Tavern - Brentwood

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Tavern is the third restaurant from the chef and sommelier team of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, who also own Lucques restaurant and AOC winebar. This is their West Los Angeles outpost, which serves as a local gathering spot for the Brentwood crowd. Chicly designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, Tavern encompasses three separate, yet connected spaces: a glass roofed atrium dining room, a large blue walled bar and a café space called the Larder that features casual dining, bakery, retail and prepared foods to go. The restaurant serves Suzanne Goin’s signature California/Mediterranean cuisine with just a touch of a classic American influence.
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EO
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and a star sighting to boot!!

g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Restaurant imposes a 3.5 % charge for empl benefits. I don't like it, especially from high-end expensive restaurants. I asked to take it off but it was still on the final bill.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Didn’t like the cuisine

LS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Tavern folks were not on their game. We had reservations at 11:45 am for 8 guests. No one at the host station to greet us. We did not get served lunch until almost 1:00 pm. The room filled up quickly. (be prepared for your lunch crowd!) The air was not on and despite umbrella's in the room, it was HOT & sunny. They finally turned on the air conditioning but it did go off and we had to ask that they turn it on again.

The food can be tasty depending on what you get to eat. The greens as a "salad" were stalks of what I think were basil? I had full stalks... not pulled apart leaves. It was so careless and an after thought. A $36 lunch of steak frites should be a good portion of steak not 6 slices with some soggy fries. My plate was even missing the condiments. I had to ask for them.

We were so shoved together in the back corner that we couldn't move if we wanted to. My chair backed into an umbrella. No moving for me.

The bread/butter and salt were really nice.
The wines were way over priced. $75.00 for prosecco? Give me a break.

Sorry Tavern, I won't be back for a long time. Do you still care about the food and customers you serve?

We were there so long over 2 hours for a one course meal that we all had to pay for parking.

It was a complete bummer as I used to love Tavern. I think Tavern is over.

C
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely lunch. Salads were divine, service excellent and lovely ambiance. A pure pleasure.

BM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Grilled cheese and Snickers Bar desert were very good. The Pilgrim was disappointing. There was barely any meat, cranberry sauce or stuffing on the sandwich.

KS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Unfortunately the Sunday brunch scene is a scene, and they don't take service and timely manner of food more seriously. We were a party of 6, we ordered drinks and took 25 minutes from the bar, we had ordered a cheese platter, that took 45 minutes, because I am sure the waiter forgot to put in when we ordered the drinks. Than our food took another 45 minutes, and they forgot my wife's avocado toast, and than took another 10 min to come. They only apologized for all the delays, but they should of done more. I would not go back there.

AK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great. My favorite item was the Halibut. Service was great as well.

f
Miami
40 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for lunch or brunch. Menu has several options, service and food was just great. Give yourself a treat and stop in for a tasty, interesting meal!

DV
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I miss some of the old recipes. The seats are too close together, making it very difficult to carry on a conversation,

LS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was average had to ask 4 times for more water. Very happy they accommodated bar menu in main dining room.

H
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience4

It pains me to give the tavern a one star review, but it’s the second time this month I’ve had Sunday brunch there and while the atrium is a beautiful setting, and the food is good, they just can’t get their service together and it spoils the entire experience. My husband dines there a lot on weekdays when they’re not busy, but they need to learn how to manage the restaurant on the weekends with a full house. No matter how nice the room is or how good the food might taste, Having to fight for EVERY SINGLE request from water, to jam for your toast (which apparently takes 15 minutes and when you get it your toast is completely cold), to even getting your check, when you have a 2 1/2-year-old who’s been very good and patient during a 2 1/2 our brunch ( would have been 90 minutes with decent service - Which brings me to a good point, if they hired the necessary staff, they could recoup that money by turning over tables much more efficiently). The unacceptably poor service just ruins eferything. I’m finished the tavern, at least on weekends - for good!

L
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great except:

The hostess gave us a wonderful corner booth area for my husband’s birthday. Then towards the end she sat 4 guys practically on top of us, next table. There was tons of other tables. She wrecked the intimate moment! I spent good money for this?

Food was good otherwise.

PM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I don't understand the $6.00 charge on top of a $26.00 charge for 2 martinis. I should have protested more. The reason given was lame and made no sense.

MM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been there several times. Never disappointed. Food and service have always been impeccable.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never have been before nice place food was great I’m going back for dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I sat at the bar on Thursday and quickly ordered some happy hour food which was great, a charcuterie platter, followed by their DineLA menu. I came with a friend so we each had a different option from the list to try out.

The food was all delicious. I really enjoyed their salmon.
And i also got the pleasure of meeting Christiaan the BarChef. His service and conversation were phenomenal. It really was the cherry on top of the experience.

Everything was great, the place is huge and beautiful, the bar’s very nice. It’s not too loud, food came out quick, drinks were amazingly good. Nothing to complain about. The bar has been set very high after this great time.

