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1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-7305
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great place for an early breakfast.

We ate breakfast at 8 AM and nearly no one was there on a Saturday morning. By 10 AM the place was packed with a line going down the street.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
George F
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Chalfont, United States
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English first
Brooklyn, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I am a total foodie and love a good deli sandwich (it's that New York thing) so I was hopeful that Schlesinger's would not disappoint. I ordered a Jules Reuben. The meat portion was spot on and hearty. What didn't suit me was the bread that was extra greasy. It's as though they toasted it in butter and it LAID... More 

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Philadelphia
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348 reviews 348 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There are were stark good and bad things in my first visit to Schlesinger's. Good: REALLY good free pickle bar with a big variety and some good spicy ones. Good: Really good Matzo Ball soup - light and fluffy Not good: The driest brisket and broiled chicken I have ever had. Not good: The sweet kugle was a brick To... More 

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Minneapolis
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66 reviews 66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

On a quick long-weekend trip, my friend and I stopped here looking for a good Jewish deli experience and we were very pleased we'd sought this place out. Love, love, loved the pickle bar! Everything from full-sours, half sours, spicy pickles, pickled green tomatoes, pickled peppers, and more were a nice nosh before we dove into our matzoh ball soup,... More 

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Chalfont, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We ate breakfast at 8 AM and nearly no one was there on a Saturday morning. By 10 AM the place was packed with a line going down the street.

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Philadelphia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

You can't go wrong dropping in for lunch. We both had the soup of the day(split pea) and the 1/2 Reuben sandwich combo which was a very nice meal and our bill with tax and tip was under $ 30. As expected it gets busy at lunch time but despite a line waiting to be seated, the wait was short... More 

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Philadelphia, Pa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Had an early supper after the Sunday afternoon matinee at the Academy of Music. Delicious corned beef wrap, perfect vegetable soup, best matzo ball, better than homemade cookies, an amazing array of beautiful food in the glass cases. The pickle bar had really good potato salad and excellent macaroni salad. Will be going back soon.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

There are not many delis in center city Philadelphia but luckily this was very close to the hotel I stayed at. The sandwiches were large and inexpensive and high quality-I had the Barclay club and though it was excellent. The matzo ball soup was awesome.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

This is a good place to eat and recommended. It seems very traditional and it is not trendy. Service was excellent and prices reasonable. Menu appears to have traditional Jewish dishes (although, I am not an expert in this subject). It definitely has a menu that will appeal to many tastes. It was a bit crowded when I was there... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I've been going to Schlesinger's for over a year now when I travel to Philly and let me say, it hits the spot every time. You can't go wrong here. The omelets are incredible as are the pancakes and the sandwiches and salads. Portions are HUGE and the coffee, amazing. If you're looking for a good and reasonable deli in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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317 reviews 317 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Packed tables tell the story. This is just what you want (and expect) from a busy deli - pickle bar (including pickled tomatoes and for the first time I have seen outside of central Europe: half-sour pickled cucumber), gruff but underneath it all friendly staff, and huge, huge portions. The never-ending glass Arnold Palmer accompanied a fat Reuben sandwich -... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-735-7305

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Delicatessen

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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