Seriously satisfying Philly Cheesesteaks

We've been perfecting our craft for over 25 years. So trust us, we know a thing or two about giving you the best Philly Steaks on the planet. In fact, every Philly Steak we serve is made with 100% USDA Choice Steak, 100% All-White Meat Chicken Breast & Fresh Deli Meats. Guaranteed. You'll never find a microwave in our stores--because each Philly Steak is grilled fresh, right when you order it. So when you're at Charleys, you simply can't go wrong.



Picture a college kid with a hearty appetite and big dreams.

That was Charley back in 1985 when he tasted his first Philly Cheesesteak. He knew then and there that he could make big things happen with this great sandwich. The moment he perfected his own recipe, he opened the first Charleys to rave reviews. Today, you can grab an intensely satisfying Philly Steak at more than 500 Charleys locations around the globe.





An accidental trip to Philly became a date with destiny.

Thanks to a wrong turn on the way to New York, Charley was introduced to the Philly Cheesesteak. One delicious bite and he saw fireworks - and an opportunity. When he returned to Columbus, Ohio, he vowed to create his own Philly Steak masterpiece.

A little help from Mom makes Charleys a reality.

After experimenting with countless recipes, Charley's perfect Philly Steak was ready to go. His mother agreed and let him borrow from her life savings to open the first Charleys. Located on the Ohio State University campus, the menu of Philly Steaks, Gourmet Fries, and Natural Lemonades was an instant hit with the hungry student body.

Keeping up with the ravenous customer demand.

With so many mouths to feed, Charleys began franchising in 1991. It wasn't long before you could find Charleys in mall food courts, strip centers, airports, and even Army & Air Force bases throughout the world.

25 years on and still going strong.

It's been over 25 years since the first store opened on The Ohio State University campus and now Charleys is serving the signature Philly Cheesesteak in 48 states and over 20 countries! Anywhere you find people craving seriously awesome Philly Steaks, Charleys is there!



Getting Involved. Making a Difference.

Our passion for serving up remarkable Philly Steaks is matched by our passion for serving the communities where we live and work. Throughout the world, we help strengthen local communities by giving time, energy, and funds to support worthy causes, sponsor neighborhood organizations, and organize charitable events.




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Christmas at Charleys

Anthem, AZ

Santa Claus joined Jim Novak and the Charley's Crew at Outlets at Anthem (AZ) to cook 800 pancakes for 400 people. Monies raised were donated to the Salvation Army's Christmas Angel program, an Arizona tradition, to buy gifts for needy children.


Charleys gives back


A franchisee giving back to the community in Texas by donating blood.


Charleys on a Mission

Columbus, OH

Charleys donates food and prepares it on site quarterly to the residents of Faith Mission, a 24 hour emergency shelter serving up to 225 men and 42 women, in downtown Columbus.