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Coles

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French, American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-4090
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hit and miss

I always go here when in town on business. I love French Dips and they originated here. I had one visit were it wasn't very good, the bread was stale, I was so disappointed. However other times, it was to die for. I hope you get a good one!

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
John F
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Tucson, Arizona
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Hubby and I stopped here during happy hour to meet a friend. I ordered a Moscow Mule. I've had better, so I won't praise the drinks. However, I have to admit that I fell in love with the Lamb sandwich there vs. at Phillipe's. Understand that Phillipe's lamb sandwich was very delicious and I did have to wait a minute... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

I always go here when in town on business. I love French Dips and they originated here. I had one visit were it wasn't very good, the bread was stale, I was so disappointed. However other times, it was to die for. I hope you get a good one!

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is the home of French Dip Sandwiches. It is right downtown L.A. it's menu is about French Dipping your meat sandwich in au jus. Service was good and the server patiently helpful. The food is well presented and portions good. It was an enjoyable experience though not fancy. There was a good beverage selection and the meal was promptly... More 

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Windsor, Maine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Coles claims to have invented the French dip sandwich. Maybe they did. In any case, their French dip was perhaps the best I have had. And, the garlic french fries are the stuff of dreams. The space is old school in a good way. The paneling looks original. We went with someone who knew my affinity for French dip sandwiches.... More 

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Cumbria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Loved the vintage/retro decor & booths by the window 😊 also played great music! Had a couple drinks here late evening & the chilli garlic fries were amazing!!

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I read about Cole's in a couple of guidebooks, so we stopped in for an early lunch on a Sunday. The atmosphere and ambiance was very interesting (in a good way). We didn't make it to the speakeasy. I ordered the regular prime rib dip, and it really was one of the best ones I've ever had. The meat was... More 

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Timaru
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

What makes me endeared to the place is its olde world charm. It's been said that it's one of the oldest restaurants in Los Angeles. I have no reason to disagree with that. Anyhow, what other reviewers wrote are very much on the ball. There's a sense of anticipation as you walk down the stairs from the ground floor. Once... More 

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Studio City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I've recently been taking my family to some of the "classic" places to eat in Los Angeles and Cole's was next. I've been there several times over the years and it remains pretty much the same. The French Dip sandwiches are simple and quite good but not spectacular. The beer is cold and goes quite well with the food. Enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Cole's is a wonderful stop off the Red Line. We had a party of six and were seated right away. The pastrami sandwich was made with fresh made bread and was delicious. The waiter, Michael, was outstanding and made many wonderful recommendations. We thought the Genniss Beer Float sounded awful, so our waiter brought us a free sample. It wasn't... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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41 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This is a historic restaurant downtown Los Angeles serving classic French Dip sandwiches. There is debate whether it is the original or if they goes to their rival just on the other side of downtown. The food is great and they serve classic cocktails, the happy hour process are decent and on Sundays you can get bottomless mimosas for $11!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (213) 622-4090

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: French, American, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

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