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
We came here for a birthday dinner. The ...
We came here for a birthday dinner. The service is outstanding and the ambiance is fabulous, glitzy, glamorous, and glowing. The food is pricey for what you get, most entrees start to get into the $40 range and the starters are $15-$23. That's expensive! Corkage is $25, which I thought was a bit high as well. So we'll keep this for very special occasions, better value to come for lunch.
The selection of signature drinks were c ...
The selection of signature drinks were clean, simple and uncomplicated expressions of the contemporary appreciation of fresh, natural flavors infused with classic spirits. The beer choices are well curated and representative of an aficionado's palate. The list of wines provides both depth and breadth, without being overwhelming. It also reflects the tendency of the establishments clientele towards sophistication within the realm of wine.
The appetizers are spins on classic delicious flavors. Offerings are well-paired, accentuate the quality of the ingredients which becomes clearly evident with the touch of a restrained preparation.
The entree offerings reflect the executive chef's respect for high quality ingredients, accompanied by concern for providing the best vehicles to compliment and share the carefully selected flavors.
Very well-prepared, well worth the slightly higher than average average ask of a run-of-the-mill restaurant with a similar menu.
In a brief summation: Excellent interpretations of classic American choices with their own creative accents.
The thoughtful preparations and quality of ingredients are well worthy of Tavern's reputation of New American classics in a chic and upper-scale restaurant. The graduated progressions of cafe, bar, and dining room each carry their own ambiance, that are well matched to the fare and occasion of the meal.
A thorough enjoyment and neighborhood gem, that would not disappoint as a destination to anyone.
I have eaten here several times and was ...
I have eaten here several times and was never disappointed before Sunday. In spite of a lightly populated dining room ( perhaps due to Rosh Hashanah) service was poor and ordered items did not arrive . I had indicated in my reservation that it was a birthday celebration but no mention was made nor was a dessert menu offered. Had to chase down the waiter to get the bill. I was the host and the only one in our party of four who had eaten here before. They won't return.
Busy night and the service was a bit slo ...
Busy night and the service was a bit slow - perhaps management was surprised by the crowd or keeping the wait staff smaller to make some profit? Despite the slower service the meal was solid - Tavern usually delivers.
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.
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