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The Love

4.8
4186 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 4186 people are saying
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Smore
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our experience at the love. We came here for our first anniversary and came back again for our 3rd anniversary (particularly for the crispy duck salad) and hope to be back every year after this! Every dish we had was delicious and the service was quick and spectacular. They made sure to make our anniversary a special night to remember.

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mahogany21
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Duck salad and pasta were delicious. Drinks could've been stronger.

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vipDavidH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Creative and delicious dishes!

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Vandys
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service really love everything

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NatalieC
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night to get together with friends. The wait staff is always friendly and attentive without being “too much”. While COVID prices are definitely in place, the value and quality of the meal was top notch. The bartender does a fantastic job with their cocktails - both creative and unique. For food, the skillet rolls with chive butter are amazing (yes, this bread is worth it). For mains, the fried chicken is massive, with the collard greens and grits in little crocks on the side (highly recommend). Also amazing and an unsung hero - the Thai Salmon. Massive portion, robust flavor and well balanced. Same can be said for the brisket pasta- unexpected and great flavor profile for a brocket dish.
Can’t wait to come back!

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vipPtwofoodiexec
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar on all counts

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we got was excellent. The biscuits and chive butter were particularly great and I’m glad I ordered the Dreamweaver. I would have ordered 2 more if I wasn’t driving.

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KadyW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time and it won’t be my last! Fantastic service & delicious food!!

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DonH
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails. Excellent food. Superior service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner

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YolandaN
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice place but very over crowded.
Food was excellent.

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PerrynL
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s familiar with their own touches, I don’t want to ruin it but be prepared to be surprised in a good way.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great brunch at the Love. For two people, we ordered the buffalo cauliflower (app), biscuits, shrimp and grits and skillet brownie. Our apps and entrée were 5/5 in taste. The kitchen also split our entrée into two serving dishes since we shared which was appreciated. The skillet brownie was maybe a 3/5, nothing to rave about. Staff was friendly, timely and helpful picking options. We left very full and could have done without an app or taken some home! It was a very loud space for lunch. This space is wheelchair accessible, however, some corners are tight to turn. No one in our party was in a wheelchair, so no personal experience but something I like to let others know in a review.

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NatashaN
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect spot for the celebration meal! The portions are large without being overwhelming. They went the extra mile for our anniversary!

We heard great things and it definitely lived up to all of the hype.

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HRSM
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom risotto was perfect. The Thai coconut salmon was out of this world as the Bee honey lemon icecream (I just remember the ingredients) I wish I could reproduce it.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a small birthday celebration with my grandma

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jenna was wonderful. Everything we ordered was delicious and we can’t wait to go back.

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vipErnie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner. Restaurant was busy, but staff did an excellent job spacing tables and keeping the flow to make everyone feel safe and taken care of! Our waitress was absolutely devine; so kind and a smile that radiated from within.

Perfect for a romantic date or intimate dinner with friends.
We will definitely be back soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend for her birthday and the hostess,waitress and even the food runner all wished her a happy birthday. Very attentive service and good variety of foods without being overwhelmed with options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food in a relaxed semi-casual environment. One of our top favorite restaurants in Philly!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always worth it if you can get a reservation. The lemon scones are mouth wateringly delicious. Also, the Extra Mile espresso cocktail yum 🤤.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Very noisy inside. Took 1 hour to get our order. Enjoyed the food once it arrived.

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RayR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a 35 degree/rainy day, and it was well covered, ventilated and perfectly heated. It was a great outdoor dining experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The Baby Buttermilk Biscuits with chive butter were amazing and the Sriracha Bacon Candy was on point.

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Richard
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was worth the visit .
The intermittent heat from outside system was barely tolerable though .
I theme to think it could’ve been programmed to heat better those eating outside in January temps .

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The love shack was comfortable, airy and roomy. But with 27 degrees outside was a tad chilly!

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vipChrisG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service! Consistently great!

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DebC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Will definitely come back with my bf and friends!

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vipPatrickO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at the Love!! Our service was amazing as well as the food! Will definitely be back!

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Lovestoeatout
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks, food, and service were all excellent...the atmosphere was also lively without being noisy...we had a great evening.

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vipLorinM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic service, and overall great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch!

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JordiW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here. Its pricey, but the food is unreal. Excellent, attentive service and dimly lit, quiet ambience. Do NOT sleep on the Bee Sweet Sundae, its unlike anything you've ever tasted!

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CaitlinR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary! Delicious food, great service, and romantic ambience. Our server, Dana, was welcoming, attentive with service, and gave excellent recommendations. She even added a few kind additions for our celebrations :) The fried brussell sprouts with cheese fondue were to die for. We had the Thai Salmon and the brisket dish and both thoroughly enjoyed! One of our favorite places we have been in the city - would definitely come back!

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vipSnate
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Jenna was a complete professional. Her service was only outranked by the deliciousness of our meals. My cocktails were sumptuous and well portioned. An excellent excellent experience. We will return over and over.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wonderful setting roomy inside and out. Very attentive employees.Manger stopped by to check on us and everyone made note it was my birthday! Great food and drinks!

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vipSofiaR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Nice place

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time here and it didn’t disappoint. I forget our waitresses name but she was great. My ideal waitress, very kind, very knowledgeable, had some great recommendations, didn’t hound us but came around enough to check on us. The food was great! Started off with the fresh bread and crispy duck salad which was amazing. My girlfriend got the fried chicken which was hot, fresh and flavorful. I had the brisket fazzoletti which did not disappoint at all. And for dessert we shared the drunk uncle (bread pudding). My only complaint was that we ordered only one to share. Definitely will be returning.

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SamanthaL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible as was the service! I loved the outdoor seating, perfect temp control.

FAQs

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 4186 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.