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Bavel

4.8
4.8
3345 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 158 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 3,345 people are saying

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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

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  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

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  1. g

    gogo

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was Excellent. The service was good with the exception of the maitre d' - she was too arrogant
  2. S

    Sarapopo

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Love the food here!
  3. YL

    YazminLuv2Eat

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my bday. Definitely worth a visit :)
  4. p

    passion4food

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Food was amazing! The place was packed even on a Monday night. There were very few. Staff members wearing masks which made us very uncomfortable. And it was so noisy it was hard to have a conversation.
  5. KF

    KimberlyF

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the best food and service across the board. cant wait to go back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dining experience. Great customer service
  7. CS

    CSLaMesa

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Counter seating allowed us to watch the exquisite detail and focus applied to every dish—it was dinner and a show! Absolutely delicious food and fun, knowledgeable service to help us along the journey. More than we often spend but we got far more enjoyment than at other places with similar price point.
  8. AS

    AmyS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food comes out of this kitchen. This is the kind of restaurant that gives me faith in having a stellar experience dining out.
  9. DJ

    DorisJ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Super pricey. Food was 3.8 out of 5. Prawns were awesome! Steak is pretty much rare. Our waitress was dressed like she rolled out of bed. For the amount you pay, it is only worth it if you have extra disposable income.. which is rough in today’s economy. Anyways.. I’ve tried it.. and am over it!
  10. PS

    PaulS

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food is exceptional. However, the server tried to upsell aggressively. She indicated that we would need more food, which wasn't true at all. We said that we would just begin with what we ordered (6 appetizers and an entree for 4 people) and then order more if needed. She indicated that the restaurant "does not allow" this; she said that customers must order everything at the start, and one cannot order any more food after that! Considering that many of these are dishes like hummus, this is truly absurd. She was not polite when we suggested that would not work for us to order more and more food at the outset. It's a good thing we didn't, as we had more than enough.
  11. j

    jchwa

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We made a res at Bavel to celebrate a friend's bachelorette. Food was great, the vibe was excellent, and we enjoyed our time there.
  12. B

    Bcnsontca

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were amazingly accommodating for a group of 6! One of the best meals of our lives. Go here if only for the pita.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the place every time! The new menu additions are awesome! And My gawd, kiss the chef who thought of the cherry tomato’s with the whipped feta😍😍😍
  14. t

    tiffings

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food but music was too loud inside that we had to yell to have a conversation. Need something in your restaurant to absorb the sound better.
  15. M

    Meghan

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely spot! Very pretty outdoor area. Great service, we highly recommend the grilled prawns, oyster mushroom kebab, fried pita (we tried the regular pita and laffa, which was good but we didn't enjoy as much as the fried) and babaghanoush. Our one compaint was the *music* ! They were playing pop and pop punk from the early 2000s (with a little Black Sabbath and Television in there...wtf), which reminded me of middle school - No Doubt, La Roux, Yeah Yeah Yeahs...that music is fun and nostalgic for me but totally did NOT fit the vibe of this spot at all. It's super difficult to get a reservation here and the noise is already loud from the full tables...I was expecting maybe mellow Israeli, Moroccan, Turkish, or Egyptian music? Jazz? Anything but what we heard last night. Otherwise nice spot :)
  16. CK

    CodyK

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals of our lives! We loved every bite and dish we had. The service was also exceptional! From start to finish a literal perfect restaurant experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service and wine and food! The mushroom skewer and pita bread (served w babaganoush) were amazing
  18. AB

    AlesiaB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    My reservation was at 7:45 for an indoor table. I arrived at 7:30. The options to sit indoor, outdoor or at the counter are chosen at the time that the reservation is made. However, after making me wait until after 8pm to be seated they sat me outside when i reserved and prefer inside. I then saw them seat a couple who came in well after me In my preferred seat while i was being seated outside. It was shocking.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a cool atmosphere. The lamb was excellent
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty! No vegetarian entrées but lots of appetizers and spreads for us. The mushroom oyster kebab was 10/10.
  21. Y

    Yaya

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was exactly what we expected. The food was amazing. We had the lamb rack, 2 humus, flat bread and prawns. All of the food was amazing! We are big on seasoning. The prawns are honestly the best we have ever had they really are a must. Probably the only thing I was a tad disappointed was my old fashion. I’ve had better, it had lamb fat bourbon but personally I could not taste the difference and have had better at other places. I just stuck to beer the rest of the night.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and atmosphere! Love it.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great times
  24. AA

    AndrewA

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always wanted to treat my girlfriend to a nice dinner. With her being a chef, that is a tall order. When I found Bavel, the menu seemed like it would touch base with her heritage and that it did. We were over the moon with the quality of the food, and left us wanting to come back to the restaurant to try the remaining dishes.
  25. MW

    MayW

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Had an amazing dinner with my boyfriend here at Bavel for our date night. We were suggested to order about 4-5 apps/starters/entrees total for a well rounded meal. We already had a few things we were interested in but asked the server his favorites. We got the hummus, the prawns, lamb flatbread, darode and the oxtail. I also got the sparkling bismark along with another bismark with a shot of tequila. The pita bread for the hummus was so soft and fluffy, flavorful flatbread and the prawns were so flavorful and juicy! By the time the Darode came I was so full but I was able to finish it because it was so smokey and flavorful. I got the plum clafoutis that was a bouncy cake texture with the fresh whipped cream, light and delicious. Only slight complaint is that it does get pretty loud and can be hard to hear. After sitting there for 15 minutes we were able to adjust.
  26. JO

    JOHNL

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite restaurants in LA. The food is always incredible
  27. T

    Tiffanyy

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    second visit. always love this place, good food, good atmosphere.
  28. VR

    ValleyRealtor79

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! We weren't sure about the menu going in - oxtail, lamb necks... it all sounded very outside of our comfort zone. We were blown away by every single thing we tried - I couldn't pick a favorite thing, it was all so phenomenal. Then there was our server, Michelle... she truly went above and beyond to make our experience memorable. She was so attentive and personable.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Food was all-around spectacular. Drinks were great. Ambiance was amazing.
  30. l

    lindal

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time there and we loved it!! The food was delicious especially the mishrooms
  31. CS

    CeeSeelee

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The food was just OK. At that price range I expect every dish to be spectacular. The dips lacked flavor and was under seasons. The oyster mushroom, pate and grilled prawns were excellent.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Taylor.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    They didn’t seat us until almost an hour after our reservation
  34. NE

    NicoleE

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food as always. The music was WAY too loud and the general atmosphere too noisy for a relaxing meal. Couldn’t hear anyone in my group so we mostly just ate without talking to each other which was a huge disappointment. Maybe would come to sit at the bar and have an appetizer or just get takeout but I feel like it’s gotten louder here that it’s not even worth it to come to dinner for a night out.
  35. BC

    BrianC

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only issue is that the dessert portions were small.
  36. JH

    JHPP

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Ocean trout crude was outstanding. Duck hummus was great and the fried quail was excellent. Cauliflower and spinach flat bread were both good.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely get the oyster mushroom kebabs. Even the meat eaters in our group loved them so we ordered a second plate.
  38. KD

    KDAHL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food is fresh and full of delightful flavor combos. Great spot for celebrating.
  39. VL

    VaneL

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely fabulous food. Top notch! Pretty loud, but worth it!!!!!
  40. NK

    NKYA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and fresh. Highly recommend for a special occasion

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 3345 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 158 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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