Brauhaus Schmitz

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$31 to $50
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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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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as usual. A tremendous beer selection, delicious food, and a wonderful atmosphere. It’s a little noisy at night, but well worth it.

CJ
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place for good German food and Brews. Expected a livelier crowd on a Saturday night though.

TT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Han't had anything on the menu that wasn't great. And the beer list is fantastic. Can't be beat for authentic Bavarian food/drink.

BY
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Reservation at seven, seated 7:15, ordered 7:30, dinner arrived, after asking for the manager , around 8:40. Not once did anyone come to the table to offer an explanation for the wait.

GP
Atlantic City
20 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great unique German food and fantastic beer selection second time none.

JD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Traditional German food. Well prepared and good. Service was very good

JK
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Too loud and noisy. There were flies coming in off the street. Not everyone loves soccer.
The food and service was exceptional.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good German food and beer. Welcome to Bavaria...

T
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Food was well cooked. Noise level was very high but we had the loudest talker/laugher right next to us. While the food was well prepared I thought the price was steep even considering the quality of everything else. Having said that, the joint was packed and I’m glad we went.

KK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere. I have had excellent meals here but at my most recent visit the food was exceedingly lackluster. Service was good though. No issues at all with the wait staff.

I would have recommended this restaurant Based on an earlier visit but cannot do so based on this most recent one.

DQ
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic German beer selection. Nice, selection of German food. Service was great. Loved the atmosphere.

MD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. Our waiter was excellent! I’m sorry that I can’t remember him name!

G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant! Foods are great! We enjoyed it very much!

NF
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent German atmosphere and food was delicious!! Portions are extremely large and 2 people can easily split a single meal.

v
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were transported back to Munich during Oktoberfest. The beer, the music, the sausages all were incredible. We have yet to find actual Oktoberfest beer from the major brew houses in Munich since we were there last September and we found it on draft here and it was so good. We also got the board of house made sausages which were amazing but very filling! If you love Bavarian culture as much as we do this place is a must try!

K
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My husband and I had different schnitzels and found them ok, not great. I grew up around a city with a large established German population so I will admit my standards are very high. The best dish was the side of sauerkraut.

J
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and beer. Highly recommend for a unique meal.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had no idea what to expect going in and was blown away by the service,food and atmosphere. 10/10

K
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had to sit at a high table near the bar. Not as comfortable as a regular table, but the staff was very accommodating and friendly. The enormous amount of food was delicious and enough to take home for another meal.

D
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fabulous experience!!Keep up the great work. Noise level settled down after World Cup fans left:)We loved sharing in the bar in that celebration prior to dinner!

T
Philadelphia
155 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. I had the wurst sandwich with a very refreshing kolßh beer. My guest had the pork shank, which he said was delicious. Are server Gina was knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive to us, she was also exceptionally patient with us and all the questions we had.

F
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

AMAZING FOOD!!!!! They did forget to bring me part of my order but the service was good and the food is unbeatable. I’m definitely going to be revisiting.

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Brauhaus on Father's Day. I had made reservations for 5 people and when we arrived, they sat us at a table for 4 and tried to jam an extra chair in. We had to complain. They did move us to a bigger table, and after that, the dinner was wonderful. We had excellent food and service. I do miss their old menu though.

SF
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love schweinhaxe and this beer hall has some of the best in the world! Just as good as Düsseldorf. Great place for a great time. A must do when in Philly.

FH
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic German food,,with an extensive German tap list. Great service too!

NJ
Philadelphia
101 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent with generous sized servings. Service was somewhat confused, new staff? Regardless, a very good dining experience. Great German beer selection. We will definitely return!

AB
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Love the place however I reserved a table for the Champions League final (soccer game) and although they put the reserve signs on the table, they didn’t hold the table for me and my party. I’m not the type to make a scene about it but it would have been nice to have the reservation I made prior to the event to have been respected.

R
Philadelphia
241 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Frankly I haven’t been to Brauhaus for a long time, but this was a very enjoyable experience and I will be back sooner. The menu is smaller and higher quality than I remember. Und das Bier ist gut. Service was attentive and friendly. Very good!

l
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good German food, but rather expensive. Very noisy.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pork shank excellent as always!

j
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I was looking for spaetzle and wienerschnitzel. I ordered both and enjoyed the nicely prepared food altho I prefer my own spaetzle. The portions were very generous; enough for the next day. My partner had a chicken dish called brathähnchen with delightful side vegetables and a celeriac puree. Do wish there were more veggies. To top off the me we had apple strudel with ice cream. Very good but I couldn't pretend I was within my calorie limit.
Go. Enjoy.

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Outstanding food and great beer selections!

B
Philadelphia
241 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 3

Good German food, great German beer, even greater beer selection. Service excellent. Experience ruined by electronic gift certificate issue.

CD
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

THE SERVICE AND TIME IT TOOK TO GET FOOD WAS WELL BEYOND THE NORM. ONE ORDER CAME OUT WRONG, 2 BEERS ARRIVED BUT NOT THE THIRD, SPECIALTY DRINKS OF THE HOUSE WERE NOT AVAILABLE. ON THE PLUS SIDE SOME OF THE FOOD AND BEERS WERE VERY GOOD. PORTIONS WERE SMALL FOR THE $

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meal

m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique menu and beer selection! We loved how many choices there were for beer. Bottles and tap. Tried the flights to start. Sorted by taste. Our table tried them all and everyone found their favorite.. Appetizers are awesome. Try the hot Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese dip. Food was delicious and generous.
Apple strudel was ok. Cheese cake awesome.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Brauhaus many times and it is ALWAYS fantastic. The bar tenders and servers will be happy to assist you with selections if you are not familiar with German beer and food. You will love it!

B
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Somehow was not as good as previous visits. Service felt rushed. Not worth the trip from the 'burbs.

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Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Brauhaus Schmitz before, but many of our friends with us had never been there. They said they loved the food and beer. We all had a variety of meals from the menu, traded around tastes of each and enjoyed ourselves. Our Server, Diamond, is a true as her name; she is excellent. We could not have asked for a better evening out. Danke sehr !

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