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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

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Max Brenner - Philadelphia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.0

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (98)
Fun (94)
Good for Birthdays (90)
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Casual (79)
Comfort Food (77)
Good for a Date (75)
Special Occasion (73)
Creative Cuisine (60)
Great for Lunch (57)
Pre/post Theatre (46)
Good for Groups (37)
Worth the Drive (35)
Cozy (33)
Sunday Lunch (31)
Great for Brunch (31)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Afternoon Coffee (26)
Hot Spot (22)
Tasting Menu (22)
Neighborhood Gem (21)
Quick Bite (20)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (16)
People Watching (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Bar Seating (8)
Seasonal (8)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Healthy (3)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
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Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Very Busy on sunday night .. but the hostess went above and BEYOND to help us find a table! She was adorable and it was extremely busy Sunday Feb 18th after 7pm. We went for dessert and it was awesome. So fun and delicious!

Tags: Fun, Casual, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was delicious and totally unexpected. I thought the desserts were the reason to visit, but now I know the food is also. Would definitely visit again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Very drafty and cold. Noisier than I’d expected. Food was delicious and perfectly done.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Celebrated with a few friends for a 16th birthday. Was perfect for the teens as well as adults! Enjoyed the various chocolate inspired items!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Cozy, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 3 days ago

First, I would not call this a kid-friendly place (I dined with an 8 year old and a 2 year old). Second, I would definitely not call it one of the best in Philadelphia. Our waiter was very good and the cocktails were good. That is where the positives end though. The place is remarkably small with only 2 unisex bathrooms. It had the look and feel of your local Starbucks. There were no linens or centerpieces. The chocolate cocktails were good and came quickly, as did the appetizers. The chocolate milk was very good but both my kids' drinks came in strangely shaped ceramic mugs (not kid-friendly). The food arrived within a reasonable time and was tasty. Much to my dismay, we never had a chance to eat the desserts for which this place is famous. We placed our order after finishing our meals and 45 minutes we still did not have the desserts we ordered. From the moment we were seated until we finally received our desserts (which I had wrapped up to-go) was 2 hours and 10 minutes. If we had determined to stay and eat the desserts, this meal would have certainly neared the 2.5 hour mark which is a little nuts given we had other plans for the evening. Our reservations were at 4:30 p.m. so we were hardly at the peak of dining time. I can only imagine the horror of a Saturday night in this place. I simply would not recommend this unless you have several hours to kill and a lot of patience. If you're looking for kid friendly with great dessert selections, I'd go to the Cheesecake Factory across the street. Our entire meal was well over $200 for 2 adults and 2 kids, and it really wasn't worth it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The restaurant was very crowded so we were packed in like sardines. Our waitress was super friendly and helpful, but we didn’t feel the food was worth the money. We loved the chocolate stout to drink and the kids liked their dessert. We were excited t go and expected more...

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent, service was terrible!!! Our food came out before our drinks and the server never brought us our appetizer, so requested they take it off the bill. We were running late for a show due to the service so no dessert (which was the whole reason we went) which disappointed the kids. I also had to ask for our check a few times. Again, the food was great just sad that everything else was so bad.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Fun place to celebrate my cousin’s birthday. Food was great. Service was slow at first but picked up. Cleanliness of the restaurant left something to be desired, especially in the restrooms.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Our waiter was amazing. Food came out promptly... prob because you got no food. For the money we paid per dish we didn’t receive the proper food amount. My daughter had a bday dinner and 7 girls all ordered chicken fingers and received 2 each. Not worth the money at all. We all left hungry and we ordered dessert. Will never recommend or go back. It’s a shame because we loved the restaurant and our waiter!

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·Dined 4 days ago

Max Brenner Philadelphia was great! They did being my date the wrong meal, but they fixed it. They accidentally charged us for both meals, but fixed that as well, so we were pleased. Our waitress was super friendly. The food and the chocolate was amazing. I recommend the fondue! The only issue is how tightly packed a lot of the two-person tables are. I wish I had more room.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

Amazing and delicious menu! Always one of my favorite Center City dining experiences!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

Neat atmosphere, food is really good, you have to get dessert when you go. Staff is always friendly.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, People Watching, Kid-friendly
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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was fair at best, but I didn't really expect that it would be great. Thought we were there for the chocolate. It was my 8 year olds birthday and I thought she would like it. Well she did!. As an adult even the chocolate was just , OK. I expected the dessert to at least be amazing. Even my 10 year rated it a 2 out of 10! I would only go back for a kids special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

