Brauhaus Schmitz
Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus Schmitz

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brauhausschmitz.com/
  • Phone: 2679098814
  • 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
94 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (56)vibrant bar scene (41)fit for foodies (35)neighborhood gem (29)hot spot (21)great for lunch (19)special occasion (17)late-night find (11)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (4)great for brunch (3)romantic (1)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Don't changea thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!!
    TwinsonamissionVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Will most certainly be dining and drinking here again VERY soon! We did some pre- theater dining here and it was a great decision! It was early, 12:00 when we ate so there were not that many people there. The beer was a great and the food makes you want to return to try everything else on the menu. If you want domestic beer, this is not the place, but the waiters will most certainly be able to lead you in the right direction as far as something that is far better than the usual bottles of beer! GO!! You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GREAT GERMAN FOOD
    SullyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Celebrated our son's birthday here, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!! Great beers, Food and Service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, authentic German food
    NETWO
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    After a mix up about our reservation and one food order, the food we received was excellent and the restaurant acknowledged their mistakes and offered us complementary desserts which were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Steven hartwick
    Grouchy
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great service and food. the noise level can be a problem, a little oompa music wouldn't hurt either. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb atmosphere and German food!
    Paulaner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This brauhaus is about as authentic as you'll find anywhere. Reminded me of many in Germany and Austria. Atmosphere perfect without being overdone or kitschy. Real German food was excellent. We had several classic dishes (sauerbraten, rouladen, pork schnitzel) and were just right, in taste and portion size. Beer list is impressive - both on draught and bottled. Good wines too for the non-beer drinker. Waitress friendly and with a smile on her face the whole time. This place is a gem. WILL be coming back, hopefully many times over.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brauhaus Schmitz
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife, my son-in-law and I went for dinner to celebrate my birthday. Lots of great great German beers on tap (beers for all tastes are available in bottles). Beer was excessively pricey driving our bill way up. The entrees and sides we ordered were competent, but not outstanding. The Flammkuchen we had for an appetizer was lively and delicious. The apple strudel I had for dessert was not at all distinctive. I was also disappointed that a couple of the beers we looked forward to having on tap were not available. The server was friendly and attentive. On the whole, we had a very pleasant evening and will return at some point, but not soon because of the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • solid neighborhood bar
    Michele
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food and drinks, a little noisy for dinner on a Saturday night but great for lunch or to grab a drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Germany comes to Philly
    RJOPR
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    OK...my wife is a chef, and German...so I don't go out for good food alone. I like the total experience, and Brauhaus Schmitz had it all. Gretchen had the Wurst...I'm vegan and don't go there. I had the Mushroom and Smoked Barley Pilz Strudel...and it was great. Saurkraut...YUM! The beer selection is exactly what one would expect from a beer house...whiskey not so much...but that was to be expected. The only down side was the pretzel and we don't take points off for that. No restaurant yet has come up with a true German pretzel...they are too hard to make...bulk fermenting, refrigerating, and then there is the food grade lye...but the average person wouldn't know better. So even at 4 bucks for a bad pretzel...the place still gets 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very authentic!
    Steakluva24VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a great time and meal. The food was simply amazing, very authentic and plenty. I left a little room for dessert. The apple strudel was simply amazing, the best I have ever had in any restraunt.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and tasty
    OneHappyRestaurantGoer
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Brauhaus Schmitz has consistently good German food and an excellent selection of German beers. We enjoyed appetizers, salad, and main courses. Unlike many so-called German restaurants that have adequate food, this restaurant is a level higher, with authentic food that is of great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for a night out with friends
    littlej
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Typical German brewhouse atmosphere. Nice variety of entree options, excellent, friendly service. Portions were very generous! Food was hearty, flavorful, and spot on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Word Cup Fever
    YodiVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Here the Saturday Night before the World Cup and the place was hopping. What great German food. I travel to Germany often and this is as good as it gets. Real authentic. Beers are out of this world too. You must try this casual dining but expect to leave stuffed. The servers were so friendly and attentive.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food -
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was very good but we found the atmosphere to be very disappointing. This is really a sports bar and not a German Brauhaus. It was so loud we had difficulty talking to each other.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nlm10
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Beef roulaide was excellent, multchausen just ok as was the veal schnitzle. A bit dissapointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid German Food Amazing Beer List
    HappyBee
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I love that the servers are so knowlegable about beer and all the reccommendations were spot on. The food is delicious with very generous portions. We had a soft pretzel, sauerkraut fritters, potato pancakes (don't miss those), schnitzel, red cabbage and fantastic sausages.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Germn cuisine
    Diner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    There is a great menu of German specialties. Hard to choose which to have. The roulade were excellent. Spargel is a great appetizer. Large portions enough for dinner the next day at home.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I will give them a second chance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    ...cause we were there on Father's Day during the world cup. It was busy, we had to wait for our table, our food was delivered to and eaten by another table, management did buy us a round of beers and got our food to us soon after. The biggest problem was it was SO LOUD in there I couldn't even hear the waiter. Perhaps the volume on the dozens of TV's could have been on mute, cause you couldn't hear them anyway.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Hunter
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Everything about Brauhaus suits me to a "T." Great beer list, meat-centric menu, always soccer on tv. It feels like I am on vacation in Germany every time I come.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noise level was beyond measure.
