Bavel

4.8
305 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(213) 232-4966
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis
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Cross street
Santa Fe
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Parking details
Street parking also available
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 305 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
service
4.7
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4.3
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!!! New favorite spot in LA

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Very very good.

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KM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hands down my favorite dining experience in Los Angeles.

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MU
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant just moved to the top of my favorites-list!
Ambiance: Trendy yet relaxed.
Food: One of the best meals I've ever had. Must try's:
Farm Cheese (the Bread! The Creamy Cheese! I can't even describe it. Just order it).
Scallop Crudo (I don't normally enjoy raw scallops but this was melt in your mouth delicious with SO many vibrant flavors and the perfect amount of heat)
Grilled Prawns (cooked perfectly with homemade zuccini tzatziki that you will want to dip all extra bread into)
Malawach (who would have thought that dill creme fraiche, tomato, and strawberry would be the perfect topping to a delicious flat bread?! )
I could keep going but these were our favorites.
Service: Phenomenal and unpretentious. The Somm provided perfect wine suggestions for each of us (thank you!) and our water glass was always filled.
I have already made my next reservation and can't wait to experience this place again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and great experience. Very attentive servers, we were impressed with level of service. Food was superb, everything we ordered was stellar. Place is gorgeous as well. The only one thing I would change is the noise level, it would have been great if the music was playing at a lower volume.

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Do not go to this restaurant to enjoy a long conversation over dinner unfortunately the music to too loud to allow for such to happen. On the flip side your mouth will be better served to sampling the amazing dishes wonderfully prepared. We were satisfied to order most of our dishes from the appetizer menu, you must try the Oyster Mushroom Kebab like eating a forest of flavors also the lamb tartare was beautiful and fresh with bright flavors. The marinated olives and and the marinated okra were some of our favorites. The Hummus should be eaten with the radishes or pillow soft pita and finally Roasted Lamb neck on flatbread was divine. We finished with four spoons and a Licorice Ice Cream Bon Bon. Our little family was very happy! Spend time to enjoy the plates put before your and the waiters descriptions of your dishes.

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P
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was wonderful and to be expected. We ordered two entrees and four appetizers, plus dessert (for 3). We had the lamb saddle chop and the beef. The lamb had three bites per person and the beef had about the same, yes delicious. We ordered the number of dishes based on our waiters recommendation. However, you will leave hungry if you do so. I think if I go back, I will stick with the appetizers and flat bread. Also, we tried the Rose clove donuts and I do love the smell of Rose, I do not like the taste. I felt kind of rushed through the meal, but probably the nature of "course" type dining. Also, thought it was weird that there were no serving utensils, nor bread or anything to use as utensils. Pretty casual setting, lovely and bright. Chairs not my favorite. Service quite poor for this price point. Saw the water server much more than our waiter. Looked like he had many tables. Yes, great food and experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Phenomenal all around...

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CP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a good time and the food was excellent, the somm Brian was great and so was our server. Such a great restaurant with a beautiful environment and a non-pretentious staff. Great for those with experience dining, and for those who do not dine out often. So delicious! I'll be back every time I'm in LA.

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RA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great experience. Elegant Middle Eastern flavor excellent lamb dish.

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S
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding in every way!!! Excellent food and service.

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MI
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing meal! The hummus and duck bone broth are a must.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good. Would go again.

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CR
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was disappointingly mediocre, and the service was some of the worst I've experienced in a very long time. Had High Hopes, but unfortunately it just didn't live up to the hype. I'm afraid this was a one-and-done for me.

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a
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food is not worth the LOUD music and noise. Have gone twice. No more.

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EM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Obviously, this restaurant is great. From the masterminds behind Bestia, they've done it again. Do not leave this place without ordering the Oyster Mushroom Kebab.

