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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

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (68)
Fun (66)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2012

Food was very good, very creative. Was a bit dark and music was a bit too loud making conversation sometimes hard to have. service was very good other than having to ask for napkins on several occasions.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2012

Food is good (not outstanding but better than average). Hot chocolate drinks are very good. Desserts are great... We will be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2012

My husband and I went there with our two children (10 y/o and 4 y/o). The dinner food was very good, the chocolate martini was delicious, but we would have liked some side options for the kids meals (i.e., carrots, applesauce or broccoli) and the chocolate desserts we ordered were just okay.

For dessert, we ordered the pizza, as it came recommended by the server, but we were not thrilled with the flavor of the bread, which was the base of the pizza, or the melted chocolate on top. Since the dessert descriptions on the menu are so playful, we recommend Max Brenner showing pictures of the various options in order to fully understand what it is that you are ordering, so the customer expectations are met. Not sure if we will go back...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 24, 2012

I was a bit apprehensive about dining here after some of the other reviews I read about the food. My husband and I took our two kids (ages 3 and 2) and their great-grandmother for dinner after seeing Alice in Wonderland in town. We had a great time and the food and desserts were wonderful. The Brenner burger was perfect (and huge), the steak panini was also delicious and very generous. The kids had a peanut butter and banana sandwich with a huge bowl of melted chocolate to dip in... they loved it. Onion rings and wings for appetizers were the best of each that I've had in awhile. Dessert was also great.... but that is what they are known for!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2012

Amazing desserts! Outstanding service, and great food. Drinks are also just as good. Definitely recommend this place for people who like good food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 23, 2012

My parents came from out of town and I wanted to have a special birthday lunch at some place different, not too fancy but still nice and with a diverse menu. Somewhat the idea of Marathon but not overwhelmingly loud or packed like that place can be and this place was perfect! The food was incredible and not to mention the desserts because obvious the chocolate was amazing for this chocolate lover! The restaurant was not crowded when we went which was nice but even if it was you can tell that it would still feel comfortable and not like you are on top of the tables next to you. Also if you're sitting next to the window great for people watching in that area. I definitely plan on going there again.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2012

My girlfriend and I went on a monday night, because we knew it would be a bit quieter than normal. We were seated and served immediately, and the food was brought out quickly, and not too hot, like it was cooked then thrown under a heat light. Nothing was over done, and the waitress explained the details of each order, and then, she left us to ourselves. It was a wonderful time, and we told our friends about the wonderful time we had.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2012

Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays is great. Dessert is yummy as well !

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 18, 2012

I am a chocoholic and I LOVE Max Brenner's !!! It's my new favorite restaurant !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 17, 2012

Was amazing. My kids canot wait to go back and neither can I!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 16, 2012

Everything was great, thanks for the meal

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 14, 2012

we have been here twice.both times it was very noisy. But this last time there was a group of 14 people. The accoustics are so bad we almost left before the food came. It was not an enjoyable experence and we will not be back. the food was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 13, 2012

This place is a must-go for any chocolate or dessert lovers! They go above and beyond with their menu selections, making it hard to narrow your choice down to one or two desserts. The decor and music also makes this experience romantic for a date and fun if you are with a group.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2012

It felt way too overcrowded. Ive been there during lunch time and it was never as loud and dark as it was this past time. I couldnt hear anyone at my table and i could barely see them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 10, 2012

A great place for a date. Located in a great area with other destinations close by. Delicious food for a sweet tooth - or for savory options as well!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Definitely enjoyed Max Brenner! I've been there before just for dessert, but decided to do dinner with some friends for a change, and the food was still great! I enjoyed the skirt steak and mushroom quesadilla and wasn't disappointed :)

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 9, 2012

Great Dessert! Huge portion with the PB Sundae!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 8, 2012

Although I've patronized the restaurant many times, this experience was very bad and embarrassing because I had taken a friend from out-of-town for a special treat after a Kimmel Center concert.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

Food was delicious but wish it wasn't so noisy/crowded...

