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Philly Frank's Steaks

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151 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078-2501
+1 760-591-0145
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Escondido, California
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111 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you were born in or around Phili or you have visited there...the cheesesteak sandwich is a local favorite and Philli Frank's duplicates these sandwiches. Easy to understand since the restaurant is decked out with Philadelphia team stuff and other Phili area photos....and the owners are from Phili. The cheesesteaks are the best....the WORKS with mushrooms, grilled onions, peppers and... More 

Thank EscoDave
San Marcos, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Awesome atmosphere awesome food! They've been a staple in San Marcos for years. They're food is authentic sandwiches from Philadelphia. The owners hail from Philly and have the restaurant decorated in Eagles memorabilia. They make cheesesteaks with or without onions, with provolone or whiz, with hot peppers, mild or mixed, Amoroso rolls, Tastykakes... Not feeling like a cheesesteak? They sell... More 

Thank Stephanie S
Santa Clarita, California
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231 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We'd been to Philly Frank's Steaks on our last visit to San Marcos and wondered if it still lived up to our first review (5 stars). We were not disappointed! Service was friendly and our sandwich ("The Works" $10.15) was delicious and generous enough in size for two senior citizens to share. It contained lots of juicy meat, provolone (our... More 

Thank travelingrandma91355
1 review
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Try the ultimate fries. So freaking good! My personal favorite is beef, provolone, mushrooms & onions. Family owned & operated. People from Philly! Go Eagles!

Thank Bekhy C
Vista, California
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140 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

The inside is pretty dated. Looks like it was built in 1990 and never updated. The cheese steaks are pretty good most days. We have been several times, but this last time the meat was really bland. Couldn't even tell if there were any peppers on the sandwich. Their onion rings are pretty awesome though! Maybe catch them earlier in... More 

Thank Denise C
Scottsdale, Arizona
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285 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2016

We were in Carlsbad when someone recommended this place after telling them we were born and raised in Philly. They even fly in the rolls from Philly to give you a true experience. This was the best cheesesteak I have had since leaving Philly. Very friendly employees, too. They even had whiz and applied the proper amount. It is in... More 

Thank RSW
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

I have been around and have eaten the best cheesesteaks, but this place beats them all. One bite and it's self-evident. Dana, Melissa and crew work magic to get it right. I would recommend a thousand times over. Do it right and ask for whiz. -Detroit Nick

Thank Nick E
San Diego, California, United States
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Hands down, the best Philadelphia steak sandwich in San Diego county. That's all that needs to be said.

Thank Jeffrey H
Escondido, California
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247 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 489 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2015

When in town on business, we never miss a chance to go to Philly Franks. The place is small and can get a bit crowded during lunch hour but the cheesesteak sandwiches and a basket of fries can't be beat.

Thank sceneisle
San Marcos, California
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Very good cheesesteaks, could use a little more meat on them for the price, but the taste is straight out of Philly!

Thank Mark M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Steakhouse, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 151 S Rancho Santa Fe Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078-2501
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-591-0145

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