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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 #84 of 8,468 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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509 reviews from our community

83% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Have gone to Philippe for years. Food and atmosphere are always the same, which is great. My personal favorite is a lamb dip sandwich with a touch of their own spicy mustard. Add a sour pickle, side of potato salad and boysenberry pie and I am in heaven. They make other sandwiches, other entrees, but my favorite is a double... More

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Philippe's is in Downtown LA, short walk from Union Station. We were there around 6.30am as we were suffering from quite bad jet lag and was feeling peckish. It is what it says on the tin, traditional diner with no frills. And we really loved it! There are wood shavings on the floor, big wooden tables and benches, with local... More

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New York City, New York
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100 reviews 100 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

You gotta try this restaurant!!! The French dipped beef sandwiches here were awesome. We go a few times a year, usually before a dodger game and take a bag of these sandwiches into the game. As we tried to do on this day. But we couldnt wait and ate some along the way! Took one on my next flight and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I would travel to L.A. just to be able to experience another one of Phillippe's amazing 'double-dip' sandwiches and some potato salad! We went 3 times during our recent visit. Don't be put off by the enormous queues, they move very quickly as the service is so efficient. I wish I knew their recipe for potato salad, it's the best... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Philipes original was an excellent french dip. Unique atmosphere with a great setting just outside of downtown LA. The concept of dipping the sandwich behind the counter is a little different so if you do not like soggy bread only get the single dip as they do not provide au jus for dipping on your own. Its a cafeteria style... More

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Fortaleza, CE
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334 reviews 334 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

There is some question over whether this was the actual home of the French Dip sandwich. No matter. It's been an L.A. institution for decades. It's a short walk from Union Station, Olvera Street and Chinatown. I paid a couple of bucks extra to have a lamb rather than beef sandwich. The sandwich was big enough, though nothing comes with... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The flavor of the beef and au jus was great! The crunchiness of the bun surprised me by staying until the very last bite. All in all it was a wonderful way to spend less than $10.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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78 reviews 78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was worth the visit. Quaint and rustic. The two of us split a beef single-dipped, (would go for double-dipped next time. It is not overly wet.) Mustard is spicy and good. Very good pickle - but your have to order it, it won't come with your plate. The sandwich is not too large, we could have each eaten our... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I should have known when it was 7 pm on Saturday and the place wasn't crowded. My husband tried to warn me that the best sandwiches are in SW Louisiana at Darrell's, and that I would be disappointed. What an understatement! I travel extensively and love to try local favorites, so when I saw this place on "The Best Thing... More

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Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is definitely an LA "local" place, not your typical touristy restaurant. Come expecting excellent food in an easy-going place. Took the metro to Union Station and walked over from Olvera Street, couldn't be any easier to get to. I went here because I saw it featured on a Man vs Food episode and was not disappointed! We went around... More

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