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Alyan's Restaurant

603 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1524 (City Center East)
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Ranked #441 of 3,724 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Greek, Middle Eastern, Family Fare
Dining options: Delivery
Neighborhood: City Center East
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery
Neighborhood: City Center East
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12 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Austin, TX
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I took a friend here after a long day walking and shopping and we needed to refuel. I hadn't been to Alyan's in years, but we decided to try it! The fries were just as I remembered it - unique and amazing! But the steak... On a whim, I ordered the porterhouse steak and it took up the whole plate,... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

"Alyan fries" are the best, fresh and fried with onions and hot peppers, get 'em crispy! The sandwiches are a great value, you can get a kabob in a pita with the fixin's, cheaper than the platters. Been eating here for years, a great stop right in the heart of things on South St in Philly.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

i think about this place multiple times a week, and if it wasn't 40 mins away, we would eat here daily - its just that good- its excellent, the food is outstanding, the service is good enough, the decor could use an update and they could dust the dirty looking a/c units over the tables, but we just don't sit... More

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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Since I moved out of the US this is the only place I miss. This is the best middle eastern restaurant I've ever ate in. Their hummus is best than in Israel(Israelis told me that). I am not sure how they keep their prices so low. The food is consistently amazing. Anything you chose from their manu will blow your... More

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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

My friends and I ate here because Jim's cheese steak's line was way too long. The restaurant was small and not kept up the best but the food was good. The sandwiches they have on pita are large and should be able to fill you up. The soda you get is from a can, but at only $1 they are... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Alyan's is two friends FAVORITE restaurant ever. I finally was able to join them for dinner, and yes, they were able to fill the big shoes that were created for them. My friends are vegetarians, I eat meat. I did decide to go with a zucchini/feta meal, and wholly smoke, I'm still thinking about it months later. Needless to say...I'll... More

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Lake Worth
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you like Mid-Eastern food you cannot go wrong here. Not fancy but sit outside to people watch the South St. crowd or sit in the back room and you will forget you are in Philadelphia. Staff appreciates your business; they have been there for 30 years for a reason

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

This small informal restaurant offers authentic food. Alyan was a chef at The King David Hotel in Jerusalem before immigrating to America. The homemade soups are outstanding. Portions are large. My favorite is the marinated lamb shishkabob. I would recommend that you sit in the back room with it's hanging plants and art. You'd think that you were in east... More

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Philadelphia Suburb
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68 reviews 68 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

Truthfully, it's been a while since I've been here but if I am in the neighborhood and want falafel...here's where I am going.

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Los Angeles
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

Went to the Society Hill playhouse to see "She Loves You" and had an early dinner at Alyan's. In case you didn't know, Alyan's is across the street from Jim's Steaks - a popular place for Philly cheese steaks. The line around Jim's was flowing out of the restaurant. OTOH, we found plenty of seats at Alyan's. The place is... More

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