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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“pickle bar” (43 reviews)
“corned beef” (19 reviews)
Opens in 10 min
All hours
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
$$ - $$$
1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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Reviewed 18 December 2017

Our visit started out great but ended very poorly. We ordered and enjoyed the visit to the pickle bar. Would have eaten more had I known what was to come. My husband ordered Corned Beef Hash. When it arrived it was not hot but he...More

Thank VintageGalAZ
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Okay, this was our favourite restaurant of the entire weekend in Philadelphia! Great coffee... great breakfast... great service... great price! If only it hadn't been so early (9 a.m. on a Saturday), we would have definitely spent time at the free pickle bar! This spot...More

Thank TignB
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We were seated right away at a table for 4 at this busy, friendly diner around 10am on a Sunday. Great service, delicious home fries with our eggs, and a pre breakfast treat at their pickle bar with tasty potato and macaroni salads. Lots of...More

Thank Experiences99
Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

In for lunch. Love the pickle bar, great choices and all you can eat. Mushroom barley soup and pastrami sandwich a great choice. Nice size portions. Only disappointment was the potato kinesh, not crisp enough and a little dry. Took home a bunch of bakery...More

Thank Stewart C
Reviewed 5 September 2017

We took out and had the best Ruben we have had anywhere! Tonnes of tender meat. Just a great sandwich which we gobbled up

Thank Worldtravelorplus
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Came for lunch - they have a wide selection on their menu. The pickle bar was a nice start to our lunch - all kinds of pickles - pasta salads, green tomatoes and potato salad. I went with a bowl of mushroom barley soup and...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 23 June 2017

My husband and I ate here for breakfast before our hotel check-out. We were seated right away, but it took a while for our food. No complaints. Our food was worth the wait. You could tell they were busy filling orders and lots of people...More

Thank Christie Y
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Schlesinger's has a great selection of sandwiches and soups. My friend said it was the best Ruben she has had. Since I do not eat nitrates in meat, I ordered the hamburger. it was not the best but adequate. The vegetable soup was excellent filled...More

Thank maevans70
Reviewed 20 June 2017

My father and I had brunch here recently. The menu was more than ample, and both the service and food were good. If you're looking for pork products, you'll have to go elsewhere, but they do have turkey bacon and turkey sausage if those are...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

From the bread to the corn beef to the pastrami to the pickle bar to the Dr Brown's cream soda...everything was exactly as it should be.

Thank OhSoGross
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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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