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1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-7305
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s....
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good (not great) Jewish deli

I had the special Reuben with coleslaw on rye and an order of fries. Fries were homemade and very good. Reuben was good. My companion had the matzo ball soup which was average (the matzo balls were very large). We both sampled the pickle bar which was good. The staff was friendly and efficient... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
charlotte7208
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Paris, France
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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301 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Inside of Center City, pop in for an amazing treat. eggs, fish bagels. Potato pancakes with applesauce or sour cream or fish. Leave some space for at least one pickle bar trip (free if you buy a meal) which has more than pickles (garlic, sour, sweet)- potato salad (a bit on the sweet side) pasta salad, or sauerkraut. Service is... More 

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Paris, France
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50 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the special Reuben with coleslaw on rye and an order of fries. Fries were homemade and very good. Reuben was good. My companion had the matzo ball soup which was average (the matzo balls were very large). We both sampled the pickle bar which was good. The staff was friendly and efficient and the service was relatively quick.

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Thank charlotte7208
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

While a good Jewish Deli is hard to come by Schlesinger's doesn't do a bad job. The food is good, the desserts I wanted seconds on! I typically enjoy a family style meal ( everyone sharing) but the sizes here were appropriate for one person. It really astounded me in a good way.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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225 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

On a slow Christmas day we struggled to find a place to have lunch and saw this place was open and looking at the crowd, we kind of knew it was a safe bet without doing some study which I normally do. And in fact, it was also the case with the Pastrami sandwich and the wrap being tasty and... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

Great breakfast and open on Thanksgiving. Yes, fairly typical diner food, but tastier -- pancakes and challah French toast were great. The turkey bacon was tasty and even the corned beef and Russian dressing and coleslaw (for breakfast!) hit the spot. To top it off, the pickle bar (which you have to check out) was a fun addition. Service was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Decent Matzoh Ball Soup, Really good Blintz, Great for fish and bagels, Be careful with holiday trays. they could not make anymore for Passover so I ordered for 8 people and they over charged me I felt taken advantage of. I paid $45 more then if I were to buy a tray for ten people and I got less items.

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Thank bondoe
Utica, New York
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

A colleague and I took a stroll for breakfast, wanting to get away from the drab hotel conference-style breakfasts. we're both corned beef fans and searched for a good option within walking distance. Got to Schlesinger's around 830 and grabbed an open table. Good hot coffee and a menu full of good options. We'd heard the corned beef was plenty... More 

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Thank Crowbelly
USA
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168 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

This is an old fashioned deli in the heart of Philadelphia. All the usually expected items there and food of good quality. The pickle bar a nice added touch. Service friendly and helpful. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner.

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Burlington, Vermont
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172 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Background: After a day walking in the drizzle, we needed a place to warm up with some good food. Schlesinger's was recommended as it was less than a block away. Background: Schlesinger's was convenient, and we were served good sized portions that were reasonably priced. While the food that evening was average, Schlesinger's fit the bill on a cold, dreary,... More 

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New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

I ordered Betty’s Broiled Salmon Salad The size of fish was one inch by one each and the half … The greens full of anion and green papers from cheapest pizza place Dressing balsamic vinaigrette instead of lemon vinaigrette I will never order there again, truly awful place for salad After paying $14 for my lunch I have to buy... 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: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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