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kenLOVES Byob, Philadelphia, PA

kenLOVES Byob

4.8
4.8
185 Reviews
$30 and under
American
WE HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED OUR BUSINESS MODEL. WE ARE NOW DOING 6-COURSE PREFIX MENUS CHANGING WEEKLY. PLEASE MAKE A RESERVATION BY EMAILING kenlovesreservations@gmail.com INCLUDE YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER, AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, AND REQUESTED TIME/DATE IN THE EMAIL. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE kenlovesbyob.com OR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA @kenlovesbyob FOR WEEKLY MENUS AND MORE INFORMATION.

Small, casual and cozy byob in Northern Liberties. Owned by Chef Paul Zelinsky. Everything is made in house from scratch with fresh and seasonal ingredients resulting in an ever evolving menu.


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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (267) 788-3781
  • Payment options
    Cash Only
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Paul Zelinsky
  • Private party facilities
    We do private events! Rent the entire space for up to 25 people. Create a custom menu or let Chef surprise you!

What 185 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

185 Reviews
  1. MarcO

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paul is an amazing chef with great food. The restaurant is small, but boisterous and is a fun atmosphere. A great BYOB in NoLibs!

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  2. RebeccaF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family and I went to KenLoves BYOB for Christmas Eve 7 fishes special. This was an incredible experience. The food is incredible, perfect sized portions and super innovative. You're greeted by Chef Paul who takes you through the menu and the history of the dishes and it's like you're instantly part of the family. It was intimate but also private and I had easily the best food in Philadelphia. Hidden gem in Northern Liberties that everyone needs to frequent. It's a dining experience that makes you feel warm, inclusive, and above all FULL. Did I mention it's BYOB??? I'm lucky to live in the neighborhood!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fresh and amazing! The owner/Chef Paul is outgoing and engaging with the guests and his cooking is top notch. Limited seating so be sure to book while you can.

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  4. KerstinH

    Chicago

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve had some great food at Ken’s, but this past time, the cacio y Pepe was way too peppery. The peanut butter corn cake with the veal was overly done and dry. Ultimately we were all disappointed.

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  5. JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    110 reviews

    5.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    NONE of this is negative! This is a very small place. The kitchen is in one corner of the room. The server handles the entire restaurant. The owner/chef is visible and willing to discuss the preparation of your dish if you're interested. It's a fun experience. It is not a white tablecloth stuffy place. THE FOOD is fantastic! Blackboard menu changes daily. We shared mussles in pumpkin beer as an app For mains we split the catfish etouffee and the brussel sprouts Plenty of food for two. All really tasty BYO & cash. Highly recommended.

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  6. DavidJ

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    If KL were located in Rittenhouse Sq or the suburbs somewhere, the place would be mobbed. But, it is not. And I say, "So what!" The food is superb. The quantities are ample. The ambience is a struggling OK. And that's the (meaningless) problem. So, what do you go to a restaurant for? The food? OR The outfits on the customers seated next to you? Wise up, folks, most people dress like fashionable slobs anyway. It's the food. And KL won't disappoint you.

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  7. LeynaB

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff was amazing!! Great service overall. The chef especially made us feel very welcome and included within the whole dining experience. Definitely coming back.

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  8. VfromMainz

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was eclectic and delicious, the service was impeccable and the staff were very friendly. Would highly recommend the place.

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  9. TheGrun

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I maintain that KenLove’s BYO is THE BEST BYO in Northern Liberties, if not the best overall restaurant! This particular evening Paulie wowed with his pop-up taco Tuesday. Perfectly crafted tacos, quesadillas, and desserts! If only we can talk him into doing this every week!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Have a great time and meal whenever we go. Tonight was no exception. Can wait to go back. Do yourself a favor and have the frog legs.

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  11. KaitlinK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an incredible evening! The food was delicious, Paul is not only a talented chef but an awesome person. It felt like we were dining at a friend’s house. Taryn took great care of us as well. We tried most of the menu (had a party of 6) and each dish was better than the last. Would highly recommend and we will certainly be coming back.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wowww. We’ve been living in northern liberties for 3 years now and we’ve somehow failed to go into Ken Loves until last night. The food was absolutely amazing. They had a handful of really unique dishes. My boyfriend and I literally couldn’t believe we had been missing out all this time. The vibe is very cute and fun (mostly due to the chef). He had great music going all night and would be singing along. He really fuels the energy in that place. Service isn’t super quick since there’s only one chef and server, but it didn’t matter to us. We were able to relax and enjoy the byob and good vibes. Definitely recommend!!!!!

