Bavel

4.7
813 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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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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

Innovative and delicious food. My only complaint is that someone in the kitchen that night was going a bit heavy-handed with the salt bowl. Both the oyster mushroom kabobs and the bread for the lamb shawarma were really oversalted. I mentioned it to our server, who welcomed the comments, which I appreciated. It didn't ruin the two dishes -- they were still scrumptious. But the bread required some surface wiping to make it acceptable, and both dishes would have been way better with a subtler salt touch.

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h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The only decent dish was the farm cheese, which was creamy and delicately flavored. The shrimp were overcooked, dry, and overwhelming by their spicy coating; the lamb chop was thin, tough, and grisly; the baba ganush was average; and the pita and fried bread lacked texture. The wine list was unimpressive, and the Corsican wine was far too light for our food. But the snarky wait people with their arrogant, unhelpful attitude were the worst part of the evening. Full-of-themselves hipsters who seemed to forget their role was supposed to be serving us rather than dismissing our questions. Most disappointing experience that I've had in a restaurant this year. And everything was overpriced. DON'T GO.

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

Amazing food, friendly unpretentious service, great vibe. My only complaint is how hard it is to get a reservation!

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

The food tasted great until I barfed it all up 4 hours later and couldn't eat anything the next day.

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KE
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly Memorable

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Very loud though.

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CR
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!!!

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MS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Every dish was fantastic. Impressed with thoughtfulness of wine list and service was impeccable.

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MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. Not only was it gourmet, but also just straight-up delicious. Each bite had layers of flavor and texture that made the whole meal an experience to remember. Thanks Bavel!

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RB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

A noisy, cheap-ingredients restaurant that imposes its bad taste in music and foos on people. It confirms my dictum of the least important factor in todays' gastronomy is gastronomy. It's a scene, hang-out ;place for people who don't care much for what they eat, so long as it's not absolute dreck.

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JM
Cleveland
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting Middle Eastern Foods with lovely flavors and unique combinations. Quail wings with Date sauce were so good amongst other dishes.
The service was outstanding. You can tell the staff from the back of the kitchen to the front are trained well and congenial. We enjoyed our experience. It is a little pricey but worth a visit if in the LA area.

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

The service was some of the best I have had in Los Angeles. We didn't have to wait an extra second and the wine service was exceptional. Our server was wonderful and gave the perfect amount of attentiveness. I will definitely be back

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

OMG, the people from Bestia do it again! Four of us went for two birthdays and we had the best time. The place is so cool, we sat outside on a large patio. We started with drinks. I had the NISSIM (muscat, pineapple, lemon, herbs, honey, soda water)_Delicious. Its on the sweet side because of the pineapple juice but we all loved it. Then we had HUMMUS (creamy & chunky garbanzo bean puree, green & red chili paste, pita), which was good. The SCALLOP CRUDO (pomegranate molasses, citrus, serrano chile oil, charred cucumber, mint, black sesame) was so light and wonderful. It has a kick to it but I loved this. next, ARTICHOKE & CUCUMBER( orange blossom vinaigrette, celery, rose pickled onion, toasted sesame, marigold) I really wanted to like this but the celery and cucumber overtook the taste. I didn't taste the artichoke at all. We all loved the ROASTED CAULIFLOWER (hawaij chile sauce, lime leaf, crème fraiche serrano dip, pistachios, dried flowers) and the carrots that are new to the menu. Finally we got the SLOW ROASTED LAMB NECK SHAWARMA (tahini, red zhoug, pickled vegetables, laffa) that was so tender and flavorful. We ended our delightful evening with two desserts: STRAWBERRY SUMAC & SWEET CHEESE PASTRY (pistachio ice cream, labneh cream, cured sumac) and ALMOND BLOSSOM HONEY NOUGAT GLACÉ (candied mandarinquat, pinenut nougatine, minted citrus salad)> Both were good but the Strawberry pastry was a favorite. You will love this place.

