Bavel

4.8
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1651 Reviews
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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
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance and service. Looking forward to returning with friends and family to try more items from the menu!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I had requested for indoor seating and after the host confirmed they’d seat us indoors, we were placed outdoor. I’ve been coming to bavel (and it’s sister restaurant) since opening, but it’s outdoor area is almost like an afterthought in decor and service. It was cold outside and difficult to get service. We were an 8:30 reservation and the vibe died outside in 30 mins because they clear out the outdoor area first.

Not a pleasant experience, but great dips.

LA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Would come back to explore other positions on the menu.

+ Hummus 9/10
+ Cauliflower 8/10 (too oily)
+ Oyster mushroom 10/10
-/+ Didn't enjoy the lamb meat because of the very strong specific taste, but even that was... tasty.
- Had to wait longer than expected between the dishes.

k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so good, I cried. Please get the prawns, you will not regret it!

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

literally perfect

F
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always superb food. Excellent service. Only issue is the noise level....pounding music makes it almost unbearable at times. Please tone down the music since there’s plenty noise and “energy” as is....

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone had a great meal at Bavel. We enjoyed the fusion of flavors and thus ambiance. This is my third time here and will definitely be returning again.

LJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant and even better service - the staff elevated the experience.

AS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Drinks were amazing! Definitely coming back

G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! One of the best culinary experiences I ever had!

JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ask for a seating in the main dining room where you'll be greeted by cascading greenery and a lively ambiance. The food is especially fresh and tasty. Our table scooped up the flavorful hummus with the pillowy soft and warm pita (we HAD to order more!) The cauliflower and shwarma (sp?) were also favorites and it'll be difficult NOT to order those items again during our next visit since we'll want to discover new favorites

A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! Their hummus and pita bread piping got when it got to the table, excellent!

n
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a amazing meal that never disappoints
The hosts and servers are so Freindly
And the food and deserts are incredible

MB
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We arrived promptly at the appointed booking time but still were kept waiting for 30 minutes as “You’re table is not ready”. Our experience elsewhere around the world is that when booking you are advised until what time you have the table. Common courtesy would imply adherence to this.
Nevertheless we found the staff most helpful and the food good

PA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday and my wife’s birthday but did not mention to server until the end.

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to go back!!! The mushrooms were outstanding, the best restaurant in DTLA

JP
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful impressively prepared and very tasty dishes. Somewhat meat-centric, the several lamb preparations (particularly the slow roasted lamb neck) and the duck were excellent. We had the babaghanoush , prawns and scallops for apps- all were well prepared and delicious. Interesting and rewarding wine selections- if expensive . Noise level made conversation a bit difficult even at our small table

KA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was impeccable and we'll coursed out. The server was attentive but not excessively so. it is a beautiful and perfect special occasion restaurant with a relaxed vibe.

RJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and exceptional service. Best Prawns I've ever had.

LP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top in LA. Beef Tagine and Butternut Squash flatbread not to be missed.

SD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food and unrushed service

l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were here last year and loved it and could not wait to go back! BUT, we were very disappointed this time. We liked some of the dishes but not enough to go back. We LOVE Bestia by the same Chefs and have been there many times and we are never disappointed in any dish that we order. So why would we go back to just an OK restaurant. I am just not sure if I would recommend it or not!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and fresh. I could tell they use only the best ingredients and everything was so divine. The service could’ve been a little better my serve didn’t seem to knowledgeable but other than that I really enjoyed myself. We started off with the baba ganoush which was the best I’ve ever had. Next, we had the shrimp prawns and the heirloom salad which was perfect in every way. Last, we had the lamb shawarma! The pita bread was made fresh and we couldn’t stop eating it. I will definitely be back again. God bless the chefs ❤️

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good for the money

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything on the menu is amazing!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2019 year end party

CC
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Duck hummus is a must order and the scallop crudo is creative and delicious! The sommelier helped with our wine selection and suggested a small producer from Greece that we would have easily overlooked and turned out to be FANTASTIC! Leverage the knowledgeable staff for a tasty culinary experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food is interesting and stands out ... the vibe a bit too much ..

K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Our server Trent was awesome. The food was incredibly good!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food excellent. Staff was excellent, from reservations to seating to service and everything else. Everything worked well. Noise level was somewhat high for comfortable conversation among all four of our party, but certainly better than most new restaurants. Will come again.

LA
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Quite frankly, I'm not sure what the rave is about. Very overpriced for what they serve. Babaghanoush, a staple of Lebanese, Palestinian and Syrian cuisine was tasteless and its consistency was not great. The portions were small for the value and the main dish -- the lamb -- was mostly fat and bone. Wow. Back in Beirut, this restaurant would be closed the next day.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved our meal!!!! loved our server Trent! such a fun place

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience4

Any time a restaurant at this size, which is making millions, mandates me to pay 4% of the total bill towards employee benefits is no restaurant for me. This is shameful!

KS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, great service, creative food.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best at everything they do!

c
New York Area
4 reviews