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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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!!
Love this restaurant (love all of Suzann ...
Love this restaurant (love all of Suzanne Goin's restaurants). But I'd also like to see them add more small dishes to share (especially for those of us who would rather order more dishes for variety). Food is always outstanding, as is the service. The Tavern's main room is stunning, day or night. One of my favorite restaurant rooms in LA.
Food was very mixed. Massively overdres ...
Food was very mixed. Massively overdressed escarole salad (not the freshest greens) followed by an extremely heavy chicken pot dish - way too much mustard. My wife's choices were fine. Hit and miss. Waiter forgot about us several times and brought the check before my wife had her dessert served. They need more wait staff.
Drinks were extremely small, clearly intended to get you to buy multiple rounds . $14 for a mixed drink and $17 for a glass of wine - both of which were well below the size of "normally acceptable" restaurant pours.
Happy hour in the bar area is very energ ...
Happy hour in the bar area is very energetic and crowded. Dinner in the indoor area that looks like it is outdoors can be a bit quieter. Surroundings are lovely and comfortable, service is excellent and the food choices run from burgers to a whole roasted fish.
Such lovely ambience and wonderful food! ...
Such lovely ambience and wonderful food! I love the atrium-style dining room, and the adjacent Larder counter-service location looked great as well. Lots of food options, and everything looked so delicious! Our choices in particular were great. It was a nice place to sit for a while, talk, and eat good food.
It was great to return to "TAVERN". I u ...
It was great to return to "TAVERN". I used to have weekend breakfast there but due to some traveling I was unable to be there as often as I'
d like. The lunch was just fine with a very attentive staff aiming to please. The parking is also a plus. I am returning again tomorrow to test out some other dishes. The attractive ambiance makes dining a very pleasant experience.
Had such a pleasant evening dining with ...
Had such a pleasant evening dining with an old friend. Attentive service, comfy chairs and still thinking about the Curried Cauliflower! In the sunken dining area it feels like you are dining outdoors. Lovely atmosphere and delightful staff. Will definitely book again.
I was extremely disappointed. The servic ...
I was extremely disappointed. The service was terrible in every way. Long delays. Appetizer brought to the table while I was in the restroom. Food quality was poor. All dishes over dr"essed, sauced etc.
We ordered drinks at the bar and I paid for them and we were ready to be seated. I asked of the three glasses of wine would be brought to our table or if we needed to carry them down the stairs into the dining room and across to our table. The bartender advised that "if I wanted to drink my wine..yes I would have to carry it".
We went to Tavern because I got an email ...
We went to Tavern because I got an email saying they had paella Night but when we got there they said that was wrong and that they're changing their Wednesday night menu. We were discouraged because that is the only dish we like there now. The manager was nice about it but they couldn't do anything. We ended up going down the street to pizzicato and had a great meal.
Was excited to come to a JBF winners res ...
Was excited to come to a JBF winners restaurant while on vacation. Restaurant was slow due to the holiday & service team might as well taken off. Just a below average experience all the way around. Very disappointing.
I love tavern for the food, the ambiance ...
I love tavern for the food, the ambiance, the friendly staff and the easy parking. The menu changes often to reflex the seasons and this is my favorite time of year. The soft shell crab is delicious and I am looking forward to the peach salad which I always love! AND don't forget the snickers bar dessert - not to be missed!
The service was impeccable, and the food ...
The service was impeccable, and the food was great. However, the other patrons near us left things to be desired. I did not need to know about this woman's love life that she recalled to her mother for about 45 minutes. I had even told a waiter about the noise volume and still no help. That was not enjoyable.
My husband and I had dinner with a very ...
My husband and I had dinner with a very old friend whom we haven't seen for several years (he lives across the US). My husband has a disease that necessitates that he observe a very strict diet, at least for a while. I called in advance and asked if they thought we could be accommodated, and they said definitely, that we should talk to the waiter when we sat down. We did, and he was enormously helpful, checking with the kitchen on everything my husband thought he might like to eat, to see what the ingredients would be and how they could modify the selections. We've had helpful wait staff in other restaurants, but he went further than we've ever had. As a consequence, my spouse was able to order something that he enjoyed and felt safe in eating. The menu is interesting, and the food well prepared and aesthetically appealing. We sat in the atrium, which is lovely, with lots of light and nowhere near the enormous noise level of the front of the restaurant. Unfortunately, though we live in the neighborhood, it's not really a "neighborhood gem," as it's quite pricey. I'm sure we'll come again, but probably not too often, only because of that.
Have been here at least 4 times before a ...
Have been here at least 4 times before always loved. This time there were 4 of us and all of our food was mediocre. The desserts were better than starters and entrees. Not worth the money anymore. Not sure what is going on there.
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