Tavern is the third restaurant from the chef and sommelier team of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, who also own Lucques restaurant and AOC winebar. This is their West Los Angeles outpost, which serves as a local gathering spot for the Brentwood crowd. Chicly designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks, Tavern encompasses three separate, yet connected spaces: a glass roofed atrium dining room, a large blue walled bar and a café space called the Larder that features casual dining, bakery, retail and prepared foods to go. The restaurant serves Suzanne Goin’s signature California/Mediterranean cuisine with just a touch of a classic American influence.
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 5:00pm, Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Happy Hour Every day 3PM-7PM in the Blue Room.
Larder open everyday 8am - 8pm.
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live Jazz and our very own Paella for $38! EVERY Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 9:30 pm throughout the restaurant.
Daytime parking lots offer 90 minutes free with validation.
Evening valet available for $6 (on Darlington).
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Even though I was at a special restauran ...
Even though I was at a special restaurant whose chef/owners are very famous, deservedly so, I ordered my favorite lunch, grilled cheese sandwich. It was fabulous. My friend had the gem salad and loved it. I've been there numerous times and was never disappointed.
Have been to the tavern numerous times o ...
Have been to the tavern numerous times over the years. It's a lovely setting and we have always had very attentive service and very good food. This past visit was on a Sunday evening. The restaurant was only 1/3 full. Our waiter had all the tables it seemed with runners to help deliver the meals. Our evening was spent trying to wave down the waiter to order everything. We would have ordered a bottle of wine but the waiter did not come over to us during our 1st course or until after our main course was served and we asked the runner to fetch our waiter. We ended with just a glass instead of the bottle. The food was good, not anything special. It was a very disappointing visit.
The take out section of the restaurant i ...
The take out section of the restaurant is closed for renovation currently. We had a late-ish lunch reservation and were seated in the bar area which is noisier than the dining room. None of that detracts from the food, which is always imaginative and savory.
Great small plates .. Loved the flatbrea ...
Great small plates .. Loved the flatbread with arugula fig and goat cheese. Also the Spanish chicken small plate dish was yummy. Our table was Very disappointed with the expensive main 39$ prawn dish and also the main dish short ribs. A lot of other "not that tasty filler" and not much fish /meat. I would come again for the small plates tho !
The food was not prepared well. The shri ...
The food was not prepared well. The shrimp were not cooked properly and had a spongy taste. The chicken - a specialty was not fully cooked. The service was non-attentive and seemingly indifferent. the server appeared bored. I have eaten at Tavern several times and this was very disappointing.
The staff was really great in accommodat ...
The staff was really great in accommodating a romantic birthday dinner for two. They placed us in the back of the Atrium at a quiet corner table. The starter salads we ordered were unusual and interesting on the menu. The arugula ceasar was tasty if you like heavy anchovie flavor since it was built into the salad. The peach/cheese/watercress salad suffered from bland peaches and muted cheese trying hard to mesh but not quite getting there. The Branzino for two was superb! The accompanying spinich risotto was an almost, missing enough spice/flavor to elevate above bland. The coffee coupe was great, especially with the added chocolate we requested. The champagne by the glass started at $15 and scaled rather quickly to $30...with 3 roses limiting the choice and price points. $17 glass of chardonnay was passable. Overall, we had a lovely social experience and found the food adventurous but uneven. Surely that's easily addressed in the kitchen.
The Tavern is always a perfect place to ...
The Tavern is always a perfect place to dine - for a casual dinner with friends, or a special occasion. Consistently outstanding food, terrific service and a lovely dining room. The staff always welcomes you warmly and the menu is a constant combination of favorites and new items. Simply the best restaurant on the Westside.
Got the chix and biscuits on the Sat bru ...
