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American, Bar, Pub
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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-2006
+1 213-622-4090
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Irvine, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the oldest bars in Downtown LA, Coles had a speak easy upstairs during prohibition. Unbelievable Beef Dips and Pastrami sandwiches at the bar. Very friendly staff. Been here twice and both times there were a number of bar employees from local bars stopping here after work. You know it is good if the pros make it their place

Thank davelink1120
New York, New York, United States
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67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I like this old school place that still delivers a classy atmosphere with delicious cocktails. The bar and eating area have a great vibe and there are some happy hour specials. The lamb and prime rib sandwiches we got to go were great -- didn't order the sides since the sandwich was my focus. Speakeasy: Definitely worth checking out! You... More 

Thank ckwokers
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71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Went to Philippe and then tried this one, this wadvthe better of the French dip sandwich the garlic spicy fries where the highlight of it all recommend a meal.

Thank Alfio G
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Enjoyed our experience at Cole's. A decent variety of sandwhiches and sides. I prefer if a place does a small number of item but does them well which is certainly the case here. Draft craft beers to suit everyones taste. cool atmosphere, nice and comfortable setting.

Thank Michael D
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133 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We came here when visiting LA last weekend. There were 5 in our party and we were seated right away, without a reservation. Not the best area of town, but it was fine. It feels like you're back in the 1940's with the Speakeasy in the back. (we sat near the door to it) Food was great! I had the... More 

Thank Jomomma8
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

OK, having tried most of the menu at both places, I give a slight edge to Cole's. I prefer actually dipping my own sandwich to having it dipped for me. I also thought the pork was better at Cole's. I also think that people really need to give both places a fair shot and decide for themselves. Because Philippe's has... More 

Thank ScoopLV
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182 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Outstanding dips ! An old institution in LA that is worth checking out . If you didn't get enough of it in the city the LAX terminal 4 has one as well.

Thank Michael A
Crawley, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

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.

Thank Sara E
Los Angeles, California, United States
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

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

Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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.

Thank ScoopLV

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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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