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Pat's King of Steaks

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(100 Reviews)

1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147

(215) 468-1546

Today: Open 24 Hours
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General Info
Founded in 1930 by Pat Olivieri, Pat's King of Steaks offers a range of food items and beverages. Its menu includes pizzas, cheesecakes, peppers, roast pork, cheese fries and mushrooms. The restaurant also serves hot dogs, fish cakes, cheese steaks, Italian rolls and french fries. Pat's King of Steaks is located in Philadelphia.

Regular Hours

Payment method
cash only
South Philadelphia, Bella Vista - Southwark
Sandwich Shops, Fast Food Restaurants, Steak Houses, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Sandwiches, Fast Food, Steakhouse

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes


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Joseph C.



Pats is ok but my real favorite is GENOS---yummmmm. It's worth waiting in line! (I've never even seen a line at Pats! Have you? I like it with red hot peppers and oodles of fried onions!

John B.


The hackneyed term "touri...

The hackneyed term, tourist trap, definitely does not apply to Pat's. Pat's is the original and still the best. Pat's uses the finest possible cut of beef for the price, grills it to sizzling perfection, shoves it into a mouthwatering roll, and tops it with tasty cheeses. Yeah, the store is run down and the servers are rude, but this is South Philly, after all. Pat's prices are no higher than the competition's. That makes Pat's steaks a bargain because they taste far better yet cost about the same. The fries are merely average in flavor quality. Pat's fish cakes are surprisingly delicious and fresh tasting, especially considering that they are frozen. You might also like the spicy roast pork and the Chicago-style hot dogs. As expected in this hood, sodas are way overpriced.

james horne


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Serious steaks

Thought Pats was a little pricey but the food was great! Really enjoyed our first philly steak experience.



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We are from Texas and were very excited to try an authentic Philly Cheesesteak. We watch The Food Network and had heard great reviews from them and had watched the Pat's vs Genos episode. To our shock the bread was cold, the steak was TASTELESS and overcooked , the cheese not melted , not to mention the staff was rude and the sandwhich extremely OVERPRICED! We feel stupid for listening to the Food Network! I am convinced they recieve a kickback from this restaurant because it all around SUCKED! We wish we would of read these reviews first and not trusted the ""so called"" Food Networks's "" opinion"" !



Tourist trap

Overated it's where tourists go for a sub-par cheese steak, there's a hundred places within a mile that have better,



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Disappointed at Best

My husband and I already have a favorite South Philly cheese steak spot and thought that we should try Pat's to see what all the hype was about. Fortunately, the line was short. My biggest disappointment was that my steak was COLD. I mean so cold that it didn't even melt my cheese (I opted for American cheese instead of Whiz this time). I also ordered it ""wit"" or with onions, for non-natives. The onions were almost raw and were more akin to a hot dog condiment than a cheese steak onion that should be sauteed with the meat. The meat, while okay, was in dire need of some salt and pepper. Pat's did not live up to the hype and I'm not even going to attempt the other place across the street. If you want a good cheese steak and a warm place to eat it, go to Jim's on South Street. Still my proven favorite.

Bob Midnight


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The best in South Philly

The best cheesesteak in SOUTH Philly, much better than the Jersey residents and big mouth across the street.
Pat's has the best rolls, chopped steak and good quality cheese and wiz.

caring person


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To much hype for nasty food.

I don't know what the hype was about this steak, because it was not worth the wait and the taste , oh wait it had no taste It was not worth the wait. the person that saidfs next was rude and the meat is put on the grill but no seasonis added to the meat. It is not worht wasting your oney, iI would nbot go back again and I would not recommended to anybody........there are better places then this one, look for it.



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Liquid Processed Cheese. All HYPE No SUBSTANCE!!

My wife is from Sydney, Australia. I have not been on the East Coast in about ten years. We're in Cherry Hill, New Jersey right now. I looked up ""Best Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia"". Pat's comes up. So we drive down to South Philly.

First, they don't take anything but cash so I have to go find an ATM. So I get in this huge line and wait my turn. I order two cheese steaks. (About $20) I watch the guy ladle liquid processed cheese from a bucket onto my sandwich.

You have to order fries and drinks from the next window down. I order two fries and two drinks. (Another $11)

We get a table. All tables are outdoors and the building is a wedge surrounded by inner city roads. Another couple is sitting in their van on the road right next to us eating their food while the car is running. The heat from the engine and exhaust is smothering us. Finally they move their over weight selves down the road.

My wife is eating her sandwich when she finds much of the meat has gristle and fat in it. Mine is the same.

How disappointing. Pat's is basically an assembly line dealing out sub-standard so-called ""Philly"" cheese steak sandwiches. They mocked John Kerry for asking for Swiss cheese when he ate there but he probably saw the slop they were gonna slather on his sandwich and didn't want that crap.

Bottom line: Worst cheese steak ever!! DO NOT BUY INTO THE HYPE!! I WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN!!



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Don't walk from here, RUN

These guys and Geno's across the street both are rude, over priced, and the worst example we could EVER set for the greatest city in America. How the heck one person will stand online for 15 minutes, pay $8.00 for ""half"" of a sandwich, and then not even get a thank you after ordering. They treat you like garbage, yet the lines always there? I don't get it, but there are much better places to go, just ask a ""real"" Philadelphian.



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Over rated Philly cheese steak

I am visiting Philadelphia from Miami with high expectation on Philly Cheese steak. Pat’s place was busy as usual with tourists like myself (holding a camera) here is my take on the cheese steak:
1. Bread: was kind of hard not as fresh as it should have been.
2. Steak: they cook the steak halfway in advance and they pile them up so steam would finish the cooking. (if you like a tasteless steak mainly due to steam cooking, then this is the steak for you).
3. Mushroom: they take the mushroom right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
4. Green Pepper: they take the green pepper right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
5. Cheese: they take the cheesewhiz right out of a jar at room temperature and added to your sandwich at your request.
6. You order your cheese steak and pay for it and pick it up in less than 15 second, then you have to make another line in a different window to order your fries and drink, while your room temperature sandwich is getting colder while you are waiting for your fries and drink.
Pat’s motto is to serve as fast as they can…quantity vs quality I would not recommend to eat at the Pat’s, just go and take your photos if you must…



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Pats or Pizzi

Pats steaks are ok. There are many little places here and there that have good steaks. I would also try Pizzi on 6th and oregon. Their Fatty Cheese steaks are great.



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Not that great... steaks were hard and made my jaws ""tired""

This maybe where Cheesesteak was borned, but it is really not that great to me. The steaks were ""hard"" , my jaw is tired after eating it! The bun is really just ok and I definitely ate better ones in other places. I am not a big cheesesteak eater and I don't eat a lot of them either, but if it doesn't impress me, how can it impress other ""professional"" cheesesteak eaters? I just don't get it...



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Go Elsewhere

Pat's, in my opinion, is a tourist trap. As a local, I know many other places where the cheesesteak is MUCH better. Pat's might have invented the cheesesteak, but you can't rest on your laurels. My words of advice: GO ELSEWHERE!



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It doesn't get much better!

As always they wow me with the best cheesteaks ever!
I have tried all the competition and really this is the best by far!



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Pat's steaks is KING in philly

Pat's is by far the best, the longest running cheese steak place in America. There are no fancy low class neon lights trying to be like Las Vegas, just good people making something so good it has spawned imitators. The island between 3 different streets is a haven of a truly Philadelphian treat

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