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About Max Brenner - Boston

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.

745 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Comfort Food, Dessert, Fusion / Eclectic

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

Cross Street:
Between Fairfield and Exeter

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(617) 274-1741

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

Entertainment:
Max Brenner's signature music play list

Parking Details:
Meter street parking and garage parking at the Prudential Center across the street are available

Public Transit:
Take the MBTA towards Government Center. Our restaurant is located closest to the Copley Station

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

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Max Brenner - Boston Ratings and Reviews

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3.8

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73% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (15)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Late-night Find (12)
Great for Lunch (12)
Afternoon Coffee (11)
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Cozy (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Overall I was very pleased with my experience here. It was my first time and definitely will be going back asap. The food, service, and atmosphere made for a great Friday date night.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 7 days ago

Clustered seating, narrow dinner menu, and poor service. Wasn't that impressed and didn't see what al the hype was about, Wait staff could be improved she didn't come around nearly ever but we did get to move our table because the seating area was so clustered I felt as if I was on top of the person behind me. I went with high expectations and left displeased. I got the classic Mac & Cheese I had better, I tried the hazelnut milkshake in the Signature Alice Cup, I like d the cup rather than the drink the flavor was hidden but it was good, nothing to brag about though. As well as the Melting Chocolate Truffle Heart Cake & Shake although pleasing to the eye was very small and there was a little ice cram I mean the size of a quarter when they shake that's what it was. Dominos lava cake is just as good.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Dinner before a concert with my daughters. Service was outstanding!! Food was great!

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 (New England)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Don’t go here.
We went here to give our toddlers a choclate experience. I wasn’t expecting 5 star food or service. But even for 1 star place this experience was a disappointment. We were seated 15 mins late for our reservation. we already knew what we were going to order so we did so immediately upon arrival and the food took 35 mins to arrive (which is a long time for small children to wait). They didn’t even bring the drinks over for 35 mins. The choclate milkshake was a watery icy version of chocolate milk. The food (veggie burger) had a slimy texture, my sons pasta was warm but the sauce was cold. The chocolate dessert was loaded w gobbs of whipped cream, you couldn’t see what was under it. And the worst thing was what they call the ultimate choclate dessert (something they should have mastered given their trademark is choclate) was undercooked and grainy.
I never write reviews to give people the benefit of the doubt, but this one experience made it necessary.
EXTREMELY DISSAPPOINTING EXPERIENCE.

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·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our server was wonderful and patient. The overall expeirence there is always great; great food, great atmosphere, a great place to be! A great date spot or to meet up with friends! You can’t go there without having something chocolatey. I would recommend this spot to everyone! You’ll always have a great expeirence.
They also offer chocolates you can buy at the front of the restaurant which is super cute!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

I’ve gone to this restaurant twice in the last two weeks. The food was fine both times, not outstanding, but average/decent. The restaurant set up is awkward and cramped. Some of the tables are in a back dark hallway looking area. What I was surprised with both times was the poor service. Perhaps the servers have too many tables? I found myself cleaning up the table both times and waiting and waiting for the server to come over so I could tell them that I want to order dessert. Neither time was dessert offered to me....very strange to me in a chocolate restaurant. Both visits when I asked for something that was missing from the meals, it took a loooooong time and multiple people to get it....ketchup, a spoon, a straw... and I saw this happen to other parties too. This is a fun restaurant with delicious hot chocolate and desserts so I would recommend going to this restaurant, just plan on spending a long time at the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (New England)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was great and food was excellent!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Service was slowwwwww
Cappuccino was just warm coffee and took 30 minutes “the girl making it was “new”’
The signature chocolate didn’t even melt because the coffee wasn’t hot enough :( Disappointed