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FL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the owners of my favorite Italian restaurant Bestia they have hit it out of the park again

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s
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was food, some dishes were delicious while others were just okay. Better service would have made the experience more worthwhile. Our server was efficient but a bit curt. Although we had a good dinner, I don't think I will be returning.

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MK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! One of my best and favorite meals in recent memory!

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ED
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Ori you made my mouth sing with your pita bread and prawns! Love your food!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous ... espresso though was cold

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is outstanding

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O
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had all year - this is a spot not to be missed.

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

GREAT FOOD! GREAT VIBE! Humus with duck was amazing! Even more amazing was the mushroom skewer! And, the sommelier was terrific!

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M
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I went with my parents for a celebratory graduation dinner (there's a famous design school just around the corner). I warned them well in advance about potentially deafening noise levels; they did not seem to mind. We were seated in the patio which was nice on a hot September night.

To the blasting sound of KAMI and Chance the Rapper we had the hummus with chili paste and pita, farm cheese with buckwheat loaf, the tomato and plum salad as well as the (by now famous) lamb neck shawarma, out of which the salad and lamb stood out. So did the liquorice ice cream bonbon for dessert. For next time I would skip entrees and stick to smaller plates only. The three of us were already pretty full before the lamb came out.

Service was quick and attentive. They did charge for two instead of one glasses of wine (which I only noticed a day later), but the manager quickly resolved it via email and refunded it. Overall, a very good restaurant I am looking forward to returning once the hype has hopefully calmed down a bit.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal from start to finish. We are big “foodies” who live in New York City and travel the world for great food experiences. Bavel was truly special.

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! Next level! Noise level was high, but it was an amazing play list so no complaints! Waiter service was slightly spotty. But plates were cleared in a timely manner and food all came out organically.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Amazing flavors, staff, and ambience. I will be back!!

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F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The oyster mushroom kebab! You must get it.

The malawach reminded me of a Chinese scallion pancake without the scallions. It was crispy and layered in that same deliciously satisfying way.

And if you like the salty licorice candy from Denmark and Sweden, you will get a kick out of the salted licorice ice cream bon bon. Strangely addictive.

We got all the dishes that Jonathan Gold recommended as an homage to him. I miss him.

The seating here is more spacious than Bestia. We loved the high table by the bar, 2nd one from the kitchen. Slightly quieter, less traffic. It's a very loud but lively place.

The interior greenery and rose gold wire bar stools were beautiful touches.

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d
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic
Food was amazing!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Outside seating here is like dining at a different restaurant completely. Had drinks at the bar prior to being seated and once outside the vibe was gone, street lights intruding the ambience. Would only return to sit inside.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant with amazing food!!

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V
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered $10 glasses of wine, but were charged $20 and they would not fix the check.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible. Snooty employees who think they are too good to do their job.

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Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting and inventive food. Noise level inside is very high, unpleasantly so if you have less than perfect hearing. Bring a sweater and sit outside if the noise bothers you.

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BU
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a relatively new "in-spot", difficult to get reservations; same owner as Bestia. The food is very innovative, with primarily middle eastern cuisine. The restaurant is very, very busy, so it's difficult to have a quiet chat. We found the everything we ordered very enjoyable; especially the Dorade and one of the flat breads. We thought that some menu items are overpriced. The bar has some unique brands, but our drinks were OK. I asked for a very dry vodka gibson, and was told that they had "no cocktail onions"! Really?
The martini that I got was OK, but far from very dry. I would expect the mixologists to be able to make a standard, dry martini. The wine list is good. Many selections by the bottle and the glass, but on the high side, especially since they have suppliers that are not well known. All in all, we certainly enjoyed the evening, and wde look forward to returning and ordering more carefully, now that we are familiar with Bavel.

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Not cheap, but worth it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food, service a+++
Noise D-

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K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Flavorful, special food and a lively vibe! Would definitely recommend. Still thinking about the farm cheese and buckwheat sourdough.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The best levantine food in LA !! So beautiful inside too!

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