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BRU Craft & Wurst

3.8
84 reviews
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$30 and under
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German
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Bru Craft & Wurst, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a German brewery and eatery. The restaurant features a laidback atmosphere with a garage door wall, full size bar with ample beers on tap and self-serve brews.

Bru Craft & Wurst serves lunch and dinner daily and offers a variety of starters, small plates, sandwiches and large plates on the menu. Starter and small plate options at the restaurant include Bavarian pretzel, potato and green apple pancake, fried pickles, strawberry salad and crab cake mac and cheese. Sandwich and large plate selections featured at Bru Craft & Wurst include wurst sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, jagerschnitzel and ozean platte, which features calamari, mussels, crab cake, fried pickles and Old Bay fries.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
German, Gastro Pub
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(215) 800-1079
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
13th Street
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Parking details
Recommended parking is located at 12th and Sansom (across from Finn McCool's Ale House)
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Entertainment
DJ's spinning every Friday and Saturday.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking
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3.8  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVentnorose (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2016

What a delicious meal! We liked it so much we came back a week later for more. Tried the sausage sampler this time - delicious! Portions generous, beer drinks good, everything was great!

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vipjmpach (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 9, 2016

VERY noisy inside, staff VERY helpful getting us sitting outside!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on March 4, 2016

Small menu, but food was good. Huge beer selection. Long narrow space, so can feel cramped. Reserved a table for a party of 6, which worked out nicely. A little loud, so conversation was difficult. Service was prompt and friendly.

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vipAllan (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 21, 2016

Stumbled upon BRU via OpenTable while looking for a place to grab a fast dinner pre-show at the Academy of Music. Decided to give it a try even as a substantial amount of reviews were not overly favorable (esp. if they didn't come from college-type crowd)
Unfortunately, the place didn't live up to what we expected.
To be fair - we were greeted courteously and seated promptly upon arrival. The table, however had some spills, I guess from previous clients. The spills were immediately taken care of upon notifying our server but one may argue that they shouldn't have been there to begin with.
The server was very friendly but a bit 'hurried'. Once we ordered our drinks and she was back for appetizer order (which was within 5-mins) I asked her if I could change my drink since I saw something on the menu I missed the 1st time . She apologized but said she can't do it since she 'already entered it into the system' (?!?! - )
The place is very loud! I would say it was probably 1/2, maybe slightly more filled and the noise was substantial (again, something that many other people also noticed in their reviews).
The food was just OK - not overly good, but nothing to be happy about. The best thing that we liked was a pretzel with smoked gouda cheese fondue on a side. Everything else was by all means eatable but just 'un-inspiring'. And when everything is said and done - its a sad thing that the best thing from a $75.00 meal (OK that includes 3 drinks and gratuities as well) is a $6.00 appetizer.
The place's web site clams to offer "a cartload of authentic German delicacies just off the boat from das Mutterland." I honestly do not think any self-respecting German from Mutterland would give Bru any high marks for these so-called 'German delicacies'.
So, most likely will not be back as the area has a huge number of many other places to sample from.
Don't like to write negative reviews but every so-often one just happens to be the right fare - and this one was IT

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Aapjeet (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Great experience. The manager was very friendly and considerate. They went to the closest shop to get us candles for the bday cake.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Great hospitable service! Potato pancakes and salad was delicious!!!

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vipDiningInDowningtown (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Great food. Lively atmosphere. Some people might like a quiet dining experience. If that's the case, you might want to find a different location. If you enjoy Wurst, Schnitzel and Spätzel, then this is your place. Some of the best sauerkraut I've ever had. My wife got the mussels and they were so savory. Be ready to speak up to be heard, but more importantly be ready for a great meal served by a very polite waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on February 8, 2016

Maybe a good bar, but awful restaurant. Brats were good, but the other food was definitely NOT German (as advertised). Didn't anyone ever tell them that German potato salad is served WARM?! BRU's salad was cold and potatoes were not cooked through. The only really good thing (other than the wursts) was the Brussels sprouts. So...go to have drinks (if you don't want to talk to anyone - too loud), but do not plan on a good dinner. Much better bar food at other places.

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GrayClan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Great location near City Hall and the Convention Center. Great list of authentic German beer and authentic German good. It does get a little loud later in the evening but overall a very good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Ordered an appetizer and it never came. Ordered wurst plate. German potato salad was completely tasteless--like paste---and sauerkraut was nothing special at all. Way too noisy/could barely talk. Won't go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Our experience may have been a typical, or just a busy Saturday night. We finally sat down 45 minutes after our reservation time, but once we did our server was friendly and fun and the food was good! We were seated at a table next to the rear exit, next to a large, loud party and watched people parade in and out of the back door between the bar next door and the restaurant. The front of the house seemed tame and would have more enjoyable four our party. We'd go back but maybe for lunch.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2016

Great selection of German beers - Hefeweizen and its maltier cousin Dunkelweiss being my favorites. The female wait staff are dressed in revealing outfits. It's as if someone crossed a German bierhall with a go-go bar, so it's a great choice for a guy's night out. The crowd is co-ed, however, so the place doesn't feel creepy; the atmosphere is upbeat and festive.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
1.0  Dined on January 31, 2016

When I arrived ahead of time for my 1:00 PM reservation, I was told by the hostess that due to an event, they could not honor my reservation. There was no offer to let us wait, we were just simply turned away. I have been to this establishment before and do not plan to return. I understand that glitches happen, but am extremely offended at the way I was turned away. I feel that you have misused the Open Table website, and you certainly threw a wrench in my plans for the afternoon.

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CityDiner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Really impressed with the variety of beers offered. Shared an appetizer and the Bru Platter. Really good sized portions, plenty to share. The wait staff were attentive and upbeat, even though the place was jammed. Bar area was very crowded and music loud, but if you're with a group you probably wouldn't notice. Looking for a fun date night? Check it out earlier in the evening then make your way to Monk's after.

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vipJoan (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

Went with a pre-theatre dinner crowd and had a great time. Seated and served promptly by a very friendly waitress. The food was good and the beer list quite extensive and interesting. The noise level was off the charts and did inhibit conversation but the place was vibrant! I'd go again.

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