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Taps: 30 / Bottles: 92
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
718 South St
phone: (267) 909-8814
(Place added by: GeoffFromSJ on 07-04-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Brauhaus Schmitz is my dream come true. I anticipated that this place would have it all, and it does. The front doors open up completely to South Street and you will see a high ceiling, a long wooden bar and eclectic German wall hangings. Schmitz offers a great selection of beer, a wonderful traditional wood-laiden German beer hall look, and a large array of unbelievable German cuisine. Growing up with my mother and her family coming from the Father Country, I've been immersed in German culture and cuisine since I can remember. Brauhaus Schmitz offers authenticity and exceptional quality and presentation of the food and drink. If you enjoy German beer and cuisine, you will love this place. If you have never had German beer or cuisine, you need to visit this place as you will also love it. You can find cheese and meat platters, salads of sorts, and plenty of protein and carbs on the menu (wurst, schnitzel, spaetzle etc). Almost daily they offer specials in appetizers, entrees and desserts. The usual suspects are always on tap, and you'll be sure to run into MANY German beers you've never tried or heard of, in varying German styles. There is plenty of seating and some standing room. They have added a Brauer's Bund in the back to the right, which is a Brewer's Room, with a lovely flitch bar top and additional beer taps. Larger parties can reserve one of the two stammtisch (large tables) in either area of the restaurant. The service has been outstanding including highly knowledgable bartenders and friendly table service. I will continue to revisit Brauhaus Schmitz for the forseeable future.
10-11-2009 00:05:48 |
More by BeerForMuscle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Took the family downtown for some Christmas sites and stopped here for dinner.
At 5pm on a Wed. place was pretty empty.
Got a good booth watched a little soccer while listening to songs In German, pretty cool.
A nice beer listing but i thought it could and should be a bit better. Leans to wheat beers.
I did have a tall Jevers which was soft and mellow, and Schlenkerla Urbock.
My wife ordered a baked pretzel as an apptiezer and wienerschnitzell for dinner which got a big laugh from the kids.
It's a good place and would certainly go back again.
Ohh! and the barmaids are hot.
12-12-2010 15:32:55 |
More by micromaniac129
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Have gone here a few times with my girlfriend, the last being on New Year's Day. Setting is long beerhall with thick wooden tables and large booths. There is an illuminated copy of the Reinheitsgebot on one wall next to the bar. Waitresses wear dirndls in typical beerhall fashion. The German music playing in the background adds authenticity, but it's often too loud and makes conversation challenging.
Brauhaus Schmitz offers a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers available in a variety of sizes. I have gotten beer in a pint glass, a stein, and my favorite, a boot (Das Boot!). The last time I went I started my beer journey with a stein of Jever Pilsner and finished with a syrupy EKU 28. Both were memorable brews.
The food is traditional German fare, so a lot of sausages and meat, pickled fish and vegetables--all of which are surprisingly good! Some recommendations are the rollmops (pickled herring), the Obatzda cheese spread as appetizers. The laugenbrezel also comes highly recommmended, but we've never had it. The entrees are equally good with some of the ingredients, like sausages, being made in-house. The last time I went I had Schweinsbraten mit Dunkelbiersoße, which was roast pork served with a dark beer and mustard sauce. For desert, we shared an apple strudel and sample some schnapps from the Brauhaus's extensive offerings of this liquer.
Overall, prices are reasonable and waitstaff is helpful and eager to give recommendations. The food is great and they have changing specials. My only complaint, as I mentioned previously, was the music being too loud.
01-18-2011 03:35:46 |
More by tomthumbsblues
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
glad i finally got the chance to check this place out....i've been looking forward to it for a long time. for the most part, i was very impressed. the food was top notch, and honestly, the best german food i've had outside of germany. chef jeremy nolen definitely makes the best kartoffelsalat i've ever had. i could probably just sit at this place and eat thirty pounds of this stuff. the hausgemacht wurst is great too, and the schweinshaxe i had was perfect right before i hit the phillies game. the beer selection is pretty untouchable outside of the absence of weihenstepher hefeweizen and dunkelwiess, which should, in my opinion, always be available at any independent german beer hall, especially in this country. they did have weihenstephaner's lager and kristal beers, but those are my least favorites by them, and this would be my only disappointment with their beer selection. i'm sure with some rotating taps even more great beer will see it's day at this place.
as for the service, i can't really say much of anything that would be positive. our server was pretty slow, and for the most part, i felt like she didn't even recognize that we were there. the food was a bit slow coming out, which i don't mind, especially with such a good beer selection and of course, the food was worth the wait. our server dropped/spilled my bottle of wurtzburger dunkelweiss and she didn't even bother to ask me if i wanted a new, fresh bottle. i'm not one for being a pain in the ass, and there wasn't too much beer missing, but she could have at least asked if i wanted a new one, or given me something on the house to make up for it. when we were done and ready to leave i think she walked by our table five times before she bothered to look at us and realize we done and ready to go.
outside of the service, this place is awesome. while i certainly wouldn't take off points for things like the music or seating, i really wish there had been a more communal seating option, like at the beer halls in germany (which i absolutely love because you tend to met some really interesting people), and the music was either to low in volume, or just didn't give off a beer hall feel/vibe when i could hear it. i'm sure the size of the place prevents a few things, but maybe in the future.
