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Carmen's Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks

51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
+1 215-592-7799
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheesesteak” (387 reviews)
“sandwich” (134 reviews)
“bread” (61 reviews)
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American, Fast food
51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Not the most famous place but could be the best. Make sure to get there early to beat the crowd. Also right in the middle of a walking tour through downtown.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank MICHAELM1049
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a little spicy, but good. Small for the price. The gentleman who waited on us was extremely polite and quick to have our food ready. Will need to try a cheesesteak next visit.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank IslandGirlTraveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Carmen is so friendly and wonderful! They custom made us beautiful cheese steaks! They made us feel so welcome! We are going back to Carmen's, every time we visit! They are close to Bassett's delicious ice cream and Beiler's famous Doughnuts at Reading Terminal Market.

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank dancingirlglitter
Reviewed 31 October 2018

Ordered the classic sandwich. Fantastic! Sweet and spicy peppers were very tasty. Sandwich seasoned well. Guy at the register, super friendly and funny. Asked us how our sandwiches were. Would definitely go back again.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank crazy4mickeyinVaca
Reviewed 28 October 2018

I recently ate here while visiting Philadelphia. I ordered the original and it was delicious. The cashier was hilarious and really made my day. You can stand there and watch the cook make your sandwich, which is pretty cool. There was a line but it...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Stefanie C
Reviewed 25 October 2018

Long line, friendly/comical, attentive staff. I tried a basic cheesesteak- very good & filling! Try!

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Genevieve R
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Asked for the best Philly cheese steak in Reading Market and was told to go to Carmen’s. I was skeptical at first, they had just opened. Then I ordered the Franklin and got to watch as the chef cooked my steak to perfection. It was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank petittwayne
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We ended up here by default. On our first trip to Philly, we promised ourselves that we'd be the typical "get a cheese steak" people. We ran out of time and had to choose between hitting one of the "famous" places or spending time in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank billt165
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

I, with my parents and 14 y/ o son, had taken the Italian Market tour and was given the referral to have our ‘must have’ Philly at Carmen’s located in the Reading Terminal Market. Now mind you our tour actually ended between Gino’s and Pats...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank kellieo353
Reviewed 28 September 2018

I was in Philadelphia at lunchtime near to the Reading Terminal Market, so of course you need a cheesesteak! I had not been to Carmen’s before, but it seemed busy with a line of waiting customers (most of the other stalls did not have any...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank andybristol12555
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1 March 2017|
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Response from mrklucey | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Gluten Free. I don't think it is available.
13 August 2016|
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Response from Karen R | Reviewed this property |
There are plenty of other eateries to choose from but we wanted a Philly cheese steak sandwich and you can tell by the long line that it was a famous place to get one. We were not disappointed. Although we waited quiet a... More
5 April 2016|
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Response from Chimata-no-kami | Reviewed this property |
no idea... it's not really a restaurant, it's a stand in the market
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-592-7799
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