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Down Home Diner

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51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 627-1955
Today
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

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  • 20
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  • 18
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Classic diner fayre at reasonable prices

Decent, good value food with prompt service in a no-frills diner-style setting. I had a turkey club which was generously filled. Watch out for the skewers that hold the bulging halves of the sandwich together though - I managed to jab myself in the chin and draw blood - there again I am English... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
Mike P
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Toronto, Canada
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English first
Newtown, Pennsylvania
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162 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Nice start to the day. Nice size portions. I had an egg cheese sandwich with scrapple and a tomato juice for $10 not including tip. I will probably go back again tomorrow.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Decent, good value food with prompt service in a no-frills diner-style setting. I had a turkey club which was generously filled. Watch out for the skewers that hold the bulging halves of the sandwich together though - I managed to jab myself in the chin and draw blood - there again I am English and can't quite manage without a... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The Down Home Diner was a perfect place for our early breakfast before a long day of sight-seeing. The options on the menu were pretty standard diner food. The place gets crowded, so get there early. Everything we ordered was excellent. The service was attentive. Prices were reasonable for a downtown establishment. If you're near the Reading Terminal Market, give... More 

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Kinston, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Two adults and one child went there for lunch last week. I just got my credit card bill today. Uh-oh. Somebody there increased the tip amount and the total. Great food. Good service. I would gladly go there again, just be sure to pay cash at any merchant in the Reading Terminal Market!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

food was horrible, coffee nasty, service poor! im actually mad i spent my money in there! I'm also mad they put cold fruit on the same plate as hot food. fruit didn't even look fresh

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

Although the advertise breakfast served all day the truth was it was not very fresh. Over cooked biscuit very dry. Scrapple was marginal. Might have been just an off night. Service was good.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I heard so many advertisements and reviews of the diner so we thought we'd try it while Christmas shopping last year. The whole experience was very bad from beginning to end. We felt unwelcome and ignored the whole time and they got our order wrong twice and when it was right the entree was burned and covered and hidden under... More 

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Millbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stopped in looking for a late breakfast after noon on a Sunday. Good service and very reasonable prices for a big city restaurant.

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Antioch
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I went here three years ago and the service was terrible bit I gave it a second shot and never should have. The food was awful, I got biscuits and gravy and it was bland. My friends both got corn beef hash, both said it was too salty. The fruit was at thr point of being tossed in the trash.... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I was at the Marriott Downtown in Philly for a few days for conference in April. The Down Home Diner is steps away in the Reading Terminal Market. I stopped there for a quick lunch one day and it was excellent. The service was both fast and friendly, and the chicken salad wrap was outstanding. If I was staying longer,... More 

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Additional Information about Down Home Diner

Address: 51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: (215) 627-1955
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD $20
Cuisine: American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 N 12th St, Reading Terminal Market, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 627-1955

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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