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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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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (89)
Fun (78)
Good for Birthdays (76)
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Casual (59)
Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (58)
Comfort Food (57)
Great for Lunch (50)
Creative Cuisine (44)
Pre/post Theatre (43)
Good for Groups (31)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (26)
Cozy (25)
Afternoon Coffee (24)
Great for Brunch (24)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Authentic (18)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Romantic (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Quick Bite (16)
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People Watching (14)
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Bar Seating (8)
Happy Hour (8)
Business Meals (7)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The hot chocolate is the best I have ever had in the United States. We had the Mexican spice hot chocolate and the chocolate and cream both very good an unique. Great for cold weather. We had salmon fir lunch well prepared good portion. I had waffle cheese steak sandwich which is again unique tasting. I recommend for a fun cold afternoon.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

The hostess was very rude and was unwilling to accommodate our group of 9 together and the restaurant was empty through our stay!!!!!! The waitress was awesome and polite. The food was excellent for lunch.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Food was amazing! Jimmy, our server was the best! We wanted chocolate but we were too full to get any. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is probably my first review on a food site. This is not my first time going to MB and it has quickly become a favorite of mines in the city. The service was fast, the food was exactly what we wanted, and the scene was relaxed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The place smelled of delicious chocolate! This was my first time eating in and the food was good.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great experience. Food is delicious and our waitress was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food was good but very disappointed that our request to add someone to our reservation could not be met. We basically were sat at a cocktail table for dinner. Overbooking and squeezing your patron in like sardines does not make me want to rush back. This is the third time I've been squeezed in with other patrons on top of us. No fun! Andnsince when can a 3 top not able to become a 4 top with 2 hour notice?

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My boyfriend and I went for an early New Year’s Eve dinner. It was just ok. Our server was great, but I ordered $16 Mac and cheese and had to send it back because it was so dry and basically just noodles baked with breadcrumbs on top. The 2nd batch was better but not great. He got a burger, and the 5 waffle fries he got, were delicious, no complaint there, but a little stingy with the fries. We also ordered the classic fondue.... strawberries were not ripe, the banana was overly ripe and too mushy, the cookie pieces were stale and dried out. The peanut butter hot chocolate was the best part, I would have been happy with just getting that and the waffle fries. I’ve heard great things about this place, but wasn’t overly impressed and probably won’t return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Our food was great. Our drinks were yummy if a bit pricy. Our table for 5 was crowded. Our area was cold at our feet and hot in our faces. I forgot my CC and they called me right away! Because I was in open table so that was great!!!

Tags: Vegan, Fun, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great experience with the family at Max Brenner! Our 3 year old daughter loved the food and especially the dessert. Would certainly recommend to anyone with children for a fun and delicious outing!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had been gifted tickets to the Nutcracker for the last performance for the year so we went to our favorite with our daughter. Food was good and desserts were excellent as usual. Only downfall was the tea. Although it was loose tea and in a very cool pot dispenser, the tea was extremely bitter ..... very hard to drink bitter. When we told the waitress she said she knew about it and offered cream or milk ...... sorry not good. Avoid the tea!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great! Our server was super nice! Kyle if you’re reading this that table of teenage girls who finished their food in less than 15 minutes think you’re cute.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really disappointed. I've eaten here before and loved the food, however this time when my boyfriend and I were celebrating a special occasion I was very disappointed. We were originally seated, and then later asked to move to a different table to accommodate for a large group that was being seated. We ended up in a crowded, very large area where we could barely hear each other talk. It was below freezing out and the hostesses did nothing about guests leaving all the doors wide open so it was horribly drafty and when we complained nothing was done. We were all dressed up to celebrate our anniversary and spent the whole night bundled up in our winter coats. Our entree was delicious but our server took our plates before we were done and when our chocolate fondue came for dessert it got even worse. An open flame was provided to roast the two marshmallows our dessert with which is a nice idea but entirely unnecessary. With the wind and drafts hitting our table it was actually verY hazardous and we had to have a waiter come put it out with much difficulty. Next time I plan on spending $100 on a meal, I will take my money somewhere else.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

While I had made a reservation we did not have to wait long before we were seated, but I do know others who, without a reservation, have been asked to wait up to 2 hours for a table. The great thing about the restaurant is that while it’s theme is obviously anything chocolate related, they also offered a regular food menu that was just as equally drool worthy. Although, our waitress seemed stressed and was a little rude on a few occasions throughout the evening and the restaurant was full which is probably why the noise level was almost to its max. Overall, the food was amazing. If you’re a foodie or a chocolate lover, you’ll love it here. We will definitely be back, Max Brenner!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing food and decadent desserts!!!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Doesn't live up to the hype. Horrible service and unwelcoming hostess.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

