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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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4.2

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4.3

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4.1

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3.8

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (64)
Kid-friendly (63)
Good for Birthdays (59)
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Good for a Date (57)
Special Occasion (49)
Casual (43)
Comfort Food (43)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Great for Lunch (30)
Pre/post Theatre (30)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Good for Groups (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Romantic (21)
Afternoon Coffee (19)
Cozy (19)
Hot Spot (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Late-night Find (15)
Sunday Lunch (13)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Authentic (12)
Quick Bite (12)
Seasonal (9)
Bar Seating (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
People Watching (7)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Healthy (3)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Lively crowd - place was packed but we still got great service, good food, really fun place! Very much recommend. We'll come back if we get the chance again.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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·Dined 2 days ago

I was excited to try this place. I took my mom here for your bday, she is a HUGE chocolate and dessert lover. Overall, I was really disappointed with the desserts. We got a waffle dish and the Supreme cake & icecream. The waffle was stale tasting and the cake was small and dry. Mostly whip cream. Not a very rich flavor to anything, more of a junky quantity over quality type. I do not plan on returning.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

This was my second time here, and I was not disappointed. The food itself is delicious and creative...me and my 13 yo split a chicken cheesesteak on a waffle with a roasted red pepper mayo. It was delicious! The hot chocolate is better than any I’ve had elsewhere...my husband got the peanut butter hot chocolate and I got the melted marshmallow hot chocolate. For dessert my daughter got the 80’s milkshake, and she loved it. So many desserts to choose from...next time I come here I’m going to eat less food so I can have one! The service was great, and the restaurant itself is really cute with a little store so you can buy some of their yummy chocolate!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

I am here several times a year.

Met a friend for lunch today, both had cheeseburgers & they were juicy & delicious.
Cooked perfectly.

our waitress was wonderful, made me Russian dressing for salad....she was adorable & very nice.

We'll be back soon....one of the best places in my neighborhood

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Max Brenner's is a fun place to eat brunch, lunch and/or dinner. It can be noisy if packed to capacity. It's a very small venue with seating capacity of only 110 people, best to make a reservation. There are creative cocktails, wine & beer available along with the most delicious ice cream concoctions in the city. Kids meals are served very creatively & when celebrating a birthday, fireworks happen! It's magical!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Great Beer, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Afternoon Tea, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was a neat experience for my daughter. It's more of a novelty, but it's very cool from a kids perspective. Loved the Mexican spiced hot chocolate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fun place if you like all things chocolate. Great for kids or before a show. Very noisy and busy but fun overall.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Fun
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

There was actually 10 of us, 6 kids and 4 adults. When I initially called for reservations for a party of 10, I was told that the earliest they could get us in was at 11:45 PM. So we thought it would be best to book a table for the kids and a table for the adults. It was my twin nephews 14th birthday so it would’ve been nice if we could all sit together but we felt this was the only way we’d be able to get in at a reasonable time of night. When we got to the restaurant, we told the hostess what we did and why. She was very accommodating and actually put together a table so all 10 of us could sit together, which really made our night! The waiter was also very friendly and patient! Drinks, food and desserts were all delicious as well.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing like every time , this has been my fifth visit now .flew all the way from Miami for their waffle cheese steak and waffle fries . This was time I had the pleasure of enjoying their Oreo hot chocolate absolutely amazing .

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Overall, the dining experience was good!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

