Brauhaus Schmitz
Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus Schmitz

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brauhausschmitz.com/
  • Phone: (267) 909-8814
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German
  • Executive Chef: Jeremy Nolen
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Off-site catering is available.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brauhaus Schmitz
Philadelphia magazine has honored Brauhaus Schmitz with three “Best of” titles in their annual “Best of Philly” issues. Open since 2009, the restaurant has revived the city’s love affair with its ethnic heritage and reintroduced a whole generation of Philadelphians to the foods of their forefathers. In addition, Hager is the owner of Wursthaus Schmitz in historic Reading Terminal Market, a sandwich and cured meats shop that specializes in made-to-order dishes and German-style products for sale by the pound. To complement the much-lauded food at Brauhaus, Hager continues to grow its outstanding beer list. By cultivating close relationship with brewers during his visits to Germany, Hager procures 29 of his 30 taps from there, many of which he pours exclusively among the city, state and even the country. Most of his 100-bottle list is also imported from Germany.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Brauhaus Schmitz reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (70)vibrant bar scene (54)fit for foodies (50)neighborhood gem (35)hot spot (26)special occasion (21)great for lunch (18)late-night find (13)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Good place
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Beer list is expansive and has several rare or unique items. The beers though are really expensive. Service was very good. The food was good. My dinner was a huge portion; even split for leftovers it was very filling. My wife's meal was much, much smaller and wasn't a lot for one serving. I'd go back to fulfill my craving for German food, but I probably wouldn't choose it above a new place or for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic German cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Brauhaus Schmidt was wonderful! Just what we were looking for when wanting to taste good food from our past. Our waitress was knowledgeable about the menu - even the vast number of German brews they had on tap and in bottles. Couldn't ask for better service, ambience, or food. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Terrific German beer selection, many on tap that you cannot find in the US. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They make there own sausages!!!!!!!!!!!
    Germanandgreens
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Real German food homemade & huge selection of beers. My German husband was very happy!! :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deafening
    trainriders
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The very good: broccoli salad, beer cheese soup, wursts, beers. The not-so-good: braised pork, potato dumplings (both pretty tasteless). It's an attractive restaurant, but the noise level approached the painful level. I'm getting a headache just thinking about it. Try it sometime other than Saturday night, and it might be better - as long as you avoid the pork.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    For some reason Open Table has blocked one of the noise level choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    MotherLYearth
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We go here for the authentic German cuisine but the noise level can be off the charts. It isn't as noisy if you sit in the back room but sitting up front can have its challenges. In the winter, it can get cold every time someone opens the door to exit and the cigarette smoke wafts in at the same time. The food though, is worth the inconvenience of cold, smoke and noise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great beer, Good food
    southerncomfort
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Beer selection was awesome, a great place for casual evening with beer beer and beer. Good food, several selections I would like to go back and try. Reasonable prices. Noisy and open but able to keep conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Lolahead
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    They have a fantastic menu with plenty of vegetarian choices, which is surprising for German food... The food was delicious and the beer was awesome. The service was good and our waitress was friendly and attentive without being over the top. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs help
    TJTrought
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We were looking forward to getting some good German food in the big city and were sadlly disappointed. Both the veal and pork schnitzels were overcooked, dry, and tough, and the breading had an off-flavor to it, almost like the oil or butter were old or used for something else before ours. My brother's sauerbraten was not good either. His sauce was bland and the meat was flavorless. The red cabbage was far too vinegary. The spaetzle was not bad but somewhat overcooked. The beer and the service however, were great! Maybe it was an off night, but I hope they can make the necessary changes to improve. I have no vendetta against this restaurant. This is my truthful assessment.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer selection but bad food
    Danerin
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The beer selection was fantastic, and the bartender was very helpful even though it was very busy and they were understaffed. We really like German food but this food was terrible. Even the sauerkraut was no good!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Frank
    Frankman
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We drove up from Maryland to Brauhaus Schmitz for our 20th anniversary dinner. We often look for authentic German restaurants and we very pleased to find Brauhaus Schmitz. The layout and décor of the restaurant were perfect, we took pictures to share with the family. They even have a Stammtisch (regulars table). The vast beer selection was great and truly enjoyed the beer glossary indicating the German city in which each beer is brewed. The food selection was very authentic and we enjoyed our meal. The sausage plate was ok, but not as good taste sausage as we get from our German butcher, still pretty good. We finished our night in the back bar have a few shot of Schnapps, very fun. We highly recommend Brauhaus Schmitz.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
