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“Great food and atmosphere”

Cole's, Originators of the French Dip Sandwich
Ranked #311 of 10,754 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: After-hours
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Description: 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.
Reviewed 8 September 2013

We've been to Coles once visiting LA and had a great experience. It's an old fashioned style place with a very warm atmosphere. All wood and old style decor inside makes you feel very comfortable even if the restaurant is crowded. To avoid the long line (it is definitely better to book your table) we sat at the bar and enjoyed the very pleasant conversation with the bartender.
The french dip sandwiches (we had the pork ones) were delicious and the spicy sweet potato fries crispy and tasteful.
Both food and experience thanks to the atmosphere are perfect!

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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Garlic fries and prime rib dip, what more need I say! Atmosphere great! food great! service great! The only negative was the ice made my drink taste funny.

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Reviewed 29 April 2013

I had the pastrami French Dip and it was very very good. They were clueless on how to make an Old Fashioned. Varnish (bar attached to restaurant) made their Old Fashioned different, but again clueless on how to make it. The drinks are so potent they will knock your socks off. Famous bar so fun to visit. No, did not see Don Draper.

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Reviewed 17 March 2013

I'm a New Yorker, so I didn't expect any old-school taverny-type places in LA, but this reminded me so much of the White Horse. Great ceilings and woodwork, cool lighting and booths, and decent basic food. Not a place to go for fine dining, but definitely a place to go for a great atmosphere. And the best neon sign!

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Thank Claire648
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Reviewed 26 December 2012

We are not drinkers, but we recently moved into downtown, knew this place was famous, and decided to experience it as a restaurant, not for the bar scene. We have been several times and it's very good for a slightly different twist on sandwich-type fair. To me, the french-dip was boring but my wife loves it. I prefer the pork and pastrami. The cole slaw side is ridiculousy priced, but once you taste it, you forget the cost. The salads and deserts are nothing special, walk over to Artisan House or Big Man Bakes for dessert after. The waiters are warm and sincere. Not gourmet, just solid and consistently good.

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