My family of 5 had reservations for Max Brenner for my son's 12th birthday. The food is delicious especially if you are a chocolate lover. Our waitress was outstanding. My only negative is we were seated by the door and it was FREEZING!!!!!! They need to put an extra heater near the door in the winter. Something needs to be done. It was very uncomfortable.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Sadly, this place was a bust. It began with water being brought to the table with floaties inside it and the dessert menu being sticky. The subpar experience continued with a ten minute wait time to use the ONE unisex bathroom they have. Positives include the server who was very friendly and energetic. The highlight of the meal was the urban s’mores dessert, but for $20+ it seemed way overpriced for what you got. All and all I wouldn’t recommend and don’t plan to return.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The hostesses were the worst . If you you like eye rolling then this is the place to go. Was told we we would be seated shortly for our 1pm reservation but watched other parties arrive and sit prior to us. Finally asked to speak to a manager who said he apologizes and will see what’s going on. The manager was in a complete daze. There where so many available tables but we were told that they could not seat 3 people at the available tables of 4. Guess what during our meal they sat parties of 2sand 3s at those tables. Waited over 40 minutes to be seated for our 1pm reservation.There need to be better training of hostesses and manager. You would think the manger would of stopped by our table but he did not. Not planning on going there again definitely not worth it.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We ordered our drinks with our meal and they all came after the food arrived and after asking about them twice. After the wait, the hot chocolate was lukewarm, at best.

Food was good, but very expensive for such poor service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Good food and service.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 28, 2017

This is a place to have a hot chocolate and/or fondue for dessert. The rest of the menu and ambiance is average. Unfortunately, the host personnel came across as highly arrogant both when addressing our reservation request and when we arrived at the restaurant which diminished an otherwise overall pleasant experience.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

We went based on a friend's recommendation. Very disappointed. I didn't mind that the menu offerings were simple but simple food should be good. The cheesesteak waffle had no flavor and the waffle was underdone. The "s'mores concoction" was just a mess of cloyingly sweet blandness. Waitress was nice but overwhelmed. Had to ask for plates and silverware for the appetizer.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

While our waitress and the hostesses where spectacular, I probably ordered all the wrong stuff.
They sat us next to the window which was a great view but it was so cold because there was about a half an inch crack on the doors that the cold air blew right threw.
They need to update.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very crowded and the service was incredibly slow. Dinner food not that great but the desserts were wonderful!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

My six year old daughter and I Went to “the chocolate restaurant” before going to a ballet at the Academy of music. It was super close to the theater, which was very nice. It smells so sweet and cozy as soon as we went in the doors, and we had fun with the intense chocolate experience. We shared a flatbread pizza, and had a lot of fun with the “urban S’mores.” It was bright, loud, sweet, crowded and fun.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server, Daysia, was great. We made a reservation and they seated us at the table closest to the door where everyone waits. It was FREEZING. (20 degrees outside). The food came fast but we waited 25 minutes for our fondue dessert. Others around us received food way faster. Between the frigid temperature at our table and the length of time to get dessert, we wouldn't return. Also, we wanted to buy a chocolate souvenir to bring to family but no one would come and take our money in the little store attached to the restaurant. A server ignored us as we asked him if there was anyone who could help us, and the hostess told us someone would be over shortly. After we waited 10 minutes, along with another woman who wanted to purchase several items, and no one came, we had to leave to get to the theater. What a shame!

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I get that it was the day after Christmas and maybe they were understaffed but it took way too long to get anything and a table for three barely fit two plates. Everyone was packed in like sardines and our waitress had way too many tables to even ask how we were doing or refill our glasses. For what we got, it should not have taken us over 1.5 hours to get served and eat. Also our fondue's lighted candle to roast marshmallows could seriously set something on fire. Everyone around us were scared for us but again no waitress around to have it taken away. I'd think twice before coming here again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Rude, slow, and not willing too accommodate. I will not be going back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 26, 2017

It was okay. Menu looked smaller than we remember and the price is a tad high. But we did enjoy our desserts and wings. We kept it pretty basic for this day

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Everything was wonderful except the bathrooms which were a disgrace.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

We went on Christmas Eve to have something fun to do and it was awesome. Dishes were unique and delicious. Looking forward to going back.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Fun
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was not good at all this Day, however the service was great reservations really are the best way to go.

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

I loved that I was able to make a reservation and not have a “wait”. The ambiance was nice, the customer service was impeccable and the food was excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Took grandkids for dinner after going to Nutcracker. Kids and adults enjoyed all the chocolate options to eat and drink!

Tags: Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Service very slow dirty tables very dirty bathrooms hostess very rude food less thenexpected tpok to long had to ask for spoons knives fprks spoons napkinswaitress nerver appered to see if we needef anything had to find her very epensive npt worth the money but my biggest point wad the incleanlineds of the restaurant and bathrooms very sad .

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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was excellent. Dessert was to die for. Try the chocolate martini! It was casual, friendly and festive. Can't wait to go back. It was rather expensive. Lunch with dessert for three came to $120 with tip but was worth it.

Tags: Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

I was at this restaurant a few times prior, only thing I would recommend is the blonde girl at the reception desk. Almost left due to rudeness bad first impression as you enter!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

First time at MB and won't be our last. Went with intentions of having the greatest chocolatey dessert but we were to full after eating. The hot chocolates were to die for and the "hug mugs" made drinking a hot chocolate even more fun!

Tags: Casual, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

This was our first trip, and certainly not out last. I was shocked, even with reservation how quickly we were seated (immediately) and food service was expedited. We didn't know anything about the menu and our waiter took the time to explain everything and walk us through our options. We certainly had a fabulous meal with their take on the Cuban sandwich. We shared an entry and the Sharable Fondue. My wife got the chocolate martini which was to die for. The chili aoli was fantastic on the burger as well as the fries. I look forward to hearing back again!

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