Bavel

4.8
1966 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 1966 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my boyfriend’s birthday had a perfect dinner at bavel!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think Bavel is the best restaurant I have ever dined at. Delicious food, positive vibe, great service, fun location, great service. Book far in advance! I’m not the only one who shares this sentiment,

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RicardoM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As always the food and over all experience was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing amazing amazing!!! Get the mushroom, get the prawns and get the crudoooo

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LianneS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every course was amazing. Got the malawach for the first time and it definitely wasn’t the last. Great service.

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JamesH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so on point. So great to see this magical place back open and clearly crushing it!

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vipnrdb11
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner with my family here. What an exceptional experience. Every dish was delicious. Could not recommend more.

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LuisA
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of its kind, i like all the dishes we ordered especially the lamb neck.

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Eddie
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

the hostess obviously didn't read our special request to have our two parties (that was split which was fine) be seated by adjacent tables. she was very rude and her tone was condescending as she cut me off before i could make our request in person. just sad that her attitude seemed to come off from that our family was asian - she didn't seem to have issues with any other families! i don't know why she was so insistent upon this, as we were there early and there were plenty of empty seats available that were adjacent to each other.

the manager was nice and made our accommodations, but seemed to get told off by this hostess after he came back and sat us. yikes! you would think at what's considered a "fine dining" restaurant you would have good service, or at least a manager who would be able to correct the mistakes of their ill-trained staff, but that wasn't the case. the hostess was very toxic! to clarify it's the latina hostess with straight hair, not the curly haired hostess.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and dining experience was very pleasant.

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vipAlisonG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, gorgeous atmosphere, service was good, but not as strong as it could be given the high price of the meal.

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NancyF
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Far exceeded my expectations. With the 1.5 hour drive. Loved the atmosphere, the vibe. Loved the open seating snd watching them cook. Jams were dope, just a bit loud. Server was very experienced and knew exactly what to suggest on the menu. I liked that he didn’t try to oversell us. Everything we ate was yummy. Lamb was incredible. Excited to finally try it, and more excited after we left. It was for my husbands bday. So it was perfect all around. We stayed 2 hours and couldn’t ask for a better experience.

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vipCarlyG
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate post-vaccination with friends. Lovely, safe, socially distanced space. Great looking setting filled w happy people, thrilled to be out! Great drinks ( try the Emily and and Chana) and delicious spreads and appetizers. Hard to pick favs, but I will: try baba ganoush, cauliflower, spicy prawns.

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vipJros
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Bavel did a really nice job of social distancing and setting up outdoor dining spaces. The service was good and the food was outstanding. Will be back again soon.

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SueF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very flavorful - every single thing we ordered. The waitstaff was very considerate of my son's allergies and checked with the kitchen to let us know what items to avoid on the menu so he could choose from the "safe" items. They didn't appear put out by all the allergies and were so helpful! We can't wait to come back!

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vipDorie
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sad to see the tomatoes were not on the menu but the carrot dish we chose to replace it was wonderful. Mushrooms and prawns were the highlight of our starters with the steak as the main course, also fantastic.

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M99V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Hope to get the main terrace next time.

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vipJennieeeS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best meal I've had all year! Every dish was soooo delcious and the staff was so kind.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Disappointed that one of my favorites (chicken tagine) was not on the menu. Hope they bring it back soon!

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marinau
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the dinner and the ambience are absolute perfection!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was OUTSTANDING

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the BEST meals I have eaten. Seriously. It’s sooo good. Ambiance is gorgeous. So lush with plants hanging down from the ceiling. This restaurant will not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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vipDwaluT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was my and my family's first dinner out since the pandemic begin over a year ago. It was an absolutely fantastic meal that we enjoyed! We are grateful that you are open and persevering during this rough chapter. Hoping that you are doing well and we look forward to dining with you again in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great flavors and wonderful staff! Will be back!

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AlixG
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience2

Server didn’t acknowledge reservation notes. Very short when he came to the table. Spoke more to the busser than our actual server.

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EinatM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food dish by dish. Servers were professional and attentive

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LINDA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such wonderful place to dine out door or in door. Food was flavorful and that fried pita bread was delicious. Lamb neck shawarma very tasty too

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was amazing. We absolutely loved dining here.

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vipMarkA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and so was the service. Portions are small so you share but this also gives you the opportunity to taste several different items

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a lovely dinner! Our waiter Michael was just great as well as the general manager we spoke with as he brought us our food! So thankful that one of favorites survived the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite places to dine! If it was closer I’d come much more often

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always from the food to the service. Truly a special place and always excited to come back

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narocan
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Middle eastern food on steroids.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Delicious food and wine!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal & great service, sat outside on the front patio area

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Katherine
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unbelievably good, service was great, & the patio was very charming!

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Danny
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bavel is one of my favorite restaurants in LA! The food is always amazing and delicious! Their outdoor patio tent set up was great and nicely spaced out. Would definitely recommend to check it out!

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WishD
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

I have been to Bavel many many times and this time it was a huge disappointment. The quality of the food is not the same but the prices seem to have doubled. I regret my decision to bring a new friend to this restaurant as it wasn't what I had hyped it up to be anymore.
The food seemed overly spiced which is not how I remember it. The ambience was not good and although the service wasn't bad it felt a bit lackluster. You can guarantee I will not be dining here any time soon not least of all due to the fact that everyone is suffering due to the covid crisis and it is no excuse to jack up the prices. I used to order 5 dishes, but I ordered 4. I normally would have a bill of 125 or so for 2 people which is what I was expecting. To pay $175 to sit on a crack in the concrete with a cold draft from a tarp next to us and pay for spicy overpriced food is not an experience I want to repeat. This is also the third time I have ordered a pinot noir at this restaurant to find that they don't carry the selection. Then don't put it on your menu!

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 1966 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.