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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“pickle bar” (41 reviews)
“corned beef” (19 reviews)
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American, Delicatessen, Kosher
$$ - $$$
1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 2 weeks ago 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 4 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 2 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 21 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 15 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
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

We love Schlesinger's. This time we went for lunch and ordered their generous sized sandwiches. They always offer a great pickle bar complementary. The staff is friendly and they have leather booths.If desserts are your thing, you will be totally thrilled. Cakes, cookies, etc.

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Up from Florida and wanted a good cornbeef special. Found it. Had happened corned beef special with a cup of matzo ball soup. Brisket sandwich look very good. Granddaughter had chicken fingers and was told they were very good. Potato Kinish was good. Pick bar...More

Thank Golfer0222
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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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