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Bavel

4.8
4.8
3476 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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

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What 3,476 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

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  1. WB

    WendiB

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant decor is so cool! Food was amazing . Highly recommend the lamb chops!
  2. j

    joshuae

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tremendous quality dishes. Creative, fresh and clean. Very exciting food .
  3. TG

    TGC11

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food. Some of the best in LA. A tad loud but otherwise perfect.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pure Art unique flavors great DTLA vibes
  5. JA

    JAR71

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food overall was great but we felt rushed and had to take steps to slow service down so we could enjoy our evening. The grilled prawns were truly amazing as was the chicken liver pâté.
  6. BN

    BaxnNex

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    So, the food is amazing, amazing.; service best ever...but, (and I know I'm getting older) the music was SO loud, we kinda had to shout at each other to talk. And, listen, I grew up on Led Zeppelin and the Stones...Would have been all 5 stars except for the nightclub volume music. Would I go back? Yes. We sat outside, so maybe quieter inside?? But again...go for the food. You won't be sorry.
  7. TP

    TracyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. My family's first time at Bavel and we will absolutely return!
  8. m

    mumma1416

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great place. Been here multiple times and food has NOT disappointed any other those times. Great food, interesting drinks, love the lovely ambiance - ability to sit inside/outside. Plenty of nearby parking spaces. Only thing is that it is a bit expensive - $300 for two people is a bit much for good food. But overall definite worth a visit
  9. Z

    Zozo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It took 40 minutes to be seated although we had a reservation. However the food was absolutely amazing and the service and ambiance was great.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious, modern Middle Eastern cuisine. Everything tasted amazing!!!! The service was ok, the server barely checked in with us. The noise level is high, the music type and volume were very , very loud, we were seated outdoors and still it was hard to have a conversation.
  11. J

    Jordan

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my fourth time at Bavel, and it never disappoints. The food is fantastic and the service is stellar, too. The somm could tell from afar that we were struggling with the wine list, so he came over to us and was very helpful and informative. Our server also anticipated that we were slowing down and checked in to see if we still had room for the last dish, which hadn't been fired yet. Glad he did that, because canceling it left us room for a fabulous spiced pear cake!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful and so consistent.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and the entire staff made our anniversary dinner a great one. We really enjoyed the atmosphere they created there. Shout out to the manager who put together the playlist for the night. Great music!
  14. RJ

    RahulJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food, excellent service, yum cocktails and a fund ambience. Can't really ask for much more.
  15. S

    Sswc

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Server forgot about our table. Didn’t get our drinks half way through our meal. Food was mediocre.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pretty good but loud/busy and they want you to eat and get out asap, the waiter insisted we order all our food in one go so we ordered more than we would have because we weren’t sure of the size of the dishes and he assured us it wouldn’t be a lot and ended up too full for dessert.
  17. RC

    RandalC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good, especially the small plates. Only negative is their insistence on blasting rock music which makes conversation difficult.
  18. RS

    RobertS

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food. Sommelier presented several excellent wines.
  19. AS

    AlbertS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Place, Amazing service, Been to Bestia as well.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best restaurant I’ve ever been to and I live in Las Vegas and have tried all the best restaurants!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal! Everything was great
  22. v

    veron

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    service is so slow and bad. they’re sold out of half the menu items on a Saturday night. would not come back or recommend.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing
  24. R

    Rich

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was excellent but service was mediocre at best. We felt rushed the whole time. The server had no personality.
  25. NQ

    NicoleQ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience2
    The spreads are incredible. The mains are all 10/10. You will rarely be disappointed with a dish here. If you go, it gets really crowded and too noisy to hear each other after 8p, so arrive early for a more relaxing experience.
  26. SS

    SandyS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as always, and sommelier was top-notch!
  27. AO

    AleO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    From someone who has worked in the M.East for over 20 years, the food was below the quality and authenticity i would have expected from a restaurant of this price.
  28. v

    vballest

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the menu is spectacular. You can’t go wrong. Especially the breads like the fried pita and the Malawach and the lamb neck and the pear cake… the list goes on and on. Must go here for sure!
  29. AC

    AlexC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Too loud. Seats surprisingly uncomfortable. GREAT service. Unique + tasty food.
  30. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallop crudo, king oyster mushrooms, grilled prawns, wagyu oxtail, a pear cake with melted butter. Everything was flavorful and delicious! Service phenomenal!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    no more loud rap music plz
  32. DT

    DisconceringTaster

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The food was very good, no complain there. The service was lacking and uninspired. on many occasions servers were leaning into our table of had their rear ends in our face while squeezed between our table and the one next to us. My cocktail was also taken off the table before it was complete. Is it worth going to, the food was good, perhaps it was just an off night for the staff.
  33. KB

    KristanB

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really fun place, delish! food, and great service. We cannot wait to go back. Definitely go with people who are up for family style. The entrees we selected were both phenomenal-the rack of lamb and the fish. I think I would ask for the outside seating. The inside is super loud; even my kids said that they couldn't hear anything, so it is not just an old person's opinion.
  34. LL

    LocalLosGatosDiner

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I can't snag a reservation at Bestia at a normal time, what a joy and surprise to dine at Bestia's sister restaurant, which is the most elevated Mediterranean cuisine I have ever experienced. Bavel sources amazing fruits, vegetables and meats. Their duck hummus is wonderfully rich and flavorful on a chewy, pillow like pita bread. The ocean trout tartare was so creative--in a citrus broth, the flavor was ethereal. The oxtail tagine similarly knocks it out of the park. Now my dilemma is which restaurant to choose.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    I booked a standard table but end up we got a high table for three person. It was crowed and near the ketches which is very hot from the cooking stove. The noise level is very high. It’s difficult for conversation. The foods were just fine. Oyster mushroom taste good. But overpriced.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We came for our anniversary and unfortunately were seated outside which was very chilly (we did turn up half an hour early and request to be seated inside but were told it was “first in, first served”). So definitely be prepared for this and bring a warm sweater! We also got bitten by mosquitos. Outdoor seating aside, the food was incredible (you will want to eat your weight in bread - all of it is divine). We recommend the chicken liver pâté, prawns, malawach and lamb rack! The grilled dorado was also great but nowhere near as good at the lamb rack. The desserts were so-so. A little blown away that I was charged $5 for some hot water but all in all a good experience with great recommendations from our servers. Will definitely be back!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Drinks, Food, staff, ambience, timing of when things were served - all top notch
  38. AF

    AbeyF

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We just loved Bavel!! Whether we are celebrating an occasion or just a night out with good friends, Bavel never disappoints. Wish the noise level was a tad less energetic so we are able to have conversations without the need to shout. Also would like to see new items added to the entree list. Service is always very good regardless if we are hosting a party of 12 or 4.
  39. N

    Nancy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    My second time to Bavel and LOVED it the first time but yesterday was not very good. The waiter was not knowledgeable and the food was not as good.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!! Service and food were incredible - it was just a bit too loud for my taste, definitely hard to hear with just two of us.

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 3476 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Bavel

500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2222

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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