Tavern

4.6
2047 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
Breakfast: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 11:00am
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:00am - 5:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour Every day 3PM-7PM in the Blue Room.
Larder open everyday 8am - 8pm.
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Phone number
(310) 806-6464
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Payment options
AMEX, 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
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JS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Started out promising---great interior in the main area;
Food was very good except for my Nicoise Tuna sandwich--way too salty;
I complained at the end of the meal and likely should have sooner ...waitress apologized but did not do anything or make an adjustment;
I spent 107 bucks for a brunch for 2 without alcoholic drinks...you would think they might have split the difference on one sandwich; not sure i will return;

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DM
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were splendid hosted with our close friends! Front desk, waiter, quality & selecting choices were superb!

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c
Los Angeles
107 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The Tavern is an always reliable place to have dinner in Brentwood. Whereas the food is always good, it was once more creative and it appears to have settle for just reliably good these days. The dining room is lovely and the tables are sufficiently spaced so that you can have a conversation.

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C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal. Everything was on point. I went for Brunch and it wasn't too crowded.
Attention to detain. Service was excellent. Food was the best. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Run, don't walk to this place.

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C
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Food overpriced and underwhelming. Lousy for vegetarians.

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IK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Overpriced. Menu limited although all well prepared. Atrium provides great ambience Very pleasant.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good selection of entree choices. Great bar and wine options. All items were well prepared and presented. Not inexpensive, but good for a nice meal out, date, or occasion.

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s
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lunch was good not great. Noisy. Limited menu. Sparse servings.

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e
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I'm breaking up with you, Tavern. Gravely disappointed in the food. The menu is inspired and different, but it all comes down to taste and Tavern does not deliver. I ordered the Devil's Chicken as my main, and I thought it was a waste of my money. The dish was too soupy and the chicken was dry and tasteless. Not going back even though it's conveniently located in my neighborhood.

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SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Everything was disappointing about our evening in comparison to the many other great dining experiences we have had at the Tavern. It has been awhile since we have been, but things have really gone down.
All areas of the restaurant and the experience need attention. Cleanliness of restaurant very poor. Food quality and preparation poor. Service way below average in attention to detail. So sad to see such a great restaurant fall apart. I doubt that we will ever return.

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NA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Hi the only thing is the decor, the trees were missing ?? That was very nice before , now it looks like an empty space , behire it was like seating outdoor, but with a cover and the trees was very nice !! Now I don’t like it, to empty big salon !!

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SM
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly classy place, without the snootiness. The food is inspired, and the Atrium has to be one of the loveliest "rooms" in L.A. You feel like you're outside, even while you're inside! The staff is attentive and warm, and I felt everyone really cared about two mature women having a good dining experience (which isn't always the case). I recommend this place to anyone ready to embrace all those qualities, who isn't looking for something inexpensive.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is probably the 4x time I’ve dined there. Surprisingly subpar food this time around. Super loud music. Space is great but really not special in any way.

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TH
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat. Lovely for breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner. Excellent service, creative food and comfortable environment.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

I had the Thai salad with Albacore and I was surprised to find it overly dressed and very wet.
Have never been disappointed in the food before. But, will definitely return

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern continues to be our favorite restaurant!

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LA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Been here many times - great bar and happy hour - lovely for breakfasts in the atrium or the larder for more casual. This time was a luncheon with an old friend. Hostess was very accommodating with seating although ... It is VERY noisy at the height of lunch and the tables are VERY close together. Four people having a business lunch right next to us with VERY loud voices and papers strewn about. Luckily they asked for the check when we sat down. We were chatting and did not order for at least 20 minutes and the waitress kept checking in - when I finally did order she said "Oh, that's the one thing we don't have today." Could have mentioned that 20 minutes ago? Meal was just ok - still like the room and the energy and would probably come back to try again but maybe a little later - after the lunch crowd or perhaps just stick with breakfast!

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RS
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food and service were nothing special. None of the dishes were remarkable in any way aside from price. It was good, but not special in any way. We sat down at around 8:45 and as we were eating our desserts around 10 they turned the music off. Felt pretty rude considering we were having a $300 dinner for three. people.

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RL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance for a brunch or lunch
Really good menu
my favorite is the Brisket Hash
best hash ever
Definitely recommend

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Tables were 6 inches apart; we heard everything the next table had to say. Food was extremely greasy and salty. Service was OK. Very loud. Not good value...

