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Geno's Steaks

1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-5005 (Bella Vista/ Queen Village)
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Ranked #770 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Sandwiches
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bella Vista/ Queen Village
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43% Recommend
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English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This place was run by a racist, Joey Vento until his death. The food was always mediocre-- canned mushrooms, and canned cheese (wiz). When this clown put up the sign that his patrons would be required to order in English, I knew I would never be back. Joey Vento would evidently have turned away his own grandparents, who like my... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I watched a tv program about this diner and thought must visit when in Philadelphia they also have Pats which I understand was the original founder of the philli steak sandwich I tried em both on different days found the one from Pats to be more to my liking But Geno place got a lot more glitz about it

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

We bought from both well- known places. Pat's was much better food and service. I actually saw a worker throw French fries at a customer because the customer was sitting with someone who bought a steak sub from Pat's.

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King William, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Leaving Philly on Amtrak writing my review on cheesesteaks. I tried 5 of the most popular. Geno's, Pats, Campo's, Tony Luke's, & Jim's Steaks. 1st Geno's. First off it wasn't shaved like most, making it tougher and stringy. It wasn't that impressive with the taste either. Not bad fry's though. I did like how he had his own place you... More

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Wexford, Pennsylvania, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

I had the opportunity to try a Geno's Philly cheesesteak sandwich recently and it was good. The quality of the meat wasn't bad but I think the roll could have been better. I would expect a place with as much fanfare to use the best quality of every ingredient and I felt some things were lacking. It was tasty nonetheless.

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New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Good cheese steak.. Definitely solid. The place across the street was better that day as we tried both, but was certainly enjoyable.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

steak wiz with… fries…. to anyone that doesn't like this place, maybe you're just not ordering it correctly! favorite sandwich!! .. the pork is banging too!

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I have been wanting to try a Geno's cheesesteak for a very long time altough it was good I was expecting amazing after all the hype you hear over it I was kinda let down. Next time my husband and I go to Philly we will try Pats and hopefully it will bring my excitement for a real philly cheesesteak... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Went to Geno's and pats while we were in Philly. Geno's was good but more of a tourist thing then a great cheesesteak. Good to visit if u are looking for a decent cheesesteak in a historical site in Philly but didnt compare to Pats. The bread at Geno's was rubbery the cheese was watery and the wait took forever.... More

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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Capping off a visit to the city of brotherly love, we decided to go to genos before we headed back home to New York. It was a cold evening on Sunday January 19, 2014 and we asked one of the employees if they had indoor seating. Unfortunately they don't have indoor seating but they told us we can go to... More

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