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Bavel

4.8
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1869 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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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1869 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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marca
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best of the middle-eastern/Mediterranean genre around LA. Advanced culinary technique, creativity and an array of refined dishes with both classical and innovative notes.

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Grace
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was amazing, but the service was okay. We made reservations about 3 weeks ahead of time, and when we arrived we were placed in a section in the parking lot with no heaters and views of cars. Once we were seated into the regular sections we were rushed at every step. The waiter didn’t even ask if he could get us our check, he just placed it down and the bussers saw that as indicator to start taking our plates while we were still working on them. Thankfully the food was so good and so was the company. Would recommend for food, but not for service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Awful server told us what we should order and criticized our selection, but love the restaurant so much!

CB
vipCharlesB
Columbus
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly an amazing experience. Would highly recommend. Shout out to our waitress Phoebe who made the evening truly magical!

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viprobin
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious although the fish had some bones which made some people not want to eat it. Service was excellent and all the food tasted great.

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vipJustinS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The waiter was nasty. It was a 40th birthday and he rushed the food and pushed us out in less than 60 minutes. When we sat down at 9 pm he said we had a total time allotted if 90 minutes. We asked that the food be spaced as he insisted on taking the entire order at once. It was pushed out immediately. It ruined our celebration.

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vipNoma
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding eats, surprisingly vegetarian friendly!

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CLM2020
Cancun
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food is spectacular. It really tastes like being in Europe. Scallops, Oyster mushrooms, the breads, everything was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not sure if it’s a pandemic thing, but nobody seemed too excited to be there- customers, servers, and hosts. Bus boys were great. Somellier was superb. Limited menu doesn’t quite feel as special as I had remembered. Tough to mask up while dining out. Perhaps takeaway is the way to go.

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Winnie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got seated right away with our reservation. Servers were great and food is always excellent! Prawns and oyster mushroom are our favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was exceptional, except for one thing in the end of our dinner that we kinda felt rushed to leave by the waiter. But would love to go back again, we love the food and drinks!

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RafiaMafia
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A must try. The food was delicious. One of the best cuisines I've had. I'd consider myself an expert in middle eastern food given my background and long lineage of cooks in my family and this exceeded my expectations. Brava!


Unfortunately, due to COVID their setup is a bit stressful. The indoor patio was too crowded even for a weekday. I would recommend avoiding that especially if you are extra careful about being in a social environment these days.

The seating we got was right next to the parking lot. We were 6 feet away from cars which may be preferable over other humans these days. However, it wasn't a completely pleasant experience given we were inhaling smoke from the cars while eating. The good news is that they do have a much nicer outdoor venue a few foot above ground. Perhaps request for that in advance.

And for those who don't care where they get seated despite spending $$$ at a restaurant during COVID, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu! The server gave us great recommendations so I would suggest to explore your tastebuds if you find yourself at Bavel.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was great, but spending that kind of money to sit in a parking lot with no music felt a little cheap

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my favorite place in LA. The pita bread is to die for.

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ZoeW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience all around. Great food, attentive and charismatic service, lovely ambience (the outside terrace was lovely, though I miss the experience of dining inside the stunning space). Great cocktails that perfectly complemented the food. It's perfect for a special occasion meal or simply when you're looking to enjoy a really wonderful dining experience. Worth the price.

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KELS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We have been excited to try Bavel and it completely exceeded our expectations. Service and quality of food is incredible. Excited to visit again and bring friends. Also excited to dine inside once safe. The interior looks stunning. Come here! You won't regret this experience.

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KarenK
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to Bavel to celebrate our ten year anniversary and had a great experience. Food is so delicious. We don't eat out much since Covid hit but we felt very safe with how the staff are following CDC guidelines and are protecting themselves and the diners. Thanks Bavel!

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darrellp
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Once again, and excellent meal. Didn't love the remote location of the temporary seating as it was right on the sidewalk/valet.
Otherwise food and service was excellent.
Can't wait for indoor dining to resume.

