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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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8:00 am - 6:00 pm Hours
American, Fast food
51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107-2902
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I went to Carmen’s for my first time. Food wise, the cheesteaks were incredible. Would definitely go back to eat again. I was impressed by the enthusiastic/hardworking staff under a horrible owner, who manages to find ways to curse every other word. He is incredibly...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Nick S
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I went to Carmen’s because the Philly Cheese Steak hoagie came highly recommended. There were long lines, that moved pretty fast. Yes, the philly cheese steak hoagie was a delicious treat.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank nkaleniw
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Food great service great! Ate one classic Thurs night and bought four more to go back to Atlanta the next day! Everyone loved them!

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank ycram
Reviewed 28 May 2018

I'm always surprised at the long lines at this place. The food is terrible and the service is rude and the wait for food is long. How anyone can think these cheese steaks taste good is beyond my comprehension, especially in Philadelphia of all places!...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Hampsteader
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

I understand why the line was so long. My friends and I tried to find the best Philly Cheese Steak In Philly and I must say Carmen’s was the best we had! The sandwich was flavorful and huge. If you’re in Reading Terminal Market, Carmen’s...More

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank travelbugJNS
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Thank You Carmen for taking the time to talk with us. I have never had a real Philly cheese steak until today, BY FAR the best cheese steak I’ve ever had! The customer service is impeccable, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!!!!!

Date of visit: May 2018
1  Thank Angie M
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

So today was my FIRST time in Philadelphia. I wanted to have a Philly Cheesesteak. I was told by a Philly resident to go to the Reading Terminal Market if I’d like a tasty cheesesteak. There I joined a long line at Carmen’s Famous Italian...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank pPam2020
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Carmen was the greatest ... the Franklin Sandwich was fabulous ... never had one like it. Was at the terminal today with my mom and sisters and had a great time... we are from Cape May and we have nothing like this... worth the trip.

Date of visit: April 2018
2  Thank itomasello24
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Reading Terminal Market is one of the best places to look for great eats in Philly. No matter what your tastes you'll find it in this happening place, but if you are a tourist like me just looking for a great Philly cheesesteak then Carmen's...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank maritimeexplorer
Reviewed 9 April 2018

What can I say what is a visit to Philadelphia without going to the Market? We stood in the line for hour to order our yummy Philly cheese steaks. We met people from all over and we all had one interest “CARMEN’S” I must say...More

Date of visit: April 2018
1  Thank toniaw764
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2 March 2017|
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Response from mrklucey | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about Gluten Free. I don't think it is available.
14 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
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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