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
242 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (172)neighborhood gem (115)hot spot (99)special occasion (92)good for groups (76)notable wine list (73)great for outdoor dining (69)romantic (53)great for lunch (47)vibrant bar scene (27)late-night find (26)great for brunch (12)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • I love the space but found
    ToddinLAVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    I love the space but found the food to be so so. I won't be running back soon which is unfortunate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Church and State was phenomenal.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    Church and State was phenomenal. My date and I had a wonderful experience. Right from the beginning the staff was very accommodating, friendly and attentive. Everything was served with a smile. Even when our waiter was with another patron, any of the service staff was there for any question or need. Not knowing much about French wine the onsite Sommelier was happy to come over and assist me. The recommended wine was not only in my price range but fantastic as well. The food was amazing!!! I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed it. Our waiter (wish I could remember his name but he had a cool mustache) recommended several items that we both couldn’t get enough of. Not only was my meal great but I kept reaching for some of my date’s dinne
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than I remember it
    MikeyuVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2009
    Better than I remember it when I went a few months back. The new chef has certainly freshened up the menu. Very lary appetizers, some nice entree selections. Service was extremely congenial. They do need to ventilate the place better as we were near the open kitchen and it got very smokey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While the bistro menu was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    While the bistro menu was above average, the service, minus the sommalier, was the worst we've had in LA. The waiter was rude, distracted and uninformed; the wait staff argued with me when I asked for silverware and tried to clear my husband's plate while he was literally eating off it. We actually ended up canceling our dessert order, after waiting fifteen minutes for a slice of tart, and leaving. Won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Church and State best represents
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    Church and State best represents the French Bistro in Los Angeles and we are lucky to have it, only downside is that it is in downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband and I went on a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    My husband and I went on a Fri for a lunch. Beautiful restaurant. Love the location~! felt like I'm in different city... kinda newyorkiness. It seemed that all the menu items were tasty. We tried the Messels, Pork Rillettes, Steak sandwiches. The aoili for the fries has a nice lemony zing, the fries are well-salted! the highlight of the meal for me was definitely the steak tartines~!! I highly recommend ordering it and looks like they sold them as well. Everything was amazing dishes to eat~! All dishes were large enough to eat as an entree. steak sandwich We will definitely go back~!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall it was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/3/2009
    Overall it was excellent. My only complaint (and this may just be me) was that it was so noisy I couldn't maintain a conversation with my companion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Church and State is just what
    travelforfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2009
    Church and State is just what Los Angeles needed; a wonderful French Bistro with a great, talented, skilled and creative chef; super tasty and well prepared food; a wonderful front of the house and service staff and a hip and up-coming neighborhood for foodies! This may well be one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles at this time. Every dish has been a winner. Chef Walter is so talented he could be a real snob; he's not; he's delightful and aims to please. Yasmin, "head lady," could not be nicer. Kitchen is open to view and Walter literally touches and inspects personally every dish before it leaves. Simply put, likely not only the best bistro in Los Angeles; likely one of the top five places in the city. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent French food, reasonable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    Excellent French food, reasonable prices. Service pleasant but sometimes difficult to get someone's attention. Quite noisy. The place was hopping on a Wednesday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed our dinner, but found
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    Enjoyed our dinner, but found the noise level to be annoying. Liked the choice of smaller portions on the menu. The staff was very attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As I noted above: everything
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 4/1/2009
    As I noted above: everything was great but when the music came BLARING ON at 12 noon it was not at all cool. Couldn't hear my friend and she couldn't hear me. None of the good French restaurants IN FRANCE have any music like that. It's really lovely to sit and chat and eat and not have to compete--particularly at noon--to have your voice heard. Get rid of the lunchtime blasting music and I'll be back everyweek! Thank you- jane houle'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • service was slow and not attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2009
    service was slow and not attentive... They don't understand lunch for people that work....Would be happy to discuss in detail my suggestions with ownership because I really liked most of the food I have eaten there and enjoyed the people working there. The restaurant has great potential..... asked for all the food to be served
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the food was really good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2009
