About The Church Key
The Church Key is a take on Modern American Cuisine that incorporates carts and a dim sum style of cuisine along with an extensive seasonal shared plate dining experience.We specialize in "funked" up cocktails, and an array of specialty cocktail carts.
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday 5:30pm - 1:00am.
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.
San Vicente Boulevard
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet and street parking available.
Private Party Facilities:
Two fireplaces enhance the private dining area, which is suitable for up to 25 seated guests.
Private Party Contact:
Talene Kanian: 818-398-7677x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Church Key Ratings and Reviews
Great food, eclectic food finds, cool dr ...
Great food, eclectic food finds, cool drinks, cool atmosphere
Poor and slow service. Dinner carts stop ...
Poor and slow service. Dinner carts stopped making rounds at 9:30! Which is part of the reason we came here in the first place. Poor selection of food.
Great service. The waitress keep our dri ...
Great service. The waitress keep our drinks flowing and we never had to ask for anything.
The carts do not come out as often as th ...
The carts do not come out as often as they say they will and they don't have as many options on them as they say. They ran out of a lot of options by 8:00 at night.
This could be my favorite new restaurant ...
This could be my favorite new restaurant. The food and drinks were great and I loved the dim sum carts were such a fun addition to the menu.
great food friendly staff great bar ...
great food friendly staff great bar i have had dinner in this reaurant a number of times I enoy going back
The food was just ok
Our server was great, and I like the dim sum idea, but the food is just blah. Small portions way overpriced with not that much taste. I had the corn truffled pasta, and all it tasted like was cream of corn from a can. The wine selection is pretty slim, and the dim sum food was good but again way overpriced for the size. The service was great, and I loved the look of the joint. I was also annoyed that the menu was different online. I went in for crabs to realize they don't sell that dish anymore! :(
Actually was a bit disappointing as the ...
Actually was a bit disappointing as the previous time I was there we had a great night and enjoyed the vodka Popsicles..this time the lady who either prepares them or gets the ice ready wasn't there..that's one of the main reasons I made a Rez in the first place..our waitress spoke like she had marbles in her mouth and I couldn't understand a word she said..like she was whispering..food was good, however must have had tons of salt as I couldn't get my jewelry. The next day..sorry to say I will not be returning
If anything, visit the Church Key for th ...
If anything, visit the Church Key for the donuts. They were, by far, the best donuts I've ever had! The rest of the food and cocktails were nicely presented, but lacked flavor. It was bit disappointing. The quality of the food did not match the price.
The service was terrible -- took awhile to place our order. Server did not check up on us very often. Slow to order, slow to serve. Just a poor service experience overall. The food was okay, not spectacular.
Went for brunch. Don't order the fried F ...
Went for brunch. Don't order the fried French toast. Not good. It was dry and not very tasty. Should come w berries or something. Everything else was great.
A group of us celebrated Mother's Day by ...
A group of us celebrated Mother's Day by eating at The Church Key for brunch. We were disappointed that they didn't offer a better brunch selection, especially on a holiday like Mother's Day. Food was underwelming as was the service.
Unique twist on everyday dishes. Creative ingredients make for an interesting & yummy dining experience. There are food carts that go around with various treats- like sushi or chick pea fries- and the restaurant itself is a really handsome space.
Mondays-fried chicken only
Went on a Monday, did not know it was fried chicken only. No carts. Short staffed, food came out before drinks arrived. Waiter was nice but you could tell he was overwhelmed.
Average lunch spot - LA
We went in with high expectations, as the reviews on Yelp were very good. The brunch menu was very limited, which was disappointing. Everything was very heavy (ie; fried/ dense) and breakfasty... it would have been nice to have more lunch options (besides the burger) and even a salad at the minimum. We also read about the Pan Am cart, which we did not see in the restaurant. Maybe that's a night time feature?
The Church Key is very sexy chic, its gr ...
The Church Key is very sexy chic, its great place for a date night or a girls night out. The food was delicious, a little bit pricey for the portion size. We ended our meal with the brioche donuts, a this is a MUST try for every customer...melts in your mouth. A little disappointed in the service, our drinks and food took a little bit longer then normal.
The food was fantastic. If anything, we ...
