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Nick's Roast Beef

Certificate of Excellence
South Philadelphia
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2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145-3602
+1 215-463-4114
Mon - Sat 10:30 - 00:30
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New Bedford, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My friend Bobby J and I inquired where is the best place to eat something unique in Philly besides a cheese steak and this was the suggestion. It was an amazing suggestion. The menu is stapled to the wall and the place looks run down, but you are in for thee best roast beef sandwich. The sandwiches are served a... More 

Thank attyjpm
Ocean City, New Jersey
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169 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Always the same. Great roast beef and "gravy fries". Service always the best. Can smell the beef outside, easy parking during the day, lot harder at night. Been same for many a year, no need to change. This place is as historic as the Liberty Bell, don't miss it!

Thank Stewart C
1 review
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

As always the food was delicious was just there half hour ago the only problem I have is the neighborhood is so dirty

Thank Deborah D
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in and had a great time, good food great service. A fun stop for a late night Philly cheese steak.

Thank MrMatt4Food
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent food Gravy fries are awesome as usual roast beef sandwiches are phenomenal a favorite Philadelphia icon

Thank Linda S
Cranbury, New Jersey
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Forget the over-hyped pats/genos cheesesteak nonsense. You want local Philly? Nick's is the place - and you go for the roast beef combo and fries with gravy - gravy being the drippings and trimmings from the roast beef which is cooked right there in the shop. Get the combo as that means the sandwich includes the best provolone on the... More 

Thank jwcooper3
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216 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Great sandwiches pork, beef, turkey, great Sharp provolone...... and did I mention hand carved..... food great atmosphere is like something from the fifties like going back in time or going into a museum give it a try

Thank 2Bige257
Hagerstown, Maryland
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

I just finished the best roast beef sandwich I've ever had in my life, hands down! Just incredible.. Also, the atmosphere is very Philly. You have to try it for yourself.

Thank WayneDixonJr
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

They've expanded the menu over the years, you now have options for gravy fries, broccoli rabe in addition to the classics of roast pork, ham, and roast beef sandwiches. Go for an overboard combo (combo=slice of provolone, overboard=dip the roll in gravy). How messy it is is directly proportional to how good it is! Best roast beef sandwich you'll get,... More 

Thank davidiap
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126 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Not much to say here, 2 people can go in and can both get a sandwich, fries, and a beer, and the bill will be $20. Can't beat that, and let's not forget the sandwiches are amazing

Thank njsfinest3

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
10:30 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2149 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145-3602
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > South Philadelphia
  • Neighbourhood: South Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-463-4114

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?