About The Church Key
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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: Tuesday - Saturday 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) 398-7677
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
The Church Key Ratings and Reviews
Service was terrible. Had to flag down a ...
Service was terrible. Had to flag down a waiter after 40 minutes. There were 5 of us, with 4 eating. My friend ordered scallops, 2 of us ordered fish, and the other got the burger. My friend's scallops came out so fast it was hard to believe they had time to cook them. It then took 20 minutes for the other entrees to be served. We can only guess they had an extra order lying around so served them up before the rest of the entrees even started to cook. And they were cold. Once my fish arrived., the presentation was uninspired and it tasted like a fish stick. A 30 dollar fish stick.
When I arrived on time for my reservatio ...
When I arrived on time for my reservation, they tried to sit me at the bar instead of giving me a table. They agreed to sit me at a table but it had lazy boy chairs which put the table at chin level. Unacceptable. I asked and was given a regular chair. The guy at the table next to me said he'd had the same problem and had needed to ask for the chair to be swapped. A disappointing start to on ok meal.
I always have a great time at Church Key ...
I always have a great time at Church Key. The service, cocktails and food are great. I like the idea of carts coming by to actually see the food, I alway choose that option vs. the menu because I definitely eat with my eyes first. Also the valet right in front of the door is super convenient.
Our service was horrible. The waiter cla ...
Our service was horrible. The waiter claimed that we were out "smoking" (none of use smoke and if anyone was gone from the table it was once to use the restroom) and that is why he never came back to our table to see what else we wanted. We numerous times had to go to the bar or find him to order anything. We barely ate because the service was so bad we just wanted to leave. It's sad because the ambiance is so great!!
The staff was very friendly, loved the a ...
The staff was very friendly, loved the ambience and decor. Nice touch having the Christmas tree. Had to take off a couple of stars because the service was extremely slow. Food was great, with the small exception being that my boyfriend's poached egg wasn't runny - probably because it sat too long before being served. Waitress and manager were very friendly and apologetic, even bringing out a free donut (so good!!), but service remained slow even after that. We waited a very long time for the check because of a mix-up with a Gilt voucher we had. Still, I would come back again and give it another shot. Would be great if they could add a couple more vegetarian options during brunch!
The food and ambiance are excellent but ...
The food and ambiance are excellent but are overshadowed by the terrible serivce. we waited over 20 minutes to be seated with a reservation and had three different waiters through the evening, and it took us at least a half hour to order drinks and each course and a lot of our order was wrong, including the bill at the end.
Probably wouldn't go back as they are ovbiously understaffed not worth the price for the poor service, we were ignored the whole night
Quite simply, the Church Key is among th ...
Quite simply, the Church Key is among the very best restaurants in LA. The food is extremely creative and very tasty, the offerings change often enough to keep it interesting, and the dim sum carts are no gimmick - the dishes to be had from them are frequently outstanding. We had 2 appetizers, 2 mains, 5 dim sums and dessert - nearly every dish was a home run. Service is great too - the room is funky, cool, comfortable, and none too loud - the cocktails are terrific - the wine list is sufficient. We've had dinner here at least 5 or 6 times, and we'll be back again soon.
This was our 2nd time at Church Key. We ...
This was our 2nd time at Church Key. We ordered otter pops and food from the carts. The food was good, but not great. We waited over an hour for our dessert donuts to be served. We finally asked for our check, and said we would forget the donuts. That's when they were brought to us, on the house. Our dinner was over 3 hours, because of the slow service throughout the evening, but especially for the dessert ( and they only serve one item for dessert).
Ordered the grilled hanger steak and it ...
Ordered the grilled hanger steak and it was amazing and on top of that orders the brioche donut OMG! To die for it melts in your mouth and you can't help but want to lick the whole plate after you're done. And our waitress Michele was great made us feel comfortable and enjoyed our dinner
Service was terrible. Food used to be m ...
Service was terrible. Food used to be much better. I was a big fan of the restaurant but it took a turn. The service was so bad - we had to flag someone down 3 times just to order and might have seen our waiter once.
