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, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Tavern Ratings and Reviews
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.
I came here for my birthday brunch and i ...
I came here for my birthday brunch and it was phenomenal. This was honestly one of the best meals I've ever had. I highly recommend Tavern!!!!
service was not good - not sure if it wa ...
service was not good - not sure if it was just that day or what but it was frustrating
Great space, great service, great food
Great space, great service, great food
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.
This restaurant never disappoints. A wel ...
This restaurant never disappoints. A well thought out menu, friendly service and a really great experience. Food options are excellent and ambitious without being pretentious.
Never disappointed at the Tavern - love ...
Never disappointed at the Tavern - love the food and the ambiance - we had great service and a fun brunch with friends - good times.
We had a very good meal at Tavern. The p ...
We had a very good meal at Tavern. The place is remodeling, so we weren't sure when we arrived that it was still open. But the half that is still functioning was trendy and lively and VERY loud. It was Sunday brunch time and it was packed. Luckily we had a reservation. I had the squash blossoms with asparagus, prosciutto and creamy polenta. The squash blossoms were stuffed with ricotta, battered and fried. They were delicious. And unlike others I've had, had a fingerling zucchini attached. A nice touch. An unexpected treat was a drizzle of Meyer lemon hollandaise which added a tart umph. Very good indeed. Hubby's white anchovy toast was tasty. The anchovies were mild with a tart citrus salsa. The toast was a very odd texture, so tough he couldn't cut it with a knife or bite into it. Luckily he's not a big fan of bread. The portions were small --we both finished ours, which is unusual as we usually split an entree and have leftovers. Pricey too, in the &15-$20 range. The only Chardonnay by the glass on the extensive wine list was $16. . The service was spotty. We had at least three waiters and two bus boys working at cross-purposes and often hurrying past us as we tried to get more water or a roll to replace the inedible bread (we never got the roll.) The food was such good quality that we would go back if we are in the area.
Great food and atmosphere!
We came here and sat in the atrium which has beautiful trees and a sun roof across the whole thing. It was very quiet and calm and our server was amazing! We got the peach bellinis and they were great as well.
Best Restaurant on Westside
Always perfect - food, staff, location. Something for everyone on the menu. Always excellent. Staff superb. Love this place.
Always a great idea
No matter what the occasion, a visit to the Tavern is always a good idea. The food never disappoints and the staff is always friendly. This is a great place to bring visitors from out of town and show them a little bit of California living.
One of our favorite restaurants.
Food is top quality. Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, (they also own Lucques) do a stellar job. We usually come for lunch/brunch and order the lox/white fish plate--incredibly yummy. Others in our party ordered one of the salads and an egg dish that was served in a little pan. Everyone raved about the food. While the restaurant is great we also love to do damage in the larder. Breads and desserts there are to die for. Beware if you have a sweet tooth and/or love bread. You'll find the larder hard to resist and can spend nearly as much as you did for lunch at the larder before you leave!
Its a gorgeous restaurant with a very lively atmosphere. The coffee is great and food is really good too. I've been here a few times and always look forward to coming back.
My friend and I went to dinner here while we were in town for a quick girls weekend. The food and service were above and beyond what I expected. Our server Pete and the manager took time to talk to us about local things to do and we really appreciated it. The fried chicken appetizer was amazing as was the wine selection. Can't wait to tell others to go there and I can't wait to go back!
Good Healthy Feeling Lunch Spot
Tavern is a great, if not inexpensive, option for a pleasant business lunch. I prefer to sit in the naturally lit 'outside' area. The salad trio is always a good option and the salads and entrees are always solid, as you would expect from any place Suzanne Goin is involved with. They also serve a good cup of coffee, which is too rare these days...
Loved the ambience of the patio area. Se ...
Loved the ambience of the patio area. Service was great. Yummy appetizers (we got the brussels sprouts and bacon-wrapped figs) but we weren't blown away by the entrees we ordered. I would definitely come back.
The food is good at Tavern, it's just no ...
The food is good at Tavern, it's just not that good. Nothing special, and nothing to rave about to other diners. It seems that even for breakfast/brunch everything is overpriced. $18 for pancakes, even at a high end restaurant is just excessive. And I've had better pancakes at mid level restaurants. The setting is beautiful, and it's Brentwood, so they get away with the prices. I just wish they would make their food more memorable. Service is always good.
amazing food and ambiance!!
amazing food and ambiance!!
Service terrible! Bus boys more helpful ...
Service terrible! Bus boys more helpful than waiter! $95 steak for 2 ordered med. rare was cooked inconsistently. We couldn't find waiter to send it back so we ate it. Appetizer salads for $17.00. Really? No. Tasted good but not worth price. We all felt food was just ok. Beautiful setting doesn't make up for it! Won't go back.
An amazing meal always - a quick snack t ...
An amazing meal always - a quick snack to an elegant celebration. Brunch was perfect - great waitstaff - always there when you need something but never in the way. Beautifully prepared food with flavors bursting in your mouth. Will return every chance I get. Casual elegance and a perfect "TEN"!
Love this place but service was off...
We always love going to Tavern and even though the food was excellent for our recent dinner the service was terrible. Our waiter never once came to our table without us calling him over and when he did come to the table, he was very unfriendly. We even had to chase him down to pay the bill. Hopefully it was just an off night.
