kenLOVES Byob

4.8
59 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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Etma
Philadelphia
9 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

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vipSean
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GGINNETTI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service definitely going back!

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YeeHaw
Philadelphia
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.

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TheoA
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great people! Very welcoming!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, innovative dishes.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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vipBPAX
Philadelphia
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in northern liberties!!!

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JacqueC
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

MB
vipMicahB
Philadelphia
450 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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wenz
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and extraordinary service!

JP
vipJackPhilly
Philadelphia
59 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.

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vipjosephp
Philadelphia
15 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.

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vipBusinessLunch
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on February 27, 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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Patricia
Philadelphia
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!

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vipTaylorNicole17
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 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!

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Listo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipRR83
Philadelphia
15 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.

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AlexC
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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!

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KenLoves
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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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vipgolden25
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly chef and staff! Great food and ambiance. I’ll be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ken Love’s is, in a word, AMAZING!!! The overall experience was phenomenal from the delicious food to the hyper attentive service and welcoming atmosphere. We did outdoor seating and with two heat lamps by our table it was quite cozy. We will absolutely be returning again and again! The vibe is casual yet the experience is elevated well beyond that because of the high caliber menu and service!!

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KellyH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a cold night, but the heat lamps worked! We were not miserable outside! And the food was incredible! Paul, the owner, is the friendliest guy we know! Everything we tasted was delicious.

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vipGreggL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The former home of JAXON is now reflagged and its brilliant chef is now the owner. At risk of hyperbole, the food is simply amazing and this place remains my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia.

I try to eat at KenLOVES BYOB as often as possible; the menu has a relatively small (but varied) number of items but it changes frequently and I don't want to miss trying anything offered! Beyond the beautiful presentation of each plate, the flavor profiles of the dishes never cease to amaze. Flavors that I'd never think of mixing, the chef manages to harmonize in ways that delight. As a BYOB, one can have a five star meal at a very reasonable cost. Try it - you won't be disappointed!

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The first time we were here, around Halloween, it was Fantastic. I mean really, really fantastic. The time not so much. The duck that was so perfectly done, tender inside with a crisp skin the first time around, was tepid, tough and over cooked. The pasta was kinda bland. These are super tough times for any restaurant, and we will be back to s

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vipLaurenP
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect outdoor dining experience here, even when the weather app said “feels like 36 degrees” - the heat lamps work! Service was impeccable and food was excellent. Perfect for a BYO night out/escape from the house!!

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Tony
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my fav place in NL. Old owner and new owner. Great restaurant!!

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KarleyK
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want to experience dinning at its finest, check it out!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was good but heavy and rich which is not what we eat on a regular dining night. The staff were very nice and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very personal cooking and dining experience. The food was unbelievable!

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vipPhillyfoodie
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and people as always. This is our neighborhood restaurant and could not be happier. The menu is always changing but the quality remains constant. Even the bread and salted butter is mouth watering good.

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vipSaraT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about our meal, cannot beat an incredible dining experience & BYOB! We will be back!

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kenLOVES Byob is rated 4.8 stars by 59 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 reservations at the moment.