Bavel

4.7
713 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
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D
Los Angeles
95 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jumping. Great place to go for after theatre supper. Lots of vegetarian choices as well as fish and meat plates to share.

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BL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

great interior design. The food is more impressive at bestia.

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j
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel does not disappoint. Restaurants often get so much hype only to fall flat once you dine there. This did not happen at Bavel. Every item we ordered was delicious and en point with our expectations. I’m not usually excited about duck, but we got the “last one” and it was one of my favorite dishes. The lamb shawarma was so tender and flavorful as was the fish. Cauliflower has become the new Brussels sprouts and can be bland. However I woke up craving the cauliflower at Bavel. And don’t even get me started on dessert! We had the donuts, then.. had a second order!
Yes, it’s quite pricey so I won’t be eating here nightly, but plan ahead, save your money and enjoy the experience at least once!

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CT
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Walking in, we were greeted to the team-building grunting fo the kitchen and waitstaff. That level of camaraderie is commendable, but over the course of the evening, became somewhat of a distraction when similar guttural exclamations were heard from the kitchen staff. Being the very first to be seated, it was lovely to see the space before the hustle grew, but our party was surprised when immediately at 5:01 p.m., the music was cranked up to a level where we could not discern our waiter's name when presented. We did ask to have it turned down which it was for a while, but as the room filled and the volume of those talking increased, so did the music, making a compounding noise that was beyond annoying.

Overall, the food was very, very good, but at a price point to make me question its value. An artichoke salad was mostly celery. A $15 appetizer salad was three tablespoons of chopped celery and cucumber. I could see some slivers of a third ingredient and it was then we realized that the slivers was the artichoke. For the three tablespoons of celery/cucumber, I would hazard to guess that a single artichoke leaf had been thinly sliced as a stir-in to qualify its title. Couldn't TASTE the artichoke but, yes, I guess it was there.

For three of us, we would have ordered a bottle of wine, but not a single bottle on the lest was less than $68. The most admired dish of the evening was the lamb neck shawarma. That was worth the value. However, when we were ordering, the waiter recommended that we order six to seven dishes to be eaten family-style. Not knowing how hungry we would be, we started with five dishes: one starter, one flatbread, two appetizers, and a shared entrée. Even with this amount of food, there were leftovers so six or seven dishes would have been far too much and we felt as though we were being manipulated into an up-sell.

It is trendy, expensive, and a place to be seen, but there are much better restaurants for taste and value.

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

great good and great service - the waiter was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful

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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. I could not give enough 0 stars. It doesn’t matter when you made your reservation. You make it 60 days ahead of time and you still get sat at a terrible table. And when you complain, they don’t care at all. The rude hostess tells you to wait 30-40 minutes for a better table, doesn’t notify the manager you’re upset, and doesn’t check up on you later even when they said they would. Plus, you’re sat at such a bad table that you get hit in the back with extra chairs they’re getting for another table without apology. I got injured eating here and the food wasn’t even that good. Absolutely worst experience ever. Can’t believe we spent over $200 for ridiculous service and food.

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

Amazing amazing food. Everything we had was fabulous and so delicious. Great staff, great ambience and easy to find location.

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EL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went earlier and they were able to accomodate us with seats at the bar. Our server was amazing - had an upbeat personality and checked up on us couple of times. The food and drinks were great too!

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

Beautiful ambiance! Great service from the bus boys and food runners. The hostess and the waiter had a lot of bad attitude and looked annoyed and not wanting to be working there. Unfortunate. It was so loud with rap music we couldn’t have a conversation. I could barely hear my friend whom was visiting from Europe. So frustrating. I had the Hummus, Prawns and Green leaf Salad. Everything was delicious except the Prawns. They smelled fishy and made my stomach upset. Overall I think this place is overpriced and disappointing. I had such high hopes.

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very intentionally and creatively prepared and presented and it allows for each dish to be an experience in and of themselves. So as an entire meal, the story of the meal is rich with detail and lot of delicious meaning! Ambience is great, enough to look for visually especially in what I think is the centerpiece - the long drapes of green, green vine and leaf that seem to fall perpuallt from the cieling yet hang right above the eye liner allowing for a constant feel of freshness while you eat and share the meal.

The open kitchen is exciting to watch and allows for added excitement for each dish as it comes straight from the animated and very professional staff of cooks/chefs.

Great for dates, friends, parents, celebrations, etc

Going there with our mother next week, it'll be three times in three weeks!

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

The lamb neck is a must, so tender so delicious. Scallops also killer, prawns delicious, the farm cheese so good; I really don’t think you could go wrong with anything? But I haven’t tried everything so maybe there’s some misses, but I’ve tried a lot and I’ve liked everything.

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HE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I had booked a reservation almost 2 months in advance for my wife’s birthday. We arrived on time and were seated in an overheated patio rather than the beautiful main dining room. The restaurant mentioned my wife’s birthday when they called to confirm the reservation, but never once mentioned her birthday at dinner. Food was good, but only exceptional dish was the scallop crudo. It was a fine meal, but would not recommend.

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JB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

You have to go to Bavel prepared to spend at least $75 per person, and also have a strong sense of how much food you really want because they will definitely try to up-sell. The food itself is very good, but some things are better than others. The lamb neck was extraordinary and large enough that we split it between three people. The baba ghanoush was great but the star was the pita which is like a hybrid of pita and puri (from India) or Indian fry bread. You only get one pita with an order, but it's worth the extra $4 to get another. The mushroom kebab gets a lot of attention in reviews. It's good, yes, but not $20 good. Likewise the cauliflower.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. From the minute you walk in the door, the service is impeccable. The ambiance is insanely gorgeous. Not one staff member isn't working the entire time. The whole restaurant just has a seamless flow. and then there was the food... absolutely delicious. Definitely need reservations. I've never been to a restaurant in LA that is so packed on a Sunday night. Well worth every penny and thank you for a lovely evening.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is my third time at Bavel and I’m not rushing to go back.
I had a 9:15 reservation on a Saturday night for 5 people and still waited over 30 minutes for a table. This seems to be a consistent problem at Bavel. The food is delicious but the bad service overshadows what would otherwise be an amazing experience. The staff apologized but our waiter didn’t do much else to make us feel like the wait was worth it, not just for the food but the overall experience.

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OT
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was good but not as good as all the hype seemed to make it. The meet was dry.

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JN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but I think this restaurant is overhyped. There are plenty of better restaurants in LA

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing. We had the artichoke and cucumber salad. It was a revelation of freshness I’ve never experienced. BBQ shrimps were amazing. A definite favorite. Duck hummus also great especially with such freshly made bread. Main course of the schwarma lamb neck was so tender and full of flavor. All around amazing food and service. Can’t wait to come back

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great music just too loud was shouting at the table

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing.

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r
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Totally loved the place—gorgeous setting; loved the helpful Camilla; every single dish was outstanding! Too noisy and pretty pricey.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food isn’t as good as it used to be.

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DB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The decor is beautiful and inviting, the service was very attentive and friendly. The food was very good, very innovative, like nothing I have ever had. The prices are steep I would even say to the point of it being dishonest. The one thing that kept it from being a memorable evening was that I stated twice on my reservation that was my wife and I 10th anniversary and they never acknowledged it in any way, and after 180 dollars with no drinks.

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g
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. The ony downside was that there was a party of obnoxious guests who ruined the ambience.

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GM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Interesting take on middle eastern food. Although I think I prefer the simpler (and less expensive) versions.
The place is nice, but somewhat overhyped.

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

Service was good. Food was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It as great except is was so loud. We even sat on the patio, which is less loud than inside and it was still crazy loud. If they just turned down the ambient music a little then everyone wouldn't have to fight to be heard over it.

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OT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food always. But noise level is deafening unfortunately. Wish it would be toned down so table conversations would be easier...I.e. without having to shout. Service is very good. Front reception very friendly and accommodating.

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NK
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved it! The wine “expert” was not very helpful. When he brought over 2 wine bottles it was for us to pick from the labels. We thought he would give us more guidance but clearly he had no clue. Also, he decanted the wine in the back???? We could have been drinking anything...lacking in that department. Otherwise we loved the food and the ambiance!!!

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JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I’ve been to Bavel many times and this was the first time where the service was just ok. Our server started off like the usual, but then got worse throughout our meal. He seemed overwhelmed, rushed and had a little attitude. Orders were forgotten, we waited a while for water and he seemed annoyed and not helpful at all when we needed more napkins or wet napkins after we devoured the delicious prawns. He just simply said “no” when we asked if we could get moistened napkins. Luckily, a busboy came by with napkins that had been run under hot water.
The food, as always, was incredible. The ragu on the new menu item, Tahini, is out of this world as are the grilled prawns.

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ST
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food. Service was good after a manager too over since when newbie server was overwhelmed serving a big table next to us.

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PB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is fantastic. So interesting with tastes that I typically don't experience. Well oiled machine. Service was also top notch. Somewhat loud but what you'd expect from a downtown restaurant. Not ideal for an intimate evening.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful place! Definitely recommend it!

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SO
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Everyone at our table said, "wow" as soon as they tasted the oyster mushroom kebob. Absolutely loved the hummus with duck nduja and the baba ghanoush., and the pita breads Probably the best meal I've had in a restaurant in awhile.

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TP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere!
The food was equally, if not more amazing as well.
I celebrated my birthday here with my girlfriends and we really enjoyed the experience together.
The wine was also probably the best white I’ve had.
Thank you for the wonderful evening.
Would highly recommend

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M
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding! The breads are incredible but every dish is unique and very tasty.
The wines are very expensive and the the music is very loud. Not a problem but a new visitor should be aware.

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B
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wow....what can i say? the flavors and spices and tastes are exquisite...the bread is over the top in tumescence...yes go .... we splurged for a 40th wedding anniversary ...the manager got us a table quickly after some sort of kerfuful...and everyone made this memorable...mostly for the incredible food. tres cher but worth it FOR A special moment.

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p
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

They play loud music so people have to speak louder to hear each other, then add the chef team yelling, it makes for a lively atmosphere. As pescatarians with other diet restrictions, we enjoyed each dish - the salad was very tasty as were the malawach, tabouleh, dorado and hummus. Sumac and turmeric are commonly used notes but not overpowering. The paglava was a perfect finish to an enjoyable meal although it's not the dessert that we ordered. The food is well prepared and you feel like you are dining while riding a camel with the bass notes of the music. Our server was friendly, helpful and polite.

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

Our waiter was hard to find whenever we needed them but overall the food and ambiance was amazing

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of food here is on parr with any Michelin rated restaurant I’ve been too. The food was amazing. And the service was phenomenal. Every waiter, host/hostess, and bartender was friendly, attentive, and going out of their way to make us feel good.

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