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1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Arlington, MA
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81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted an easy and informal dinner after driving many hours to Philadelphia and this deli hit the spot. We had the half pastrami sandwich and soup and the stuffed cabbage dinner and both were fresh and delicious, although the half sandwich was not as loaded with pastrami as we expected and the cabbage was cooked in a rather sweet... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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103 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although not Kosher in the strictest sense, the moniker give a view about the cuisine offered. Their pastrami is fantastic. Matzoh Ball Soup is to die for. The potato kinish is wonderful. The kishkah is garbage however.

Thank Stujersey
Staten Island, New York
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40 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect deli sandwiches. Pastrami an corn beef is the best. Also enjoyed the pickle and salad bar. We are from New York and this as good as it gets. Will certainly return.

Thank newyawktalk
West Palm Beach
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130 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Popped in for a quick dinner. Ordered the corned beef sandwich. It's accompanied by their "pickle bar" which includes several kinds of pickles, plus potato salad, and a cucumber salad. I really liked the semi-sour pickles: nice crunch to the little cukes and quite tasty. The sandwich was BIG--so I ended up wrapping half of it to go, along with... More 

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Miami, Florida, USA
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283 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Clean and modern and comfortable with all the deli-classics, Philly style; Corned Beef Specials (with coleslaw and Russian dressing on rye), great whitefish salad on fresh bagels, and even a serve yourself pickle bar with potato & cucumber salads and all different kinds of pickles. Open every day too so was great for a Sunday breakfast.

Thank PaulSnood
Silver Spring, Maryland
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51 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Intending to go elsewhere, we ended up at Schlesinger's on a rainy Friday night with our tired, grumpy and hungry kids in tow. In hindsight, I'm so glad we stopped in. Our waitress was patient and helpful and the menu is varied and large enough that we found something to please everyone. The food came out hot and freshly prepared... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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393 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

Yes it might look busy and crowded, but that's because it was so good. The egg on a bagel is simply supreme, Or an omlette. Be sure to save a spot for the pickle bar which is so much more than pickles. Wait staff is incredible.

Thank samtrip12345
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

Schlesinger's worked out the kinks long ago, it seems. Pickles, potato salad, matzo ball soup, corned beaf special, all honed to delicious perfection. And friendly service. My new favorite Philly deli.

Thank Philip K
New York
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39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Went to Schlesinger's last week with some business associates on a lunch break from a conference. There is definitely a fly problem by the booths and it is cause for concern. Two of us ordered a menu item that we were told was not available. Only we were told this 10 minutes after we ordered it. Service was quite slow... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

This place is pretty decent. Good breakfast. However, it seems like they have a bit of a fly issue. Lots of flies by the seating area. Very odd as this place is indoors. Other than that, pretty decent.

Thank Diana L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Kosher, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1521 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia
  • Phone Number: 215-735-7305
We were in Philadelphia for three days and ate four meals at Schlesinger’s. A delicatessen, in the Jewish tradition, Schlesinger’s is a fantastic representative of this kind of restaurant. Generous portions of delicious food, a deft hand with the kind of recipes that make a deli’s reputation, casual and warm, this was a find for hungry travelers.
Stumbling in early on a weekday, we found the Work Week Breakfast Special. For $3.95 you get eggs, flavorful home fries, a choice of toast including rye, with seeds and without, and coffee. A yummy bargain.
For lunch, the Fish Combo for 2 (feeds four) at $29.95 was the most generous platter of smoked fish, kippered salmon, whitefish spread, cream cheese, sliced vegies, and bagels I’ve ever encountered. I really don’t know how they’ll stay in business given the size of their portions, but I wish them well.
And the pastrami! And the homemade mustard! And the chicken soup with not just matzo balls, but noodle bows and fresh chicken meat. Order the cup, the bowl is too big for one person.
It’s not perfect. The kishka was too salty, the kasha was cool rather than hot, but the flavor is wonderful. Did I mention the chopped liver with schmaltz? Go, eat, try the home-made pickles. It’s a terrific place.

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