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Bavel

4.8
4.8
3745 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 164 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

What 3,745 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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

  • Downtown / South and East LA

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  2. JS

    JustinS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wish I could give 10 stars. Enjoyed sitting at the bar. Great vibes great food
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service5ambience3
    Had to wait over 30 mins for our table to be available which seemed like too much, food and service is always amazing but this one detail made our experience start on a wrong note. We got complimentary wine for the inconvenience
  4. RN

    RebeccaN

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary menu - everything was delicious - but my favorite was the oyster mushroom skewers - out of this world!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, warm ambience!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service!!! Our server was above and beyond - absolutely incredible with the perfect recommendations + the cutest stickers - also our server Remi had great recommendations and made my mom’s birthday so special!!!
  7. l

    lucys

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceeded the hype! Highly recommend. Not cheap but worth every penny.
  8. M

    Marc

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Very very good, but not transcendent in any way. Compared to Zahav or the Ottelinghi places in London, Bavel is a notch below. Service was polished and solid, but lacked warmth, personality and fun. Food was good to very good to great; yellowtail was great, oxtail entree very good if a bit cloyingly sweet, the cauliflower not much better than I could make at home. Place is out of the way but fun and lively. Overall, very good just don’t expect a 5 star experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The flavors of every dish is mind blowing, the service is always on point and the overall vibe is amazing. We are regulars so we will be back
  10. e

    ericc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food in town, great service and very knowledgeable sommelier
  11. r

    richardd

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in LA The food is good and our server always gives us excellent cocktail and wine suggestions s
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The grilled prawns were divine!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing
  14. l

    lovedit

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Too loud to converse with dining partners. Won’t go back.
  15. LB

    LaurieB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and service at Bavel was honestly the best I have ever experienced. Mentioned I have a food allergy and the house manager personally came out with a paper menu and sharpie to highlight what would and would not be safe for me to eat! He Also explained their cooking process and chances of cross contamination for various menu items. I cannot tell you how much that meant to me; and knowing that I wouldn’t possibly become gravely ill made the dining experience all the more enjoyable. The food is divine! Everything we ate felt new and the flavors and textures were delightful and unexpected. We are still talking about the farm cheese, I’d have that on everything I eat from here until eternity and die happy! 100 stars. No notes. Eat here, what are you waiting for besides an open reservation?
  16. ED

    ElleDreamer

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was wonderful! We love Bavel:)
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a perfect dining experience. Service was wonderful, food was interesting and delicious. Corkage fee wasn’t ridiculous. But this restaurant is LOUD! Perhaps, next time we’ll go into the tented area.
  18. BS

    BernardS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I visit Long Beach for a trade show once per year. We always make our way to DTLA just to visit Bavel. The food, ambiance and customer service is always superb! Last night was no exception. Our go -to menu items are the oyster mushroom kebab, lamb neck shawarma and roasted cauliflower. They are cooked to perfection and are mouthwatering delicious! The restaurant offers a variety of seating options counter, patio, high back bar area and standard seating. We love the wine selection, which changes regularly and the open kitchen offers a unique atmosphere. The mixologist at the bar are cool to watching as they making handcrafted drinks. The bar area is our favorite seating area because you can see the kitchen and bar mixologist in action. We highly recommend this restaurant. Be sure to visit opentable for reservations as it is super poppies and busy even on weekdays! The host are kind and professional and the wait staff is always amazing. I appreciate the call the day before to confirm our reservation as well. Keep up the good work!
  19. FP

    FlorP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food5service2ambience2
    We got a round table in front of the bar (super small and uncomfortable). Our server forgot about our drinks. She offered us a dessert but we were still waiting for our drinks, so we realize she never even send them.
  20. a

    andreat

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food as always. Wonderful service every step of the night. Some new dishes on the menu that are just as fantastic as the classics from the day Bavel opened. It’s rare that a restaurant can stay so delicious and so popular for this long in Los Angeles. I’m so happy for Bavel.
  21. E

    Eduardo

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    Got there and was told to sit in the patio, while it was pouring rain and cold. I’ve been to Bavel before and liked it, but Patio Bavel is not worth it.
  22. SM

