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About Max Brenner - Philadelphia

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.

1500 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Dessert, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thurs - 11:30am - 11:00pm
Fri - 11:30am - 1:00am
Sat - 10:00am - 1:00am
Sun - 9:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 15th & Locust

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 344-8150

Website:
http://www.maxbrenner.com/

Entertainment:
Max Brenner's signature music playlist

Parking Details:
There is a parking lot located next to our restaurant

Public Transit:
The Broad line, Broad St and Walnut St exit, on the subway.
PATCO 15th and Locust

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a small private area of our restaurant for large parties

Private Party Contact:
Katie Applegate: (877) 925-3053

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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Max Brenner - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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4.3

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4.1

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3.9

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (56)
Fun (55)
Good for a Date (55)
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Kid-friendly (53)
Special Occasion (45)
Casual (39)
Comfort Food (35)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Great for Lunch (28)
Good for Groups (24)
Worth the Drive (24)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Pre/post Theatre (22)
Hot Spot (19)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Afternoon Coffee (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Late-night Find (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Authentic (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Bar Seating (7)
People Watching (7)
Seasonal (7)
Afternoon Tea (5)
Business Meals (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

A must go for the dessert. I personally love the drinks the most (milkshakes are so decadent and delicious!). We got the Churros fondue and the dips were to die for. As for the churros, they could have been better, but still good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Dessert was the best! Food was ok but the dessert was delicious!

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Good time after the theater..chocolate martini are good!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

If you're at all early for your reservation time, don't even bother going in. They will ignore you until the exact time of your reservation. They brought my husband's milkshake with my coffee, and then took another 20 minutes to bring my mediocre sundae. Numerous tables set empty while people waited at the front and servers had time to chat and dance. What a disappointing birthday outing. :-(

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We had reservations at 830 and were seated in a timely manner; however, it was extremely loud and there was more whipped cream on our dessert than there was cake. The cake was ok, but I'm not sure where the ganache was. We've been here before but were very disappointed this time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Our kids (9-11 yrs old) loved this experience between the creativity on kids meals and super fun desserts dinner was their favorite part of our Philadelphia trip!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 6 days ago

Let me start by saying the service was not a problem. The staff was friendly and professional. However, the food was nothing to write home about. The fries that came with my burger were hard and burnt. The burger itself was okay as was the dessert. Still, for what I spent on the food alone "okay" was a little disappointing. Even if the food had not been a problem, the customers are so tightly packed that it felt like everyone was on top of each other.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined 6 days ago

Went for my daughter's birthday with friend. The waitresses we had were wonderful & patient. Everyone had a great time!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 7 days ago

Crowded. Overpriced average food. Hostess was rude. Waitress was great.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing can’t wait to go back drinks were the best along with the meal and the dessert . Can’t wait to bring the family back

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 7 days ago

We ordered two burgers. My wife ordered a plain hamburger. She told them she just wanted a plain burger but they put onions on it. Either the waitress did not write it down or the kitchen staff screwed up. Also, when I went to the bathroom, it was very messy. I mentioned this to the,wait staff upon leaving.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Max's is a very good establishment for a variety of food and drink. If you like food, drink and deserts that go with chocolate then you will really enjoy this place. If you have never been there it is worth a visit. Not high end but not a bar scene either. Enjoy!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

After a show with the family. Only real issue was the very bright lights from across the street shining through the windows. Service attentive and food nicely prepared and presented. Don’t forget to get something chocolate!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is good, but completely overpriced. It is a novelty restaurant, good for families. Tables are close together. The bathrooms are terrible; two single unisex rooms. Always a line. There is a lot going on in a very small, cramped space. Take the kids for a special treat, they’ll love it. Bring your credit card.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fun atmosphere and food is amazing. They have something for everyone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Creative, delicious food in a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and service!!! Love their dessert menu!!!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Had fun. It was my birthday. My wife and daughter took me here.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Amazing experience! I made a reservation for six and at the last minute the manager approved my extra guest for a party of eight. Once we arrived,they took very good care of us. The waitress made wonderful suggestions such as the cheesesteak waffle sandwich and the fried chicken mac and cheese which we all loved! We ended our evening of course with the waffle celebration which was delicious as well. Thank you Max Brenner for a wonderful experience! I look forward to dining with you again.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

all around great. great food, drinks and service

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Good food and the best chocolate martini around.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

For lunch today, had 11 of my closest friends, (that I just met) for brunch/lunch
from a Friends group in center city

I was the only one who had been here many times & knew it would be fun for the first timers & I was right.

