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John's Water Ice

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701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Water Ice been around a long time way befor Rita's, as a child I remember it was just cherry and lemon I remember when they introduced chocolate water ice I think it was like 1969 - 70..... i remember as a young child watching this guy serve the water ice is two fingers stained red from serving yhe cherry... More 

Thank 2Bige257
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

I was there this week with my Dad and I came there EVERY DAY while I was there. They remembered me by the 3rd day but they're all very nice and even helped me out when they were out of the Pina Colada flavor. Informed me of their next shipment and saved some for me. I really appreciated it since... More 

Thank Rachel S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

I came with my kids and it was really worth the walk.... In a hot day what a best way to refresh than a delicious water ice... Highly recommended

Thank Glori R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

Been coming here for over 6 years and is always consistent. Cherry, Pineapple, Lemon and Chocolate are their usual every day flavors. The best is when they have special limited time flavors especially during the summer months. Best one is Blueberry Water Ice which is available in July! Cantaloupe is also another favorite! They are home made and definitely an... More 

Thank Jaderey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

When I go to Philly I always visit John's Water ice. I remember this as a kid and always loved it. It is take out only. I like the chocolate, cherry and lemon best. There are pieces of lemon in the lemon flavor ice. Do not visit Philly in summer without going to John's.

Thank frani48
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016 via mobile

John's on 7th and Christian. Best water ice I've ever had. They've been doing it since 1945. I've been going since the '50s. Just as good now as it was then.

Thank Joe R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Water Ice is Philly's version of Italian Ice, and John's is a classic version and probably the most well-known by locals. Just a few flavors, all homemade. Cherry, Pineapple and lemon are the classics. Every philly visitor should stop by for one.

Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Best water ice I've ever had. The flavors were good and the girls working were very friendly. A refreshing treat on a warm day.

Thank Sarah H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

The water ice is good, but don't think that you will find seafood here. If you want a refreshing cold treat it is worth the trip to South Philadelphia. You will find lots of other fun things to see and eat.

Thank Nancy S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

The "water ice", despite the unattractive name, is your basic Italian ice. It had great consistency and flavor, and it is highly recommended! It is great for a quick dessert stop after a meal at a neighborhood Italian restaurant, but I thought it was worthy of traveling from long distances!

Thank Tyler M

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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner
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Families with children
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-925-6955
Established in 1945... John Cardullo, the original John of John's, came from Sicily 80-90 years ago. He stared a business that was a lot of businesses. The ice business year round, the oil business in winter and in the summer the water ice business. He put up a stand by the steps of his oil company, now John Cardullo & Sons. Making all natural water ice with his bare hands was one more way to make a living to John Cardullo. In 1953, Cardullo himself built what has become a landmark in South Philadelphia, the first building in all of Philadelphia built for water ice. Just as John Cardullo hand cranked his water ice over 65 years ago; Anthony Cardullo, 3rd generation Owner of uses only fresh fruit he personally selects and squeezes by hand, filtered water and sugar. No preservatives, no additives. Secret recipe sets John's apart. The Family Business - love, dedication, passion & pride.Since 1945

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