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Jim's Steaks South Street

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City Center East
American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches
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400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
(215) 928-1911
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10:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout
Description: THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE! In the summer of 1976, my father and a business...
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very good Cheesesteak

the Meat was good and the whiz was perfect, but there was too much bun for the meat given. I personally still think that Pats is better but it was very much worth the money and is a must go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Bob S
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

the Meat was good and the whiz was perfect, but there was too much bun for the meat given. I personally still think that Pats is better but it was very much worth the money and is a must go.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We had a list of cheese steak places to try while visiting Philly. But our first stop was Jim's. And that was by far our favorite. If you want the best. Go to Jim's.

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Keep the competitors, when we land in Philly, we head straight to Jim's on South Street. I grew up visiting this place and miss it. They use the proper Amoroso rolls (although I can't eat those anymore). Don't hesitate, get in, order, get out. Best steak in Philly...

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Hatboro, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Jim's is small but mighty. Not really a sit down place but the best cheesesteak in town. Tender meat generous portions and good rolls make them the best. I would skip the Cheese Wiz and get American cheese or Provolone with fried onions. The neighborhood in South Philly is eclectic and cool place to party.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Jim's Stakes on south street makes one of the best stakes in town. South Street in a must visit in Philadelphia and Jim's serves a really good stake

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not the tourist spot like Pat and Geno's but just as great! It would be unfair to say it's the best, I haven't tried the others to compare, but the cheesesteaks here were perfect! Line was quick and service great!

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mco
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Cool, local place. The guys behind the counter were fun and helpful, teasing the customers. We watched them make our sandwiches- which were huge! Split one if you're taking kids.

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Hamilton Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

When you go to Philadelphia you are supposed to eat Philly Cheese Steaks, but that didn't really appeal to me or my wife. Cheese Whiz--ugh. However we realized there must be a reason for the tradition. A Canadian visitor recommended Jim's and a tour guide did as well. Coming from the Independence Park, it was a bit of a walk,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Maybe I'm committing blasphemy but I am going against the locals. I found Jims to be good but nothing great. I have tried 4 cheesesteaks and found Pats to be my favorite. Jims was good, but the bread was dry and did not taste like anything special. Maybe being from Los Angeles makes me not notice the differences between the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife had the philly cheese steak with all the fixings and I had the philly steak with no cheese. They were ok. The meat was overlooked. The cheese was not melted. The service is cafeteria style. The sodas were Dr. Browns so they were great.,

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Additional Information about Jim's Steaks South Street

Address: 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
Phone Number: (215) 928-1911
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: (215) 928-1911

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 3:00 am

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