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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-4090
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 12
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  • 2
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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
Great French Dip Sandwiches

I love this place. The food is great with great prices. When you step inside, it's like going back in time in New York City or Chicago. I had another destination in mind but stop here first and I was glad I did. Looking forward to going back soon. Along with your sandwich, you might try their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Richard S
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love this place. The food is great with great prices. When you step inside, it's like going back in time in New York City or Chicago. I had another destination in mind but stop here first and I was glad I did. Looking forward to going back soon. Along with your sandwich, you might try their dry fried pickles.

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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Some of the best food I've had. Loved this vintage bar. If you are a fan of mad men they filmed the bar scenes at Coles. Great spot. I had the beef French dip sandwich and the spicey sweet potatoe frys! Delicious. Will most definitely be going back when I'm in LA again.

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Thank Morgan H
Salida, Co. USA
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199 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The bartender at our hotel bar recommended this place, so happy she did. We all had to try the half order of their original French Dip, well three of us did, the fella who eats a bit like a rabid dog ordered that, then a another to eat on the way down the street back to the hotel ??? Seriously.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ordered ourselves the french dip sandwich while waiting for a table at the Varnish bar (located/attached to the back of Coles). My sandwich was so so good that I often get cravings for it :( I'll be sure to drop in when back in LA

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Thank RodsieJ
La Canada, California
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337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place has been here for over 100 years and it has been recently renovated. Tiled floors and lots of wood and leather...when one enters the place, it feels like many of those small restaurants that are in theatre district of New York City. French dip sandwiches (which were delicious!) are their specialty and that is all that can be... More 

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Maine
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61 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What I like the most about this place is they've been around for a very long time, they know what they do well, and they stick to it. They're not trying to be hip or trendy...they're the genuine article. The food is excellent. The history of the place is amazing (the urinals tell you which LA gangsters used them in... More 

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Thank SoxWin09
usa
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like coles. the old school atmosphere is great. for those of you concerned w the french dip i think its great and far better than phillipes!

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Bakersfield, California
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62 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went specifically to try the French dip and boy, we sure were not disappointed. We got the skinny beef dips, I got it with the goat cheese. I loved every bite. Try it with the mustard, but be warned, it's a horseradish mustard that has a kick a lot like wasabi! We selected the spicy garlic fries (yum), Cole's... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

Fun place and busy scene. Had the trifecta of French do sandwiches...turkey, pastrami, and roast beef. All three were great and went down nicely on a basket of fries and refreshing adult beverage. Was there about 8:30 and it was fast becoming the loud bar scene. Will definetley go back, a little earlier, and stay longer.

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Channel Islands National Park, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

If you enjoy slumming, I guess there is a certain seedy thrill in pissing in the same urinal as Bukowski. The old-school cocktails are strong, the musty decor and lighting are creepy cool, and the happy hour prices on the drinks and sandwiches are a great deal. It's worth a trip to see LA's longest running restaurant, and it's nice... 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: American, French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

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