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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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 317
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  • 83
    Average
  • 25
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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
Most recent review
Authentic diner with great sandwiches!

Luckily, we went at a quiet time (around 4:30 on Saturday) and got our food quickly, very short lines. We all enjoyed our beef dip sandwiches. My husband got a second even though they were very filling. Don't forget to ask for it to be dipped. Brownie was a tasty, shared dessert. They also have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Luckily, we went at a quiet time (around 4:30 on Saturday) and got our food quickly, very short lines. We all enjoyed our beef dip sandwiches. My husband got a second even though they were very filling. Don't forget to ask for it to be dipped. Brownie was a tasty, shared dessert. They also have t-shirts you can purchase to... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Been here two times in the last year mostly because we've seen it on Food TV and like the history behind the place. Food is tasty and the place is packed. Fun time and good sandwich. Get the beef at least double dipped otherwise they can sometimes be a bit a dry. Pastrami is pretty good too.

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Fantastic atmosphere - real old Los Angeles, full of real characters. Great solid sandwiches - beefy and triple dunked for me - sopping with jus. Messy and delicious. Tremendous value also.

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Santa Monica, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

You get that real homey, been there feel from the 1950's, that said the food was good overall, Dip sandwiches were right on, fresh buns, meats and tasty dip with the horseradish sauce optional which will make you jump up in the air. RECCOMEND: Sandwiches & Coleslaw, Brownies and Lemon Meringue Pie IF YOU MUST: Potato Salad, Coffee is OK... More 

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STL
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29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

A little overhyped. Perhaps the place did invent the French dip but I have had better on many occasions. Staff was great, place was cool, prices were reasonable, but its a place to stop, not a destination.

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San Juan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

But I lived in Pasadena for 15 years, and there is no sandwich like it on the planet. Yeah, take Cole's and lose it. Langers? Urrff. When you get a lamb sandwich with bleu cheese, and they dip it, add a lemonade, and a table where no one is talking (since this is real eating) not some NYC deli with... More 

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant one of the best in the world. Everything here is amazing. Try the lamb and beef mix is the best. The lemonade is the best I have ever tasted.

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Luang Prabang
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49 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Where will I start. Philippe's is nothing fancy, but oh my god, are their sandwiches tasty! We tried a selection of the pork, beef and pastrami sandwiches (obviously French dipped) and devoured all of them. Don't be intimidated by the queue, it moves really fast and is worth it. The fresh made lemonade is also great. Long tables where you... More 

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Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Nothing fancy, just good food at this LA landmark. We rolled in late and I had to try two sandwiches and a piece of pie. Mom never made it so good.

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Oklahoma City
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105 reviews 105 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

I was taken to Philippe by a local while in town on business. The restaurant offers free parking. They have different types of french dip sandwiches, Beef, Turkey, Ham, etc and different types of cheese to choose from. I had the beef sandwich with cole slaw and it was very good. The restaurant was busy and is counter service, there... More 

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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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?