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Spring Lightens Downtown's Dining Mood With French-Med Fare

The anticipated restaurant readies itself for dinner service.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Wander through Spring, the sophomore Downtown effort from Yasmin Sarmadi and Tony Esnault, the pair who previously brought Church & State to life in the Arts District. Open for lunch as of this week, the Spring Street restaurant will move into dinner mode for the long Valentine’s weekend, then settle into a full-time evening groove later on this month.

As previously expected, the fare inside Spring is as French as ever, but with a stronger Mediterranean lean than the Parisian bistro-styled Church & State. That’s good news for diners assembled in the warm, open atrium area, where sunlight blasts in from above. This is a place for (mostly) lighter fare, relying on a backbone of olive oil, fresh produce, and key animal proteins.

Eventually there are plans to open up an adjacent lounge space as well, though for now the bright, marble and gold-flecked dining space is more than enough for Downtowners who have long been eager to try Esnault and Sarmadi’s newest creation. Spring is open for lunch daily, with dinner service this weekend and again later this month. Reservations can be made via OpenTable.

257 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA