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Philippe the Original

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Central L.A
As featured in Offbeat in LA and 3 other guides
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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 377
    Excellent
  • 275
    Very good
  • 96
    Average
  • 26
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Been Serving French-Dip Sandwiches Since 1908-!

If you want an 'original' French dip sandwich, here's the place! They've been serving them more than 100 years, in this same location. They still have the old telephone booths, but I'm not sure if the phones work.... Customers line up at the l-o-n-g cold case and order; you watch your French dip... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
SoCalMare
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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San Diego, California
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148 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you want an 'original' French dip sandwich, here's the place! They've been serving them more than 100 years, in this same location. They still have the old telephone booths, but I'm not sure if the phones work.... Customers line up at the l-o-n-g cold case and order; you watch your French dip sandwich being made up. They are so... More 

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West Hills, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Great place for breakfast or lunch. The breakfasts are good and the facility is old fashion with sawdust on the floor. Very casual. The Sandwiches are great. Try a Double Dip Lamb or one of the many others. The place has been in business for over 100 years and still going strong. Not cheap but worth the experience. The mustard... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I've been in LA for around 8 years, and I had never been to Philippe's until recently. The roast beef sandwich is to die for! They dip it for you, and it has the right amount of moisture. Its probably the best roast beef I've had in my life. Their potato salad is also delicious. Make sure you bring cash!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I have been coming here since I was a child. My parents have been coming here since the 50s. It is typical American diner fare. My favorite sandwiches are the lamb sandwiches ( awesome)that are dipped in a beef broth served on French rolls. They have many common sites such as macaroni salad, potato salad, coleslaw etc. They have an... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We were recommended this place by a bar tender in Santa Barbara when quizzing him about the Dodgers game we were attending. What a recommendation! As others have said, this has been on Man vs. Food and I can see why. The French Dip Sandwich is insanely good (they dip the bun in a jus- go for the double dip!).... More 

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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

When in Los Angeles this is a must! The original french dip sandwich in a variety of meat selections. This restaurant is all steeped in history and the serving ladies still in 1950's period attire add to tate authenticity. Because a beef sandwich is the original that has to be the first choice, we added Swiss cheese, double dip, glass... More 

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Roseto Degli Abruzzi, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Best in town. That was the greatest sandwich I've ever ate. If you are in Los Angeles, you can't miss Philippe the Original.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great restaurant, to eat a sandwich at in Los Angeles. Wonderful sandwiches, that taste incredible. Try a double dipped sandwich, yummy.....

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I hate to say this but it is just not that good. The experience was cool. We were there before heading to the Dodgers game while we were on vacation. Huge crowd so I am sure my review is the minority. Im a midwest sandwich guy and it just wasn't that good. My son didn't like his as well. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

So pleased we came here - lots of character in this very old restaurant from the furnishings to the way you are served. Dipped lamb sandwich was very tasty - didn't get chance to return but will do one day! Cool photos on walls.

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