Food was great, service was great however they set us at a table by the bar which was very uncomfortable. Ruined the experience
Excellent food and service. Very fresh flavors. Will definitely go back. Really enjoyed it
Food was not worth the price.
The service at the front desk is terrible.
Loved the food! Didn’t like sitting outside, but they eventually moved us inside so that worked!
Food was Excellent but the restaurant was cold temperature and very loud. Conversation difficult we were a party of 2 so could talk some noticed larger groups couldn’t converse beyond who was sitting next to each other. In construction industry ear protection would be required for employees at these noise levels.
Amazing food. I will definitely go back when I am looking for new-wave middle eastern food with flare!
In order to have a good experience, you really must sit in the main restaurant, not the isolated patio that gives you a cafeteria feeling
The restaurant is very professionally run, but the food is absolutely not worth the prices. And regardless of price, the food just wasn't very good.
i was reservation table but so long time wait for table
i thought over booked
also order foods then a lot pending or delaying to service
Every dish was full of flavor and well balanced. Great place for foodies and the wine selection is quite unique.
Great vibe great music great food. Better for meat eaters than vegetarians
Great restaurant! Great vibe! Food was very filling and tasty
2nd time there was just as good if not better than the first time. Grilled prawns, babaganoush, lamb neck shwarma and the coconut tapioca pudding was beyond excellent. The pita and hummus is the beat we’ve ever had too. A must try!
Lovely evening with friends and a great meal.
We arrived on time for our 8pm reservation and the place was crazy busy and loud.
There is no where to wait to be seated, and the bar service was virtually non existent unless you were seated there.
We tried to get drinks for 25 minutes and finally after being pushed and shoved for way too long, I returned to the hostess desk to continue the wait for our table.
So, after a 30 minute wait we were seated (thank God), and from there things got better.
The service is great, the food very good but you can not hear anyone say anything!
Couldn't hear the waiter, couldn't hear the guest we were with.
They need to spend a few bucks and fix the rawness of the patio space which may help the noise.
95% of the diners are young hipsters, and I felt old and uncomfortable in the environment actually.
But the food and the service were worth it as our quest is a foodie and loved it.
Food was good but a little pricey. Serving sizes were small but each one was pretty. Was a little surprised with all the hype..thought it would be outstanding! Rather go to Bestia!
what is there to say? you have to try it, its incredible.
AWESOME restaurant! Would recommend to anyone. Will definitely be going back sometime.
Excellent experience. Beautiful place, hip and cool yet welcoming. The food is creative but authentic, which is not easy to balance. The service is professional and attentive.
Servers were very LA and kinda rude but the food made up for it!
My friend and I had an amazing experience at Bavel the other night. Amazing decor, outstanding food, and super friendly and accommodating staff. Highly recommend this place to anyone! We will definitely return!
BAVEL is a wondrous restaurant. From the moment you enter the experience enchants. We had superb service, incredible food, and memorable wine. An absolute marvel of the Arts District.
Bavel was recommended to me by a friend who was a frequent diner there. They asked if you like the essence of Bestia but with a Mediterranean menu - Bavel is it. The food was HANDS DOWN delicious. I would get the duck hummus over and over again. The fresh pita breads and the handcrafted cocktails alone are worth the trip to DTLA Arts District. Service was awesome and ambiance was casual. Patrons are your typical downtown area clients but I never felt out of place or uncomfortable. A bit on the pricey side but would definitely come again!
Unbelievably good food. One of my favorite places in town. If they can figure out how to get the deafening noise level down it’ll be world class
What a great place. Truly lives up to the much deserved hype. Food, service and wine are outstanding. Food is very creative and delicious. Service could not be better. Wines are terrific and interesting, a but pricey (at least by the glass).
The restaurant food was ok, but the staff made the experience not that great. Friend and I were put at a table across from each other and the room was very loud and he could not hear me so he came to sit on the bench seat next to me. A staff member came over to tell him to sit back in his seat as if he was a child, he is a grown ex banker who is suffering from a brain tumor and that's why it was difficult for him to hear. I JUST THOUGHT IT EXTREMELY RUDE IN THE WAY THEY CAME AND SAID IT TO US. The waitress wasn't that friendly and I had to keep asking them for water. Extremely overpriced for the quality of the staff.
Favorite restaurant in LA. Chef Ori is a genius! I came here the day it opened. Me and my friends were trying to go to Bestia but as usually it was really packed so after walking a bit in Arts District we somehow arrived at Bavel and it was their first day... everything on the menu was insane, from
drinks to food, everything!
Rush em in and flip the table
There is nothing negative to say (maybe... hard to get reservations!). The staff was wonderful and the food was perfection - each dish unique. I want the harissa the olives were covered in in a jar. I'd happily eat the tender lamb again and the persimmon and cucumber salad. The pate appetizer was smooth and delicious; and the bread! What a wonderful way to treat an out of town guest! Thank you Bavel.
Absolutely lived up to the hype. Service was spectacular, food was even better. The Lamb Neck Shawarma, Duck Hummus and Prawns were standouts. Will absolutely be back again!
Great food. Everything was outstanding
Outstanding service and the food is out of this world!
This was my second time visiting Bavel, and my first time was far better than this most recent experience. I was excited to show a different group of friends the restaurant as we had booked our table a month in advance. While the indoor interior was stunning with lots of greenery, the restaurant was very crowded and we were placed outside in the covered outdoor terrace. It was a Thursday and the music was way too loud, to the point we could not hear our waitress speak and were unable to even hold a conversation amongst the four of us.
As for the food, I was disappointed with the cost of the basic dishes we were ordering. The hummus was average and the amount of pita bread we were given was sad. When we asked for more bread, we were charged $4 extra for ONE pita bread. We had to return the in-house marinated olives we ordered as they were inedible. The food was either too salty or too spicy, I ended up leaving with a massive stomach ache. Overall, the dishes were very overpriced for the quality and the type of food we were ordered. As for dessert, when we inquired about the Strawberry Sumac and Sweet Cream pastry, we wanted just a side of pistachio ice cream without the other ingredients. They said they were "unable" to give us a simple scoop of ice cream because the amount of ice cream they make has to be the perfect amount for the amount of ingredients they prepare. This explanation was absolute BS. The service throughout the night was good, but toward the end we definitely felt our waitress give us attitude.
I had a very disappointing experience at Bavel, and now believe it is very overhyped and overrated. Unfortunately, I will not recommend nor dine at this restaurant again.
beautiful restaurant and phenomenal food
Food was delicious.
service was good.
We were seated in the overestimate patio for dinner which felt like an empty hotel banquet hall, exile! That ruined the experience!
Bavel continues to be an incredible restaurant and experience. The food is amazing, unique and mouth watering. There is an originality to Bavel that deeply affects your taste buds and makes you happy. Truly remarkable flavors, smells and textures. The service is great and the main room is cozy, warm and happy. It's just a great place.
One wish: stop pushing the outside patio during 50 degree nights. It's a bit stressful to make a reservation a month in advance and then be told you may have to sit under heat lamps in a patio (although covered) that just isn't made for chilly nights.
Can't wait to go back soon..........
A very good blend of flavors and ingredients. Staff were extremely attentive and helpful. Will be coming back soon to try other dishes on the menu!
Chose this restaurant based on reviews by Johnathon Gold and others. Excellent food but quite spicy. Several in our party could eat the cauliflower dish. Appetizers are amazing as is the fried pita. Loved everything.