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Church & State

2520 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (24)
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

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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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.
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Phone number
(213) 405-1434
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Tony Esnault
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Private party contact
Georgina: (213) 405-1434
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Cross street
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Parking details
$4 during the day, $5 at night.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2520 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCalifCondor1234 (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined 2 days ago

Upon being seated, our waiter approached us too soon for our order, and then vanished. We asked another waiter to retrieve our waiter (he did). After our unremarkable meal of Winter Vegetables & Coq au Vin the bus-man cleared the table and we waited in vein for our waiter to return and finally, we again had to ask 'the other' waiter to locate ours.

The visual setting (decorations, tables, wall-hangings) was pleasing. The acoustics were just plain badur. Our dinner conversation was more like trying to communicate at a concert: shouting and reading lips.

The champagne my date ordered from the menu was not available.

Street parking was available 2 blocks away. The street was sketchy, but my car was unmolested.

vipHappydancer (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Delicious and fresh oysters with tasty mignonette started our wonderful dinner. Lyonnaise salad was perfect with a warm poached egg over crisp greens and generous amount of lardons. Coq sure vin was tender and full of flavor. From the moment you enter service is expert and attentive. Love Church and State!

vipSierra (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Wonderful bistro food, the emu included old favorites and new tastes. Mussels and fries with excellent aoli. Onion tart is cheesier than in the past - perhaps the tart and onion with less cheesy was better. Nice wine selection.

OpenTable Diner (Yosemite)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Service was great; food is good but limited choices.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Great. Wonderful food wonderful service and Chef came over to talk to us. Will definitely be back and recommend to others!!!!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

It was a great place. The environment and the food just made everything very special.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

First waitress was a bit rude.

vipEastbayfoodie (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great Valentine's Pre-Fix. We had the wine pairing as well. Excellent for the food and the wine!!!! The only part of the dinner that didn't stand out as the rest of the meal was the dessert. It was not up to the level of the food served in the previous courses. We were disappointed with the dessert.

We are new to the area and have never been to Church and State before...we will return.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Wonderful space. Been trying to get to this restaurant for what seems years. Loved it. Feels like being in a real big city like New York. Service was great. Food was good and innovative - try the goat cheese appetizer.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Church and State hasn't lost a step in the several years since its been open. Despite several chefs in the kitchen over the years, the restaurant has lost nothing. One of the first to serve bone marrow, it is now the "go to" for the perfect dish. Snails in puff pastry continue to amaze. This trip I tried the hanger steak for the 1st time and it was as good a piece of meat as I have ever had. Extremely juicy....cooked perfect....and melted in my mouth. However, the accompanying french fries were no better than McDonald's which is the only reason not to give this 5-stars. The frazie salad with a warm poached egg on it was the perfect starter. All in all, still a super experience.