Brauhaus Schmitz

4.4
650 reviews
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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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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t get to go out on special nights without our kids very often. This was super exciting for us because my husband planned the whole night and I LOVE German food! Our experience didn’t disappoint! Diamond was our server and she was over the top AWESOME! She was attentive, recommended great things to eat and drink and was on top of it! We will definitely go back again!!

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JH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I came here this Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day so it was quite loud. We were seated upstairs and that was appreciated. We started off with the Bavarian Cambert and that was absolutely delicious. My Jagerschnitzel although tender was a little bland compared to the vegetables. My husband didn’t care for his Schweinshaxe. I thought it was delicious but I am more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods than my husband. I was happy that he decided to come with me. He said he would return but he would try the sausages. Our server was very polite and attentive. Overall it was a pleasant experience for me and if you’re ever craving German food, this would be the place to go. They have many options on the menu and you should just continue to come so you can try them all. The beer selection was enormous but we were driving so we drank soda. Check them out. You won’t be disappointed.

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A
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice German meal for our visit to Philadelphia. Loved our beer and schnitzel.

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KK
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love it!! It is our "Cheers!" There are so many beers to choose from!

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BT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had the sauerbraten and my dinner guest had hasenpfeffer. They had a quite extensive beer list and I chose a pilsner which was good. The sauerbraten was good but the hasenpfeffer was bland. The waitress had zero personality. She took our order, never came back to see if everything was alright or if we needed anything. We had German plum cake for dessert which was good. When the waitress came with the check she just put it on the table and walked away. I paid the check with a credit card and like she did with the check she just came back with the receipt and laid it on the table without even thanking us for coming there. Needlessly to say with such a bad attitude I gave her a low tip. If the hasenpfeffer was not bland and had we a friendly server, I would have given the Brauhaus a higher rating. I cannot say it was a good value as my sauerbraten was $25 with no sides and a small portion. The hasenpfeffer was also $25 and definitely not worth it.

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MH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great time. The butchers plate is amazing. Will be going again.

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KH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brauhaus Schmitz never disappoints. Their food is excellent and the beer selection is top notch. The servers here are good at their jobs and attentive without being overbearing. I highly recommend trying this place!

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find in Philadelphia. Service was superb and friendly. Food was authentic german and more than the standard fare.great beer selections. Took the recommendation of the waiter for the schnapps and strudel. 😋 yum

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious German food with a great beer menu.

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RD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at very reasonable price. Lively entertaining atmosphere. Loved the accordion! Attentive professional staff.

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and excellent service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

I made reservations for 8 over a week in advance. We were seated at a table right by the front door. Every time people came in the front door it was freezing. We asked to be moved, but it wasn’t possible. After waiting, we had to ask for a server. We ordered some apps, then our meals with several sides. Our meals were served, but the sides were served when everyone had finished their main course.... we questioned this a couple times during the meal. Our family was there celebrating their dad’s bday... it was his choice to go there because he wanted German food. Overall, it was a disappointing experience & probably won’t be back.

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GB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We chose the 9 sausage platter with sides of German potato, sauerkraut, red cabbage and spaetzle. All delicious! Sampled several of the German beers on tap, all great, and not found other places. Service was reasonable attentive considering that the place was PACKED - live music in one room and every seat occupied. The noise level was very high and made it difficult to converse with members of our party. Overall a VERY good experience. We will go again!

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DB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the experience at Brauhaus Schmitz. Went to celebrate my birthday and enjoy the Starkbierfest. If you like traditional German Beer it is a can't miss place. The food is modern take on German and is quite tasty and filling.

Can get loud when there are events, OOMPAH Bands will do that. Great Time!

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S
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff. Outstanding atmosphere. Every time I go there I remember why I love it so much. Very very good food menu and the beer selection was unparalleled.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a good time here. Came for the dark beer fest, stayed for the food and service.

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RH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Jaegerabend evening of game meats and beer pairings was magnificent! Good food and drink, and a great group of friendly people.

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t
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Restaurant with an extensive beer selection and nice chose of German food. Nice atmosphere.

