Bavel

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Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was absolutely amazing. The ambiance was great and still lively even at 10:30 pm. The food was amazing as always, and everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. I love bringing friends here and watching their face as they try the food. Will definitely be back!

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

Great food and service but it is VERY loud in the patio dining area.

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

Some great dishes (duck hummus / fried quail). Others were WAY too salty (snap peas; mushrooms). Nice room but very loud. Strange music selection (gangsta rap). Recommended if you are looking for a very happening spot.

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

Waiter was much too pushy. Unpleasant. Felt forced to order more than we wanted. Wished we ordered less. Ended feeling so full that didn’t enjoy last couple of dishes which were the main ones. The feeling of being overly stuffed negatively affected our impression of the food. Felt like the food was of a quality that was good but not worth coming back for. Rarely saw waiter again - bad impression of him. The bus boys were amazing! As was the kitchen staff who delivered the food.

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H
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing as always. Definitely one of our fave spots in LA

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

Our evening at Bavel was truly quite wonderful. It was our first visit - of many to come,
The food is absolutely fantastic and the service is warm and efficient.
The only drawback to our total experience was the deafening music. We were lucky to be seated out on the patio which is slightly less terrifyingly loud. I walked inside just to see and left immediately. I can’t imagine enjoying my meal or being able to speak without screaming to my dinner companions. I will request patio seating from now on.
The music is the only reason I couldn’t give Bavel 5 stars across the board. The food is so good it’s almost worth an ear bleed.... but not quite.

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

Amazing!!! This place keeps getting better and better!

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YB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this place. For me, it's the best restaurant in LA - great food, great cocktails. The shrimp were the best I've ever had, and everything else was spectacular too.

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

One of the best meals I had in 2019. Elevated middle eastern food. Great selection of wine. Absolutely loved it.

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

Food was good but uneven. Tomato dish was very underwhelming and the strawberry dessert was like eating a pop tart. Lam neck Shawerma was superb! We waited for 30 min even with a reservation.

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

Never disappoints. The Half Aged Duck is totally aged and not to be missed by rational adults.

Can’t wait to go back, in fact I’m going back next to eat the other half of the Half Aged Duck.

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

EVERYTHING WAS SO GOOD!!! First time here - mind blown, beyond expectations! Will have to come back!!

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

Everything was great and the food was delicious. The only issue is the very loud volume of the restaurant. It is a big, cavernous space and it gets very loud. We had a 5:30pm reservation and sat at the counter, so it was a bit quieter for a while, but eventually, as the restaurant filled in, it became very loud. Otherwise, it was a great place.

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Denver
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want to eat some of the best food in LA and receive outstanding service in the process, then Bavel is for you. If you want to hear your dinner companion(s) speak while you're enjoying the great food & terrific service, then this place is not for you, unless you're content with only hearing the dinner companion seated directly next to you. As for food, don't miss the humus and a couple of the other appetizers they're known for (server will clue you in) & for entrees the dorado and lamb were both OUTSTANDING! Unless you know exactly how to get to this restaurant, use Waze for directions, otherwise you'll end up in Encino! Bon Appetite!

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food, but service with receiving the dishes we ordered was super slow! Although I had a reservation, which I made in advance; we were seated in the outdoor patio area which was super breezy, cold and without a heat lamp. We tried to endure the cold weather but we couldn’t even enjoy our meal. After complaining several times about the cold we were finally moved into the actual restaurant. Nevertheless, the food was exceptional! Also another thing I had issues with was the fact that they add 4% surcharge to pay for their staffs healthcare; smh. For the price of that Bavel is charging for their entrees (avg 40$) the least they can do is not be so greedy and defer the costof their employees healthcare to their patrons.

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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressive place, food was amazing with a Mediterranean twist and service was superb.

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WG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We didn't have to wait too long for our table and the sommelier was very helpful. Wine was quite expensive, though ($20).

The food was great! We LOVED the oyster mushrooms and pita/hummus. Superb.

Only complaint was the noise level. We were on the patio, and even there it was NOISY.

We'll be back soon, though.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, cocktails and food! Oyster mushroom kabob, snap peas and bread were all amazing.

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K
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Portions were a little small, but the flavors are amazing! The Baba Ghanoush was one of the best I ever tasted! The whole dining experience was great, and I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ate was delicious, cocktails too! Didn’t have dessert because we were too full.

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H
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was overall well, especially service and food. The only thing was that I made reservations requesting indoors and the hostess put us outside directly facing the sun. I felt that people who didn’t have reservations and were waiting had better luck and priority seating away from the sun. The server outside felt so bad because she saw me sweating and moved us.

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EB
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Already recommended it to people. The food is exquisite. The service is beyond stellar. If I were to be fickle, I’d think the setting is too bright, but it never was a problem.

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N
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun LA scene restaurant with great service and amazing food. Every dish was excellent! Loved the interior design

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J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superrrr!!!!

