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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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Norridge, Illinois
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12 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank patshea2016
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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148 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Arlington, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

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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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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134 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 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 

Thank fun1wpb
Miami, Florida, USA
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287 reviews
216 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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52 reviews
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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 

Thank Ian B
Charlottesville, Virginia
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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

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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 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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