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

I had the berry waffle... and it was like i had died and gone to heaven... it was the perfect balance of sweet, fresh, and CHOCOLATE. I loved it.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 3, 2012

This place is just Fun with a capital "F." We went to celebrate, and MB didn't let us down. The kids had a ball and the adults liked the food. Roasting marshmallows and bananas over our personal fire at the end of the meal was priceless. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 2, 2012

4 girls on their own celebrating a Sweet Sixteen birthday. Loved it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2012

My favorite restaurant in the city - truly!

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 25, 2012

The food was fabulous. Great choices and presentation were unique and fun. I would recommend this place to anyone it has a great atmosphere. One down fall seating is tight and tables are small not good for sampling some food. Prices are very reasonable! My new favorite place to eat :)

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 21, 2012

Took my best friend here for her birthday. Our dinners (I had a cheeseburger, she had the salmon) were absolutely delicious and we ate every bite despite saying we would only eat half. The desserts were phenomenal -- I ordered the banana split waffle at my waiter's suggestion and enjoyed every last bite. I also tried my friend's hazelnut crepe, and it was chocolate heaven. (totally ordering that next time!)

Can't wait to return -- I'm already organizing a trip back! :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 20, 2012

Max Brenner's was a FANTASTIC experience. Staff were helpful and attentive, food was delicious, and the atmosphere so much fun!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2012

The Staff really needs to have some customer service training. The women working the gift shop section was extremely unfriendly to everyone in the shop. The waitress was not very pleasant. This is a place where customer service should be their main focus. A specialty restaurant like this should be a place where everyone is happy. I will not go back and I have posted on my facebook that the staff at this place is unfriendly.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 19, 2012

Grate for dessert, beautiful presentation

Tags: Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 19, 2012

Max Brenner is a dessert spot more than anything else. They have an extremely limited menu, but then again, they really market themselves as dessert and chocolate driven before lunch or dinner prominent anyway. My suggestion would be to have lunch/dinner at some other restaurant, or even at home then make your way to Max Brenner for a chill ambiance with excellent dessert options.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2012

The food was phenomenal! We couldn't have ended our weekend getaway with a better find! So happy to have had the chance to visit Max Brenner's during our trip to Philly! Wish there were more restaurants along the east coast!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 19, 2012

Excellent food for chocolate lovers. The samplers and the hot chocolate are delicious. However, the tables are too small and cramped together.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 18, 2012

We were running late due to traffic and parking. The restaurant held our reservation and seated us within 5 minuets of our arrival on a busy Saturday nite. We deeply appreciate the attention and understanding that the Max Brenner staff showed us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Chocolate paradise. I love this place. My only request is that there was more space between tables. All of our food couldn't fit on our table either.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2012

We were a group of adults with one child. They were very accomodating to the child. Food was good, cafe-style food. Service was good although I had to twist their arm a bit to seat us before the entire party had arrived. Clearly the highlight was the chocolate based drinks and food, all of which were very good. The place was crowded and noisy. But I would go there again for the right occasion.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 18, 2012

Food was pricey for small portions and below average taste.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2012

Our experience at Max Brenner was amazing! As a group we ordered many appetizers, entrees and desserts and loved every last bit!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 17, 2012

HORRIBLE meal. HORRIBLE... Salmon with blackened sesame seeds was so dry that you could barely get a knife through it. Dipping each dried out piece into the provided sauce did nothing to make it palatable. Accompanying vegetables couldn't have been more than about 1/3 cup of overcooked mush. This was so terrible. Never again.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 16, 2012

I'll always continue to come back that's for sure. I love the food and desserts. The drinks need improvement I ordered the alcoholic peach lemonade. First, it tasted like pure lemon juice I couldn't taste peach nor alcohol, it was impossible to drink! Second, my friend got a beer and she wanted a glass to pour it in because they Only have bottles and they brought her a juice glass! There water glasses were bigger! As far as the service I've had two different service experiences here. Either the server is nowhere to find her when you need her or the hover over you so much you don't have privacy. But if you love chocolate or good food this is the place to go!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 16, 2012

My family had a wonderful time, the service was good and the kids were happy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 15, 2012

went just for dessert - Dessert and drinks tasted great, were a bit pricey but the girlfriend loved it. will be back

Tags: Romantic
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