    Babygirl
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Too noisy to hold a conversation with 1 other person. Very crowded, though we had a reservation for 7:15 and we were seated at 7:00. Service was slow at first but picked up once we were served. I had the pork schnitzel, which was very dry though the spaetzle and red cabbage were very good. They don't have jaeger schnitzel any more, which my companion really wanted.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Little Dissappointed
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was extremely slow. We saw other people that came in after us who received their food before us. Expected a more German Feel, however, I have been to Vienna so that is why I may have been disappointed. The food was not near as good as in Vienna or at a place I went to in Washington DC called Mozarts. We went in with high hopes and they were dashed, but at least the company was good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good german food
    KandR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great authentic German food, I had ravioli and my husband had sauerbraten. Portions could have been larger, sauerbraten was a little fatty but still delicious, best apple strudel ever. Ate upstairs...extremely noisy. Waiter was standard, at best, did not offer or bring bread, we had to ask for it. Cold air blowing from vent, wanted to move but could not. They put menus over the vents which were on the floor, but every time someone walked there, the menus came off. Not a good way to handle the situation. If you like German food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious start to finish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Celebrated my son's 20th birthday and although he could not enjoy the wonderful German brew, I could. The food was delicious from the saurkraut croquettes to the apple streudal. We plan on celebrating his 21st at Brauhaus Schmitz! The dining room has space to accomodate larger parties or you can sit in the pub style seats near the bar which we did and enjoyed the soccer game with all the other energetic fans! Loved it :)
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful food, pleasant staff.
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Wonderful food. Healthily prepared - not heavy, fat, or greasy. and our waitress was great, she knew the menu very well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • schmidts
    ilikegoodfood
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    excellent german beer selection, very good food from soup to dessert, service was slower, more European in pace; more upscale than the Austrian Village in diversity and price; one of my favorite authentic places to eat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Du. Musst. Gehen.
    Virage
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    If you have any affinity for authentic German cuisine and/or a taste for true German beer (from Germany!), than this is the place for you. I could go on and on about the beautiful environs in which a smorgasbord of the finest German comestibles are served with a dizzying array of Deutchland's very best imbibables. In the end, though, the best I can do is to say that this restaurant has earned your patronage. It is both money and time well spent. Gemutlichkeit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and lots of fun
    feedingthekids
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My wife, kids (23, 21, 12) and I love German food and this was really, really great. Our appetizers were fantastic: We had the crispy sauerkraut fritters, Bavarian pretzel, and DiBruno cheese spread. Very good. My 12-year old is a pretzel fanatic and he said this was the best. My older two loved the fritters. We all loved our entrees. I had the Parikash, which I had never had before. It was excellent and I keep dreaming about it. I've been searching the Internet for recipes but can't find anything that is close. Also, the beer selection was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise
    KehDE
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The new room helps by adding a buffer for the bar (front room) noise. In the past it was the upstairs where you could find some relief, that however was not the case. Speakers were positioned just at the end of the balcony so the noise was intense there. You could feel it in not only your head but your chest too
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful food
    Namandabu
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The restaurant on Friday night is very active; we sat in the back room, which has its own bar. The service was enthusiastic, perhaps because the server was in training, but I think rather that folks seemed to be enjoying their work--I hope I'm right about that. We shared wursts between us--very nicely done. But the hit, for us, were the sides: potato pancakes, cold potato salad, cucumber salad, and red cabbage. All very savory, very well prepared. The beer list is very good; we drank an Oktoberfest from Trautwein which, the server said, was a brew for Schmitz alone in the U.S. It's hard to go wrong with a Reinheitsgebot-controlled lager than is carefully transported and tended to on site--this one was. Ausgezeichnet! Namandabu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The two servers were extremely efficient and pleasant with all the patrons. A fun place for all those who enjoy their beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    davidsarockstar
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Excellent food, great beer selection, really awesome atmosphere, great service. We love going there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, beer, and ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We love Brauhaus - always have a great time. Amazing beer selections and great food. Our waitress was awesome and really took care of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I emailed reservations the week prior and indicated I was bringing my wife, it was her birthday. Absolutely no notice of this special event. When we arrived, seating was suggested at a table for two right at the entrance. Very poor selection. We were told something about lack of kitchen support so we waited at our upstairs table for 40 min before we were served our salad. Sarah was our server and she was terrific. Since I lived in Germany for 4 years I was expecting more. If this is the Americanized version, you can have it. Will not return
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun place on south
