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1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Ranked #279 of 3,780 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Delicatessen
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

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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156 restaurant reviews
234 helpful votes 234 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

we arrived here after a long walk in Philly and we had a dinner quite soon in the evening. I take an Angus burger (with cheese and french fries) and a Sandwich (with turkey bacon). Service fast and no surprise when they give us the bill... the right price... my Angus burger was very good and I saw a lot... More 

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Oradell, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We had a wonderful breakfast of eggs and cheese on fresh bagels, but we had to have a pickle because they were just so good! My husband had an egg platter with hash browns and pastrami in his eggs. Actually too much for him to eat when they added the bagel.

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Danbury, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

As a Philadelphia native on a visit to my hometown I was happy to find this classic Jewish deli. Was able to recapture the food of my youth...kippered salmon on a bagel for breakfast and had to order a Hebrew National salami on rye with mustard to go for lunch (a sandwich that I hadn't had in more than 25... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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164 reviews 164 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A fan of Jewish deli, I was happy with my brunch here. All meals include their pickle bar, which has a dozen or so choices of various pickled veggies, potato, cabbage salads and the like. Yum. Three of our party ordered the smoked fish platter for three....a huge offering of two kinds of salmon, sable, whitefish salad, four bagels, and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The best deli in Philly. Brunch is great. Be prepared for a wait at lunch or breakfast on weekends. After a night on the town this is the start of your recovery.

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Stafford, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The waitress never came back to see if we needed anything else- we had to call another waitress to get us our check. We left a tip-PROVIDE BETTER SERVICE- Food was ok.

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Rochester, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

In the heart of Philly and a very good deli choice. We each had a home-made soup, one cabbage and one split pea, that were excellent. We split a Doris' Reuben, a combo of corned beef and pastrami with swiss cheese on grilled rye; reminiscent of New York (minus the cheese). There is a salad-like bar that included different pickles,... More 

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Dover, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Our hotel was near this restaurant & delicatessen during a weekly training session. Had to find something fast & reasonable for breakfast & lunch...you cannot beat this deal. The Work Week Breakfast Specials at Schlesinger's is excellent. The Harvey...2 eggs w/ home fries, toast & Coffee $3.95. It get's better...if you love corned beef sandwiches....try the Jules Reuben for $9.95... More 

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Additional Information about Schlesinger's

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

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