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Bella Vista / Queen Village
0.6 miles from Independence Hall
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I've been to Philly dozens of times. This time, I wanted to find somewhere typically Philly to eat. I found out about the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen and knew immediately I wanted to eat there. From my hotel (Loews) it took about 20 minutes to...walk there. On 4th and Bainbridge, you can't miss this place. I had taken a look at the menu before going and knew I wouldn't be disappointed. I made the mistake though, of ordering not only a bowl of matzah ball soup, but a "regular" roast turkey sandwich on rye along with potato salad (which was phenomenal). There are two size sandwiches you can attempt to consume here: regular and "zaftig" meaning even more stuffed. Even the regular size was huge and more than plentiful. First of all, the soup was amazing, fresh chicken and carrots, bowtie pasta and a matzah ball probably the size of a softball sitting in the middle of the bowl. Unbelievably delicious. The roast turkey was amazing, flavorful, nothing more than simple, roast turkey. Delicious. The potato salad is a treasure. I almost ordered another one, but knew if I did, I wouldn't be able to finish it. And to drink, of course, the Dr. Brown's cream soda. This was perfect for a late afternoon lunch / early dinner. They bake their own pastries and desserts as well. Too many things to consider, good thing I didn't order any dessert. But my server was kind enough to bring along with the check, a yummy, freshly-made chocolate chip cookie. This was excellent on all fronts: service, value and quality of the food. If you are looking for classic Jewish deli and an authentic Philadelphia culinary experience, a walk down 4th Street to the Famous 4th Street Delicatessen is absolutely worth the visit.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The sandwich’s are so big and good you can have 1/2 for lunch and 1/2 for dinner. Soup is great, kippered salmon platter is the best, so fresh . The Hametashen is the best you can find anywhere. Never fails you.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I dined at the Famous 4th Street Deli the other day and the experience was sublime. I was part of a party of ten people and we all had a memorable time - the food, portions, ambience and service was perfect. I will say without...hesitation that I believe the Famous 4th is the best Jewish Deli in Philadelphia. I had the "zaftig" (translation: HUGE!) hot pastrami on rye. It was heavenly. Oy, I'm kvelling. This deli is royalty in the world of American Jewish Delis - shared only with a precious few others like Katz's in New York and Attman's in Baltimore. I want to recognize our waiter for his skill, politeness, service and friendliness ... his name is John, he is a handsome burly fellow, but the kind of service one rarely encounters in a restaurant anymore. Five Stars! I recommend it!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed February 28, 2021

Terrific pastrami. Corned beef very good, though a bit too lean -- something not everyone might understand. Side of potato pancakes surprisingly good, though a bit oily (I didn't mind). Courteous, efficient people at counter.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2020

I love the look and feel of this deli. I grew up eating kosher deli and it made me feel at home. The price is up there but it is fair for what you get. Maybe give a little less, and charge a little less....Not everyone wants to spend $20+ for a sandwich for lunch. I had a corned beef on rye with mustard (of course) The corned beef was tender, flavorful and moist, which would make a perfect sandwich....However the corned beef was waaay too salty. Back off the cure or soak it for a few hours in water to remove some of the salt. I could only eat half because of the amount of salt, which for me means unfortunately I probably won't go back. I really want to love this place and have it be my go to spot, just fix the cure and I'll be there. Sunday mornings were special days in my house growing up. Bagels, smoked fish, creamed cheese, corned beef, pastrami, tongue, chopped liver, cole slaw, mustard, russian dressing and barrel cured pickles and more all made an appearance. Complete with black and white movies, Tarzan and Laurel & Hardy. Great times...Fix the salty corned beef issue and I will be there forever...thanksMore

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 10, 2020

Having been there once before and loved it, I took my brother to Famous 4th for a hearty breakfast before a full day exploring Philly. I got the salmon hash and my brother got the corned beef hash. Both were excellent, and I did make...the discovery that the side order of corned beef hash was almost as big as my full sized salmon hash order, but for a fraction of the price! Will definitely remember this next time. Highly recommended, either come very hungry or plan to share!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

Very popular place but when I saw the size of the servings, I just felt like walking out. I was with friends so I stayed.... Tasteless food. All in quantity and really no quality. And in the end expensive for what it is.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 6, 2020

These are the traditional deli offerings you imagine and crave... super-sized. I always have to find someone to share a corned beef special, or end up taking out 1/2 the corned beef to take home. (Bring an ice pack and sandwich bag if you don't...want to carry around a big styrofoam container.) I request the rye be toasted. It's thick cut, unless you ask for thinner, but you may need the thick to hold together all that mega sandwich. Or, if going keto, get the chef's salad but, again, enough food for 3 people and no skimping on the various meats. Hungarian goulash is very garlicky goodness but very heavy, meaty dish. Now and then staff will give attitude -- like if you have an allergy and dare to ask for ingredients on anything. But, mostly, pleasant and professional if you don't deviate. I was told more than once to "go make your own" (adding, "the owner doesn't need your money") when I asked ingredients for the smoked salmon salad as the 3 in my party had allium allergy. So, we did, and we have every since. It's good, but not literally to DIE for.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

We were really looking forward to this as we love a great Jewish deli. Just arrived in Philly today and couldn’t wait to have dinner here. While food was good (not great), it was nothing special. I had the turkey and stuffing dinner. It was...$25, and the food was good. It came with two sides, I asked for a tossed salad and their fried potatoes. The salad was huge, and was much more than your regular dinner salad. It had broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc. it was probably twice the size as a typical pre dinner salad. The side of potatoes was also huge. Probably almost 2 full measuring cups. The turkey was good, probably a pound of it in addition to the stuffing and gravy. It was great but again, nothing spectacular. My “complaint” is that my meal was enough for two people, possibly three, and I like large portions. It was just way too much food. I could only eat half of the turkey and stuffing and took the salad home and didn’t eat more than a bite or two if the potatoes because it was just way over the top too much food, and they were pretty greasy. I would much prefer smaller serving sizes and not to waste so much food. I wish I would have taken a picture. Overall, my experience was just so so, and I might even classify it as a disappointment.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 9, 2020

Our party of three had a memorable lunch at Famous Fourth Street Deli in the lovely Queen Village neighbourhood of South Philadelphia in November 2019. This venerable deli has been around for nearly a century and is a Philadelphia institution. It is very much in...the style of Jewish delis in New York City, specializing in Jewish comfort food in large portions. Three of us shared one gigantic sandwich, the "Franklin Avenue" (stuffed with corned beef, pastrami! Swiss cheese and coleslaw) and a large bowl of chicken soup with a giant matzo ball. I have attached pictures of both to substantiate that this was enough to feed three.The deli also sells giant-sized baked goods and take-out food. Eating here is a fun experience and feels like you are eating a (large) sIice of history.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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fusansan
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Response from Jimmy L | Reviewed this property |
If i were you, i would drop by to ask to see the portion(s) of the food(platter) then decide. Platters are various in sizes (mostly the same everytime) but depends on what you order.
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Response from valie520 | Reviewed this property |
I definitely think you can order for a few less. My sister-in-law and I split a pick-four-meats plate and we had tons left over, although we did eat a ton of appetizers and soup. Maybe order for 8-10.
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Famous 4th Street Delicatessen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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