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About 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.
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Join us for "Church on Sunday" for a special Chef's prix fixe menu, only $52 per person. The Sunday menu is available on our website, updated each Saturday night. Our regular menu is not available on Sundays.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
$4 during the day, $5 at night.
Private Party Contact:
Georgina: (213) 405-1434
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Church & State Ratings and Reviews
Food is excellent, if a bit pricey for lunch. Neighborhood is not one you want to walk around alone at night, but loft apts or condos across street from here give the street itself a kicky, Bay Area-type feel. Would have given overall V.Good if not for the stand-offish attitude of host and wait staff. My first time here, noted on the OT reservation, yet greeting was minimal and although not busy, when we left and said thank you, neither hostess nor bartender responded. May have been because they were trying a new wine at the bar with someone, perhaps the merchant, but a glance up or at least acknowledgement of our having spoken on the way out would have been expected at a good establishment. Waitress not friendly. But busboys were nice.
My sister and I are cooks and have been in the business for the last twenty years. We went to celebrate her birthday. I haven't had an experience like that in a very long time. We were seated right away and our well dressed and well mannered service attendants were perfect. I had a Manhatten made with bacon flavored bourban and maple liquor that truly was the best Manhatten I'd ever had. We ordered small plates to share and each one one better than the last, which was unlikely since the first plate, the poitrine de porc, left us speachless, after it melted in our mouths and smile like cheshire cats. The next dish was the squash tarte, perfectly executed and delicious to the very last morsel.The scallops, lamb and lemon tart.
Bistro cool and classy! The only reason I did not give this downtown favorite of mine an outstanding rating overall is because after dining at Church and State I usually find myself hungry again within a couple hours. In my opinion the portions are a bit sparse. But the food is always interesting, fresh and deliciously prepared. And the absinthe ritual? Sign me up! It is also a plus that street parking "sans" meters is available in the neighborhood. Reservations (through Open Table, of course) are definitely recommended for lunch.
I took a friend for a birthday lunch. It reminded us both of NY. I loved the open kitchen .
The trout is fab; crispy skin over soft lentils. I wish it was served on a hot plate, or a warm plate. Le Cachat simply amazing!
The service was beyond horrible from the server. I actually physical got out of my seat to talk to somebody about a wine selection. The woman behind the bar that helped me saved my experience. The server virtually disappeared. He did not ask for drinks, did not recommend specials, and knew very little about the menu. For instance; I asked him about a meats app sampler and explained it had been recommended by a friend. He had no clue. I mentioned it to the woman and she knew.
food & drinks, fantastic.. service was a joke. the waiter had a shaved head and 2 earrings and such a ridiculous LA/WEHO attitude, and not in a good way. i could not BELIEVE the level of service in a so-called high end french restaurant. this was a prefixed menu on valentines day where it was about $85 a person with one drink.
Always good place to dine, but on Valentine’s Day terrible(or clever) management… They’ve shrunk their menu to 2 entrees and made it fixed menu without any notice… That is a big minus to the place. That makes you look like a cheap date!!! Although they make 2 phone calls to confirm your reservation, they mention this menu change on the last moment (4hrs before the reservation time) so you couldn’t make any other arrangements.
Never expected this!!!
Mediocre at best.
Unfortunately, we dined on a Sunday evening and learned that they have a prefixe menu on Sundays. At $65. per person and $35. per person for the wine pairing, we found the selections on the menu were prepared without imagination or creativity. The wines were poorly paired and when my wife received a wine that was corky and sent it back. The waiter replaced it with a different wine, which was the same as saying she didn't know a bad wine when she tasted it. They continued pouring from that bottle to other less discerning customers that must have thought bad wine was "cool". We are a little spoiled by San Francisco's level of quality. L.A., Revolt! Don't allow this mediocrity to substitute for a great dining experience.
We had an exceptional experience at Church and State. Very hip decor. Everything we ordered was delicious and the wait staff was very attentive and friendly. It gets very crowded and there is not a lot of space between tables. It is easy to ask neighbors what they are eating! We already made a reservation for a return visit in a month. I would highly recommend this place. The location is kind of sketchy in an area that is revitalizing but not there yet.
My wife & I tried Church & State largely on the recommendation of a friend. We went there with another couple and none of us were disappointed. Lively atmosphere in a delightful bistro environment. Scallops, venison, New York strip, mac & cheese: all done to perfection. Friendly, attentive staff. Knowledgeable and approachable sommelier; all French wines. Only one sour note during the entire evening: the restaurant does not stock some standard liquor (e.g., Bombay Sapphire) and I didn't learn this until after my first sip. Otherwise, we had a great time and a great meal!
Really liked the ambiance and look of the restaurant. Great vibe and energy Felt like I was eating in the Meatpacking District of New York City.
