Bavel

4.8
433 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(213) 232-4966
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Santa Fe
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Parking details
Street parking also available
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 433 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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MS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service, friendly staff, delicious food!! Highly recommend!

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l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and innovative. Bavel is a culinary art piece. Octopus is meaty! Mushrooms are amazing!

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T
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soo yummy! everything we ordered was delicious. My advice! Go with more people so you can order more plates. It’s just hard getting rsvp but so worth the wait and price.

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P
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant with even more incredible food and service. One of the top places to visit in LA. I highly recommend it! Shout out to our server Joe!

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NB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best LA dining experience in awhile. Great space. Chef’s counter super fun and energy packed. Food is wonderful... had the scallop crudo, hummus with duck, whipped feta with charred tomatoes, octopus and lamb flatbread. Had apple prune cake for dessert... milk punch and wine to wash it all down... all superb! Price point too high on wine is my only criticism... great music!! Just go!!

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M
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great server and wine selection, but out of many entrees and all desserts at our late dinner, which truncated an already limited selection.

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DJ
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Same owners as Bestia so I was expecting something special, and that’s what we got. Delicious food from start finish... Flatbreads, Dios, Pork Tagine if Pork Shoulder and dessert were all spectacular. Bravo!!,

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good and the service was solid. However, I expected more based on the hype (as well as the price). I went with a friend and ordered one entree, one spread, 3 appetizers/small plates and split dessert. We each ordered one drink. We each paid $100. Even for trendy DTLA Arts District this was extreme for food that was good but didn't exactly blow me away. I'd still recommend for special occasions if you don't mind the expense.

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O
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible and wine selection is amazing! Talk to the somm!!!

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PM
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came down from Nor Cal to visit friends and was not disappointed. This is probably my new favorite LA Arts district spot.

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LM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food!

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KW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything great except we got seated 45 mins after reservation time

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. I love the entire vibe of the restaurant (casual but great for date or business meal) and the food is consistently outstanding.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary but no perks - ie dessert - given. :(

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s
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great service. Noise level gets to you at the end. A bit too much. But other than that just the best place you can be. Loveeeee it.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food at Bavel is top-notch. Super yummy and outrageously delicious. The lamb neck shawarma is a must. So is the duck n'duja hummus. The regular hummus is outstanding too. Don't overlook the veggies either. They are absolutely divine and excellently seasoned. The ambiance is super nice too. The drinks are pretty good. It really depends on the cocktail you get though. You won't get a bad cocktail, but I've had my share of really good to okay cocktails here. Only downside to Bavel is the cost.

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j
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Don't go late, because the menu item you wanted may be gone. The only reservation open was for 1030 pm and 3 main dishes (of five), 1 appetizer, and 2 desserts were already gone. Of course they were the ones we wanted to try. We had to make do trying other things, which weren't bad, but didn't really excite us.

The buckwheat bread may have been the best part of any dish we had.

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DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite restaurant! The food is absolutely delicious, drinks are amazing ! The only negative thing is the bar seating. They should leave that open for people who walk in. I waited 2 months for my reservation and I didn’t even get a table. We had to sit at the tiny tables near the bar on uncomfortable stools. There was barely room for our food on the table and there is no place to put your belongings because of the space. Leave those seats for people coming in for a quick drink and a small bite to eat. Not for a long meal with multiple drinks and plates of food.

Otherwise Bavel is perfect !

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w
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Insanely delicious food and an amazing waiter made this a wonderful experience.

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KS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Service is just ok but the food makes up for the service shortcomings. Delicious!!!!

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GC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is incredible! Celebrated my Dad’s birthday at the restaurant and brought my sorority sisters! The food and wait staff service was unbelievable! Will defiantly return! Congratulations to another great restaurant in this area!!!!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Birthday- I specified that it was for a birthday. No one made any attempt to figure out that it was a birthday or to make it special. I had to tell the server in front of my husband that we are celebrating a birthday. The server seemed annoyed all night and for all our expectations, only the food met it. The service was subpar and I definitely expected better. The check was handed to the table in a very casual manner in front of my guests which is unacceptable.

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DS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Missed a Birthday after confirming three times.

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SR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new place! Love it! Will come back again soon :)

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DG
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place! Being Middle Eastern, I am very picky when it comes to the basics - Hummus, Baba ghanoush, etc and wow! You must make a reservation and a couple of weeks in advance or you will have a hard time getting a table, though the bar is a great place to sit at too. I highly suggest it.

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HP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dick entree!!!!

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WC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience we've had in a long time. Food is over the top flavorful and the service was nothing short of perfect. Order the Lamb Neck. We never would have imagined anything that sounded so obscure could taste so good. This place should be a Top 5 in Jonathan Gold's (RIP) 100-best in LA.

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a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. Babaganoush, lamb flatbread, beef tagine. Chai ice cream, apple prune cake, persian mulberry ice cream.

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there to celebrate a friend’s bday. The waitress was great!! I didn’t like any of the drinks but she knew I wanted mezcal, jalapeño and lemon in my cocktail. She brought back the most delicious drink. The food was great! The hummus and bread is a must! The cauliflower, and oyster mushroom kabab are other must haves. Will be back

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H
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was incredible, but the highlight was definitely the octopus. It was easily the best I've ever had. The cocktails are also incredible! It is a bit loud, as they crank the music, but I didn't find it distracting or obnoxious. We will definitely come back and try more things on the menu, but the duck hummus is a winner for sure.

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OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creative and delicious food!!

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything good. A bit pricey for the type of food though.

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JK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in with impossibly high expectations and they were met! Fantastic on every level. The folks behind Bestia do it again. Everything was delicious. Can't wait to return!

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TL
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel makes my heart happy. Made a reservation the day before for an early dinner before a show and this place did not disappoint. Everything that we ordered tasted delicious.

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A
London
69 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and our server Trent were outstanding. We are fans of Bestia therefore I was very excited about trying Bavel and the food did not dissapoint. Delicious food choices, we loved the lamb and cauliflower.

The only disappointment was the sommelier who was not helpful and we relied on our server to help us with our wine choices.

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LS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find in a very up and coming neighborhood. The place was packed late on a Thursday evening. Exceptional atmosphere. We were only promised counter seating but ended up with a nice table. The staff was top notch at every level. Cuisine is first rate. If this is your scene, and you can get in, just go, you won’t be disappointed.
A++

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Food was delicious. Space is open and beautiful. Cocktails are inventive and tasty. Only thing I didn’t like was the noise level. Had to raise voice and strain a bit to hear. Fine for a group but not ideal for a date.

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HS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Bavel is worth the wait but I’m not sure how we were seated at the counter with reservations a month in advance. That seating was not ideal for our anniversary dinner.

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B
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very imaginative menu, with interesting ingredients combined to create delightful dishes. Our waiter, Bruce, enhanced the dining experience with his advice and complete knowledge of the food. A great restaurant for celebrating my wife's birthday. Perhaps one of the best restaurants in the Great Los Angeles area!

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EW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is absolutely delicious, service is top notch!

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