Max Brenner - Philadelphia
Max Brenner - Philadelphia

Max Brenner - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.maxbrenner.com/
  • Phone: 2153448150
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon - Thurs - 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Fri - 11:30am - 1:00am
    Sat - 11:00am - 1:00am (brunch is served from 11:00am - 4:00pm)
    Sun - 9:00am - 11:00pm (brunch is served from 9:00am - 4:00pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Max Brenner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a small private area of our restaurant for large parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Katie Applegate 8779253053
  • Entertainment: Max Brenner's signature music playlist.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 15th & Locust
  • Public Transit: The Broad line, Broad St and Walnut St exit, on the subway.
    PATCO 15th and Locust
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a parking lot located next to our restaurant.
A word from Max Brenner - Philadelphia
Known worldwide as the ultimate destination for chocolate, Max Brenner is the perfect place to eat… and indulge. Fill up on Really Crunchy Mac & Cheese, a pressed waffle sandwich or our ever-popular Brenner Burger. But save room, because the main course is dessert. Experience chocolate to the fullest and enjoy hot chocolate, Choctails, fondues, sugar waffles and more. Our most iconic dishes are served in specially-designed ceramic utensils, turning chocolate consumption into a chocolate ceremony. So double dip, lick your fingers and forget to share because at Max Brenner there aren’t rules – all you have to do is really love chocolate.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Max Brenner - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
233 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (113)special occasion (84)fit for foodies (82)good for groups (69)great for lunch (63)late-night find (46)neighborhood gem (45)great for brunch (45)hot spot (38)romantic (33)vibrant bar scene (8)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • We went to Max Brenner's on
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2010
    We went to Max Brenner's on a Sunday evening around 7:30pm. The restaurant was very crowded and we were glad we had a reservation, because we would have had to wait. For parties of less than 4, the tables are extremely tiny (about 22" diameter). We ordered dinner and dessert and we had to be creative about plate placement in order to fit it all on the table and not have anything drop on the floor. There is a nice selection of entrees. Signature burger was ok, not great. The crepes were very good. Pasta was very good. The desserts were quite yummy, the hot chocolate was excellent. It is easy to run up a steep bill here, all those hot chocolates add up!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Always enjoy going to Max
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2010
    Always enjoy going to Max Brenner's mainly for the delicious desserts. Service was okay....waitress could have been a little more attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It think it's a fun concept
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/21/2010
    It think it's a fun concept but really most appropriate for dessert/sweet treat then a full meal. The menu lacked variety of offerings and even healthful options. Portions from the kids menu were tiny. I thought the menus (plural)for all the sweet treats were overwhelming - it really just came down to frappes and fondues/smores. We went for dinner, not brunch. I will add-- my kids LOVED it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special occasion desserts,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2010
    special occasion desserts, that is. If you want a fun place with fabulous dessert, this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had a great experience when
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/20/2010
    I had a great experience when I was there recently. If I had to complain about something, I would say that the dessert was a very small portion for what I was paying. Although the dessert was tasty. Very awesome place with great food and I would definitely return and recommend for other people.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't go for the Food! This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2010
    Don't go for the Food! This is a dessert stop only...although if you are in Philadelphia, I would go to the Naked Chocolate Cafe instead. Brenner's has a real chain store feel, with the unimpressive, inattentive service of a chain. Kids will like the Disney theme restaurant atmosphere, but parents won't like the high Disney prices.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time and our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/19/2010
    We had a great time and our waitress, Amber, was so helpful and attentive. The food was very good but the desserts are heavenly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for date night. Desserts
    Cherry
    Dined on 3/18/2010
    Great for date night. Desserts are made for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a fun novelty restaurant.
