Brauhaus Schmitz

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661 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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DM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good selection of beer and food. Both were just as great as Oktoberfest in Munich

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Went on a Friday night with reservation. Service was incredibly poor, was checked on maybe once during the meal. Appetizer came out the same time as entrees, and cold. It was a pretzel so I really can’t imagine it being that difficult to prepare at the right time. Food was good for what it was, but was everything was priced about $4-$6 higher than it should’ve been. Beer selection was great though. Come for drinks - pass on the food.

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LC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a busy night in the city and at the restaurant. Our party dropped me off to check in, as they looked for parking. I was 30 minutes early, but they sat me as soon as a table was available

Our waiter was attentive, made suggestions, was engaging, and he didn't make us feel rushed,

The food and drinks were very good. We'll be back!

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MO
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great choice! The beer was excellent, the food was excellent, and the service was very good. We were completely satisfied with everything. Definitely recommend, would go again next time I’m in town.

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D
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hit this place about once a month for a reason. Excellent food and great beer selection. With service to match from a great staff

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good German food. Everything I wanted from that experience.

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CJ
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I love the authentic food and imported beers. Definitely feels like I am back in Germany. Sometimes a little noisy, but that should be expected.

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DB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal and great service. Great beer menu!!

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

Had great birthday dinner with my family.

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GS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Brauhaus has definitely gone down a few notches compared to previous dining experiences at this restaurant.

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EG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My husband and I LOVE German food. I found this restaurant on the Open Table site as we are season ticket holders at the Walnut Street Theatre and we try a different restaurant every time we drive in. I was so excited to try this restaurant. We sat upstairs and had a great view of the rest of the bar and restaurant. We enjoyed the view. Our server had no personality. She didn’t smile, never asked us once if things were satisfactory or if we needed anything. Maybe that’s because people must complain constantly. We ordered appetizers. I ordered the bread dumpling which was very good. My husband ordered the pretzel, which he said was ok. He said a WaWa pretzel is better. Lol. Then came our entrees. My husband ordered the sauerbraten. He spit out almost every bite he took as it was extremely tough. He said the gravy was very good..Lol. He also enjoyed the dumpling. The pickled cabbage was raw and not enjoyable. I ordered the house special pork loin. It is huge!!!! I took my first bite and it would have been amazing if it weren’t extremely salty! I ordered spaetzle and it was just ok. The sauerkraut was extremely sour, but my husband enjoyed it. Our server never even came by the entire time we were eating and when she finally did, she didn’t ask if everything was satisfactory, even when we didn’t want to take anything home. We then asked her to recommend dessert. She recommended the hazelnut mousse cake. We cut into it and it was dry! How is mousse dry? The tip of the piece and the top were completely dry and if you peeled away at it the center was actually moist and tasty. Needless to say this was an extreme disappointment for us and we will continue our quest to find a great German restaurant. Unfortunately, they are few and far between and this one will definitely not make the grade. I guess they concentrate on being a Biergarten and not a true restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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
25 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
26 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
12 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
28 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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