sweet, acid and the starchyness of the pastry. The only downer was the high noise level of the large warehouse room. But all in all a great dining experience.

                                                                                                        21. J

                                                                                                          Jedwa

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Just amazing. The drinks are to die for (try the Alma) and each dish was a flavor explosion (the prawns!!!). If I could have tried everything here I would have. Family style is the way to go. Also - the lighting and ambiance take the cake.

                                                                                                        22. a

                                                                                                          apkurk

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          56 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          56 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Everything was perfect. Only wish they didn’t run out of my favorite dessert. Somm and wine manager were really cool. As always the mushroom kabobs were amazing. The lamb chops blew me away, so did the grilled fish, my first times trying these two dishes. One of the few restaurants in LA that not only started off being amazing but has retained it’s prowess.

                                                                                                        23. DP

                                                                                                          DinoP

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          4.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                          So many great and unique dishes!! The lamb neck and oxtail so good!! The bummer was the price…but we are in Los Angeles with inflation so there you go

                                                                                                        24. AS

                                                                                                          AshleyS

                                                                                                          Las Vegas

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Wonderful ambiance,amazing food, and exceptional service! Don't forget to save room for dessert!

                                                                                                        25. C

                                                                                                          Crumbsnatcher

                                                                                                          Orange County

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          2 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          What an all around wonderful dining experience. The food is fantastic, wait staff very knowledgeable, and ambiance is beautiful, yet very homey. I loved that multiple people brought us our meal and then explained how to eat what we were served! What a great night! Can’t wait to go again.

                                                                                                        26. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Extremely good food and ambience.

                                                                                                        27. a

                                                                                                          atso

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          28 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          28 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Loved every bite! Great recommendations from our server. The Lamb Shwarma was AMAZING, the best we've ever had. And the homemade Laffa bread was so addicting, we ordered extra. Bavel is a must eat and must return!

                                                                                                        28. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food5service3ambience3

                                                                                                          Not possible to switch or remove anything in the menu even for people with food allergies.

                                                                                                        29. m

                                                                                                          mkwoods

                                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Extraordinary cuisine— dishes are innovative and beautifully prepared. Service and ambiance also exceptional. Highly recommend!!!

                                                                                                        30. HS

                                                                                                          HillaryS

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          7 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food, drinks and service at Bavel were all outstanding. I have some food allergies and our server took them very seriously / marked off things on the menu that I couldn’t eat and cross checked it with a manager to make sure she covered everything. I’ve never seen that done before and it made me feel so safe! The cocktails were delightful (I ordered the Rabi) and we shared the Moroccan carrots, duck hummus ‘Nduja, oyster mushroom kebab, lamb flatbread and fried quail. Everything was so flavorful, delicious and perfect for sharing. For dessert we had the rose clove chocolate donuts - a perfect ending to a delightful dinner. This is one of the best meals I’ve ever had in LA - I can’t wait to dine here again.

                                                                                                        31. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Central Coast

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Mother’s Day

                                                                                                        32. K

                                                                                                          Kparsa

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The best food I have had in a very long time.

                                                                                                        33. DS

                                                                                                          DanS

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Food was amazing. Our server was very helpful and friendly. Loved my experience.

                                                                                                        34. MV

                                                                                                          MartinV

                                                                                                          Chicago

                                                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          18 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          The food was delicious. Inside was super loud but we asked for a table on the patio and it was perfect. Each bite of food was better than the last.

                                                                                                        35. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          New York Area

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          Amazing food

                                                                                                        36. j

                                                                                                          jeremy

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          11 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                                                                          Food great as always and servers good. Only frustration was a busser broke my (full) wine glass when putting a plate down and took it away but although the somm said the wine would be replaced it never was.

                                                                                                        37. DM

                                                                                                          DaniM

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          1 review

                                                                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          One of the best restaurants I’ve gone to this year. Will definitely be coming back!

                                                                                                        38. OT

                                                                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          3.0

                                                                                                          12 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 5, 2022

                                                                                                          overall3food5service4ambience3

                                                                                                          Food is great. Ori Menashe is a genius. That said, Bavel badly needs a real front of the house person. With a reservation, we waited far, far too long to be seated while 3 4-tops sat empty for the first 90 minutes we were there. Just bad management. As for the noise, as you can read from 90% of the previous reviews, it's beyond. I'm not sure, unless you're wildly hearing impaired, how anyone can relax and have a conversation and a great meal. Turn. It' Down. Not a frat party.

                                                                                                        39. F

                                                                                                          Foodie

                                                                                                          Central Coast

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          4 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          I had a wonderful time at Bavel. My favorite dishes were the baba ghanoush, grilled prawns, oxtail, and the lamb rack. I would definitely return for these dishes and to try something new. The restaurant was open and the decor was beautiful. It is a noisy restaurant, so if you’re looking for a restaurant you can enjoy a conversation this isn’t the best. If you’re looking to enjoy delicious food, this is the place.

                                                                                                        40. m

                                                                                                          maitai53

                                                                                                          Los Angeles

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          vip
                                                                                                          5.0

                                                                                                          9 reviews

                                                                                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                                                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                          We had to wait a little bit after we were seated until a waiter noticed we had yet to order, but once that occurred it was smooth sailing. Ate at 5:15 because this place was booked solid for about a month before I could get these reservations. I could've booked sooner, but I didn't really want a 9:45 reservation. I'd have to pre-eat lol. Food was incredible. Will definitely be coming back.

                                                                                                        Safety precautions

                                                                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                        • Screening

                                                                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                                                                        FAQs

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

                                                                                                        Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 3087 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                        Google Map for Bavel

                                                                                                        500 Mateo St Los Angeles, CA 90013-2222

                                                                                                        Dining areas

                                                                                                        Additional information

                                                                                                        • Cross street

                                                                                                          Santa Fe

                                                                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                                                                          Downtown

                                                                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                                                                          Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                                                                        • Cuisines

                                                                                                          Middle Eastern

                                                                                                        • Dining style

                                                                                                          Casual Dining

                                                                                                        • Dress code

                                                                                                          Casual Dress

                                                                                                        • Parking details

                                                                                                          Street parking also available

                                                                                                        • Payment options

                                                                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                        • Executive chef

                                                                                                          Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

                                                                                                        • Additional

                                                                                                          Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                        • Phone number

                                                                                                          (213) 232-4966

                                                                                                        • Catering

                                                                                                          Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

                                                                                                        • Private party facilities

                                                                                                          Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

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