I look forward to coming back

WT
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The menu can use a refresh with some simpler fare. I go for the vibe in the quieter dining room, but usually have to choose something I’m not excited about eating.
The market salad was really good.
I chose the salmon which was also good but there was nothing else on the menu I would have chosen.
But I will keep going back to this neighborhood staple.

AD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything (services, food and quality) was quite good, but everything is overpriced due to its location (Brentwood).

c
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tavern is a beautiful restaurant. The food is excellent and so is the service. I had the fish tacos, and they were delicious.

m
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Ordered the burger. MEDIUM. Came out WELL DONE. Could not eat it because to dry... Didn't have time to wait for another.

CP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was really disappointing as were the cocktails. Both missing distinctive taste

d
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, good food. Food takes a really long time but still enjoy this place.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

David, our server, was lackluster. Saw him twice in the 1 1/4 hours we were there — once to take our order, and again to clear my plate and take my credit card. Oh, a third time when he brought the bill. The bus boys showed no follow-through — I put in 2 requests for water without ice and 3 requests for tea at the end of the meal.

JR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My friend and I went for DineLA. We both loved the Larder board. I was a little disappointed with the brisket. It appeared dry and wasn't as tender as I am accustomed to. It wan't intolerable, but had the waiter come back I would have asked for more sauce. The sticky toffee pudding was eye appealing and tasty.

L
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We arrived early for our 1:30 lunch reservation and while there were many open tables, the host said we would have to wait 20 minutes and to wait at the bar (it seemed as if to punish us for being early). We said we’d wait in the entrance area and about 5-10 minutes later a hostess sat us. He was very unwelcoming, almost rude. Our waiter was unfriendly, seemed like drudgery for him. Had to keep asking for water, as they were not forthcoming in filling our glasses. Food was mediocre at best. Chicken overcooked, hazelnuts competed with flavor of salmon. We won’t be back.

h
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We have gone to Tavern since it opened. This last meal was disappointing. The service was spotty -- multiple people, and took a long time to get the simplest thing-- like leveling the table (had to ask 4 different people) was an effort. For the price, something like that should not be. The food was okay-- not great. Ordered the Devil's Chicken-- a favorite dish-- which I have eaten many times there. It was mediocre. Flavors not up to snuff. Tasted as if it had a pre-cooked chicken and was slathered with the mustard - -minus most of the mustard-- breadcrumb coating, the vegetables thrown in and then shoved under high heat. Had very little flavor. This is one of their signature dishes and known for its flavor and succulent chicken. It had none of that this time. Underwhelming for $28. Tavern has somewhat of a captive audience due to its location-- but it should not be resting on Suzanne Goin's laurels. They need to step up their game at this location. Yes, it was a Monday evening, but if you can't do it right, don't open on Monday and save our money.

h
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food👏🏻, great atmosphere. It was a bit cold in the restaurant but as soon as mentioned, they warmed the restaurant.
Food is always good
Will be back soon

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

We were very surprised to be seated in the bar with sports on tv & a much higher noise level - with our reservation. We asked for a table in dining room, but waited almost 30 minutes before we were moved. We were told that a reservation “does not guarantee seating in dining room”. If that is the case, we would have gone elsewhere to begin with. This was not the experience & dinner we had hoped for tonight. :/ Ruined it for us. 👎🏻 the food was delicious as always, however.

MH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was very good but service was so very slow. Took forever to order our drinks, we had to ask for bread for our table. I also ordered olives but they never arrived. We each ordered a starter and entree and it took so long for each to arrive.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience5

Service is horrible. No one cares about serving the tables and it’s sad because it’s a cute place. All the people around us complained about long wait times and cold food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Beautiful setting and ambiance, great for dinner with some friends to catch up. Did the DineLA menu, the brisket for the main course was extremely tough and overcooked. The rest of the courses were lovely, especially the first course. Service was mediocre, found ourselves looking for the waiter on drink refills/orders and empty glasses sitting on the table for extended periods of time. Overall was a good experience and would go back for the ambiance.

MR
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Well run for lunch. Good quality food served I a professional manner

R
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The food is okay, but it is overpriced and service is slow.

MA
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food. Service could have been better. Looking forward to returning.

P
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

I always dread the service experience at Tavern, which is unpolished and often rude. I also get nervous about the limited menu, which may not have something to please all guests on a particular night. But on the right night, everyone finds something tempting and it is so delicious that we can walk away delighting in the food and speculating colorfully about why Tavern consistently hires some of the worst servers in LA.

l
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always fun & delicious. Coming back for brunch next Sunday!

m
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Perhaps our waiter was having an off day but from the start he neither engaged or was engaging. We were a party of six - Before ordering I asked if we could have 3 separate checks. We had 2 elderly women with us who like their own checks - when I asked the waiter he said ok - the bill came and it was all on one check. When I reminded him that we specifically asked up front for separate checks he said something to the effect yeh but the kitchen doesn't like separate checks and there's no guarantee your food will all come out at the same time because it is busy. NEWS FLASH...our food did not come out together anyway!! Which was no big deal as we were enjoying ourselves. I love bringing folks here for special occasions or just to enjoy good food and the lovely atmosphere...yesterday not so much.

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