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kenLOVES Byob

4.7
4.7
71 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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Booked 3 times today
  • 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

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What 71 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

100% of people would recommend it to a friend

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Philadelphia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Philadelphia

    American

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  1. MM

    MichaelM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wife and husband running a lovely local spot. It’s elevated food in a fun atmosphere without the pretense. Come hear the chef/owner sing along to a great play list while his wife is tending to the tables. To say this is a great neighborhood joint is almost to down play how good the food is. Try it - I promise you’ll leave happy.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is one of the best neighborhood BYO’s for sure. The food was perfectly done and the local atmosphere is the best.

  3. LY

    LizzyY

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was so good! Frogs legs were out of this world, and my steak was cooked perfect! Love the open kitchen and get staff! Can't wait to go again :-)

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and overall experience.

  5. EG

    EdwardG

    Philadelphia

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Fantastic food with great service. A neighborhood gem with friendly and caring owners.

  6. U

    Ulti

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We arrived at the restaurant and were immediately acknowledged and seated, I mention this because Brittany hostess/server was beautifully handling a busy Saturday night. She was cheerful, helpful, and informed us about the menu. She gave recommendations that were spot on.I ordered the frog legs( recommendation by Brittany) and they were crispy without being over cooked, in a sauce that begged to be lopped up with the cornbread that came with the dish. My husband had the monkfish ravioli that was delectable- all pasta is made in house and is superb! Our entree choices were hanger steak and corzetti. When it arrived we didn’t know what a treat we were in for. The hanger steak was ordered at medium and was prepared perfectly. It came with bok-choy and shitaki mushrooms. The flavor of the steak was so good and flavorful- charred slightly smoky on the outside with a balanced seasoning throughout the meat. My corzetti arrived with a sauce that was unique and managed to marry a sweet and savory flavor that had me trying to lick the plate. The dish was layered with flavors of jalapeño and shishto peppers that gave it a slight kick. Chef Paul and Lisa are truly gifted and you feel how much they enjoy creating these dishes and flavors. As they are cooking they sing and dance when they hear a song they like but don’t let that fool you! Nothing leaves that kitchen without them making sure the flavors are perfect and the plating beautiful. They are mentoring Shawn who is their sous chef and committed to his craft. This group is a true pleasure to be around and they manage their restaurant with grace, love and integrity. Make a reservation now because this place will soon be a restaurant that is going to be a destination that people are raving about! We will definitely be back!

  7. BR

    BrittaneyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food best atmosphere!! Hands down just the best restaurant I have been to in a long time! Will definitely be back

  8. j

    josephp

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best BYO in the city. Paul has serious skills and his staff delivers with every plate. Get out of the house and make a reservation here. Do it, now!

  9. SO

    ScottO

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food!! I'm going again. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Diverse and authentic menu; great service and overall dining experience.

  11. B

    Bres

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We truly enjoyed our first visit to kenLOVES. We set outside. It is a BYOB so we brought a couple of bottles of wine. The place is really small inside with a few tables so we really enjoyed being outside and had great weather. The menu is always different and is recited to you by the Chef's wife who waited on us (no menues). My husband had the bolgnese which he thought was amazing and I had the Spanish Mackeral served over yummy crispy potato wedges, also delicious. We started with a spicy tomatoes bread dish with anchovies ( they prepared on the side for my non-seafood eating husband). We will definitely go back!!!

  12. RW

    RWT1

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Attentive service. Imaginative flavor combinations that work.

  13. E

    Etma

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is perfect. Incredible food, so full of flavor. The menu changes sometimes so you can try new things. Chef Paul is so fun to watch. Great pricing too because it’s BYOB

  14. S

    Sean

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely amazing food and staff! Hard not to get one of everything on the menu.

  15. GG

    GGINNETTI

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food excellent service definitely going back!

  16. YH

    YeeHaw

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Music was a little random, loud rap music in this place seemed a little odd. Sent steak back because it was a little undercooked and got it back the same way I originally sent it back for. But the food was tasty and like the small byob vibe. Will give it another try.

  17. TA

    TheoA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely interesting, innovative and delicious food. I have every intention of going back to try more of their menu.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food great people! Very welcoming!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous, innovative dishes.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Terrible food and service! Waited 40 minutes for food. Which really didn’t taste well at all.

