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John's Water Ice

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701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
+1 215-925-6955
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12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 13:00 - 22:00
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Philadelphia
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430 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Have been visiting this water ice stand for years and love it. Prices are good and service is immediate.

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Thank redramPhiladelphia
chattanooga
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

First time visitor to the city and had read that "water ice" is a must try. I think we picked a winner with John's! I would not have gone to a Rita's since those are even franchised in TN. We had a super mediocre cheesesteak at Pat's (avoid, avoid, avoid as the tourist trap it is!) and I convinced the... More 

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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 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 

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Thank 2Bige257
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 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 

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Thank Rachel S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 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

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Thank Glori R
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161 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 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 

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Thank Jaderey
ft lauderdale
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 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.

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Thank frani48
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 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.

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Thank Joe R
Philadelphia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 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.

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Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
Charleston, South Carolina
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 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.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
13:00 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Christian St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3911
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: +1 215-925-6955
Description
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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