    Mttopgirl
    Dined on 3/14/2010
    This is a fun novelty restaurant. I met a friend here for brunch. She had the banana split waffle which she enjoyed but the plate was not a great platform for her food and she didn't love the waffles. I had a turkey burger which was excellent and the toffey hot chocolate. Mine lunch was a nice combination of sweet, savory with a little spice. I really enjoyed it. I'd go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I looooooooved this place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/14/2010
    I looooooooved this place!! I will definitely be back. What I really appreciated was that everything was great. Even though "chocolate" is their claim to fame, the regular food is EXCELLENT. They do not skimp on anything at all, everything is wonderful. I highly suggest this restaurant and I want to return for lunch and dinner (I went for brunch).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/13/2010
    The food was excellent, service wonderful and the dessert, OMG!!! Delicious. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A quirky place with a serious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/13/2010
    A quirky place with a serious penchant for chocolate. Upon entering the front door you are hit with an immediate scent of chocolate (infused in the ventilation no doubt) and are greeted by two tubs of churning chocolate. The waiting area is a "gift shop" filled with chocolates and such, but overpriced in my estimation. The aesthetic of the space is nice enough, but because of the small space, there's not much that can be done with it; the kids thought it was cool, so that counts for something. The food was very good - we had burgers and chicken sandwiches - very flavorful and juicy. Dessert is definitely their specialty and we ordered a fondue set and banana split, which unfortunately was deconstructed. Bill for 2 adults/2 kids was $136.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved the place - great to
    Il9091VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2010
    Loved the place - great to come with kids. We were too full to try dessert. Next time we are coming for just dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went with four kids under
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2010
    Went with four kids under 10 and they had a ball! The food was pretty good and the presentation was wonderful. Felt very special for all.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Menu could offer more.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2010
    Food Menu could offer more. But I think most people come here for the dessert!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This restaurant was better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/11/2010
    This restaurant was better than I expected. Since it focuses on chocolate, I did not think the regular far would be anything to 'write home about', but it was quite tasty! It was pretty difficult to decide on a dessert. It would be great if they put some smaller choices (besides beverages) on the dessert menu. As it was, I shared one with my dining companion, but that just made it more difficult to decide! Our server was outstanding..very pleasant and not overbearing. It was a fun evening and I will go back to Max Brenner.
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  • I went here with my sister
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/9/2010
    I went here with my sister and friend. We were excited about it, but were left feeling disappointed. We were seated at a small table that would've been more appropriate for a party of 2. We waited over 35 minutes for our appetizer of the mediterranean trio, during which time our waitress didn't come over at all to check in with us or let us know there would be such a wait. The place has potential, but our table along with another table near us were disappointed by the experience.
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  • Food is just so/so. Which
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2010
    Food is just so/so. Which is good because you should not fill up on food when you go to this place... it's all about dessert! Which was absolutely amazing!! Great chocolate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a fun and unique restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/7/2010
    What a fun and unique restaurant! The glorious smell of chocolate welcomes you in. Friendly service, comfortable, artsy atmosphere. I truly enjoyed the variety of desserts to choose from. Reasonable costs. A Chocolate Lovers Dream!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a terrific waiter--friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/7/2010
    We had a terrific waiter--friendly and good service. After all the hype, though, we were a bit disappointed in the food. The chocalate dishes were good but not exceptional. I'd go back with a group for the novelty and because it was a pleasant experience but not often.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it but on a Sunday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/7/2010
    We loved it but on a Sunday brunch day, it was a tad loud. We would all definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We celebrated my daughter's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/6/2010
    We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday at Max Brenner's this past weekend as per her request. She chose to go there over any center city restaurant to my slight disappointment but it was her birthday! Our reservation was for 8:00 and we were seated immediately even though there was a line ahead of us which was a nice surprise. The drink & dessert menus are very extensive but food selections are a little limited. I would compare the actual food choices similar to a "Friday's" type fare. Soon after we began reading the menu the lights were dimmed to the level that we had to pass the candle from the table to be able to see to read. Drinks were good food nothing special yummy desserts that are pricey & small. Good for FAMILY celebrations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Walked in with an 8pm reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/6/2010
    Walked in with an 8pm reservation and was seated right away nice and lively ambiance and nice service. The food could have been better. My Brenner burger was so so. People who sat at my table had salads and pasta and they like theirs. the dessert was ok. I had a sundae with peanut and chocolate sauce. It had chunks of brownie and banana in chocolate icecream. it was soupy and not enjoyable. Sorry Brenners. Also the onion rings were not crispy.
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  • A huge disappointment. Our
    pickyeaterVIP
    Dined on 3/6/2010
    A huge disappointment. Our family of five, including two teenage boys came came to celebrate a child's birthday. We were squashed into an undersized table. Service was horrendous; appetizer came quickly, then waited nearly an hour for dinner. Waiter seemed to avoid us. Manager apologized, but the damage was done--we were grumpy and starving. Ate merely adequate food and after sitting for two hours, left--no patience to sit any longer to sample signature chocolate. Maybe suitable for dessert only.