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jessicas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. The lamb flat bread is the bomb. Service is great. Spacing is good and staff wear masks and face shields

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Our waiter Sam was amazing had had the perfect recommendations for the night. Looking forward to returning.

MM
vipMichelleM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I had heard how amazing Bavel was and I definitely found it tasty, but I wasn't SOO amazed. I probably would have rated it higher if it wasn't so spendy. But it was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!!!!but the service was cold. Server. Touched the table 4x total and once was to pick up the signed check and not even a thank you have a good night.

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NickA
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Delicious food and drinks, nice patio with good distance between tables. Menu is limited compared to what it was pre-pandemic, which is understandable, but wish there was one or two more entree options. Glad they still have the woodear mushrooms-- so good!

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CalliW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at Bavel and we will be back. All covid guidelines were posted and adhered to. The food was incredible, the outdoor seating is romantic, the sommelier brought wines out that weren’t on the list for us to choose from based on what we were looking for. Waiter was attentive while not lingering (again, due to covid restrictions.) 20/10 on every level.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Not great , we’ve been to Bavel before and love their food . No one told us they had a 90 min table limit until we had already been there at least that long and we had not ordered dessert. At that point we got some attitude and I asked if someone was waiting for our table which they said no. We ordered dessert and after dinner drinks and then got the bums rush before we even finished our drinks which at 25.00 a glass for champagne was a reap shame . Food was still great but we spent about 550.00 for 4 people and it was not a good experience with all the attitude and rushing at the end of the meal. I’m sure there are many places in LA who would welcome us so we will go elsewhere . Disappointed

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was mostly quite delightful, but we were surprised when our server tisked at the selections we had made and said we might not have ordered enough; that we hadn’t ordered his favorite, the oyster mushroom skewer. So at his suggestion we did and it was our least favorite dish - actually the only one we weren’t bowled over by - and quite overpriced at 21 dollars, in our opinion. That being said, we would definitely return and delight in the same meal sans mushrooms.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had abetter dining experience with the social distance guidines as we were put in a less traffic and quieter place. Plus their fish was amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Bavel is outstanding, maintaining their service and quality during COVID dining. Their Lamb Shwarma melts in your mouth, you must try it.

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vipPaula
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor seating space. The food as fabulous as ever

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BethanyB
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We felt very safe and were extremely happy to support a local business. The staff was wonderful! Wishing you much success during these trying times for the restaurant and bar industry. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive and excellent service, enforced COVID policies such as a maximum 90 minute dining timeframe, several beautiful outdoor patios available, and the most amazing appetizers, entrees, and desserts! Our favorites were the scallop crudo and oyster mushroom kebab!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in LA. My personal recommendation is first thing get TWO of the mushroom dish then one of each item on the menu!! YUMMYYYYY

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thoughtful
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious. I ate here last year and noticed so much improvement in the quality and the taste.
All the wait staff were wearing both face coverings and face shields, plus the tables were 6 feet apart. I felt safe. I recommend this place highly.
I made a reservation and we were seated immediately.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Overrated!

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JohnV
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fifth time there. Awesome every time. They've nailed the outdoor seating in pandemic times and service was relaxed and friendly. As always, the food was incredible. Our reservation was late, so they happened to be out of the lamb neck schwarma, which is divine. So we may do with smaller plates which was great because for two people you could experience a lot more. Hummus is always stellar, but also had heavenly marinated tomatoes, the charcuterie plate which was delicious, the spicy prawns, marinated olives and those to die for chocolate rose donuts for dessert. Once you decide what you want they will make great choices for you in terms of what order to bring it out. Love this place!

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for everything; food, service and keeping us safe in this difficult times..

I will see you again!

Thank you

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AnalisaT
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a double date with an amazing mouth watering experience!

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vipTyler
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had the Dorade... It was more bone than meat. Disappointed. I work hard enough for my food, I don't want to worry about

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Josh90404
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The slow-roasted lamb neck shawarma is the best lamb shawarma I have ever tasted in my life!!

I want to come back sometime to try the steak - will just need to find a friend who will be willing to spend that much money for a steak.

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vipernesto
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Amazing service.

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 1869 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.