Church & State
Church & State

Church & State

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.churchandstatebistro.com/
  • Phone: 2134051434x
  • 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 213-405-1434x

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 WinnerMost Booked
Church & State reviews from OpenTable diners
237 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (165)neighborhood gem (113)special occasion (92)hot spot (86)great for outdoor dining (71)good for groups (69)notable wine list (69)romantic (48)great for lunch (46)late-night find (27)vibrant bar scene (26)great for brunch (15)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • FoodieGoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We enjoyed every moment and every bite. Our server, Mei Li, was delightful and attentive just enough. We love the building and the neighborhood and would like to sit outdoors sometime when it isn't quite so breezy. It was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Katarina
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    It was our second time at this restaurant and I liked it even more.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I decided to try something a little different for a friend's birthday lunch in downtown. The restaurant is a littkeo cc the beaten path but I'm a big fan of the nyc feel in the arts district so decided to go. We grabbed a seat on the patio. Service was great! Our server made some fantastic recommendations and they were attentive. The seasonally inspired menu was very flavorful and we enjoyed all we ordered including the charcuterie, chicken entree, and beet salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Food
    cvisocky
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The server was spot on with perfect timing assisted by additional staff. I ordered a sandwich that takes a little extra time to prepare and the server made me aware. It was worth the wait! Sorry, i can't remember the name of it but tell them it's the one with ham.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Good ambiance and very good wine list. Good value too. Love the recycled theme!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Remains one our Favorites
    goodbobVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    When visiting LA we make it a point to get a reservation for Church & State. Never been disappointed. Although everything we had was supurb the PEI mussels were out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous
    LlllVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always fabulous. Tony Esnault has taken the food to a new level. Feels more and more like Paris!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We go into the city every few months to try a new restaurant and thought that the food was good, not great. We are from Chicago, so we may have higher expectations. The oysters seemed very small, which may not be their fault and the steak tartare seemed bland. The rest of the meal was ok.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dissapointed
    nyeDINING
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We expected a nice anniversary dinner on Friday night. Everything was ok, until my appetizer arrived in two parts, 4 escargot ramekins, and about 10 minutes later, another 2. SOMETHING WRONG IN THE KITCHEN? We had just finished our entrée, when a gentleman told us that there was a table for 4 that had been waiting for over 15 minutes, so he asked us if we would mind moving over to the next table. SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE RESERVATIONS?? Needless to say, we finished out entrée and asked for the bill. Didn't bother to stay for dessert. Won't be back. GOOD THING - The parking attendant was very nice..........gave him a nice tip.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unexpected Find
    Food4thot
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    best dining experience in Los Andeles in years. Definitely will be returning and recommending. The coq au vin and venison saddle,perfect! Can hardly wait for the Canard!! Absolutely a must do for a romantic evening but also a family ,group or business. Loved it!! Can hardly wait for the rest. Opening!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • olderLAdiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Outstanding food. Could be in Paris rather than LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall Good - But steak wasn't
    MrMann
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This was the second time we have dined at C&S, and overall it was a good experience, however, I won't be ordering the steak again - it was tasty but the chewiest meat I have ever attempted to eat. At this price-point, I expect better quality. In retrospect, I probably should have rejected it after tasting the first bite, but I didn't want to spoil the evening with my date. My date had the duck and it was delicious.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A solid meal
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The green salad was crisp and fresh, the sea bass was delicate but needed more spice. My cocktail was great. The waitstaff were attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The excellent customer service was refreshing. And the food was excellent, too. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family/Friends Birthday Celebration
    mariecc
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Started the evening with signature cocktails and an assortment of appetizers: pomme frites, charcuterie plate, olives, bread, tarte de l'oignon, and macaroni and cheese. The tarte was heavenly. We brought our own wine, Robert Sinskey Pinot Noir and paid the corkage fee ($30, ridiculous to pay twice minimum hourly wage to uncork a bottle of wine), and then moved on the prix fixe menu. Started with a delicious beet deviled egg, always good! They were out of octopus, but substituted a bite of grilled black cod with harissa sauce, very nice. The fish bite was followed by a greens/fennel salad, very refreshing. I had the pork belly which was cooked perfectly and very flavorful. The poached pear dessert was a bit of a let-down. Amazing evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern French bistro