    the food was really good. the chef definitely takes chances with the menu, but everything we had was really good. the appetizers, the thin "pizza" crust was lovely, the eggplant... we thought we got lost, and could not find it. it is located in an industrial part of downtown los angeles. would go back. at times the seervice was spotty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful, delicious and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2009
    Delightful, delicious and to be repeated. Excellent use of space and intriguing design and decoration - probably lovely to sit outside on a warm night. The food is very impressive and wait staff very good... also good to visit the area and see just how successful renovated historic buildings can be - and - see the live loft people in the neighborhood. Be familiar with the one way section of the street where restaurant is located and be prepared to find parking lot on Madeo Street. No valet parking (and isn't that refreshing!).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the trip downtown. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2009
    Worth the trip downtown. The room felt very New York City. The wines and cocktails were terrific (Green Gimlet). Excellent oysters, interesting menu. The best bouillabaisse we've ever had. The cheeses and charcuterie were also great. The service was outstanding; never an empty glass of water.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The place was not particularly
    StevieGJD
    Dined on 3/27/2009
    The place was not particularly busy. But the service was not great. It was barely just fair, honestly. While the food was good, the service was so mediocre that I will think twice about going back. For example, we ordered an appetizer to share. We had the appetizer for 3-4 minutes before they brought the entrees. The server pushed the entree plates onto the table, pushing over the appetizer plates and making a big mess of a table that was cramped to being with. I actually asked him to wait before he did this! He told me that space was at a minimum here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Church and State is a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/27/2009
    Church and State is a great find, the area is in the process of climbing up the ladder and Church and State is a great asset to the area. I hope to return there again soon. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was pleasant, almost an European feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is definitely the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    The food is definitely the main show at Church & State, a French-style Bistro, although the people-watching is good, too. We never fail to order the Terrine de Foie Gras and have tried just about everything else in the Hors D'Oeuvres column. The Tartes (delicious!)tend to be large, so plan to share. We've eaten almost all the Plats Principaux with great satisfaction. All that having been said, I hear they change the menu regularly, but am convinced that new additions will delight as well as the old ones! Oh, and don't miss dessert. Exquisite! This place is a real find!! Three Cheers for Chef Walter and Sommelier Josh!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing after reading
    PurpleCat
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    Disappointing after reading the rave review in the LA Times. Food was okay and the service was indifferent. Very noisy and we were there on a Tuesday evening.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved it, loved it, loved
    SantaMonicaFoodie
    Dined on 3/24/2009
    I loved it, loved it, loved it. The brick floor is sloped because this really was a loading dock--it adds to the funky, historical vibe. Church & State feels more like a French bistro than anywhere I can think of in L.A. The seared ahi Nicoise sandwich was outstanding. Very friendly and attentive service. Worth going to that part of town for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It is so great to finally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    It is so great to finally have a happening, late night, delicious bistro downtown. We were always at a loss as to where we should go after theatre at the Music Center. We started with the delicious carmelized onion-anchovy tartine for four - perfect to have with cocktails. We proceeded with the muscles in a scrumptious broth that came with perfect crispy frites. Service was friendly and attentive. We would definitely go back to this new (for us) find.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food were excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/21/2009
    Service and food were excellent. From the host, to our server to the staffer who presented our wine and constructed our absinthes, we were very impressed with this relative newcomer. And in such a remote location! The decibel level was quite high, making conversation difficult, but not impossible. And parking was plentiful, close and affordable; no small feat in a major US city! More please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ridiculously overpriced drinks.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/20/2009
    Ridiculously overpriced drinks. Sloppy service. We waited 20 minutes for our RESERVED table. Food was inconsistent -- some great, some overpriced blahness.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food.....Not enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/20/2009
    Great food.....Not enough staff at lunch shift..Slow service for lunch time..However staff friendly and helpful Good wine list...Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The location is amazing, parking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/18/2009
    The location is amazing, parking is safe, and the food was excellent. I know everyone is doing a Charcuterie plate, but this place takes the cake. Unbelievable selections - we had to order two of them. The service is a little slow right now, but well worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great space and excellent
    Mapman62
    Dined on 3/17/2009
    Great space and excellent food. I felt like I was in one of those great neighborhood restaurants in San Francisco again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was excellent. We
