Nearby points of interest
Nearby points of interest
About 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.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-2023
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Lunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Dinner: Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm
Late night: Monday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 12:00am
Late night: Sunday: 10:30pm - 12:00am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Off-site catering is available.
Private Party Facilities:
Philadelphia's only authentic German Bierhall & Restaurant since 2009. Whether you are planning an intimate dinner party for ten or an extravagant gala for 200, guest will appreciate our professional & personal service. From casual happy hours to formal dinners, we offer a ranges of options & menus.
Private Party Contact:
Vanessa Beahn: (844) 296-8125
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Private Room, Takeout
Brauhaus Schmitz Ratings and Reviews
Truly the best German restaurant I have eaten in here, in the US. Had an opportunity to tell that to the owner who visited with all the folks at out table as we were preparing to leave. Marco, our server, was efficient, friendly, and very knowledgeable, even if he was originally from Sicily
(Ha! That news afforded us the opportunity to use some of our rusty Italian !)
We will tell anyone we know that is going to Philadelphia they MUST go to Brauhaus Schmitz for German food that is marvelous.
Six of went for their special Christmas Goose dinner. It was a very nice menu. The service was fine. The beer selection is outstanding. The noise level is very high and makes conversation difficult, particularly for older people. My wife found the goose a bit salty for her taste but I enjoyed the entire meal. The creamy chestnut soup was a standout.
Very slow service, waiter was clearly overwhelmed and un- engaged with our experience, entrees took over an hour, sub par... over cooked proteins, ... dry spaetzle.... no way there is anyone who knows how to cook schnitzel in that kitchen..... my German inlaws treated us and I was embarrassed.... yes of course excellent beer selection!
We were looking for a traditional german dinner. Unfortunately, the sauerbraten and red cabbage had much to much vinegar really effecting the true taste of the dishes. The service was wonderful and when we discussed the issues with management, they gave us an apple strudel desert on the house. It was truly delicious.
The food was very authentic German - so if that's your goal you've hit the jackpot. The ambiance left something to be desired. The dining areas were split and we sat in a large back room - it was nice, decorated in an authentic way, but it felt a little sterile. The food more than made up for it though.. and the beer (bier!) - YUM.
This place has really gone downhill. We’ve eaten here several times over the past few years. I had friends who love German food come into the city. Because of my previous experience, I didn’t hesitate to choose Brauhaus. However, it was very poor on my most recent visit. The food ranged from poor to ok. The Wiener schnitzel was thick, tough, and oily. The sausages were bland and lacked flavor. Lastly, the women’s restroom was dirty and lacked TP! The place felt neglected, and clearly lacks the authenticity and attention to detail it once had.
Great beer selection.
Extremely noisy so if you are looking for an average volume dinner - this is not the place.
Food was good but felt rushed. Was served to us in less than 10 minutes after ordering.
Walls are all brick so keeps sound in.
Would recommend some sound absorbing panels so buffer the noise.
Overall worth visiting
Excellent German food. Jäger schnitzel was delicious. Generous portion with appropriate sides of spetzel and red cabbage. Service was mixed. Pleasant and knowledgable, but second round of beer was quite delayed. Concerned staff provided the beer conplementary, making up for the delay.
A bit over an hour ride for me, but I will definitely be back!
Wonderful food. Terrible service. I was very excited to celebrate my husband's birthday at a place that serves authentic German food and the food delivered. The service was not good. Our waiter seemed disappointed from the beginning to be serving our family and from there it just continued to get worse. Everything took forever to come out.. our drinks, the bread, our appetizer and our food. Our food order took over an hour and 10 mins to come out. The food however was very good and very authentic.
On Saturday, September, 30, 2017 my husband and I and along with close friends decided to dine at Brauhaus Schmitz for a little Octoberfeast. Someone who have visit Germany, Switzerland and Austria, was very disappointed. My friend who is a beer drinker thought the place was good for beer drinkers. The FOOD was awful. The apps was good, but when it came to dinner, the red cabbage and sauerkraut was COLD, some of types of the sausages was not cooked, the spetzels looked blahhhhhhhhhhhhh, ( or was it spetzels) the schnitzels were so so. The waitress, looked tired and over worked. We were not offer bread, or even water, we had to asked. I was taken back the this type of place was not as impressive as I thought. Would I go back NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. But if you like Beer, then go, and only drink Beer. But then again, this was South Street, Philadelphia, not Germany, Switzerland or Austria.
What a wonderful experience we had during our time at this Bavarian Gem.
We wanted to get into the whole Octoberfest Celebration.
The Waiter we had named BO was a tremendous asset to the restaurant.
The food was very much like the authentic foods we had while visiting the Munich
Germany Brauhaus . The atmosphere inside the restaurant was lively filled with German
Music, delicious foods, especially liked the homemade pretzels with sweet and tangy mustards,
Would definitely go back to this awesome spot.
Overall a worthwhile experience. Beer selection was the highlight of the trip and well worth it if you're looking to try something new. The flights were well priced and gave a variety of options. The food selection and quality was OK - I was expecting a little more authentic. In all, the place feels more like Epcot's Germany and less like Germany.
Half of our 6 member party had been here before and were thrilled to be back. The first time visitors were impressed by the ambiance, the quality of the food and the selection of authentic German beer. The food and the service were excellent and we look forward to returning soon.
We didn't end up staying as a result of the Restaurant Week only menu. We did not realize they cut down the menu for restaurant week. The menu did not indicate if anything was gluten free, we had to wait for the waitress to return to find out which items were gluten free. The waitress apologized, but we decided to go somewhere else.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.