Bavel

4.8
2778 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2778 people are saying
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vipAriel
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dining experience, the staff was super knowledgeable and friendly! The food was incredible and we will definitely be back!!!

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vipScottM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really attentive service. Rachel gave great help with menu suggests & wine pairings.

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vipDeeS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is great, casual ambience, good friendly service, hint too loud on music making it hard for conversation and close approximate seating with others. always a good choice for dtla

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JanE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined with some old friends we have not seen in years and stayed for three hours! The dinner was delicious, as it always is. We had almost everything on the menu (we came prepared to eat). I LOVE the farm cheese, I could make a meal if that alone. The mushrooms kabobs are sensational and the breads....OMG! Everything was super fresh and the wait staff was on it. A lovely night with great friends, we will be back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went for our anniversary. Great food. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Cool vibe. It’s pricy, but very good.

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DanY
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Babel was delicious! The duck njuda hummus and the oyster mushrooms were the best we’ve ever had

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food.

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vipSJnyla
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding flavorful food and drinks. Lively and beautiful restaurant. Great service.

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KatherineC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here. Thanks again for a beautiful meal!

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RichardM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food without question, but overall a little too hectic to have a relaxed dinner with friends with whom I had wanted to catch up after several months. This is more of a bar/club vibe and not a dining experience in the classic sense.
The patio is a much calmer place to enjoy dinner and this was my first time indoors, which I would not repeat.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!!

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ShamekaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect. The food, staff, experience. Everything was perfect.

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Jerry
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Our dinner at Bavel last night for six was over-the-top fantastic!!! The meal was spectacular that consisted of two "spreads," about 10 small plate appetizers, several different bread servings, and one main course (the oxtail entree). Each food item was superbly presented and delicious. The bottle of granache wine was also excellent. It was priced at $60 and could be purchased at a shop for $15, but I understand that this is how restaurants do business, and we were paying for the ambiance, the service (that was excellent as well), etc. and not just for the wine itself. I asked for the music volume to be lowered a bit and don't know if this was done or not. Overall, however, I can highly recommend Bavel as one of the best restaurant experiences I have had in my seven decades of life.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Great food, great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every item was delicious!!!

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vipnicooo
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loveee💞 the food is Top! Amazing spot top 3 LA

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic meal!

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Jordan
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Our server, Christina (I think her name was) was friendly and delightful and helpful and prompt. Food was amazing. Cocktails were amazing. Outdoor seating was the nicest we’ve had so far. Thank you so much :)

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OdilM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baba Ganoush, Oyster Mushrooms, Grilled Prawns and Lamb Shawarma.
The four most incredible dishes ever.
Every waiter knows the menu perfectly so dont hesitate to ask for recomendations.

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vipFrank
Los Angeles
246 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Taylor is a very attentive and good server, who helped with our selections. We enjoyed the grilled dorado and the mushrooms very much. We finished with the churros which were very light and tasty but I still prefer a chocolate sauce

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vipPASSION4FOOD
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable! Food was equally outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection is the only word to describe our experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious elevated Mediterranean cuisine. I look at the wine menu first at a restaurant, which tells me whether the food is good or not. The wine selection is impressive. Service exceeded expectations when I told them I had a food allergy. They took the time to go through every item on the menu and let me know what I could and couldn’t order based on the allergy. That’s never happened at a restaurant before and I truly appreciated it. The flavors of wine paired with the Baba Ghanoush, Scallop Crudo, Lamb Flatbread, and Duck (my gawd the duck) were all amazing. Music inside was loud and overhead lighting was a little too bright. Will try outdoor patio next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Good food but we were very unhappy with our server. First she said she gets all the Asian surnames mixed up and started dropping a variety of common surnames. Also, her approach for suggesting was very stern with expectations. This was the first bad service I have received in more than five years.

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erica
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The absolute best waiter. Just a great experience & food

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ShaunM
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is great, some of the best downtown. The restaurant ambiance is cool and not pretentious. Only issue I have is they add an extra 4 percent to the bill to pay for the staff's "health..." Obviously the restaurant should pay their staff's medical insurance and not pass this cost onto the public. Its a totally disingenuous effort to pretend to be good guys without having to make hard decisions about their profit margins. I'm not even sure how this is legal since they don't tell you until you get the bill...

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Erik
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our over all experience at Bavel was amazing, the food along with the service was mind blowing

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Charles
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall3food5service5ambience1

Very good food and terrific service. Room looks nice—BUT the management is very negligent in packing the house to the brim as COVID/omicron is surging across California. We were seated early (5:45 pm) as we requested, and the place was pleasantly busy. I was facing away from the room and talking to my guests. When I got up to go the restroom, I was stunned to see the place over-full, with unmasked patrons (because they were eating and drinking) shouting to be heard over the music. It was a super-unsafe environment which did not have to be that way.

If we ever get out of this pandemic, I will likely return to this restaurant. But certainly not again when I need to rely on management to have in mind the safety of my guests, my wife, and me.

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dkisaway
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall4food5service4ambience4

One of the best restaurants in LA. BUT i took off stars because their so-called outdoor dining is not outdoors. It is fully tented. We were not checked for vaccination status. We will continue to eat here because the food is outstanding but they don’t have covid protections at the stage that would let concerned people feel most comfortable.

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DestinyA
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bavel is everything. The pâté & celery root are to die for, and I will be dreaming of it until our return. Sam was a stand-up gentleman & server . I wish I actually drank wine to experience his somme expertise, but alas. I’ll bring in some wine lovers for our next experience. Thank you for an incredible birthday dinner . 💝

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vipMitchellF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Interesting menu, tasty food, informed staff, buzzy atmosphere, so noise level is a bit high.

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ShamsA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single thing was absolutely delicious. Rib-eye, pate, prawns are the major standouts.

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vipDonS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hot spot, great food and service! Will definitely go again.

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James
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and really lovely service, all our servers were just genuinely nice people, the girl in the red shirt who’s name escapes me was a credit to the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Las entradas estuvieron excelentes, en general todo muy bien.

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Roar
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Outstanding. The service was perfect. The sommelier helped us tremendously with our bottles.
The vibe is relaxed,cool and elegant. The bar was fun and the overall experience was a delight. We will be returning.

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vipamm466
New Mexico
12 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you can, get the bar table closest to the kitchen for a good view of the action (and the fire!). Don't skip the eggplant. Every dish here is solid. Ask for wine pairing advice and take it: they know their food, and they know what works perfectly. This place is not only delicious, it has one of the best indoor vibes in town. Just a stunning experience.

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vipTyLovesGreatFood
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Love! Love! Love! Love! Love! Love!

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IsabelU
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was outstanding, particularly the Hokkaido scallop crudo and the baba gannoush.

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ManaliS
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, glad they checked vaccination status, we enjoyed each part of our meal! Especially liked the Dorade (fish), Fatoush and the duck hummus.

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 2778 OpenTable diners.

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.