Bavel

4.8
608 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The hostess was quite possibly the most rude restaurant employe I have ever encountered. When we arrived, our table was not ready, so we were directed to go have a drink at the bar and they would come get us when it was ready. While ordering our drinks the hostess came up and asked us to follow her to the table. I informed her we had not yet finished ordering and we would come get her once we had our drinks. She rudely insisted that we needed to follow her immediately and that she would have the drinks brought to our table. Again I informed her our wives had not ordered yet and that we would come find her ASAP. She walked away, and came back 1 minute later insisting we follow her to the table. Again I informed her that the two ladies in our party had not ordered their drink yet. She then said that many people were "eyeing our table" and that she could not guarantee it would be available if we waited any longer. I made this reservation a month in advance. Guests should never be treated this way....but especially those that have gone this far out of their way to have dinner at a certain restaurant. I informed her this was the rudest I have ever been treated at a restaurant, and she rudely walked away again. Completely unacceptable treatment of a customer, who had done nothing but follow her initial request for us to go order a drink at the bar. Thankfully, the sommelier seated us and gave us an incredible run down of the menu. The restaurant is designed beautifully, but is insanely loud. We had to shout to hear each other talk. The two appetizers we had were inventive and delicious (scallops crudo and asian pear salad). That tomahawk steak special was very good, not great....especially for the price, and the stuffed fish was a total miss. We had two desserts (donuts were inedible they tasted so bad...and strawberry tart tasted store bought at best) The bill was $375 per couple and we brought our own wine. In short, way overpriced for what we got.

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

We had my wife's birthday at Bavel. It was a remarkable food experience with small and large dishes full of flavors. The service was just perfect, our server had a lot of little thoughtful attentions but not too much on top of us and not pressuring us to order.

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

We came to celebrate a birthday and was not acknowledged. An appetizer was missed and was charged for it. We didn’t realize until after we paid and left: We were quite disappointed as we were looking forward to that dish.

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London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After having hummus at Bavel, I can’t eat Sabra anymore!

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

Parking valet was easy and pleasant. Greeted “nicely” by the hostesses.... felt like we’re being profiled though.
the millennial crowd goes inside and the semi millennial goes outside on the makeshift extension of the restaurant/overflow.
Cauliflower is a must.
lamb chop, fish (entree is mediocre.
Robert— first server was very pleasant and accommodating as finding out our dietary restrictions.
Had to move to a different table and server due to the ceiling heater was too hot for my momma.
duck hummus was good but crudo was definitely better (clean, simple, classic and delicious)
Good vodka selection.

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SM
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly exceptional and worthy of the acclaim that the restaurant is getting. Standouts include the fried quail and duck - the confit, grilled meat, and duck broth were perfectly done. Great vibe in the restaurant as well. The staff was first class; they just look like they are having fun. Kudos to the work done by the management to hire and train.

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

After eating at Bestia, and enjoying it, we decided to try Bavel, a new dining experience from the same owners. It's very similar and style and ambience as Bestia, but more lighting and plants hanging down among the main restaurant floor. Music is great, service is pretty good, and the food is delicious. However, after seeing Bavel was named Eater's 2018 best restaurant in LA award, we came in with high expectations. We are also vegetarians, so our menu options were limited, and we were told that there are many recommended meat dishes on the menu. The vegetarian options (Baba Ganoush, roasted cauliflower, veggie flatbreads, etc.) were all delicious, but also pricy. I'm also a fan of middle eastern food and have had better middle eastern food at other places in LA at more reasonable prices. Overall, we recommend you check out this new LA hot spot, but be prepared to spend a lot for what you're getting.

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

Food was great, service was great however they set us at a table by the bar which was very uncomfortable. Ruined the experience

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

Food is fantastic and service is fantastic

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ML
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very fresh flavors. Will definitely go back. Really enjoyed it

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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was not worth the price.
The service at the front desk is terrible.

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

Loved the food! Didn’t like sitting outside, but they eventually moved us inside so that worked!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthdsy

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S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was Excellent but the restaurant was cold temperature and very loud. Conversation difficult we were a party of 2 so could talk some noticed larger groups couldn’t converse beyond who was sitting next to each other. In construction industry ear protection would be required for employees at these noise levels.

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w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was lucky to get to go with a group of 5 so we ordered from all categories and everything was outstanding. Stand outs for me: best hummus ever! persimmon and cucumber salad, spicy sun chokes, the whole fish and pretty much all the desserts esp the licorice bonbon and the tapioca pudding! Excellent wine pairings (lots of rose) offered by knowlegeable sommelier.

