BRU Craft & Wurst

4.7
105 reviews
$30 and under
German
Bru Craft & Wurst, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a German brewery and eatery. The restaurant features a laidback atmosphere with a garage door wall, full size bar with ample beers on tap and seasonal cocktails to quench your thirst.

Bru Craft & Wurst serves dinner Wednesday-Friday 4pm-close & Saturday & Sunday 1pm-close. Their menu offers a variety of starters, small plates, sandwiches and large plates.

Please keep in mind that we only allow a certain amount of reservations to keep room for our walk up customers. We want to do our best to welcome as many of you as we can!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 105 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1djraw
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good music, great service . What blew us away was the food. Monster burgers, Amazing wings and pretzel. We tweaked the Grilled cheese with bacon . Amazing !!! Good beer and mixed drinks . Mixed drinks are a little pricey . I can’t wait to go back . Big winner

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RachelC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience2

The wait staff was great but otherwise the food was subpar, it was extremely loud and the drinks were not good. The location of the restaurant is fantastic but there are so many better places in the area to go to. The staff was very kind and welcoming but it didn’t compensate for the loud atmosphere and bad food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Myself and boyfriend were kicked out right at 90 minutes halfway through a basketball game when no one else on the restaurant was being held to the same time limit. It was strictly because we wouldn’t make the waitress as much money as the larger groups. Completely rude when we planned ahead to watch a playoff game there and the city was to busy to watch the second half anywhere else.

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vipOAzulay
Philadelphia
98 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So much fun and amazing good service! It is all prepared to order and extremely good!

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vipTCROpTaRev
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mashed potatoes were outrageous....sausages and cheese curds.... burger was amazing. Great beer list and Kaitlyn our server was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great chicken sandwich!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No one waited on us for 20 minutes even though we had a reservation

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JuanC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good bar food and drinks in Center city, would recommend!

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vipRachelT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go to for a safe, casual night out with friends. Great outdoor and indoor atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!! Waiter was super personable and chill. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Waitress was espectacular.

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vipChristina
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and the outdoor seating with the fireplace created the perfect fun ambiance.

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RikNicole
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to meet up with friends! Be sure to save room for dessert - you can't go wrong with the bread pudding and fried Oreos.

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vipChristina
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken sandwich I’ve had in Philadelphia!! Service was great and very covid safe

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Chrissy
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really nice! We sat outside at the fire pit area. The drinks were really good and so was the food. Their wings are delicious and I love the homemade ranch for it!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!

DG
DGC1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Limited menu, needs more options.

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vipMichele
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor fire pit seating was awesome and spaced appropriately apart. Nice evening for a quick beer and sandwich.

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Cheyenne
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a little loud, but weirdly enough I have missed that during the pandemic so I'm not holding it against them at all. The beer was amazing, the food was fresh and delicious (and my leftovers heated up well). Would definitely come here again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cute place for a drink date and apps!

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vipVentnorose
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious meal! We liked it so much we came back a week later for more. Tried the sausage sampler this time - delicious! Portions generous, beer drinks good, everything was great!

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jmpach
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

VERY noisy inside, staff VERY helpful getting us sitting outside!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Small menu, but food was good. Huge beer selection. Long narrow space, so can feel cramped. Reserved a table for a party of 6, which worked out nicely. A little loud, so conversation was difficult. Service was prompt and friendly.

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vipAllan
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2016
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Stumbled upon BRU via OpenTable while looking for a place to grab a fast dinner pre-show at the Academy of Music. Decided to give it a try even as a substantial amount of reviews were not overly favorable (esp. if they didn't come from college-type crowd)
Unfortunately, the place didn't live up to what we expected.
To be fair - we were greeted courteously and seated promptly upon arrival. The table, however had some spills, I guess from previous clients. The spills were immediately taken care of upon notifying our server but one may argue that they shouldn't have been there to begin with.
The server was very friendly but a bit 'hurried'. Once we ordered our drinks and she was back for appetizer order (which was within 5-mins) I asked her if I could change my drink since I saw something on the menu I missed the 1st time . She apologized but said she can't do it since she 'already entered it into the system' (?!?! - )
The place is very loud! I would say it was probably 1/2, maybe slightly more filled and the noise was substantial (again, something that many other people also noticed in their reviews).
The food was just OK - not overly good, but nothing to be happy about. The best thing that we liked was a pretzel with smoked gouda cheese fondue on a side. Everything else was by all means eatable but just 'un-inspiring'. And when everything is said and done - its a sad thing that the best thing from a $75.00 meal (OK that includes 3 drinks and gratuities as well) is a $6.00 appetizer.
The place's web site clams to offer "a cartload of authentic German delicacies just off the boat from das Mutterland." I honestly do not think any self-respecting German from Mutterland would give Bru any high marks for these so-called 'German delicacies'.
So, most likely will not be back as the area has a huge number of many other places to sample from.
Don't like to write negative reviews but every so-often one just happens to be the right fare - and this one was IT

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Aapjeet
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. The manager was very friendly and considerate. They went to the closest shop to get us candles for the bday cake.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hospitable service! Potato pancakes and salad was delicious!!!

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vipDiningInDowningtown
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Lively atmosphere. Some people might like a quiet dining experience. If that's the case, you might want to find a different location. If you enjoy Wurst, Schnitzel and Spätzel, then this is your place. Some of the best sauerkraut I've ever had. My wife got the mussels and they were so savory. Be ready to speak up to be heard, but more importantly be ready for a great meal served by a very polite waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2016
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Maybe a good bar, but awful restaurant. Brats were good, but the other food was definitely NOT German (as advertised). Didn't anyone ever tell them that German potato salad is served WARM?! BRU's salad was cold and potatoes were not cooked through. The only really good thing (other than the wursts) was the Brussels sprouts. So...go to have drinks (if you don't want to talk to anyone - too loud), but do not plan on a good dinner. Much better bar food at other places.

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vipGrayClan
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location near City Hall and the Convention Center. Great list of authentic German beer and authentic German good. It does get a little loud later in the evening but overall a very good experience.

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vipJamesP
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered an appetizer and it never came. Ordered wurst plate. German potato salad was completely tasteless--like paste---and sauerkraut was nothing special at all. Way too noisy/could barely talk. Won't go back.

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vipNKroll
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Our experience may have been a typical, or just a busy Saturday night. We finally sat down 45 minutes after our reservation time, but once we did our server was friendly and fun and the food was good! We were seated at a table next to the rear exit, next to a large, loud party and watched people parade in and out of the back door between the bar next door and the restaurant. The front of the house seemed tame and would have more enjoyable four our party. We'd go back but maybe for lunch.

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mbphilly
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great selection of German beers - Hefeweizen and its maltier cousin Dunkelweiss being my favorites. The female wait staff are dressed in revealing outfits. It's as if someone crossed a German bierhall with a go-go bar, so it's a great choice for a guy's night out. The crowd is co-ed, however, so the place doesn't feel creepy; the atmosphere is upbeat and festive.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When I arrived ahead of time for my 1:00 PM reservation, I was told by the hostess that due to an event, they could not honor my reservation. There was no offer to let us wait, we were just simply turned away. I have been to this establishment before and do not plan to return. I understand that glitches happen, but am extremely offended at the way I was turned away. I feel that you have misused the Open Table website, and you certainly threw a wrench in my plans for the afternoon.

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CityDiner
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Really impressed with the variety of beers offered. Shared an appetizer and the Bru Platter. Really good sized portions, plenty to share. The wait staff were attentive and upbeat, even though the place was jammed. Bar area was very crowded and music loud, but if you're with a group you probably wouldn't notice. Looking for a fun date night? Check it out earlier in the evening then make your way to Monk's after.

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Joan
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went with a pre-theatre dinner crowd and had a great time. Seated and served promptly by a very friendly waitress. The food was good and the beer list quite extensive and interesting. The noise level was off the charts and did inhibit conversation but the place was vibrant! I'd go again.

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vipAmandaB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love coming here for the sandwiches and beers. Lots of German beers available.

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vipBear
Philadelphia
247 reviews
Dined on 18 December 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Go for the variety of beer, both on draft and in bottle. This place has just about everything on draft, from two Hefeweizen drafts to genuine Kolsch from Koln to the Hofbrauhaus Helles and Dunkel. The food is great because of what they offer. It may be average for a German Kneipe, but it is a great find in Center City. The place was packed mid afternoon. One caveat: the average age of the patrons is in the 20's, you would find older generations enjoying this place in Germany.

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Andy
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on 11 December 2015
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Great beer selection but the reservations were behind. The manager recovered but then sitting, the music was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation. Smoke from smokers outside wafted into the table. The food and service were very good but the atmosphere for a sit down dinner was not desirable (even for my college age kids)

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vipTwinsonamission
Atlantic City
24 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first dining experience at BRU - we went for lunch, it was perfect! Currywurst, kase spatzel and the doner kebab were delicious!! Also had some great beers to wash down our lunch! We will definitely return!!!!

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BRU Craft & Wurst is rated 4.7 stars by 105 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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