Bavel

4.8
160 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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Fe
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Parking details
Street parking also available
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Gift Card
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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1 review
4.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was flavorful and decent presentation. The waitress was great pushy and insisted on placing the order all at the same time

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
5.0Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, ambience, and service.
Poor choice in music- heavy metal

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Get the hummus. Mushroom kebab. Octopus. Lamb neck shawarma.

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C
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, albeit more expensive than Bestia and more than I was expecting. Standout dishes were the scallop crudo and the lamb tartare. Gorgeous place but very loud and can have uncomfortable seating (the wooden stools hurt after 2 hours). Definitely a fun place with great food.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
4.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious meal in a fun atmosphere. Definitely recommend the patio if you want to hear your conversation. Be prepared to spend $100 per person!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding across the board!

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a
Los Angeles
17 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is incredible. So unusual and special. Unlike anything you’ve ever tasted. I wish I could eat here every week. I love it!

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FD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is owned by the same people from Bestia. A nice large patio with an indoor area nicely adorned with live greenery hanging down from the ceiling. For drinks we had the NEBUCHADNEZZAR - lamb fat bourbon, blue plum brandy, smoked ice & grapefruit. Their version of an Old Fashioned. We enjoyed it. We started with the DUCK 'NDUJA HUMMUS - creamy garbanzo beans, Jerusalem mix spice, herbs & pita. I could eat this all day and night. The pita a good 1/4" thick piece of soft fluffy bread, freshly made for your order. Spread the duck hummus and take a bite and you are in heaven. The next dish was the Lamb tartar accompanied with thin pieces of freshly baked pita bread. The pita and tartar were outstanding. Next ROASTED CAULIFLOWER - hawaij chile sauce, crème fraiche serrano dip, pistachios & dried flowers. Amazing flavors. We followed this with the GRILLED OCTOPUS - herbed yogurt, fried squid ink pita, capers, smoked paprika oil & turmeric pickled onions. The octopus melted in your mouth, it was that tender. The fried squid ink pita that was part of this dish was so so. Next the Lamb Flatbread - spicy fermented sausage, grated tomato, red onion, parsley, pine nuts, nigella seed, mint & sumac. We all did not like this dish. It was also heavy on the salt. In contrast the CHICKEN LIVER & MUSHROOM Flatbread - merguez spice, caramelized onions, sour sumac onions & fresh dill was very flavorful. For our Entree we had the WAGYU BEEF CHEEK TAGINE - braised cheeks, chiles, preserved lemon, turnips, green garbanzo & couscous. The couscous was made (rolled) in house and was outstanding. The beef cheeks were falling-apart tender and full of flavors. For dessert we had the VANILLA DATE CRÈME BRÛLÉE - soft candied orange peel shortbread, ROSE CLOVE CHOCOLATE DONUTS - bar au chocolat ganache, sherry diplomat cream & the COCONUT GINGER TAPIOCA - pistachio cardamom dukkah, fig leaf syrup, chicory pirouettes. All three were amazing. The service is outstanding. The prices are reasonable.

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F
Detroit
1 review
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were seated near the kitchen where you can see everything being made, which we loved that experience. The food was great and I would recommend this for a fun date night. We got three appetizers instead of entrees and it was plenty of food for 2 people

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, the breads are amazing. The scallops are sneakily spicy

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CD
Los Angeles
15 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best new restaurant in LA? Maybe simply the best restaurant in LA period.

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L
Los Angeles
16 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had to delayed our reservation because our friend’s flight was 5 hours late. The restaurant graciously accommodated us so the outstanding service started before we even walked in. Trent our waiter was both knowledgeable and gracious. We had lots of dishes and LOVED the peppers on the whipped feta, the tomato/plum salad, the octopus and the lamb neck. We also loved the blistered pita served with the hummu. The donuts were the perfect dessert to split among three people. The recommended white wine paired beautifully. My only minor complaint was the music but I recognize not everyone is going to like the same music. It could have been a little less loud.

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EN
Orange County
2 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ori Menashe's "Bavel" is high energy and wonderfully creative in stimulating your senses! Food presentations are pleasing to the eye, explanations by the wait staff are inviting, and food combinations using texture, color, and taste are sublime. Put these experiences altogether and you will want to return again and again!

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NB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, food, atmosphere, and authenticity of modern Israeli influenced cuisine all hit the mark perfectly. There was even a modified vegan menu which was perfect for me. The deconstructed malawach was like my favorite guilty childhood pleasure in Israel! I would leave only one humble suggestion; perhaps a few more veggie dishes to supplement the meats. Overall, an exceptional experience with truly authentic and ecstatic, fusion dishes. Oh, and the hummus is BOMB!!