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

First of all, I am very appreciative that the restaurant was punctual with everyone's reservations. We never felt rushed. In fact, this is a restaurant where you need a minimum of 2 hours to slowly taste and appreciate all the wonderful spices and the variety of flavors of each dish.
There were 4 of us, so we ordered 8 plates, which meant 8 different servers! what a treat! Each server carefully explained what we ordered and recommended how to eat it, as well as reminding us that the plates are to be shared. Darn it! I could have eaten everything by myself.
Turnips - excellent
Oyster Mushrooms - Wow ! delicious
Pita bread - evil. So we placed a 2nd order
The lambshank - what the ? soooooo tender, it just flaked off as soon as our forks touched it.
Oh, and we got a kick out of the cocktails with names from the Old Testament.
This restaurant was SO worth the 3 month wait.
I cannot wait to return.....this time, to try the Duck.

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

Absolutely fabulous food and beverage, service and ambiance. Strongly recommend!

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

I would have given 5 stars across the board, however our server was not to be desired. He truly made us feel like he was doing us a 'favor' by gracing us with his presents. He attitude was poor, it seemed like he absolutely hated his job and he was going to take it out on the guests. I would think an establishment of this stature would only demand the best, the server was far from that.

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

Food was outstanding. Service was below expectations. Our server basically abandoned our table for almost 30 min and rarely came back to follow up with us. In addition our order choices were uneven. We had way too much meat in quantity compared to all the other dishes and the waiter could have guided us better on these recommendations.

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S
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the best restaurant experience in the last year. Loved it

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

Wonderful!

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

Bavel never disappoints.

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C
London
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Love the interior design, and the service. The food is creative, thoughtful, delightfully tasty, and plated beautifully. However, they chose to play extremely aggressive trap music at deafening levels, with no thought to acoustic treatments. This left our group befuddled. Were they trying to turn tables faster? Encouraging us to drink more? Made us think of the psychology of music. Otherwise an amazing experience.

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Puebla
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Was very good. But when we arrive the keep us waiting for the table. The send is to the bar but it was all reserved. We could get a drink or seat while waiting.

But out of that was great!

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

Food, drinks and setting were all amazing! I am excited to come back again! I've recommended this place already to a couple of people. Bavel is something unexpected and worth it.

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far and away the best service and food I've received in a long time. Lula Cafe loves Bavel!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Interior decor is great, but the patio is a bit neglected in the design department. Nice view of the 4th Street bridge though, so it has potential....

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P
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent! The spreads scallops and lamb chop with wine pairings were second to none. An all around really great experience

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M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for my fiance's birthday and sat at the counter. We absolutely loved everything we ate and drank. The duck hummus, the blistered pita bread, the lamb flat bread and tagine-- we couldn't get enough! Our server Michael was prompt and friendly too. If I could go again, I would try to get a proper table. Sitting at the counter was a nice experience, however some may be turned off by the team members shouting order confirmations to each other. I understand they are just doing their jobs, but it does take away from the romantic and welcoming ambience of the restaurant.

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R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance and service! Especially loved the Lamb Shawarma and Roasted Duck and Mushroom Kebab. We were seated right on time too - which was a surprise.

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KR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish we ordered was fantastic! However the it was too loud to truly enjoy the meal.

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JL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I've had in LA! I'm definitely going back.

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DH
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just excellent across the board. Service, wine list, and of course the food. Cauliflower, hummus, lamb shawarma, prawns—I’m drooling just thinking about it. Go ASAP, even if you have to eat at 10:30. Just go.

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OT
Los Angeles
89 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not to missed under any circumstances. And if you’re a duck fan... don’t be Chicken to order it here.

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PF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible meal this past Sat night! Drinks, food and service were outstanding. Can’t imagine enjoying a better meal in 2019!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food paired with Chateau Le Puy Bordeaux wine. Couldn’t ask for a better experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 5

The first time I went I was amazed. This time was sub par at best. Too bad.

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A
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable meal. Outstanding food. Interesting, creative, flavorful, fun. Interior decor in the bar area is spot on. Service is friendly, approachable, impeccable. A little pricey but an experience. Will definitely visit again.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found it odd that the restaurant initially sat us at a patio table, when the restaurant had just opened and there were many inside tables available. The inside ambiance is much more beautiful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, beautiful and cozy.
Knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Had a great time!

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MM
Orlando
67 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place for dinner! For two I would recommend the duck hummus, the oyster mushroom kabab, Lamb neck Shwarma, and the apple prune cake. Worth the hype!

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