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FO
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks again for a great experience. The service provided by our server, Gina, was outstanding, and the food was excellent, as usual.

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N
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for Lunch with out of town friends. Was not rushed at all. Two types of beer were great. Jaeger schnitzel and 2 wurst platter were awesome. Great lunch!

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MH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

All of us order the Veal Weiner Schnitzel and found it bland - I remember it being better in the past

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SG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have made a tradition of going here on my birthday for the past 3 years now. Food and service is always fantastic! Only gripe was this year, we had reservations and still had to wait about 30 minutes to sit. Otherwise, great as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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D
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The place is really nice and the atmosphere great; the beer selection is unbeatable. The quality of the food, on the other hand, goes down dramatically since my last visit there, about 2 years ago. In particular the veal Schnitzel (one of their signature dishes) was simply BAD.

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F
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The chicken was barely warm. Two of our guests ordered a sausage sampler, and the same sausage on each platter tasted "off". Our group had all been to BS in the past and always enjoyed the food. The beer was exceptional and the atmosphere was enjoyable.

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CK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good piece of Germany in South Philadelphia.
Authentic German fare. Good service. Top Notch bier selection
Reminds me of the Rathskeller in Munich.
Thumbs up!

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TM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The Veal used in the Weiner Snitzel was not prepared as well as it could have been. Should have been thinner as most good Snitzels are prepared.
Potato pancake was very bland, actually the worst that I have ever experienced.
Sad, could have been a great experience too!

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not many places in the Philly area for good German cuisine. This was a joy to find. The service was good and so was the food. Though I am not an alcohol drinker, there is an extensive beer list for those that do. Will definitely go back again.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely plan to come back. Food and service was excellent!

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R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed had to eat in bar area. Bar tender waiter excellent. Disappointed in menu, thought should’ve have traditional a German offerings. Big thrust was German beers and wurst. Unfortunately I did not understand their specialties were limited. Food enjoyable service accommodating and personable

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic drinks list. Extensive and diverse beers. Beers are reasonably priced. Food is authentic and diverse. Not an extensive menu. Food overpriced. Great place to start the night out in south Philly.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, traditional German dining experience. Thank you so much Brauhaus Schmitz! I look forward to returning soon!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Loud, cold with constant opening of the door with people going in and out to smoke, overpriced, and unfriendly server.

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CK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre at best and over priced in my opinion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Even during restaurant week you can tell this place is overpriced.
Not impressed, sorry.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in for resturant week. The food options were great and my server, Erin, was wonderful. The roast pork was probably my favorite on the menu. Everything came out great and all the servers were wonderful. Thanks for a great time!

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TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! They had so many sausages to choose from and the red cabbage is to die for.

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s
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

A nice meal with great service from Amy.

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JD
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had all but given up on this restuarant. Once a favorite of ours, they changed up their kitchen, we happened to be there between chefs & it wasn't good. We renewed our acquaintance after a long pause & find it much improved, but still not the same as before.

The beer is always great, servers always excellent, but food is not quite what we're used to. The potato soup was very good, potato pancakes were great, the schnitzel is pretty standard & normally good, but the Schweinshaxe has a different flavor. The old Schweinshaxe was flavorful & juicy, the one I had the other night had almost no flavor, it tasted weird. When our dinners were served our waiter said mine came out of the kitchen with no crisp, so he sent it back. I appreciated that, but it took them about 1/2 hour to get me a new one, everyone else was done by the time I got dinner. The new chef also took Roastbraten off the menu & we can't figure that out since it was a staple.

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LT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Brauhaus is one of my boyfriend and I’s favorite places to eat. The food was excellent as always, but we had terrible service the entire evening, our waiter was unaware we were seated and we had to ask another staff member to get us water and put our food order in. When our waiter finalized realized we were seated, he asked if we wanted anything else to drink. We ordered 2 beers and waited 1.5 hours for them to show up. First time we ever had problems with service. Not sure if they were understaffed, but pretty disappointed in our anniversary dinner.

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