Church & State

4.4
35 reviews
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French
Church & State LA is a French bistro (est. 2019) located in the historic National Biscuit Company building in the heart of Downtown LA's Arts District at the corner of Industrial and Mateo Streets.

We are proud to serve the imaginative bistro fare of Chef David Féau, supported by artisanal beverage programs designed by some of the city's finest bartenders and sommeliers. We look forward to having you in the restaurant!



What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

Church & State might be one of the older restaurants in the Arts District, but it’s still definitely worth your time.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 35 People Are Saying
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WL
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd visit - better every time!!

KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time - and great food! Service was excellent and we had a great date night experience!

PH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took friends there for the first time. They enjoyed the limited menu and the overall experience. The chef briefly came out to ask how everything was. It would’ve been nice to spend a bit more time with him. It was a bit loud for them, but I think they were satisfied.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there since the relaunch, new menu but still delicious!

A
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have always loved Church and State since its original opening. The menu has changed and although the food was very good we do miss the previous menu which was more Bistro like. I love simple bistro like restaurants and now that is gone. This new menu is very limited and I assume will change over time. The food is good and we may return.

SJ
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

first time back under new management. We ordered the avocado and quinoa appetizer which was very unique and the presentation was amazing but as for taste it was a bit bland. The puff pastry of trout was delicious and beautiful. The caccio e pepe was also great but could have used more pepper. The hanger steak was generous and well prepared but the taste was a little off which may be due to the cut. The grand marnier soufflé desert was novel but the taste and sweetness may need a punch.

My biggest misgiving was that we started with a great waitress but right after she took our order she disappeared and while there were no major lapses in service, we ended being served by three different people which I found a bit disconcerting and unusual. Plus nobody transitioned us from one to the other as I've seen done in restaurants.

AP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Everything dish we ordered was delicious and the service was prompt and friendly. Highlights were the smoked trout in puff pastry, anchovy tart, cacio e pepe pasta was the best we have had outside of Rome, hanger steak with bone marrow and whole sea bass were perfectly cooked and the smashed double fried potatoes were insanely good. Special fresh peach tart was a great dessert and the molten chocolate lava cake was one of the best we've ever had. Can't wait to go back to try everything on the new menu. New owners and new chef, David Feau, have succeeded in putting new life into this place and the menu.

c
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although the ownership and chef are new, our “favorite “ French restaurant continues to serve delicious and innovative food The servers are attentive and efficient and we enjoyed our patio location. Seating is more comfortable but please bring back your endive salad!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

If you are looking for horrible service, this is the place to be! Still really boggled by how bad the service was.

JC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Dreadful experience - absolutey nothing like the former Church & State.
Food was served in bizarre cafeteria-like deep dishes, which made it impossible to eat using a knife & fork.

n
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Chicken a little dry, not enough to never return, small plates terrific

d
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent highly recommend from the bread and Normandy butter to the chocolate cake!

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

David is one of the best chef's in town! The food is amazing in a beautiful industrial space, perfect evening. 5 stars!

a
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant. Really nice staff. Beautiful decor. Food was amazing.

s
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great to see new chef........prob the best french bistro in LA

Y
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I went to Church and State after seeing a show at the Ahmanson. It was awesome! We sat outside on their lovely little patio, our server was incredibly knowledgeable about the wine selections and the food options. She guided to some very delicious food! We stared with some fresh French baguette and delicious butter, followed by sharing the duck and pork belly patè-delicious! We then had the most delicious Cacio e Pepe al dente pasta dish- perfection! We wanted more bread to mop up all the sauce! We shared the lamb merguez for our entree which was so flavorful and fresh. My husband worked at a French restaurant in his twenties so we had to have the fresh made to order Gran marnier soufflé. Which was also perfection. Overall a lovely and satisfying experience. We will definitely be back!

LK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were superb!
My girlfriend and I used to love the moule frites, but it was a very nice and fresh menu!

t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Uneven dishes

M
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Inventive food that's nothing like the old Church and State.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and the service was excellent.

SM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat on the patio on sublime summer evening before Paul McCartney show. Love the new menu!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Mediocre drink selection, limited and over-priced wine choices if you only want to order by glass. Seems like the management wants to push customer to order bottles.

Baguette and butter - baguette was warm and crispy, the butter is too rich and creamy for my taste (I prefer Republique)

Tuna puff pastry - interesting concept when the waitress described it so we ordered. After trying it, the tuna paste/cream that they injected into the pastry was really FISHY! I like puff pastries in general but this dish didn’t have the surprise factor that I was looking for.

Sugar melon and beet salad - my favorite of the night. That melon was sweet!! Very refreshing for summer night.

French onion soup - a tad too sweet for my taste and the croutons that they put inside the soup was too buttery. I love the presentation of the bone marrow on top of the French onion soup.

Seabass - I typically love tangy dishes, but even this one was a bit overboard for me. Perhaps we shouldn’t have added the lemon.

WL
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new ownership, new team and of course the new CHEF have a much more ambitious vision. This has gone from a dependable classic to a chart-topping effort. All aspects of the venue have been udpated - from BAR to wine list to the variety of dishes.

David Feau is CHEF now... formerly of Wally's ... formerly of The Royce... and everywhere he goes - great things happen.... get to CHURCH and STATE - order the bread and butter... the blood sausage... the daily market dishes... the LAMB ... the Chicken... and stay for THE DESSERT - wow... this will be LA's hottest restaurant very soon.

LT
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary party.

DM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new table layout makes the space feel more open and inviting. Every dish was a winner but the chicken was especially exceptional.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent French meal with great wine (the Chianti was delicious). Portion sizes didn't leave me overwhelmed, but we're enough. All the plats principaux are designed for two, so $38 is really $17 each, but such high quality. I definitely recommend a visit!

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The new iteration of this Arts Dis trict bistro is terrific! The warm chèvre salad was especially good. One small quibble: I would like to see more vegetarian and pescataterian choices.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible presentation and service. Food was fantastic.

MB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was creative and the food executed to a high culinary level. We really enjoyed our meal.

n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value for the price. Everything was delicious, especially the beef tongue, sea bass and avocado dish. Service was understated and excellent. Great cocktails that weren’t too sweet and impressive and affordable wine list.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The "new" Church + State was a real mixed bag. Several of the dishes were GREAT - the cauliflower side, the molten chocolate cake - while others were downright MEDIOCRE - like the chicken. The lamb tajine was good, but the vegetables were cooked unevenly. The restaurant definitely has some kinks to work out in terms of the service. Our waiter - maybe it was his first day? - brought one of the side dishes as an appetizer, then had to ask a supervisor how to fix it (dude - just take it back to the kitchen). He took a long time to take our food order, after bringing us drinks (even though the restaurant was practically empty), and kept having to ask us to repeat what we wanted. On the other hand, the sommelier was AWESOME. Totally knew his wines, and brought me exactly what I wanted even though I didn't know I wanted it. Nothing was "bad" but probably would not go back until I am sure they have gotten their act together.

DI
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine by the glass list is really good, the entree dishes were fantastic. Had whole fish and steak. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful. The Somm was very helpful and knowledgeable as well. A wonderful dining experience and cannot wait to go back!

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Thank you for a wonderful night!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Some timing issues with the food/drinks, but overall an excellent, delicious experience.

J
Central Coast
110 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sure hold the new owners can make this work. The restaurant is much nicer looking and the staff is very attentive. Food is SO good!

The reviews below were submitted before June 10th 2019, when this restaurant changed management.
PN
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My brother (who was staying downtown) took me out for a birthday dinner and Church & State proved to be the perfect choice. The service was terrific and the noise level was moderate; we had no trouble carrying on a conversation. Favorite dishes were the onion tart, arugula salad and the bouillabaisse -- and the velvety mussels, which were so good my teenage daughter even became a convert! The steak could have been more tender and lean, and the wine list is a bit pricey, but overall it was lovely. And I was served a personalized Joyeux Anniversaire plated caramel/chocolate tart, which, along with the profiteroles, was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wine pricey and modest pours / food tasty

TH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food high quality but under spiced and,for me,under salted. Herbs bring out the flavor of food and should not
Be left out of the preparation-

SN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Church & State many times, but this time was extra special. My boyfriend and I were meeting my sister and her husband for dinner and were taking pictures outside when my boyfriend proposed in front of the restaurant! Not only did we love the restaurant before, but now it holds a special place in our hearts. The staff was AMAZING and surprised us with champagne when we sat down and even dessert at the end. They were so thoughtful and made the evening even more special. Thank you to the amazing staff for making us feel so welcomed and loved!

L
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly superb food! Masterfully prepared, beautifully and graciously presented, a Michelin starred chef, and outrageously reasonably priced. Run, do not walk to Church and State and enjoy every minute of your experience while underpaying for this treat. Most restaurants of this quality are twice the price with attitude.

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