Church & State

★★★★★
  • 1850 Industrial St

    Los Angeles, CA 90021

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  • 213-405-1434

About Church & State

Hours
Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; 6pm--10pm Sat 6pm-11pm

Food

Food
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The venue itself is pretty cool - it's in an industrial part of Downtown LA, and had some nice character. We (party of 3) had dinner at Church & State last night, and my first impression was bad - the hostess didn't notice the order in

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The venue itself is pretty cool - it's in an industrial part of Downtown LA, and had some nice character. We (party of 3) had dinner at Church & State last night, and my first impression was bad - the hostess didn't notice the order in

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The food is mediocre, the service is horrible, and the patio is not a safe place to eat. I was invited here to celebrate my birthday. Our party of eight arrived at 5:30 and the service was consistently slow, especially considering it was

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★★★★★

The food is mediocre, the service is horrible, and the patio is not a safe place to eat. I was invited here to celebrate my birthday. Our party of eight arrived at 5:30 and the service was consistently slow, especially considering it was

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One of the first places I can remember eating in Los Angeles. I feel like this place was here before it was hip to be here. The sandwiches are really good. I liked my grille chicken and avocado. My girlfriend had some open faced thing that

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★★★★★

One of the first places I can remember eating in Los Angeles. I feel like this place was here before it was hip to be here. The sandwiches are really good. I liked my grille chicken and avocado. My girlfriend had some open faced thing that

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I was looking for a French restaurant in LA, and when I say that, I don't mean "French cuisine" restaurant like the ones you can see everywhere, but a true, no compromise, French restaurant. This one is a good french restaurant with good ingredients. We had the "Bavette" and it was so good that it almost made me cry !

I could have speak about the style of the place or how crowded, but I go to the restaurant for good food. The rest I don't care.

And you know how to recognize a good restaurant ? You still talk about it the year after you've been there ;-)

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★★★★★

I was looking for a French restaurant in LA, and when I say that, I don't mean "French cuisine" restaurant like the ones you can see everywhere, but a true, no compromise, French restaurant. This one is a good french restaurant with good ingredients. We had the "Bavette" and it was so good that it almost made me cry !

I could have speak about the style of the place or how crowded, but I go to the restaurant for good food. The rest I don't care.

And you know how to recognize a good restaurant ? You still talk about it the year after you've been there ;-)

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We liked the ambaince but the food was imitation French brasserie and the service was really bad. \r
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We had to ask our waitress for beer/wine three times - was she in AA trying to dissuade us from alcohol? When the manager came by and

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We liked the ambaince but the food was imitation French brasserie and the service was really bad. \r
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We had to ask our waitress for beer/wine three times - was she in AA trying to dissuade us from alcohol? When the manager came by and

Pros: Nice vibe

Cons: Over salted food, dreadful service, small portions

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It could have been any of the dishes I sampled at Church & State on Friday night -- the crusty warm French baguette with glossy butter, the escargots with puff pastry, the two-foot long charcuterie plate, the meaty duck breast with

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It could have been any of the dishes I sampled at Church & State on Friday night -- the crusty warm French baguette with glossy butter, the escargots with puff pastry, the two-foot long charcuterie plate, the meaty duck breast with

Pros: Charming atmosphere, prompt service, thoughtful food

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I dropped by last Friday for lunch. It's not the sort of place to go if you have a strict lunch hour. They treated our lunch like dinner service. There was no rush on anything. Our server didn't take our order for probably 20 minutes and

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★★★★★

I dropped by last Friday for lunch. It's not the sort of place to go if you have a strict lunch hour. They treated our lunch like dinner service. There was no rush on anything. Our server didn't take our order for probably 20 minutes and

Pros: interesting dishes

Cons: slow service

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There is no reason for me to dislike downtown. Really. I mean aside from the fact that I came from cities with far superior downtowns such as San Francisco, Hong Kong, and yes even Fort Worth, TX (oh burn.) While I understand that downtown is going through major renovation and quickly becoming the hub for the younger It crowd, isn't it like 20 years too late? The buildings are gorgeous, the Church and State space is magnificent. But what are they going to do about the walkability factor? The stretches of spaces where there's..nothing? Yea, go ahead call me a cynical snob. (lols. I initially typed cuntical which would have been appropriate too)

So back to C & S, the space as I mentioned is really impressive. Huge open kitchen. Dcor = Industrial + Old Money + Kitchsy/Gorgeously Antiquated. The restaurant was ridiculously packed for a weekday so we snagged two chairs at the bar.

