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Church & State - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
80 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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!



Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, French American, Vegetarian / Vegan

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 405-1434

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Féau

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Mateo

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking available in addition to valet in front of the restaurant and paid lots immediately adjacent.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Cold

  • Radis Beurre$8.00

    breakfast radishes, salted butter, leek ash

    • Avocat Cocktail$15.00

      red quinoa, avocado, forbidden rice, mango

      • Tartare de Bœuf$16.00

        beef tartare, chicharrones, herb-mustard salad

        • Maquereau au Vin Blanc$14.00

          mackerel, côte de romaine, lemon-carrot juice

          • Langue de Bœuf$14.00

            beef tongue, celery ravigote, croutons

            • Saumon Sauvage Mariné$17.00

              salmon crudo, jicama, smoked maldon salt

              • Laitue et Crudités$12.00

                market lettuces, tarragon vinaigrette

                Hot

                • Soupe à L'oignon$12.00

                  french onion soup, bone marrow, raclette, chopped parsl

                  • Tarte Flambée$15.00

                    leek tart, swiss cheese, green onions, grilled scamorza

                    • Ragoût de Lentilles$18.00

                      du puy lentils, english peas, shaved summer truffle

                      • Onglet à L'échalotte$34.00

                        hanger steak, bone marrow, shallots, baby kale, blackberrie

                        • Thon Piperade$34.00

                          yellowfin tuna, stewed peppers, fingerling potatoes, toasted baguette

                          • Agneau en Casserole$38.00

                            stewed lamb, merguez, goat's milk ricotta, fava beans, summer squash, mint

                            • Crevette Vivante

                              live local prawn, seaweed minestrone, cuttlefish, market vegetables

                              • per pièce$14.00
                            • Chèvre Chaud en Salade$15.00

                              warm goat's cheese, mâche salad, garlic-toasted baguette, grapes, walnuts

                              • Pissaladière$14.00

                                anchovy tart, crushed olives, tomatoes, pickled shallots

                                • Ballotine de Poulet Rôti$38.00

                                  boneless roast chicken, pine nut purée, morel mushrooms

                                  • Bar Farci$42.00

                                    whole sea bass, ratatouille farce, tomato-basil jus

                                    Sides

                                    • Pommes Frites$7.00

                                      french fries, turmeric-mustard mayonnaise

                                      • Pommes Rattes$9.00

                                        smashed double-fried potatoes

                                        • Asperges$9.00

                                          grilled asparagus, serrano ham, pine nuts

                                          • Salsifis$9.00

                                            salsify, corn, habañero, chives

                                            • Choufleur$9.00

                                              cauliflower, medjool dates, almonds, ras el hanout

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                                              What 80 people are saying

                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                              4.4
                                              4.4 based on recent ratings
                                              • 4.4Food
                                              • 4.5Service
                                              • 4.4Ambience
                                              • 4Value

                                              NoiseModerate

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                                              1. JA

                                                JASONA

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 24, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                lamb stew was some of the best lamb i've ever had! bread/butter, as you would expect at a french restaurant was over the top. custom drinks were top notch and well thought out. we will return to try more of the menu!

                                              2. a

                                                alacarte

                                                Los Angeles

                                                42 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                42 reviews

                                                Dined on November 17, 2019

                                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                                Food was spectacular, but noise level was oppressive.

                                              3. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on November 17, 2019

                                                overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                did not like the onion soup and the menu was very limited. mised having escargot which was unavailable.

                                              4. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                14 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                14 reviews

                                                Dined on November 13, 2019

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                The server was lovely and helpful but the hanger steak was very poor quality meat recognizing that hanger steak is not a great cut to begin with this was especially bad and overcooked to boot ! With so many good Downtown eating options I doubt I will return

                                              5. a

                                                agperson

                                                New England

                                                1 review

                                                3.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 10, 2019

                                                overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                Dining experience was fine but the food was a bit disappointing. The roasted chicken dish in particular was an odd combination of flavors with a tahini paste. More galling was the unexpected surcharge on the bill, which is deceptive and dishonest. The price on the menu should be the price on the bill. If there is a need to raise prices in order to fairly compensate employees, then raise prices. Adding 4% onto a $30 entree makes it a $31 entree, which is unlikely to turn away potential customers. In contrast, deceptive billing is a sure way to ensure I will never return.

                                              6. LL

                                                LiLu

                                                Los Angeles

                                                8 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on November 10, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                I hadn’t been to Church and State for years (I’ve been living out of LA) and had forgotten how delicious and carefully prepared all the dishes are. Each component of the meal is deliberate and exquisite - expensive, but truly special.

                                              7. CC

                                                CarrieC

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on November 9, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our waiter Sam was very friendly and helpful. The food was great and the sommelier picked a wonderful wine to compliment the food. A wonderful experience👍

                                              8. RA

                                                ReneeA

                                                Adelaide

                                                8 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                8 reviews

                                                Dined on November 8, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Our server was wonderful. We had Ahmanson tickets and were running a bit behind and he was great in serving us promptlu and paying attention to our time restraints which was much appreciated. Our appetizers were outstanding. The leek torte incredible and the roasted beets were divine. Overall, fantastic experience. Thank you.

                                              9. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                2 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on November 6, 2019

                                                overall4food5service2ambience3

                                                Place was empty. Some troubles with cocktail order. Despite that really friendly service and an outstanding meal.

                                              10. u

                                                unandalusgus

                                                Central Coast

                                                10 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Excellent service and amazing food! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and took great care of us! Highly recommended restaurant!