    Cheesey
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The neighborhood is industrial and a bit sketchy but the food more than makes up for it. The atmosphere is dim, very French with bistro chairs that are slightly uncomfortable but it's part if the charm. I highly recommend their handcrafted cocktails. They are fresh, perfectly balanced, and delicious! We had the teachers pet and pear one. The former was my fave. For food, the escargot was fantastic... How can you go wrong with garlic butter pesto soaked escargot topped with a flakey buttery puff pastry?! Order mussels w frittes as either an app to share or as an entree. The portion size is generous and the fries are addicting and the sauce divine! Creamy but not heavy. The charcuterie platter was good but I've has better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good - but not as good
    chicagochef
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The wines were great and the desserts amazing - the fish entrees needed a little more attention. Both fish dishes were overcooked - mussels and cod. Steak was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • firsttimedinerVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    What a tremendous disappointment. The food was mediocre. The "signature dish"was not even average. The salmon dinner was overcooked. Two at our table ordered the lamb which they rated as slightly above average. The salads were quite good, in contrast to the entrees which were not . The wine? We brought two bottles of really excellent wine for a tabel of six. Pre arrival we confirmed a corkage fee of $25.00 per bottle with a maximum of two bottles. We corked two bottles. What a surprise, then, to see a bill reflecting 4 corkages and a charge of $120.00!
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  • Consistently delicious
    HwdfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Church & State offers consistently delicious French bistro fare. Their charcuterie platter has components rarely found, like duck prosciutto, with a chicken liver mouse that is to die for. Their flatbreads, especially the onion and bacon one, are mouthwateringly good. Entrees show the chef's command of everything from steak frites (you might think you were in Paris) to fish, which they are particularly adept at preparing. And, their new pastry chef, Marco, does wonders with deserts. The pear tart and chocolate pot du creme surpassed all expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    1st time at Church & State, Great looking restaurant, Great Service, Great Ambiance, Food not so much. Maybe they were having a bad day, i will give another try,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Awesome ... Delicious ... New favorite place!! My husband & I had the pleasure of celebrating our birthdays at Church & State this past weekend and had a wonderful experience. We are always up for trying new places and at the end of the night, Church & State is on the top of the list as our new 'go to'. Overall a great dining experience - From the service, food, extensive bar menu and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Church & State
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great food & awesome service. The lavender goat cheese thing YUM. Mac and Cheese had a funny taste though, didn't get into that. French Onion soup = amazing. Chocolate caramel tart thing...SO GOOD. Great IPA and some cool cocktails. The place was too loud for us.. it was date night and we wanted something quieter. Bar scene was hoppin' on a Friday night with loud drunk people. Lighting is pretty bright. Tables are suuuper close together so you hear all of it, very NY feel. My arm was brushed by waitstaff's bum a hundred times as they tried walking through the very narrow opening between tables. The decor and ambiance, mind you, is very nice. It's just a bunch of stuff crammed into a small space and not romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Food was excellent but the service can use some improvement. It's possible our waitress was having a bad day. It would have been nice if she smiled a bit and was more attentive to our requests. The food made up for any shortcomings in service. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait when not busy
    blondefoodie
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I have been to this restaurant many times and truly enjoy it. This time the service was so slow during our lunch that it took 45 minutes to get our simple meals when everyone around us was fed. disappointing since it is one of my favorite spots.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So much fun!
    horns34
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    It was our first time here and we had soooo much fun! the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    Okay
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Peach tarte (flatbread pizza) was yummy. Oysters were super fresh and delicious. Waitress talked me out of Flat Iron Steak claiming it was very gamey. I got the Pork Belly instead. It was a tad fatty but delicious. I thought the bite of duck I had was mediocre, but my guest liked it. French fries were great, despite having been frozen according to my guest who saw them come out of the bag. Sparkling rose was very good, but pricey at $14 per glass. I do not like the cancellation policy--credit card upfront to charge $25 per person if don't show or cancel the reservation less than 24 hours before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice energy
    CalGal
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I returned to Church and State for a second time and loved the atmosphere just as much. I was a little disappointed as I was hoping to get the prix fixe lunch special, but what they were serving (something I don't eat) differed from the menu I had looked at online earlier in the day. Still, a great meal with the most delicious bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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.
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    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
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate