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Church & State
Church & State

Church & State Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.churchandstatebistro.com
  • Phone: (213) 405-1434
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm; Saturday - 5:30pm - 11:00pm;
    Sundays - Offering a prix fixe menu from 5:30pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Tony Esnault
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth (213) 405-1434

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mateo
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: $4 during the day, $5 at night.
A word from Church & State
A French Bistro in the loading dock of the original Nabisco Biscuit Company Building, built in 1925, located in the arts district of downtown L.A., where Michelin-starred Chef Tony Esnault crafts the finest of dishes. Church&State opened in September of 2008 and has become a downtown institution. />
See the food through Chef Esnault's eyes on Instagram: CHEFTONYESNAULT

Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Church-State-Bistro/10150169976495057

Follow us on Twitter! @ChurchStateLA

Join us for "Church on Sunday" for a special Chef's prix fixe menu, only $44 per person. The Sunday menu is available on our website, updated each Saturday night. Our regular menu is not available on Sundays.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I met a friend for a quick lunch meeting Wednesday and what a great time. The service was unrushed and very respectful and the food was terrific. C&S is a great place for an outdoor meal with a fun menu."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I've been several times and will gladly return. It's a bit pricey could get out of hand. Excellent wine service with knowledgable staff. Interesting French wine list and wines by the glass. The food is not super adventurous, but not boringly safe either. Escargot come in individual porcelain cups topped with puff pastry. Tartes are delicious and large - either a main course or shared among several for an app. Meats perfectly cooked. Small, but excellent cheese course. Haven't been able to bring myself to order anything but the salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. Paper-thin crust and the densest of chocolate with an amazing texture and a bit of caramel and crunchy salt on top. Lively, yet pleasant atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "As the title suggests, this is a truly out of the way place. However, now that we have found it, well... The food is the star in this amazing renovated factory setting. The food is not only beautifully and artfully presented, it is layered with flavor. The peach "tart", more of an elevated flatbread with fresh peaches and cheeses was a standout, and could be a meal in itself. The boulliabase lived up to the waiter's recommendation with a heavenly stock and fresh seafood, accompanied by a baguette with a mostartda that was rich and delicious. The trout was prepared perfectly..a whole butterflied fish, with a drizzle of sauce that did not overpower the freshness of the catch. We will have to go back when we are not rushed for theater."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We went to Church & State and were treated with such kindness and expertise of service. The food was incredible starting with the perfectly toasted warm bread, the incredibly marinated olives and goat cheese in lavender honey. The ambiance is wonderful with a small but well-stocked bar perfect for a drink or meal and an open room with wonderful lighting and extremely attentive staff. The chicken was perfectly cooked and the trout light and beautifully seasoned. We would recommend this as a must-visit for anyone looking for a special treat in downtown Los Angeles."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "The fish stew is absolutely Devine. They have one of the best wines available; and they know their wine."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This was a special occasion dinner for my daughter's 43rd birthday. It was a great choice! The food and service were excellent."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Dined here last Saturday night and completely enjoyed the experience. Not a restaurant for a romantic date as the noise level is very high, but the food and service was excellent. Had a table right by the kitchen and watching the chef in full action was great fun. Try the cheese course and must have the pomme frites. The duck was cooked perfectly. I will return."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This place is OK...not too bad, not too good, just Fair as I've marked. It's got a cool location in the middle of nowhere. It's a nice physical place. Yes, there are some good food items. The French Onion Soup is nice...but for the price, like many places in Los Angeles, you just need to ask yourself if it's worth it. For two of us, we paid $150 for dinner..1 drink each, and app and two mains.. It seems like in other towns, in other parts of the world, you're getting better quality for a better price."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Nice space....really, that's the only positive. Escargot encroute looks awesome but was boring and difficult to eat. Steak was overdone and cool (perhaps slightly warmish). Very disappointing for high prices. Won't be back."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "C & S is a very nice place for dinner although I was disappointed that coq au vin was not on the menu the night we went and I've heard it is their best dish. Otherwise the food was good but slightly over priced. cocktails were excellent and service was good but not exceptional."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "What a surprise. This place is awesome. My wife and I had our best french meal away from France. We tried many, even more expensive and higher reviewed, french restaurant. And so far Church & State is the best we had. It's a bit more expensive, but if you want a very nice French dinner, this is a nice local place to go."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Restaurant was crowded and noisy. However food was outstanding. Great favors in all the dishes we had on the table. Service was very good and they stayed on top of tables even with the amount of people at the restaurant. Food was promptly delivered and well presented. Probably the best meal we had in LA during our stay. Definitely would recommend this restaurant and definitely will come back on my next visit. Location was a bit strange for this quality of restaurant."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The crowded dining area lends a feel of being at the center of a special spot in say, London or Paris or New York. Food was excellent, but the wine list could offer some American wines which in many areas (Rhones from Paso Robles, Pinots from northern Ca) would go well with the menu. However, part of having a dinner experience with friends has to do with conversation as well as food and wine. This is greatly reduced by the terrible level of noise. Obviously, it has not stopped people from coming. Next time I will sit outside."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Price Fix Sunday dinner with wine pairing was fantastic."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is a little sunshine in the dark shadows of LA. The food, drinks, and dessert were excellent. Prices for the high quality of freshness for our meal was very reasonable."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Lovely dinner here with my wife. First visit. The room is fun, loud and very bistro. Staff is friendly and present. Wife had a fantastic tarte with peaches and brie - like a pizza, but on flatbread - absolutely delicious. I had the steak frites. Frites were great, steak was flavorless. I would visit again but order differently."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Having eaten here before we had expectations that the service would be better...$80 bottle of wine should have been poured by waitress/sommelier...and it was not...died at the end for coffee...food would make us return but PLEASE step up the attention to detail in the service division!