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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
07:00 - 21:00
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Miami, Florida
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

In the style of New York institutions, Schlesingers is an excellent representation of the genre. Generous portions, quick service and solid food. If you're in downtown Philly, this is a worthy and worthwhile stop for a quick and tasty meal.

Thank Joshua T
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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290 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed both a breakfast and lunch here this trip. Both were excellent! Their homefries served with breakfast are delicious. I enjoyed a rare roast beef sandwich with horseradish that was amazing. Biggest treat - they have a pickle bar to enjoy with your sandwich. All kinds of pickles!

Thank jmonson
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Went there today for an early lunch, so the place was anything but crowded. I ordered a hot pastrami and swiss on rye with a side of fries. Service was slow and uninterested in me. Finally got the sandwich....a plain pastrami on rye with swiss. The sandwich was not hot, and, worse, the bread was borderline stale. Fries didn't come... More 

Thank BMC69
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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357 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 815 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

No wonder & especially on weekends, Schlesinger's is usually crowded: Since the 1930's this Philly classic has been a landmark - with charming historic photos on the walls - of tasty unpretentious food & good value. Breakfasts are satisfying with lots of interesting combinations & choices & at all times, the vast pickle/slaw bar available to all diners is virtually... More 

Thank Herstory_62
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Food was good if you can look past the horrible service. Between the waitress dipping her finger in our side of Russian dressing, nearly sticking her chest in our food while interrupting our lunch by leaning way over our table to fill the sugars, then asking if we could pay the check since her shift was over, combined with another... More 

Thank Patti K
Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Best place for breakfast, eggs were good and so were the chocolate chip pancakes. Coffee was ok. Service was great the first time. Waitresses need to remember to ask guests if they want extra coffee.

Thank justlovetoexplore
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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303 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I was craving for a pastrami sandwich and figured going to Schlesinger's would be a great idea. I ask for lean pastrami on the sandwich and when I got home and opened up the sandwich..it had more fat then there was meat and for the price you pay you're paying for the FAT more than the meat. I feel for... More 

Thank Jerry E
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

I stopped in to Schlesinger's with my wife and adult daughter for lunch on Superbowl Sunday. The place was still fairly packed when we arrived though it opened up a little bit by 1:30 or so. There's a lot to recommend it, the service is quick if a little harried, the pickle bar at the rear of the restaurant is... More 

Thank James L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 November 2016

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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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
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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