  21. BP

    BPAX

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    What a pleasure to be back at KenLoves BYOB and be treated to Chef Pauly's cooking. It did not disappoint! For starters, the PEI mussels were some of the best I've had and I eat alot of mussels! The sauce had just the right amount of bite...perfect for dipping the grilled bread. The homemade purple potato pierogies were also really good. For the entrees, I had the papardelle with veal bolognese and my husband had the skirt steak and both were excellent. We shared the chocolate cake with peanut butter mousse which is one of my favorites desserts...not too sweet with just the right balance of chocolate and peanut butter. If you haven't given KenLoves a chance, I encourage you to do so!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best food in northern liberties!!!

  23. JC

    JacqueC

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had the fish. It was cooked perfectly. My husband and I are from the neighborhood and wanted to go somewhere nice for our anniversary This restaurant was just what we needed. Small and just enough.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Perfect date night spot. Atmosphere is great, staff is friendly and very accommodating. Would def recommend!

  25. MB

    MicahB

    Philadelphia

    454 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    454 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Loved it as Jaxon. Same chef, now the owner. The restaurant hasn't lost a step. An underrated Philly byob gem. The Hanger steak and arctic char were superb. As was the strawberry galette dessert. Friendly service. Nice outdoor table with a heater, although also bustling indoors now. We'll certainly be back soon.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was great! Service was good. Some music in the dining area would've been nice. Overall it was very enjoyable

  27. w

    wenz

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food and extraordinary service!

  28. JP

    JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at this tiny BYOB. We will definitely return. We sat outside on a pleasant evening so then noise from motorcycles was a bit annoying but the food made up for it. They start you with toasted bread with butter--mouthwatering. Then salmon pastrami salad--just order it -- do not ask questions. Then the chef's take on sauce Bolognese over pappardelle -- forget the red kind, this is heaven. And last the perfectly prepared Spanish Mackerel -- crispy skin and moist flesh. Add perfect service and it's a winner! BYO too.

  29. j

    josephp

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Paul continues to amaze with delicious food. This is a neighborhood gem, a great BYO, and a must-visit for anyone fed up with standard fare.

  30. BL

    BusinessLunch

    Philadelphia

    85 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    85 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Slightly different menu and a bit more complicated dishes from his Jaxson days, but still incredible food in a great space with excellent casual service.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Everything was delicious - no misses. Service was friendly and great. Brittany is up front and husband Peter does the cooking.

  32. P

    Patricia

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    This chef is a genius. The way he marries flavors and the risks he takes combining ingredients that you would never imagine working. And it does! A gem in our neighborhood. And we look forward to him working his magic again and again!

  33. TN

    TaylorNicole17

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was fantastic! Came for the Valentine's tasting menu and was blown away!!! The staff was super fun and friendly and the food was so well put together. Highly recommend!

  34. L

    Listo

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Girlfriend had a great time. Enjoyed the tasting menu and vibes.

  35. RR

    RR83

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting fixed menu options for Valentine's Day Weekend -- grilled octopus, escargots, lobster pasta, filet of beef and salmon. All were excellent and service and spacing of tables was perfect. Great BYO location and atmosphere, will definitely be back.

  36. AC

    AlexC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My favorite restaurant in the city! I've never had a bad anything from here. Great food and great people, highly recommend.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Intimate, friendly experience. the staff was energetic and really made the experience fun. it’s a small space, only like 6 tables and pretty close together so keep that in mind when deciding to make a reservation during COVID.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I LOVE this restaurant it’s such a hidden gem in northern liberties. The food is amazing, different, and the byob option is so nice. The staff is so attentive and they did an excellent job with covid precautions. The energy was so positive I can’t wait to go back!

  39. KL

    KenLoves

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    The frog legs were excellent, but they mains we're way too salty. Well past the point of enjoyable.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and staff were extremely friendly. Highly recommend and will be back.

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kenLOVES Byob is rated 4.7 stars by 71 OpenTable diners

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Booked 3 times today
Google Map for kenLOVES Byob

701 N 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19123-2903

  • 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

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Zelinsky

  • Entertainment

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