718 South St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1914739.942234 -75.154597
Neighborhoods: Washington Square West, Center City
Well worth a second visit – I was underwhelmed by Brauhaus Schmitz after my first visit much like the other reviewers here. I was spending on a budget and just stuck to the house bratwurst without any appetizers or dessert. I thought the sides were good, but the bratwurst is by far their worst wurst (heh) with too much spice and not enough flavor from the meat. If you're spending on a budget at Brauhaus Schmitz I think your best bet is to just order 2 sides and no entree, which I'm fairly certain is an option on their menu. I've never had a bad side there, and the spatzle, cucumber salad, braised cabbage, potato pancakes and apple sauce are all excellent. I don't even order apple sauce at most places, but it's so deliciously homemade here I would go out of my way to get it again.
So as for the entrees, my best advice would be to get what looks best to you regardless of price. Brauhaus Schmitz can get expensive but the high priced items are well worth it in terms of quality. Their knackwurst is excellent and the weiswurst is very good. The schweinshaxe was divine, and is well worth a destination trip alone. The delicious crunch of the crackling coupled with the succulent pork inside is a truly divine combination.
The beer menu is flat out awesome, and while I don't usually go for dessert, the sachertorte is so uniquely bitter and sweet I would gladly split it with anyone. The ambiance is something special and while the service can be a bit slow on a weekend, they are always extremely pleasant, helpful, and let's be honest, beautiful.
If you tried Brauhaus Schmitz once and left not all that impressed, I'd strongly recommend going back and making the commitment to experiencing more of their menu. I think you'll be glad that you did.
Have been a few times, it's in the neighborhood. Try as I might, can't get past the fact that the service is So Unbelievably SLOW. Servers wander around, plates seem to sputter out of the kitchen. Last time we went in for lunch, it was maybe 1/3rd full at best. Had to walk out after 45 minutes without seeing any food. Tables around us were murmuring the same thing. Sad they invested all that money on the room and do such a pitiful job of running the place.
sooo disappointing – My mom came to visit me in the city today and we decided to give Brauhaus a try for lunch. We can walk there and we have been meaning to try it since it opened. I ordered a sandwich with pork and sauerkraut, mom ordered potato pancakes, and my husband got the smoked trout sandwich. The pork on my sandwich looked very upappetizing from the jump so I decided to use a fork to get a taste. It was awful. Tried the sauerkraut and it was equally disgusting and I love sauerkraut so much I could eat it for breakfast. Before I could say anything, husband declared the trout sandwich inedible. My mom finished her potato pancakes but said it was because she was really hungry. I would never go there for anything other than beer.
german food with room to grow – The obatzda was bitter which means it was made days before,the onions make it bitter after one day.
My spaetzle although good lacked salt and I could not even finsh one third of it, my salad also delicious was much to much, the bowl was overflowing not very aesthetical
A Wiener Schnitzel covering half a plate is unheard of in Germany, remember everything is a little smaler there
Sausages were too big in diameter and in portion,
Rieker ( the butcher who apparently makes these sausages) makes a delicious Nuernberger and Muenchener bratwurst on a smaller scale.
I am not tempted anytime soon to eat a sausage there
A modern bi-level German bier hall. – An American ex-pat couple returns from the fatherland to open a modern bi-level German bier hall. If you like German beer and a lot of it, you’ll want to stretch your hops horizons with some of the 20 rotating German and local brews on tap or dive into the bottle list that numbers in the '80s. Sure, you could order a meat-and-cheese plate or a homemade bratwurst to satiate your hunger or you could just stick with filling up on items from the aforementioned beer list, which change weekly and sometimes daily. As a bonus they’re served in the rare liter glass by waitresses wearing traditional German garb and number among them some Bavarian offerings that are unheard of anywhere else in the city. Or you could sip on one of eight German and international wines by the glass and admire the exposed brick, polished wood, and oversized framed advertisements for German products. You’ll be in good company next to true craft beer devotees in their '30s and '40s and their parents who can’t resist re-experiencing the recipes their immigrant grandmothers used to cook.
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