Bavel

4.8
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
1412 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Middle Eastern
A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
What 1412 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Filters
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First of all the staff was amazing from the host, servers and bussers at my table. Veto was amazing in helping my wife out with my baby . The food was awesome, the price is amazing , the portions are perfect. Will definitely be back for the fluffy pitas and amazing prawns. The tomahawk steak at the end🔥🔥🔥. Will definitely be back with more family and friends.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every single thing was so lovely! We greatly appreciated the accommodation when we inquired about the possibility of a table change. It was a special occasion meal (birthday) and this meant so much.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Everything was good but not exceptional. Solid 4 star for food and drinks. Staff is really great- friendly and professional. Thank you it was a good experience

DH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the minute we arrived we were well taken care of. We are still talking about the tomato and cheese dish.

H
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The hummus and babaganoush are absolutely incredible.

SM
Seattle
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Never ceases to amaze us how good the food is here. We’ve tried most things on the menu and it is all so good. From the lamb shwarma to the farm cheese, everything is spot on. Also, service is great and ambience is beautiful. Perfect for a date night, night out with friends, etc.

JC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my third time to Bavel and I have to say that I have had an amazing experience every time. The drinks, appetizers, and entrees were all top notch. Our server was amazing as well. Can't wait to go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for our anniversary, amazing food and service experience. Blair was great!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful setting and energetic atmosphere. Cocktails were yummy. Recommendations from server were strong. The tomatoes, prawns and lamb schwarma were stand out dishes from the meal. And the spiced pear cake was sooo delicious, sweet and a bit salty/tangy, crunchy edge and stuff too. Would highly recommend!

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food!

NT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Appetizers were good. Prawns, cheese and cauliflower were our favorites. Didn’t like any of the entries. Wanted to order the tomahawk steak medium well, however we were told it’s only served medium rare, so we had to pass. We got the lamb shawarma and the beef cheeks which we didn’t eat. Also, interesting staff.

P
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant was recommended by my friend. Every dish I ordered is delicious. I love the presentation and the taste of the food. I have to make a reservation 2 months in advance but it totally worth it. I definitely come back again.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, ambiance, service... everything top notch!

CA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

Some of our dishes were extremely spicy, the waiter never told us about it and when we complained he jus said next course will be better. We barely ate some of the dishes, he saw it and we were charged for everything. Never more

EH
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our waitress Shurray was fantastic, most of the staff we met were very nice and friendly (a couple can work on their customer service). The taste of our dishes were like no other. Unique and tasty and present well. The international flavors is a great treat!
I have several favorites, but I can't think of better hot and fresh bread from anywhere else!!

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had to wait for 10 minutes (even though I had a reservation)

l
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal. Great service

KC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing! Wonderful food. Service was a bit slow but not bad. Easy street parking on a Saturday night

BL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant fantastic waiter loved the tajine hummus cauliflower mushrooms eggplant - we will definitely be back

LO
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food. Exceptional service. Would return 100%.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal with great service!!

Would def come back for another date night!

OT
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

These types of restaurants are what LA does best. Amazing experience. Amazing food and service. If it’s not on your list, put it at the top. Perfect in every way.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice evening. Very crowded. Delicious food

AA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was fantastic. We were given great wine and food recommendations and everyone was very attentive. All the dishes were delicious. we had a very nice experience

M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great and people appreciated you dining and spending your money. The food is excellent and is always a hit with others I have introduced to it. Really flavorful food, that is simply made to be delicious. My favorite restaurant i experienced in 2019. I will want to go again.

DZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, good service. Make reservations at least 1 month out. On their busy days, they usually will cancel if you are more than 15 mins late for your reservation. Chicken liver pate is amazing, as well as oyster mushroom kabob and grilled halloumi salad.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience5

I’ve gone to Bavel a few times and 2/3 have been amazing experiences, but this time I got the ribeye and it was too rare. I ate it and got sick.

FD
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful everything. Each dish melts in your mouth. Service was attentive but not cloying.
Can't wait to return.

T
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Met friends there for dinner and the place was so busy - definitely requires reservations. Valet parking is right out front conveniently. We waited a short while in the “lounge”, a small outdoor section of the patio, for our friends to arrive as they won’t seat you until your entire party is there. We ordered drinks, the server recommended Nassim which was delicious, while we waited. Once seated at our table, we reminded the hostess and then the waiter that the server had collected our credit card when we ordered drinks. They both said they would return it but we had to remind our waiter two more times before it was returned. We ordered Baba Ghanoush while we perused the menu. A favorite dish, It was one of the best we’ve ever had. We then ordered Duck Hummus, Malawach, and Marinated Tomato to round out the starters. As shared entrees, we took the servers advice and ordered Lamb Chops and Grilled Dorade. The starters were all very tasty and quite frankly, we could have stopped eating after that and been perfectly content. the Lamb Chops were a mixed bag, some were tender and great while others were tough to eat. The Dorade had very little meat and a lot of bones - disappointing and we wouldn’t recommend either dish. We finished off the meal with dessert, Strawberry Sumac & Sweet Cheese Pastry with Pistachio ice cream. That was definitely a winner. We’d return but would pass on the entrees.

EC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food with amazing interior & ambiance. Highly recommend!!

DD
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food!

OT
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Bavel! The atmosphere, service and dining experience is top notch!

C
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Outstanding. Excellent. Incredible. The absolute best.

An excellent outing in every way. Food was on point - really above and beyond at every turn. Wine program is top notch - including a fantastic natural wine selection. Cocktails couldn’t be much better and environment/ ambience is both exciting and beautiful at the same time.

This is a must period.

T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Waiter was rude. Bus boy was pretty much taking care of us the entire time. Server took our order and never saw him until he came to ask about dessert. Then the check came and that was it. I wish I could have tipped the bus boy instead of the waiter to be honest.

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always so good to come back...

K
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Love the decor, vibe and the FOOD! All the spreads are delicious! We tried the liver pate, tomatoes dish, Hamachi collar, beef cheeks and the Lamb neck! Every dish was sooo tasty and great. The sommelier recommended a nice wine paired with our food, reasonably priced and delicious. I have nothing but great things to say about this restaurant. Been here at 3 times and every time the service and food is stellar... consistent and tasty.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing... however it’s not actually Middle Eastern. It should be labeled as Middle Eastern Inspired or Fusion. They could incorporate a few more tradition dishes and salads. Overall the experience was still great.

i
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

In short, as I know we all have busy lives, so I'll cut to the chase. It is WAAAY too expensive for what it is. Our whole party agreed. And we all also agreed that the flavors were very nice, but needed to be pumped up a bit. It was so close to tasting so good, but just slightly lacked getting there. Not sure that I would go back because of the lack of full flavor + prices.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff was perfect. Knew when to refill, kept close attention to finished plates and brought out the next one. Food, now that was just perfection. My husband and I had such an awesome experience and we will most definitely be coming back.

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The best, most original Middle Eastern food I've ever had! Incredible baba ganoush and mind-blowing desserts