Pat's King of Steaks

Sandwich Place$$$$
Bella Vista - Southwark, Philadelphia
344 Tips and reviews
  • cheesesteaks
  • genos
  • wiz wit
  • lively
  • french fries
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  • Chevrolet
    ChevroletSeptember 20, 2010
    Opened in 1930, Pat's chops its steak while Geno's does not. Grab one of the 1,500 steak sandwiches they make daily - "wit" or "wit-out," your choice.
  • Escape C.
    Escape CardonaJune 29, 2016
    Pepper steak wit whiz. Really delicious. Hits the spot . Super fast service , Cash only and can be hard to get a seat. Other than that I'd stop here every trip in Philly.
  • John
    JohnApril 1, 2013
    Meat is wonderful. Cheese is scrumptious. Pat's King of Steaks is a masterpiece that you must have especially when you're in Philly. Chucho from Cali, Colombia loves it. Shit talkers shouldn't opine
  • visitPA
    visitPAMarch 17, 2015
    Visitors can't make a trip to Philadelphia without trying the famous Pat's cheesesteak. Since 1930, this iconic establishment has been making Philly cheesesteaks on fresh Italian rolls.
  • Kate (Jackie)
    Kate (Jackie)August 24, 2013
    Really good! Def better than Geno's! Was a little greasy towards the end of the sandwich but otherwise it was the best Philly cheesesteak EVER!
  • Ben F.
    Ben FigueiredoSeptember 21, 2014
    These are the best steaks obviously. Don't forget to learn the secret code language or be shamed in front of all your friends as you move to the back of the line
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HuyserMay 16, 2012
    There are two lines one for the cheese steaks one for the fries and drinks..if you have two people with you...split up!...i was done the cheese steak before i got my fires! But it was Yummy!
  • Bia
    BiaNovember 14, 2016
    Best cheesesteak ever! I love the wiz wit. Just know what you want before u get to the counter. They keep the line moving fast.
  • Jesse A.
    Jesse AngelinoJanuary 15, 2015
    They say the Philly started here,and from the taste of it,I'd believe it.Featured on "Its Always Sunny",this joints steaks is home to the Phillys humble beginnings.Any trip to the city of brotherly-
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherSeptember 7, 2011
    Do the Cheesesteak Challenge - have one from Pat's and one from Geno's and then pick your side of the street. When you order from either, just specify your type of cheese and whether you want onions.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KarlbergAugust 24, 2012
    Tried Geno's & Pat's- Pat's is better hands down! The difference? At Pat's the steak was chopped up, with the cheese whiz on top of all of the toppings instead of the bun. Much better!!!
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaAugust 14, 2011
    Pat’s King of Steaks claims that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Have your order ready as you approach the counter, & know whether you want your steak "Wit" or "Witout" Read more
  • Michael W.
    Michael WeidnerNovember 19, 2010
    If your in Philly You MUST Come and have a Pats CheeseSteak There to die for ! You Can't say you truly went too Philly till you've wandered into South Philadelphia and stood in the Insane Line in the
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 9, 2014
    Absolute best cheesesteaks in Philly. Order them Wiz Wit! Walk from Center City through the Italian Market for a treat.
  • Moses N.
    Moses NelsonNovember 2, 2013
    First window is for steak sandwiches only. Second for fries and drinks. Don't ask the first window because they'll look at you crazy, and say "second window" P.S. Cash only!!
    Philly.comMarch 26, 2014
    In local lore, Pat's King of Steaks has long been ceded the honor of having invented this delicacy (wit out cheese) in the 1930s. Read more
  • David K.
    David K.June 7, 2015
    Always a great time. Just be ready when it's your turn to order! Onions and cheese Whiz please...
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KeelerSeptember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Drive around the block twice to nab great parking, and say thank you to the guys taking your order, nothing brings a bigger smile to there face when some one gives them an authentic "thank you".
  • Jemma J.
    Jemma JMarch 8, 2013
    Being a Brit, I wanted to try a "proper" cheesesteak; thank to my friends from NJ took me to Pat's August 2012! I cannot wait to go back!! Amazing service!
  • Tiffany H.
    Tiffany HSeptember 3, 2010
    Best cheese steaks in Philly, go for the classic "Wiz Wit"- that's with onions and cheese whiz; there's no time to waste, so have your order ready, get it right, or get to the back of the line.
  • aaron d.
    aaron deanDecember 4, 2010
    Order FAST. They don't want to wait! Say: "Steak with and wiz" ("with" means onions. Say "without", if you don't want them. I highly recommend "with", though.) Don't order any cheese! Wiz is the way!
  • Clarii B.
    Clarii BearAugust 6, 2011
    Omg it's CASH ONLY!! very important info they don't tell you until you get up to the front of the line! We had to get out of line then get back in after finding an ATM. don't let this happen to you!
  • Brittany S.
    Brittany SimmonsJuly 31, 2016
    I'm an out-of-towner visiting Philly for the 1st time. Was so excited about Pat's because of all the hype. All I can say is the meat was fresh, but it was also tough and had no flavor whatsoever.