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Get the Lamb Neck Shawarma!!! Also the Scallop crudo was really spicy, which I really appreciated.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This isn't a restaurant...it's an experience. And, a damn epic one.

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L
Los Angeles
30 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superlative food in a great casual setting with top notch, knowledgeable service. A bit pricey for the genre but worth the cost due to the talent of the chefs, the quality of the ingredients used, the attention to impeccable standards of preparation, and the amount of employees they have to achieve their goals. Loved it. Hats off to everyone.

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CJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was everything everyone said it would be and then some. Every dish was so unusual yet so flavorful - and just plain fun. I love that so much of what they offer is made in house, you can taste how much love and care they put in to everything. Plus is just an absolutely stunning space!

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San Francisco
1 review
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Bummer that nothing was done for my my moms bday. We also had to wait for our reservation but our server was lovely and the food was great.

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O
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service all around. Bastia set high standards and Bavel is just as wonderful.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Great food, innovative and delicious, but the noise was impossible, and the seats, stools, were uncomfortable.

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was exceptional!!! Couldn't expect less from the owners of Bestia. I can definitely say that Bavel has ruined all other hummus for me. The flavors and fusions were unlike most restaurants. The marinated okra was a nice unique dish that is delicious with all its slime, though not everyone may agree. The roasted cauliflower with creme fraiche spread was sooo good. My husband really enjoyed the lamb flatbread. Can't wait to go back.

The only minus, the service could have been a little better. Our server was nice, but we hardly got the attention one would expect.

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f
Los Angeles
23 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel is outstanding. The hummus was out of this world!

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A
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, perhaps better than Bestia. Make sure to get the lamb.

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiters and amazing food! Highly recommend and will definitely done here again!

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KH
1 review
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails! The mushrooms and lamb neck shawarma were amazing, the octopus and hummus were also amazing but slightly less so than the first two.

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Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve been to in a long long time. Food was perfect.

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Los Angeles
1 review
2.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation and we were waiting for an hour to get seated!!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food start to finish with the exception of waiting for the actual reservation for an additional half an hour past the time. Forgot all about that part when given the exceptional service by the waiter and food and overall experience.

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M
San Francisco
10 reviews
3.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Way way way too loud! The food was perfectly fine but nothing exceptional - some dishes better than others. Our service was colored by the loudness of the restaurant including the kitchen yelling from time to time which is fun but not when it’s already too hard to hear conversation - there were only three of us!
Our server and our wine guy were super good.
I’m going again later this month with some food people so hoping my overall experience is better.

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Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus, farm cheese, corvina, donuts, drinks, kebab mushrooms...ALL AMAZING! Flavorful, wonderfully made, it was so great to see all the kitchen alive, bustling and everyone in their element at their stations. BRAVO!

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Los Angeles
1 review
3.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

Anniversary dinner

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d
Palm Springs
24 reviews
4.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and great ambience. Portions a little small for sharing but overall a really fun night.

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E
Los Angeles
21 reviews
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’d had a wonderful dinner at Bestia and decided to try Bavel. Equally interesting food and professional but friendly service. Generous portions made for sharing. We will plan to return with friends so we can try more dishes. Three plus dessert filled us up with a take home portion as well.

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Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and cocktails were amazing. You definitely get what you pay for. I highly recommend the strawberry tart dessert with the homemade pistachio ice cream - I can eat that everyday.

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JN
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Quick Review on the items my group of 5 ordered to share:
Spreads:
Duck Hummus- Must try! The hummus tasted very fresh
Farm Cheese- Lacked flavor, would not recommend ordering
Foie Gras Halva- Very creamy and delicious

Appetizers:
Mushroom Kebab- The grilled oyster mushrooms were delicious, but the puree it came with lacked seasoning
Grilled prawns – Hands down the best dish of the night! Must try! So good!
Grilled octopus- The octopus was perfectly cooked and everything on this plate was tasty

Flatbreads:
Malawach: We enjoyed this a lot; the dip was refreshing and the layered bread was amazing but wished it came out with the spreads
Lamb Flatbread: This was just okay, not memorable
Entrees:
Beef cheeks- Tasted like a pot roast, the meat was very tender but nothing special. I would not order this again
Half duck- the chicory salad was the best thing on this plate; I also don’t think there’s anything special about the duck
Bavel could do a better job with the service. It seemed like there was only one server for the back patio section.
Overall- I would recommend my friends to try out this place.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Cute decor, food was ok and drinks were sweet but all was really overpriced for what we received. Not a lot of vegetarian Options.

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WS
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Speechless. Just like the first time i've tried BESTIA.. No wonder they are amazing! Same owner!

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Palm Springs
1 review
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve ever dined with. Food was amazing, service was excellent and the atmosphere was second to none.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing!!!! Can’t wait to go back!!! That fresh pita is the best thing I’ve ever had!

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