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CB
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I will definitely go back when I am looking for new-wave middle eastern food with flare!

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a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

In order to have a good experience, you really must sit in the main restaurant, not the isolated patio that gives you a cafeteria feeling

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience

Delicious!!

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is very professionally run, but the food is absolutely not worth the prices. And regardless of price, the food just wasn't very good.

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s
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

i was reservation table but so long time wait for table
i thought over booked
also order foods then a lot pending or delaying to service

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is by far one of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to, the food is exceptional and the ambience is exquisite. The food is so unique and impressive, I don’t ever get tired of dining here.

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BC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was full of flavor and well balanced. Great place for foodies and the wine selection is quite unique.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great vibe great music great food. Better for meat eaters than vegetarians

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FS
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Great vibe! Food was very filling and tasty

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

2nd time there was just as good if not better than the first time. Grilled prawns, babaganoush, lamb neck shwarma and the coconut tapioca pudding was beyond excellent. The pita and hummus is the beat we’ve ever had too. A must try!

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

Lovely evening with friends and a great meal.

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b
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We arrived on time for our 8pm reservation and the place was crazy busy and loud.
There is no where to wait to be seated, and the bar service was virtually non existent unless you were seated there.
We tried to get drinks for 25 minutes and finally after being pushed and shoved for way too long, I returned to the hostess desk to continue the wait for our table.
So, after a 30 minute wait we were seated (thank God), and from there things got better.
The service is great, the food very good but you can not hear anyone say anything!
Couldn't hear the waiter, couldn't hear the guest we were with.
They need to spend a few bucks and fix the rawness of the patio space which may help the noise.
95% of the diners are young hipsters, and I felt old and uncomfortable in the environment actually.
But the food and the service were worth it as our quest is a foodie and loved it.

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B
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good but a little pricey. Serving sizes were small but each one was pretty. Was a little surprised with all the hype..thought it would be outstanding! Rather go to Bestia!

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i
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

what is there to say? you have to try it, its incredible.

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ND
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AWESOME restaurant! Would recommend to anyone. Will definitely be going back sometime.

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IT
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Beautiful place, hip and cool yet welcoming. The food is creative but authentic, which is not easy to balance. The service is professional and attentive.

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LM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Servers were very LA and kinda rude but the food made up for it!

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I had an amazing experience at Bavel the other night. Amazing decor, outstanding food, and super friendly and accommodating staff. Highly recommend this place to anyone! We will definitely return!

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W
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

BAVEL is a wondrous restaurant. From the moment you enter the experience enchants. We had superb service, incredible food, and memorable wine. An absolute marvel of the Arts District.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bavel was recommended to me by a friend who was a frequent diner there. They asked if you like the essence of Bestia but with a Mediterranean menu - Bavel is it. The food was HANDS DOWN delicious. I would get the duck hummus over and over again. The fresh pita breads and the handcrafted cocktails alone are worth the trip to DTLA Arts District. Service was awesome and ambiance was casual. Patrons are your typical downtown area clients but I never felt out of place or uncomfortable. A bit on the pricey side but would definitely come again!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unbelievably good food. One of my favorite places in town. If they can figure out how to get the deafening noise level down it’ll be world class

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DS
San Francisco
137 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a great place. Truly lives up to the much deserved hype. Food, service and wine are outstanding. Food is very creative and delicious. Service could not be better. Wines are terrific and interesting, a but pricey (at least by the glass).

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KR
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The restaurant food was ok, but the staff made the experience not that great. Friend and I were put at a table across from each other and the room was very loud and he could not hear me so he came to sit on the bench seat next to me. A staff member came over to tell him to sit back in his seat as if he was a child, he is a grown ex banker who is suffering from a brain tumor and that's why it was difficult for him to hear. I JUST THOUGHT IT EXTREMELY RUDE IN THE WAY THEY CAME AND SAID IT TO US. The waitress wasn't that friendly and I had to keep asking them for water. Extremely overpriced for the quality of the staff.

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SG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant in LA. Chef Ori is a genius! I came here the day it opened. Me and my friends were trying to go to Bestia but as usually it was really packed so after walking a bit in Arts District we somehow arrived at Bavel and it was their first day... everything on the menu was insane, from
drinks to food, everything!

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DK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Small portion
High prices
Rush em in and flip the table

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