I was initially very excited to go to Max Brenner, but was immediately disappointed when I arrived. There were multiple tables of unattended teenagers and young children who were all very very loud. Our table was dirty, the utensils, plates, and everything we were served was either dirty or a bit sloppy, and the food was very average. Overall, I don't think I would return.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The desserts were decadent and beautiful. My friends had the hot chocolate (a variety) in the custom huggable mug. I had the chocolate cake with the 3 sample sides of ice cream, chocolate shot and shake. It was amazing!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great chocolate pizza and classic fondue! Cappuccino and milkshakes were great! Awesome birthday lunch for my teen!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Service was extremely slow. The plates were piping hot and all of the food was cold. The hot chocolate was mediocre. The quesadillas barely had any contents inside so it was like eating tortilla shells with lettuce and sauce on top. The potatoes that came with the eggs were stale and not fresh. We ordered 7 dishes and all were cold and subpar! The seating was very close with little room.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious hot chocolate. Was in sticker shock for lunch for my family! Although I haven't taken them out to the city to eat before so maybe im just used to suburb prices!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Max Brenner's was a fun experience. The food was really good and it was nice to be able to have brunch available on the weekend. The attention to detail and plating was exceptional. The chocolate was amazing. The 4 of us shared the waffle sampler, we loved the chocolate hazelnut the best and the fondue was simply delicious. The chocolate was so smooth and creamy and the dipping choices were great. We liked the fact that you could toast a marshmallow at the table and then dip into your choice of 2 chocolates, milk, white, or dark. Yum! I would suggest that you plan your meal accordingly and either share an entree, since they are pretty large or plan to eat dessert. Its too much with both.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Great food, a little pricey, but definitely worth the price! I wish I wasn't as full so I could have ordered more foods and desserts!!!! Awesome!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Food was okay - nothing special. Waffles weren't good - soggy and undercooked. Staff wasn't very accommodating when we asked to change party size from 9 to 10 guests even though there were plenty of empty seats/tables. I'm in no hurry to return.

Tags: Casual
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This was my second visit because my son and I had such a great time the first time. Unfortunately, had this been my first time, I would never go back. It was quite dirty, old used fork on the floor, the table had not been wiped down, sugar packets opened in the holder, and we were there when it first opened. We had to ask for napkins and utensils 3 times. Sad to say that at the prices we paid, we won't go back.

Tags: Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Super fun menu - Chocolate everything! Crepes and waffles were fantastic.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great desserts! The Chocolate martini is also a must if you drink.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

My daughter’s 22nd birthday. She loves all things chocolate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

I took my grandchildren because it seemed like a place they would enjoy. Our server, Alicia, was excellent. I would recommend this place with some caveats. Food was good but not exceptional. The hot chocolate was barely lukewarm. The kids really enjoyed their chocolate syringes. One important note: the restrooms were very inadequate for the number of people. There were only 2 and the line was 10 deep. For a place that caters to children, this was unacceptable. We waited about 20 minutes to get into the restroom. So, it is a fun place to take the kids but make sure you don’t arrive needing a restroom any time soon.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service and food! This is one of our staples when we are in Philly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Romantic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Made reservations for our daughters sweet 16 birthday. We were staying in town and going to a show. The staff was very accommodating and helpful from taking the reservation for a large party to being ready for us when we arrived. The food was very good whether the girls wanted dinner or just a very tasty chocolate desert. Thank you Max Brenner for helping to make it a special night.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Casual
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a great waiter & the food was awesome! Such a fun spot :)

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great experience but very limited bathroom facilities.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Always a great place to end the night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great place to take the kids on a day off from school. Avoid on wknds unless on off hours. Adult food is surprisingly good- had a delicious butternut squash salad. Also, chocolate.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Wasn’t very kid friendly, which surprised me. Food was not very good. Seemed pretentious for a casual restaurant. Disappointing

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing vibe and the food was really good

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fun Place, we just went for dessert before the show. Yummy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Had to push back our reservation slightly and they still quickly accommodated our party of 6. Ordered the Brenner Burger, classic burger, Mac and cheese Burger and 2 kids meals. The kids meals came with a syringe of sauce which was very cute and well plated. All of the burgers were really good! Dessert was the Fondue, half a fully loaded pizza and Ice cream Sunday. All very good! The cookie base of the pizza could be done differently. Overall really fun and really good food!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 18, 2017

If you're a chocolate lover, Max Brenner is the restaurant to visit! Yum!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great food, server was nice, but food came out very slow - dessert took so long to come out after ordering that we had to cancel the order so we didn’t miss our plans.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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 on November 12, 2017

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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