Lovin' Oven

4.6
66 reviews
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$30 and under
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Farm-to-table
The Lovin Oven is a Farm to Table style restaurant nestled in the curves of the Delaware River in Frenchtown, NJ. The Oven serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch in an old converted manufacturing warehouse.

Our menu features delicious offering for everyone, including extensive vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

The kitchen prepares meals that we would share at our own tables, food that nourishes your soul and brings people together. We believe Food Is Love.
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EF
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Menu friendly to vegetarians and those looking for gluten-free. I had the eggplant meatballs and they were wonderful.

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HK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners at Lovin' Oven. Our entrees were delicious pork tenderloin and chicken and broccoli. Our salads were so good and fresh. The service was excellent and we loved the choice of music playing. Because we are trying to cut down on sweets, we didn't have desserts, but we will go back to try the most tempting choices offered.

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KF
Atlantic City
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went for dinner. It was good, just not great or anything special. My daughter & I had fish tacos, my husband, the pork. Everything was a flat good. I wouldn’t drive the 40 mins again, as I have “good” close to home.

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TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great place with both vegan and traditional offerings. Great dessert! Would have liked the $25 steak filet to be a teeny bit larger..oh and it's BYOB which I didn't know.

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LL
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ken, our server was excellent .. My brother and his wife reserved another table for Valentines day .. the chocolate carmel tart is INSANE.. so good

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting menu with choices for any diet. Food was well prepared, tasty and plentiful. Service was very good.

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BG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great choices for new year's prix fix menu, also a nice place to come for a healthy weekend lunch.

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DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Continually great food. Seasonal recipes always tasty.

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JX
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I enjoyed my burger but thought it was pricey since I was not particularly interested in the mash potato side. French fries did not appear to be an option.

I’d go back and recommend to a friend!

Also, not sure why I didn’t get my points for my OpenTable App and there is no way to contact OpenTable except possibly through this review.

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LM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always, great food ! A hidden gem.

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R
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's always good, you can't go wrong here.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Lacked execution of food preparation. Salad had some slimy greens in it, the fish tacos lacked seasoning, the tortillas were not cooked, tasted a bit raw. Our sever was not very personable, water glass not refilled. A little more attention to detail could have made a big difference.

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S
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a great find for dinner!

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SL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful and creative menu. Gluten and dairy free options. Servers are calm and sweet. Not a big menu but with food covering a wide variety you don’t need an oversized menu. Chairs are cool looking but the wood seats a little uncofrortable . They have bench seating with cushions if the hard seats are an issue. Love this place .

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RD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A little pricey, but the food was good and desserts awesome.

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CL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

1st thing we noticed was the noise level, next the service was incredibly slow. We brought wine and a gentleman who worked there offered to open the wine which was nice, then made a remark about not pouring it for us which we never expected him to. The appetizer when we finally got it was good. Our entries finally came out after waiting a long time were just ok. Overall not a great experience and I know we won’t be back.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this place. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Amazing desserts. Wonderful wait staff.
My only complaint is that a medium rare burger was over cooked. Overall great place.

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LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We absolutely loved the food at Lovin' Oven. It was difficult to choose from the great options on the menu. We went on a very busy night due to something happening at the gallery next door. The waitress was covering a lot of tables but she did an excellent job of getting our food to us in a good amount of time. I love the atmosphere! Wonderful restaurant!

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MH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed there rosemary bread. It was delicious. I would have preferred it warm but good none the less. The bruschetta appetizer was fresh and delicious. I had the skirt steak and mash with fresh green beans and I enjoyed that as well. My husband had the shrimp linguine and he was very disappointed. No flavor and for $30+ plate he only got 4 shrimp. Had tres leche for dessert and I’ve had better. The ambiance was sooooo nice and the service was great.

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JP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The services levels were poor. It took awfully long to get the food and we were not informed on where they were on the process

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CG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Our server was also so helpful. We never felt rushed. We highly recommend this restaurant!!

