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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
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
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
Special Events & Promotions:
Ring in the New Year Moroccan style with our 'Midnight in Marrakech' celebration! Menu highlights incld shared apps (such as harissa grilled tuna skewers & dried fava purée) moroccan salad, grilled bass & lamb tagine. 1st seating $95 pp 2nd seating $125 includes toast (both exclusive of tax & tip)
Tavern Ratings and Reviews
Such a gorgeous space but the food is underwhelming and over priced. I ordered the Manila clams with chorizo (32 dollars). It's a glorified appetizer and the highlight was the grilled bread. It's a great place if you're in need of a table for 8 on a Friday/Saturday at peak hour. That said, there is a reason you can always get a table.
For a Wednesday night @ 7:45 the place was packed. Our server was excellent but the support was lacking including having to wait almost too long for the excellent main diahes to arrive. Just as I was ready to ask what was wrong 3 dishes arrived. Two were reportedly great the third was barely warm when it should have been served hot to be top notch.
I generally enjoyed Tavern (my birthday dinner), and the service was terrific. My octopus appetizer was outstanding - as good as any that I have had anywhere - but the lamb entree was a bit disappointing, primarily because the actual serving of lamb was fairly small to begin with, but more so because the bone and enormous amount of fat (easily 50% of the serving, minus the bone) left me with a meager amount of meat. It was good, but I would never order it again.
I have been wanting to go back to the Tavern for the last 8 months. Last time I was there I had one of the best Caesar salads & a great turkey burger. Last night I went back with my family.
The grilled octopus and the fried chicken apps were good but small portions at a very high price. They no longer serve a Caesar salad. While my wife had a steak & my son & daughter had the short ribs they all said was very good. The turkey burger was tasteless the fries which were touted as being some of the best in LA were reheated stuck together. My other son had the beef burger and was satisfied. We had to wait between courses a very long time. Which was weird because the restaurant was half empty. Pay attention to the 3 $$$.
I was very embarrassed to have brought my best friend to your restaurant for lunch on her birthday . We were sat in VERY STAINED chairs! I have been to your restaurant numerous times and was appalled at the disgusting chairs! At least you should put clean cushions over the stains to hide the filth! You are a well known establishment and can well afford to keep up with clean chairs. It will be a long time coming that I will return to your restaurant!
Food and ambiance were excellent (everyone enjoyed their meal), but service was spotty. Our impression is that there were not enough servers on hand given the level of activity in the restaurant. While the service issues weren't catastrophic and our server was extremely nice, there were enough mishaps to make it annoying. Examples were that simple drink orders, i.e., diet vs. regular coke, hot tea, lemon wedges, were delayed or mishandled and it took several requests to get hot tea. Food for another table was brought to our table. Five menus were given to our party of six without explanation. A dirty water glass that was brought to the attention of the wait staff when we sat down was finally replaced toward the end of the meal. Our only other complaint was that the regular Bloody Mary (that two of us ordered) ranked as one of the worst either of us had ever had - watery and completely tasteless. For $15, they need to do a much better job.
Food was excellent, especially the octopus apoetizer and crispy Brussels sprouts. Our waiter, however, was brusque and not at all helpful at any point. We were charged twice for the wine bottle and when I pointed it out he said "oh sure" and walked away. When he returned with the corrected bill he just handed it to me and walked off. Pathetic. His attitude really put a damper on what was otherwise a fine meal
I had a problem with first waiter , but another waiter and the manager came over to apologize and made us feel wonderful with very special treatment.
The food was yummie and the presentation was excellent.
We are looking forward to our next visit and will ask for "Adam" if he's available.
I love Tavern. Sadly, dinner this past Tuesday was marred by poor service. The waiter, who I had several times before, is by his very nature not a welcoming server (as distinguished from the others who are uniformly great). This time, to the extent that he came around - which was not often - he was downright surly and dismissive. Worse than in the past. My party and I had to wave our hands to get his or the bus boy's attention, to the point that we are got pretty upset. If we ever return, and if he is ever assigned to us, we will politely request another server or another table. It is a shame that a waiter like that is permitted to undermine an otherwise excellent restaurant which has a reputation for taking pride in what it servers and how it serves.
This was the third time we decided to give Tavern a try, even though we didn't love it the other two times. Why, might you ask, did we go a third time if the other two were not that great? Good question. Because someone else made the reservation, and we decided to give it one more chance. We were going to a play in Westwood, so we got there extra early. We do eat out several times a week around town.
We do love the overall ambiance of Tavern. It is beautiful inside. Also, the service was quick when we stated we had a play to get to.
This time, the description of a side dish of beans was not accurate. When the dish arrived, there was a different kind of bean in the dish, but the dish was mainly greens with a strange-tasting bitter sauce. My husband will eat anything, and he could not stomach the flavor in the dish, which did not match the description at all. Heck, for a $17 side dish, it better be what it claims to be. When we told our waitress that we couldn't eat it, she somewhat agreed with us regarding the description (good her her!) and said she would take it back, but did have a bit of an attitude. She seem frazzled.
The price points on some of the items is not inline with other restaurants who offer the same items, but even tastier, around town. I had the salmon, it was $37, but not in line with other $37 or even lower-priced salmon dishes in other high-end restaurants. Plus, it was not cooked the way I had asked, which would have been the server's responsibility to have double-checked that each item is cooked correctly. I didn't have time to send it back, so ate around the edges and took the rest home.
Overall, it's such a beautiful atmosphere, but they need to have better-trained staff and price points that are in line with their dishes, as well as better descriptions of each item.
The restaurant is beautiful and the food is excellent overall...But the food seems to have gotten heavier lately. Everything has about 1/4 cup too much butter or oil added to it. That was true for the Devil's Chicken, the Scallops and all of the vegetable side dishes. Even the desserts can be too heavy. The key lime pie dessert was really just a pile of what tasted like heavy cream flavored with key lime...and a dollop of raspberry sorbet. They need to lighten things up here.
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