Excellent Food. Wonderful decor. Spoiled by horrible service. This sentiment is echoed all over yelp.
Suzanne Earns Her Beard Award Every Day
We were thrilled to learn that Tavern chef/owner Suzanne Goin won the James Bear Award for nation's best chef. The accolades are indeed deserved as she and her staff keep turning out some of the best food in town, not just at Tavern but at AOC and Lucques, as well. Amazing ricotta stuffed squash blossoms and light and refreshing simple salad followed by a unique presentation for roasted halibut on a bed of black rice napped with a slightly spicy, slightly sweet coconut milk broth. A Five star dinner from a five star chef, with great wines by the glass to match. Brava!
When you are sitting in the main room at Tavern, you are in a world of light and height. The food is good. The desserts are worth the calories. The waitstaff is friendly. But the star here is the setting. If you like bars, this one is stunning and noisy. There is a small informal space near the charcuterie (great selection of cheeses, salads etc) that is just a pleasant space for a quick meal. But try the main room at least once.
Lively and loud
Great good, lovely interiors, but a really loud bar area that permeates the restaurant.
Beautiful environment. Very cozy seating ...
Beautiful environment. Very cozy seating. We were there on Mother's Day. I guess it was busy. Our waitress was very nice , but I think she was a little overwhelmed. Overall we a very nice time & will definitely be back. I've been there before on quieter nights & it was great
Had a lovely Mother's Day Brunch here
My parents were in town for Mother's Day so I took them here for brunch. James, the General Manager, took great care of us when there was a little delay in getting a table in the Atrium. Such a memorable day for my mom!
A perfect evening
The ambiance was beautiful, our server was friendly and efficient and the meal was one of the most delicious meals I've ever eaten. Although the dining area is spacious, we were able to comfortably hear one another. We had eight people in our party and everyone enjoyed the whole experience.
Had a reservation - we were there on time (a few minutes early) waited to be seated in the worst table - right by the front door - in the bar - :( After the waiter took our order - he was not to be found - the hostess took care of us the rest of the day - including bringing to go boxes , taking our desert order and bringing our check. Sad to spend so much money for so little. Good food is just not enough
Nice place, good food. The service was P ...
Nice place, good food. The service was PERFECT!
We both had turkey burgers which were ve ...
We both had turkey burgers which were very good. Beyond that, there aren't that many items that appeal to me. The drinks were very $$ and small. Service was a bit lax and they were very busy. Prices high for burgers.
Had another outstanding dinner at the Ta ...
Had another outstanding dinner at the Tavern! The atrium room is romantic and beautifully designed with leather banquettes. The food was superb! Crispy brussel sprouts and lamb meatballs with currants and pine nuts were delicious! Two in our party shared the whole branzino, which was excellent with an interesting vegetable side. I chose the devil's chicken, my favorite with potatoes, leeks, bread crumbs in a Dijon mustard sauce. It is a large portion! We were celebrating a bday so they complimentary brought us 2 desserts, a berry crumble and a chocolate divine slice with something indescribably crunchy and peanuts and ice cream. A table of 2 ladies across the room randomly sent us 3 glasses of champagne, which was so unexpected & sweet. We, also, had wonderful mixed drinks! Ms. Goin really gets it right from start to finish! We had excellent service and the manager checked on us, as well! Perfect evening in every regard!
I booked a business dinner at Tavern last Sunday. My guest ordered the fried chicken appetizer and scallops. They were delicious. I ordered the green goddess salad and ricotta gnocchi. The salad was fine, but I was so incredibly disappointed with the gnocchi. It was over-peppered and they were like hard little rocks. Whenever I've ordered ricotta gnocchi, I've gotten light and fluffy puff balls of goodness. These were dense, hard rocks. VERY DISAPPOINTED and I won't be going back any time soon.
While I've enjoyed Tavern in the past, t ...
While I've enjoyed Tavern in the past, this experience was less than great. Even though we had made a reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes. They were very apologetic, however. The food was fair. Not all the entrees came out at once and some were lukewarm. Burned toast and they made some mistakes on the order. The servers were very obliging and tried hard. They seemed to be a bit stressed; maybe too many tables to handle. I've been to Tavern for brunch before and it was better, so I hope this was just an "off" day.
I liked it very much. I eat out in Brentwood a lot and I think Tavern is one of the better restaurants there.Its very convenient ,the staff was professional. They have a great bar and a beautiful garden-like dining room. It has a casual elegance to it, which I prefer; not stuffy and not too casual. Food was very good, not unusual. I'll definitely be back
Overall a great find and a lovely meal
Food could have been a little warmer when served. Service was very good - staff attentive
insanely noisy and impossible to converse without shouting
Amazing - got brunch - and lunch to go!
I would highly recommend this place to anyone vying for the local experience in Brentwood. What a gem. Wish is was down the street from where we live. :)
Nice spot in Brentwood
First time at Tavern- a happening spot with great ambience! We had a few appetizers, salads, inexpensive wine, and 1 entree and it was amazing how fast the bill went up. The salads were delicious though I can't say it was worth the $17. The appetizers were okay, though I would expect a restaurant to serve something besides just basic ketchup with their delicious fries and mediocre onion rings. I wouldn't mind giving this place another try but I'll have to be willing to pay a hefty price for not particularly fine dining food.
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