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Interior - Bavel, Los Angeles, CA

Bavel

4.8
4.8
3611 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 197 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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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  • Los Angeles

    Most Booked

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Innovative

  • Downtown / South and East LA

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Rarely do I write a negative review, but our experience at Bavel was marginal at the most. It was a rainy night and We were seated on the patio next to a plastic curtain that had a gap that allowed the rain to sputter in we had at huddle together to avoid the rain. The patio seating felt like a dining hall with bad lighting, horrible acoustics. The music was way too loud. The server insisted that we have the sommelier choose a wine for us. He brought over three choices based on our preferred wine. We felt like the three choices were limited and his knowledge was limited. He decanted it in a jug with a very small mouth. The food was good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  3. E

    Elyssa

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing! The best breads with every dish!
  4. SB

    SalimB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    My fish dish was not as good as my appetizer. Fish had too much seasoning to taste the fish it self. Bar service was good
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my friends birthday and this place was perfect. The food was divine and every single member of the team was kinda mad attentive. Will definitely rely be back
  6. LR

    LissetteR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely special, the service was spectacular, and the ambiance was so fun! They even catered to my gluten free needs without making me feel bad. Beyond special for date night with my husband.
  7. C

    Chops

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Host in the front checking is very rude! Just don’t understand the guy, he works there and treating customers as if we are here to beg for a table. I spent $700 bucks to entertain my clients etc Clearly a brand arrogant….
  8. CS

    CSea

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It’s not what it use to be. We’ve been coming here for years and last night we decided we probably won’t be returning. It’s lost it’s spark.
  9. MX

    MannyX

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food and service were great, but the music was too loud and difficult to converse at the table.
  10. Y

    Yevetteb

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were vey accommodating. We got there before our Rez time and they were able to seat us early. We sat near the kitchen which was beautiful but a little hot so they switched us to another table. Food and service were awesome! Thank you!
  12. SB

    SepiB

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    My 2nd time at Bavel in 1 month. I love the food here. My top 10 restaurants. This times experience was a little off. I asked for the same wine I got the previous time, I told them the price point, they brought a bottle said it's the same price, but charged me $20 more for it. We also got the Rack of Lamb (highly recommend skipping this and getting Lamb Shawarma). The rack of lamb came bloody and very rare. We had asked for medium. Then they took it back and over cooked it. When we mentioned that we were unhappy with that item, they did not take it off our bill, instead they took off our dessert instead, HUGE price difference between the two. They also charged us for extra of the spicy green dip they have. I LOVE the food but just a little unhappy about what's mentioned above.
  13. AS

    AdamS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    In our view one of the very best restaurants in Los Angeles
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    One of our favorites but the service was lacking heavily this time around. That server should be fired for representing the establishment the way he did.
  15. TE

    TEki

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was amazing. Drinks could use some improvement.
  16. TG

    TimothyG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Impressive wine selection and outstanding cuisine. Claudia Rosselini has profound knowledge of the wine list and the staff provided exceptional service.
  17. BM

    BrianM

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great food but the awful loud, horrible music just blasting constantly makes it impossible to talk to your dinner guests. If the food wasn’t so damn good, I would never go back, but it is good so I will!
  18. c

    christinek

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Phenomenal food and great service. Favorites included the farm cheese dip, tabbouleh, and lamb neck shawarma. Only complaint is that it's so loud, you have to shout to hear your dinner companions.
  19. f

    fabienne

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful ☀️
  20. MM

    MelissaM

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, as were the food runners (very informative!) - the food was outstanding. We sat at a high top near the kitchen and it was fun watching everything happening there - we need to go back and try several things we didn’t order. Highly recommend the ocean trout crudo, the Malawach, and licorice root ice cream bonbon. But truly everything was delish - we also had a fantastic baba ghanoush (that pita 🤤), perfectly seasoned dorade, and yummy pear cake. We didn’t try any cocktails but they looked really good too! Can’t wait to go back.
  21. DS

    DavidS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flawless as always!
  22. s

    supermodi

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    ok we just gotta give a MAJOR shout out to sequoia, she held us the HELL DOWN with the service, food recs, and she was just kind. please give that woman a bonus or something. she killed it. my personal favorite: the oxtail. whoa. came outta nowhere w/ the flavor. our mezcal cocktail was insanity. i would probably not do the lamb shawarma again, but i respected it. we had a crazy pear cake thing at the end for dessert and i've been dreaming about it since last nite. cot damn. the hype is real. thanks for having us.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most incredible Middle Eastern food in LA
  24. CR

    ClipsR4real

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cool environment with great food and even better service! The open kitchen was also a treat to watch. Must try the celery root
  25. M

    Madan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food!! Ambience is great. Would definitely visit again
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was to die for and the service was great. Will definitely come back.
  27. R

    Rach

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The dinner was delicious!! We will definitely go back.
  28. CG

    ChaseG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. The food was outstanding. The grilled celery root and the lamb neck were showstoppers. I will dream of them until I can go back to LA. The staff was excellent, the dining room was buzzing of excitement. Thoroughly enjoyed my time here and will make a point to stop here every time I am in LA. Good job guys.
  29. D

    David

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Parking might be hard to find but there's valet just in case.
  30. ST

    SuessTable

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was outstanding. The service was great. We were out on the patio, which wasn't quite the ambiance to suit the price tag... that is, it was way loud and rather lacking in decor. Happy with our experience overall!
  31. JR

    JosephR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was everything. The food is the best in LA. Great music and energy.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    sat at the bar so got seated right away . prefect view of the kitchen right on the end. everything tasted delicious
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful service. Had a great time. Could use some more heaters near the window.
  34. s

    samr

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My 5th time at Bavel, always delicious and fun! The prawn heads are one of my favorite dishes in the city, their Dorade is incredible. The lanmb shwarma falls off the bone. Crudo is super refreshing and their dips and spreads are 10/10.
  35. m

    matthewg

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, wonderful service. Amazing wines
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Anchorage

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Made a reservation but was seated in the bar!!! Hostess said our choices is outside or bar only! With her negative attitude, she looks extremely disappointed with her job! She seemed so exhausted. I didn’t make a big deal, maybe she’s going through something but management needs to check their employees and to let them know that the 4% being charged to their customers needs to be worth it. Bavel management needs to step up!
  37. BF

    BarbieF

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food - efficient service despite being very busy. Everything served hot and fresh! …. Pom granita for dessert is highly recommended! Free and plentiful sparkling water appreciated!
  38. R

    Roxy

    Sacramento

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Went here for my birthday and I can’t say the hype is worth it. Overpriced for portion sizes. Literally got a small little bowl of rice (size of fist) for the entree. Food was tasty but nothing amazing.
  39. RW

    RuthW

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fabulous, creative food. good outdoor seating with heaters,
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience5
    Portion size is way too small

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 3611 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 197 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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