Bavel

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

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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the food was fantastic as always. it's one of my favorite place for dinner.

h
Seattle
70 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food here is great. Awareness of social distancing measures not so much. In fact I believewe ate there the last night that it was possible. I loved the soft cheese appetizer with roe, but $22 for super fancy yogurt-like stuff seems dubious. Radichio and endive is a very nice salad. The lamb chops we're tasty and tender. We got two desserts, the donuts and the bonbon. I loved them both, but my husband did not. The donuts had a rose flavored cream with them. I must remember to not get the Marius because the apricot is almost unnoticeable.
I truly hope that Bavel reopens soon. Their flavors are so vivid and unique.

TW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal. Flavors and quality are on point. Service was excellent. I'd go back just for dessert!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Bavel is fine. Nothing to write home about imo. Ambience reminded me of a sports bar rather than a pricey restaurant. Our server had too many tables to look after so the service wasn’t great because of that. It’s yet another expensive LA restaurant which is ok.

JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Food, knowledgeable staff guided us through our menu options as my girlfriend is vegan. 10/10 would recommend.

TT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, friendly knowledgeable staff. I will be coming again.

SQ
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. So creative and tasty.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My birthday

E
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for my boyfriend’s bday, did not disappoint per usual. We got the 40oz tomahawk ribeye special, which was absolutely phenomenal. We will be back.

CR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with some family that was in town and it was truly fantastic. The quality of the food, the flavors, all cooked to perfection. We all were impressed and it felt more like an event considering how much we all enjoyed it. The service and the ambiance was stellar as well. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a place to wow their company with.

L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was really good, but the noise level was unbearable. You literally have to scream to be heard. I had to lip read what my friends were saying. I left with a headache from the level of noise.

DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

This was our second time visiting Bavel. We will not be returning due to the fact that they have adopted a 4% surcharge for coverage of health insurance for their employees. We feel that this a VERY SHAMEFUL act of all restaurants that put this onto their patrons instead of digging into their own pockets to cover this expense. If a company values their employees for their hard work they will cover this expense on their own. As a small business owner, I would never think of putting the cost of health insurance onto my customers. If you value your employees this should be a cost the company covers - NOT PATRONS!

p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic experience! Food is A M A Z I N G. Highly recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In a word, pleasant

GB
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The food was impeccable, and I look forward to going back.

m
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience1

the food was OK and overpriced and the room was so loud that we could not hear the people we came with. We asked that the heat lamp be lowered and they said they would and never did. the noise was worse in the main dinning room. i would pass next time

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space. I loved their take on traditional Mediterranean dishes. Some portions are small, so be sure to ask your server how many you should order to fit your group.

OA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! I can’t wait to come back.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding! Pricey but worth it. They say it's family style and meant for sharing, but if you have men in your group, they could easily handle main courses themselves without sharing. So order appropriately.

JC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To say it was fantastic is an understatement. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Worth the hype

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

2 birthday’s

TE
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The service was great. The interior is designed beautifully. We didn’t realize we were paying $175 just for the steak, but it fed four of us and every bite was full of flavor, tender, and simply delightful. I highly recommend this restaurant & cant wait to go back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Awful. Theo is the rudest manager we’ve ever met. Never going back. My boyfriend and I also felt sick to our stomach after our meal and had to stop and get anti nausea medicine on the ya home.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and friendly service. Definitely recommend

YW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and exceptional service. Bavel became the top of my list now.

NA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Service! Wine suggestions were a nice touch with option to do a tasting. Ambiance is beautiful. Looking forward to coming back. The oyster mushrooms were out of this world, date and endive salad was superb, fish was lovely, and the donuts for dessert were unbelievable!

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and wine. Tom, somiliea, and Savanna host are the best! Scallop crude is the bomb.

AB
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a great addition to LA food scene. I loved the renditions of various middle eastern food that were all very delicious. Also the ambience is great. Wine price is high and you may consider taking your own wine for a corkage fee of $35. Like most other LA restaurants it is noisy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

People were great. We also brought our own cake.

H
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was scrumptious!

BS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I reluctantly wrote no because the first time I was there service was on point. This time around from our waiter to the person who delivered our food was lacking enthusiasm. The person dropping our food would script the food so fast with no passion or allow us to ask any questions.
Our waiter made us feel rush to order. I believe we were looking at the menu leas than 5 minutes when he asked if we were ready to order. Didn’t offer to suggest anything. Again very little passion when describing the food.

CA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quality and flavors of the food are amazing - can’t wait to return!

h
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just go. The food is amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible meal!!

AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two of our party of four were vegan and everyone was extremely accommodating with our restrictions. Thank you!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was quality with wonderful taste combos. I think the price is definitely too high though.

OT
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible. Every time. Incredible.

j
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Awesomely delicious and open late night are the highlights. The wine list is esoteric and disappointing considering the cuisine I just don’t get it? Had a wine for $75. which I could not drink.

f
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Next level food, great pairing of flavors and unique menu options. Wish seating was more comfortable in the outer patio area. Perhaps chairs with some padding. Otherwise no complaints. Will be back again.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal! Incredible!! Amazing!!! Always!!! My co-dream restaurant (other than Bestia)!