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Jim's Steaks South St.

400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
+1 215-928-1911
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Steakhouse, Fast food
400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
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Reviewed 3 days ago

After reading many reviews on here we decided to give it a try. It was a very long line, and overall waited approximately an hour. This is a CASH Only establishment, and they have done their best to streamline the ordering. Literally watched them dump...More

Thank Lori J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I asked concierge at hotel where to get the best cheese steak sandwich in Philly. I had seen Geno's and Pat's on TV. Usually, the places they feature on TV are NOT the best places. You have to ask the locals. The concierge told me...More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was just a regular July weekday at lunchtime when we visited, but sure enough there was a line out the door and down the street, as I understand is typical. And it was hot outside! I was definitely not digging it, and wondered if...More

Thank KDS60
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The concept of a Philly cheesesteak always appealed to me but after seeing Subway roll them out I kind of questioned the lure. Well, Jim's sure proved why people line up for a half hour to sink their teeth into a sandwich. They make them...More

Thank Matt B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Jim's get's packed, you walk right in and better know what you want as it's a rush in there. I recommend saying a whiz with or without (onions). the seating is upstairs which is limited and its filled with press shots sign of b-level celebs...More

Thank JimDeBerry
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a layover in Newark to catch our flight to San Diego and decided to take an Uber into philly Did our research and were told not to go Gino s as it was a tourist trap and Jims steaks was where the locals...More

Thank edwin b
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told by a co-worker, that if we wanted a REAL Philadelphia cheese steak experience to go to Jim's on South Street. It was not very busy when we got there, so we were not sure about what we were told. But when we...More

Thank Sharon N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I usually go to pats when im in Philly. I heard good things about jims thoughbso i checked it out. They have a much larger menu, more options of toppings and have tables upstairs. Its great steak but be prepared it is super greasy

Thank Gmcarguy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went around 8PM and the wait wasn't too much of a problem (we saw much longer lines during the day). Every employee was polite and helpful. We went to Penn's Landing to eat and were quickly disappointed. The meat had zero flavor. If it...More

Thank babylove2785
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been going here since the 1970s. Not a whole lot has changed. The Cheesesteaks are still great with fried onions and the great fresh rolls. Go upstairs for some seating. There may be other places with cheesesteaks just as good but Jims beats them out...More

Thank Tom M
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Karen W
17 April 2017|
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Response from JimsSouthStreet | Property representative |
The Barnes is on the parkway about a 2.5 mile walk to us. I would grab a cab or Uber/Lyft.
16 January 2017|
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Response from JimsSouthStreet | Property representative |
We are a couple miles away on South St. toward the Delaware River. A thirty minute walk or a 8 minute cab ride.
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Restaurant Details

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Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 03:00
10:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-928-1911
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THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! In the summer of 1976, my father and a business partner opened Jim's Steaks South St., Bringing a unique art-deco storefront and an even more distinctive cheesesteak to a neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. Few would have predicted that over the course of nearly four decades the shop would become one of the most celebrated restaurants in Philadelphia. You'll find us on what's known as the "Hippest Street in Town," serving up the finest cheesesteaks and hoagies from the heart of the city that made them famous. Five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly" award and Zagat rated, Jim's is your 'must-have' cheesesteak when only the BEST will do. With well over 200 years of cheesesteak-making knowhow, our staff will make you glad you stopped in each and every time you visit. Whether you're a Philly native or a conventioneer, touring the city's incredible history and museums or just passing through, you'll know you're getting the real Philly cheesesteak experience when you walk through our door. Ask anyone who has tasted our sandwiches! We can't wait to show you how it's done. Our best, Ken Silver Second Generation Proprietor Jim's Steaks South St.
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