Tavern

4.5
2188 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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Tavern is serving Chef Suzanne Goin's delicious brunch and dinner menus for your Easter family celebration with some new market-fresh spring dishes.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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SM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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LW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I like the restaurant and the food tastes well prepared, but the food portions were not commensurate with the price. The gnocchi at $23 included about 6 or 7 pieces of gnocchi. Many of their items are meant to share, but a plate of pasta with a few pieces of pasta is disappointing especially for what is being charged. The side dish of broccoli was also a very scant portion. I normally love the Goin restaurants, but some of the portion sizes should be revisited for the price.

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H
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cramped table, and noisy, but otherwise quite pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant w good food

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Devils chicken over cooked. My mother did not eat it.

Pasta served with unusually large amount of butter.

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JU
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the entire experience! Best ambience!! Highly recommend going!

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K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been a few times. They change the menu to fit the season or Holiday. All over real tasty food.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The lunch menu is too small without many options. And NO House Chardonnay?!!

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SS
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a beautiful room in the back for busk was meals. Highly recommend.

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J
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good with lots of choices for a pescatarian & meat lovers too. Burrata salad & bacon wrapped dates were delicious. The desserts, beniges & candy bar takeoff (can’t remember the name) were wonderful & very chocolate. The service was rather slow but just what we wanted for a relaxing meal. They apologized but there was no need. It was quiet enough that we could have a conversation. We will return again for dinner or brunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great. Food and service outstanding

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L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Misleading menu item (chips means sweet potato chips - and they don’t state this nor do the provide any substitute for sweet potato haters like me. The sandwich choices are great and delicious but don’t expect much meat!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved it. We ate here around 6 years ago and remembered how much we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. You guys did not disappoint!! Thank you for the sample of the goat cheese bread pudding. It was the best❤️

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OT
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiters and bus people were attentive and polite. It was a very good service.

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M
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is the real deal. Run by professionals. Harder to find these days. As a bonus, the food is outstanding. Everything. If you don't like something, it's only because it doesn't suit your taste - everything is first class. The service is top notch. We have never had anything short of excellent service, kind people that don't give attitude (because they don't need to, they are the best).

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The duck wasn't very good texture wise. It was chewy and had some sort of gristle in one bite ..... the flavor was good though.... the halibut plate was delicious!!! The carrot puree sublime! Loved the bread.....Not crazy about having to pay an extra 3.5% to cover insurance of FT employees. Doesn't seem like that should be the patrons responsibility.....

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LR
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The tavern is always good, but always so loud. By the end of our lunch, it was fine. I would recommend if you are going to eat lunch, make it a late lunch. Then it would be perfect!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are always greeted warmly. Tonight I had noted that it was a special occasion and we were offered glasses of champagne and wished happy anniversary. Food was delicious as always.

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CC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

Horrible service. Took more than an hour to get our main course. Noise was deafening.

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t
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday celebration. Asked for a corner table because of event and age (noise level). Gave us the perfect table. Service top notch. Food very good. Provided a special occasion

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TW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a good restaurant with great service. The food quality is good as well.

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Salad was disappointing as no discernible vegs and hardly any anchovy in dressing. Entre was fine and waiter very attentive. Wine too expensive.

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LH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each St. Paddy’s Day, I celebrate with a small group at Tavern. We all love your corned beef — but this year was the best it’s been. We all thought so, and we had a terrific time!

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SH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Despite the restaurant being less than busy, we did not have great service. I am not sure they had enough staff present. We bought wine and ended up pouring it ourselves. The bread arrived during the meal versus prior to which is what we asked for. Probably won't go back.

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CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Terrible service , waited 30 minutes for drinks & 90 minutes for dinner

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B
Washington DC
52 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service, but too noisy when it got crowded.

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PH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Tavern offers a sunny spot to dress casually but still enjoy a civilized meal without an unbearable noise level or attitude from wait staff so often found in L.A. restaurants now. From the easy parking to not having to wait to be seated, Tavern is at the top of my list for future meals.

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

I would recommend this restaurant for drinks only. Food and service were below par for the price.

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LM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite breakfast and lunch meeting spot in Brentwood. Delicious and creative food along with stunning atrium seating makes for a relaxing setting. I usually get the avocado toast for breakfast and the Tavern Trio for lunch. The trio is three items from a 6-7 item list of salad and vegetable combinations. Examples are curried cauliflower, green harissa chicken salad, and farro with vegetables and cranberries.

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SC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

There are not enough vegetarian entres; please consider increasing these.

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SH
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really love the Tavern. Jason (the bartender) was exceptional. The turkey burger is a must. We really enjoyed it. Having said that, the menu options are just a little overblown. A more simplistic approach might be warranted or simply more options.
Other than that, the bakery is a MUST. The Tavern is only steps away from being great. It's beautiful and the staff is one of the best.

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LL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just hosted a baby shower brunch at Tavern and it was wonderful! The service was friendly, helpful, and perfect. We had a beautiful table set for us and the staff was helpful and accomodating at every turn. And then there was the food. WOW! Omg everything was so delicious. I definitely recommend this spot for your next dining experience, whether it's for a group event, a casual brunch, or a date night. I can't wait to come back again.

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EF
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining area, excellent menu and food and perfect service. First time there and will return.

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AG
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Devils chicken= no bueño

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d
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and wonderful setting too. The waitstaff could be a little more on top of things - but they are really busy on sunday mornings. One thing that was disappointing - for some reason, no oatmeal on weekends anymore. That means that those who aren't eating eggs or meat are limited to bread items - or granola??? They should bring it back since it's so easy.

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AA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Place is looking worn..carpet thrashed..stains on ceiling..service mediocre at best..had to beg for a coffee refill!

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M
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Our server was inattentive and got one of the orders wrong.

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TA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always! Great atmosphere and vibes --

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Server was awful! He threw the menus on the table and then walked away! Food was good, but not worth the terrible service experience!

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l
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My reservation was for 1:15pm on Sunday and my party was finally sat around 1:35pm. When we entered the restaurant there was a bunch of commotion at the hostess deck because an older woman couldn't get her elderly mother into the restaurant. She was yelling at the hostess, so I politely stood to the side of the hostess deck and in the meantime someone else entered the restaurant and approached the hostess desk, and when the commotion subsided the hostess checked her in first and I was then told that they would be seated before my party because they checked in before us (even though I was standing there first). Once we finally sat down, the service and food were sub par. My sister found a short piece of black hair on her sweet potato chips and said her Pilgrim sandwich was tasteless.

I normally enjoy Tavern, but my family and I were not impressed this time.

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