Max Brenner - Philadelphia

4.3
3348 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Max Brenner's Chocolate Bar & Chocolate Shop elevates the everyday chocolate experience to an extraordinary sensory immersion by making it shareable, pourable, dippable, dunkable & injectable. Chocolate associations are expressed everywhere: in music, in design, and of course, in taste. It surrounds you and carries you away into your own chocolate mood.

A worldwide phenomenon, Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, has spread its unique culture with it's iconic dessert and decadent savory menu in United States with locations in New York City, Philadelphia, and Boston.


Max Brenner will offer to all of his guests at the restaurant free chocolate dips refills for the European Fondue on National Chocolate Day (Sunday, Oct. 28)

Guest can get up to 3 chocolate refills of chocolate of their choice!

This promotion is offer is only valid on October 28th which is national chocolate day. Please let me know if you need an other information.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Dessert, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Mon - Thurs - 11:30am - 11:00pm
Fri - 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat - 10:00am - 1:00am
Sun - 9:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 344-8150
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
We offer a small private area of our restaurant for large parties
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Private party contact
Katie Applegate: (877) 925-3053
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 15th & Locust
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Parking details
There is a parking lot located next to our restaurant
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Public transit
The Broad line, Broad St and Walnut St exit, on the subway.
PATCO 15th and Locust
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Entertainment
Max Brenner's signature music playlist
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Special events & promotions
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3348 People Are Saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always delihious and different, and the desserts!!!!

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NS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waitress’s was friendly and attentive . Food is always delicious . Espresso milkshake is delightful ! Highly recommend! Chocolate heaven !

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for birthday celebrations!

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CD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We fell in love with Max Brenner about 15 years ago. We’ve gone back several times and each time it’s steady declined. We brunched on 16 Dec and it was the worst yet. Our espresso came out cold(how does that even happen?) More than half our food was cold. When we brought it up to our server, she just shrugged and half heartedly apologized. We probably won’t return to Chocolate by the Bald Man. There are so many other fantastic places to eat in Philly!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation at 930pm the day before. Then the day of we were running late and called around 915pm to let them know we were on the way but definitely going to be late for the reservation. Make it there at 950pm to see the whole entrance crowded with people waiting for a table. We thought we would be waiting since we came so late but come to find they held our table and we’re waiting for us to arrive. Had an outstanding waiter who was fast and respectable and answered any questions regarding the menu. Anything you get from the menu will amaze you. Great experience, definitely going back.

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AN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great experience for the young ones who love chocolate.

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JR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food just was not good at all. The deserts were good for the kids.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The interior could use a solid re-fresh but it is well serviced, kids love love love it, and overall it is fun especially for friends/family groups.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience with grandkids after the Nutcracker.

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BF
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The service was average, very hectic. The food was a step above fast food and way overpriced. Kinda like a tourist trap.. There are way better places in the city to go..

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T
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

They had chocolate ranch sauce and it was actually good. I can't believe that I'm wrote that, but it was really good. If you enjoy chocolate you really can't go wrong eating there.

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place to visit when I'm in Philly to visit my daughter in college.

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TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Our server was great, but the table we were sat at was cold and a draft was blowing on us. The food selection was ok......not much healthy options.....a few, but not many.

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LM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun place. Family friendly. Great service. DELICIOUS Chocolate creations!! Good burgers too!

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We spent $100 on 3 kids and 1 adult meal. Plus 3 hot chocolates, 1 frozen lemonade and 1 Kids Chocolate dessert to share. The kids mac and cheese was SO dry. The kids pizza, under cooked, soggy on the middle and burnt on the edges. The kids chicken fingers were fine but again, dry. The adult burger had a gross sauce that wasn't on the menu. The hot chocolate and dessert were really good. Should've ONLY ordered desserts. At one point a glass fell over on the table and shattered. 3 children away my table and it took 6 minutes for someone to come over and help. Even though one of the servers saw it happen. I was so disappointed.

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RR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

It's a real treat to have a chocolate martini . That's why we went. Server was awesome. Food was decent, but not out of this world. 15 dollars for a dessert was too much!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Although the food is a little on the expensive side, it is well worth the price. The food is flavorful and outstanding, especially the salmon. Known for their chocolate, I would highly recommend their desserts, but the fondue serving size is quite large and requires many people to eat. Overall, the restaurant has a nice ambiance and service is outstanding!

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1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Went out for Christmas dinner with kids after the Nutcracker. Food was a giant step down from even bar food. Pricey for what it was. Restaurant was freezing, so we all wore our heavy winter jackets the entire time. My daughter, who loves all types of pizza, got the kids pizza and only took one bite because she didn’t like it. Overall a very poor experience and we will not be going back.

