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Bavel

4.8
4.8
3215 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 102 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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What 3,215 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Hot Spot

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Notable Wine List

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Most Booked

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  1. PA

    PASSION4FOOD

    Orange County

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was amazing! The chicken liver pâté, the crudo, the baba ganoush, and the lamb rack were all very tasty!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unique and exceptional quality food. Unbelievable service too
  3. MI

    MIchaelS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    easily one of the best meals I've ever had, SUPER loud and hard to talk and too crowded.
  4. b

    beenthere

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food but extremely loud. Don't take sensitive people.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything was great
  6. BL

    BLP2

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food4service4ambience4
    I was extremely disappointed in the rudeness of the several people who called in advance to confirm my reservation, and by the hostess when we arrived. We had to book 2 separate reservations (under 2 different open table accounts) for 6 people each, because otherwise we would have had to make a reservation with the "Private Events" coordinator, and agree to a prix fixed menu. I didn't want a prix fixed menu. I wanted my guests to be able to order what they wanted from the menu. I was told by several people who called to confirm our reservations that this was not an "approved" way to book the reservation. They told me repeatedly that they would not be able to put our tables near each other. When we arrived (although there were several empty tables) they put one of our tables inside and other outside. They refused to put both tables together either outside or both inside. They were so rude and dismissive -- and although the food was good, the attitude was so disrespectful, which definitely impacted our experience. Several of my guests are people who are actively involved in Public Relations, and social influencers in the community. It was obviously a disappointing experience.
  7. SH

    SalvadorH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience! Food was well cooked and very tasty!
  8. O

    Oscar

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4th time eating here and had the best overall experience yet. Anthony was our server in the patio area on Sat night and my wife and I agree it was the best service we’ve ever had! He is awesome!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great! Thank you
  10. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    They need more bathroom for women and gentlemen for the size of the location.
  11. MD

    MichaelD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We shared two spreads and three appetizers and that was plenty for two people. Hummus Masabacha, Baba Ghanoush and Oyster Mushroom Kebab were all excellent. Excellent, attentive and pleasant service. Very nice space.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The perfect ambience for any occasion.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We came here for my boyfriends birthday and we’re blown away! We are huge fans of Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisines so finding an upscale place to show case the food was exceptional! To do so many simple things so we’ll makes the experience that much better. The entire meal was divine but I will say, what blew me away most was the hummus and pita. The silky, fluffy hummus paired with a fresh, warm pita - I still dream about. It was a Thursday night and packed to the brim and very loud. Overall we loved it but wish it wasn’t quite so loud. Love an energetic ambiance but a notch or two lower would have been perfect.
  14. M

    Marie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    I had made our outdoor reservation (6:45 pm) a month in advance. We arrived early to find out that they were no longer seating small parties outside and they’d seat us inside once the next group leaves their table. According to the hostess, it is standard practice for this establishment to close off a section of the restaurant and they do not need to notify anyone. After waiting past our reservation time, a group of people left and I went to inquire about the table to ensure we’d be seated soon. To my surprise, I was told the table was reserved, however once I reminded the hostess of our situation she kindly changed her mind. This should have been an indication of what was to come. Once seated we were all excited to try everything on our list. However, when the waiter finally arrived he sternly discouraged us from ordering everything due to it being too much food; We sadly obliged. To make matters worse, the waiter hardly came to our table, seemed very annoyed, and sent someone else to deliver the bill to us even though the preordered dessert and he forgot to add it. Ugh. Now on to the food. Wow! Each dish was full of flavor and well presented. My favorite dishes were the 32 oz grilled Westholme Wagyu Ribeye and Wagyu Oxtail Tagine. I highly recommend this establishment…. I just hope you’ll have a waiter who is kind and thoughtful.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful. Phil the server is amazing.
  16. NC

    NealC

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I MUST SAY THIS WAS QUITE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE, THAT WAS MARKED BY ONE MAJOR PROBLEM. WE ORDERED THE WAYGU STEAK WHICH COME WITH A SAUCE. THE STEAK WAS $168.00, WHEN WE ASKED FOR MORE SAUCE THEY SAID NO WE ONLY HAVE A SET AMOUNT. THIS TRULY MARKED OUR DINNER WITH A BAD TASTE. I HOPE MANAGEMENT SEES THIS REVIEW AND CORRECTS THIS PROBLEM.
  17. NF

    NickolasF

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Flawless with the exception of the noise level. The chatter from the diners and the kitchen is outside of management's control. The volume level of the house music being played can and should be lowered.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful room, lovely service, food was incredible! Good work!
  19. b

    breannal

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding food!
  20. c

    chefkaykay

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Bavel so much everything is amazing you can’t go work you HAVE to order the prawns and hummus as well as the mushrooms. Finally had the oxtails and they were fall off the bone best quality and incredible drinks YOU CANT GO WRONG. 5th time at this restaurant can’t wait to come back
  21. MC

    MatthewC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible service and food. From server to Somm and Manager Nick, and incredibly hospitable and delicious experience.
  22. L

    Lulu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Anthony was an amazing server! I love Bavel but think the lights are too bright and volume level takes away from the incredible meal. Will never stop coming (or raving about it), but that's my $.02. Great wine selection, too!
  23. m

    melisaw

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My food blew my mind!!! LOVED IT!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    B’day dinner at Bavel and everyone was amazing and the food was delicious. 🥰
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Quiet at the bar. Good spot
  26. JK

    JinK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience3
    Our server wasn’t attentive. I wish she was more engaging.
  27. AM

    AlanMunoz

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience5
    I have enjoyed going to Bavel for a long time now. However, last night was very underwhelming. I left disappointed due to the fact that I attended this dinner to impress my parents visiting from Spain and for the father's day occasion. 3 of the 5 entrees from the menu were unavailable due to a "busy day," in which I planned on ordering. The forecasting for inventory orders was obviously poor for such a big day for families to celebrate father's day and that left us upset and I am sure many other's too. I left 3 stars for the food category due to the limited availability the restaurant had in the evening, not due to the taste of the food. What I was able to order, tasted great. Food at Bavel always does. I also did not enjoy service due to the fact that I felt like staff mocked us for being surprised that there was limited availability of food on the menu. Bestia, the other chef's restaurant, on the other hand has not disappointed me from all the times I have gone. I would still recommend Bavel to a friend in the future because a long time customer, I don't expect this performance at the restaurant to continue.
  28. M

    Michelle

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks, wine, ambiance. Looking forward to coming back.
  29. J

    Jenny

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautiful space, outstanding service. The hummus alone opened up a new world of possibility, and each dish that followed continued the delicious adventure.
  30. LF

    LosFelizEats

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful menu with some unique and incredible flavors. And the best staff in LA!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal full of exquisite flavors and a fun environment - even for my 90 year old grandparents!
  32. s

    salpha

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Amazing food! But slow and inattentive service that doesn’t match the level of the food. They also forgot to put in our drink order.
  33. LW

    LaurenW

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful, open air dining for the COVID cautious and just simply amazing food. Our somm Sam was stellar!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and staff are always on point, but the noise level can make it difficult to have a real conversation, especially for a business dinner. Good for social gatherings maybe not for business dinners.
  35. E

    Elisha

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an amazing experience and the food was to die for.
  36. F

    Foodie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Soooooooo loud, I really don’t understand the trend to blast music so none of the guests can hear themselves think let alone talk to their party.
  37. BN

    BobN

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An LA standard that has maintained it's high standards.
  38. MT

    MatthewT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met the high expectations we had. Every dish and cocktail was memorable. Service was great as well
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    ALL of the staff were excellent, as was the food.
  40. HA

    HaimA

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Absolutely love this place and cannot recommend enough!

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 3215 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 102 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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