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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 #91 of 8,698 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Neighborhood: Central L.A
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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
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Anaheim, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Located across from Union Station and just down the way from Olvera Street, Philippe's is a great place for a French Dip. We had our sandwiches double dipped along with the cole slaw and potato salad and they were each pretty good. Plenty of seating available even though it may not seem like it and everything was decently priced. Though... More 

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Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Although still offering terrific french-dips, I guess to hold prices 'down', they no longer load on generous portions of meat. So, hungry diners should consider ordering the 'double meat' sandwiches. And, as one of the few Downtown L.A. (actually, in China Town) restaurants with free parking, it's a terrific place to dine. Who knew such a place would have a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This is an L.A. tradition. Beef dip sandwich with hot horseradish is outrageous. Old fashioned restaurant where you wait in line to order. Worth the wait and the line moves quickly The coleslaw is the best anywhere and so are the baked apples. Make sure you try it. If you're in a hurry skip it at lunch time tough to... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I had the lamb dip with Monterey Jack. It was the best sandwich I've ever eaten in my life. I don't know what they do, but they do it very right. Can't wait to go back again someday.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I've been going to Philippe's for years, and I love the place. That being said, I've taken people with me that weren't that impressed. It is very popular, and usually packed. Sometimes the lines are out the door. (Especially if there is a Dodger game that Sunday) They are famous for their dip sandwiches, and hot mustard (use it sparingly... More 

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los angeles
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I have been a regular for over 20 years... Always take vistors to LA .. Just Classic Breakfast or Lunch. Eazy parking is a plus.. Time warp.... Just love this place. Always have the classic french dip beef,coleslaw and lemonade...

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Smithfield, North Carolina
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Definitely the best French Dip sandwich we have ever had. Like the way you have many choices and the wait time is minimal. Long tables to join other people. Just a rustic place with old telephone booths and nice people.

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Federal Way, Washington
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83 reviews 83 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This place claims to be the originator of the French dip sandwich. Whether or not that is true, I don't know, but they do serve a good one. Get in any line along the counter and know what you want. The French dips do not come with "au jus", instead they dip the sandwich in the broth. Ask for "double... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've been to Philipes several times mostly drawn by the hype and wondering why it's never great. I recently went again and was flabbergasted. I don't understand why people go here! its noisy, uncomfortable, has extremely long lines, and is expensive for what you get and not that good

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west hills
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It doesn't get better than this. Ask for the double beef, double dip if you are hungry. The place is simple. It can be busy. You wait in line to order, but it's worth the wait.

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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 0 - 20
Cuisine: American, Delicatessen, Soups

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