Tavern

4.6
2091 reviews
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, French, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Larder
Mon, Sun 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Tue–Sat 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 2:30 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(310) 806-6464
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Suzanne Goin
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Darlington
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Parking details
Daytime parking lots offer 90 minutes free with validation.
Evening valet available for $6 (on Darlington).
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2091 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 6 days ago
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
12 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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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

Really really horrible service. So rude from check in to the waiter.

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JO
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner was excellent at Tavern. We were seated right on time and the service and the food were great. Very enjoyable way to spend an out-of-town thanksgiving

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V
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern you still make me swoon. No better way to fete the holidays than with you!

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KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family and I were visiting the area and had our Thanksgiving meal at Tavern. The food and ambiance were both wonderful and it made for a special holiday away from home.

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DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I come to LA once a year, and I try to eat at this restaurant every time. Creative,thoughtful menu and a comprehensive wine list. I am never disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Kitchen was overwhelmed with large party/special event. Waited an hour for food. Staff was professional and comped the entrees.

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T
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We were almost the only people in the restaurant as we were dining early. After waiting 10-15 minutes for someone to show up, my husband got up and got someone to help us. Definitely got off to a bad start. Food is always a little salty here, and this is from someone who loves salt. The bucatini with seafood was lackluster if not downright terrible with tired overcooked seafood. The grilled quail was exceptional and my sister really liked her Swordfish skewers. An uneven evening, not what I would expect from a Goin restaurant. Too many other restaurants that are consistent with creative food. I won't be back

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TA
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

While the service staff was affable they are debilitated by a very slow kitchen. Too bad because the food is good but felt like an hour to get the food out. Pretty loud. I have gone there often but this trip was pretty disappointing.

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JC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The Atrium is lovely and good for conversation, the bar room is loud and sceny.

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WT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Tavern is always a good choice. Didn't love the new fall menu. Hard pressed to find something I wanted to eat for a main course. The persimmon salad was very good. The roasted squash was not great.

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H
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

The atrium is a very beautiful setting, but the food was a little off on this visit and the service was especially subpar. Perhaps because there was a large party going on, but we were neglected even before that group had arrived

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G
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambience. Terrific service. Limited and offbeat menu. Certainly no complaints about the food but selection was not what I expected. Check out the menu before you go.

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

Thank you for the dessert when we came in to celebrate a birthday! And as always, the food was delicious and the people lovely.

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d
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Almond latte was probably one of the best I’ve ever had- and I am extremely fussy. But the tempura fish tacos were disappointing. One piece of fish in each. The cabbage made the overly thick reading soft. Skimpy in the guacamole. Overall pretty mediocre. My companions turkey burger was fine. I would go back and try something else.

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DC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Very disappointing. Have tried this place at least four to five times. So attractive. The Food is always disappointing and this is a Susan Goin Restaurant. The difference in food bereeen this and Lucques is Igbo and day. What’s with that larder Cobb beet salad. Ate half and gave up. The waiter seemed bothered we were even there. The busboy, god love him, didn’t know what to do...poor training. Will not go back.

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JB
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable and tasty. The atrium is a lovely, relaxed space that anyone can enjoy. The bar can be a scene after work.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The new menu is very limited! I struggled to find something I was excited to eat.

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CS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'd had one instance of poor service in the past over many visits, and I returned because I thought that was a one-off and it was. This time the service was great and the food was excellent. This is a great ambience for Sunday brunch and lunch any day. I haven't been for dinner.

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CH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've been there many times, so obviously I like it!

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t
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern is a classic Brentwood establishment and it never fails to impress- great food and great service.

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E
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and comfortable place! Excellent service and delicious food!

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RT
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and excellent service. Tavern was recommended by a friend for brunch and we had a wonderful time.

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OT
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the new Fall menu. Nice variety and delicious fiod

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Relaxed efficient service. Friendly staff. A wonderful experience.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I live in CANADA.
U HAVE THE WRONG EMAIL IF

PLEASE RESOLVE

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BA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I think it is horrible that The Tavern charges over a 3% tax on our bill for the medical
insurance for their employees. Why would we need to pay for that? That should be on the owner. Not ok.
It makes me not want to recommend your restaurant. I enjoy everything else about it but I find that completely wrong.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grilled cheese night heaven. I had the one w ham and apples yum. My friend loved the mozzarella and asked to hold the Asiago. My husband had the gruyere version and loved that. Batting a thousand.

Accompanied by Sancerre. Fantastic for the mouth and spirit and willing to forego some gut discomfort Saturday.

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f
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to return to the "Tavern" my neighborhood hangout!

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B
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Initially we were seated right at the kitchen entance eventhough we had a reservations at least a week in advance and the resturant was about 10% occupied at the time. I requested a move and they accomodated us. That corner should be the last two top seated in the atrium on any occassion. So noisey and bodies in and out non-stop.

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D
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Ambiance, food and overall vibe is great which is why i always come back.
Service needs much improvement, if it was better this whole experience would go up to outstanding.

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