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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

service

4.2

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4.0

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3.7

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Kid-friendly (91)
Fun (87)
Good for Birthdays (80)
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Casual (74)
Comfort Food (68)
Good for a Date (64)
Special Occasion (61)
Creative Cuisine (52)
Great for Lunch (52)
Pre/post Theatre (44)
Good for Groups (33)
Great for Brunch (30)
Worth the Drive (30)
Cozy (28)
Sunday Lunch (27)
Afternoon Coffee (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Good for Anniversaries (20)
Tasting Menu (20)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Hot Spot (17)
Quick Bite (17)
Romantic (17)
Authentic (16)
People Watching (14)
Afternoon Tea (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Happy Hour (10)
Bar Seating (8)
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Seasonal (7)
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·Dined 14 hours ago

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

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·Dined 2 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 3 days ago

The best desserts I’ve ever had

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·Dined 4 days ago

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

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 5 days ago

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 7 days ago

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 11, 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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·Dined on February 11, 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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·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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·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 10, 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 10, 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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·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 8, 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I came to Max Brenner's with four other families. When I was seated I naturally requested a table with the other families. The hostess had a major problem with that because we were all in one server's section and it wasn't fair to the other servers. After a lot of conversations we eventually got most, but not all, families close. I really hate spending money at places that have rules. The restaurant eventually filled up within 30 minutes of our arrival time so all of the servers would have been taken care of. Not only that, but it seemed like were given attitude by our waitress after the seating issue. The restaurant didn't seem to care about what we as customers wanted at all. First and last time I will go to this restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 7, 2018

I was a server for years and if I treated my customers the way these servers treated us I would have been fired on the spot. Rude, unaccommodating, I would even go as far as to say hostile.

The Manager seemed unable to help us (a large group in an empty restaurant when we arrived) for fear of “upsetting” his servers.

Time for new staff me thinks. The food was fantastic. Kudos to the kitchen.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Made a lunch reservation for my boyfriend's birthday with our kids. Service was incredibly slow. Or waiter seemed very overwhelmed with his 3-4 tables and kept asking us about and telling us about the dinner menu. Ordered the kids' food as soon as we got there and beers for us. Kids were starving and it took at least 20-25 minutes to get pancakes and mac and cheese. Beers came after the kids' food. My water glass was dirty and never got a new water (had to ask for it half way though the meal). We split a burger and cobb salad. Burger was good, salad was mediocre. Dessert was excellent (obviously) and then it took about 20-25 minutes to get our bill even though we asked twice. Birthday candle with a chocolate came after the bill arrived - clearly they forgot even though I put it in the reservation. Certainly not running back just for dessert.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Casual, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Great Calif. Burger! Had a fun time with friends the night before super bowl.

Tags: Comfort Food
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

I really disliked the seating. I reserved a table for two but did not realize that we’d be placed in the middle of multiple tables which were inches away. The food was good and the waiters were very nice. The seating is just way too close.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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·Dined on February 3, 2018

The seating was too close together. Very small tables, noisy but the service was great and food was very good. The menu was limited for meals. Great dessert menu.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Disappointing. Food was fair. Little things like having to ask for small plates for appetizers and the shared fondue dessert. Really it probably is just a good place to grab dessert, a drink or hot chocolate.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always have a good time when we dine at Max Brenner. The tables are way too close together and trying to enjoy an anniversary while only being able to hear your neighbors conversations is difficult. That did take away from the experience. Drinks and food are always good and our server, Casey H, was great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It was for a birthday. We included that information on the reservation and it was not acknowledged by the staff.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 2, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants, always great food and great service!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 28, 2018

My experience was horrible. I made reservations for 2 on a Sunday at 1:00pm and the restaurant had more empty tables than taken ones when I arrived. I asked the hostess and the waitress if we can move to a different table because we were cold from the opening door. They both said that all the tables are reserved. Of course no one was seated at any of the tables we asked to move to even as we left. The food runner gave us our food and I asked for a straw and water from her and she rolled her eyes. Of course the food wasn’t cooked right but we figured because of the poor service we should just eat what they gave us. I was disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Disappointed by the service but the food was amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great dessert and service. Very tight seating.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I was very disappointed. The food was absolutely terrible. There wasn't much of a selection and the food was still really bad. My husband's burger was so soggy that the bottom bun fell apart, my kids' macaroni and cheese was tasteless and watery. My other son's pizza was gross, it was a little bit of sauce and cheese on a wrap. And my salad was drenched with so much dressing that it was hard to eat, and I like a lot of dressing. These are items that are pretty hard to mess up and they still managed. They are known for their chocolate drinks and desserts and even those were terrible. Save your money and go somewhere else.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

In theater district, quick meals, wonderful smoothies. Known for chocolate concoctions of happy food. Still nourishing items. Medium priced.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Disappointed in our food and dessert. Will not be returning. Over rated.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The menu was amazing. Every item we ordered was delicious. Best desserts in town.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We tried Max Brenner for the first time during restaurant week. Overall, we all had a great experience. Everyone liked the food that they ordered which is saying something because we had a couple picky eaters with us. The dessert menu is so vast and everything sounds so good, it makes for a really tough decision on what to order, but you can take comfort in the fact that there probably isn't a wrong choice. We had four different desserts and they were all great.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly
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