B'day dinner: Church & State or Rivera or ???
- The Oracle Dec 29, 2009 10:04 AM
A Saturday night, group of 6 or 7 for dinner.
Never been to: Church & State or Rivera - but wanting to try either.
Curious about: price point, food, and overall comfort/atmosphere.
Would like to keep price point reasonable ($50/pp including drinks) and have a relaxing evening.
I'm currently leaning toward Rivera (because of the noise level reviews a C&S).
Would like to keep it to Downtown or Eastside are.
I think that price point would work at either place, but why not check the menus online to make sure it works for you?
I personally love both restaurants, but the noise level at Church & State is something to consider. Though if you're with a fairly large group, you may have able to survive it.
I really enjoy the food at both places. That's no help, I know. I just mean you can't go weong with either. But if you do choose Rivera, you MUST get the chocolate/pineapple cake thingie for dessert.
I haven't been to Rivera yet so can't comment, but Church and State has the same problem. The drinks take forever to come out so good idea to order a couple at a time if you plan on making an evening of it. They do make very good cocktails though.
Speaking of Church and State, I like it but don't understand the raves it gets on this board. It is pricey for decent French bistro food and service is spotty.
Rivera...no question for me..better food...much better drinks. Take advantage of your group and share so you can try everything. Julian's in my top 3 bartenders in the city. You might go a little over on the budget. Definite orders are the duck enfrijolada, the tortillas, lamb chops, and chile rellenos. All of julian's drinks are great but the barbarcoa is probably the craziest, flavorful, most fun to drink/eat cocktails in LA. a meal in a cup
Update: Thanks to everyone for your feedback. Our group ended up at Rivera - and, surprisingly, I didn't like it all that much. We tried the tortillas (fantastic and loved the guac they served), the olives (5 individual olives each paired with something different) - we did not like those at all, and the chips and salsa.
For the mains I had the duck enfrijolada - which was ok, but nothing that had me swooning. Others liked their dishes about the same - portions were on the small side. For dessert we tried the chocolate/pineapple cake - and, again, it was fine but not particularly impressive.
Service was fine, but from a food perspective - I wouldn't rush to go back, nor would I necessarily point people towards it. For the Rivera fans - they were telling us they are going to start up 'room centric' menus - with different menu choices depending on what room you are seated in. Basically an incentive to return and try different menu options.