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“Cleveland must-eat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Slyman's Deli

Slyman's Deli
3106 Saint Clair Ave NE, Cleveland, OH 44114-4007
(216) 621-3760
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Ranked #1 of 1,674 restaurants in Cleveland
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Delicatessen
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout
Missouri
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Cleveland must-eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

When we visited 2 years ago we arrived a little before 2 in the afternoon and 3 people in front of us they ran out! We were so bummed! So this time we arrived at 11am and ordered Reuben's. We sat at one of the tables and the sandwich speaks for itself! It is one of the best Reuben sandwiches you will ever eat anywhere! The sauce they have is really great that you can put it on it. Do it!

Tip: If you don't eat it all, ask if you can buy a little extra bread. Also, you can get to go sauces.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huron, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Corned Beef to Eat Before You Die”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

There is a reason everyone in town goes to Slyman's for the Corned Beef sandwiches. Just know that you will not be able to eat all of it unless you are an NFL lineman. Not too worry they nicely give you a container to go. (It would be nice if they added a couple slices of bread for your next sandwich.)
The place is 1950s, some may call it vintage but it's not that quaint. It's actually kind of disappointing that a place this popular can not spruce up which is why I am not giving it five stars. Rest of menu is deli stuff.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Bring an appetite, or two, or a doggy bag!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

If you love corned beef, and you're fortunate enough to find yourself on St. Clair Ave. anytime between 11:00 am and 2 pm, treat yourself to this place. If you're a novice, you'll want to dine in. Don't be put off by the line of people out the door and onto the sidewalk; they're there for carry-out. Just say "Excuse Me," and the line will part like the Red Sea did for Moses. The first thing you'll notice is that the place is small. It has a quaint, albeit busy, kind of feel: like cross between a New York deli and a family get together! Once you're seated, don't be overwhelmed by the menu. One of the waitresses will be happy to explain it to you and your party. (Also, if you've ever been to a New York deli, the menu prices here are not typos: about half of what you'd pay in the Big Apple!) That having been said, the corned beef is the best around: not just Cleveland, or Ohio, but anywhere! The sandwiches are large, delicious meals in themselves. With the first bite, you'll forget how small, and crowded, the dining room is. Your all-consuming mission will be trying to finish the sandwich before you! If you can't, don't worry; many before you have tried and failed. Just take it with you; it's great even re-warmed. The service is conscientious, efficient, and friendly. After one visit you'll be a fan!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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On the road again
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146 restaurant reviews
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114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
“Best Corned Beef Sandwich in the Universe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

When I say Universe I mean on the planet have never had a better Corned Beef sandwich. Our server was superb and impressed me so much she got a "C" note for a tip. We were all there shooting a short film for a music video for Holiday season 2013 still a secret. What was even most impressive is the deli was very clean. Hats off to Mo the owner and our server she was fabulous but I will not mention her name as she is a female. You will know if she waits on you as pleasant, efficient and accommodating.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Seville, Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“New York Deli in Cleveland OH”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The sandwiches are huge. Corned Beef so tender it will melt in your mouth. Chicken salad bursting with flavor. Menu has numerous offerings. As it is over a 2 hour drive for me; usually eat sandwiches there; then pounds of items to bring home. Take out is very well packed, all items brought home are fresh and tasty. Loafs of bread are above normal size.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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