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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get the Reubens here, it's fresh,warm and delicious. They do takeout or done in. Nice homemade desserts including Jewish apple cake

Thank lil220
Denver, Colorado
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fun and delicious lunch with friends at this cute deli. Service was quick and attentive. We all enjoyed the complimentary pickle bar. Reubens were great.

Thank ChGi44
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

3 of us split the fish combo: 4 bagels, several flavors of cream cheese, lox, whitefish salad, sable, hot-smoked salmon and a huge plate of onions/capers/tomatoes (probably too big a plate of these). We were hungry and almost finished the plate, not quite. It was good but not amazing. The bagels were a weak link: they were not real NY... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

I hadn't been here before, but had heard good things and have enjoyed the other restaurant owned by the same folks in the suburbs. This was good in some ways, a bit disappointing in others. One of us at the table thought his club sandwich was way too salty and didn't even finish his sandwich -not like him! I got... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

Went there with friends for a simple supper before a concert at the Kimmel Center. Schlesinger's is a Jewish-style (not Kosher) restaurant that serves a diner-like menu (breakfast all day, salads, soups, appetizers, sandwiches, complete dinners, desserts, etc) with good quality. I had a very good roast beef with coleslaw and Russian dressing along with quality pea soup. This is... More 

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Katonah, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We were in Philly for a family wedding. Before the wedding we met with extended family who live in Philly but were not invited to the wedding. I large circular table in a booth made for a very comfortable brunch for all of us. It was 12:15 some of us ordered breakfast others ordered soup, sandwiches & salad. a large... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Well the matzo ball soup outstanding.......Chop liver excellent......the best potato knish EVER....hands down..... great value bowl of soup and 1/2 sandwich....leave room for the desserts.....

Thank achristine13
Norridge, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

While in Philadelphia, make it part of your "must do" list! The corned beef is the best I have had! It melts in your mouth! The portion is generous. The staff is helpful and professional. The prices are what you would expect to pay for quality food. The chocolate cake is DELICIOUS! Regardless of what you order, save some room... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016

We went here for breakfast! Our waitress was very mediocre. Trying to get a second cup of coffee required our getting up and asking for it. Everyone was happy with our food

Thank courtney106
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

Okay, so calling a Philadelphia restaurant "New York" style may not be endearing to the locals - but it's true. On our last visit we just had some takeout from Schlesinger's but this time we had a really nice Sunday breakfast. Good bagels, good whitefish salad, large serving sizes and great service. Deserts were just okay - otherwise we would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Large groups
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 St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
  • 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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