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“Incredible!! Great service!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Geno's Steaks

Geno's Steaks
1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-5005 (Bella Vista / Queen Village)
215-389-0659
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Ranked #792 of 3,785 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
Shreveport
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62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Incredible!! Great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We had to do the cheesesteak tour while in Philadelphia! We went to Pat's first and then Geno's. The cheesesteak and service at Geno's were impeccable! But, good luck finding a place to sit!!! I would bet with food like theirs, it stays busy constantly! It was definitely worth the taxi ride there. Wishing I had one right now:-)

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
“Below Average”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The huge line stretching around the block looked promising when we arrived at Geno's. We had been told to know exactly what we wanted when we got to the window or they'd 'NEXT' us.
After 20 minutes we arrived at the window and were actually a little shocked at the incredibly racist stickers stuck on the window. Getting past that we ordered our steaks, then at the next window ordered some fries. The fries were greasy and flavourless. The steak was on the dry side and it was all pretty bland. We couldn't understand what the big deal was. I think if you're in Philly and want to try a cheesesteak, give it a go but don't expect anything amazing.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Midland, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“What a Disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

After all the hype, I was expecting a really good Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, so last year while on a trip up north I just could not help myself I had to give Geno's a try. To tell you the truth, Texas has much better Beef and real cheese all in all my advise is try something else if your in Philadelphia and your hungry, don't waste your time or money on this food. I guess it is worth going down there at night to see all the neon lights, but you don't linger for too long, it's a rough part of town, just a quick drive thru, have your camera ready.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Hays, Kansas
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“If you're the best in Philly, you're the best in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

My wife, son, and I hit this place our first night in town for my son's graduation from Temple. We went to both Geno's and Pat's, and by a score of 3-0, Geno's beat Pat's Steaks, the biggest competitor. The bread was slightly chewier, the steak better flavored, and the onions better seasoned. We all felt it wasn't even close.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Fresh and Friendly and Real Philly Steak Sandwiches”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The sandwich was hot and fresh, the place is spotlessly clean and the employees are very friendly. The real deal in South Philly.

Visited September 2013
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