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MV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner for any & all occasions and any time of the year. We travel an hour to enjoy the freshest ingredients and wonderful food.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so fortunate to have lovin oven in our neighborhood. Julie and a master restauranteer

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SR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Lovin Oven is one of those hidden gems that you are afraid to tell people about for fear of not being able to get a table once the word gets out.

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LB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing meal- from breakfast to dinner! Lovin Oven always pleases! Abd don't forget dessert- WOW!

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M
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was over cooked and did not replace rather took one meal (of 2) off the bill
Had good previous experience- won’t be back

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r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All four of us ordered the chanterelle mushrooms pasta entree, and all four of us loved it. As always, Lovin' Oven never disappoints!

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AH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We went on a Fri. night so it was quite crowded and rather noisey.
The meal was alright, nothing special.. The corn fritters were way over cooked.

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LF
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A great find in Frenchtown. The food was fresh and delicious. We had dinner and shared a mezze platter, chicken with grilled peaches and the vegetarian meatballs. The prices are reasonable, and despite being the last customers of the night, we never felt rushed. We'll be back.

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LB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is always way above the average in wonderful food and service. The crab fest was outstanding! The crabs, the corn, fries and the ice cream sandwiches were so delicious. It was our second year and we hope to return each year for this very special meal.

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BI
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

There’s a first time for everything as they say, and this Saturday night’s dinner was the first time that I would rate this place as “disappointing and ordinary.” We went on Bastille day, expecting what was promised in an email from the restaurant of “French inspired dinner specials.” There were none. Just one mussels appetizer that was vaguely French. The menu was instead only a fairly basic summer menu, and while we were very disappointed, it was a little too late to act on our initial impulse to leave to head to another place. Optimistic that the food quality would be on par with our prior experiences though, we forged ahead and ordered two different grilled / barbecued chicken entrées. None of it impressed. My chicken clearly had been cooked ahead of time, was quite luke warm and bland and the grilled peach was cold and burned. My partners chicken was much better, but not smoked as the menu promised, and it came with corn bread that was bitter and dry. Both of us got green beans as a vegetable, apparently they’re very expensive all of a sudden, because we each only got about six of them. All told, something I could prepare myself at home on a bad day and for a lot less than the $80 it cost us. I want to put it behind me, since it’s not in keeping with the high quality I’ve come to expect from the place, but it’ll be a while before we go back.

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Thirty minute wait to be served water, never received drinks, appetizers one hour after being seated. Hands down the worse wait staff I’ve ever encountered.

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j
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Only issue was they could not apply the Open Table $10 coupon. Good, fresh food.

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r
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Lovin' Oven for their Bastille Day menu. All courses were of the highest quality and delicious!

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CE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service from Melanie!
Food flavors were a bit disappointing (peach chiken and sicilian veggie meatballs.). The tomato sauce had an odd and unappealing taste.
Will try again b/c I love the ambience and friendly, creative atmosphere.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is excellent. The food is terrific and although I’m not vegan, all of those options are delicious. The staff are all professional and friendly. Stainless steel straws!

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Wednesday night when they have a special, 3 courses for $23. You could order off the regular menu as well. Food was delicious!

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JG
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The air conditioning was so high when we arrived that we were uncomfortable and considered leaving - but had limited time before evening plans and didn't want to hunt around for another restaurant. Our server definitely had an attitude (perhaps just a millennial?) and could be better in customer service area. When asked for a clean mug she took it saying "oh, that's coffee stained" instead of I'm sorry. The table was very wobbly despite sims under a leg but she was not fazed and rationalized. My eggplant meatballs and zucchini "pasta" was hearty and quite good; my husband's Mediterranean chicken stew with artichokes was watery and disappointing. As long-time patrons, not sure how quickly we'll be back. Likely for brunch if we do. Just felt "off" compared to many past experiences.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food that's served with professionalism

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little find in Frenchtown. Very friendly staff, tasty menu choices, and very fresh and flavorful. One of my go to spots!

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