Tavern - Brentwood

4.5
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.6
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KarlL
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience2

While our welcome was semi-warm, when I asked the host if there was somewhere I could store my colleague's roller luggage he ungraciously pointed.

My colleague and I asked for butter and eggs to be omitted on our avocado toast and the waiter appeared visibly annoyed by our request. When he walked away the person eating with us even said: "it felt like he didn't like your request".

We then received out toast with eggs. They were taken away and returned 15 min later after our friend finished her food with no apology from the server. The only apology we received was from the poor guy rushing our new food out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

After initially greeting our party, our server forgot about us for a while. For several minutes we watched him bustle around empty tables, straightening silverware and napkins for no apparent reason. We gently tried to get his attention to no avail. Finally he came back. He forgot to bring the appetizer, which he didn’t notice until the main course arrived. The French fries, which came with the steak and which we were excited about, were soggy and tasteless. So disappointing, especially for the price. I live in the neighborhood and like to go to Tavern, but I think I’ll give it a pass for a while.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a mouth-watering delicious dinner! I nearly had to chew the bone and lick the plate the food was so tasty. 100xs better than lunch. I look forward to returning again. It was the perfect dinner for that special out of town guest..

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ShirleyC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant. Was there twice this past week.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Over cooked food. Servers rushing to clear your plates before your finished. Expectations were at a huge low. Even the manager was pretentious. Never go back. Sorry Susan.

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vipGerryP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

My first chair was dirty with food that had been spilled on the seat. When I asked for another chair, the server simply switched a chair at our table and left the dirty one for the next customer. It should have been removed. Service was poor and slow throughout our meal. Very poor attentiveness or checking to see what we needed. Noise level in atrium was overpowering and I have excellent hearing. The Tavern was a great disappointment to me as I have always heard such good things.

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GioP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Loved it. The food is incredible. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Tavern is one of the quintessential places in LA to celebrate with friends. We loved the seating for 7 and exceptional menu and food preparation. However our service professional was extremely ambivalent and absent most of the night. No hello, no warmth and no desire to engage. Not a worry as we’ve had many a fantastic service experiences, maybe just a bad day for someone. Tavern is to be recommended again and again for the enthralling ambiance and deliciously creative menu.

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vipRedmed
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great experience.

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vipPNonowah
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Seats were stained, there was a huge bone in the duck confit. Used to love it. Feels like a place that’s about to close.

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vipEightOneGreat
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and a star sighting to boot!!

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grega
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Didn’t like the cuisine

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LauraS
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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.

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vipCate
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBenM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
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.

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vipKoroshS
Los Angeles
11 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.

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AlexK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipfvldine
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!

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DrVicki
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,

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vipLaurieS
Los Angeles
11 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.

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vipHappyeater
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!

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
26 reviews