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E
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and wonderful service from the moment we checked in to the very end.

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SL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 1

We'd been looking forward to trying Bavel as we love the food at Bestia. Unfortunately while the food was excellent, as expected, and our server was exceedingly gracious and attentive, the deafening sound level was atrocious. It's hard to enjoy a meal, regardless of how well prepared, when you feel as if you are dining in the middle of a factory floor. One of the most uncomfortable dining experiences in recent memory. We'd intentionally booked an early table (before the restaurant filled to max capacity) and requested a table on the outdoor patio (b/c the indoor dining room was even worse). We'd asked both the hostess and our server to turn the music down/off. They definitely did not turn off, and if they turned down, it made no difference. I should have measured the volume because it likely exceed OSHA recommended levels!

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L
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel did not disappoint, the food and service were perfect.

Our only complaint is that even coming as early as 5:15, they could not seat us next to each other, even when we noticed other tables where that might be possible. We were seated opposite each other, but saw other couples seated at tables for four, next to each other. Especially in a somewhat busy atmosphere, it feels more intimate to sit next to your partner. It was our anniversary after all! To be fair, we were offered the wire seating at the chef's counter. Ouch. We had a great time, regardless, and our waiter was AMAZING.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true culinary experience!!! Everything we tried was amazing. The service was great and so was the ambience. Only thing I would change... too much garlic incorporated with every dish, let’s tone down the garlic and include so many other ingredients the restaurant has to offer.

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Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hi, overall a great dining experience and will definitely come back as the cuisine was incredible, but i must admit I was a little disappointed as my guest got injured literally upon arriving into the restaurant ( nothing to do with restaurant) and needed to place ICE on his feet as he couldn’t walk and his feet was rapidly getting swollen, however the management wouldn’t allow him to have his shoes removed to place the ice on his feet. If he was wearing sandals or flip flops he could have placed it on top of his feet easily but he had tie up shoes and needed to take them off. So he was very uncomfortable throughout the meal. After dinner we took him to ER and turns out he had broken foot. Again not the restaurants fault his foot was broken but didn’t feel any compassion from the management during a difficult and uncomfortable moment for him which was disappointing.

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L
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

A little too pricey for Mediterranean food that was good but not out of this world. We will save our anniversary dinner for Bestia next year.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Wonderful ambience. Thanks to everyone at Bavel for helping us celebrate our special occasion.

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1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good music. Beautiful space.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! It’s too loud in my opinion but that seems to be the trend these days. The waiter was fantastic, really guided us and helped us with the tricky choices. Too many good things to choose from! One of my favorite restaurants!

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BL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

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TD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I's experience at Bavel was incredible. We were first seated at the counter top table, and although we found it overwhelmingly loud the server graciously moved us over to the bar and was very empathetic which I appreciated! Aiden was our bartender and he took great care of us at the bar! Tom noticed we were drinking wine and casually made his way over to chat wine with us and made some EXCELLENT recommendations to pair with our food. On top of that the FOOD was out of this world. I can not stop thinking about that Harissa shrimp, we will be back OFTEN!

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G
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and the restaurant is beautifully decorated. Our server was very attentive and offered the perfect suggestions on the menu.

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RN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding. Certainly one of my favorite dining experiences in Los Angeles (and we've been to most of the downtown restaurants).

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was very good. Food was excellent, but limited choice of meat. Lamb neck pleased the meat eaters, but lamb neck, just the sound of it is pretty sad. There was also a beef tagine that looked good, but what about folks who want veg heavy?

Also, there is a lot of good Mediterranean in this city. Is it worth the annoying difficulty of getting seats here?

Maybe not.

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London
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service, but the food did not live up to the lofty expectations. Nothing was bad, but nothing was also that much better than other middle eastern fare. Loved the fresh baked pita, but the rest of our meal was better than good, but not quite great. Wonderful desert and drinks.

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N
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

i don't recommend. no lo recomiendo. PARA NADA. hice mi reserva 3 semanas antes. llame y la movieron a las 9.45 pm. me sentaron en el patio como de vecindad. pedi otra mesa, i fue solo en la barra. a los 20 minutos ya estaba vacío . nada les hubiera costado darme un excelente servicio. la mesa de esas altas. yo quería cenar agusto. cuando me asignaron esa mesa yo le dije a la disque HOSTESS. que había una mesa en el restaurante. me dijo que estaba reservada. o sea yo tambien hice reserva, la comida es 1 menu super chico i todo con su PITA BREAD. quería una ensalada rica, tomate lechuga feta etc. tipo Mediterranean, i no. o de puros tomates o de pura lechuga con queso como CEASARS. y si quería con lechuga y tomate tenia que pedir las 2 . o sea ponerme a cocinar. si quieres engordar ve, pero si quieres comer rico y no pan ni vayas. y mas por el SERVICIO de la disque HOSTESS. como si fuera la DUENA.

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