Food was good but nothing stellar. The citrus dressing on the Salade de Mesclun was bland and watery. Had better luck with the Artickoke Tart. Very tasty and something I would definitely order again. The Bouillabaisse had a zesty broth and all the seafood was very good. Just wish the oortion was a bit larger.
Service put a crimp in the evening. Waiter was missing in action for most of the meal and when he did appear was aloof and not especially pleasant. This appeared to have been an anomaly as I observed other servers who all seemed to be attentive and friendly.
Located in the old Nabisco building in downtown LA, Church & State pours amazing wines to go along with creative and gorgeous food - what a fantastic restaurant! Make sure to try the flatbread pizza - we had the one with butternut squash - which make a great app for the table, and if that kind of thing is your bag, get an order of the crispy pig ears (yes, that's right) on the side. Beautiful salads, fresh real baguette, perfect mains (steak frites, lamb, and bass all made appearances at our meal, rave reviews all around), and lovely desserts. Service is excellent - knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. What are you waiting for??
I do not write often, but this place was over the top amazing. Hidden in LA, you almost get a NYC vibe out of the place. Perfect place to celebrate my ladies birthday. Every app and entree was amazing. My Lady and I both got the French Onion soup (die hard critics on french onion and this was at the top of the list), Split the Steak tartar and the Goat cheese with lavender honey. All were amazing. For the main course my lady for the Tarte which was amazing and I got the Short Ribs. tender and tasteful. Will got back!
Overall, just an OK experience. The menu is interesting, but its execution feels very approximative.
Appetizers were the biggest miss: the Tarte Flambee was overcooked and flavorless. The Tartare had no inspiration or kick to it. The escargots' presentation looked impressive, but here again what should have been a burst of buttery-garlicky taste came out as a weak copy of the French iconic dish. Any bistrot in Paris could do better. The frog legs were good.The best part of the early evening was the bread.
Main courses and desserts were better executed and showcased what could have been with the entire experience.
This restaurant is a diamond in the rough, rough meaning location. The food was amazing and their specialty drinks went down with ease. The restaurant is loud, but with limited space for dining I cannot complain. I would recommend this restaurant to all. Eating at the bar is also an option (the bar is small) which allows for walk-ins even on a busy night. That being said, make sure you get a reservation because this sweet eatery fills up quickly and days in advance.
The food at this place is great and the prices are very reasonable. The restaurant has a very New York feel. I've been at Church and State on numerous occasions and it has never failed us. I would definitely recommend this place to a foodie. The only caveat is that this place is very noisy and not ideal for a romantic night on the town.
We had the "Church on Sunday" Prix Fix:
Apps: Frisee salad w/ poached egg was the best thing I've eaten in weeks, the tart with pears and walnuts was ok.
Main of striped bass with chorizo and potatoes was excellent.
Desert was indifferent--not worth the trouble.
The amuse-bouches and two apps showed up one on top of another, so things got cold before we could eat them, and the first part of the meal felt rushed.
I have had meals at some of the best restaurants in Los Angeles and I can say with certainty, that this place is probably the best restaurant in town! Exceptional food, vib, and service. I have only been once for lunch, but I will be back again for both lunch and dinner. We wanted to order everything on the menu! I highly recommend the Mussels & Frites and the Beef Bourguignon. Absolutely do not miss a meal at Church & State!
The small plates were delicious (the mussles and the tartes) and were so generous in portion that my friend and I didn't need to order more. But of course we saved room for dessert, which was a delicious walnut fruit tart. A wonderful dinner and experience!
We had high expectations, and perhaps that's why we were a bit disappointed with our lunch. My husband's salad -- "Nicoise" -- had very little resemblance to a traditional Nicoise salad. The seared ahi was excellent, but the salad was mostly just the ahi slices over a bed of greens. My Jambon et Chevre baguette was very difficult to eat since the baguette was so very hard and seemed over cooked. I had to gnaw on it pretty aggressively. The fries were a delight.
The food was very good, portions are large so if you want to try more than one thing it makes it very easy to share with friends and family. When it came down to the bill three separate people paid and we wrote down the amount on the back of the receipt with the corresponding card, the server did not get confused which happens at a lot of places so that was awesome too!
Went on fixed-price Sunday when they opened at 5.30, hoping to get to a 7.30 movie. Well, we didn't get out of the restaurant til after 7.30 -- which at 2hrs plus was not leisurely paced dining, but very very slow service. And the portions were, frankly, tiny -- not to mention that the wine flight consisted of maybe 3 oz glasses. My wife, no chowhound at little more than 100 pounds, ordered a pizza when we got back to the hotel. We spent 5 nights of great dining in LA, this the most disappointing.
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