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Enjoyed very much the celebration of my son's collage graduautionj with your great feed"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "FIRST CLASS - impressive menu, great service, reasonable prices - cool neighbourhood - a very special experience"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Love the food the second time around. new chef is awesome!!!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The food was delicious! The quality of the ingredients used was excellent! The service was also notable. This is a restaurant that I definitely recommend"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "contrary to one other opinion, our service was perfect"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This place is so great on different levels. The space is gorgeous if you like the urban "am I in a loft" feel. Lighting was dim and romantic. Could work for a friend gathering or a date night out. The cocktails were amazing. Waitress was a doll. Only downfall is that it seemed a bit confusing when we entered the restaurant, there was no hostess and we felt a bit lost as to what to do. Evidently the hostess was walking around the restaurant doing who know a what. We had a reservation but with the lack of hostess and having to wait once we were acknowledged we ended up waiting about 20minutes anyway. After this everyrhing was on point. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Overall the food was outstanding. Our female server had an incredible personality and was very jovial. It definitely rates up there as one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles together with Tar and Roses in Santa Monica. The drink menu was also quite inspired. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Food was excellent. Unfortunately, we were running late for an event and didn't have time for dessert. We were saddened by this as the appetizers and entrees were so delicious. Service was a bit wonky though. Two parties (without reservations) were seated before us. Our party had made reservations and arrived on time. We politely pointed that out, but the hostess curtly stated she was seating parties in order of arrival. What? I'm fairly certain that's not how it works. On top of that, service was pretty bad. Our waiter seemed like he was ready to leave every time he got to our table. We were never able to finish a sentence and he'd be gone. Also worth noting that it wasn't a busy night. Disappointingly awkward service for such tasty food."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Great food and terrific service, especially for adults. I would not like to go there if becoming is in the future. Thank you for a lovely experience."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Been wanting to come to C&S for years and it didn't disappoint!! Restaurant was full, but unlike so many other packed restaurants it was easy to have conversation without yelling. Food was fantastic. Very solid French Bistro cuisine but still very fresh. Will definitely be coming back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Starting off the night with escargot and bone marrow that could have been set on a table in Paris began what would be a fantastic dining experience. My girlfriend and I came here for our one year anniversary and we were not disappointed. Roasted duck was phenomenal and the steak frites are exceptional. Perhaps my favorite part of the evening was the absinthe ritual, one which I was familiar but had not yet seen at another restaurant - partake for a fun evening. It's a romantic setting but the quality of the food makes it a necessity for any special evening. Take a trip to the industrial district and stop in."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "This downtown industrial area hot spot has a solid French menu with excellent service. The noise level is too high for intimate dining, though we had a lot of fun. The French fries are not to be missed "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Positive: above average service, extensive wine list with good wines, easy parking, complimentary desert for bday, fast service, great tarte aux champignons Neutral: oysters were good but you can get better elsewhere, beef tartar was good but it was not finely chopped or cubed instead it was small strips Negative: Felt very packed inside the restaurant, the chicken liver moose and tarte a l'onion was way too sweet (I only ate half of it), no one asked me it the food was ok except for the hostess before I walked out of the restaurant, no kids menu or half portion"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We finally made it to Church & State to celebrate 22 years of marriage and enjoyed one of the best meals we've ever eaten in the world. After hearing about the chicken liver mousse, we ordered that with the bone marrow to start. Who cares that we were clogging our arteries because every bite ignited our taste buds with richness and flavor. We lightened our palates by sharing a half a dozen mixed oysters and the little gems salad. Then, we split the pork belly entree. We were so satiated that when our server Gladys brought the desserts over we decided to pass. Many employees along with the chef came to out table to wish us a happy anniversary. What an amazing restaurant in an unusual part of town!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Very European , and excellent food, I have nothing to say, every thing was satisfactory"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A friend of mine came in to town to celebrate my birthday. She asked me to find a new place to eat, after talking to some friends I decided on Church & State. From the time we walk into the restaurant until we left the dining experience was amazing. Everything was done perfectly. The wines that were chosen for us to match our dishes and so on... Thank you for an amazing birthday dinner. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "On Saturday, after a terrific theater experience at the Taper, we arrived at 5:30 pm (opening time) to find a lively crowd waiting to be seated. We appreciated being asked if we had a time constraint - - luckily not! The restaurant seemed to fill quickly, mostly with high energy, happy groups. We had a delicious, leisurely dinner starting with the smaller charcuterie platter, followed the bacon cheese tart. The main courses were well presented and delicious as well: the Duck (allow 40 minutes for this order) and the Alaskan Cod. The sommalier assisted with the wine selection. Too full for dessert. Next time. Great food, historic building: we loved this restaurant! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Our party of four had a nice time while there in spite of the noise level. We tried many dishes, overall the food was pretty good but not off the chart. The location and energy make it a place to visit but with so many other downtown choices, I must suggest that other places have better dining experiences."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Absolutely brilliant food and service. I have been visiting and dining in the USA for many years. This is by far my favourite restaurant ever. Well done! "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Great food, fabulous service and a really great wine list."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "This French Bistro has been around for a while. It continues to have great food and choices. The noise level, at times, is almost uncomfortable. Service was disappointingly disjointed and slow though. Most annoying was that we were a party of 5 and when it came time to split the bill, we were told that they only split it at most by 3. I've never been told that by any restaurant and it sounds quite arbitrary and stupid."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The service was excellent, although when asked for recommendations, the waiter went on to name 90% of the items on the menu. Tarts to start were very good, as were the mussels (Moules meuniere). The Steak Frites was pretty good, not great."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Expected it to be a lot better. Food very fair, service was lousy and the restaurant was not busy"
    Dined on 5/13/2014