    SMFoodieFamily

    Los Angeles

    63 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The hostess gave us a great table with the double sofa chairs. The music was energetic but went from really LOUD to off. Bathroom was dirty and not well serviced. Food was expensive for the portions. The servers were a mess, gave us a dish we did not order, he then never ever checked in on us. Food was summarily thrown down on the table by runners. Lamb Sharma was barbaric with no garnish just a charred neck bone with a greasy piece of bread under it and it was unremarkable tasting. Are we at Medieval Times? Fried squab was completely cold. Plates were never bussed until just before dessert was plopped down. Prune cake was very good. Drinks were well mixed but for $100 per person plus pricey valet I will not be coming back. Mediterranean food is not a rarity and this is no hidden jewel.
  23. w

    wink

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Noticed from reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and comped our dessert
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Un peu d’attente et beaucoup de monde pour être attablé. Bonne ambiance Très bonne nourriture Bon service
  25. LD

    LauraD

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Buzzy atmosphere which felt energetic and fun for a late Friday night dinner. The dishes and presentation were very good, but the service was lackluster. Nothing bad, but not particularly good. The price and overall value was good. I left content.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    I would say overall food was pretty good. However, we ordered a lamb dish which isn’t cheap by any means but had to wait over 75 minutes to actually get our entree. If you spending 200+ for dinner without alcohol, I expect better service. I would have expected the restaurant to comp us on the entree at least given that we had to wait for over an hour. I think either server forgot to put the prefer or the kitchen forgot to make it. Anyways it’s a beautiful restaurant with great ambience and great food usually. However, last nights experience was a miss.
  27. C

    Carol

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Great vibe. A little loud but manageable.
  28. ZM

    ZMK15

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I brought my in-laws here who were visiting and it was such an amazing experience. Bavel is our go to restaurant when we want something nice and delicious! Our kids love it too! We ordered just about everything and our server Sequoia was amazing and attentive! We will be back again!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bavel bravo! Will be back👏🏻
  30. PT

    PhatTony

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks, great sommelier, wait staff a little too pushy and acoustics are a little messy. Had a broken seat but this was quickly rectified.
  31. P

    sahilP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Don’t go if you like authentic Mediterranean food. Poor food. Good service. Expensive
  32. TC

    TalisaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Music was way too loud could never hear our waiter explain the dishes. Certain dishes didn’t stand out, but really loved the prawns and babaganoush
  33. PC

    PCNK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The service is absolutely awful. Sitting at the counter is not the same experience as sitting at a table with proper timing. recommendation is train the bar staff to provide the same type of service as sitting at a table. If they are going to serve food, at the counter, service should be consistent
  34. C

    Customer

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food excellent. Though the persimmon pastry thing + rum ice cream dessert was okay. Loved the Tabouleh, Oyster Kebab, and celery root dish. Our server- so excellent. Very thoughtful and proactive when we ordered in terms of how the restaurant brought out the food so we would have the best experience. Hostess, not welcoming and shamed us for being late - which I take responsibility for, but it was stressful enough and not needed. Also, what's the point of having a phone number if you don't answer to let the business know you're running late? Other wait staff- Super attentive. However, so awkward and uncomfortable when we're not done and people rush over to clear your plate. Please don't do that if we're still holding our forks and we still have food in our mouths -- it makes it hard for us to communicate that we're not done please don't take our plates.
  35. e

    enoki

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    always incredible food and service. great ambiance. highly recommend the carrots, celery root, duck hummus
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We sat on the covered patio rather than high-top seating so had a table to ourselves, which was lovely. Food and cocktails were exceptional. Restaurant is vast and very busy/noisy. Not a downside, just an FYI. We look forward to returning soon.
  37. AS

    AmyS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had a special meal with the family here. From drinks to smaller plates, amazing breads, and yummy desserts (granita!!)--we didn't need the rack of lamb because we were full from the other dishes. Service at Bavel is exceptional. You can see that they hire many people to make it work so well. The hummus is amazing--we had both ways with some saying one was the best and some saying the other was the best. The buckwheat bread with the cheese is now a must have in the future. Celery root--which I was wondering why my son who is an amazing cook ordered--was another great dish. As was the shrimp dish.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  39. SS

    SannaS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best harissa prawns. Fantastic wines. This is currently our favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. I even bought the cook book.
  40. C

    Chill

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food and service was great. A sommelier was present to give us wine suggestions and we ended up loving what he picked. Since we were a big group (6) we asked the server for a serving spoon each time the food was delivered and they got it promptly. I appreciate the server giving us rec on how much to order for our party. Only thing that doesn't match with the resto vibe is the music. Music is too loud and they are blasting hip-hop music like Bobby Shmurda. It brings down the classiness of the restaurant. I would still come back though and recommend it to a friend.

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 3745 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 164 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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