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Philippe the Original

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1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803
(213) 628-3781
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best sandwich ever!

I heard about this place before even moving to L.A. so I was really excited to go. It was definitely the best sandwich I have ever tried.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Alex B
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I heard about this place before even moving to L.A. so I was really excited to go. It was definitely the best sandwich I have ever tried.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Bread, meat, gravy... Bread, meat, gravy... Seriously that's it... And it doesn't need anything else! What can we say about Philippe the original that hasn't been said thousands of times for over 100 years? I'll keep it simple, it's worth the trip, worth your dollar, and some of the best sandwiches on this fine planet... Bread, meat, gravy... Wow...

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Retro place to grab a sandwich, but that doesn't mean it's cheap. Small beef sandwich is $7.25, side of slaw $1.50 but the iced tea is a retro $.65.... Above with tax was $10.14. Saw shaving floor, long bar tables to share with others, paper plates but glasses and real silverware... Kind of odd! Order and pay at counter, take... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

I grew up with Philipes as a kid in the 60s. My kids became addicted in the 80s, we'd stop on the way to Dodger stadium.Now their families queue up too. It's as old LA as it gets,but the attraction is the beef dip. Perfection. Even caught Wolf Puck touting it on Food Channel. Get the slaw and an extra... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Historic restaurant located just north of downtown near Chinatown and Olvera Street. Had the single dip beef. Must have with the spicy horseradish mustard. Very flavorful. Clam chowder was also good. Sides of cole slaw and potato salad were also delicious. Don't forget a slice of pie for dessert.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Great Beef dip. You can also get a turkey dip. Old fashioned custard and there is even wine. Very fresh and worth the wait. There is free parking. Shared tables. Good prices. You can walk there from Union station.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The history and atmosphere are wonderful but the sandwiches and sides are off the hook good for a low price The cole slaw and potato salad are nearly identical to my grandmothers depression era recipes and every time I go here it's like I'm back in her kitchen. Highly recommend both sides with a sandwich that is French dipped. delicious.... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Everyone should visit Philippe's at least once in their lives! It's like taking a trip back in time to old Los Angeles. It seems that nothing has changed in at least the 60+ years I've been going there! It had probably been over 10 years since we were last there. We don't particularly enjoy the drive downtown and the parking... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Another truly iconic landmark that deserves a visit if you feel in the mood for some of the best dip sandwichs you will ever eat,and the sides are perfect accompaniments.Expect to find a crowd but the lines move fast and you can find a table.

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Pasadena, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I'm kind of embarrassed to say I have lived in LA my whole life but until last week had never been to Philippe's. Two friends from San Diego took me and well I am a FAN! Everything was great and not too bad price wise. The portions were good and their french dip and potato salad was YUMMY! It's an... More 

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Additional Information about Philippe the Original

Address: 1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803
Phone Number: (213) 628-3781
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: French, American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Central L.A
  • Neighborhood: Central L.A
  • Phone Number: (213) 628-3781

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: French, American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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