Bavel

4.8
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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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4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck hummus and ribeye were absolutely fantastic.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The place was packed and very noisy, so not ideal if you're going for a quiet meal. The food was very good and the portions were surprisingly large. Our server wasn't very attentive and it was hard to get good service because it was so busy.

L
New England
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was fantastic and food was great! But the wait was longer than expected (even with a reservation) and there weren’t many vegetarian options as entrees. The experience was good overall, but did not live up to the hype.

A
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is incredible, the service smart, efficient, friendly but not overly so, and the ambiance is crowded and lively.

BC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love it so much. The food was so delicious. The food is for 2 people to share.

JU
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. The food was delicious and so unusual.
All the apps were delicious as was the Pork.
The licorice dessert was incredible (if you like black licorice)
The inside is definitely much nicer than the patio, which is super casual.

m
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous meal. Our server Brittany helped select our choices and was dead on with her recommendations. We would recommend Bavel as a great place for any special occasion. We will be back for sure.

e
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal every time. The mushrooms are amazing. The cauliflower was bomb. I probaby wouldn't go with the beef cheek again, but nonetheless good. The service was outstanding. Thomas knew his wines.

VL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service to match it. Been a handful of times and keep on coming back

AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Duck hummus and chicken patè are a must have. Prawns are extremely spicy! The lamb neck shawarma was delicious.

RS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. My favorite restaurant in LA. The only minor complaint is sometimes it is just too loud. That is just a sign of how much people want to eat there and enjoy themselves while there.

PT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brittany was a great server and made some awesome recommendations. Additionally, she didn’t let us over order...

Had the duck hummus (good but very rich), chicken liver pate (great and loved the bread that came with it), the mushroom kabob (good char but would have been great if it wasn’t over salted), the lamb neck shwarma (great!!!) and apple cake dessert (was just okay).

Also had 4 different cocktails between the two of us and they were all good. Would highly recommend!!!

EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

super cool place, the food is amazing

JH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bachelor Party. Our server was great! Super cool dude who was personable and treated us like his own friends. We also appreciate your sommelier accommodating our bottles of wine. The food is incredible, we love the atmosphere as a whole and, last but not least, the late-night rap playlist! Thanks for doing what you do, keep up the exceptional work!

SK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Our server recommended four plates for two people, but we were stuffed after three and you’ll definitely want room for dessert. Do not pass up the hummus or shawarma. The dessert of a strawberry sweet cheese tart was the perfect ending to an amazing meal!

IV
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent!

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and experience. We came here to thank our good friend for officiating our wedding and it did not disappoint. Bavel was easily one of the best meals I’ve had in LA and maybe my life. Brittany was an awesome server. She guided us through our meal with incredible recommendations. We will be back once a year when we want to spoil ourselves

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blair was our waiter and he did a fantastic job. His recommendations were perfect. The food is off the charts fantastic. The floor manager, Theodore was also very kind when he stopped by our table. Go here so good.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb!!! The food exceeded everyone’s expectations!!!

S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! I absolutely love this place and frequent every month. Everything from the service to the sommelier, Julie is just wonderful. Can’t wait to go back (next month)!

PC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each dish was extremely flavorful, and that house made pita was phenomenal! All portions very generous, would recommend large groups so can try more dishes on the menu. Great wine recommendations

l
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cous cous was the lightest I've ever had. The chicken liver pate was beautifully presented and great tasting. The breads were all wonderful as well.

T
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Everything was fabulous as usual. I’d have to say server was less friendly than usual servers are there.

DA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best lamb and duck I have ever had. The servers and staff were so nice and attenttive. We were seated too close to another big table, but other than that, the night was perfect.

AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best meals to be had in LA. Every bite was delicious. Staff was both super professional and unpretentious. A bit noisy and sceney, but it deserves the attention and to be packed on a Wednesday!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe and very innovative food.

a
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's my 3rd trip to Bavel. I recommend the chicken liver pate and the duck nduja hummus to start.
Marinated olives and the Endive and date salad. the Dorade and the lamb chops for the entree.
They plate for the table, everything is to share.
Great servers, no rushing, I try to go early before it gets 'too' loud.
enjoy

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place for dinner. Relaxed, great service, really good and interesting choices on the menu and a friendly valet. I've already alerted my friends and we'll definitely be back also. Enjoyed it very much!

n
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Great food and servers are well versed in menu. The Noise level is over the top inside; I once ate in the 'outdoor' area without winter covering and the sound/noise was acceptable. January 2020 dinner inside: very hard to hear at times.

E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, great food. A bit loud and somewhat expensive but very nice.

SH
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great atmosphere and the service is great! Quite pricey, so expect to pay a lot -- definitely worth it though! Great Birthday dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. The slow roasted lamb neck was especially delicious. Expensive and noisy.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience1

Impossible to talk. I would never go with the intention of talking to anyone

LE
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely wonderful food. Innovative ingredients with a middle eastern feel. A treat!

YC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was beautiful and the staff was on top of every detail, from folding my napkin every time i stepped out to having our car ready to go before we even exited the restaurant. Very impressive.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Really loud

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food priced on higher side. Restaurant is too noisy almost cafeteria like. Definitely not a place for intimate dinner.

m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

the food was excellent. The beef Sharma was outstanding. The Cauliflower was also excellent. The apple cake was good, but not up to the rest of the meal. The only thing bad about the place was the noise level was over the top. It was hard to hold a conversation.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Walked into an incredibly loud restaurant. Our waiter told us that we were “at the time of the evening when we start running out of things.” We felt that, based on this, he weirdly tried to pressure us to order certain dishes. “I’d really like to see you guys finish with the lamb chops.” What does that even mean?

Dishes we got were good. But the beef cheek tagine was too expensive for the very paltry portion. Wine pours were very stingy. And forget about dessert - there was basically nothing left by the time we got to that point in the meal.

Basically, while the food was good, it felt like we were getting whatever was left from the course of the evening. At this point shouldn’t you be able to plan appropriately for your number of nightly guests? Didn’t see a single warning on the menu that certain dishes are limited.

Definitely did not live up to the hype.

m
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here. The energy is great, food delicious, a bit pricey. But will definitely go back, something compelling about it. Don't miss the spreads and various breads to start, and the licorice dessert was off the charts.