Tavern

4.5
2143 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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OT
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern never disappoints. Okay who knew there was a massive off menu burger? Now we know. I’m headed back to try it in addition to the addictive Spanish Fried Chicken.

Drop what you’re doing and go now.

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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Anyone would be impressed sitting in the bright spacious main room. The Tavern has 3- large sized spaces to choose from. The bar room is perfect for catching a game and relaxing with your buds. The brunch food we had was first-rate, though it was a long wait. They add an optional surcharge to your bill to cover health care for their employees which I thought was great. Overall an excellent experience and great place for a family get together or to impress a date.

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

Had a great meal—Olivia our server was exceptional as was the avocado on toast!! Was slightly noisy but that did not take away from the meal. Will definitely be back!

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

Great service but the food didn't live up to the cost.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very surprised at the extremely slow service (nearly 3 hrs for 1 shared appetizer and 2 entrees, 2 people) despite dining late and almost half the tables having finished/empty. The server was nice enough but there was absolutely no follow through. No explanation or update, just "it's coming up soon" immediately before our food came out. This would have been forgiveable except all the food was extremely bland and not salted at all. I have to limit my salt for health reasons and even I, who am used to little to no salt, thought everything was flavorless. The setting is loud but it is a beautiful venue. Surprised and disappointed overall.

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OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I had much higher expectations going into this dinner, given the pedigree of those involved. This restaurant was recommended by food industry colleagues so I trusted them. The food was un-memorable. Middling at best.

We also were seated in an open space completely disconnected from the dining room - left to the company of an Emergency Exit door. Until we brought it up and requested to be moved, the staff was fine with this. Also shocking given the pedigree of those involved with the restaurant. While that was righted, it would not have been had we not spoken up, which is the thing to take into consideration. The waiter genuinely asked how our meal was; we were honest: the food was mediocre. While our swordfish was comped and the GM was apologetic, it really was the whole of the experience that left us with a lackluster and surprisingly mauvaise taste in our mouths.

I do hope things improve.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great with the exception of waiting to long to be served

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The server we had was fantastic. Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, never too busy to help never too pushy or interruptive. The issue is: too many table that are too close together. The rectangular shape on the center row 2tops was such that I was twice as close to the loud talker next to me than to my wife sitting across from me. They need more SPACE between the tables.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Tavern,
Good for a special occasion! My wife and two friends ate dinner the other night. We all shared plates, sat in the atrium area. Somewhat of an interesting vibe, didn't understand the drastic shift between the bar furniture and fixtures and decor to the formal dining room, but it was a neat room.

Service was on point with our needs and requests. Flavors were amazing on everything we had, portions were not so much. Although there were sections on the menu for small, medium, and large plates, they didn't necessarily correspond to what we got. Salads were in the small section but we got a nice portion to split. The sword fish was in the medium section and we got 2 tiny skewers. The one large plate was the short ribs, but it was $44.

Overall I would go back, but probably on a special occasion rather than a normal occurrence.

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h
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

good food good service . casual ambiance. love it!

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JH
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good service. Beautiful setting.

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DS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed celebrating my birthday. Very pleasant.
Delicious..

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice outdoor/atrium room! Avocado toast was fantastic. Wait staff a bit slow.

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FV
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It used to be such a great place! The last two times I was there the food was tired and dry and the personnel disinterested. What a shame!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love this place - whether you choose the sunlit atrium room or the sophisticated bar room or the casual front bakery room, everyone will enjoy this great place

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NR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Tavern is "always" a Favorite!! Awesome food, great ambiance and good service!! I send friends all the time and they have all been back over and over!! Love the Tavern....

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

As always, the food is excellent, but this time the service left somewhat be desired. It took a long time before the order was taken. I guess it was because there was a b'day party going on at the table next to mine, but that should not have made a difference. Normally the service is great, so I consider this a one time incident.

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BC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful room, great food and service

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OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic tavern meal.....always good!

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SF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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KG
Birmingham
8 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine LA lunch menu was delish! Butternut squash soup and a salmon, beet, dandelion green salad. Perfect combo!

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New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
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
48 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
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
27 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
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 on January 19, 2019
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
23 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
34 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
59 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
13 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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