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Cole's, Originators of the French Dip Sandwich

$$ - $$$American, ,
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
+1 213-622-4090
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“garlic fries” (12 reviews)
“french dip” (29 reviews)
“sandwich” (17 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old school since 1908. Stepping into this bar restaurant is like walking into a time warp of vintage nostalgia. The hard drinks are served in the back through the old speak easy door or you can grab a micro brew at the front bar. The...More

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last night at LAX, sat down at a table with dirty dishes; the woman seated next to me laughed and said, "don't expect it to be cleared anytime soon". I then saw the bedraggled waitress who apologized, saying she was just finishing her 8 hour...More

Thank Dena S
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Been here while i was visiting L.A. for my business trip. Good food, french ‘n dip. Good staff, nothing wrong!

Thank Jason K
Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Stopped in a Tuesday night around 630 and the place was fairly empty. Tables and bar were both available. Decided on bar area and while it was mostly self service ordering, the happy hour drink prices were a nice surprise. The grilled cheese with tomato...More

Thank David J
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

My wife are trying to dine at all of the remaining classic landmark LA restaurants before they are all gone. Coles is on the list and has delicious French Dip sandwiches. They claim as Philippe’s to have invented the French Dip. Now that I’ve eaten...More

Thank Mako159
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Home of the French Dip sandwich. They have a fabulous happy hour special with food and cocktails. They have great tater tots and potato salad. Of course the dip sandwichs are awesome.

Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This is the best PICKLE I have ever eaten... sweet, spicy, vinegary... YUM! My son LOVED the garlic fries, but the french dip was just average and the cole slaw tasted like plain shredded cabbage, it was so dry .

Thank bkute65
Reviewed 16 December 2017

We had the opportunity to stop by the restaurant when we were waiting for the plane to arrive. It was very good! Prices were high....but that's with LAS!

Thank Karen R
Reviewed 9 December 2017

The LAX operation was a bit of mess the day of our flight. After waiting for a server for quite some time, we ended up ordering at the bar. The barman was pleasant and ordering wasn't difficult. The food wasn't good though. Both the beef...More

Thank Eric G
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

On 24 Nov at LAX I was so humiliated by one of your bartenders, her name is Debra... I was trying to place an order and she totally ignored my presence while looking straight at me 2 feet away I am 6' 190 pounds, I...More

Thank james m
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Yes, children are allowed.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-622-4090
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Cole’s, Originator of the French Dip Sandwich, opened in 1908 in the Pacific Electric building, once the nucleus of the Pacific Electric railway network. In 2007, 213 Hospitality purchased the establishment and Cole’s reopened in 2008 with great acclaim, receiving rave reviews in numerous publications such as LA Weekly by one of LA’s top critics Jonathan Gold and the ‘25 Best Bars in America’ by GQ Magazine. Evoking the spirit of an early 20th century saloon, the welcoming 40-foot Red Car Bar boasts original glass lighting, penny tile floors, and historic photos, preserved in the restoration of the cherished landmark. The Red Car Bar’s ample selection of premium spirits, drafts, and historic cocktails compliment the saloon’s classic French Dip sandwiches. Cole’s also opened a second location at the Los Angeles International Airport in late 2013.
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