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Jim's Steaks South Street

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400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
(215) 928-1911
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, 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
Best philly steak sandwich ever!

Great Philly steak! Walk in, order and pick up food (south philly style fast food). Not to be confused with fast food! Huge portions, very clean, a place not to be missed?

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Ann D
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Dunedin, Florida
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We went to Jim's on the recommendation of several long-time Philly locals. Boy, were we disappointed! We waited in a very long line, did not get our sandwich the way we ordered it, and then found it to be just ok. Most of all, though, we found the staff to be incredibly rude. They have seating upstairs, which is nice,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The best PCS i have ever ate in my life if anyone comes to philly thats the spot to go for PCS believe me the wait on line is worth it wont be disappointed

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Dunedin, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great Philly steak! Walk in, order and pick up food (south philly style fast food). Not to be confused with fast food! Huge portions, very clean, a place not to be missed?

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Somerville, NJ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

My son and I traveled into Philly and after our appointment found this authentic Philly Cheesesteak Restaurant. We loved it. Must try!!!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Best Cheese steak in Philly. Don't let any other reviews fool you. I am native to Pennsylvania and this is where its at. I always order cheese steak, mushrooms, onions and no whiz. It is always cooked to perfection even though its like a factory line. They always have my order right. Line is easily out the door. They have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Maybe it's because I'm from the Midwest. But, I noticed for some reason the Philly Steaks didn't have enough seasoning on their meat. I ordered a Philly Steak with mayo, tomato, fried onions, provolone cheese and jalapeno peppers. The bread was very fresh. Now, my sandwich was tasty due to all the ingredients I added. But, it could've been much... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We were looking for some "local flavor" and after getting a bit lost, happened upon Jim's on South street. Lucky us! Great sandwich, SUPER FRIENDLY staff (you know, compared to the rest of the cut-throat cheesesteak industry)!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Their Philly cheese steaks are really good. Not too expensive. It gets very crowded but worth the wait.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited Philly read reviews about Jim Steaks and it did live up to it's reputation. the service staff very informative and accommodating they made recommendations as to which cheese to choose I chose the cheese whiz and fried onions the bread was soft and delicious. the sandwich was very flavorful and moist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Jim's came very highly recommended and lived up to it's reputation! We loved our cheesesteaks (ordered wit wiz) and hoagies. Definitely worth the journey to the South Street area.

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, 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?