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    The food was excellent. We arrived early but were seated immediately. The staff was very helpful and attentive. The acoustics make for a slightly noisy environment,however, we were able to carry on conversations with no problems. It is, after, all a converted loading dock for the Nabisco with an open kitchen which makes for interesting ambiance. Everyone at every table was having a great time. We are going to check out the lunch crowd next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Church & State is a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 3/13/2009
    Church & State is a great neighborhood find. Interesting decor; attentive, friendly service; and wonderful food. The mussels & fries are a must here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although the portions are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/12/2009
    Although the portions are on the smaller size, the food is very good. My recommendation is to hit the bar across the street first and then to have dinner. Skip the appetizers and go to the main course.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I booked a reservation through
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/10/2009
    I booked a reservation through opentable.com. We enter, the person assigned to greet us, does not say ANYTHING. Looks at me, turns around and grabs two menu's and walks off. We stand there waiting for some acknowledgment that we have arrived or if we are supposed to follow him. Once he gets to the table, he points to the table that we are supposed to sit and we walk over and sit. NOT ONE WORD. Later, after we eat. I get a notice from Opentable.com that I did not show for my reservation. Church and State, get a new person to greet your clients. People of LA, the food was great. Our waiter was ok, but took a long time to serve us and we were the first ones to arrive for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had a fantastic time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/7/2009
    We had a fantastic time at Church and State: loved the food and the atmosphere. The entire experience would have been superb had we not had to wait almost an hour after our reserved table time and had our "special cocktail" order completely forgotten about and never delivered. If Church and State irons out the reservation policy and calms down the bar's hecticness, it could become a favorite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second time to the restaurant...
    tummytickleVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2009
    Second time to the restaurant... to try all those items we were too full the first time to try, plus revisit a few of the previous dishes. The escargot was superb, and the bouillabaisse was probably the best we've ever had. Dover sole was excellent also. The duck, though good, didn't seems to have the flavors that the other dishes did. We revisited the fois gras terrine, and the rillette du cuchon, each of which was better than the other... The restaurant can get quite noisy as the evening progresses, but they've added some tables outside which, now that the weather is warming, should make for a delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic. Had a fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/4/2009
    Fantastic. Had a fabulous meal from the aps list. Next time I'll try the entrees!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have followed Walter Manzke.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/4/2009
    I have followed Walter Manzke. This menu was special. I think I died and went to heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We would eat at Church and
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2009
    We would eat at Church and State every week if we lived downtown. It is a much-needed French bistro in the loft district. The food was incredible. Tartines (pots of meats, cheese, etc. to spread on toasts) were wonderful, as were codfish beignets. I can't wait to come back and try the duck leg, roasted chicken, short ribs, etc. Wines are interesting Frenches, served in beautiful proper stemware. I felt like I was in Lyon with my frisée salade with lardons and a poached egg. Wonderful! The open kitchen is entertaining to watch, and the décor is interesting, with wine bottles displayed along one whole wall of the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow! What a great experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2009
    Wow! What a great experience. The food & setting were both superb. It's so nice to have another gem in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We just moved from San Francisco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/27/2009
    We just moved from San Francisco and our Church & State experience made us feel right at home. It's in a fairly removed area of downtown which makes you feel like you're in another world, but it's not at all too far away from anything. Our server was great, the food was amazing, and the overall vibe was perfect. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The menu was diverse and there
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/27/2009
    The menu was diverse and there were plenty of options to choose from. In fact, I had trouble choosing between the options offered. The cherry tart with kirsch sabayon was to die for. If anything, I wish that the dessert wine offerings had been a bit broader. That being said, this was the most memorable meal that I've had in the past 6 months. Will definitely be back!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been a fan of Steve's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/26/2009
    I have been a fan of Steve's restaurants since the original Cobras & Matadors and was very pleased with Church & State on my first visit some weeks ago and again at lunch this week. I love the vib of the place, the location, decor and food are all terrific. The staff is attentive, friendly and knowledgable without being annoying. I would only note and please just a suggestion...prices at lunch are a little high for a bistro. Dinner seemed perfectly acceptable but at lunch I think they could have a bigger crowd if it was a little bit of a deal. Otherwise keep up the good work and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hip and delicious oasis in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2009
    Hip and delicious oasis in downtown. New chef, Walter Manzke (ex Bastide) has given this place new life. Had the alsacian tart, bouillabaise, steak frites, short ribs and cherry tart. All superb. I will be back. Bravo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic