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Philippe the Original opened its doors to Los Angelenos back in 1908 and is credited with inventing the French Dip Sandwich. Since the creation of the French Dip, Philippe's has served the classic dish along with popular sides including, potato salad, coleslaw, beef stew and chili. Still owned and operated by the same family since the 1920's, Philippe's celebrated their 110th Anniversary in 2018 - being the oldest continually operating restaurant in Los Angeles!
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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American, Deli
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Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed August 13, 2022

This is an updated review. Last one was from 2018. Visited this time on Sunday, May 29, 2022, for lunch. The atmosphere looked the same as it did in 2018. Same wall hangings, counter, hard boiled eggs in beet juice, and the glass deli display...cases housed the same amazing food. The food prices hadn't really gone up since 2018, which is a good thing with today's crazy skyrocketing prices. Our wait to order averaged five minutes, and even after eating we still had time to visit nearby Beard Papa's in the Japanese district of LA. Our Amtrak train didn't depart for New Mexico until 5:55 PM anyway. I ordered a double dipped (highly recommend the dd) beef on a French roll with loaded blue cheese. This combination really hit the spot and the tangy blue cheese perfectly complemented that beef. I had to lather on their famous hot mustard, and I couldn't leave without buying five of these mustards at the tourist counter. They still had the sawdust floors and we sat upstairs at a large table. I had the earthy pickled beets on the side along with their famous hard-boiled egg pickled in beet juice. This egg has an inch deep purple ring when you cut it in half. Heavenly. I had a freshly brewed iced tea to drink. The tea came in a small glass, but I couldn't complain because the food just impressed me that much. By the way, I would definitely get the beef instead of the pastrami. Those in our party that ordered pastrami said it had too much stringy fat. For my pickled egg ($1.60), beets ($2.95), iced tea (.80), and French dip sandwich ($10.75), I paid a total of $16.10. Not bad, for a famous French dip and wonderful sides. If you want to see LA like it used to be, visit Phillippes and get the original French dip sandwich with au jus on the side. The nostalgia is heavy in the air.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed August 2, 2022

Michael Connelly creator of the Harry Bosch novels mentions this restaurant in his Harry Bosch Novel titled "The Burning Room." I would say that is a pretty good recommendation. and next time I'm in LA we will try it out.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 25, 2022 via mobile

Great cafeteria style lunch or dinner spot. Plenty of sandwiches varieties, sides and pie. The beef couple dip was perfect soft and crunchy texture. Mustard sauce on table added a nice kick. If I worked nearby I would prlly be a regular as it’s quick...and affordable. Flavor of meat did not blow me away but overall solid neighborhood joint.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 4, 2022 via mobile

Great sandwich and some of the best potato salad I’ve had in a long time. The service was fast and friendly and the restaurant was clean.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 19, 2022

I don't know if the place is a tourist trap (I was a tourist in LA) but it was filled with local Dodger fans the night I stood in line and finally found a table. The sandwich I had (beef double dip) was great (the...sides less so) and inexpensive. Despite packed to the gills, the line moved quickly as they had about 8 people taking orders and making your sandwich at the counter. It was fun. Like someplace back in the day before Instagram.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 12, 2022

Located at the corner of Alameda Street and Ord Street in downtown Los Angeles, Philippe the Original has been in business since 1908, and has been in their current building since1951. It is one of most famous eateries in Los Angeles, as it’s the place...where the French Dip Sandwich was invented (you can read the story behind that on their website). My son and I had dinner here in early February 2022 on our way to see the Los Angeles Lakers play at game at the Crypto.com Arena. On our visit we split a beef dip, a pork dip (both double dipped) and sides of potato salad, macaroni salad and cole slaw. NOTE that you can order your sandwich single dipped (one slice of bread dipped into the au jus), double dipped (both slices dipped) and or wet (the entire sandwich dunked into the gravy); and this is in addition to the au jus that is served on the side. Our side dishes were all well-prepared, and the sandwiches were wonderful – both the beef and pork were tender and moist, and when dipped into the au jus the flavor just exploded. This is an old restaurant, so the dining room didn’t gleam like it probably once did, but it was clean enough. And, the men’s restroom was very clean. The service we received was patient and cordial, and the prices, while on the high side, were not outrageous. We very much enjoyed our meal at Philippe the Original and would happily return.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed March 23, 2022