  • Chris O.
    Chris ONovember 19, 2014
    Two lines, one for drink and one for food. If you're in a party, divide and conquer. One person scope out seats, one get food, and one get drinks.
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 22, 2010
    Cheesesteak ordering etiquette: for a steak w/ Cheez Whiz & onions, order “Whiz Wit.” If u prefer provolone & no onions, order “Provolone Witout.” Wanna go to the back of the line? Ask for fontina. Read more
  • Matt M.
    Matt Mac TirOctober 19, 2013
    Better meat than Geno's but staff's very pushy to move the line. Know what you want ahead of time if possible. They should put some menu signs near beginning of line.
  • Matthew V.
    Matthew VeaseyOctober 24, 2012
    The venerable old favorite still makes a tasty sandwich, though tough to recommend over Geno's, which is right across the street. Maybe for a changeup once in awhile.
  • Connor
    ConnorMarch 14, 2016
    Awesome cheesesteak. As a first timer I preferred Pat's over Geno's but my wife is vise-versa. Don't forget the cherry peppers.
  • Susan B.
    Susan BrownApril 10, 2013
    Whiz wit is my favorite!!! Better know your stuff before ordering here or it's the back of the line for yah! Best cheesesteaks in Philly hands down!!!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.December 15, 2014
    the best Philly cheese steak in all of Philly. line moves fast and is so worth it! get cheez wiz!
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayMarch 4, 2013
    Honestly, Roccos cheesesteaks at Home Depot here in Queens New York are better than these. When youre in Philly, you go to Jims. Its just a tourist destination with dissappointing food. Sadness.
  • YourDriver ..
    YourDriver ...March 23, 2013
    Go for the Roast Poark sandwhiches before you try their Cheesesteak. It seems to be better seasoned. Trust me on this one!
  • Warren R.
    Warren RiosSeptember 24, 2015
    The famous Pat's and Gino's, across from each other..1st cheese steak in Philly, rib eye meat,cheese wiz, same recipe from 1940
  • Fordcast Tour
    Fordcast TourAugust 22, 2011
    It wouldn't be a trip to Philly without a Philly Cheesesteak! The original home of the cheesesteak, Pat’s King of Steaks is still owned and operated by the original family!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 19, 2012
    Settling a longtime local score, Tony Luke's faced Pat's King of Steaks in an epic Food Wars cheesesteak competition. In the end, the King retained its crown.
    Philly.comAugust 3, 2014
    In local lore, Pat's King of Steaks has long been ceded the honor of having invented this delicacy (without cheese) in the 1930s. Read more
  • Dick W.
    Dick WilkinsJuly 15, 2011
    Best is Provolone, Pizza, Wit! (wit means onions). Always hold sandwich tilted down away from you as juice will roll on your shirt
  • Todd S.
    Todd ShellockDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be careful: If you're not a fan of onions, they tend to get mixed in with the meat since they're cooked so closely from one another. If you're a "wit" kind of person, then you'll have no problem!
  • Jannette G.
    Jannette GAugust 9, 2014
    If you enjoy lots of cheese, you're better off w/Whiz not (white)American. Overall the meat was a bit chewy, I preferred Geno's. It was my 1st time but, I tried both.
  • Wen Seng L.
    Wen Seng LieSeptember 10, 2015
    Hard to say what makes it best, but definitely very good. Ask local before going there. There may be lines
  • Sean H.
    Sean HamiltonAugust 14, 2014
    Great flavor. Breading is easy to bite through to get to the melted goodness that it holds. 2 thumbs up!
  • Hockey on Campus
    Hockey on CampusApril 6, 2014
    We won't get in the middle of the cheesesteak wars, but merely recommend that you try them out on your own. Pat's is a must-try.
  • Kim C.
    Kim ClarkJuly 4, 2013
    Drove from New Jersey at midnight to get a Pat's cheesesteak....Whiz wit so delicious always.....Genos not
  • Brian S.
    Brian SearlOctober 17, 2010
    Have to say that Geno's beats Pat's for taste but often overlooked are the other restaurants that offer cheesesteaks. Ask a local for their recommendation.
  • Mark
    MarkMay 4, 2013
    Better than Geno's. and it was a nice Saturday afternoon, line went very fast. Got my cheesesteak quicker than I got my change.
  • Crystal A.
    Crystal AhrensAugust 17, 2016
    Wiz, Wit!! This is your stop for your first Philly! Atmosphere makes it!! Cash only though!!!
  • Cindy T.
    Cindy ThomasOctober 22, 2012
    We thought it was better than Geno's. 50 cents more here, but worth it. Cash only.
  • Ashley B.
    Ashley BensonJanuary 21, 2013
    Wow. That was a damn good sammich. Philly cheesesteak "whiz wit". The real deal.
  • Jeiran H.
    Jeiran HasanJanuary 10
    Wit whiz! One line for sandwiches, the other for drinks and fries. Cash only.
  • Naheed C.
    Naheed C.December 14, 2012
    Just tried both Geno's and Pat's and my vote goes to Pat's! Their steak is flavored better.
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