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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
215-735-7305
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07:00 - 21:00
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Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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.

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Thank T2204EAlaural
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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301 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank Jerry E
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Thank James L
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank lil220
Denver, Colorado
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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.

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Thank ChGi44
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242 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 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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Thank CAGreens
philadelphia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 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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108 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 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 13 October 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 5 September 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.....

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 21:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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