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New England)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Went here for dessert after dinner and drinks elsewhere - and enjoyed the experience. I would recommend the peanut butter hot chocolate.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were seated by the window and it was drafty as hell as those are retractable windows in the warm weather. Fridgid weather outside didn't help. They were packed, so moving 6 of us elsewhere wasn't an option. But the worst was changing a toddler in the subzero temperature in the bathroom. Really need to work on insulation there.
Food was great although we had a ridiculously long wait for just 3 desert items. Luckily kids were patient enough since we got them some food items from the kids menu prior to desert.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Tea, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great place to be!!
If you have a sweet tooth you better go quick and check this place out!!!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My first experience with Max Brenner was in NYC over ten years ago....it seems things have gone a little downhill since. The vibe inside is very Bennigans like. The willy wonkaish of the fixtures is a little stale now. There are a lot of children, and the things that go along with children. The service was very slow for a restaurant that was maybe half full, i wathed as a dirty table sat for about 20 minutes before someone started to clean it...food took about 30 minutes from time it was ordered..., they also appeared to have a heating issue in the kitchen as the melted butter came out solid, and the toast on my sandwich was stone cold. The churros leave much to be desired, more like a stale chewy pretzel, and not nearly enough to cosume the three dipping sauces, there were six churros and enough sauce for at least six more. The cocktails were delicious, but the ambience rated a seven dollar drink, not 13. Maybe my first experience when the NYC location was new left me with an overly nostalgic expectation...I don't think I will be able to convince my wife to return.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Overall our visit was fair. We went for brunch at 10:30 on New Year's day. We were told that brunch menu was closing soon and they were out of a few menu items. Brunch is typically served until 3:00 on Saturday and Sunday and I was surprised they didn't have some hours on New Year's day. Restaurant was not busy at all which was a surprise. The service was actually very poor. The food was fine. I would stick to desserts. With so many great options to choose from in the area I expected significantly better food and much better service.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Some of the worst service I have received. Slow, rude, and did not provide utensils or plates for the food received from more unfriendly kitchen staff. Not a good experience at all.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was okay but the choclate was the food part

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went with my daughter for NYE supper. Seated immediately, our server was awesome but maybe staff had too many tables. Food mediocre, my burger came out more cool than hot. My daughter had Mac&cheese which was very hot. The fondue plate was okay. I did like the crapes and hot chocolate. All in all, the staff were better than the food.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our waitress was amazing but they didn’t have a lot of gluten free options so for our family this is not a good restaurant choice. The desserts were delicious but the food was ok.

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The milkshakes, pancakes and waffles were fine, but my eggs were not hot and they were dry as though they were made too soon and sat and waited for the rest of the food to be ready.

The fondue sauces were good, but the cakes to dip were not good. Also, there was very little to dip into the fondue. Just a few marshmallows, very little fruit and other stuff. I thought the amount of items to dip was stingy. Could have been so much better. We have had better elsewhere. Also, the chocolate chip cookie in the skillet was hard and overcooked. The flavor was lousy as well. Very disappointed.

We thought this would be a treat for the kids to go to Max Brenner in Boston over vacation, but the food quality and desserts were highly disappointing. We will not recommend this restaurant to anyone. Not sure it will survive with the poor attention to food. The diner by our home is a thousand times better..

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Family vacation and wanted to treat our kids to a special chocolate-inspired meal. Kids’ pizza and “mess” dessert were a huge hit.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our second annual Christmas break lunch and we loved every bite. They were a bit short staffed this time which resulted in us sitting for almost 2 hours. We pop in a couple of times a year and look forward to the next annual luncheon already.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I took a group of 13 year old girls who had a summer camp reunion. It was the perfect atmosphere, dinner options were casual and suitable for different tastes and the desserts were amazing! Get the Fondue (classic) and dessert pizza . Super fun atmosphere and our waitress was excellent.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

we had horrible service, we had asked to order dessert and the waiter just said "yeah" and walked away and came back around 15 minutes later asking if we needed anything. So we got to order our dessert but we waited for 45 mins when our waiter came back asking if we needed anything and we reminded him about out dessert and then they all of a sudden come out. BUT they came out cold...melted chocolate with one of the desserts wouldn't come out of the container because it had cooled. the cookies skillet was as cold as the ice cream on top. We know it was the waiters problem because we watched him flirt and follow the hostess around like a little puppy dog. It was very disappointing because it was our first time being there and had expected more. Most likely will not be going back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was awesome! Latte & desserts ....amazing !! High recommend 👍🏼

