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Bavel

4.8
4.8
3847 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 192 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 232-4966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

  • Catering

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Los Angeles

    Most Booked

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The BEST!!!! 💣💣💣💣
  2. MarsA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Shrimp and grilled fish were cold disappointing for the price.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner, every dish was incredible, ambiance was energetic and lively… and the service was top notch. We’ll definitely be back time and time again
  4. Suzy

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our experience at Bavel! The service was fun, friendly, professional! This was one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. Food was phenomenal. We love to try incredible, innovative, exciting restaurants and this exceeded our expectations! We sat at the counter and were welcomed and catered to the entire night.
  5. DickM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was great, perfectly executed, but not fussy. Somm informative, but overall staff was stretched; the place (at 6PM!) was jammed. Noise is an issue: festive diners topped by occasionally deafening music. At one point we asked that the volume be reduced after it had been bumped, and it was.
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food incredible. Waiter extremely helpful. Other help amazing. Kept water filled, table clean.
  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Lamb neck was extremely fatty. The other plates were good, but overpriced for the quality in my opinion.
  8. vitors

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    lamb rack so fricking good it activated our primal instincts
  9. TarahP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible from start to finish! A perfect birthday spot. Never seen a staff having more fun. We sat at the counter and loved it! Baba Ganoush, celery root, mushrooms, and dorade were major highlights!
  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    I loved the food and the ambiance was great. Our server Emily was adequate.
  11. andreat

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food continues to be amazingly delicious at Bavel. The classics like the shrimp and the humus are beyond better than at other restaurants versions of humus and spicy shrimp… it’s the ingredients and the care they put into everything that takes the food to another level. The Malawach is so flaky and when you mix it with the dip, the combo of textures is other worldly. The farmers cheese sounds blah but you owe it to your self to be transported to heaven by this smooth version… so mućh flavor! And the apple prune cake is super duper yum! Oh— don’t forget cocktails! So much fun. This is just a total hit… every time.
  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Beautiful ambiance. Very loud, couldn’t hear myself talk.
  13. AFoodie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were great. Try the celery root. You won't be sorry. Great space but a little loud and a little pricey.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent!
  15. Nicole

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    I loved the food! The music they were playing was pretty douchey techno though, kinda killed the ambiance, and the music was way too loud. Also, this guy kept coming and taking away our plates and utensils and replacing them with new ones, even though we were still using them. And he kept wiping down the table for us. I felt like either they were trying to hurry us through our meal, or they thought we were slobs. I'm not used to that. Also he took my cocktail and my spoon when I went to the bathroom and I couldn't finish my dessert or have my last sip of mezcal... The food was amazing, but I'm not planning to go back.
  16. nomics

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here before the symphony. Incredible food as always. Great ambience, drinks. Didn’t want to leave.
  17. JennyT

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, great ambiance. Loved the music playlist. Would 100% go back!
  18. KrisE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and ambiance. Staff was outstanding! It’s a bit loud but didn’t seem to much, the vibe is very energizing.
  19. SonnyD

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant good and service. Can’t recommend enough.
  20. MatthewL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Would suggest getting additional valet attendants.
  21. HJR1

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as ever. Though we miss the fried pita.
  22. Tanya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bavel was an incredible authentic and luxurious Mediterranean meal! I was simply blown away by their signature entree and the shared appetizers although appearing simple were herbaceous and delicious! The service was very attentive and helpful in suggesting adjustments for portioning.
  23. LAPotatoHead

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a great place to go for celebration. The ingredients were fresh. The dishes were well executed. There isn't a single dish we had ordered that didn't like. Our waiter was helpful in pointing out the popular dishes as well as the restaurant's underrated dishes. This place is great to go with 4 and more people. There is just so much to have and so many more to try.
  24. uriahb

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miss the fried pita. Drinks were great and service was excellent.
  25. SusanM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Too Noist.can,t hear my dinner partners. Food Outstanding. Cocktails outstanding
  26. TaraB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Awesome food with inventive flavors. My two vegan friends struggled a little with the lack of main dishes, but we got there in the end with some fish and lots of Apps instead. We got there at 5.30 on a sunday and by 730 it was packed - so a good vibe but busy and a little loud, but not too much for us. The wait staff were fabulous and really knew their stuff - all in all, worth the trek from WeHo to this great restaurant!
  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Seated us over an hour late for our reservation … 3rd time this has happened to us. By the time we sat they ran out of half the entrees and some appetizers. Hostesses were SO RUDE … DID NOT CARE. Manager’s excuse for staffs attitude was they’re stressed… lol.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best! Food is always fabulous and the service is even better! Highlights were the mushroom skewer and farm cheese.
  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Came here for a birthday dinner and it was amazing. Oxtail tagine was the highlight. Service was phenomenal. Highly recommend.
  30. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the bartenders were great!!!! Will def come back.
  31. RGR1

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Took a while to get our table...but the wait was worth it. Food, service, and drinks all outstanding. Lamb shawarma was amazing, so was the dorado. Duck hummus and pita were fabulous.
  32. happyhappyyesyes

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was excellent. Exceptional service. Mushroom kabob and celery root were notable favorites. I would pass on the Farm Cheese next time - the buckwheat sourdough was great but the cheese was like elevated cream cheese - would have preferred something else. Loud in there - came home hoarse from shouting throughout dinner. But an amazing and memorable meal overall.
  33. MeaghanR

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    A bit overrated. So much talk about this spot. Reservations are hard to come by. The food was good, but very dressed up. Sometimes good food speaks for itself without all the fuss. Drinks were decent. Atmosphere is pretty. Company is good. It’s a nice spot to say you’ve been and had a good meal.
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Will start by sharing that all three diners have dying to hear previously about a year ago and had a very positive experience overall. The host was aggressive when my sister, who walked in after we’ve arrived, asked for our table, and he rudely replied, pointing to our table. “Can’t you see them sitting there?” Food - everything was delicious; except the new duck dish which was inedible due to odd flavor and rubbery texture. When we asked for an additional serving of white rice because we were three people, the server told us that it was not possible. He told us that there was a fixed allotment of white rice for the tagine dish. Drinks - server said no modifications were allowed to cocktails when we asked to switch vodka for tequila in one of the libations. Server - extremely fake and off putting. At one point, my husband caught him smiling while walking away from our table and quickly dropped his expression to a look of judgment and disgust at us.
  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. One of my favorite places to dine at!
  36. AndreK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    Food and service were on point and didn’t skip a beat! Noise level was in my opinion excessive and I do like some noise.
  37. JeffM

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way - food, drinks, ambiance, service. It never disappoints!!
  38. nomnomnom

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food was delicious! We were late to our reservation but they were accommodating and communicated when we needed to wrap up so they could honor the next reservation (which was appreciated!). Yummy yummy food, ideal to go with several people so you can share and try multiple things. The only thing was it felt like the server was pressuring to order more dishes and kept pressing us to get the most expensive item on the menu, the tomakawk steak (which looked delicious, but we had our eyes on the lamb, yummmm). Other then that, definitely recommend and will be back for sure!
  39. daryl

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate in many great restaurants while in the LA area, but absolutely none came close to the quality of the food, the presentation, the staff knowledge and the service. Amazing! We all agreed that it was the best meal we have had in the last couple of years!
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I like the shawarma , very nice food

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 3847 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 192 times today
Google Map for Bavel

500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2222

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 232-4966

  • Catering

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

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