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“Love, love, love this place!” 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
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Love, love, love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

It is just like the sandwich shop on Seinfeld, but friendly! It is just a really cool little place. The ladies waiting the tables are SO friendly and happy and sweet (we didn't find a lot of this in Cleveland.) I got the Reuben Melt - YUMMY! And my husband got the hot dog and finished my reuben :) The sandwiches are monstrous!

We got there at 10:45 or so (they serve breakfast too!) and it wasn't crowded at all. There was a family and two couples at tables. Shortly after we sat down and got our food (very fast) it started filling up. It was all locals so that was cool too.

Highly recommend this place! Rachel Ray, George Bush, Joe Biden (rolls eyes) all have visited too. Great little find!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Davidson, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Slyman's is a MUST when you visit Cleveland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

When I travel, I want to experience a place. When I eat, I want a meal that evokes the memory of my visit and captures the spirit of the destination. I am confident that nowhere will do that for your visit to Cleveland like Slyman's.

We were visiting for an appointment at Cleveland Clinic and had a few hours to kill. The Cleveland Museum of Art was great! The hospital was impressive. But, Slyman's was unforgettable.

First, the place was packed at lunch hour, and with a reassuring mix of tourists, business types, and blue collar/neighborhood folks. We sat at the lunch counter and the crowds did not stop coming in to grab to-go orders the entire time. It was a great, vibrant atmosphere. Not crowded, but busy. Not loud, but bustling.

Slyman's is the kind of institution that makes its name with heaping piles of its signature dishes. Think Primanti's in Pitt or Kelly's in Boston. In Slyman's case, the specialties of the house are the corned beef sandwiches and the variations on that theme: corned beef melts, pastramis, reubens, etc. The food is really good. A single sandwich is enough to serve a couple.

But, what was most impressive about Slyman's was the people. The entire staff were friendly and engaging. They knew the regulars and the banter was amusing. But, they didn't make us - as tourists - feel out of place. It was as though you were guest starring on an episode of Cheers.

Mo, working the register, could not have been more friendly. He was passionate about his restaurant and their food. Equally important, he was passionate about Cleveland. When he found out that we were visitors to town, he immediately engaged us in conversation about the sites of Cleveland; and, when he found out that we were visiting for an appointment at the hospital, he was a) concerned that we were OK, and b) grateful that we had come to Cleveland for care at his hometown's world class facility. Lastly, Mo sent us off with a Slyman's t-shirt to remember the place and because it was something that he could do to help us.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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West Bend, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Too much to eat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We went there because we heard they had the best corned beef. It may have not been the best, but it was the biggest. It's a little scary when you walk in, but it's a typical deli. Not the prettiest place but defiantly friendly waitresses that helped us out. The homemade horseradish sauce was perfect!

Visited May 2014
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Cumming, Georgia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Worth the Venture”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Slyman's is off the beaten track, but well worth a taxi ride from downtown to enjoy the deliciously tender corned beef. Breakfast and lunch service only.

Visited May 2014
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Best deli in Cleveland ...hands down”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The best deli in Cleveland. I have been going here for 15 years, and will continue to do so. Mo is one of the nicest people you will meet. Try the potato salad, its homemade , and a hidden gem on their menu

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