Tavern

4.5
2123 reviews
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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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SF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 11 hours ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast venue, space to sit in comfort and have a business conversation

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b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The pastrami sandwich was great, a bit greasy but very filling - I took half home for the next day.

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L
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

This is my "go to" restaurant when I want to have a good meal and service. The atrium room is beautiful and the bar is cozy. Food always good. Dessert excellent. A place for business and meeting friends. Lunch is casual and friendly.

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T
London
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely seating in the atrium area. Delicious food, service a bit slow at times. Asked for some extra toast with brunch when my meal was delivered, took a long tome to finally receive the second batch. Also delays in paying after the meal.
Been before, so well worth a visit.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Tavern is one of my favorite restaurants for meeting with friends or having casual business meetings. The food is always great and the atmosphere is perfect for any occasion.

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EG
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Done LA menu was great! (As everything we’ve had here has been)

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KD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and service was impeccable! Can't wait to go back!

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n
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food but the service was not very good. It was a busy Sunday brunch crowd and our waitress was not very attentive.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Food was excellent.
Wait staff was terrible. Very bad attitude and poor service

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L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great brunch in terms of quality of food and ambiance. The only issue was that it took 45 minutes for our food to come out but for some reason, people who came after us were getting their food left and right. Very strange!

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A
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Enjoyed our evening. Will be back again.

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k
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern is a great restaurant. The food, menu, food service, ambiance are all top notch.

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L
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern never disappoints. Good food great service. Small but very diverse menu and great cocktails, what else would one want?

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend & I shared 2 breakfast dishes and they where so good! Great service and great room to sit.
Love Tavern

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OT
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good service and food. A quiet noise level so able to have relaxing conversation.
Have eaten here before and recommend it. Somewhat pricey.

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T
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I took a date here and sat in the back room. There's carpet there, which helped mute the noise level. We sat pretty close to our neighbors, but everyone was so nice, it didn't matter. The food was cooked well and they allowed me to get my burger with a lettuce wrap instead of the bun and the options for sides allowed for many styles of eating. I've been here for drinks and that's fun, too. Lots of seating in the bar area!

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P
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we had a lovely birthday dinner, everyone loved their food

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good, but too much salt almost sunk my meal. Even the salted caramel ice cream was too salty.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovey ambiance for a date night. Food was far overpriced. If the cost was cut in half, I’d give it 5 stars, but when you have prices so high it puts a certain expectation on what your being served. Good service though.

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VF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Arrogance and attitude are what you get in this restaurant.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très bel endroit qui ne paye pas de mine en arrivant, excellent service

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j
Los Angeles
173 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always beautiful and delicious

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w
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A wonderful experience for Christmas Eve dinner. Loved the ambiance, the service, and the food was delicious, all 7 courses of fish. Plus, the Lemon Meringue with the lemon sorbetto was the perfect ending!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Was great for Christmas Day brunch

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CC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice. Yummy. Delish food. Excellent people on staff. Real cooking. Fries could have been more crisps and hot. Loved the Rob Roy. Overall really good.

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l
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Food was great but service ruined the whole experience

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W
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The hostess desk didn’t seem very professional. When we asked to be reseated, they took quite a while to get it together. The dining room is looking pretty tired. Food was quite good and service got better. Some staff seems to need training.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Good ambience, however, service and food were only mediocre. Sat in a booth in the bar area (tent preferred ) - it was like being in a noisy ice box - 65 inside and 75 outside - made no sense. Waitress stopped by after 10 minutes to say hello and take drink order. Food took a long time - kitchen was backed up by a large party according to her.... Order forgot salad and added fries... Turkey Burger was rather bland. Parking in the area is a nightmare - if you can get a space in the mini-mall lot in front or back they validate.

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GU
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Waited over 15 min for someone to come to the table. Service was slow and missed an order for one of our girls. Didn’t feel like the visit was worth it.

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TT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Love the room. Pancakes were burned on one side. Good food otherwise.

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Y
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I ordered a cocktail as I immediately had a horrible reaction to it. My fave started itching and my nose started running. I asked for a glass of wine instead not knowing what ingredient was causing the problem. I was charge the 15 for the drink and another 18 for the wine. I think it’s just cheap of the restaurant not to come the Drink

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JW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We made reservations for six people at 11:30 am for a weekday lunch. When we arrived we informed the manager (??) that we would only be a party of five. In the back dining room at that early hour there were literally two other tables of two people, the rest of the space was empty. Yet five of us were shoe horned into a space meant for four and the wait staff and other service people struggled around us the entire meal, often bumping into the back of our chairs to get to some other spot. Listen, the food is still delish, the scene is still entertaining, but the service staff (though super polite) was slow and awkward the entire meal. I’ll still come by, because I love this spot. It just seemed an unfortunate off day.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Entrées took an hour to arrive. The entire restaurant was overwhelmed by a “buy out”
When the food finally came, it was hard to enjoy

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ET
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation several days in advance and asked for a specific section in the main dining room. When we got there, they sat us in the bar area due to a private party. The hostess aced surprised that we were not informed ahead of time of the private party. Had out of town guests, and we were disappointed to be in the bar.

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AF
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great Food, Great vibe in the atrium

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MH
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited Tavern after reading reviews from a few websites. I tried the Duck Confit and it was delicious. The skin was crispy, the risotto was creamy and hot, and the rum and coke completed my meal. We arrived early, before they started serving, so we took advantage of the happy hour and sat at the bar for a few drinks. The bar tender was friendly and offered great suggestions. This was my first visit to California and if I get to visit again, I'll definitely visit again.

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TF
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

To be honest I was quite disappointed. It might have been the combination of large parties on a Saturday for lunch, but it was very noise and the service was not terribly good. The food was good once we got it and I love the decor, but the noise level made it hard to have a conversation and the price was very high for food that was about a B level not an A level for this foodie.

All in all, it's not a first choice in my book, but I'll give it another go sometime during the week to see if it's better then.

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been to Tavern many times and have always had great service and food and so Tavern is a go-to of ours for family events and special occasions. However this past weekend there seemed to be a real problem with the kitchen, we waited large periods between ordering and receiving our food, most of the food came out but some people were left waiting for their mains. A children's pasta was sent out so full of the cooking liquid that it more resembled soup with pasta than a pasta dish, the staff were very gracious and remade it very quickly, however it never should have been sent out like that in the first place. At the end of our meal a busboy tried to clear away half full drinks while leaving empty dishes and we were left waiting trying to pay our cheque.
All in all, I still love Tavern and will go back, but I hope that the kitchen and staff issues are fixed before we do.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The place was half empty and they put a group directly to each side of us which was annoying and loud. Otherwise it was great.

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LA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointed in the service. Short ribs were dry.

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