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Schlesinger's

1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
215-735-7305
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Overview
  • Excellent37%
  • Very good40%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (3 reviews)
“pickle bar” (38 reviews)
“corned beef” (15 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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1 - 10 of 98 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband and I ate here for breakfast before our hotel check-out. We were seated right away, but it took a while for our food. No complaints. Our food was worth the wait. You could tell they were busy filling orders and lots of people...More

Thank Christie Y
Reviewed 5 days ago

Schlesinger's has a great selection of sandwiches and soups. My friend said it was the best Ruben she has had. Since I do not eat nitrates in meat, I ordered the hamburger. it was not the best but adequate. The vegetable soup was excellent filled...More

Thank maevans70
Reviewed 6 days ago

My father and I had brunch here recently. The menu was more than ample, and both the service and food were good. If you're looking for pork products, you'll have to go elsewhere, but they do have turkey bacon and turkey sausage if those are...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the bread to the corn beef to the pastrami to the pickle bar to the Dr Brown's cream soda...everything was exactly as it should be.

Thank OhSoGross
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love Schlesinger's. This time we went for lunch and ordered their generous sized sandwiches. They always offer a great pickle bar complementary. The staff is friendly and they have leather booths.If desserts are your thing, you will be totally thrilled. Cakes, cookies, etc.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Up from Florida and wanted a good cornbeef special. Found it. Had happened corned beef special with a cup of matzo ball soup. Brisket sandwich look very good. Granddaughter had chicken fingers and was told they were very good. Potato Kinish was good. Pick bar...More

Thank Golfer0222
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Schlesinger's to order cold cuts, tongue specifically. The tongue was sliced in the back, not visible to the customers. Other jewish delis have their merchandise out front and slice it in front of the customer. Our tongue ($22/lb) was cut from the...More

Thank job l
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

In the style of New York institutions, Schlesingers is an excellent representation of the genre. Generous portions, quick service and solid food. If you're in downtown Philly, this is a worthy and worthwhile stop for a quick and tasty meal.

Thank Joshua T
Reviewed 14 May 2017

We enjoyed both a breakfast and lunch here this trip. Both were excellent! Their homefries served with breakfast are delicious. I enjoyed a rare roast beef sandwich with horseradish that was amazing. Biggest treat - they have a pickle bar to enjoy with your sandwich....More

Thank jmonson
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Went there today for an early lunch, so the place was anything but crowded. I ordered a hot pastrami and swiss on rye with a side of fries. Service was slow and uninterested in me. Finally got the sandwich....a plain pastrami on rye with swiss....More

Thank BMC69
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-735-7305
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Description
We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers.
Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain.
For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well.
And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person.
It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.
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