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Down Home Diner

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

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  • 55
    Excellent
  • 71
    Very good
  • 57
    Average
  • 24
    Poor
  • 24
    Terrible
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
Reliable solid food and breakfast all day.

You really can't go wing here but sometimes service is slow if there is a big crowd like during the auto show. Still very reasonable and high quality food and nice staff. Great for families.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
thebambergers
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Philadelphia
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place was disappointing. My husband orders chicken and dumplings which turned out to be chicken and mashed potatoes. The food was OK but the bathroom was nasty and the whole place was just a little less than what I expected

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Thank Valerie B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I came here because I love the Reading Terminal in general, and have heard good things about the diner. It was a disappointment. It was packed and the service was poor. Our food came out pretty quickly but the server was not friendly at all. No eye contact and seemed generally annoyed. I had to ask for more coffee and... More 

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Thank Laura S
Philadelphia
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You really can't go wing here but sometimes service is slow if there is a big crowd like during the auto show. Still very reasonable and high quality food and nice staff. Great for families.

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Thank thebambergers
United States
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Reading Terminal Market had closed on Saturday evening, but the Down Home Diner was open. It's retro styling is welcoming and the menu is fairly varied. I had the salmon which was cooked to perfection, which is the reason for my sophisticated cookin' comment. One wouldn't necessarily expect such excellent execution at a restaurant where collard greens are clearly a... More 

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Thank Sophie P
Wailuku, Hawaii
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Comfort food made fresh and picked fresh from local farms. Very much in keeping with the market theme, Good for all 3 meals, including early dinner.

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Thank DrDaveMaui
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff is no nonsense, service was quick, menu wasn't huge, decent portions, clean and a nice place to sit down and relax. The chicken fried steak breakfast was great!

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Thank marktheshark2015
Cranford, NJ
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134 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's your typical diner fare. Decent food, reasonably priced, and good service. I stopped in for breakfast during lunch hour with a co-worker. It's close to his office and he likes to go here. We both had breakfast. I had the blueberry pancakes with a side of turkey sausage and coffee. The pancakes were 2 large pancakes stuffed with blueberries.... More 

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Thank Melonie S
New Jersey
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

On NYE we had made plans to get breakfast at Reading Terminal Market, but unfortunately, it was closed. One of the only places open was this diner so we had scurried in as it was convenient. Unfortunately, the service was terrible, I had to ask for a hot tea three times prior to actually receiving one-- the turkey club I... More 

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Stratford, New Jersey
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We had breakfast at the diner and it was delicious. Can't wait until we can go back again. Service was great, seating was fast.

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Thank Claireb651949
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

Menu looked great but didn't deliver. Food quality was very poor. Food was either burnt or cold or both. Cheese on cheese fries was right out of the can. They ran out of Philly cheesesteaks. Server was nice. Next time get Maggiano's take out!

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?