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Interior - Bavel, Los Angeles, CA

Bavel

4.8
4.8
3454 Reviews
$31 to $50
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 142 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 232-4966

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

  • Catering

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,454 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked

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  1. v

    veron

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    service is so slow and bad. they’re sold out of half the menu items on a Saturday night. would not come back or recommend.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was amazing
  3. R

    Rich

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Food was excellent but service was mediocre at best. We felt rushed the whole time. The server had no personality.
  4. SS

    SandyS

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing as always, and sommelier was top-notch!
  5. AO

    AleO

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    From someone who has worked in the M.East for over 20 years, the food was below the quality and authenticity i would have expected from a restaurant of this price.
  6. v

    vballest

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything on the menu is spectacular. You can’t go wrong. Especially the breads like the fried pita and the Malawach and the lamb neck and the pear cake… the list goes on and on. Must go here for sure!
  7. AC

    AlexC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Too loud. Seats surprisingly uncomfortable. GREAT service. Unique + tasty food.
  8. W

    Wendy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Scallop crudo, king oyster mushrooms, grilled prawns, wagyu oxtail, a pear cake with melted butter. Everything was flavorful and delicious! Service phenomenal!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    no more loud rap music plz
  10. DT

    DisconceringTaster

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    The food was very good, no complain there. The service was lacking and uninspired. on many occasions servers were leaning into our table of had their rear ends in our face while squeezed between our table and the one next to us. My cocktail was also taken off the table before it was complete. Is it worth going to, the food was good, perhaps it was just an off night for the staff.
  11. KB

    KristanB

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really fun place, delish! food, and great service. We cannot wait to go back. Definitely go with people who are up for family style. The entrees we selected were both phenomenal-the rack of lamb and the fish. I think I would ask for the outside seating. The inside is super loud; even my kids said that they couldn't hear anything, so it is not just an old person's opinion.
  12. LL

    LocalLosGatosDiner

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    When I can't snag a reservation at Bestia at a normal time, what a joy and surprise to dine at Bestia's sister restaurant, which is the most elevated Mediterranean cuisine I have ever experienced. Bavel sources amazing fruits, vegetables and meats. Their duck hummus is wonderfully rich and flavorful on a chewy, pillow like pita bread. The ocean trout tartare was so creative--in a citrus broth, the flavor was ethereal. The oxtail tagine similarly knocks it out of the park. Now my dilemma is which restaurant to choose.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service3ambience1
    I booked a standard table but end up we got a high table for three person. It was crowed and near the ketches which is very hot from the cooking stove. The noise level is very high. It’s difficult for conversation. The foods were just fine. Oyster mushroom taste good. But overpriced.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience2
    We came for our anniversary and unfortunately were seated outside which was very chilly (we did turn up half an hour early and request to be seated inside but were told it was “first in, first served”). So definitely be prepared for this and bring a warm sweater! We also got bitten by mosquitos. Outdoor seating aside, the food was incredible (you will want to eat your weight in bread - all of it is divine). We recommend the chicken liver pâté, prawns, malawach and lamb rack! The grilled dorado was also great but nowhere near as good at the lamb rack. The desserts were so-so. A little blown away that I was charged $5 for some hot water but all in all a good experience with great recommendations from our servers. Will definitely be back!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience. Drinks, Food, staff, ambience, timing of when things were served - all top notch
  16. AF

    AbeyF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We just loved Bavel!! Whether we are celebrating an occasion or just a night out with good friends, Bavel never disappoints. Wish the noise level was a tad less energetic so we are able to have conversations without the need to shout. Also would like to see new items added to the entree list. Service is always very good regardless if we are hosting a party of 12 or 4.
  17. N

    Nancy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    My second time to Bavel and LOVED it the first time but yesterday was not very good. The waiter was not knowledgeable and the food was not as good.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!! Service and food were incredible - it was just a bit too loud for my taste, definitely hard to hear with just two of us.
  19. g

    grayhound

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and great food!
  20. PG

    PaulG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    This place is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The food is amazing as well as the ambiance. Also, the staff was exceptional with their treatment. The only think that has room for improvement are their cocktails as they were very sweet. Their old fashioned was very good though. Overall the place is really good for a special occasion.
  21. AG

