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Philippe the Original

1001 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-1803 (Central L.A)
(213) 628-3781
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Ranked #86 of 8,558 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Seattle, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Hard to add to the sentiments below, simply very good sandwiches for a very reasonable price. I got the lamb and added blue cheese and it was fantastic. Definitely worth checking out!

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Lomita, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Been going here since I was a little kid. Hasn't changed a bit. Same lines of customers. Same sawdust floor. Same tables. Sandwiches & sides are great as usual. My grandfather used to be a conductor for the Southern Pacific. He used to get sandwiches here back in the 20- 50's to take to work. Remember CASH only. There's an... More

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Bakersfield, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We stopped in before driving home after a night in Los Angeles. Lines weren't too long, and moved quickly. My husband and I both got the french dip, single dip. I thought it was fantastic! My husband thought it was a little dry (not sure if he should have gotten a double dip and risked the sogginess or if he... More

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We Love Seattle
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you want a French Dip, this is the place to go. (Actually, French Dip is almost the only thing you can order here.) The sandwich was made perfectly, and I had to option to order it double or even triple dipped. What really made the place so charming was the environment. The staff wore old fashioned uniforms, there were... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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164 reviews 164 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Stopped here after a Dodger game. The lines were not too bad, and it was a neat experience to eat there. the French Dip was really good and so were the pudding desserts we had! Glad that we stopped in!

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West Hollywood, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The lines can be long, but the food is worth it. Simple comfort food. I would recommend the roast beef, and ask for it dipped in au jus--yup, they just dunk the whole thing in a vat of juice (delicious). Or, ask for it double dipped--just incredible, if a bit of a soggy mess. You will love it

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Indio, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My dad first took me here as a kid before my first Dodgers game, and today, it is still just as cool to eat at Philippes before a game. Sawdust on the floor, Paper plates, Pickled eggs. Nothing beats a double dipped beef sandwich with some cole slaw. Spicy mustard is soooooo good, but HOT! THE BEST!

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Dunnellon, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

As a primer when I got into town I was getting over what turned out to be norovirus. Needless to say I did not want to upset my stomach any further. The locals suggested "Philippes" which was just down the street from the hotel. I had never heard of it before. WOW. There is good and there is authentic. Philippe... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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94 reviews 94 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is not a negative review, but the sandwich did not live up to the hype. I will say that the beef was probably the best I've had on a french dip sub, but that was literally all that was on the bread - the meat and a slice of cheese I paid to add. No hot peppers or anything.... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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150 reviews 150 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

We weren't overly impressed by the sandies. In fact the beef sandie was a bit bland and boring. Thankfully the lamb sandie more than made up for it. Another group didn't like the turkey sandies either so my advice is stick to lamb! Oh, most people seemed to order slaw and pickled gherkins with their sandies on the side but... More

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