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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 - 10:00pm; Saturday - 5:00pm - 11:00pm;
Sundays - Offering a prix fixe menu from 5:00pm - 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, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Church & State Ratings and Reviews
Never disappointed! Always 5 stars. Last night I had the lobster bisque and it was perfect.
Heavenly! So flavorful and truly what lobster bisque should be. Leek, walnut and generous piece of lobster in the bisque were delicious and added to the pleasure of this excellent soup.
Kudos to the chef. Main course was a Mediterranean Sea Bass, tender, moist and also delicious and the braised leek complimented the fish. My apple tart desert had a crust that I'm still thinking about this morning. I opened with the vodka/ thyme cocktail which was a refreshing and wonderful use of the thyme and my server chose a Chablis for me that paired with my meal to perfection. Thank you for a lovely and memorable meal. I tell all my friends about Church and State and hold all the business meals I can there, in addition to my personal outings.
We walked to Church and State from the Lost Spirits Distillery (a must!). At first, we thought we might be late for our 8PM reservation, and had called to push it back. But, the tour ended earlier than anticipated, and we wound up at the restaurant right at 8. The hostess was wonderfully accommodating, even though the restaurant was packed. There had been a commercial shoot there earlier, we learned, and they were slammed trying to catch up. It took awhile to get water, bread, our cocktails, and to place our orders. I give a "fair" rating to service for these reasons alone - otherwise, the waiter was friendly and helpful. They just seemed overwhelmed. We ate off the DineLA menu, and everything from the pork belly on lentils, to my steak frites was terrific. We would definitely go back.
Nice place. The food was very good. The service - friendly but not attentive - drinks took a long time to get to the table and spaced out by at least 10 minutes from the first to the last. Waitress was at times hard to find and not very knowledgeable about the cocktails. Shouldn't be this way at this place. The Maitre D was very friendly.
Wait staff was very attentive and knowledgeable. Food was prepared and served well. Worth the drive and time if you want something a bit more special than the normal evening for dinner. Even that would work great. I recommend this to visitors to DTLA as we were.
I hadn't been to Church & State for maybe 2 years. But I can't forget the taste of the Chicken Liver Mousse because it is so well done. When we went on Saturday night - the Chicken Liver Mousse tasted exactly as I had remembered it. Which is why I rated the food as outstanding. It's not outstanding like some destination restaurant where the food is done as a show stopping art form. No - this is French Bistro cooking done expertly. Perfectly executed steak frites. A baguette warm from the oven. A small but really well chosen wine list. And a great setting. It's food that fuels a good life.
I liked the vibe of the restaurant but the service was mediocre and the food was just okay. The menu was full of classic French dishes which should be easily executed but my coq au vin lacked depth of flavor and my date’s pasta was undercooked and lacked flavor. Both dishes needed salt which was not offered at the table. I know this restaurant has been a favorite in the Arts District but I’m afraid the hype has allowed the staff to slack off a little bit.
Loved the ambiance of the place. This was our first visit and found parking a little bit of an issue but that was no fault of the restaurant’s. They do not offer valet and all the lots were closed for Christmas Eve. We had to park a few blocks away. Our server started out so well and was so attentive but once the first course was served he seemed overwhelmed with other tables and we were ignored for about 20 minutes after we finished each course it seemed. We had to try and get his attention and ask for the next course and finally the Check. Our water was not refilled - but the food was good. We tried the escargot, the flank steak was really tough and our table knife would not cut through. We had to flag someone down to bring us a steak knife. Apply tart was served room temperature- was not wat we expected. Still I liked the place - maybe a different server would have chanted our experience?
Great French food and wonderful ambiance. We were celebrating our Anniversary and they were very nice to come by the table multiple times to mention it. We had a great little table by the window and had a show to go to after, therefore the staff was great in making sure we were out on time.
Some small feedback that did not detract too much from the experience was the Duck skin was not crispy at all, quit chewy. All of the rest was amazing, Escargot, Endive Salad, and the Mac and Cheese was to die for. Thank you for everything
Had a very nice meal at this restaurant. Very friendly staff nice atmosphere romantic lighting.
The Sunday prefix meal is a good deal. The duck was very good and I generally don’t like duck. My mussels were well prepared however I’m not a fan of fennel so this licorice taste was present throughout the meal. Overall I would return again to sample other items.
Always order an Absinthe. Only place in town that I know of that does the whole thing right. Loved the escargot, and the arugula salad was far better than I imagined. I was somewhat disappointed with the bouillabaisse--didn't seem to have enough saffron for my taste. Fish was terrific though. Profiteroles for dessert were terrific. I love French food!!
Had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and finally got the chance. We went early so it was relatively slow but the service was excellent. There when you needed them and not when you didn't. The food was amazing as well, we had the Bouillabaisse and steak frittes and both were done to perfection!
Go there! The food is just mouth watering, but every bit as wonderful as the food is the humor and humanity of the staff. Adam and Megan made our lives an absolute joy the night we came. From the moment we walked in with our nephew and his girl, our experience was delight after delight. The room is lively. Our quartet ordered everything from steaks to vegan fare, and the taste treat was uniformly wonderful for each. It's hard to describe a feeling -- but go there and you'll know what I mean. It's like walking into a place that was built for your ease and comfort while eating food that you've only dreamt about. Thank you all at CHURCH AND STATE!
We when on a Tuesday and it was surprisedly not crowded !
The service was very good and friendly ! Food was excellent ! We wish we had room for more!
The duck and chicken entree had many excellent flavors. The Brussels sprouts had a hint of anchovy (yum!)
Desert (can’t even say how good!)
We will be back
The ambiance is lovely at Church & State and on another occasion we enjoyed wonderful cocktails. This was our 1st dining experience here and we will not go back. It seemed the kitchen forgot our order. Our early Sunday dinner took 3 hours. The duck breast, practically raw, was inedible. The restaurant gave us an extra dessert (pot de creme) to compensate: a meager gesture.
Highlight of the meal was the Moules Frites. 2 of our party of 4 haf the Sunday prix fixe which is a good value.
Church and State does a very nice job of French bistro classics. The portions are generous and presentation is good. We did have one newly-minted vegetarian in the group who was struggling a bit for something other than the seasonal vegetables as an entre. The service was terrific and very gracious as we were a bit of a high-maintenance group. This is one of my favorite restaurants and a great place to go with friends.
This is one of my fave dining spots in LA. From the moment you enter to the moment you leave, you feel well taken care of. The staff is friendly, knowledgable about their food and beverages, attentive, accommodating, and genuinely lovely. The ambiance is laid back, beautiful, and luxe. And the food always excellent.
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