    AvnerG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service experience. However, the sound was SO LOUD it was so hard to hear our family and the waiters.
  22. PH

    PeterH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere! ☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️☺️
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is amazing, staff is friendly and very attentive. It’s a bit loud and the checkin leaves a little to be desired but that washes away when you have the food or a drink. Really awesome place, will definitely be back to try more.
  24. b

    bradleybumper

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, interior design, and food were all excellent. Really unique flavors, ample options, and generous portions. The prices are a tad high, but it's worth it. Especially for a special occasion (we were celebrating our anniversary). Minor complaint. As much as I love rap and hip-hop, I would have preferred a different genre of music at a lower volume (I must be getting old). Note. Ask Tom, Bavel's in-house sommelier, for spot-on wine recommendations to pair with the delicious food. We will be back!
  25. MB

    MikeB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were very good with making suggestions. Food came out very quickly from the kitchen. Drinks were great!
  26. CC

    ChloeC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was too loud.
  27. LS

    LisaS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an incredible meal and delicious wine. First time bringing my sister and we can’t wait to return in November with our grown kids.
  28. L

    Lauren

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal and great service from our server and the sommelier. Loved the tomato/strawberry dish and malawach in particular!
  29. AV

    AnnaV

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food and fun ambiance! Great for a nice night out with friends or a special occasion.
  30. F

    Foodie

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about Bavel. Excellent service & the most delicious food. Everything was well prepared and presented in a timely fashion. Our waiter was Knowledgeable and was so helpful with recommendations. We were a family of six with two vegetarian‘s and it was fun to share all the different dishes, like family dining style.
  31. DA

    DerrickA

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect setting, ambiance, service & food for a boisterous birthday dinner with friends
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Bavel! It’s incredible and hits every note perfectly.
  33. AC

    AlexC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants, period. Exceptional in every way except the music which seems a tad too loud and inappropriate for the ambience.
  34. J

    John

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! It would have been perfect, but our table was extremely hot. We were all sweating and uncomfortable, but understand how busy the restaurant is
  35. PG

    PatyG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    I honestly expected more from this place. The food was good, but not extremely good. I think this place is overrated. This dinner was a celebration for my birthday, and when my husband and daughter asked if we could get a special dessert or moment to celebrate it, they told them they would not do that. I got a terrace table without asking, and it was super hot. The food was good, but I have been to many better restaurants for the same price. The decoration and environment are not great, and it seems like an average place. As a person who has been to many good international restaurants, I feel Bavel has much potential to grow. I tried it, and I am not going back again.
  36. A

    Alice

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The very first time I went to Bavel I was enamored. This last time, I was disappointed that it did not meet the initial excitement that I had remembered it for. I do think it has gotten too popular for it's own good. The cocktails were too sugary/syrupy this time around. The food is good don't get me wrong, but when your expediting dishes for a restaurant of that size and popularity, details get ignored.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Very rude waitstaff and incredibly rushed Lots of open tables but not open to letting us sit where we preferred Out of the most popular things on the menu by the end Bussers were really nice, seating hostesses and waitresses unbelievably rude
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Bavel is a trendy spot my fiancé and I have been wanting to try. The hostesses were not the best, but our waitress was amazing. The food was beyond amazing! We had the hummus duck, cherry tomato/whipped feta, oyster mushroom kebab, and lamb shawarma. 10/10 recommend!
  39. NO

    NoxO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with amazing food. The staff was always conscious of our anniversary and greeted us every time. Even a candle with our dessert.
  40. CS

    CraigS

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and great food. Really love Bavel. The female bartender (I did not catch her name) was just amazing. Funny, engaging, friendly and had excellent recommendations. She made the evening very fun and very special. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bavel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 232-4966.

Bavel is rated 4.8 stars by 3454 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 142 times today
Google Map for Bavel

500 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013-2222

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Fe

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 232-4966

  • Catering

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

  • Private party facilities

    Please email events@baveldtla.com for more information.

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