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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 #82 of 3,758 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Sandwiches
Neighborhood: City Center East
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

My friend said: if you are going to Philly you must try the Cheese Steak. So, we went to Jim's Steaks. Very nice place, cool pictures and while you eat you can check who visited the restaurant. The place is simple, not fancy at all. The sandwich is really good. The only thing is that I would like more if... More

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Washington, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The Philly cheesesteak is amazing, you have to queue but can watch the chefs preparing the steaks as you wait. Good music to listen to whilst you are waiting and very cheerful staff, well worth it..

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Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I came here expecting wonderful things. I went at 2:30pm, so not much of a line. Service was to be expected. I ordered a cheesesteak with whiz. Figured I go classic. It was ok. Nothing great. I has to add salt and pepper to the sandwich as it was very bland. I was very disappointed as I was looking forward... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This was a recommended by a local and it was a great Philly Cheesesteak. We waited about 50 minutes to order but it was worth the wait (arrived around 6:45PM). As we came out, there was no line, go figure, we were an hour too early.

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Omagh, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Definitely one of the best places in town to get a cheesesteak. It's in a prime location for tourists and locals know the best times to go to avoid the crowds (I generally skip weekends) I usually get a cheesesteak wit American and their steak is quality meat. Avoid tourist traps like Pat's and Geno's and try a real steak... More

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Florida
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317 reviews 317 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
229 helpful votes 229 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Second time in Philly. Second time at Jim's. Still the best cheese steak. Black angus beef need I say more. We ordered the whiz wit (cheese whiz/sautéed onions) sautéed mushrooms & hot peppers on side. This is by far the best flavorful cheese steak we have ever eaten. We have tried many others in Philly & no one comes close.... More

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Philly cheesesteak at Jim's was absolutely delicious. The only mistake we made was sharing one! It was getting late in the day, and we had plans for dinner. Although there was a line it moved quickly and we didn't mind waiting, because the cook continually put fresh meat on the grill. We had provolone cheese on it and nothing... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Forget Pat's and Gino's. The best tasting cheese steaks are at Jim's at Fourth and South Streets. They are made of Angus beef and worth the wait. My mouth is salivating just writing about them. The line reminds you of the "soup Nazi" from Seinfeld. Don't get nervous. They are a friendly bunch and will wait for your order if... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I don't know if it's me, but my thought on cheesesteaks: if it is just a bunch of fat beef in a cheap bun in the 'best-rated' cheesesteak place in town, I donMt want to know how they are in other places. The staff was unfriendly and the restaurant is not charming at all. Overpriced

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Ken S, President at Jim's Steaks South Street, responded to this review

Marvin: We were surprised to hear that you had a less than exceptional experience at Jim's Steaks South Street. Based on your description it almost sounded like you were at another restaurant. Our beef is Rastelli Black Angus Certified, Top of the Round, carefully trimmed and sliced on premises everyday and never fatty. Our rolls are Amoroso's, individually hearth baked... More

Portland, Maine
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67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Jim's was the perfect place to stop for lunch on our way out of Philly. We went right when they opened and there was no line and service was really quick. We got the cheesesteak with wiz cheese ($1 extra) and peppers and mushrooms ($1.50 extra). Total for one cheeseteak was $10.91 and it's cash only (there is an atm... More

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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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches

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