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kenLOVES Byob, Philadelphia, PA

kenLOVES Byob

4.6
4.6
166 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

IF YOU RESERVE AN OUTDOOR TABLE IT IS WEATHER PERMITTING. WE CAN NOT GUARANTEE AN INDOOR TABLE IF THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL. THIS IS DUE TO LIMITED SEATING BECAUSE OF COVID AND OUR ALREADY SMALL SPACE. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU SOON!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 922-2621

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Zelinsky

What 166 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Philadelphia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Philadelphia

    Healthy

  • Philadelphia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Philadelphia

    Romantic

  • Philadelphia

    American

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  1. JF

    JohnF

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun time with flavorful dishes!
  2. CK

    CheriK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! Will be coming back for sure.
  3. JC

    JoeC

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive, original, rotating menu in an intimate space and good service!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  5. O

    Oana

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    little neighborhood restaurant, delicious food, fun ambience
  6. FA

    FaithA

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great BBQ popup experience! Looking forward to others.
  7. B

    Bill

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  8. HD

    HbgDiver

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    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.
  9. H

    Haley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    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.
  10. TG

    TheGrun

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!!
  11. TC

    TheresaC

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    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
  12. JF

    JohnF

    Philadelphia

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very enjoyable evening, good food and pleasant interactions with chef/owner and server
  13. FA

    FaithA

    Philadelphia

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome experience!
  14. r

    robertm

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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!
  15. O

    Oana

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    amazing!! we had a great time and we will be back !
  16. JR

    JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Food is delicious, service is knowledgeable and attentive, and sitting outside on a beautiful evening makes everything perfect!!
  17. A

    Alicia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  18. WL

    WesL

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is solid, not mind blowing. Have the frog legs!
  19. CH

    ChristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    couple that runs the restaurant (chef and waitress) are amazing - super warm and welcoming !
  20. SO

    SteveO

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great spot, and a BYOB so you get a very nice value.
  21. PL

    ProfLangues

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The service was excellent! We sat outside and the waitress was very attentive and friendly. We both just felt the food was meh. Nothing special and no amazing flavors in anything we ordered. We got the frog legs-which I thought were salty and not worth the price. The corn pizza was very good and the mussels and sushi dish we got were just good-nothing special. I was expecting much more flavors after reading the great reviews from others.
  23. JP

    JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Two couples. First, the toast to start is PERFECT! We shared the "bruschetta" app on the same toast--also great. They shared the caesar salad--massive we shared the hamachi crudo on seaweed. Great flavor but a bit too spicy for one person. Each couple shared the "fish & chips" a whole branzino served on roast potatoes. Absolutely excellent and worth the deboning. Dessert was one berries in custard for the table--plenty for all. Britany is a delight as hostess/server.
  24. HB

    HollyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every time I go to kenLOVES Byob the food is impeccable and I leave feeling like family. Hands-down one of my Philly staples!
  25. KP

    KristenP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great little corner restaurant in a fun area of the city. Plan ahead for parking and be ready for a very intimate experience learning the menu of the day. They truly seem to LOVE what they are creating and the items our party of 4 chose did not dissappoint. Would highly recommend!
  26. O

    Ogard

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely delicious! First time there and will go back more. Look forward to trying some of the other menu items. While my blackened catfish fantastic, my fondest memory is of the frog legs with the cornbread and Jezebel sauce. Could eat that every day. The only issue was it was too loud to hear my partner well. I'm not saying to turn the music down (which was fun), it's that there were very lively groups dining there (including a birthday party) and everyone was loud. That said, how do I get the cornbread recipe.....
  27. AS

    AlisonS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, intimate/personal setting and great singing/dancing skills by the chef:)
  28. Q

    Quiggles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious, and the service was wonderful.
  29. JR

    JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Always a winner. The menu is creative and delicious. The service is caring and attentive. KenLOVES is always on our radar screen, and we are so glad to be back!!
  30. GB

    GinaB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The meal was excellent but the hospitality was just as great. Be back soon
  31. EG

    EdwardG

    Philadelphia

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Might be the best kept restaurant secret in Philadelphia. Small neighborhood restaurant that serves amazing dishes. Owners are always incredibly friendly and accommodating. Located in Northern Liberties bring friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy a great meal.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I took my boyfriend here for a birthday diner date to kick off his bday weekend and I didn’t expect such a small dining room. Although it is a tight space the food is excellent. The chef definitely cooks with love. Our server, Brittany was quick, sweet, and detailed. An enjoyable experience overall
  33. AS

    AlexS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best!!! Service is amazing and it's such a great environment.
  34. EW

    EdwinW

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a memorable evening of energy, good food, and great conversation. Can’t wait to go back! Paul and Brittany rock.
  35. j

    josephp

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have eaten at KenLOVES several times and each time, it is phenomenal. Paul is incredibly talented and turning out some of the best plates in Philadelphia. The dining room is cozy, the vide is fun and the service is stellar. With vaccination restrictions easing, treat yourself to this experience.
  36. R

    Reid

    Philadelphia

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful small place with excellent food and service. A bit noisy and loud music was distracting but they immediately turned it down when we asked, which RARELY happens, right? We had the chicken liver mouse and octopus small plates and the Veal Bolognese large plate. Menu changes often, but everything was well prepared and delicious so I'd have confidence in whatever is on the menu.
  37. B

    Bull

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. My recommendation take a Uber/lift. Only parking is on the street.
  38. I

    Igraine

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best new BYOB in Philly! There were 6 of us for dinner so we had an opportunity to taste much of the menu and EVERYTHING was delicious!! Paul, the chef and his partner, Brittany we're just so warm and gracious. They took great care of us. The restaurant is small so the ambiance is intimate. Chef is right there cooking so it almost feels like being in someone's home. We all are excited to return and take family and friends!
  39. TS

    ThomasS

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is a neighborhood Gem ! Great gourmet food , good prices , BYOB with the most friendly and entertaining staff !
  40. H

    Halloweenbride82

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What can I say - date night in the city was a rip roaring success. Food, service and ambience where exactly what we were looking for. Paul, the owner/chef was entertaining, singing and dancing his way through his open kitchen as he prepared dinners with fresh ingredients. The "fish and chips", a whole bronzino cooked over the open flame on the stove, served with fingerling potatoes and pickled veggies was wonderful. The home made garganelli pasta with veal bolognese was delicious as well. This neighborhood gem, located in Northern Liberties at 3rd and Fairmount, is well worth the search for a parking space. It is small - I would recommend reservations for weekends.

FAQs

kenLOVES Byob is rated 4.6 stars by 166 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Google Map for kenLOVES Byob

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

Additional information

  • Cross street

    3rd and fairmount

  • Neighborhood

    Northern Liberties

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Zelinsky

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