The food was fantastic. If anything, we over ordered because it all sounded (and looked) so good. The service was inattentive at best
No carts on Monday
We were surprised to find out they don't do the 'dim sum' cart service on Monday. We wouldn't have made a reservation for Monday night. Monday is fried chicken night which wasn't worth the inflated price for fried chicken/cole slaw/ mac and cheese. We were sat right under the stereo speaker which made it hard to hold a conversation.
The space is nice and my initial impress ...
The space is nice and my initial impression was that we were going to really like the Church Key. However, while our server was friendly; he seemed to want to rush us into ordering drinks and food. The 4 of us had never been to this place and needed a moment to look at the cocktail menu( only one at a table of 4 of us) and food menu. Our server came back a few times to ask about drinks but never thought to get us additional cocktail menus so we did not have to look at the list one at a time.. He did not ask us about water and we had to ask a couple of times to get water while we were waiting for our cocktails and appetizers. The food was just ok; nothing terrible but nothing so great either. We did order several items off the dim sum carts that go around with various foods in addition to many dishes off the menu as the dishes are small and meant to be shared. After many different shared dim sum starters our server brought us several main dishes but never offered to get us new plates despite our small plates and forks needing to be changed at this point . Nothing happened unless we asked for it. Our server only seemed to care about our cocktail orders and then there was no more service at our table unless we stopped someone. We had to ask for everything;. Sadly this was a disappointing experience and none of us would go back.
The skirt steak and the donuts were amaz ...
The skirt steak and the donuts were amazing! Loved the ambiance too. It's a great place for date night or a night out with friends. I would definitely come back :)
Great Service - poor entres
Service was great! Amazing! The dim sum was great as well. Unfortunately the entres were nothing to brag about. I ordered the crab legs and they were over cooked, my husband and friend ordered the fish and it was also over cooked. My friends husband ordered the skirt stake and he said if it weren't for the fact that he was hungry he wouldn't have eaten it. Collectively we decided to go elsewhere for desert. Very unfortunate!
Fancy food and trendy place. You might not be stuffed after, but you'll feel trendy.
Brunch at Church Key
Fantastic food and ambiance for Sunday brunch with friends. They graciously accommodated our large party. Needed our mimosas refilled a little faster though :)
Came here on a Friday night for Happy Hour and was so sad they recently changed their menu. However the food was stellar amazing. I was so impressed by the presentation and how delicious everything was. I loved the Dim Sum carts and the Burger was fabulous. Desserts were to die for and I can't stop thinking about the doughnuts. I can't wait to return!
Greek Yogurt Parfait was Delicious
Came here for brunch and had a great time! The bottomless mimosas were delicious and the service was even better! Will be back.
The seating was awkward. Sitting on a lo ...
The seating was awkward. Sitting on a low vouch inhibited conversation and was awkward for eating dinner. I like new and trendy but this was more like loud and obnoxious. The appetizers, particularly the charcuterie platter were good, main courses lacked interesting flavor.
Our waiter was attrocious!
I didn't realize why we were getting such poor service until we got the bill and I saw that the tip was added in since we were a party of six. He didn't need to be polite or attentive since he knew he was automatically getting a large tip. He was horrible.
Not Good Anymore
we used to love this place because of the food carts- unfortunately they don't really do this anymore. Service was horrible- no one had answers. It was a mess. Food wasn't even good.
Really enjoyed the ambiance, the fondue, ...
Really enjoyed the ambiance, the fondue, and the crab
Went here for a birthday dinner with a friend. We had a great time. Food was incredible and we were treated well. Have already convinced my boyfriend we should go try it together
Well prepared food. Menu is eclectic, m ...
Well prepared food. Menu is eclectic, maybe too eclectic - dim sum carts? KFC Monday? We stuck to the core menu and think we were happy going that direction. Wine list is nicely diverse, although the first two bottles we ordered weren't available. Excellent cocktails. Attentive but not pesky service.
R U Kidding - a great meal
We have been to ChurchKey before. Each time the food is excellent. Who knew that this "fancy" restuarant had fried chicken on Monday night. All that we ate was totally terrific!! The perogies and the falafal (yep that's right falafal) on the Dim Dum cart wer wonderful. Highly recommend the Caeser salad and the pork belly. The red snapper and the burger were spot on. The donuts, well you gotta eat the donuts. And, I had a root beer float that was as good as any that I had as a kid. And, as good as the food is, our Server, Chelsea, was special. She made our celebration enjoyable and memorable. Great sense of humor and gives her opinion openly and honestly. Only negative comment, is that they gotta fix the door. Go and if it is not repaired you will know what I mean. Truly a great meal and a great time....Thank you.
