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1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-735-7305
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
throw back Jewish Deli

When visiting Philly, a required stop is to this old time deli. They feature a large menu with many items in lots of combinations. In addition to the regular corned beef and pastrami, they offer tongue, livers, smoked fish, and desserts. All food includes their pickle bar....we always say we are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

It was just average, the waitress was terrible (didn't get things right, seemed to be disinterested). You can get an omelet and potatoes anywhere. Maybe lunch is better?

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

With all the right things on an extensive menu, good prices and a pickle bar to recommended Schlesinger's, I was hopeful for a great lunch. What I got was good, but not great. Nothing about the food I ate was special, nor was it bad. The service was fine. For folks who want reasonable food at reasonable prices, and consider... More 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

When staying in Philly, I always have breakfast at Schlesinger's. I love corned beef hash and they have the best. Portions are large and sometimes I cannot even finish it. Wonderful wait staff.

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Buffalo, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

When visiting Philly, a required stop is to this old time deli. They feature a large menu with many items in lots of combinations. In addition to the regular corned beef and pastrami, they offer tongue, livers, smoked fish, and desserts. All food includes their pickle bar....we always say we are going to fill up on the sauerkraut, pickles, peppers,... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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