Church & State
Church & State

Church & State

  • 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, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Elizabeth 213-405-1434x

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Church & State reviews from OpenTable diners
243 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (174)neighborhood gem (117)hot spot (103)special occasion (95)good for groups (76)great for outdoor dining (71)notable wine list (70)romantic (56)great for lunch (48)vibrant bar scene (28)late-night find (25)great for brunch (11)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • GOOD FRENCH
    DISAPPOINTEDVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This restaurant was great when it opened. Something happened along the way - new chef, new owner, do not know. Went back - it was NOT good any more. Was told to give it another chance now. IS back to being very good. Very tasty food, quite French - even had a French waiter - or an actor with a good accent. Would recommend, especially if you are going to an event downtown L.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, bad service
    thienemanr
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The decor was amazing. I loved the old factory setting with all the little lights. Unfortunately our waitress was horrible and only showed up about two or three times and forgot to bring my french wine. Otherwise, it was delicious food and a very cool spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had a fabulous meal and a great wine. A perfect place for an adult birthday party
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever!
    CarlaVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I made a plan to take our family out for a lovely meal on a Sunday evening. The oldest daughter was in town. We arrived, were seated courteously, and from there it went downhill. Took a bit before our drink order was taken. Then a bit more for our food order to be put in. Meanwhile a large table was seated right next to us. Let's just say that their bar bill was hefty. Our waiter fawned all over them during our entire meal. The next time we saw him was when he presented us with a rather large bill. My husband ordered bouillabaisse, he was not given a bowl for the shells or even a spoon. He was doing a slow burn, trying to connect with our waiter, who was otherwise engaged with the table next door. Not a good evening for us...
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool-Fun-Loud
    trailrunner
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    First timer, the menu was a great read, always enjoy original entree's. Be prepared for tight seating and lots of energy at Church & State. This is not a quiet romantic place. Service was excellent and so was the food. Had the chicken liver pate, 2 escargot, the cheese and bacon tart, then the lamb shank for the main course. Wine by the glass selection was limited and average. That said, the server was more than gracious to allow us to taste several before deciding. Over all I'd give the place a 3.5 stars. Not sure I'd do the drive to the Industrial area of down town LA. That place creeps me out! While waiting for the taxi home I saw way to many "characters" walking around and the tense feeling it gave me was not pleasant.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Restaurant
    Katarina
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food and ambiance and really good wine list! The service was also very nice.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dining experience
    IrishFrank
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner and ate outdoors - it was very pleasant outdoors, watching the world go by. The food and service were truly excellent and we had a most enjoyable dining experience. All the dishes were superb and the wine list was very good - had good wines at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • goodpicks
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The staff is amazing and attentive. The food is delicious (ok, I am no foodie, but I know what I like). The menu is diverse. It has a great vibe and an eclectic crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • menu needs to be updated
    HelenandPattifavVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Having gone here several times over the last 5 months...the offerings seem to be in need of a fix...not enough fish...only 2 offerings...the wine list is very good and the server was very helpful...always consistent,but just getting boring..............
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LA's Downtown French Bistro
    blissfield1949VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is the kind of small, intimate French bistro that is increasingly dfficult to find in France itself. The ambiance is charming and the small bar and open kitchen add to the charm of the place. The chef is creative and energetic and the menu covers a broad range of delightful French classics from onion soup to escargot to bouillabase. The luncheon menu is extensive and the breadth of the wine list impressive . My perfectly cooked salmon with heirloom tomatoes and a simple sauce was a delight. I thought the service was particularly attentive until the restaurant filled up around 1:30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as always
    FreakyBeat
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Church and State is reliably great. The service was extremely friendly and attentive, their cocktail du jour (violet something) was particularly great, and the food was excellent. They do a particularly good bone marrow appetizer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French done right
    yolo48
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had dinner with my friend for his birthday last night and the food was amazing! We started with the Le Cachat, basically crostinis served with goat cheese, honey and fennel, so yummy! We shared the salade d'endives which I particularly loved, the dressing was perfect with the slight bitterness you get from endives. I had the loup de mer (striped bass) and my friend had the salmon, we were both very pleased with our dishes. For dessert we got the pot de crème and the peach tart with frangipane, a nice cap to a encroyable meal! I will definitely return! And Megan, our lovely server, was so sweet, great and gracious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Been there a few times and the food was always good but this time I tried the gazpacho and it was diappointing as it had way too much vinegar and the sour taste over took the entire soup.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • California Girl
    Californiagirl
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Another good find in downtown LA. This was my first time at this restaurant, and because it was another one of my daughter's favorite in LA, we had to go. I was very impressed from the moment we walked in. The staff were all friendly, the wait staff attentive, and the food was delicious. I had the salmon and my daughter had the pork belly, both were fabulous. The room itself is very inviting, especially the lights hanging throughout the top of the ceiling, just like you see in the south of France. Don't let the neighborhood deter you from coming tho, you won't know where you are once you walk in the door. Another plus, valet parking down the road for five bucks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mediocre Bad Guys
    getyourboogieon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was alright. I had the Duck Curant, and quite honestly, my mother's Christmas duck is ten times better than what I had at this restaurant. It was not soft, it was not tender, it was not sweet - the way that I'm used to eating my duck. On a positive note, the chicken liver pate was pleasant. Our waiter was extremely unattentive, rarely coming over to check on us. It was extremely noisy, maybe that's because it's a trendy place. However, that still made it difficult for conversation at the table. In addition, we made a reservation a few days prior to our dinner. Even though we got a table, they seated us right next to their glassware cabinet. We would constantly hear the clanking of glasses as we ate our dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome French Food
    LAElle
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our meal was fantastic! Our server was very knowledgeable. Church and State is in the old Nabisco Building, great reuse of the space. I would definitely go back for their mac and cheese.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Getting Better
    glenneuroVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Church and State is in a renaissance. The place is happening and it is true to its French Bistro style. One can dine reasonably or go all out. Food is delicious and tantalizing. My only complaint is corkage at $30. is out of line and too much. When the wine list is limited to French only one should consider diners tastes in wine might go elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love C&S!!
    KingKongVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Always a hit. Best Steak Frites and Bouillabaisse in LA. The service is impeccable. And that lovely and distinguished hostess!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Treasure
    tasting100
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    A wonderful restaurant in a very unexpected location. The food was inventive and extremely unique. The flavors of the food were very well planned and balanced. We had great service. This is a restaurant I would definately return to and recommend to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely first time
    downtown
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I live pin dtla but had never visited church and state. Great interior design and ambience, felt very NYC to my boyfriend and myself. The table for two we were led to was next to the kitchen and waiter's station so we opted out for dinner at the bar. The bartender was very helpful and attentive, boy did he move fast for the entire evening. I chose the tomato salad, flavorful, and the loop de mer, subtly prepared and presented. Fantastic drinks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French with a twist
    AnnaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food - come hungry. Tarte with peaches was fantastic, and duck superb. I'd come back another time for just a snack and glass of wine too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Route66
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was decent; flat iron cut for the steak frites was terrible; stick to hangar steak. At least, the Fries and Bearnaise sauce were very good. Pork Belly made up for the steak. Salted caramel chocolate dessert was excellent! Nothing you can do about it, but way too loud!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    Topchefjunkie
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My friend and I were so looking forward to eating here - but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed. The prices are high (which I knew going into it) - but the food was just okay. Actually, the steak frites was pretty terrible. Fries were good, meat had a weird flavor to it. Not good. The amuse bouche was eh. The goat cheese with lavender honey was just okay. We liked the endive salad and my friend loved her fish. Initially they tried to seat us right by the side stand - and then moved us outside. It was windy and a bit chilly...not comfortable...There are so many excellent restaurants downtown, I think that we will skip this one next time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ooh La La L.A.
    RFHKVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Edwin our waiter attentive and made some wonderful recommendations. Two started with goat cheese w/ honey & thyme that was delicious. My other guest the endive salad with a lemon vinaigrette dressing that was delicious. The bouillabaisse comfortably French. Steak Frites authentic and flavorful. The salmon with white tomatoes while good, lacked seasoning. My guest had the Pot de Creme for dessert and raved about how delicious it was compared to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    downtowninlaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Havent eaten here in a while. Food, ambiance, service all great. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great "After Theater" Dining
    UptownGirl
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Open and airy, relaxed and friendly, we loved the vibe. Whole olives, crusty bread placed on the table before the menus arrived. Experienced servers who seemed to know how to move things along without making us feel rushed. A solid selection of wines. The only place I've seen half a glass offered for designated drivers... the perfect amount to enjoy with your meal. The Puff Pastry Escargot came smothered with garlic and butter. Yum! The Flat Steak with Frites... cooked to perfection. My Roasted Pork with Polenta was delicious. So tender I just pulled it a part instead of cutting it. Topped off our dinner with Cherry Melba... a rich fruit sauce poured over homemade vanilla ice cream. To.Die.For! Needless to say, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    LSMFT
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We enjoyed our meal and the ambiance. It is like finding an oasis in the middle of the desert. When you turn down Industrial Street it is a great sight. We came right at opening time for dinner so it wasn't crowded at all and the noise level was low. By the time we left at 7:25 pm it was quite energetic. I had the muscle appetizer with a salad. Lots of muscles and delicious french fries! My friend had the bouillabaisse and said the sauce was very tasty but it lacked fish. It had several muscles and clams, but no scallops (which I believe it said it would) and maybe one small piece of fish. Our wines were excellent! Service was excellent and they got us out on time for our theater engagement!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant
    churchandstate
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Service was great. They even provided a yummy puff pastry while we were waiting for our food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Church and State
    casacarol
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    My girlfriend and I had dinner at Church and State and while I was trying to locate the restaurant I had my reservations because it is another gem which is in an area which is changing in downtown L.A. Industrial neighborhood was my feeling. When I turned onto Industrial and saw the crowd at 6:30 p.m. on a Tuesday I revised my thinking. From the moment I entered the restaurant which was lively, ate my wonderful dinner, had super service and left my feelings were this place is wonderful. I would recommend this location to anyone who likes to venture and loves good food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    HitomiVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    When selecting wine by the glass, the waiter offered a couple of sample tasting which is rarely offered by any other restaurants that I know of. I suggest caramerized onion flatbread and bouillabaisse. I want to go back there soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not outstandingstill a good dinner
