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Jim's Steaks South Street

Certificate of Excellence
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City Center East
American, Sandwiches
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400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
(215) 928-1911
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10:00 am - 3:00 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/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
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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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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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
A long tradition of great cheesesteaks on trendy South Street -- the aroma will draw you in

The glowing neon of Pat's and Geno's may get all the movie and tv shots, but my friends and family have long preferred the superior tasting cheesesteaks of Jim's on South Street. It's not just because Jim's has indoor service and seating, which is not to be underestimated in the cold of winter, or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
MissElegance
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Philadelphia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Philadelphia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The glowing neon of Pat's and Geno's may get all the movie and tv shots, but my friends and family have long preferred the superior tasting cheesesteaks of Jim's on South Street. It's not just because Jim's has indoor service and seating, which is not to be underestimated in the cold of winter, or humidity of summer. And, it's not... More 

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

This was my first trip to Philly. I did my research and ended up at Jim's. It was everything I'd hoped it would be. Delicious cheesesteak! Upon ordering I said" Wiz Wit". That translates to cheese with onions. What made it great for me was the wiz cheese. It soaked right into the soft bread. After finishing, I was full,... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Jim's is my favorite cheese steak place in Philly. Almost every time we have had to wait in line a little bit, but it's always worth the wait. They chop up their steak, which I think makes eating the sandwich easier and more enjoyable. It's a face paced order which adds to part of the fun of going to a... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

This place was recommended by locals from the reading terminal market.there was no queue at 3pm and we had our first philly cheesesteak wizz with it was amazing .lots of meat

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

My last visit here a while back was my last visit here. Locals have been passing by this place for a while now. Partly because the line just isn't justified. Partly because the wait and the cost aren't par with the bland food. And partly because, if you live nearby like I do, you smell them starting to prepare the... More 

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McHenry, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I was recommended this restaurant from a local for my trip to Philly. I was told this was the best cheese steak place in Philadelphia. It's the truth! The quality of the meat is what makes this sandwich so darn good. I went on a Monday night around 7:30 pm, but the line was still out the door (literally). They... More 

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I was intimidated at first knowing how quickly you need to be prepared to order and make sure you use the right terminology. The line moves along but you have plenty of time to work out what you want to say. There is ample seating upstairs and it is cash only. I had been dreaming of trying a real Philly... More 

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Thomasville, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Jim has the best Philly cheesesteak ever. my daughter and I were in town on part of our college tour trip. My daughter is not much of a meat eater but she ordered the Philly cheesesteak and thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The meat quality was good. The selection was excellent and the service was fast. The atmosphere was also excellent, highly recommended.

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Having never had a cheesesteak this place met every one of my expectations. We had the classic "whiz with". It was reasonably priced, tasted great and was very filling!

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?