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Jim's Steaks South Street

Certificate of Excellence
$$
City Center East
American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches
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400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
(215) 928-1911
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Today
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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
First cheesesteak

This was my first time in Philly and I was recommended to go to this place and try a Philly cheesesteak. A lot of celebrities had gone here before me. We drove 30 minutes from Indepence Hall to this place and finally had the cheesesteak. It tasted good but it wasn't amazing, not really worth the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Ronaldo070
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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469 reviews 469 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was my first time in Philly and I was recommended to go to this place and try a Philly cheesesteak. A lot of celebrities had gone here before me. We drove 30 minutes from Indepence Hall to this place and finally had the cheesesteak. It tasted good but it wasn't amazing, not really worth the long drive. It's more... More 

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Virginia
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71 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I was expecting an extraordinary experience. My cheese steak with cheese Whiz and onions was good but I somehow missed the charm of going to Jim's. The cooks are busy cooking, the cashier takes your money but where is the heart and soul of Philly. I just wanted some "Brotherly Love" along with my sandwich. Jim's made the 35 min... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My very first cheesesteak! And it was a good one. We found this place recommended by a foodblog. This typical American experience was what we were looking for, and the cheesesteak was seriously nice! We go back soon!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I know a lot of die hard Philly folks say Geno or Pats... but I gotta give a SHOUT OUT for JIM'S On South ST. I think they really are as good or better...and you get to check out one of the craziest streets of different unique shops on SOUTH ST! try them all and then you let me know!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

this has been THE place for a late night pit stop after dancing and partying the night away at south street's many venues bars and restaurants. it's also a great place for a lunch break as you explore south street and headhouse square during the day. just a solid version of the iconic philly cheesesteak - enjoy!

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Montreal, Canada
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29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 via mobile

We invited friends from out of town to.Enjoy a Philly Cheeses teak with us. Jim's was one of 4-5 "top" places recommended by Philadelphia Magazine. THE MEAT WAS OVERCOOKED. THE ONIONS AND PEPPERS HELD WARM IN A BUCKET OF HOT WATER. BLAH! Wont be returning anytime soon. Onions a d peppets need to be cooked on the grill and then... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

One of the best cheesesteaks, if not the best. It's worth the wait in line if you go during a time where there is one. This place does the meat just right, and their rolls have just the right balance of firmness and softness. You can see everything get cooked right in front of you, so there are no questions... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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64 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

If you only have one place to get a cheesesteak in Philly, go here. Theirs are the best, nothing more to say. This is it, go here.

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Streetsboro, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

First thing to know is that Jim's is cash only but thankfully there is an ATM inside the restaurant. The surrounding neighborhood is really fun and not far from the Liberty Bell and other historical Philly sites. The folks who work there are friendly and entertaining and will make sure you leave with nothing less than a smile on your... More 

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Um, YES. These cheese steaks are a Philly classic - how can you go to the City of Brotherly love and leave without one of these hot-beef injections? From the time you hit the sidewalk outside Jim's you know it's gonna be good. The smoke from the grill wafts out from under the door and and soon as you enter... 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 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?