    Katrina4
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I could not hear anyone at my own table. Too much stimulation to even enjoy the meal (both noise and large-screen TV's). Our waitress was wonderful and very attentive.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    LuxeLamb
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a cozy restaurant with a friendly atmosphere and modern style. I love that the menu is purely German and there are no attempts at mass appeal by sneaking in items that are non-German so that the pickiest or least adventurous eater will be happy. If you don't like to try new things and you don't like beer, pick another restaurant. They have an extensive beer and wine list and it's such a comfortable atmosphere that you can return again and again to work your way through the selections. Get your most interesting friends together and plan to stay awhile so you can take advantage of what this place has to offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good German Food!
    Hazeline
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    On a Saturday evening, we almost left before being seated due to the noise level. But the hostess found us a quieter spot (relatively speaking), and we stayed, as we are both fond of German cuisine. It was worth tolerating the enthusiastic crowd. The beer selection was great, and the food was real German, in spicing, preparation, freshness, and flavor. We both thoroughly enjoyed the food, and will certainly come back on a weeknight, which our delightful server promised us would be much quieter! Just don't take a date on a Saturday night, if you are interested in conversation. If you are interested in sports, and like to holler, it is THE place.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delectable German cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is a great restaurant with delicious food. It's sure to be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    thisisastupidrequirementVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    My fiance and i split a bratwurst platter and there was a ton of food for only $28. It was a great value, and the wursts, sauerkraut and potato pancakes were all fabulous. ONly complaint was that there seemed to only be one waitress on duty so she was seating/serving and it took a while to get waited on. Food came out pretty quick though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Definitely worth trying
    Archern69
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    There's not many good authentic German bar restaurants around this area. But this is a really great place. It's really nice in there. And so much bigger than it looks from the outside. The German beer and wine list is huge. And the food was even better than I expected. And the portions were big. I couldn't finish my meal. I will definitely be back there. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Champions League Final
    Isaac
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Great beer. Great screen. Champions league final without German teams playing was still fantastic.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tubabone
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Looking for traditional German cuisine excellently prepared? Check out Brauhaus Schmitz. Like incredible and exclusive German Beers? Check out Brauhaus Schmitz. Like a fun vibrant place to hang out with family and/or friends? Brauhaus Schmitz. Whether you are a German food expert or a newbie, you will love the flavors of the food here. Lots of great choices on the menu. The smoked/aged meats and wursts are first class and house made! German potato salad, red cabbage, spaetzle, even the big soft pretzel are all perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Barrala
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The food was very good. We enjoyed a wurst platter and all were delicious. Service was very good. Beer selection was extensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • stymie
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    great selection of beers,good food great service!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Brauhaus Schmitz reviews archive.
  • Good Fun but Food too Salty
    gritmuncher
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We were a group of 9 and had a great table which was very comfy. They actually gave us the choice to sit in the back room on a long table with big chairs or near the main bar on a smaller table. The smaller table was better since everybody can hear each other which would not have been the case on the longer table. Service and the beer were great but we had some issues with the food. We had many different dishes and all thought that the food (the roladen & sausages especially) was much too salty. I was not aware that they had a Hax'n Braten on the menu so we tested it and it was very good. Not as good as at the City Tavern but almost as good! If you never had one of these then you have to try one, but bring a good appetite!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great German Bierhaus
    Washadelphian
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Brauhaus Schmitz is the best German dining I've had in Philadelphia. Everything about this restaurant was solid - near exceptional. I'd highly recommend for a group or reunion. Great atmosphere, great beer selection and good food and service. Although a little loud when we dined (we were hosting family), it was nonetheless a very good experience. Price was reasonable as well.
    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.