It was a very good experience for me and my family. Planning the next dinner there now!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Food is delicious! Mac and cheese to die for! And the drinks are amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Took my wife out on a date night which is rare for us since we have 2 little ones at home. The food was delicious and service was great but the seating was a little too intimate with those around us. I can see myself going back but may sit at the bar on an off night the next time around.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything was okay accept this was my second time ordering a cheeseburger medium, and the second time it was burnt. Not acceptable for a place and prices like that in my opinion. Everything else was good, we had a good time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We were given a really weird seat in the corner almost on top of where they keep the booster seats. At first we were annoyed but then being that it was fight after v-day and the place was so crowded we decided that at least it was kind of private waaaaaay back there. The wings were delicious. We also got the s’mores dessert which was yummy. Also the cheesesteak waffle wasn’t too great but overall we were pleased. I had eaten here before but hubby hadn’t and saw a video about the desserts on YouTube so he wanted to come for his birthday. He wasn’t disappointed and he was still talking about the wings the next day! They need more entrees on the menu though. It was more limited for dinner than I expected. I have had lunch here before working downtown but never dinner.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined 5 days ago

It was awesome!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The hostess crammed us next to a huge group where we could barely get into our seats and were greeted with a bad attitude when asked to move tables. The food was overpriced and bland. The drinks weren’t worth it either. The only good part was dessert which is all I can recommend this place for.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The best desserts I’ve ever had

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Waiter was extremely excited. All around good! Food took awhile

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Love the chocolate drinks and desserts. Was able to get a nice meal as well.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Food is excellent. Service is excellent. Worth the two hour drive to go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 14, 2018

This has been the second time visiting this place and we loved it. The food is amazing. When eating dinner my recommendation would be to share a dessert because the amount would be easy to share. It’s delicious

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 13, 2018

We had such a good time as a family celebrating my wife's birthday. I had the Havana waffle it was to die for. We got several desserts and shared. Wonderful night.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Chocolate drinks and desserts were outstanding! Well worth the trip! Entrees were good, but definitely came for the chocolate. Server was very good, but food took extended time to be served with very few other patrons present. Chocolate drinks and desserts were slightly overpriced for their value. Food was very overpriced for the value. Overall, very good experience for a couple the day before Valentines’s Day.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

We really went for the chocolate. The food is a tad over priced for how simple it is, but the desserts and hot chocolate make up for it. We would recommend the Italian, marshmallow and Mexican.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I come here for one thing, and one thing only, the Brenner burger! Never disappoints. The cramped seating and putting up with several noisy tables of 6 guests behind us the whole time and the long wait for the 2 bathrooms is always worth it. Usually pop in here early evening to fuel up before hitting various local dance spots.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The food was amazing and our server was very nice. We ordered 5 desserts between just two of us and have no regrets. We will definitely be coming back

Tags: Cozy, Fun, Spicy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

While the food, drinks, and dessert was excellent, the service was spotty at best. We were greeted by one server named Cat, who was lovely. Then 10 minutes later while waiting for our drinks, another gentleman comes over and says he will be serving us and there was a "territory" battle. Had to start our ordering process all over again. He later told us that there was a "mishap" with the dessert drinks which was off-putting.

Additionally, there is only 2 single bathrooms for the entire restaurant which is far too few.

We didn't let this experience detract from our early V-day date. Would go back for drinks/dessert.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We were there Saturday for our granddaughter 16th birthday. Her and 6 of her friends sat at a high top and me, my husband and son sat at another table. The food was great, our waiter was awesome, very attentive. The kids had a great time as did we. Fun place. The burgers are excellent!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on February 10, 2018

If you love chcoclate martinis this is a must for you! The food was better on previous visits but still delicious!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 10, 2018

The quality of the food did not match the high prices, and we were charged full price for a regular coffee refill at brunch.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Great for desserts! try out their S'mores crepe and Chocolate Tiramisu! If you have a sweet tooth, this place is a must visit in Philly!

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Afternoon Tea, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The food, cocktails and dessert were great! My bf and I split the cheesesteak waffle sandwich - it’s a must!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Nothing special.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

We went after the Eagles Parade!! Food was good, but service was slow which was expected. Our waitress was terrible! It took 30 minutes for her to get our drinks after we ordered them. Once we had our food she never came back over. While we waited for her, we watched her walk in and out of the kitchen, hug and greet friends that came in the restaurant, and do everything and anything else to avoid checking in on us. Once we received the check, she was over quickly to run my card and return it and then never came back. After sitting for 10 minutes trying to get her attention, she finally looked over at our table and I had to flag her over. I asked her for change, for her tip because I prefer to give cash, and she had a huge attitude. She told me I could have asked anyone or went to the bar to get change. I did speak to the manager about her and when she saw me speaking to him, she ran away. I told her to come over, but clearly she knew she was wrong. As I was leaving, the manger walked over to speak with her.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Went after the super bowl parade incredible hot chocolate and delicious food. Service was fast and friendly

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Was really looking forward to celebrating my sons b-day. When we arrived the host said he didn’t have my reservation. After showing him my confirmation email he said he would seat us but we needed to split up. So we had three adults and 5 kids all around 10-14 in age. Instead of giving us two table close to each other they sat the kids all the way across the restaurant. Made no sense since there were two open tables next to mine the whole night. The waitress that waited on the kids made it known that she was aggravated that there was no adults at her table. I explained to her that I’m not sure why the host did that but I was not separating the kids since it was a birthday. After dealing w attitudes from the host and waitstaff and eating mediocre food I will not be returning. The dessert is the only thing that was worth it.

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