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Philippe the Original

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Central L.A
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 334
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  • 89
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  • 25
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  • 4
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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
Yes it is French dip!

This is a great place and the food is great too. It was busy when we were there but the lines went quickly and the service was excellent. Don't forget to get the pie!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
Gary C
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McKinney, Texas
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
McKinney, Texas
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great place and the food is great too. It was busy when we were there but the lines went quickly and the service was excellent. Don't forget to get the pie!

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Newberg, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

Our family stopped here on the way to the airport. We had heard about this place from other people. French dips are the main item in the menu, with sides of potato salad, macaroni etc. I enjoyed the beef dip I ordered, although, it's just that, a French dip. Nothing special. It was crowded, although I didn't mind that too... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Out of towner checking out this place for the first time. We got in there right before a Dodgers game so it was packed, however, the lines moved quickly. We have the a doubled dipped pork sandwich which was A++. Definitely get a pickled egg and try the potatoes salad.

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Miami, Florida
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45 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The sandwich were good but small size, good hot mustard, no so good claim chowder and just OK cheesecake. Once was enough.

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

As a lifetime Angeleno it was my first visit. This place has been hyped up all my life but it didn't deliver. They pre dip the bread for French dips and your sandwich is all soggy by the time you eat it, which works for some but not for me. I like to dip my own sandwich in the au... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

As much as there are great food and restaurants in the 11 years I've been in New York, not even the so-called "greatest city in the world" can match some of the great original foods in the City of Angels. One of them is the French-dipped sandwiches of Phillipe's right by Olvera Street and Chinatown across from Union Station. Get... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I know that for native Angelenos Philppe's is an institution, and many Angelenos I know have gone here since they were kids. However, without this nostalgic connection, the place is neat, but once is enough to get the feeling for it. If you're visiting, it's a good place to have lunch if you're downtown looking at the train station (Beautiful... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Hadn't been in a while, so thought I would swing by during a downtown excursion. Ordered a roast beef double dip with swiss to go. Did the sandwich rolls get smaller...? Yeah, like everything else, probably. The double dip gets plenty messy so I got extra napkins. To my disappointment, things looked pretty dry. I emphasized the "double dipped" part... More 

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Pasadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Always fun, always really good food. It's a jeans and tee shirt kind of place, but you also see "the suits" here at lunch time enjoy a satisfying meal. It is an every man's joint. I have been eating here since I was a kid...so 50 plus years. These are french dipped sandwiches, made from meat roasted in their bank... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Just missed breakfast (very disappointed) so got a Pork Sandwich with American Cheese $8.30. Went at 11am on the day of a Dodger day game so place pretty full with Dodgers Fans. French dipped bread was very fatty but full of flavour as you would expect. I loved the place as it had great atmosphere. Noisy 75 dB inside.

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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: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?