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kenLOVES Byob, Philadelphia, PA

kenLOVES Byob

4.8
4.8
150 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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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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 150 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia

    Best Service

  • Philadelphia

    Best Value

  • Philadelphia

    Fit for Foodies

  • Philadelphia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Philadelphia

    American

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  1. JR

    JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  2. A

    Alicia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.

  3. WL

    WesL

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

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

  4. 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 !

  5. SO

    SteveO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. JP

    JackPhilly

    Philadelphia

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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.....

  12. 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:)

  13. Q

    Quiggles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious, and the service was wonderful.

  14. JR

    JRCynwyd

    Philadelphia

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 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!!

  15. 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

  16. EG

    EdwardG

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. R

    Reid

    Philadelphia

    101 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    101 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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 !

  25. 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.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Can’t beat the food and Paul & Brittney treat you like family. Great pricing and BYOB. What are you waiting for? Eat at KenLoves!!

  27. n

    noellec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time coming here, first time sitting indoors. Immediately welcomed in by the chef as soon as we got there. The service is such a breath of fresh air. The atmosphere is cozy and elegant. So happy this is in our neighborhood. It's more than just a dinner out it is a full experience of atmosphere, service, food, creativity and connection. Absolutely ADORE this place.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in NoLibs hands down! Great service, great food

  29. j

    josephp

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best BYO in Philadelphia. The food is outstanding, service is first-rate, dining room is comfortable and great for a date: if you don't feel like home when you go here, it will be an anomaly.

  30. h

    herbertf

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent service great food will definitely return

  31. j

    johnt

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    It was like going to a friends for dinner. Brittany was GREAT and food fabulous

  32. EH

    ElizabethH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food, service and experience. A wonderful neighborhood gem!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always phenomenal!! Our favorite restaurant in the city

  34. BP

    BrklyntoPhilly

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic and fun! Holiday spirits were super high last night. We will all be back. It was even fun watching holiday party at another table. We tried lots of different things and loved them all. Frog legs were super special but also so was the corn bread with it. Each little component of a dish has zip. We ate outside (omicron--bah humbug!) and they set us with a second heater and came out and chatted with us. Excellent food, excellent service...and, joy to the world, not pretentious...and definitely no Big Dining conglomerate vibes. I would give it more stars if I could.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing. Music was popping. Server was super friendly and knowledgeable. Chef was dope.

  36. GS

    GaryS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place! Paul at the stove station is the man with a plan for a bunch of hugely creative and delicious dishes one better than the next. Just as welcome, Paul adds some very solid vocal chops to the great tunes always going at kenlovesbyb.

  37. IP

    ImranP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great overall

  38. LR

    LeslieR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This place is UNREAL! It is very unassuming but you will have one of your absolutes favorite meals! Very unique and creative dishes and you truly feel like you are a part of the family while you are here. This is a hidden gem and you will not be disappointed!

  39. SM

    StaceyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    Excellent menu for varying palates. Unique spin on traditional dishes. It's amazing how well one chef can cook so many items and get them out in a timely manner. Food was outstanding except the brine on the pork chop was to salty and came through in the dish. We had the octopus, sardines, Brussels sprouts, frig legs and bone marrow for apps. they were all very good. The pasta, fish and chips and steak were fabulous. Small place with no more then 10-11 tables. Would highly recommend and looking forward to returning.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot, top notch service, food, and staff. The food was really well prepared with unique dishes. Def recommend!

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kenLOVES Byob is rated 4.8 stars by 150 OpenTable diners.

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

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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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