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1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good41%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“pickle bar” (43 reviews)
“corned beef” (15 reviews)
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
American, Delicatessen, Kosher
$$ - $$$
1521 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-3727
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is where I pull out the NYC deli snob card. It's very good by Philly standards. Kosher-style, which means you can get non-Kosher stuff along with the usual deli standards liked smoked fish and pastrami on rye. The rye bread was a little on...More

Thank ThaneLansing
Reviewed 16 March 2018

I ordered Matzo Ball soup for two to go. I did not check the soup itself. When I got home I found two large matzo-very good incidentally, and chicken soup with bow tie pasta. My bad. I did not check to see if the soup...More

Thank jknows
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We had a representative from our company eating with a client when they overheard the staff speaking rudely about our company order. We have spent tons of money there for lunch. That is completely unprofessional. You never know who is listening and who they know....More

1  Thank Raymond H
Reviewed 27 February 2018

Schlesinger's for breakfast is much like Schlesinger's the rest of the time: not great, not bad, just fine. I ordered one of their "specials": two scrambled eggs with turkey sausage, homefries and toast, only slightly annoyed that the printed menu price was higher than that...More

Thank SteveDisque
Reviewed 19 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 15 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
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Restaurant Details

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