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AS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The Tavern is a beautiful restaurant with good service. The food however was just ok. The Spanish Fried Chicken was soggy and extremely oily. The salad with buttermilk dressing was very light on the dressing and unimpressionable. The Steak Frites was not flavorful. The Frites and Bread were delicious. I'm not sure that I would return. The ambiance is fantastic but the food needs work.

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b
Los Angeles
146 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My 4 friends and I had a lovely lunch at Tavern on Wednesday. Four of us chose from the DineLA Restaurant Week menu. The fish tacos were very good according to 2 of my friends, but two of us thought our chicken paillard was too salty. We all enjoyed our salads though. Service was a bit disappointing because one of the orders was wrong and my friend had to wait for it to be corrected. Staff was friendly and efficient otherwise. The ambience was wonderful as usual.

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AZ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Important business dinner suffered because of Tavern. After being initially impressed with ambiance and feel, the experience spiraled downward. Seated at 7:45PM, finished at 10:10PM. Unacceptable wait for food to the point my clients were looking around uncomfortably wondering when we were going to eat. Waitress apologized once, manager apologized once only when dinner was over. Will not return...really disappointed. Food was ok, portions small. Price too high for this experience. Recommend you do not plan business dinners at Tavern.

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SB
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Another great meal at Tavern which reminded me of why Suzanne Goin is my favorite chef in Los Angeles. Began with Spicy Squash Soup. The crunchy pumpkin seeds provided a nice textural contrast; next was a juicy Chicken Paillard, Pecorino Pudding and a salad with a flavorful vinaigrette.

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RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Steak as ordered medium rare, and came out well done.
(Scoitsh) salmon, which I am familiar with and frequently cook myself) was totally devoid of any flavor, and could not have been fresh.

Would have sent back both of these orders, but they took so long to arrive that we decided to keep them - and suffer; probably a mistake- as I developed a stomach problem later that evening- and ate nothing else during that day.

Server was polite, but confused. Food also pricey.

Will not be returning.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Yummy and nice.

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MW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The only real problem was the noise. We had a corner and at times, couldn't hear. Just the way it is and I'm not upset.

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VC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Interesting experience - first time at Tavern......have been a loyal follower of "the ladies" - Suzanne & Caroline since they started!!! So the waiter spilled my 1/2 glass of wine - yep he cleaned it
up BUT never replaced it.......even with a "half" glass of wine........ First time I've ever experienced that....
Merci!

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BK
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A first class meal all around. We asked for a corner banquet in the main room and it was perfect.
It was a Monday night so it was pleasantly quiet but lively. The food is terrific, the staff knows their stuff...had a great time. The front is great for breakfast ...coffee, pastry, etc...

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DL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Is on the top of the list of my favorite restaurant. Everything is great, and I've never had an issue with anything.

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CC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern has one of the best dining areas around! Such a light, pleasant, wonderful atmosphere to enjoy great food. We love coming here! A fantastic spot to find yourself.

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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern Never Disappoints....perfect environment for a meeting business lunch on t6he West Side.

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j
Orange County
88 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place - beautiful outside feeling patio— but happily inside with AC and greenery and feeling of sunlight - wonderful atmosphere
And food was delicious as usual
(As was staff - from The welcome to the service- all top notch!!!

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GH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting brunch choices in a lovely setting in the atrium. The wine list is strong and the staff / service is excellent

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PD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and the ambiance at the Tavern. I love to bring new people to experience it.

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Went for lunch. It was the second time I was there. I was unimpressed with my first visit a long time ago, but thought I'd give it another shot. Tavern is a beautiful restaurant in search of menu. I had fish Taco's - sort of a desperation choice since there wasn't an appealing salad option. The fish is fried. The tacos were less inspired and tasty than the average food truck. It's hard to believe that this place is the work of a renown chef.

The service was respectfully unhurried, which we appreciated.

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c
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience and service. I hope they enlarge their menu for lunch though

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EE
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting combination of hip, classic and refined. Excellent pastries as well. Always a safe choice.

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ER
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This and has been a local favorite. It continues to be consistent and spot on.

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OT
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good. Service was great. We loved sharing our small plates together.

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