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T
Philadelphia
105 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

What a disappointment! Walked in to the restaurant with three employees looking at us. The restaurant was somewhat busy on a Sunday evening at 7 P.M. We had reservations but met two different families at the Christmas Village and we all had reservations at the same restaurant and the same time. We asked the Host if we could be seated near each other. This made her head explode, until we got the manager involved. Skip forward to the meal or lack there of. The entree's all came out at different times and one entree never came out. They offered to bring the entree out when the kids were having dessert. The forks were placed at the end of the table. We asked for napkins for the table and the waitress came over with one napkin. Coffee as served and we were told the sugar was down there as she pointed to the other end of the table. When the bill came, she stood in the middle of the tables we were sitting at and said, "Who Gets This". I will never return to this restaurant. Save yourselves and your family, it is too late for us.

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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was loud as always but the food was better than last time. And the fondue was amazing! Love the crepes and chocolate martini!!! Highly suggest a visit especially for dessert!

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RY
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Was our first time here - were looking for somewhere to get Sunday brunch and everything else was booked up so we gave it a try. Did not disappoint. Had the Max Benedict was fabulous! My husband had the French Toast and loved it as well as the dark hot chocolate. Will definitely come here again!!

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KP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What could be better than sharing an afternoon with friends while choosing food from a chocolate themed menu?

The decor, as well as our server ,was charming.

We are already planning another outing. My co-workers saw photos of our food on social media and they are already planning outings as well!

Max Brenner hit a home run with us!!!!

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SD
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had the Max Benedict for brunch on Sunday...was delicious!! Savory waffles, topped with tomato, spinach, spiced bacon and a perfectly poached egg...and then the hollandaise sauce!!! YUM!! Would definitely come again.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was great however the waitress was very rude and had an attitude the bathrooms were DISGUSTING ! The food came out really fast compared to how busy it was.

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d
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I enjoyed the food however I checked in for my reservation 10 minutes early, and didn’t get seated until 20 minutes after my scheduled reservation.. The host seating me even asked me if I had checked in (since I had been waiting so long) and I believe this is because the hostess at the counter never checked us in originally. Really annoying.. I also received an email from open table saying that I missed the reservation which was really rude considering that it was the hostess’s fault, as I had arrived way earlier than my reservation. I understand that things get busy so I patiently waited the entire time thinking that it was due to the business, but the hostess just wasn’t paying attention. The food was honestly amazing, the dessert was good, too. The only thing was that the white chocolate wasn’t really thick like melted chocolate it had more of a watery texture. Other than that, great dining experience.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was nice but tables are very close so not room for private conversation. Also with all of the people they NEED more than 2 bathrooms. When there are 8/9 people in line you need to be able to accommodate them.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

I take my granddaughters here when we travel to Philly because they love the menu and the experience. However, I think they need to consider enlarging this place because the crowding makes it less enjoyable.... tables are too close together and the wooden chairs are uncomfortable. Also, since we sat near the door we were cold with all the people going in and out all the time.

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EG
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The food is okay. It was really cold in the restaurant. Beer list was unimpressive. As for wine, you could buy a whole bottle for the price of a glass. And the main attraction, chocolate was nothing special. Overall, underwhelming to say the least.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 3

2 people in the party had salads and we could not eat them because they had too much dressing and our table was for a party of four and we were a party of five and the tables were not level

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CH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to brings kids and adults visiting philly. Service was excellent!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I had high expectations...maybe that's why I was disappointed in the experience overall. I took my two pre school aged kids for a Christmas treat. This was our first visit so my kids were so excited. The atmosphere is just meh. I expected it to be a lot more vibrant. We got a horrible table where we had to kind of "share" part of a bench with another table full of ladies. They were annoyed that we were next to them so they wouldnt move and we were smooshed.
Our server was non existent...She barely gave us flatware. We had forks and nothing else. I had to cut my kids food with a fork! She had other people deliver food and then never checked back. On top she had zero personality.
On top of all that this place is definitely not cheap....Mac and cheese 16.00, etc etc...I was pretty satisfied with food quality. But all in all definitely disappointed and would not recommend wasting your time

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Adult food was sub par and a simple cocktail not made well at all. However, if you are going for the chocolate experience (ie hot chocolate, chocolate martini) then a great experience. I just would not go for anything beyond that.

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MM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it here! Right when you walk in it smells amazing! Holiday season drink was chocolate peppermint martini and that was delicious!

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MU
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been there several times. We enjoy the desserts the most especially the chocolate fondue.

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ZS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Will definitely return in the near future. The chocolate fondue was amazing!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun place to meet friend. Good chocolate martini but $$

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D
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Brought my teenagers after going to Macy’s for their holiday light show. My teens were blown away. It was fun to see them put down their phones and enjoy. Service was amazing. She was joyful and excited for experience. My mother in law has been talking about it ever since we went. A great time. Thx.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waffle cheesesteak was really good and the waffle had a savory taste which worked well with the cheese blend and steak. The cookie pieces in the European Fondue were amazing too.

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1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Extremely cramped seating

Server was Amazing

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PA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Soooo. Good. Bring your sweet tooth and save room for dessert.

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