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  • If you love chocolate, you
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2010
    If you love chocolate, you will love Max Brenner's. It is absolutely delicious. "The Unforgettable Spicy Tuna Salad Sandwich" is appropriately named. And The BEST B.A.L.T. (Bacon, Avocado, Lettuce, Tomato) is simply one of the best I have ever had. The different chocolate drinks are a must indulgence, while there. So, save up your daily calorie count for your meal at Max Brenner's it is truly worth it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Max Brenner(Philadelphia)was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2010
    Max Brenner(Philadelphia)was alot of fun!!!! Even for the non-chocolate lover there's something for you! Excited to try the New York City restaurant.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2010
    Wonderful restaurant with amazing food and even better dessert! Such a calm an chill enviornment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed our family night out...it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 3/5/2010
    Enjoyed our family night out...it is a special place. However, it is one thing to sit at the bar on a bar stool. Diners should not be expected to sit on a bar stool for their dinner. We were glad that we were not overweight or had back issues, but nobody was thrilled with the backless stools at our table
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went especially for the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/4/2010
    We went especially for the chocolate deserts which were great but found the all the food was very good. A good quality, casual, afforadble restaurant for center city.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time. The dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/28/2010
    Had a great time. The dinner was wonderful but the favorite was the Macaroni and cheese. Dessert, well what can I say...a chocolate lovers dream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Started off great. Seated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/28/2010
    Started off great. Seated at 11:35 am with my daughter before a 1 PM matinees show. Waiter very nice. Simple lunch order of grilled cheese and panini sandwich. Lunch not received within 30 min, waiter definitely ignored us. I had to get waiter's attention a few times. I was assured my food was coming, he explained we were part of the theater crowd each time. Most seemed to be getting their food. (About four tables seated when we were.) Did not receive food for 53 minutes. When we did get it, the manger was very nice, apologetic, explained a computer went down and our order was lost. Food received was not good. We did not have time for dessert, which is why we went in the first place. Very disappointed.
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  • everything was excelent. the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/27/2010
    everything was excelent. the food the service the staff. cant wait to go back!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My hubby and I went here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/27/2010
    My hubby and I went here for date night and everything was amazing. We had no idea how good it was going to be. We took it all in and left feeling satisfied with our choice and thankful a friend recommended it. We will definitey will be returning only next time we want to bring our kids because we feel they would enjoy it just as much as we did.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We went after seeing the show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/27/2010
    We went after seeing the show Annie - it was a fun day all around. If we come to Max Brenner again it will only be for dessert. Only one of the six kids liked their dinner and the two adults did not like the chocotini, salad, chicken or spinach. So we will save a lot of money and just order dessert. Also, there is only ONE ladies room, one person at a time.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our third time at Max Brenner,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/27/2010
    Our third time at Max Brenner, and again it didn't disappoint. We brought our daughter and her friend, and everything was excellent. Love that chocolate pizza!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant is nice for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/21/2010
    The restaurant is nice for a special occasion, but the food isn't too exciting and a bit overpriced. The desserts are amazing though! We got the urban smores and the fondue sharing plate and both were great. Also, if there is a birthday in your party, be sure to ask for a "wish dish" with a special surprise.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a big fan. We had reservations,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/20/2010
    Not a big fan. We had reservations, when we arrived the hostess was rude, waitress provided marginal service at best. Meal was okay, chocolate was on the better side but no "wow" factor. Not worth the drive, more hype then anything else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and desserts are
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/20/2010
    The food and desserts are excellent. Tables are a bit too small. Thee of us forced to sit on two person table. Not enough space for food drinks candle salt pepper...etc.... also very drafty and cold near window/doors. I understand they want to show the inside to the outside.... but it was downright cold
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/20/2010
    This place is AWESOME! If you are a chocolate lover.... my oh my you will be heaven. I don't know that I would go here for the actual dinner/lunch food but breakfast and dessert are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just seeing the dessert meny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/18/2010
    Just seeing the dessert meny was fantastic! and as a self-proclaimed chocoholic I was supremely impressed by the actual chocolate fondue we had. The Dinner was good the onion rings were nice and cripsy and the salads were big enough to spilt!Our server was so nice and really knew what he was talking about when he explained things and you could tell he liked it there too. If you love anything and everything chocolate, don't hesitate to go!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic