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Jim's Steaks South Street

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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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Today
11:00 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/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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    Very good
  • 108
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  • 34
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  • 18
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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
Most recent review
Best cheesesteak in Philly.

I loved every minute of this place. Simple ordering process, and you head upstairs to admire their wall of fame and eat. Always pretty clean. And the steak with onions and wizz is to die for! I'd eat one for every meal if I could!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Mia S
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

I loved every minute of this place. Simple ordering process, and you head upstairs to admire their wall of fame and eat. Always pretty clean. And the steak with onions and wizz is to die for! I'd eat one for every meal if I could!

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10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Came here after a concert at TLA. The line was out the door & wrapped around the block before we went in to the concert! Lucikly after the concert was the perfect time the line was very short! I ordered just the standard philly with Provolone cheese. It was perfect! It wasnt the greasey slider sterotypical philly. This was the... More 

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Granville, Ohio
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18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The food was yummy, filling, and reasonably priced. They are cash only, so be prepared for that. I ordered a beer with my cheese steak and it made the experience that much better. (If you like beer, of course.) My friends got cheese whiz on theirs and said that you could taste the cheese but it didn't taste artificial. I... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I was in Philly for the first time visiting friends, and they promptly told me this was the best place to get cheesesteak. We went here for lunch and it exceeded any and all expectations I ever could have had for a cheesesteak. This place is small and doesn't look like much from the outside, but from the moment you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We always make it a point to go to Jim's after our 1000 mile trip to get to Philly. The totally delicious cheesesteak is the reason you will overlook a few of the restaurant's issues. Yes, you walk in and order from the cooks who may well remind you of Seinfeld's Soup Nazi Character. You go to the right end... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

When in Philly you have to get a cheesesteak. So glad we chose Jim's ! Tasty sandwich, clean store and friendly staff. Only issue is I want another sandwich ! Yummy !

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My boyfriend took me to Jims on Valentines Day to have my first Philly Cheesesteak. Having it with wiz was a wonderful choice! The sandwich was awesome and so worth the drive. However, keep in mind that seating is very challenging and they only accept cash.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Decided to give it a try in our quest to find the best cheese stake. Not worth going out of your way for. A little on the pricey side for what they offer. Also don't take any credit cards. Cash only operation.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Came to Philly and of course wanted to get an authentic Philly cheesesteak. Was told by Hotel staff not to go to the end of town where Genos and Pats were located- said area was a little shady. He recommended Jim's instead on South Street. The food at Jims was ok (needed salt, watery), but if it had been amazing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

I read some reviews and figured I don't want to walk to far from my hotel and that Jim's Steaks are just fine. I came at about 7 PM and no ppl were inside so I was straight up. Went upstairs - it's a cool atmosphere. I don't get why some people say it hasn't been renovated for xy years?!... More 

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?