The Church Key for brunch is a MUST if ...
The Church Key for brunch is a MUST if visiting LA or living here. I can honestly say it was the best meal I have had here since I moved from the East Coast (I've been here for 8 months). The bottomless Rose champagne was AMAZING, and my glass was maybe empty for a maximum total of a whole minute the entire brunch. The food: OMG. So decadent and definitely a splurge from your diet. It was incredible! The service was great; our waitress was super attentive and everyone was pleasant. Will for sure be back, and take all of my visitors and clients there too!!
Delicious food, innovative preparations, ...
Delicious food, innovative preparations, great appetizers and small plates. Au courant Sunset Boulevard atmosphere with exposed brick white-washed walls and distressed tin ceilings that are high and dramatic, with chandeliers and old bookcases, mismatched chairs and casual vibe.
This was my first time here and we went ...
This was my first time here and we went for brunch. The food itself was pretty okay. Overpriced but large portions. Unfortunately some of the items that were going for high end just ended up falling flat. The menu advertised bottomless rose which they did not have available - they need to make a note on both their website and menu if they're not going to honor their own specials. Waitress was nice when we could get her attention. Overall, probably won't be back.
As usual the food was very good and the ...
As usual the food was very good and the creativity and presentation very good as well. We were accomodated even though we arrived early and were among the last to leave. We generally enjoyed the experience (not our first time), though the staff were a bit overly aggressive when we needed time to talk and clearly the staff, including the manager, did not understand what a "short" expresso is. I had to explain a few times until they got it right and even then it was watery and not what it should have been. But a small price to pay for a generally good experience.
Restaurant was empty and yet still servi ...
Restaurant was empty and yet still service was slow. Server really didn't add much value. Halibut was bad and steak was tough. Crab and spinach cheese dip was worst I've had and came with a few pieces of seeded crackers instead of hearty bread to stand up to all that heavy cheese. Poor judgment.
I visited Church Key while on holiday. T ...
I visited Church Key while on holiday. There were 2 problems:
1) my friend was in crutches but they still sat us at the furthest table from the door despite the restaurant being fairly quiet.
2) our waiter explained to us the concept of the tasting trolley after we had been approached by the waitress and bombarded with food options. Very confusing. Once explained we decided we would skip starters and try some of the items on the trolley. We clarified this with our waiter only to receive or mains before the trolley had a chance to reappear. Very disappointing.
Don't go. Valet no where to be found. ...
Don't go. Valet no where to be found. Walk in. No hostess to be found. Get seated finally and wait 15 minutes for a waiter. Then wait another 15 minutes for.a drink. Drinks were bad. Food was bad. Service was terrible
I loved the mix of elegant and modern in ...
I loved the mix of elegant and modern industrial decor enough to remember it when I remodel my kitchen, and the food was excellent, especially the Snapper dish, but the service was not up to par with what I expected. The host was noticeably more enthusiastic seating the four young ladies with heels, rompers and cleavage who walked in after us while we waited with a reservation, but we were willing to forgive that. The bartender was quick and attentive, but said yes, they have a Red Blend, yet served me a Malbec. That's ok. I love Malbec. Our server was the most disappointing. He filled our water consistently throughout the meal, but he took ages to show up at the beginning, seemed completely uninterested in spending (scratch that) wasting any time at our table during the meal, and completely forgot about a beer my husband ordered, but was never around to be reminded.
It wasn't bad service. It was just what I would expect from a cheap restaurant chain. It didn't do the food any justice, unfortunately. I wouldn't go back, simply because there are so many other restaurants to choose from, and it wouldn't be difficult to improve on the service at any one of them.
Had a party of 10. It was really good ...
Had a party of 10. It was really good food and a nice atmosphere. Our waiter was missing in action 75% of the time we were there. Had to get ups several times to ask him to bring things, more water, drinks, napkins, silver ware... they weren't that busy when we were there and I saw him chatting with the other waitresses often when he should have been making sure we were okay, but I guess since the gratuity was included in the big party he knew he could slack.
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