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This restaurant tries hard to be a typical German Pub. Depending on what you order food is ok. But if you want classically German dishes you will be disappointed. Great for Beer, pretzels cutlets, and potato pancakes. Anything more complex fell short. Most noticeable to this diner was the lack of a good wipe down. This restaurant is dirty. The tables upstairs have objects on them that haven't been wiped down in a long time. Skeevy, especially when dining out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good drinks, not so good food
    MeHe
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went with a group of friends and the consensus was that it is a great place if you want a beer, but the food from the dinner menu could have been better. The Maultaschen tasted good, but the portion was too small for the price, the Schweinshaxe was difficult to eat, and the Saurbraten was not very good at all (the cabbage tasted the way candles smell). However, the Pilzstrudel and Kazespatzel were delicious, as well as the Flammkuchen. My suggestion, get appetizers and beer.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spot worth visiting
    051959VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Reservation honored on time. Energetic scene. Good food in ample portions. Of course great beers. Friendly and attentive service. Down sides are minor but considering one would go there for authenticity thats where it falls a bit short. For example, German law has clear laws as to ingredients, prepeation and even presentation of certain food and drink that are not upheld. Although you are guaranteed a good meal and lively time, it would be good (even if most are unaware) if they had the intergrity to uphold traditional standards in a place priding themselves in tradition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time...will return
    towner609
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My husband, myself and friends visited Brauhaus Schmitz on September 19th - during restaurant week. This was our first time at this restaurant - we have also wanted to go for a long time and, we are very glad we did. The food was very good, great service, great selection of beers. My husband had the Black Forest cake and he thought it was dry. I order as an appetizer the beer cheese spead - when it came out, it did not have any bread or crackers with it. I had to ask for something to go with it. Other than that, we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't changea thing
    riz624
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I have been to Brauhaus Schmitz a few times and there has never been any complaints. Everything is alway AMAZING, from the greeting when you walk in the door to the exceptional food and wonderful service! Keep up the great work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great visit to start of Octoberfest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Gave this restaurant a try on a rainy Saturday. Was there for my son's 15th birthday. We had planned a day at the beach but the rain kept us in town. He is studying German in school so thought we'd give the Brauhaus a try. He enjoyed the scene and the food very much. Atmosphere is great, food was very good and the beer list was immense. Potato pancakes, goulash, pickled beets and wiener schnitzel were all perfectly done. All in all this turned out to be an excellent choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • don't order the main course
    toomuchfatneveragain
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    the appetizers were delicious..the soup was good, the cabbage salad was wonderful. Unfortunately the main course was disgusting. I ordered a pork dish that was covered in congealed gravy and when I flipped it over to look at the meat over half the meat was gross fat.the apple strudel dessert was just so-so. the wait staff was wonderful the beer was delicious but I'll never eat there again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Rushed
    BKEP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The noise from the bar area was very loud making conversation at the table nearly impossible. While it is a good choice for sampling German food and beer, they don't give you the time to enjoy it. Though the restaurant wasn't full, entree and dessert courses arrived before we were finished with the previous course.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday Dinner
    Heather
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I took my partner here for his birthday, during restaurant week. The menu was great, the food did not disappoint (delicious and a lot of it), and as always the beer list was outstanding. Our server was nice and attentive. Overall, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybesmom
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Should have ordered either wurst or specials but was on a diet. My companion ordered off the specials and had a really excellent meal. Goulash was excellent , rich meaty gravy. Schnitzels were well-prepared. Great beer list which many at the bar were enjoying. Apple strudel was excellent. Would go again. Probably this filling fare better suited to cool months.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TrulyHappy
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wonderful food, atmosphere, and service. Brauhaus is doing all the important things very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sausage Fest!
    Obliquity
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Birthday dinner for my girlfriend, early on a Wed night. Excellent German draft beer selection. Started with the Käseplatte, which was one of the better that I've had, due to the yummy sides and bread (cheese was good, as well). We split the Wurst Brett for the main course, which was a board with all six types of sausage and two large sides. This was enough food for four people! While all of the sausages were delicious, I didn't feel that there was enough a difference between 4 of the 6, in terms of flavor, and I quickly realized our mistake. I will certainly return for more beer and to try some of the other entree's, but I've had my fill of sausage for a while :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific German Style
    adwalk
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Beers are imported. I found a beer that I actually like. The food was very good but a little salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!!
    Rosys
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    That's all I have to say! Just amazing! Fast service, great food and amazing variety of bear!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.