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Jim's Steaks South Street

400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521 (City Center East)
(215) 928-1911
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Ranked #62 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
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561 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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St. Marys
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This was a very busy place, the line was out the door, it took almost half an hour before I got to the grill to order, prices are steep, there is just one guy working the grill making the steak, kudos to him, he seemed to be working very hard, but that;s about it, the Philly was really lacking in... More

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New York, NY
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The cheesesteak and hoagies we got were good and traditional Philly-style. Not much seating though and the seating upstairs required climbing stairs that are steep and hard to get up with a stroller, making it a challenge with little kids.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Coming back to Philly brought back so many memories of great food especially the cheese steak. I hoped to enjoy that perfect philly steak. So after waiting in line for 20-30 min I was expecting greatness from the famous Jim's, but he cheese-steak was basic, nothing special in my book. I would not wait in line for it again. The... More

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Amsterdam, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I enjoy a good cheesesteak and Jim's did not disappoint. I've now tried these in addition to Pat's and Geno's, and you can't go wrong with any of them in my opinion. The food was great, the people were friendly and efficient. They kept a long line moving and despite that we had no trouble getting a place to eat... More

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King William, Virginia
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101 reviews 101 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Leaving Philly on Amtrak writing my review on cheesesteaks. I tried 5 of the most popular. Geno's, Pats, Campo's, Tony Luke's, & Jim's Steaks. Wasn't even going to go, didn't know about it. Asked the locals when they want cheese steaks where do they go. Out of 4 People I asked 3 said Jim's. Good enough for me. There was... More

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Top Contributor
430 reviews 430 reviews
218 restaurant reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

It's ok. Nothing to write home about. I found the meat to be a bit subpar in quality for what I'd expect. It was a little to "melt in your mouth" texture-like for beef and it was lacking flavor. I know they're moving through a big line, but they could be a bit more friendly. Seating area is limited, although... More

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Ellicott City, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We stopped here, during a day trip to Philly, based on a friend's recommendation. We got here around 11, so there wasn't a line and there was plenty of seating upstairs. The cheese steak was to die for! The bread was toasted perfectly. This was my first time getting a cheese steak with wiz and it was delish! Can't wait... More

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LaGrange, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

A friend that is from the area strongly recommended that we come here to try the steak sandwiches. They were SO GOOD!

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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157 reviews 157 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Stayed in Philly for like half a year and was always going about trying out the cheese steaks. At the end have come to the conclusion that Jim's Steak at South Street has got to be the best. Nothing beats the classic onions, mushrooms & cheese whiz. Don't forget to add the long hot peppers for an extra kick. The... More

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Albany, NY
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252 reviews 252 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

People outside of Philadelphia are always asking me which has the best cheese steak - Gino's or Pat's. While these place are good, my favorite for cheese steaks while in Philly is good old Jim's on South Street. I have been going to this place for well over 15 years and it never disappoints as it didn't just before the... More

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