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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Church & State reviews from OpenTable diners
248 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (173)neighborhood gem (121)special occasion (102)hot spot (86)great for outdoor dining (77)notable wine list (66)good for groups (65)romantic (60)great for lunch (44)late-night find (27)vibrant bar scene (25)great for brunch (16)scenic view (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing change
    KatlVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The spot is beautiful, reminiscent of Balthazar in NY. My last visit to the spot a couple of years ago was absolutely stellar. This time, it felt obvious that ownership/management had changed. The menu is smaller and less interesting – traditional bistro fare now. Service was glaringly poor: dirty dishes in a busboy's hand in front of my face over my table, server taking orders from men first, no offer to switch food out when allergens not on the menu appeared on the dish. But most significantly, the food is not great anymore. Sauce on the trout was delicious but all other dishes were on the bland side.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the price
    danton
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We'd been planning on visiting for years and finally got around to it. First time I've left a 10% tip in years: took awhile to order/receive cocktails; plates and drinks came out a different times; a side dish and a dessert were never delivered. Not what's to be expected in this price range. Food was pretty good, though overpriced and overrated. Caveat: neither of us eat red meat (1 had fish, the other's a vegetarian)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd time wasn't the charm
    BurbankShooter
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our 3rd time at C&S. First two were outstanding. This time around the food for whatever reason just wasn't as good. Wife's steak wasn't season and was really bland. My seafood cioppino was pretty good but overall the food just didn't seem to have the same flavor that we've now come to expect. The cocktails were awesome and service is very solid. We'll go back but probably not for a while.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than ever!
    gmarch
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Love, love, love the Onion Tarte! We had a fairly large group and absolutely everyone raved about their meal. From Steak Frites to the Trout Muniere, we were all happy. The Endive Salad was especially nice also. Service was very friendly and attentive. We also appreciated the wine list which is different than all the standard California wines we usually see. Loved our French Sauvignon Blanc!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reason to go to arts district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Church & State. Setting, food and service combined to create a great evening. We started with the peach and brie tart and watermelon salad. Mains included steak frites, boullabaisse, lamb and duck. Everyone was happy. And even though we had no room had dessert. Profiteroles. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frenchcooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My wife and I discovered Church and State, thanks to Open Table, and enjoyed an early evening meal. The restaurant resides in the old Nabisco building in industrial LA, and would be hard to find if one didn't know about it. The food was definitively French, with interesting and tasty choices including a rabbit hors d'oeuvre and French onion soup. We had bouillabaisse, pork bellies and cerises melba. For us this was a fine discovery and we would recommend it highly to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The menu has something for everyone and all of the food was excellent. Indoors seating is very tight and noise level very loud when filled with diners which it is most of the time. Staff is very attentive and hospitable. Recommend for a good, well prepared meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    AnnieMac
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    This was our second time here. This time we brought friends. Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Church & State
    SmartchickinRedondoBeach
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have been to Church & State for lunch and loved it! This most recent time was for dinner with friends. The food was amazing! I LOVED everything I had. The onion tart was delicious, the hanger steak was so tender and the fries were amazing! My friend and I shared the chocolate and caramel tart, best chocolate tart on the face of the earth! You HAVE to try this restaurant, it is outstanding! Oh, and I forgot to mention the bread is amazing as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time's a charm
    ladyjsea
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Never been but had wanted to try and was not disappointed. Birthday dinner was exceptional in every way from front of house to food and service, particular shout-out to Steva (sp?) He was charming, understated and filled with good humor. Our first time was for a special occasion and it was indeed special. Will undoubtedly return and recommend others to do the same.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It took an hour and a half to get our main dish ...it was nice that they brought us the goat cheese appetizer complimentary because the kitchen was so slow but the food was not great ... It was cold .. Not worth the price at all .. Sorry we will not go back .
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Amazing!
    Superb
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Met some friends on a Thursday night. WOW! What a treat! Restaurant vibe and appearance was wonderful. Service was superb, not rushed and very sympatico. We spoke with our table neighbors about their food, we loved ours and theirs! heirloom tomato salad, onion tart, mussels, caviar, trout - I don't think you could miss with any of the menu. Wine list was exceptional. We vowed to go back - soon.. loved, loved, loved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent meal
    Hrvatica
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This was my first visit. In our group of six, three were first timers. All of us ordered a different meal and all were well pleased. Service was slow, but worth the wait. Staff was attentive and friendly. Definitely would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brilliant. ..
    fillup
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We loved this place so much. We will definitely be back and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The snails are exquisite
    Veronica
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Church and State is a nice hip French spot. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food! Great Wine!
    HelenandPattifavVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    A 10plus dinner...trout was cooked and seasoned to perfection...BUT the chicken was elevated to gourmet!!!! Do not even attempt to make your wine selection...leave it to the sommelier and you will not be disappointed...Not our first experience and will not be missed as a dining destination on every trip to LA... Do not order the tarte with peaches first unless you are starving-its decadent and filling!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent food but very noisy. We we 6 and it was hard to hear everyone. Most important food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy and Elegent
    mielcomVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Delicious food in an unsuspecting part of DTLA. Quarters are a little tight, but the staff is very friendly and the food is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    theproducer
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We felt good as soon as we walked into the restaurant and had a glass of the house Bordeaux. Our table of four thoroughly enjoyed the charcuterie, but found the escargot oddly presented. The main courses of duck, steak frite and bouillabaisse were very much enjoyed with the trout rather tasteless. The peach tart desert was excellent, but would not order the chocolate tart again. I don't care what you call the coffee, but $4.00 for a refill is ridiculous. The service was professional and competent as one would expect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Sommelier
    Stig
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was excellent and we received excellent recommendations from the sommelier. The restaurant has an authentic ambience. Overall an excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    mike
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great French bistro
    plumdumplings
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Finder's Keeper's
    EatingLAVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    Rumi
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must order
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The fish stew is absolutely Devine. They have one of the best wines available; and they know their wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful French bistro experience
    grouchoarnVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gourmet
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was a special occasion dinner for my daughter's 43rd birthday. It was a great choice! The food and service were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just OK for the Price
    Scott
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing experience
    SDBcruiseVIP
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deliscious cocktails, good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Highly recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday dinner
    EMmmVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Price Fix Sunday dinner with wine pairing was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chekhov
    Chekhov
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.