Got the chix and biscuits on the Sat brunch menu. Waiter said all white meat (since I asked), but got it and half of it was dark meat, ick! Plus very small portion of chix on the plate. Gravy didn't have much taste, would not order that again. Wish Tavern would have their "regular" menu on the wknds....they have a great lunch and dinner menu wkdays, and should offer that on wknds, in addition to their brunch menu. One of the most lovely dining rooms in all of LA, for day dining.
The tables are so close to each other th ...
The tables are so close to each other that you can't even concentrate on your conversations- you will feel like you are eating dinner with the tables next to you. Which is unpleasant if you are looking to celebrate a special occasion with your significant other. Service wasn't pleasant either. Didn't find value for the price other than the food.
Albeit a bit overpriced, the food and se ...
Albeit a bit overpriced, the food and service are outstanding and while the decor is a bit spare for my taste, very comfortable. The big negative is their wine list. It is an amazing list but nothing worth drinking by the bottle under $125, which, if money is no object, isn't crazy, but to have a reasonable and affordable bottle of wine with a meal is much too expensive as a base price. They would do well to add a few quality mid-priced bottled to each category.
We ordered a lot of food, most of which ...
We ordered a lot of food, most of which was very good. I did not enjoy my Black Cod - fish was dry and the sauce on the vegetables seemed to overpower the dish and throw everything off.. Our server was skilled but was unusually loud and overly familiar. The busser's (female) skills need polishing.
Excellent place to celebrate a girlfrien ...
Excellent place to celebrate a girlfriend's birthday. Service is impeccable, the setting is lovely, there is something delicious on the menu for everyone, and there is a parking lot and validation. Love you his restaurant!
During happy hour they would not serve t ...
During happy hour they would not serve the same wine by the glass in the atrium, we had to pay $17 a glass while a few feet away the same wine was $7 per glass. I was raised in Brentwood and I miss Hamburger Hamlet. I won't be back, another disappointing experience at the Tavern.
There was no hostess up front to greet u ...
There was no hostess up front to greet us, resulting in us standing around for 10 minutes with no acknowledgement of our presence. When someone finally showed up, there was no apology or warm greeting. After we were seated, it took another 10-15 minutes for our waiter to come by. If it were busy in the restaurant, I would understand, but it was a slow afternoon and definitely not busy. Even the dishware came out cracked (the ceramic creamer had a huge crack and was leaking...). Strange vibe.. I love Suzanne Goins' other restaurants like Lucques and AOC and was expecting much more from Tavern.
Interesting space in Brentwood with a ba ...
Interesting space in Brentwood with a bar area as large as their dining hall tells you where their focus is. Our party enjoyed their black cod which was served with amazing selection of finely roasted vegetables. The prawns dish was just okay, with not a lot of flavor. Service was spotty and it took a long time to get our cocktails and place our order. While the backup staff was on top of it, the wait staff seemed overwhelmed and out of their league.
We have gone to Tavern many, many times ...
We have gone to Tavern many, many times over the years it's been open. We have seen a steady decline in everything. Especially the service. Absolutely inattentive. This is an expensive restaurant. It should have service at the highest level. The servers act if they are doing you a favor by taking your order. Again, we have eaten at the restaurant numerous times, often as a couple and many times with large groups as it is in our neighborhood. After this, we will likely not return.
our salad was underdressed. asked for mo ...
our salad was underdressed. asked for more dressing.
the TRIO lunch plate , claimed to be dressed in exotic spices. nothing like as described on menu.
my dinner there was underwhelming. my guests were did not seem to enjoy the meal.
I will not go there again.
I've been here several times and each ti ...
I've been here several times and each time I swear that I will never go back. It was my friend's special birthday and she wanted to go here so I agreed, hoping that this time it would not disappoint. We live close by and it is a lovely room so I really wanted to enjoy this experience. It has never hit the mark. First of all, I made a reservation ahead and when I arrived was taken to a small table right near the entrance to the room....definitely not one of the coveted spots. When I asked about the corner tables which were vacant I was told that they were 'reserved' even though there was no sign on either of the two corner tables. (Obviously being held for more important customers!) I was offered a table in the back sandwiched between 'ladies who lunch' and it was a better choice. The waiter was friendly enough but absent through much of the lunch. Our appetizer never arrived and I had to inquire about it three times before we got it, which was almost at the end of the meal. The food is good, but nothing really special. People go here to see and be seen. As the restaurant cleared out, the waiters must have all taken their lunch break at the same time. For about 10 minutes there was virtually no wait staff whatsoever on the floor with at least 20 tables occupied. For a restaurant of this stature, that's really terrible management. Tavern L.A. I'm done! There are so many other good places around why go here to be treated so poorly.
was quite disappointed in the salad sele ...
was quite disappointed in the salad selection and the portion I received for my salad considering the cost. i had not been to the restaurant in years...due to the same memory but a friend suggested it for another friends birthday, so I thought I would give it a 2nd chance. I selected a sandwich that could also be a salad (with arrugula) and not only was there barely any arrugula and I said something to my waiter and he agreed, so he made a big deal of saying he would see about not charging me for that addition (2-3 bucks) and made a big deal of saying that the manager said it was okay. my salad should have been much fuller. I hate it when restaurants skimp on items that are not costly (like lettuce/arrugula, etc). not even the tuna or other ingredients were substantial. and we had to request refills on our iced beverages. a quality restaurant should take care of that before we have to flag someone down.
Excellent dinner! The food was exception ...
Excellent dinner! The food was exceptionally good, inventive and the ingredients particularly fresh.
I had the Pork Cheeks served with a succulent assortment of cornmeal crumbs, vegetables and a particularly delightful creme fraiche.
Our server although friendly and attentive was appropriately and formal and never interrupted a conversation. I could see he waited patiently.
I also went to Lucques recently which was just as good. I highly recommend Suzanne Goin's restaurants. I should be going to AOC soon I hope.
Very limited breakfast menu and they wer ...
Very limited breakfast menu and they were out of many baked goods. Out, at 8:45am?? I ordered two poached eggs and they brought me runny scrambled eggs and seemed surprised when I refused to eat them Trying to get coffee refills was difficult. Don't eat at Tavern at breakfast time, try Fromin's Deli in Santa Monica, much better.
I was under the impression that it was o ...
I was under the impression that it was or could be more like a Brunch with combined breakfast items and some lunch items.
For us it would have been preferable. Think someone should consider it.
My colleague and I have very different hours and I wanted breakfast and she wanted lunch. Unfortunately, she had to have breakfast. There was no room for anything else.
In the future, if the situation is similar, will go someplace else.
Very popular Brentwood eatery. Very noi ...
Very popular Brentwood eatery. Very noisy in the bar due to 20something happy hour patrons. The restaurant itself was very noisy as well due to the acoustics! The food was fine. Nothing memorable and for the prices it should have been. The drinks were pricey ($16) and on the weak side. We had Branzinno ($70 for 2) tasty but tiny share portion. Also had the salmon $32 and nothing special. .The service was attentive. All in all it was a very expensive but average night. I wouldn't go out of my way to return.
I've known Suzanne and Carolyn for a lon ...
I've known Suzanne and Carolyn for a long time. They are two of the smartest, friendliest, and talented people in the restaurant space. At any of their locations, you always find warmth, innovation, and wonderful food. I love the Steak Frites, Cobb Salad add Salmon, and her Turkey Burger! At Tavern specifically, you're dealing with the Westside of LA and all that goes with it. I'm generalizing, however, customers seem to want safe and guaranteed. They've done a wonderful balancing act of providing that and continuing to experiment. Suzanne is an amazing chef. No question about it. If I had one suggestion, it would be to figure out a way to create a somewhat loosened up vibe. Easy to say, hard to do. Lastly, I love The Larder. It feels like Mom and Pop. I'll always dine at any/all of their places. Feels like family!!
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