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“Fun place packed w/ history & ambiance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Coles

Coles
Ranked #174 of 9,887 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Downtown
mid-TN
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154 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Fun place packed w/ history & ambiance!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

Cole's does not disappoint as an historic downtown L.A. experience. The decor seems very authentic, inc. black-and-white hexagonal tiles, red pressed-tin ceiling, and photographs dating back to its 1908 founding. As it's the origin of French-Dipped Sandwiches, we had to try different varieties and all enjoyed them. Pickles and mustard are quite spicy, even the fries have "hot pockets," but servers warn you. The best part of our visit was an after-dinner drink in the back room speak-easy, with its hushed tones and creative mixology. We'll be back!

  • Visited December 2013
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Ascot, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cool Bar, Busy on the weekends”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2013

Cool little bar, is a grab place to grab some food and chill out within a busy bar. Also a good place to start the night.

Visited November 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

I love the simplicity and cool atmosphere of this spot.
Great sandwich choices, full bar which I can't wait to try some evening.
Great friendly service. Recommend highly.

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Golfe-Juan Vallauris, France
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32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

  • Visited March 2013
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Long Beach, California
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A piece of food history”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited August 2013
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