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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 #83 of 8,561 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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83% Recommend
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you want to get a taste of old Los Angeles, then you have to try Philippe The Original French Dip. Philippe's is just minutes from Union Station, Olvera Street and Chinatown. If you go early, you can avoid the long lines. I like the beef dip sandwich with a side of coleslaw. Try their famous mustard, but keep in... More

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Memphis, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The food was fresh and excellent. Old world feel as soon as you walk through the door. Service was great.

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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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124 reviews 124 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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

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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166 reviews 166 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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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10 reviews 10 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
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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