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Coles

7.928 reviews
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American, Deli & Sandwich
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118 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-4090
http://213hospitality.com/project/coles/
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Cole’s, Los Angeles’ oldest public house, evokes the spirit of saloons that dotted the west in the early 1900’s. Original glass lighting, penny tile floors, historic photos, and the welcoming 40-foot ... Read more
mahogany Red Car Bar were preserved in the recent restoration of the cherished landmark recipient of the Los Angeles Conservancy’s coveted Preservation Award recognizing outstanding achievement in the field of historic preservation. The Red Car’s ample selection of premium spirits, drafts, and historic cocktails compliment the saloon’s classic French dips. The Varnish at Cole’s, acclaimed for its perfectly executed classic cocktails opens Monday& Tuesday at 8pm and Wednesday through Sunday at 7pm.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Bar/Restaurant sunken below street level in DTLA known for sandwich dips and tots. Happy hour and Tuesdays have great deals for a half sandwiches. Also includes a full bar and nice spot for Friday happy hours.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Cool bar with sandwiches. Two of life's best things inside a historic space.

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Local from Hermosa Beach, California, USA

Stopped in at Cole's during a pub crawl. Space looks good, bar is big, outdoor and indoor seating. Will be back to try food.

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Cole's is closer to the apartment then Phillipes if you need that French Dip.
As for which is better??? Hard to say

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Cole's claims to have invented the French dip sandwich, NOT Phillipes. (I prefer Phillipes' version.). It's an okay place but I won't rave about it.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

came here for lunch on a thursday and people were already drinking at the bar. ordered their roast beef dip. pretty good

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Local from Los Angeles

I personally like this place better than Philippe's in Chinatown. This DTLA joint not only has better french dip, but also a speakeasy hidden in the back! Plus it's right next to Association if you want to grab a drink after downing a couple of sandwiches. Overall, not a bad place for the value. You'll also get to enjoy looking at historic pictures of old Downtown if that's your kind of thing.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Cole's is a DTLA institution that serves classic American fare. You definitely want to try their French Dip. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a plaque in the men's bathroom commemorating the fact that Charles Bukowski had "pissed" there. That alone is worth visiting Cole's for!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

the French dipped sandwich is one of the best in LA! they also make a killer old fashioned. happy hour specials are fantastic too!

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The drinks here are amazing !!!

Try the Gold Rush.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/coles-los-angeles-2

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Cole's is ok... I had low exceptions for this place because I heard it's meh.

The drinks aren't disappointing. It's the food that's not that impressive.

The table I sat at wasn't that great either. I was there for my friends going away party and the table they were at had only one way to come in and out. So if someone at the end wanted to go to the bathroom then everyone in that row had to move.

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Budapest, Hungary

The French dip sandwiches are very delicious, you should try them. The service is also good, and you could easily make new friends here.

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Chatsworth, California, USA

You have to come just for the Original French dip beef. It taste great and well worth the wait. Once your in, the service is great and you will enjoy the atmosphere.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Great place to grab a drink and something to eat on your bar crawling tour of DTLA. Drinks are strong and food is pretty decent. My recommendation is get a skinny Beef French Dip Sandwich with a side of spicy garlic fries or mac and cheese. Oh btw the Varnish is in the back of Coles... a perfect place to end the night.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

The best part about this place is that it's next to The Association Bar. There are often transients that stride back and forth on the side walk, but security does a fair job of keeping them off the customers. There's a full bar and plenty of indoor seating, but I'm typically a fan of eating on the patio regardless, even if it is a sidewalk. I stopped by here to throw back a few beers to start a night of bar hopping.

-=- Pastrami French Dip -=- It was smaller than I thought, but then again I need to get The Hat out of my mind, because the amount you get there is just outrageous. Exhale. Ok. Switching gears. Visiting Cole's, I had actually hoped for more flavorful pastrami. Dipping it in the au jus gave it the flavor I was looking for but to the soft baked bread. I was just unimpressed at this item as a whole.

-=- Garlic Fries -=- I'm a fan of garlic fries wherever I go. The more garlicky the better and this place packed it on. It was more clovey garlic than buttery garlic, but I was ok with that. I can't have drenchy butter with everything I eat, so this was a good departure into the lighter side of garlic fries.

The next time I am around, I will be trying the bacon mac & cheese. It will probably be soon, because The Association is calling my name again.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I came here with a friend to grab a late light dinner. The place was not packed but the service was really slow. For the classic French Dips, you have a choice of small or big size which was great because we were not that hungry. We ordered the pastrami and beef prime. The beef was good with swiss cheese but I preferred the plain pastrami that had the perfect amount of saltiness. The sandwiches are served with fries, a cup of au jus and a spicy pickle which I loved!

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Irvine, California, USA

The service here is a little slow and it's hard to flag someone down too. However, the French dip sandwiches they are known for tasty. The prime beef sandwhich is good with swiss, but the pastrami is even better and doesn't need any cheese. The pastrami is not super salty like most are, but has a good flavor to it. There's also a club in the back of the restaurant which looked fairly popular on a Thursday night.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

There's no debate that Philipe's is the best in town and possibly this side of the Mississippi.

However, there are things about this place that makes it stand out:

-The sandwiches are no knockoffs either.. especially the lamb smothered with goat cheese.
-The sides (especially the bacon potatoe salad) are really good too.
-Way better ambiance (you can actually take a date here)
-Plus they got the Varnish hidden in the back corner-- definitely gotta check out the bar!

I would definitely come back here cuz it's definitely a place to come get a good bite, hang out, and get a few drinks (in and around there).

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The original French dip joint in downtown la. Full of the old spirits of the past. Gangsters, movie stars, ghosts, all roam Cole's. Grab the spicy pickles, garlic fries and a succulent sandwich. If you're Jonesing for something a bit harder - heads toward the back- and check out the secret little bar.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Cocktails - exceptional
French style dips - unreal
Location -

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