08-30-2009 19:03:49 |
More by fishtownhxc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I wandered down to South Street for probably the first time in 5 years or so to check this place out. My flatmate and I were greeted by a carpenter's union guy handing out flyers hassling people. We ignored that dufus and went inside and had a wonderful time. Mhy weinerschnitzel sandwich was very very good, and the potato salad side was awesome. My non alcoholic flatmate even got an apple soda from Germany that was very good. I had a Franzikaner Wiezen and a Hofbrau Haus Dunkel, both of which were good and from clean lines. The restrooms were clean. Our sever was nice and helpful, and apologetic about the idiot outside with his flyers..all in all a place I am heading back to next week.
08-04-2009 22:20:19 |
More by BeerDetective
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Went to Brauhaus Schmitz for the first time last night. I'll be honest and say that I was impressed with the beers, but not so much with the food.
First the beers. With almost 20 beers on tap, mostly German or German style, there's something here for everyone. I started off with the Franzikaner Dunkle Weisse, which was both crisp and complex. Very drinkable. My wife enjoyed the Hefe--also quite good. I eventually moved on to the Kostrizer Schwarzbier with was fairly uneventful. Enjoyable, but nothing that I would write home about. Finally, I ended up with the Christmas Beer, which was both delicious and smooth. Had a nice closing of spice on the back of the tongue.
But the food is where this place falls apart for me. Started with a Laugenbrezel (pretzel) which was exactly what you'd want in a pretzel--and when combined with the house honey mustard was perfect. But at 3 bucks each seemed a bit overpriced. I had a Schweinsbraten mit DunkelbiersoSSe, described as Roast Pork rubbed with herbs and spices and served with a dark beer and mustard sauce. It was almost half fat. And the mustard sauce was bland and lacked any of the spicy flavor that mustard should have. Strange, because there were mustard seeds visible and crunchable--but no flavor.
My wife enjoyed the signature Hausgemachte Nurnberger Bratwurst and the pork, beef and cheese Kasewurst. The pork, beef and cheese was mild but more commercial than the housemade. But the Homemade Bratwurst was was tasty, with a strong caraway taste.
Would I go again? Definitely with a crowd. The tables and layout encourage seats of 6 or more while the serving staff have a good working knowledge of the beers. Would I go there to eat? Not again.
01-17-2010 19:59:10 |
More by gos42
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A great dining German beer hall experience with good food and a well rounded draft list of German beers make this place exceptional. An extensive list of bottled beers from all over the world(Belgium, Kenya, Japan, Italy, etc.) will surely accomodate anyone, but the great German beers(sorely missing from Philly beer scene) are the reason to go here. Nothing quite like some German bratwurst, sauerkraut and Kolsch beer. The wait staff was friendly and knowlegable about beer. High ceilings make the atmosphere light and airy alng with the giant arch doorway,
07-13-2009 04:31:23 |
More by dwaz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A brief visit to Philly brought me to the steps of Brauhaus Schmitz. I was there very early (5pm) for dinner. Nice atmosphere with German travel posters and the Rheinheitsgebot posted on one wall. A classy bier Halle! They also earn special marks for being a soccer pub. Although there were no Bayern pennants, they had an Eintracht Frankfurt and Philly Union scarves.
Immediately greeted and seated. Very attentive and knowledgeable waiter( despite being a St Pauli fan). Very impressive beer list with some beers exclusive in the US only at BS. Tried the Andorfer doublebockhefeweizen. Interesting and very good. Order the tasting course and tried the following:
Sauerkraut croquettes. - very good with speck / bacon mixed with emmentaler cheese and sauerkraut deep fried into delicious nuggets
Goulash - absolutely sensational . I would come back just for this dish alone.
Jäger schnitzel - pork steak coated and pan fried, spatula and asparagus. The pork was too filling (typical German food reaction) , the spatula were good the asparagus was very good and reminded me of my Mothers recipe.
Appel Strudel- a thick delicious wedge of flaky pastry and apples.
This was served with a draft Hacklberger Humorator. An amazing delicious bock bier . Loaded with malty goodness and an earthy, fruit taste that reminded me of figs. Loved it and only on draft in the US at BS.
Very good food, excellent beers, excellent service, nice atmosphere (although early) . I recommend it and will be back the next time I am in Philly.
06-14-2013 11:33:14 |
More by WunderLlama
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is a must go if you like beer. Excellent selection of drafts (majority german beers) with many various styles to appease everyone's taste. Bartenders are not only attentive but they know their stuff as well. No coors or bud even served at this place. If you ask, expect a glass of water....all in good humor, but there is a lot of truth said in jest. This place is the bees knees if you love beer. Stop reading this and just go now.
11-19-2013 02:35:34 |
More by danz2323
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Open, almost barn-like inside, wooden tables, great bar. If it's German beer you want, here's the place for it. 29 beers on tap & 90+ in bottles. mostly German with a few Belgian & German-style worked in, e.g. Left hand Oktoberfest. I had the Hofbrauhaus Traunstein Oktoberfest & the Paulaner Hell at the Oktoberfest yesterday - very good indeed. Service was attentive, quick and pleasant. Wurst is outstanding. Rollmops. Spatzle. Schnitzle all first rate & great sides available too. A great addition to the community and they throw a great party. The 5th annual Oktoberfest was a blast with over a ton of pork prepared and served.
09-22-2013 18:06:26 |
More by EBeckett3
Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA
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