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The special occasion was my daughter birthday, the service was so bad that day.
I don’t know it was a busy day, but didn’t have any burger available, and the hot chocolate was your first order we made before meal, but didn’t come until the end of the meal together with your dessert. The waitress never went back to your table to check with something was wrong. Very frustrating!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Went there because son had heard great things about the chocolate, and the hot chocolate was good, but everything else was pretty awful - extremely poor food in service of their dessert menu. Kids sliders were charred black, chicken Philly sandwich came on soggy waffle-bread and tasted like bland mush, waffle fries were tasteless worse-than-frozen variety, coffee was like water... service was OK to say anything positive - maybe just come for dessert?

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I had a reservation but, still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. The hostess was very sweet though. Our waitress was very good. The food was great. They had a good vegetarian selection. Desserts were excellent!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 27, 2017

A lot of empty tables. A lot of people waiting. Reservations at 7pm, sat down at 7:20pm. Bad night for them, but our waitress was great and food was great.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Terrible service. I had a reservation for my daughter's 15th birthday for 8 people. They had only 2 servers and I bartender (they had milk shakes). Food took forever, getting ketchup was a problem and honey mustered never came. The whole thing was a mess! I can not recommend!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We have been here numerous times for dessert. We made a reservation for Christmas Eve and arrived about 15 minutes early and were seated right away. We were handed menus but sat at the table for almost 15 minutes before a server came over. The server apologized and said this was not her section, the server in this section wanted to go home and she was not sure where he was. She was a good server and felt bad, but also had to check our dessert order after 35 minutes since it had not arrived.(We ordered a sundae and fondue). While it is not the servers fault, this seems to be an ongoing issue here. I ha observed a few other guests waiting for service after they were seated. I would recommend for dessert, but make sure you have plenty of time since you will have to wait a significant amount of time for your food to arrive. I would recommend based on the menu and all the delicious desserts available. Service leaves a lot to be desired.

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (New England)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner

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 (New England)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Restaurant not full when we arrived. Shown to probably the crappiest table in the house, next to server station. We asked to be moved and were accommodated.
Probably better not to use OpenTable to make a reservation, but instead to call the restaurant directly and ask for a good table.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The dessert, hot chocolate, and cappuccino was great, but the food was mediocre and we were not compensated for the many mistakes that were made on our order. I would recommend that people go for dessert, not the main meal.

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access
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 (New England)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Noted that it was a birthday on reservation, but didn't get birthday dessert. Service was very slow. Chirro's seemed stale. They did give us a dessert for free, but that didn't really make up for all the time we lost sitting waiting for service.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

the food was really good but the restaurant double-booked our reservation and the service was slow

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Worth checking it out, the decorations and all of the chocolate make it feel like Wonka's factory. Worth a trip, but probably won't return soon!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Casual, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Coffee
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious food and great service. Only complaint is the bathroom is always freeeezing and a messy disaster every single time I’ve eaten there - it really takes away from the otherwise great experience every time.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

While our waitesss was very nice, the service from the bar was very slow. After receiving a Bloody Mary that tasted like tomato soup, my friend exchanged it for just a glass of prosecco. It took about 10 minutes to get the drink! They need more staff at the bar, especially during Saturday brunch.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Service wast great. Took forever for the food to come out. Fire alarm was going off for most of the time that we were there which really ruined the experience. Would probably not go there for dinner food again. Menu was small and not much to choose from. Chocolate fondue was just ok. Don't see the hype with this place.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 15, 2017

My friend arrived before me for our reservation. When I told the hostess that my friend arrived before I did, and that I had a reservation, the hostess said, “Walk to the back and you should be able to look for her yourself”.

Unprofessional. How about say where the rough location of where my table was? The hostess was with a second hostess and they were not helping anyone else. It was a weekday, by the way.

The waitress did not come by often. And the chicken was dry. Like, 7-11 convenient store dry. I’d probably just go for desserts, but I won’t recommend it as a place to make reservations. It’s a 2 star diner, but looks like a 4 star restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Italian Hot chocolate was Spectacular!!! Suggested by the owners daughter who took great care of us!! Thank you!! See you soon!!

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