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Jim's Steaks South Street

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City Center East
American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches
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400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1521
(215) 928-1911
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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, Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Juicy and very tasty cheesesteak

With only a night in Philadelphia I had to try a local cheesesteak. A number of people recommended Jim's on South Street and I wasn't disappointed. The self service works well and we found a table upstairs which was busy but not crowded. The restaurant interior was much as I expected and the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

With only a night in Philadelphia I had to try a local cheesesteak. A number of people recommended Jim's on South Street and I wasn't disappointed. The self service works well and we found a table upstairs which was busy but not crowded. The restaurant interior was much as I expected and the cheesesteak itself was juicy and very tasty.... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food was ok, the old school music was fun. The upstairs was busy but the staff was generally nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Seriously good authentic cheesesteak! Great staff as well. You can eat upstairs overlooking South Street as well. A must try!

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Agana, Mariana Islands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It's easy to prepare yourself to order: 1. Number of your order 2, Typ of Cheese (American, Cheese Whiz, Provolene) 3. With or without fried onion. My kids favorite: "One, Whiz, Without" while my husband "One, Whiz, With and pepper on top" Great cheesesteaks and great people watching on South Street!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Philly is the place- a destination for foodies for a cheesesteak and Jim's is one of the best (if not THE best). Perfect chopped steak, peppers, cheese and roll melt in your mouth delicious. 10 dollars for one of the best sandwiches you can buy. Open round the clock and perfect anytime!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

If you haven't eaten here I don't respect you opinion on cheesesteaks at all. Go here get it "Wiz with" and then we can have an real discussion. Go for lunch on a weekday and there is no hour long line.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I ate 4 cheesesteaks in 2 days from this place. Their hoagies are really good too. My kids had the tuna hoagie and the ham & cheese haogie. Both were enough for them to eat for lunch with some left for later.

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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Took my son so he could experience a true Philly Cheese Steak Sub. On other trips through Philly I have been here and told him what to expect there and he was looking forward to eating the sub. We both got the Philly Cheese Steak and they were great. My son also enjoyed looking at the photos with autographs that... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

It's ok but it's not what I think of for a real Philly Steak. It smells amazing. Walk down South Street and your hit with that fried onion smell. But it's never as good as it smells. Try one then go to a real place. You'll see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

This was a really good cheesesteak. We asked a local and he suggested this place. Glad we tried it!!

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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
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Sandwiches

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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

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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