Great experience but was kinda bummed th ...
Great experience but was kinda bummed that the Dim Dun cart never made it around. The wait team was fantastic and food was delicious.
We arrived 10 minutes before our reservation. We checked in with the hostess. She asked our name and said it would be a few minutes before she could see us. They were clearly busy. SO GLAD I made a reservations. No problem, we could wait a few minutes. 15 minutes later , we still hadn't been called. The hostess was no where to be found and more people started showing up. No one was being greeted and no names were being taken. Finally the hostess appeared again, asked us our name AGAIN and said it would be just a few more minutes. End of story, we waited AN HOUR after our reservation and still hadn't been seated. There were about 15 people waiting in the lobby waiting to be seated. The couple behind us also had reservations and were being ignored. We ended up leaving and going next door to Eveleigh where the food and customer service was far better than Church key. Very disappointing. My friends and I won't be returning.
I have heard many great things about the Churchkey and so I was very disappointed with my group's brunch experience on last Sunday. We had a reservation for 6 and were luckily seated right away, but we were not introduced to our server until about 30 minutes after being seated. The restaurant was very busy as there seemed to be a large party in the back section, but the restaurant was not well staffed at all. We ordered bottomless mimosas and because of how busy it was our glasses were left empty for lengths of time before being refilled. After our server had taken our food orders he came back to us about 20 minutes after our order only to inform us that the kitchen had run out of two of the entrees we had ordered. It was upsetting that it took this long to realize that they were out of stock and that our food order was just put in. Once we reselected our entrees the food did not come out until over an hour later. When our food was delivered all the entrees were served except for one, and we actually saw the server with the 6th entree and he left with it! I tracked down the server and explained that the entree was not dropped on our table with the others. Our server then came to report that the other server had made the mistake and given the entree to the wrong table! The entree then came out shortly after the rest of our party had nearly finished eating. Our server was kind enough to bring us two bottles of champagne to the table and he was trying his best, but clearly the restaurant was way too short staffed! I would of expected a manager to have come out and speak to the tables who were experiencing such bad service! When the bill came we found it quite unfortunate that nothing was adjusted from the bill, especially the entree that was given to the wrong table. We did appreciate the addtional champagne, but this was really included in the bottomless cost that we were paying for already. I would expect much better service from the Churchkey.
We waited 30 minutes to be seated and th ...
We waited 30 minutes to be seated and then another 10 to even get greeted with some water for the table along with ordering a drink. 2 of the same drink came 20 minutes later, weird... It's obvious there needs to be better communication between wait staff and bar staff and vice versa. Also the server that was supposed to have our table kept making excuses about why service was sub par like "oh people called out today" and "sorry this other table has had me busy", I'm the first one to be lenient in a service setting but come on, that's not the guests problem and I certainly don't care to hear it. Luckily a different server stepped in and proceeded to take care of our table. He was polite, prompt and treated us with urgency and care. We liked him. The cart dishes we ordered were great but wish they would have been hotter, they were a little on the cold side. It wouldn't be my first choice of venue but I would go back if someone suggested it.
I was a restaurant manager for 11 years so I get it but...We were there to celebrate our two-year anniversary - it was our 1st date spot. We had an 8:30 dinner reservation. The bar was so overwhelmed that it took 10 minutes for someone to even acknowledge us and give us drink menus. At 9pm, with no update from the hostess, we grabbed two seats at the bar and let the hostess know we were going to stay there as they still did not have our table ready. After we found the bar seats, another 15 minutes for menus and a 2nd round of drinks. The food cart / apps were great - much speedier than bar service. The burger and cannelloni were tasty but nothing to write home about. We were so disappointed in the whole experience but...the drinks were made well when we finally got them and the food was "good". I've always recommended it and will go back because I've been many times in the last two years and it's usually good - maybe they were having an off-night.
More Tapas Please
The cart only came around twice and it was the same one! It was a Saturday night around 9:00pm and it was fairly crowded so why not have them coming by more often?! Our waiter did say they come around every 20mins- we timed it, not the case. Bummer too my friend needed some more food to go with his sorry piece of meat he was given. BUT the burger was really good, would come back for that. And the drinks were made well.
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