I memorized the menu .. usually wind up w/the pizza that is better than any pizza place in my neighborhood.

One lady had a chocolate martini took pictures of it before drinking. Every one at the table (s)
loved their meal...said they'd be back..glad they found out about it....& had to buy
chocolate on the way out.

After the meal , I got so many "thank yous..you made a good

The food perfect..service fine....it was a delicious way to spend a rainy day.

Tags: Healthy, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food was great, we came for the dessert. Not cheap, but good food. Main problem was the table we were seated at was squeezed next to another table and a wall. We were very squashed and uncomfortable. We didn't complain, as we're were not staying much linger than a hour, but it was pretty evident if the staff just look at the table, that it had no space.

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Could have been better. Coffee was mediocre. Food was overpriced. Not satisfied. Will not go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Birthdagteat

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I had been looking forward to coming here since seeing it on Food Network a few years ago. I had the chocolate pizza on my list and it did not disappoint. All the chocolate was delicious and would love to one day come back and try more of the chocolate desserts!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Loved it! Food was great, service was even better (perhaps, because it was Monday, the restaurant wasn't that busy). And, if you're into chocolate, that's definitely a place to go to.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Kid-friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

When we finally got our food, it was good. But we waited over an hour for a hamburger, flatbread, a sandwich and an omelet. The server was horrendous - he took our food order and disappeared. No water refills, no coffee refills, never cleaned our table, no updates on why the food was taking so long., nothing. We had to track him down for everything even to order dessert and to get our bill. Easily the worst service experience we had at Max Brenner's - definitely ruined our visit. Maybe would go back for dessert, but nothing more. For the prices they charge, the service should definitely be better than it was.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had the Brenner Burger. I ordered it medium because I didn't think it would be cooked less. It came out how I liked it, medium rare. BF had the Hungover Burger which he really liked. Got two Italian Thick Hot Chocolate to go (dark). Very good.

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Had a great time along with a great server!
Food was a lil dry but other than that. Great

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Chocolate heaven! The smell is almost overwhelming as you walk into this busy spot. But if you're craving chocolate, they have pretty much any form you could imagine. Fun spot for post-theatre/concert.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I had a great time. The service was fantastic and the chocolate options on the dessert menu is endless!

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Best experience I have ever had at a restaurant. The waitress was exceptional. There was a long wait for my food, because there was a large group there, but once I did receive it I was more than satisfied.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Been here a zillion times.

Invited 12 for lunch later in OCT.

Burgers good..waffle fries chewy & cool
Too hungry & tired to send them back.

Had hot chocolate for dessert very good but hug mug so hot had some w/spoon then asked for a cup. In a real cup, which was 1/2 filled..maybe I had 3 or 4 teaspoons..so for $6. that was a lot.

Had a stronger hot chocolate @ STARBUCKS for $3 & it was an entire cup

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was great and the waitress was helpful and friendly! Will be coming back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Casual, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

More the ultimate sugar experience. The menus wasn't about chocolate at all. I'm sure my kids enjoyed it, but it wasn't that great. The waffle was horrible -- thick, dense, doughy. The ice cream was mediocre. The chocolate itself wasn't that good. It was a definite meh.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server was amazing and engaged our girls immediately and made them feel important. They are all their mac and cheese which they NEVER do so that's a good thing lol

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall, it was a huge disappointment. We wanted to order flatbread pizzas for dinner, they were out of dough. We ordered a chicken quesadilla, it came without any chicken. We ordered a milkshake, it was the consistency of milk. We were really excited to order the dessert pizza, again no dough so we couldn’t order it. We wouldn’t go back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I have been coming here for a few years, usually my son enjoys some sort of ice cream or chocolate delight, I ALWAYS get the Brenner Burger. It is juicy, tasty, and really hits the spot. LOVE the waffle fries and magic sauce that it comes with.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Good for Groups
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Our server made the evening. We didn't do anything special for Our Anniversary this year, Our 23rd, but took Our kids w Us and had the best time with them all!! here at the Chocolate Bar!!
Now just get t shirts selling again and I can add yours to my Wonka collection
Thanks for a spectacular 1st visit and Anniversary delight, everything was perfect

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Comfort Food
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