Brauhaus Schmitz

4.4
630 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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MH
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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D
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on February 16, 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 15, 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 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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M
Philadelphia
6 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 3, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 27, 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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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 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 20, 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 19, 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 19, 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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BC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Brauhaus with 2 other people for Philly’s Restaurant Week, where the meals are $35 per person. Let me just say, this restaurant did not disappoint. From the moment we walked in we were greeted with an abundance of German culture. The food was outstanding and the drink menu is endless. Highly recommend if you’re a beer lover! On top of it all, our waitress was incredible. She gave great recommendations, and was very attentive, but not overbearing. It may be a pricy meal if you are going outside of Restaurant Week, but it’s well worth it!

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p
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

If you are expecting solid German cuisine, you will be disappointed. Excellent beer selections, noisy, happy bar scene.

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SL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food and service. Not used to the German liqueurs though.

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MH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Decided to enjoy a date night, thanks to restaurant week. Food was outstanding, beer was awesome, waitress was wonderful. Night would have been perfect, except for the drunken "gentlemen" in the back. The noise we could deal with... it was the language that left much to be desired.

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A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I like German food but wasn't a fan of the preparations here. We had the goulash, soup, potato pancakes, pretzel bites and main courses of bratwurst and saurkraut, potatoes and braised beef and beet salad with cheese curds. Dessert was black forest cake and apple strudel. #restaurantweek. Out of everything would say pretzel bites and black forest cake were most tasty. Everything else was just ok. Would not eat here again for dinner. Maybe lunch options are better? In any case our server was very good and staff were attentive.

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KG
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Went for restaurant week. Servers were nice but not especially good, atmosphere is good, but food was cold and flavorless. Won't be going back. Had high hopes. Very disappointing.

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R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I chose this restaurant as part of the Philadelphia Restaurant Weed. The food and service is beyond reproach. The waiters are very polite and thoroughly knowledgeable of the menu. I was a service member who had the opportunity visit Germany and the food served at Brauhaus Schmitiz is very authentic. However, it tends to be a bit breezy in the front of your restaurant.

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R
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Place was adorable. We had an awesome waiter and food was authentic. My mother in law is from Germany and she loved it. Good beer menu

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Have rated this place highly in the past but things have changed.
- used to make homemade chunky flavorful apple sauce, now it’s just soupy smooth basic jarred stuff. Probably motts or something.
- used to make in house hand cut fries, now they are the same old pizza place fries you get anywhere. Not bad, just basic.
- spatzel used to be finished in pan/sautéed, which added amazing flavor and texture, now just basic out of the water.
-used to be able to pick your sides, now they tell you what you’re getting. Most included potato salad and sauerkraut.

Chicken and pork dishes were good, but theyre just fried cutlets, it’s the sides that really dress up the dish.

Sauerbraten still great flavor but seems more like a slice of pot roast with the sauce poured over it as opposed to the juicy stewed meat. Not necessarily bad, but again different and not as good.

Brats were still delicious and the sauerkraut is still amazing with chunks of pork!

Still a Nice beer selection.

Hostess propped the door open for the band even though it was cold out. Several patrons asked her to close it at different times and her reply was it’s convenience for the band. After a few minutes two people in the band walked in with a small box under one arm. No reason to leave the door open at all, and if wanted to help, certainly could have just opened it when they got there rather than leaving open making the entire front of the restaurant uncomfortable.

It’s been about two years since I was in, we missed last year, but this city visit used to be a birthday tradition the family really looked forward to. They’ve raised the prices, made portions smaller, and cur corners on quality that used to make the trek/experience worth it. Disappointing.

One saving point was our server was very polite and helpful.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did not really know what to expect as I have not had a lot of experience with German food, but my dinner was exactly what I imagined authentic German home cooking to taste like. The beer list is massive, and our server brought us some samples before we ordered based on our likes. The beet salad appetizer was delicious! It was loaded with smoked trout and beets. Everyone at the table loved their entrees. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the food and beer. I left wanting to come back and try something else on the menu. I will definitely be back!

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Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 1

I went to Brahaus Schmitz on New Year's day for a traditional pork and sauerkraut dinner.
At 6:30 PM Brahaus was out of their special New Year's day dinner. A place specializing in pork and sauerkraut was out of the special pork and sauerkraut dinner at 6:30PM.
Plus, they sat us in the bar area at a table backing up to the bar and on the entrance and exit aisle. The noise was deafening. Not the bar patrons' fault, they were at the bar. They're supposed to be loud and boisterous. I am 70; I am not part of the bar crowd. My wife and I didn't converse during dinner because we couldn't hear each other even if we shouted.
Not a pleasant dinner.
We have dined at Brahaus before and have been seated in the dining room. Nice restaurant back there.

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DY
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A class act for German food and real beer. Great service and atmosphere.

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CP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, beer options were many- the German flights were perfect for sampling. The dining area was beautifully decorated, nice ambiance, friendly and helpful service, not overly crowded on a Friday night. Really enjoyed the experience!

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JF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Captures the ambiance and flavors of a German Beer Hall. Wide choice of beers.Must try the pretzels

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L
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. I haven’t had German food since I was in Germany a few years ago. I was not disappointed. The jaegerschnietzel with brown, mushroom gravy was very, very good. Enjoyed the beer too!

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LA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Found it looking for a German restaurant. Nice location on South Street with really good down home German dishes and dark ale. It was very good and will visit it again in the future.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Good food but would help if it were truly hot and not lukewarm.

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c
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We were looking forward to trying this restaurant, the beer was good. The pretzel and bread were also very good. 2 people in our party order the Schweinhaxe. There were both so salty they were inedible. When we pointed that out to our server , he ignored the issue and told us to fill out a comment card. SMH. I will never go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our waiter was very nice and gave us good recommendations for our food. Overall great experience.

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PT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Brauhaus Schmitz never disappoints. Whenever we are in the city and in the mood for German fare, we go there. It's been our tradition to visit the Christmas market at Dilworth Park and then walk to the restaurant. We're always welcomed warmly, and the minute you walk in, you feel the embrace of a warm, vibrant restaurant. We love it every time we go!

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