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  13. NewToPhillyExplorer

    New York City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    I seriously am stunned I will be one of the few people to give this place a bad review. I think I might have gone on a night that the chef/owner didn’t give a crap about customers. Walked into grunge/emo music being blasted and the chef singing along. And I mean stomping, yelling, banging singing along. His energy was… manic. Very manic. W/e, your place, you chose the vibe but you have to back it up with great service and food. Not the case. We were later in the evening and one of under five remaining tables but the large plates for two people took 45+ minutes to come out. The chef and waitress, the only two people working, also just left for 10-15 minutes after we ordered. Clearly weren’t preparing or cooking. The food itself was poorly cooked. The pork chop was incredibly salty and the fettuccine noodles in the bolognese were over cooked. We ate cause we were hungry and it was late, but couldn’t wait to get out of there. And the staff seemed to feel the same about us. It’s a shame b/c we went out of our way to grab cash ahead of time since it’s cash only. And you’ll throw down $50+ a person. But it feels lousy to have been excited to go to a place and have such a weird experience with aloof, manic staff. It has left a bad feeling in my head and stomach.

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  14. Celeste

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an awesome girls night at KenLoves - food was delicious and creative. The frog legs are a must try and the whole fish with delicious potatoes was a fun take on fish and chips. For having only one person cooking and one person serving the quality was unbelievable and the service was prompt and friendly. Paulie and Dan took great care of us and we can't wait to go back.

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  15. EdwinW

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good meal. Always a great time. We’re groupies from the burbs.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and polite service

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  17. Vasya

    New York City

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food and great service. This is our favorite place in the neighborhood. See you again soon.

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  18. josephp

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As stated previously, this is the best BYO restaurant in Phila. Paul is an amazing chef, and he is both hospitable and hysterical. Go for an amazing meal, be prepared to sing out loud, and make sure you bring your favorite libations.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, chef and owner Paul was so much fun and so welcoming, food cooked right there in an open kitchen, lots of singing, fresh ingredients, generally a fantastic experience.

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  20. JohnF

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun time with flavorful dishes!

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  21. CheriK

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service! Will be coming back for sure.

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  22. JoeC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Inventive, original, rotating menu in an intimate space and good service!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always incredible food! Always a great time because Paulie (chef/owner) and Brittney create a fun atmosphere. Bring friends and share some incredible culinary creations! Our favorite restaurant!

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  24. Oana

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    little neighborhood restaurant, delicious food, fun ambience

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  25. Nomphilly

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great BBQ popup experience! Looking forward to others.

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  26. Bill

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is some of the best I've had and the atmosphere is even better. The husband and wife proprietors work as chef and hostess/waitress for this small 10 or so table top restaurant. They both took time to say hello and make sure we enjoyed the meal It's a rotating menu so if you see something you like don't wait to make a reservation.

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  27. HbgDiver

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    For a Saturday night, sorry to say, the place was empty. The food, though well prepared, was EXTREMELY over salted and we pointed that out to the chef. He was gracious about it. I wish them well and hope they make it in a very competitive market.

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  28. Haley

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was awesome! The people were so nice too. I really loved chatting with our waitress and the chef. Got to try some new things. I only wish my bolognese came with veggies on the side. Not that I'm complaining tho- it was really good bolognese lol.

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  29. TheGrun

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Favorite restaurant in all of Philadelphia! Just dined for pop-up Taco Tuesday and it was INCREDIBLE!! The pork tacos and Mac N’ Cheese changed my life! Can’t wait for our next trip to KenLove’s!!

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  30. TheresaC

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Best meal any of us have had in quite sometime. Loved the Escargot, Tomato Salad, Half Roast Chicken, New York Strip Steak and the Catfish. All were flavorful and prepared perfectly. Really delicious

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  31. JohnF

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very enjoyable evening, good food and pleasant interactions with chef/owner and server

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  32. Nomphilly

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome experience!

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  33. robertm

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Terrific experience. Great food selection and varied menu. Tried some new items - Bronzino fish and chips, watermelon salad (super yum), tomato bisque (wow!). Must try if you love well made food!

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  34. Oana

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    amazing!! we had a great time and we will be back !

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  35. JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience. Food is delicious, service is knowledgeable and attentive, and sitting outside on a beautiful evening makes everything perfect!!

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  36. Alicia

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was an absolutely fantastic experience. The people working there were an absolute pleasure and the food was divine. The ever-changing menu is very refreshing and a sign of a wonderful, evolving restaurant. I would 10/10 recommend this to anyone looking for an individualized, spectacular dining experience.

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  37. WesL

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food is solid, not mind blowing. Have the frog legs!

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  38. ChristinaH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    couple that runs the restaurant (chef and waitress) are amazing - super warm and welcoming !

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  39. SteveO

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great spot, and a BYOB so you get a very nice value.

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  40. ProfLangues

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I've been to KenLOVESByob many times, which speaks volumes. It's always exceptional - cuisine, service, friendly ambiance. Chef Paul is so creative (and entertaining) while Brittney provides impeccable service and menu knowledge.

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kenLOVES Byob is rated 4.8 stars by 185 OpenTable diners.

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701 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123-2903

Additional information

  • Cross street
    3rd and fairmount
  • Neighborhood
    Center City
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    Cash Only
  • Executive chef
    Paul Zelinsky
  • Phone number
    (267) 788-3781
  • Private party facilities
    We do private events! Rent the entire space for up to 25 people. Create a custom menu or let Chef surprise you!
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