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Coles

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American, Bar, Pub
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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
(213) 622-4090
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here after reading the reviews on this place and it did not disappoint. The guy taking the orders was extremely friendly. There was an overall friendly vibe. The inside reminded me of a 1940's LA where gangsters would hang out. The food was okay. I really enjoyed the spicy sweet potato fries and the hot French mustard.

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Thank Sara E
Los Angeles, California, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Just the right amount of dark, spot-on classic cocktails (we had old fashioned and Manhattan), AMAZING caesar salad.

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Thank MAMADEEJ
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not an Angeleno, and therefore do not have a dog in the Phillippe's/Coles fight. All I can say is the that the French Dip at Cole's was one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. Love the "speakeasy" ambience, as well. Next time I'm in town, I'm doing a side-by-side of Coles/Philippe's, just for my own personal edification.

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Thank ScoopLV
Vail, Colorado
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

These guys supposedly invented the French Dip (my favorite sandwich). I was so expecting awesome and got a sandwich that was so so. Chilis probably makes a better French Dip. Maybe my expectations were too high. Bar and bartender were cool.

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Thank VailLocal970
Baltimore, Maryland
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

Well of course you're going to get the French Dip. It was invented here, after all. And you should, because it is fantastic. The room has a wonderful old speakeasy ambience to it. I'm not sure if all of the servers are as amazing as ours was, but he could not have been better. We told him we were on... More 

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Thank Nundrum
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The pastrami and lamb sandwiches were delicious. The bartender was very accomdating. I would definitely go back.

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Thank Mary L
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Stumbled across this place quite by accident but it was a great meal. The restaurant portion (in the back) was closed so me and a buddy sat at the bar and ordered our French Dip sandwiches. There were several different varieties of French Dip available, all served with perfectly toasted bread and a pickle and some mustard. Service was quick... More 

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Thank Nolan W
Sydney, Australia
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Walked in off the street not knowing the significance of this historic place but however still was not sure about the menu or what we were about to order. Food was alright nothing I'd go back too.

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Thank Mark S
Orlando, Florida
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138 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

On this trip I tried Coles and Philippe's, the two places that claim to have invented the French Dip. When I was in LA back in 2012 I only tried Philippe's. I'm glad I gave Cole's a try as I found the sandwich to be better here. I also tried their Chili which I think Philippe's does a better job... More 

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Thank ChanceMan00
Seattle
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

So much has been said about the French dip; I thought it was totally average. The bar was very cool, though.

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Thank Laura_Zera

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (213) 622-4090

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Downtown
Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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