Coming into LA on the Amtrak, it's just a short walk over to this historic place, the best sandwich since 1908. Love these type of places and the sandwich to order is the famous beef double dip. I paired it with a Calidad Mexican beer...and it was indeed worth the walk over to be here and enjoy this sandwich. Make it a stop for sure on your visit to LA.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2022

After getting some good ideas at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure show we went to Philippe for lunch. Nothing can be said about Philippe that hasn’t already been said meat and rolls fresh, meat juicy, coleslaw with their own hint of sweetness, pickles that...you wish you could buy in the market, horseradish mustard on the table to use as much as you want. We had the Beef Dip, Coleslaw, pickles and extra Au Jus on the side. Same great tables and stools and booths that you have sat at for decades. It is so much fun and so nice to go to a restaurant that continues keeping the high quality food and 1900’s ambience no matter if you haven’t been there for a week or for a year.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 25, 2021

Very overrated. This place used to be good 20 years ago but now just getting there with the terrible homeless problem around every corner, id pick anyplace else that’s not near downtown L.A.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed October 5, 2021 via mobile

We went to eat here because it was very close to our hotel. Never heard of it but discovered it is quite famous. There is family style seating, sawdust on floors, and many many people waiting in a long line to be served at the...counter manned by about 8 servers. Line went quickly. Walls were covered with reviews and other memorabilia. One was a NY Times review. Limited menu. Spouse had a beef dip and enjoyed it. I have a fresh green salad. We shared a piece of delicious cheesecake. Restaurant was packed at 2:30 on a Tuesday afternoon. It appeared most were locals which always speaks well of a restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 29, 2021

Philippe's has been around for quite a while. My late father raved about his lunches here in the late t940's and early 1950's. It's quite a remarkable institution. Food is still excellent.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 25, 2021

A visit to a historic haunt from yesteryear. No longer carving meat like the old days, but tasted similar. Sides are still tasty and service is fast and friendly. Same sawdust floors and kitschy atmosphere. If you're in the area, a good alternative for a...fast lunch.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 12, 2021

Philippe's is just the best. Locals for there, some of us travel to get there and you need to go there at least once if you are visiting near downtown LA. Parking is pretty easy, they have a lot, but sometimes it fills, just wait...a minute and someone will leave. There is also an attendant there to help you. The place has been around forever and everything there is just super great. Get one of the French dip sandwiches, they are great. All of their sides are amazing and we love their cake and pie for desert. There is a line where you order your food at the counter and then you just wait a bit for them to get it and there you have it. Not hard. There is plenty of seating so just look around and you will find seating you want. They have a great mustard, which is hot, that you can use there or buy a jar to take home, but it is hot. The service is super friendly. Have the best time.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021 via mobile

The best French dip and so much much more. The sides are amazing snd the pickles. Also am awesome amount of fresh made deserts. Fast service and loads of seating. Diner seating but concession style for the fod. It is always very busy.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 14, 2021 via mobile

The food is so delicious, and the atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderful, I recommend this place specially for those who visit California.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Yes, kids will like it and no one will mind your kids. It's not expensive, $12 PER person probably
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This is not really a place where you would go for "healthy choices". It's a" sawdust on the floor" kind of place.
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I do not think so and with amount of wheat products in kitchen I am not sure I would take a chance In downtown The Border Grill has a gluten free menu
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PHILIPPE THE ORIGINAL, Los Angeles - Central L.A - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Philippe the Original offers takeout services.

Philippe the Original is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4