                                              11. MP

                                                MichelleP

                                                Los Angeles

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on November 3, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                We had a delicious meal and a lovely experience for a special occasion this weekend at Church & State. There were a few choices for vegetarians, and my meat eating girlfriend also found something spectacular. We are already thinking of when we can go back.

                                              12. JR

                                                JRCarol

                                                Los Angeles

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                4.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on October 31, 2019

                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                A great selection of daily special appetizers to share.

                                              13. R

                                                Rocky

                                                Los Angeles

                                                7 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on October 27, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Church and State is in the arts District which is always super cool because it’s not so crowded with drunk 21-year-olds and 6 Uber’s lined up in the way of everything. The French cuisine here is total comfort food, and the menu is not the typical intimidating French menu that you cannot read. The outdoor seating is especially lovely, and Church and State always plays really good music which is a bonus!

                                              14. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                2 reviews

                                                1.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on October 26, 2019

                                                overall1food2service2ambience2

                                                Don’t go here The food the bland, menus is trying to hard, the survive slow, completely over priced

                                              15. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                3 reviews

                                                4.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on October 20, 2019

                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                Overall an enjoyable experience. We decided to do small plates since there was no vegetarian entree and it turned out to be a good choice. I had the sea bass which was simply prepared, clean fresh flavors. My son had noodles - very savory and delicious. The salads were nicely prepared and the dressings were light and pleasant. Pretty interior which is laid back and comfortable. Good noise level.

                                              16. CA

                                                CATBIRD

                                                Los Angeles

                                                4 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                4 reviews

                                                Dined on October 20, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                Delicious food. Table was small and cramped is only complaint. Very nice service.

                                              17. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                vip
                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on October 19, 2019

                                                overall2food2service4ambience3

                                                The food was very ordinary, this place has changed!

                                              18. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on October 13, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              19. L

                                                Lynn

                                                Los Angeles

                                                12 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                12 reviews

                                                Dined on October 10, 2019

                                                overall3food2service5ambience5

                                                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.

                                              20. G

                                                Gpfeffer

                                                New York Area

                                                20 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                20 reviews

                                                Dined on October 6, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              21. L

                                                Licia

                                                Los Angeles

                                                37 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                37 reviews

                                                Dined on October 5, 2019

                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                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.

                                              22. k

                                                knartm

                                                Los Angeles

                                                23 reviews

                                                vip
                                                3.0

                                                23 reviews

                                                Dined on October 4, 2019

                                                overall3food3service4ambience2

                                                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.

                                              23. E

                                                Edna

                                                Los Angeles

                                                5 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on September 29, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                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.

                                              24. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on September 28, 2019

                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

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

                                              25. d

                                                downtownfan

                                                Los Angeles

                                                3 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on September 22, 2019

                                                overall3food3service3ambience5

                                                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.

                                              26. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                2 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on September 21, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Love the food & the place

                                              27. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                4.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on September 15, 2019

                                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                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.

                                              28. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Baltimore

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                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!

                                              29. A

                                                Atom56

                                                Los Angeles

                                                10 reviews

                                                5.0

                                                10 reviews

                                                Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                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

                                              30. r

                                                robl

                                                Los Angeles

                                                7 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                7 reviews

                                                Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Outstanding!! Beautiful place. Talented chef. Wonderful staff. We will be back!!!

                                              31. l

                                                lindiweanne

                                                Los Angeles

                                                33 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                33 reviews

                                                Dined on September 14, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                              32. OT

                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                Los Angeles

                                                5 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                5 reviews

                                                Dined on September 8, 2019

                                                overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                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.

                                              33. AM

                                                AndreaM

                                                Los Angeles

                                                3 reviews

                                                3.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on September 8, 2019

                                                overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                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.

                                              34. MJ

                                                MichaelJ

                                                1 review

                                                5.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on September 7, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                Outstanding quality and great service. Will definitely return.

                                              35. A

                                                Anonymous

                                                Los Angeles

                                                2 reviews

                                                vip
                                                1.0

                                                2 reviews

                                                Dined on September 5, 2019

                                                overall1food1service3ambience3

                                                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.

                                              36. S

                                                Scjim

                                                Los Angeles

                                                39 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                39 reviews

                                                Dined on September 4, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                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.

                                              37. G

                                                Gpfeffer

                                                New York Area

                                                20 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                20 reviews

                                                Dined on September 1, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                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!

                                              38. C

                                                Chunkyfatboy

                                                Hawaii

                                                3 reviews

                                                2.0

                                                3 reviews

                                                Dined on August 31, 2019

                                                overall2food1service4ambience3

                                                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.

                                              39. M

                                                Mell

                                                Los Angeles

                                                66 reviews

                                                vip
                                                5.0

                                                66 reviews

                                                Dined on August 27, 2019

                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                Wonderfully inventive food and lovely staff. I especially love the first course avocado-quinoa starter. Great Grand Marnier Souffle

                                              40. v

                                                valentinec

                                                Los Angeles

                                                1 review

                                                2.0

                                                1 review

                                                Dined on August 25, 2019

                                                overall2food3service3ambience4

                                                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.

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                                              Church & State - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 80 OpenTable diners

                                              Permanently Closed

                                              This restaurant is permanently closed.

                                              • Cross street

                                                Mateo

                                              • Neighborhood

                                                Downtown

                                              • Hours of operation

                                                Dinner
                                                Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                              • Cuisines

                                                French, French American, Vegetarian / Vegan

                                              • Dining style

                                                Casual Elegant

                                              • Dress code

                                                Smart Casual

                                              • Parking details

                                                Ample street parking available in addition to valet in front of the restaurant and paid lots immediately adjacent.

                                              • Payment options

                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                              • Executive chef

                                                David Féau

                                              • Additional

                                                Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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