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The Love

4.8
3457 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr's The Love is a bi-level sanctuary features 150 seats, split between the main dining room, outdoor seating, temperature controlled 'Love Shacks' and an upper-level loft. The restaurant is a spirited and carefree neighborhood café celebrating everyday American cuisine. The menu is crafted around what’s truly seasonal and local, while the beverage program reflects the best of the region. This creative energy is matched by a front-of-house service staff passionate about providing homey hospitality morning, noon and night.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3457 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Eric
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Beautiful aesthetics, great service, and nice cocktails, but shockingly non-delicious food for the price point and reputation going in. My expectations were sky-high given the team behind the restaurant (I love Talula's Garden and many of the Starr restaurants) but almost nothing I ate was particularly flavorful or tasty. The answer to 'how should I make this taste good?' appeared to be 'add jalapeno' in all cases. Disappointing.

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AprilS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent lunch at the Love (inside). All dishes were delicious, with good-sized portions. Excellent wine as well & a knowledgeable server.

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vipKRNY
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails and food were simple yet creative! Perfect for our group.

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LaurieT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time at The Love and it was great!

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JillianW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good, and the portions were rather large. We had the lemon risotto, the seafood cioppino, and the pulled brisket fazzoletti, which were all amazing. It was really busy on a Monday night so we ended up waiting just a few extra minutes for our reservation, but we grabbed a drink at the bar in the meantime. My only complaint is that we were seated right up against a service station so most of our conversation was overheard by someone standing right next to us plugging an order into a computer....bit awkward. Nice to see people out and about again though.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff! Super friendly and attentive🤗Food was delicious! we will be back!

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vipBrianC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joe was a great server. New to The Love and new to Philly but he sure knew the menu backwards and forwards. Very friendly and attentive. As always, The Love has the best cheese plate in town. We had fun making a still life photo out of one of the cute cheeses made to look like a mouse. The porkchop and the ricotta ravioli were great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were in a "Love Shack" at the Love - not the best for ambience, but the people watching is sensational in the city of brotherly love. They have a new salmon dish that is wonderful and the heirloom tomato salad was great. Service, as always, is attentive and efficient.

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JoniP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is a special place to enjoy a delicious meal and lovely time out.

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ErinR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my 21st birthday and everyone was so kind, especially my server Jamie!! I’m definitely coming back.

MJ
vipMaryJoC60
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch and we could not have picked a more perfect restaurant. Love, love The Love! I had the shrimp & grits and the salad - both delicious. My husband had the tuna crudo. Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Jamin was our server and gave a great experience. We sat outside and the only thing I’d change is I wish there were windows on the street side of our box bc it made it noisy without the barrier. Food and service was excellent.

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vipkimmyb
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really fun to sit outdoors in their "Love Shacks" off the sidewalk, they took the plexiglass out on the street side so a nice breeze came through. Had a fun girls night there, the waitress didn't rush us but was always friendly, and quick with bringing what we ordered. The food was delicious - we shared the cheese plate and buffalo cauliflower, and we liked our entrees of fried chicken, ravioli, and the salmon. The brownie dessert was great. The drinks we enjoyed were the The Love Froze, Dreamweaver, and the Gin and Juice. Would recommend and I'm definitely planning to go back with my husband!

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LongN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great server and the food was absolutely delicious. Classic dishes but with the chef's modern touches and tweaks to make it unique yet not too far from the original recipes. Super fun and recommend to all to try. Cocktails are a must as well! Wish I could remember my waitresses name but she did a great job as well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food & atmosphere

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GloGlo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cool and laid back place….staff is friendly and attentive. Perfect place for a casual date or brunch. Food is amazing and presentation is great! A fave for sure!!

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GeorgeB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and great food. The upstairs dining room was warm. Could use better circulation up there.

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vipChocolatelover2729
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The menu was too small for our preference, especially how salads and appetizers were counted at the same thing.

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Suga
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, beautiful decor, excellent service, delicious food! Will definitely go back

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent!!! Can’t wait to go back!!

Food, atmosphere & service couldn’t be better. Our waitress, Jenna, was a delight.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love was lovely as usual. One of my faves. The Lovebird is my love’s favorite & it never disappoints. ❤️

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cpeteraf
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience there and was very happy I chose it for my birthday dinner

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viphappydiner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about was perfect - food, service, drinks…and that cheese board! ❤️

MM
MariaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My friends and I, felt that we were being rushed because they need to close at 2 pm .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love was so amazing!! We loved the outside set up, it was so cute! Our service was so great! One of the best restaurants that I have been to in the city!

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vipCharlesJ
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. Consistently amazing. Was there for brunch on Saturday. Hush puppies have been and remain awesome. Had the eggplant side as well. Roasted perfectly with the right amount of spice. Avocado turkey on English muffin was equally awesome. This is my go to place whenever brunch is concerned!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal, attentive staff, and a wonderful experience. We will be back again and again.

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RachelS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Every dish was incredible. Would definitely recommend the tuna crudo appetizer. 10/10!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. So freakin good. Will be returning soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome. And also the fact that Aimee Olexy came over to bring us our food was a serious bonus. The food was soooooo delicious. Like, in a very precisely thought about kind of way. The flavors and the amount of flavor of each kind in each dish. It was a little loud because there was a table near us with a very loud guy. But it was the best night out/best meal we’ve had in a while!

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danielled
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff, incredible food!

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vipburbanite
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Went for special occasion. A bit disappointing. The table for two people is too small and plates were crowded and hanging off part of the table.

Food was ok but not what I expected from Talula’s and Starr’s capabilities.

Noise level was fierce and made normal conversation impossible - think about some sound baffles - it would enhance the dining experience significantly

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vipNYTraveller
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great vibe, great food, service was very good but our server wa a bit distracted.

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vipIHami
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoughly enjoyed our first meal at The Love. The staff was attentive and very friendly. The food was excellent. We look forward to our next time there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is a regular spot for me. Love everything about this restaurant.

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KarenC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious meals & attention to detail. We casually mentioned to the hostesses that we were celebrating a birthday & at the end of dinner our waitress brought out the sweetest birthday dessert, on the house without us having said a word to her.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was birthday dinner and they made sure everything was perfect. I couldn’t be happier with the service and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service loved the food, (ask for your pork chop medium),!

MR
MelissaR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fun, fast friendly service, good experience.

FAQs

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 3457 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.