Bavel

4.8
619 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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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great space with great food.

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TM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice place but most the items are extremely expensive. The quality of the items are high

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LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down some of the best food I’ve ever had. Also, I don’t think I can eat store bought hummus anymore.

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

Lives up to the hype.

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JP
New England
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Staff loves and cares about their food. Don't love the noise or the fact there was a 20 minute wait with a reservation. Also didn't LOVE that they ran out of 2 very popular dishes and we were NOT there very late (845 PM reservation).

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

Overall, the experience was ok. Quality of food was good though wished I had larger portions.

Service was generally OK. Our server clearly didn't care about our table when we declined to order alcohol. C'est la vie, though it was very funny.

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BK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Hostess was very kind to change our table as we started off right next to the kitchen....our side booth was the best seat in the house and we really appreciated it. Our waiter presented himself and we ordered mineral water - he made a point of telling us we would be charged $1 per person (I bring this up for a reason) . The sommelier was nice but a little too salesman-like in his approach....we ordered two bottles of the cheapest (at $64 a bottle) white, which was a lovely wine.....our waiter excited us with the steak special, but neglected to tell us it was $150; along with our other food, it was very good but we might not have ordered it at that price. Thus, there was some sticker shock when our bill arrived thanks to the steak-price oversight on his part. Bavel is a sort of hot-spot currently, but it's super-noisy unless one is seated where we were or in the outdoor area....atmosphere is fun, but frankly I feel the food is overpriced in general - could have made that hummus myself as well as the salad.....wine list is unnecessarily pricey in general. The busboys are great and pay more attention to a table than the waitstaff.

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

The best meal I’ve had in 5 years

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MM
1 review
Dined 4 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 4 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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b
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here 3 times. Amazing flavors. Oyster Mushroom Kebab is my favorite, and the following are fantastic too: Baba Ghanoush, Cucumber Pear Salad, Lamb Flatbread, Licorice Root Ice Cream Bon Bon

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

Sensational meal. Though it's overwhelmingly loud, it's a festive amazing hummus, lamb neck, and grilled oyster mushrooms. Amazing meal - every course was better than the last. The patio is a bit, well, patio-y, but the inside is nice with plants hanging from the ceiling, a wide open floor plan + views into the kitchen, and plenty of communal tables. Make a reservation, though - this place is packed!!!

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

Fantastic!

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CS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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 on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is fantastic and service is fantastic

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ML
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthdsy

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S
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
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 on January 16, 2019
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 on January 15, 2019
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 on January 15, 2019
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 on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience

Delicious!!

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J
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
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
3 reviews
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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