Bavel

4.8
2601 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2601 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seriously one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time

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fifi
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel yet again did not disappoint. From service to drinks and food everything was perfect! The oyster mushroom kebab and farm cheese still prove to be best things on the menu. Can’t wait to go back

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AmaliaI
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The service was great and the food even better. Very fresh and full of flavors. Our favorites were the Tagine and the babaganoush! Must try!!!!! Will definitely be back

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Brian
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you live in LA, it's very difficult for a restaurant to stand out and truly blow you away. What else is there to say? Bavel offers a very pleasant and holistic dining experience and I'll definitely be going back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I absolutely love Bavel your food and service is extraordinary. Only thing is music is extremely LOUD & the music selection makes it feel like you are in a hip hop club. I went here when it first opened and vibe was definitely different, a lot more upscale. I love Bavel and will continue eating here because the food is just to die for, thank you & see you soon.

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Sabah
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious and amazing! They served everything in perfect timing. The table was never overcrowded with food. The drinks were also delicious! My favorite was Leeana.

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dissatisfaction
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

i can only speak if the bad vibe on the patio like a budget wedding with bad atmosphere, noise and nonexistent friendly service - it's not worth another return :( sad we waited 2 months for this

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YonathanC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Went out with a group of 4. The waiters were very informative and even had recommendations on steps to eat each appetizer so you can taste the most flavors! The cocktails were also really tasty, I'm def going back!

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vipRonniE
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bavel is an outstanding restaurant for many reasons. First, we were a party of 9 and groups of more than 8 are considered large so I was referred to Jennifer who helped me plan our menu. The menu is designed for sharing dishes (appetizers to main course and dessert) so the pre-selected menu ensured we chose exactly the dishes we wanted to try. Portions are very generous. No need to over-order.
The food is DELICIOUS. The hot breads that came with our selection of appetizers was outstanding as was the food. For our main course we were given 2 selections. We chose the Tangine of Oxtails and the Schwarma. I would ordered both again!
The service at Bavel is also amazing. From wine selection, food service, attention to unfilled water glasses, etc., I have to say that this is the best large group service I have ever experienced.
Bavel is definitely a "hot spot" and busy. The noise level is high so just know that in advance. While the noise level did not hinder our enjoyment of the dinner, it was not easy to converse with everyone at our table.
I cannot wait to return and highly recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

all good & cocktails (except the Emily) was great EXCEPT the Vermentino wine carafe $75 it was not lite as Vermintino usually is, it had a “honey” finish & a bit syrupy ~ I didn’t drink it ~ next time I’ll make sure husband sticks to our gut choice the Portuguese wine

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LaurenH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The vibe was great, our server was outstanding and very knowledgeable. She gave us great recc's and was attentive even though the restaurant was super busy. The only thing I gave less stars for was the fact we had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time to get seated. The food amazing.. this is what we got.
Hummus, Farm Cheese, Moroccan Carrots, Squash Flatbread, Oyster Mushrooms and Oxtail. I had the Celia cocktail and it was refreshing. The description sounds almost like a green juice but does not taste like celery at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food was amazing, service was fantastic. Only complaint is it was just so, so, so loud. All the surfaces were glass or wood or stone so there was nothing to absorb all the clatter and clamor. The sounds just bounced all over the place and the two tops are juuuuust a little too big to hear your companion unless you’re yelling a little

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Evinlosangeles
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was incredible. Highly recommend the food. The shawarma was slow cooked and out of this world. The wine was too pricey. I also looked up some bottles since I wanted to see if they had good reviews and found that they were charging $19 a glass for a bottle that sells for $20. I don’t think that’s right. I know alcohol is priced up, but this is extreme.

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ChristieZ
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal, service, and ambiance.

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vipRobertoV
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The service was very rushed, it is not coursed properly, they keep bringing food to the table, and you don’t even have time to have a conversation. The tajin shouldn’t be called tajin, it’s just three sad pieces of oxtail in a dish where you usually would serve tajin. The deserts aren’t worth it.

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RhoX
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious food and excellent service. It opened at five, and the app offered table times prior. Otherwise, it was awesome.

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MaryannC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s hard to find a place in LA that has a great vibe and even better food. This place is a gem. Service was incredible. Definitely coming back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love the food here and keep coming back for more! Not to mention we ran into our favorite comedian here last night after we just watched him perform at the microsoft theater before dinner! It was amazing!!!

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AdamB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible food, well-paired wines, gorgeous aesthetic, and impeccable staff. The menu is designed such that all plates are meant to be shared, lending to trying a wealth of different flavors. Each dish is prepared to be as appealing to the eyes as it is to the tongue. Truly remarkable experience.

I do not leave many/any reviews, but this place is the exception.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel exceeded our expectations in every way! The interior and vibe were outstanding, the drinks were excellent, and the food was some of the best we’ve ever had. Would definitely recommend the hummus, baba ghanoush, prawns, cauliflower, and fried quail - all delicious and filling!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! No wait, excellent service and delicious food.

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vipJKIM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is consistently amazing each time I’ve been. The energy of the restaurant, even the open kitchen chefs doing their thing is such a vibe to watch. One of my favorite restaurants in la for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything tasted so amazing! Especially the prawns!

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FionaQ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel has good wine selection, Lamb rack is the best of all.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! Will be back!

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Bilkis
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Réservation for a birthday. Food was great, cocktails tasty but the level of noise was almost unbearable. We had to yell to be able to hear one another. So that was VERY tiring!
Overall medium experience. We have done it was, not sure we’ll go back.

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CAB4
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. Just hard if u don’t eat Lamb or a fish that is full bodied Beas to tail. I know it’s the experience. Also hard for someone who is allergic to dairy. Not many options left for a well balanced meal. But for the other 2 out 3 partons it was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent food and atmosphere. I loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel is the best!

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vipGudfudluvr
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great date place

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievably good. The best Mediterranean food I’ve ever had. Innovative yet shows an insane level of understanding of the ingredients. Great outdoor dining space. 10/10!

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BrianL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth a try, hard to make a reservation but worth it

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything we tried was incredible! Cannot recommend this restaurant enough.

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vipDinewithJB
Los Angeles
112 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience1

Great food… don’t understand why restaurants play music at a such a high volume… it’s annoying abs takes away from the overall dining experience. When your hearing is is overwhelmed, your taste experience diminishes… Bavel is absurdly loud…really annoying…

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MelindaJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent family style dishes. A truly special meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! It was amazing!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is amazing! My boyfriend and I said every bite was it’s own party!!!

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AprilR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really amazing food! Loved the fish and the spiced pear cake!

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vipMaxie
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Lawrence, for your kindness and hospitality!!

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vipMaryMaureen
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This was our first time at Bavel after wanting to eat here for over two years. We had a terrific server who answered all of our questions about the menu. He made some recommendations which we followed and were glad we did. We were disappointed with the Dorade because it had a lot of bones more than expected. Everything else was excellent. The restaurant is noisy but a very fun vibe. The whole experience was terrific.

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 2601 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.