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American, French, Sandwiches, Delicatessen
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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-4090
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Great drinks

Had the bitter bee cocktail and tried the alcoholic gelato at the bar before heading to Varnish, the speakeasy in the back to continue the party. Great drinks at Coles. Can't speak on the French dip since I wasn't there for food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Arielle S
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had the bitter bee cocktail and tried the alcoholic gelato at the bar before heading to Varnish, the speakeasy in the back to continue the party. Great drinks at Coles. Can't speak on the French dip since I wasn't there for food.

Thank Arielle S
Bolingbrook, Illinois
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

I saw this place on food network about a week before going to LA. It was great!! Nice old school bar and restaurant, but the French dip sandwich was the truth! If you like hot spicy food get the horseradish and a side of atomic pickles... Great!!!!

Thank E V
Toronto, Canada
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227 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Ate at their location at LAX Terminal 4. Apparently they are the creators of the beef dip sandwich so of course we had to try that. It was very good but pricey considering it didn't even come with fries. Maybe that's just because it's at the airport though. They were all out of pecan pie which was disappointing. Overall, it... More 

Thank Santorini Dreamin'
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

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 

Thank TheLuggX
Tucson, Arizona
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35 restaurant reviews
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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!

Thank Shadow35k
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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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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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 

Thank momoboys_12
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41 restaurant reviews
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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!!

Thank BeachQueenUK
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank GoingForCoffee
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345 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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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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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, Sandwiches, Delicatessen


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