    FoodluvLA
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Went here for dinner and left satisfied but in no way wowed truthfully. The place was very accommodating and let us move the reservationhalf hour later but the place is very noisy but the open air feel makes it not so noticeable. The chicken liver mousse was OUTSTANDING but the rest fell somewhat short. If you know classic and quality French cuisine (where Im from) this place is a very watered down version. The duck dish was nice with unique flavors but mild and underwhelming. I had the pork belly for a change and it was very low flavor. The wine list leaves little if you don't want to spend over $90 for a bottle and the specialty cocktails were few and far between (not that that's a bad thing depending) still good experience not worth $200
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might Try Again
    inahurry
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed eating there. It's an interesting place. The problem for us was we each ordered an entree, (a large plate), rather than small plates. We had tickets to a show and didn't have a long time The entrees came, but were rather small. We should have ordered appetizers first. We didn't have time for dessert. We did consume quite a bit of bread after we saw the size of the entrees. We are willing to give it a second chance when we have more time. We did find their bar choices limited in the brands they offer.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maintains with excellence.
    Michael
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Everything we ordered tasted great ! Service was efficient and everyone especially the server was friendly! Great atmosphere. Glad to see something's never change with time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK
    TedCC
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I like the ambience and feel of the restaurant but the food was really disappointing. I could nitpick at this or that with service etc but it really came down to the food. I'm willing to give it one more try for dinner but with so many exceptional restaurants in LA, based on my lunch experience I will probably not go back for food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Leenus
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    There were three of us for dinner. We ordered a delicious entree to share as an appetizer, the shallot pancakes with fresh vegetables (including some wild mushrooms) and a delectable sauce. It was the highlight of the meal for me. The two men ordered the club steak for two ($48 a person), a huge slab of meat that was delicious, served with just mashed potatoes and a bit of watercress. We took the bone with some meat on home and my husband enjoyed a great sandwich for lunch. The sauce was wonderful! I ordered the roast suckling pig. It was very tasty, but I should have ordered something lighter. The dessert was the only disappointment. Too sweet. It was the layered cake with hazelnut ice cream. Ice cream great, cake no.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great, as always
    FreakyBeat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I've never not had an excellent time at Church and State -- the food and cocktails are always great! They do an excellent job on their meat dishes, and the mussels and bone marrow appetizers are particularly noteworthy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise Value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Church & State is in a neighborhood that is two blocks long. The surrounding area is a bit threatening for those who don't know it already. But go anyway. I found the menu to have many interesting, yet authentic offerings. I took Steak Tartare and had the duck as a main. The Steak Tartare was thankfully not overloaded with raw onions that detract from the flavor of the beef and was not too rich like so many other restaurants' tartare can be. The duck was a duo that included some confit for the leg and rare meat for the breast with a light sauce. For dessert, we had a crème brulée, which was made with real vanilla (you could see the seeds in it) and perfectly torched on top. Wine also was good. And prices better. Bon Appétit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just right
    CalGal
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    All 3 of us had the prix fixes lunch special, which was the perfect amount of food at a very decent price in lovely surroundings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch review
    tableoffive
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Food and ambience was very good, my only negative comment was our service was a bit slow. We were a party of 5 arrived at noon (with reservations), we ordered drinks which took a little longer than expected. When the drinks arrived we order appetizer which took longer than expected. Food was delicious. We ordered desert, two people ordered coffee which came quickly however I ordered a cup of tea which never arrived. Would I try Church and State again absolutely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 164 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 1732 reviews are from the Church & State reviews archive.
  • France in DTLA
    MattVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our second time in four months and it was as great as the first we ate here. We had their price fixe menu for Sunday. Absolutely fabulous had the BEST trout ever! Really!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.