Tavern

4.6
2218 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Tavern is the third restaurant from the chef and sommelier team of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, who also own Lucques restaurant and AOC winebar. This is their West Los Angeles outpost, which serves as a local gathering spot for the Brentwood crowd. Chicly designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, Tavern encompasses three separate, yet connected spaces: a glass roofed atrium dining room, a large blue walled bar and a café space called the Larder that features casual dining, bakery, retail and prepared foods to go. The restaurant serves Suzanne Goin’s signature California/Mediterranean cuisine with just a touch of a classic American influence.
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PF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for weekday breakfast at 10:30 a.m. and it was very pleasant and quiet. Restaurant is lovely, service was very good. Portions were generous and tasty. My only complaint is that substitutions are not allowed.

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SC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food and the service. Meghan was wonderful.

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MC
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very few people, dinning last Sunday , so the ambiance was a little bit slow

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Graduation.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was awful, and we almost walked out. We waited almost 20 minutes before our drink order was taken. Then our order had several errors. So it was a disappointing experience. Food was great though.

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G
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been a regular of this neighborhood restaurant for years so I'm very sad to write that in the passed month thinks have changed and not for the better. If the new chef has barely modify the menu, his delivery is of inferior quality. So after several disappointing dinner, lunch and breakfast I decided to write this review hoping that the people at Tavern will correct their act. Sunday at 10 am, it took over 35 minutes to get a simple scrambled eggs with bacon, potatoes and bacon were greasy and burned, even the toast was dripping in fat too. The latte had no crema , the waiter sent another one, it was no better. The service is still good and friendly but some of the new people at the desk have a bit of an attitude, they are dishevelled and inappropriately attire for their position and for the class of the restaurant. And the barista ! please have them trained at Alfred or Luxe .

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance, I especially loved the live tree in the center of the dining room. The menu was a unique take on bunch classics, everything was delicious. Excellent cheese and wine selection and the staff are very kind and knowledgeable.

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MM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was so spotty. Disappointing.

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RA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic brunch on weekends, great food overall and service is great!

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C
Los Angeles
241 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The new spring menu has a great garden salad with mixed greens, avocado, oranges and radishes tossed in a delightful green goddess dressing. Halibut was lovely, properly prepared on a carrot puree with greens tucked in and gnocchi much lighter than described. Duck sausage was also great on my last visit and our neighbors loved their tuna meatballs.

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SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The menu selection was not interesting. The food wasn’t good or delicious.

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m
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place ---- its my go-to breakfast place for business and social. Great ambiance in solarium, easy to hear the conversations and food consistently good!
Just wish they had eggs benedict at lunch!

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OT
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleaser. My go to for a consistently great night. If Chef Goin is steering the ship, I’m goin’.

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B
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for Mother’s Day Brunch. Menu selection was varied and delicious. There were a few dishes we ordered family style, since everything sounded so good. The restaurant is a lovely venue and very comfortable too! The service couldn’t be better. This is our second year in a row and looking forward to next year. Both years we brought small babies and it all worked.

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s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

The service is not good i like the place and the food . But it takes 20 min for any waiter to great you or ask drink order or bring bread and water . I use to have brunch there every weekend and I stopped just because of their bad service .i tried again and it was disappointing again

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S
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, great time. Love being able to choose form the dining and bar menu (for the Blue room)

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BT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for a date. They have great food and a great selection of drinks.

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A
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I'm on the fence about the recommendation. It's pricey. We love the bacon-wrapped dates, but they've shot up in price (from about $8 to $11 in the last 3 or so years?). We tried the fish tacos (grilled, not battered), and the cod was "meh." Other food has been fine, but nothing great. It's also noisy in the main room. The service was pleasant but a bit slow. It seems more like a place to go to be seen in Brentwood. If you kind of quietly hang out in the cafe area, it seems nice. Overall, I think the cons just outweigh the pros.

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RO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, delightful, easy parking, a must in Brentwood, casual quality.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful bar and dining room. Menu is perfect, something for everyone to with share or covet. Staff is knowledgeable, friendly and attentive making your trip to Tavern a perfect dining experience! Bravo!

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KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great location; limited menu without a lot of fresh options.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect ambience, great for any occasion. I've been here for big gatherings or small outings with friends and it always feels like a "happy" place!

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I
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun food beautifully presented. Lots of pretty people too.

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m
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a special place in the neighborhood. Inventive recipes. Food is perfectly served. Atmosphere is bright and cheerful and beautifully designed. And there is great consistency for return visits. Wonderful breakfast/brunch spot and a delightful place for dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered the salmon, which was PERFECTLY cooked. Crispy skin, tender, moist meat with just a hint of rareness at the center. The accompanying vegetables and dressing were outstanding too. We recommended this dish to the table of men who sat down after us, and they loved it as well!

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NR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great breakfast/lunch/dinner spot especially for a business meeting. Good food, sophisticated and easy.

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W
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was lukewarm. Little portions and high prices. Somewhat disappointing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was horrible. Hanger steak chewy and not cooked as ordered—even after we sent it back. Swordfish smelled so fishy, it was inedible! Fingerling potatoes were like mush. Cauliflower side and the pea side dish—too spicy. You could not taste the vegetables. French fried were the only thing worth eating although when they took my hanger steak to cook it as I ordered, they returned the plate with soggy French fries.
Expensive and no value!

Horrible Easter dinner!

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PE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I have been to Tavern many times. Mostly for lunch. On this particular evening, we were celebrating a birthday. We arrived on time and were seated immediately. The drinks took 25/30 minutes from the order time. Our appetizers were lovely although the butter lettuce was EXTREMELY fishy. The chicken that was ordered for the main course came out luke warm on the outside and "refrigerator" cold on the inside. No waiter was ever to be found to check in on us after receiving our main dish, offer us a drink and our water glasses were empty yet again! When the waitress finally arrived, she offered to have me order something else, but I declined and sent back the chicken. When it was dessert time, a delicious desert came out as a surprise for the birthday girl with a candle. I went home disgusted and hungry. Bad main course, BAD service, way too much work. Wow. Big disappointment. Too many good restaurants in town to bother with this.

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PB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tavern is my favorite place for a business lunch in Brentwood. The ambience is great. The tri salad is my favorite.

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SM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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LW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I like the restaurant and the food tastes well prepared, but the food portions were not commensurate with the price. The gnocchi at $23 included about 6 or 7 pieces of gnocchi. Many of their items are meant to share, but a plate of pasta with a few pieces of pasta is disappointing especially for what is being charged. The side dish of broccoli was also a very scant portion. I normally love the Goin restaurants, but some of the portion sizes should be revisited for the price.

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H
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cramped table, and noisy, but otherwise quite pleasant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant w good food

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Devils chicken over cooked. My mother did not eat it.

Pasta served with unusually large amount of butter.

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JU
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the entire experience! Best ambience!! Highly recommend going!

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K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been a few times. They change the menu to fit the season or Holiday. All over real tasty food.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The lunch menu is too small without many options. And NO House Chardonnay?!!

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SS
Atlanta
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a beautiful room in the back for busk was meals. Highly recommend.

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J
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good with lots of choices for a pescatarian & meat lovers too. Burrata salad & bacon wrapped dates were delicious. The desserts, beniges & candy bar takeoff (can’t remember the name) were wonderful & very chocolate. The service was rather slow but just what we wanted for a relaxing meal. They apologized but there was no need. It was quiet enough that we could have a conversation. We will return again for dinner or brunch.

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