Bavel

4.7
985 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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A Middle Eastern restaurant in the Arts District of downtown Los Angeles.
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were great! We loved our waiter who gave great recommendations and all of the food was delicious. The only complaint being that I called a couple days before to try and add 1 additional person to our reservation (from 5 to 6 people) which they told me was not available but then seated us at a table for 8 when we got there.

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L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food as always was incredible. But we want to also give a shout-out to our phenomenal server Glenn! Service could not have been any better. Thank you Glenn!

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing. Best meal and experience in a very long time. 5-star all around.

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UD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food is second to none.
BUT it was so loud on the patio that it was quite uncomfortable.
I have sat inside and had a delightful time.

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LA
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bavel did not disappoint. Every dish we had was amazing. Loved the ambience. And everyone working there could not have been nicer. Can't wait to go back!

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TP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best night out to a great restaurant! Will definitely be back, not soon enough!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the food to the service, everything was phenomenal. MUST go back multiple times so I can try everything on the menu!

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f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Beautiful space. Cool and stylish yet warm. Wonderful and attentive staff. Unique cocktails. Fried Pita is amazing and a must-order. The oyster mushrooms are phenomenal. Lamb tenderloin and the Duck are standouts.

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DT
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Best food, yummalicious...truly. Too loud to talk but we were so busy diving into the spectacular lamb schwarma that nothing else mattered!

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T
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, amazing! Our favorite sommelier was back and service and food both outstanding. We bought 4 gift certificates so we can share this jewel with others!

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KP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We sat at the counter, and so cool to see the staff making the food right in front of us. Love the decor with the beautiful green plants hanging from the ceiling. Had the lamb, prawns, oyster mushrooms, roasted cauliflower and baba ganoush which were all excellent! Will definitely go back again!

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JD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lived up to expectations and then some. Will be back soon!

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AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Service was bad - host was rude about us asking to be seated in an area with heater due to the cold temperature. We were rarely checked on by our server. Music was like club music (house and rap music) was so loud we couldn't hear each other speak. Food was decent, very small portions for the price.

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t
Los Angeles
123 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

we ordered 6 dishes for 3 people. 3 were fantastic (hummus, grilled dorade and oyster mushrooms). 1 good (lamb neck) 1 was eh (malawach) and 1 was ok (okra) . we ordered 2 bottles of wine. 1 was nice and the other was eh. the wine guy took it back and replaced it w/ a better bottle.

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HV
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best seated under the creepers.. The bread and fried pita are some of the best in LA. My favorite has to be Grilled prawn and Cauliflower with sides that have petals. Both lamb and beef tangine melt in your mouth.. and to round it off the BonBon is great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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EL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lamb shawarma was bomb
So was the duck fat hummus
I'd skip the prawns next time
Service was very attentive
Played good music

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an incredible dining experience. We want Trent to be our server EVERY Time. He's awesome! Cannot wait to get back again.

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PL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding menu, very unique. Everything was prepared to perfection. Delicious cocktails.

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CC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Parking: valet $10 or street parking (relatively easy)!

Service: outstanding and friendly staff; always made sure to check in with us

Food:
After looking at many reviews, we went for the hummus, grilled prawns, oyster mushroom kebab, aged half duck, and the sorbet. What I loved about the hummus dish was that they served it two ways - puréed and chunky (left full garbanzo beans in it) as well as it being served with the warm fluffy pita bread. The grilled prawns had an amazing spicy kick to it and the taste was different than other grilled prawns I've eaten before. It came with a "cooling" sauce, which my boyfriend didn't particularly like with the prawns, but the prawns themselves were delicious! The oyster mushroom kebab had a smoky unique flavor to it - I'd highly recommend it, especially if you love mushrooms! I haven't eaten duck in years, but the aged half duck here was served in two ways - breast and confit leg along with a bone broth. The duck was aged for 7 days and had a soft juicy texture to it. I definitely recommend this entrée to share! We were going to try the lamb neck, but was told it can be a bit gamey, so we opted for the duck instead. We do not regret our decisions and will definitely come back!

Drinks: we had the option to sample two white wines, when we were trying to decide which to order. Both were delicious and complemented the food well!

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BB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Foodie heaven! Get the oyster mushroom kabob and the lamb shawarma! Loved my Miriam drink!

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JW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Spectacular. The food is as sensational and tasty as one can find dining out. Simple flavors, but nuanced, produced to perfection.

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M
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place was exceptional! It was everything I expected and more!

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MG
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent from beginning to end! The food was amazing and the service was superb!

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e
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

I’m already thinking about when I can go here again! The food was truly excellent. We had the duck nduja hummus, grilled octopus, beef cheek tagine, and lamb neck shawarma. This was more than enough food for the two of us but we muscled through because it was that good.

I must say, this place gets LOUD. To the point where it’s near impossible to hear your dining companions. It doesn't help that the music is cranked up with the bass on.

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HW
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an absolutely phenominal culinary experience at Bavel last night! Everything was perfection! The service, the vibe, the music, the decor and last but not least the exceptional food! I'm completely blown away and totally elated that my mother cuisine is being showcased in this fabulous food marvel called Bavel! We started with the duck hummus - the best hummus i have ever had to date, then onto the fried quail that surprises you with the most glorious spices and sauce, then the most succulent and flavorful prawns and yogurt/cucumber sauce, and then ending savory with 3 different preperations of duck! Oh my! The bone broth was everything, and the duck breast on the sword skewer was so tender and perfectly cooked, the crunchy skin of the duck confit was mouth watering. I rarely enjoy desserts at restaurants but I'm so glad we ended on that note. The strawberry sumac sweet cheese pastry was a delight! Perfectly paired with pistachio ice cream! Go there immediately...you can't because there's that thing called reservations-and they need to be made far far in advance, but go...and you won't be disappointed.

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JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

One of our last dishes came out extremely late. The waiter said the order was on its way but it sounded like the kitchen forgot about the order. We ended up taking the order to go since we had to wait 30+ min for it to come out.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved everything about the experience. Fav DTLA restaurant and can’t wait to return.

Cheers.

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E
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic flavors

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o
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Portion are small
Poor cocktails
Overcharging for tap water
Over charge for side dish and pitas bread

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L
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Truly amazing. One of the best dinning experiences.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised by how tasty the food was! it’s a family style restaurant and the appetizer portions are pretty small, so you can try more dishes! loved the scallop crudo, ended up ordering 3 portions for our party of 5!

Would pass up on the fried quail though.

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a
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food was absolutely excellent, as was the service. Scallop crudo, duck nduja hummus, mushroom and lamb neck shawarma - all outstanding. Now onto the noise which is why this review is 4 stars and not 5. When making the reservation my only choice was counter seating so I went with it. The counter is in the incredibly loud main room facing one of the cook stations. Within a minute of getting seated we realized we could barely hear ourselves speak and even worse were the cooks in front of us intermittently shouting orders. I realize that’s the nature of the beast with having to cook and communicate with other cooks in such a cavernous noisy space but it wasn’t for us. We asked to be moved and the staff accommodated us.

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NJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing experience!
Want to book again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Food was unremarkable, but everything else was beautiful.

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SH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bavel is excellent. I go as often as I can get a reservation, which can be the toughest part. The only drawback to be aware of is the noise level can be very high.

But food is wonderful - I am a particular fan of the hummus with duck nduja. Outstanding. My favorite dish in the city right now. The oyster mushrooms and the lamb neck shwarma are also epic.

Service is polished and friendly without being overly solicitous.

If you are considering going, go. Though I do think the experience is best with 3 or more people so you can enjoy more dishes as they are meant to be shared.

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A
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything is amazing here. Do not hesitate!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pre Mother’s Day

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food in an earthy unique setting

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

I am from the middle east and there this restaurant would be just moderate or less ....i don't see what the buzz is around this place ... They didn't have half the items on menu ,basically no entree's at all which is extremely disappointing and unprofessional... we were a party of 6 we shared appetizers all night... cocktails were good and the oyster mushroom dish was the best of the night but that's about it... will not come back...

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