For appetizers, we ordered the Moelle de Boeuf (roasted bone marrow) and fried pigs ears. Fat alert. The bone marrow came with bread and radishes to cut the fat but omg it was ridiculously rich and fatty. To the point where you can't have more than a couple bites (and I eat all kinds of fatty unhealthy crap.) The pigs ears was pretty good. Still fatty tho.

Here's where I fail. You would think that after two rich courses I'd go with something light like...fish. Or something veggie based but no.....I decided to go with pork belly as my main. Oh you fatty whore. The pork belly luckily was very good - crisp but melt in your mouth. The corn accompaniment paired well and the pork belly was well cooked. Kudos. I tried some of my friend's duck leg and potatoes and it was really good. Probably the better choice between the two.

Note: Considering that this is still considered a bistro with a limited menu, prices are decently cheap so it's definitely a good option for downtown folks to come have a beer or some wine after work.

I actually came on recommendation from a friend who had lauded this as one of his favorite places to eat with 'orgasmic' food, but I have to say... He eats MY food all the time and touts it equally amazing also, so to be fair he probably doesn't have the most discerning palette.

Did you see how I totally shatted on his tastebuds, gave myself a backhanded compliment, AND insulted the restaurant all at once. Cuntastic I know.

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★★★☆☆

There is no reason for me to dislike downtown. Really. I mean aside from the fact that I came from cities with far superior downtowns such as San Francisco, Hong Kong, and yes even Fort Worth, TX (oh burn.) While I understand that downtown is going through major renovation and quickly becoming the hub for the younger It crowd, isn't it like 20 years too late? The buildings are gorgeous, the Church and State space is magnificent. But what are they going to do about the walkability factor? The stretches of spaces where there's..nothing? Yea, go ahead call me a cynical snob. (lols. I initially typed cuntical which would have been appropriate too)

So back to C & S, the space as I mentioned is really impressive. Huge open kitchen. Dcor = Industrial + Old Money + Kitchsy/Gorgeously Antiquated. The restaurant was ridiculously packed for a weekday so we snagged two chairs at the bar.

For appetizers, we ordered the Moelle de Boeuf (roasted bone marrow) and fried pigs ears. Fat alert. The bone marrow came with bread and radishes to cut the fat but omg it was ridiculously rich and fatty. To the point where you can't have more than a couple bites (and I eat all kinds of fatty unhealthy crap.) The pigs ears was pretty good. Still fatty tho.

Here's where I fail. You would think that after two rich courses I'd go with something light like...fish. Or something veggie based but no.....I decided to go with pork belly as my main. Oh you fatty whore. The pork belly luckily was very good - crisp but melt in your mouth. The corn accompaniment paired well and the pork belly was well cooked. Kudos. I tried some of my friend's duck leg and potatoes and it was really good. Probably the better choice between the two.

Note: Considering that this is still considered a bistro with a limited menu, prices are decently cheap so it's definitely a good option for downtown folks to come have a beer or some wine after work.

I actually came on recommendation from a friend who had lauded this as one of his favorite places to eat with 'orgasmic' food, but I have to say... He eats MY food all the time and touts it equally amazing also, so to be fair he probably doesn't have the most discerning palette.

Did you see how I totally shatted on his tastebuds, gave myself a backhanded compliment, AND insulted the restaurant all at once. Cuntastic I know.

Pros: Great space. Open kitchen.

Cons: Food is average. Must have a reservation.

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Some friends and I went to Church and State for their 'Church Dinner' special: $39 for 3 courses plus a dessert tray for the table. Every course was better than the last. We started with fresh bread topped by bacon butter, followed by squash soup, salad, and alternately the fried chicken, steak and bouillabaisse. From tasty surprises (the cauliflower with cream sauce was amazing and unexpected) to the great ambiance you really can't go wrong with this gem downtown.

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★★★★★

Some friends and I went to Church and State for their 'Church Dinner' special: $39 for 3 courses plus a dessert tray for the table. Every course was better than the last. We started with fresh bread topped by bacon butter, followed by squash soup, salad, and alternately the fried chicken, steak and bouillabaisse. From tasty surprises (the cauliflower with cream sauce was amazing and unexpected) to the great ambiance you really can't go wrong with this gem downtown.

Pros: Sunday price fixed menu, fantastic food, great atmosphere

Cons: inexperienced server

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We must admit that owner Yassmin Sarmadi has successfully positioned her French bistro, Church & State, on the city of Angels' culinary map. Despite the fact that the restaurant is located far away downtown, diners have been making the…

 

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