Bavel

4.8
2077 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 2077 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoshuaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks , the wagyu bone-in ribeye is out of this world

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vipXelaEats
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unbelievable food. Must get the spreads - they each come with a different bread and it is so special and yummy. Servers were very nice. Mocktails are also quite impressive. Overall delicious. Inside did seam noisy and hard to hear. We sat outside.

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JeffH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was innovative and delicious, especially the four appetizers and hummus that we shared. The lamb neck entree, also shared, was very good too, although intense (maybe too much garlic?) The service was very face-paced, almost frenzied, starting with a proclamation on our greeting that we had to finish in 90 minutes. Our server said the 90 minute limit was required by the health department but I could not imagine a rationale for that (why stir up more movement and interaction?). I later checked online and saw the health department had that limit for bars (which on reflection makes some sense) but I could not find that limit specified for outdoor restaurants. I sensed the fast pace was driven by the restaurant's desire for turnover, but I think they need to relax it a bit.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Not the experience we have expected. The biggest mistake the restaurant made was to not take care of the tent dining area. First off, the tent we were taken into, was literally a white tent. It was not "decorated" to Bavel's praised decor and from the corner we sat from, we could see how dirty the once white tent was. Second, we could smell sewer even with our masks on the moment we sat and it stunk like this the whole entire time. We were unsure if we were eating the acclaimed Bavel's delicacy or sewer food. CLEARLY this told us that neither the owners and management take care of where people are seated. They only care about the palate experience and not about a whole dining experience where ambiance, decor, sound, and even surrounding smell/aroma are important grading factors to many.

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Delicious
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel is certainly an LA treasure in the cornucopia of restaurants around the city. Even in pandemic times it still maintains its quality and service above all. There is always knowledgeable staff involved, and great bites on the menu. First time trying the entrees and the lamb shwarma was incredible! Recommend staying for dessert too!

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GwenL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I like to try new places with my fellow foodie friends. Food was great.

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BretC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the best food experiences I've had in a while! Everything was great about the restaurant as far as the vibe, but the food, as it should be, was the stand out of the night. The mains were incredible, and I have to say the desserts went toe to toe as far as flavor. Like nothing I've had anywhere else....if you want a unique eating experience then this is the place.

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fabienne
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience2

the food is always absolute perfection. Did not love spending that much money and seated in a parking lot under harsh lights....casualty of covid. Luckily the food is delicious and next time I'm there, I'll be seated in a better location.

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vipMarcH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing always!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was spectacular. The service was ridiculous, juvenile.

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ChloeC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food we had was delicious, and our server was very knowledgeable! A wonderful experience, well worth the price.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and the wine. The experience was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The music noise level was absolutely too high. If I am paying that kind of money for food, I expect to be able to have a conversation without shouting or not being able to hear my friends. It’s so low class to have that level of loud music for such an amazing restaurant. My waitress was a bit meh but I always tip 20% anyway. Amazing busboys and helpers though.

MC
vipMeeganC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was even better than I remembered and the experience as a whole was delightful. The baba ghanoush and the fish are a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been here multiple times & each time has been amazing! Such great and attentive service by everyone. The food is astounding! Everything is so fresh and aromatic. Highly recommend for any dinner event!

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Ilikeit
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Love this restaurant! The only downside was the seating situation...understand it is covid and love the outdoor dining options but the parking lot seating could have been dressed up a bit better given the quality of the restaurant. Most people were complaining and asking to be moved. We rolled with it because we were just excited to be out honestly but could have been a nicer situation to make it feel a little less like a parking lot dining experience when you are spending that much money

Everything else was AMAZING and will be back. Service was excellent, food was excellent, wine recommendation from our server was fantastic so overall nothing but good things to say

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'll be dreaming about the breads and spreads.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Don’t miss out on the mushroom kebab; it’s magical. Don’t bother with the lamb flatbread; it’s forgettable.

SB
SarahB
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience— bummed we were in the parking lot, but the food was delicious, servers attentive and personable, and excellent adherence to COVID protocols. Bavel remains one of my favorite restaurants in LA and I am thrilled they are open again!

JK
JoannaK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service!! We all had a great time.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food amazing, service amazing. Ambiance was not great as we we were sat at a make shift table in the parking lot
It was freezing cold outside & they didn’t have sufficient heaters and some of the heaters didn’t work well. If we were sat indoors or on their patio it would’ve been the best experience

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MelissaB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Big fan of Bavel

JA
JoAnnC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The dips, appetizers and cocktails are AWESOME, can skip the main dish.

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Daniela
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ambiance was great, and Food was absolutely delish, would definitely recommend.

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Anna
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was spectacular, but service was incredibly poor -- especially at that price point.

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robertb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything was perfect. food wine space all lovely

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waiter/sommelier who gave us the best recommendations and provided options we didn’t know were possible. The food was perfect as always.

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vipRenaO
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food here is incredible, so flavorful and so much depth and thought goes into their wonderful dishes. This is the kind of spot that always leaves you craving more. Top 3 spots in LA. Every time I bring people here they can’t believe they had missed out on it. The fact that it’s a husband and wife run restaurant makes it even that much more special.

JS
JeffS
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Truly nothing exceptional. Portions are small - prices are high. When we finally got seated two of the five entrées were already sold out leaving me to have to order items I didn’t necessarily want to eat. Their pita bread was excellent though, I’ll give them that. The Fattoush salad was decent but nothing exceptional. Wish I had tried more of their specialty items but I guess they just didn’t make enough. Kind of disappointed as It wasn’t easy to get a reservation, and as it was I was there at 9:45 at night.

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Spenny
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I've ever had in Los Angeles. That Wagyu Ribeye is next level.

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AvaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved every minute of it here!! The food was mouthwatering, the service was perfect and the ambiance was vibey. Looking forward to going back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing the food was great. I was worried about it being covid safe but it was perfectly spaced out

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Lynhthy
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious. Our entire party enjoyed every dish ordered. Specifically, the texture of the mushroom kebab was insane and needs to be mentioned. Get it. Wonderful dining experience from start to finish. Highly recommend and will absolutely return!

MR
MariaR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And Tom gave great wine recommendations. We will definitely be back.

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LianneS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great service and food. Amazing ambience

SR
vipSharoneR
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel has been a favorite of mine since the day it opened. In 2018 and 2019 it was among the top 3 most visited restaurants for me. I have missed it so much. Being back was delightful! I dreamt about the duck hummus, malawach, whole prawns with Tzatziki, the cocktails, and that gorgeous room for over a year so my triumphant return was glorious! Thank you Bavel and welcome back!!

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Jerod
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the best meal we've had in a while. Great to see them reopen and thriving despite the limited capacity. Look forward to our next visit!

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NeddyR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience! We loved it for a girls' night! Tasty cocktails, delicious food, beautiful ambiance (we sat inside) with great service, once we were seated..20 minutes later than our reservation (only hiccup). But understandable, given how yummy it is!

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peaceandlove16
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and amazing delectable food!
Best Hummus.

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 2077 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.