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

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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.

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

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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.

1850 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

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.

Cross Street:
Mateo

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 405-1434

Website:
http://www.churchandstatebistro.com/

Parking Details:
$4 during the day, $5 at night.

Executive Chef:
Tony Esnault

Private Party Contact:
Georgina: (213) 405-1434

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Church & State will be offering the following
1st seating: 5pm to 7.45pm, 3 course menu, $95/ per person ($45 wine pairing)
2nd seating: 7.45pm to 10pm, 3 course menu + amuse + champ toast + party favors, $115/ per person ($60 wine pairing)

Church & State Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

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4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Fun (9)
Authentic (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Cozy (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Comfort Food (6)
People Watching (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

Perfectly executed French bistro food with a great wine list and even better service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was nice but spotty and the food was okay. Not as good as our previous visit

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 (New Mexico)·Dined 6 days ago

End of meetings meal, leaving LA tomorrow for home - excellent food, thoughtful service throughout the house

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great service and the food was outstanding. We were not familiar with the French wines so, our waiter helped us find a fantastic wine pairing with our food.

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Top notch food drink and service in every respect. I'd eat here all the time if I lived closer.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Exceptional service, drinks and food! Will definitely return want the try the escargot.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Wonderful service, nice ambiance & most importantly - a flavorful dinner. The steak tartare app was well seasoned and the cassoulet was exceptional.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Birthday Food is always outstanding.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food here is always world class. The server was very attentive and helpful on what to order to elevate the experience. The staff had a great attitude and was very welcoming. I love this place and will come back soon.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

A bowl of onion soup and a plate of bone marrow make me very happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Cozy
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our meal was excellent service was fantastic and the food was delicious especially the wild mushroom tart

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Casual, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Classical french dishes and wine. Excellent bread.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We dined last Friday night and had a wonderful and delightful waitress....wish I remembered her name. The food was incredible and my French 75 was delicious. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

screaming babies at church and state no a friday night? seriously? everyone in the restaurant was uncomfortable, including the management, yet no one spoke to the couple with the crying infant, no one moved them to a corner or outside.
it took 3 attempts to get anyone to take out drink order.
we ordered 24 oysters and it took about 30 minutes for them to arrive at our table.
the food was delicious, as always, but the waitstaff was chaotic and ill-prepared and church and state on a weekend night is not the place where anyone expects to encounter crying infants.
open table gives no "noise level" choices appropriate- i checked "energetic" but that is the noise level i have encountered at c and s in the past. it is NOT what we encountered on friday night last--which was just stupid infant screaming noise.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I was hoping for more French class but this is not a very French type First and last want there.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

excellent service , prefix menu option was great. Overall good atmosphere

Tags: Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

You need to serve Tito's.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Fabulous! An unexpected stop with over the top food.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I'd seen this restaurant on Los Angeles eats lists. It's not in an area I ever go to so I visited after a trip to The Broad. Wow! What a gem. All of our meals were fabulous! I can't wait to find a reason to go back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Restaurant felt like New York or Europe. Lovely. Open table lied about number of open reservations and we found ourselves in a practically empty restaurant at 6 pm.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

I like to bring my friends to this restaurant - each time I walk through the art district, I need to juxtapose it with something as close to the old world as possible. Church and State comes as close to that as possible in that neck of the woods. The ambience, the building and the perfect bread compensate for some occasional short comings: excessive salt in a salad and such. Will be back for sure.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

The service was fantastic and the ambience was great. I really did love the vibe of the place but I thought the food just didn't have the edge to make it AMAZING.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Went for the Sunday night prefix meal. As usual it was good. The bread pudding was just ok. They were not that busy. Expected better service.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The food here is always fresh and delicious, the service welcoming and efficient, and the overall experience is definitely worth the drive from the suburbs.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

They call to confirm the same day. They'll only seat you when the whole party is present. We were definitely ready to eat after finishing the apps, the entrees took a bit of time to get there. The veggie entree was dull and the birthday girl was the veggie, otherwise the food was excellent. Attentive service. Drinks were good but not strong. All told satisfying experience, C&S continues to be a standout on the east side/in dtla.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Waitress was very nice, but service was slow overall. Also the steak in the steak frites was very nicely cooked but bland. Great ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

I love Church and State. Good grief, they sure can cook! DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Organic, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Lovely dinner with friends.
The drinks are very good. I had the Hemingway cocktail.
For dinner I started with an appetizer of Goat cheese with lavender and honey, wonderful!
Dinner was Cassoulet which had duck confit, lamb shank, a house garlic sausage on a bed of white beans - perfect for fall.
Dessert was a delicious pear tart. The service from our waitress was impeccable! Will be back soon.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 30, 2017

When making the reservation, it asks you to select and occassion and "add a special request." I put down that it is a birthday and we have 2 ladies celebrating their birthdays. We ordered dessert, they came and NOT EVEN A CANDLE. So why did the reservation ask for occassion and special request?

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Waited an hour for the first course. Downhill from there...

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I drive 70 miles to dine at Church and State, that is how much I love this restaurant. Not only is the food delicious, the service is outstanding. The complex flavors of the cassoulet belies it's common origins. The waiter had the kitchen prepare a salad not currently on the menu, which was not only divine, but artfully plated. I cannot speak highly enough of this restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Congratulations on reviving the original menu presentations from the first days. Great tasting hoices and prices were a pleasant surprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

I enjoyed very much the bone marrow, excellent and very original. But there was nearly nothing else to eat with it. Fortunately my friend ordered French fries and we shared them.
Kir Royal was great, and very French.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Food was delicious. Hostess At the front door was a sweet heart. I had made a reservation but for some reason was not on the books. She still accommodated our party of four and made sure we had good seats. Thank you

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent service and ambiance.
Food was outstanding

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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