Church & State

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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!



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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing, would love to come back!
Try the beef tongue and the spaghetti:)

v
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The previous Church and State was better.

French onion soup with bone marrow - need more cheese. Soup base was a little bland and barely warmed. Marrow was ok. Onion was way overdone.

Souffe - ok, could have used a little more vanilla ice cream.

Also, need happy hour if you want to draw in the crowd.

I won’t be coming back.

G
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great vibe, great food, great people. Thanks.

L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved this new experience at Church and State. Food is delicious, wine list suits every need and want, desserts are phenomenal. Great new start to an Arts District favorite.

k
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This used to be one of my favorite restaurants in DTLA. I hadn't been back in a while and was looking forward to reconnecting with fondly remembered dishes. But, alas! Most of those fondly remembered dishes are no more, and the menu was generally disappointing, as was the dinner. Nothing was terrible, but the best thing we had were the frites. We had a suspicion that this was not the restaurant it used to be as the guests were outnumbered by the staff throughout dinner. I don't think we will be back.

E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had great service! Food was great.
The mixologist wasn't happy with the drink she made for me, she made another and personally served it at my table. I didn't complain about my drink, that was just her choice. The GM/sommelier came to our table to assist with a wine choice and at the end of night as he walked he saw us and took a pic of us. Just genuinely friendly.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server (Ax or Axle?) was incredible; so knowledgeable and friendly!

d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This is a New Church & State with new owners and chef. Sadly, I miss the old Church & State, and I missed Steak Frites which is not on the new menu. My recent experience was OK. The food was good but I can't remember what we ate. The cheese board was good, I remember that. The service began well but as the restaurant got busy the service suffered. We had to look for our waiter a few times and at the end, he forgot a drink order and coffee orders. Maybe they were understaffed. It was overpriced for the food and service we received. I won't go back. There is a lot of competition in DTLA, and I don't think this version of Church & State will survive.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food & the place

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good but very rich. Noise level inside was acceptable until they suddenly increased the volume of music, which was annoying and made conversation difficult.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service - our waiter was patient with our questions and had good recommendations. Food was very tasty and not as heavy as super traditional French food. Would definitely come back to try more of the menu and specials!

A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely a great revamped menu with a new chef behind the kitchen, all four different entrees stood especially the lamb stew with the goat ricotta. Great use of vegetables in all the dishes

r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!! Beautiful place. Talented chef. Wonderful staff.

We will be back!!!

l
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was great and very knowledgeable. The food was superb.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Our food took way too long to be prepared and the party next to us who had arrived after us had eaten and been ready to leave before we got anything other than some rabbit pâté appetizer.

AM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Love the location in the arts district setting, highly recommend sitting outside so you can have a conversation. Inside they pack the tables close and it can get loud. This restaurant is trying too hard and takes itself too seriously. A hipster place, for sure, very pretentious, a little overpriced, and with a very limited menu. We will not return, unfortunately.

MJ
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding quality and great service. Will definitely return.

A
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Just awful food. It should be made very clear to everyone that THIS IS NOT THE OLD CHURCH AND STATE!!! New owner, new " chef".
Horrible seasoning, boring menu. The manager was lovely, and took the (incredibly over-salted) steaks off the bill, but the food was just sad.
One of our favorites is gone.

S
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

this revival of a downtown pioneer is worth another visit if you haven't been recently. the menu is modern bistro where simple dishes are given flawless execution. can't wait to come back.

G
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Now this is a brilliant restaurant. One one of the best I have been to in a long time. We just returned from Barcelona, and ate in several Michillin Star restaurants. Church & State holds its own among the best. And the somellier is A+. Wow!

C
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I ordered duck, wife ordered ribeye cap. Both were utterly tasteless- aside from duck being gamey (also tough). Seemingly identical, murky brown sauce atop both dishes. Even then wouldn't have complained but waiter made the mistake of asking. Told him mine was inedible. He apologized. Manager came over. I had to ask in all seriousness: do you actually have a chef? They took the duck off the tab. Should have prefaced this by saying we scanned the menu for a long time looking for anything that sounded good. Looking around, everyone seemed to be ordering one pasta dish or french fries. Waiter said they were out of our first choices. Evidently word was out on the beef and the duck!
Wine was good.

M
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully inventive food and lovely staff.

I especially love the first course avocado-quinoa starter.

Great Grand Marnier Souffle

v
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

They nickel and dime you for everything. Charged a $3 cocktail fee and a $3 "up" fee for my martini. Have never seen anything like it before. Food and service was mediocre from what I remember coming here years ago.
Will not be back. RIP church and state.

M
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I ate at C&S shortly after the new owners took over and loved it. The food and cocktails were really good and the service top notch. In short, I couldn't wait to go back, which we did. The second time around, however, wasn't quite the same experience as the first. The food, while still good, seems to have dropped off. Maybe the new, and very long, specials menu is distracting the kitchen from executing the main menu. Anyway, I probably would have been back but for how the restaurant handled a situation during the meal. The waiter, who himself was very good, while pouring a beer accidentally dropped the bottle that in turn broke the full glass, sending beer and broken glass all over the table and floor. The waiter had a slight cut but luckily none of us were injured. It seemed like a situation for, at the very least, to have the manager stop by an apologize and check on everyone and something comp'd would have seemed like Service 101. But nothing. No manager. No comp. No nothing. Obviously, they didn't care but for those prices they should have cared. In fact, they kind of pushed back when we asked to have the cocktails remade for fear that broken glass may have landed in one. Bottom line is that the food is good, the atmosphere is good, but it will be awhile before we head back.

JK
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was very excellent. Food was great, service was great and everyone was super friendly and warm.

TP
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable. They treat you like royalty.

LB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was great! Our host was very friendly and welcoming. The noise level was good! Finally, a restaurant that doesn’t make me want to use headphones! Our server was very passionate about the food which made it all the better. He was very knowledgeable and made great recommendations. The food was outstanding and we loved everything we ordered. The butter was one of the best butter I have ever had. We ordered a few things from the specials, like the escabeche skewers and the blood sausage (which was surprisingly light). Overall, a very pleasant experience.

MF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. I highly recommend this restaurant.

WL
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

3rd visit - better every time!!

KC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
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
3 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
92 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
84 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
4 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
16 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
41 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!

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