The Love

4.7
1481 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are proud to introduce The Love to their hometown of Philadelphia. This bilevel sanctuary features 100 seats, split between the main dining area, outdoor seating and an upper-level loft with a 20-person communal table. 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.
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T
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very nice restaurant right off Rittenhouse Square with a comfortable and stylish dining room fit for dates or a well dressed evening out. Food was creative and well presented and service was warm and attentive. Look to spend about $150-$200 for a couple. I will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place

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R
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, excellent service and amazing food, must go!

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k
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent (Tyler was our server) and we loved the food. The noise level made it very difficult to have a conversation so we left before dessert coffee etc. if it weren’t for that I’d give it a 5 for sure

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was wonderful. Had the mushroom toast, fried chicken and acorn squash pomodoro - all beautifully done and served HOT! The service was okay, a half step below what we have come to expect from the Starr Organization.

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RF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Easter brunch: delicious food, great attentive service, and a sunny day—> SPECTACULAR

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and friendly staff. A little noisy on the first floor (main dining level). We were directed to the second floor for a drink at a much quieter space, and ended up eating up there as well, which was really pleasant l

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JP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful people and excellent food! We enjoyed a window view upstairs, which added to our experience. Some lovely managers and hostesses stopped by and we enjoyed their caring attention as well. Highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was very casual, food was okay. I can’t say I would go back.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The appetizers were great, especially the hush puppies. They honestly were the best part of the meal. I had the Chicken and Waffles and it was just “okay”. Passable, but nothing special by any means. The waffle was dry and chewy, the breading on the fairly dry chicken breast was falling off. Not enough sweet to balance the dish against what should have been a better salted piece of fried chicken.

We all had different things so I tried the frittata as well and the turkey melt, all which were just okay. The seasoning wasn’t there, there were execution issues across the board. In fairness, I had been told that this was a very “okay” restaurant but I held out for the best, especially since the appetizers were great.

Pro-tip: save your money and don’t come for dinner or brunch. Come for a happy hour with apps and you won’t be disappointed. Stay for dinner and leave wishing you hadn’t spent $24 dollars on an entree that left you asking “why?”.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place, we had wonderful time

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M
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The love was delicious, we got the Lobster Spaghetti and rolls as an app, both of these were phenomenal. I got the ribs and they were amazing, my date got the fried chicken and it was probably my least favorite thing but it was still pretty good. Definitely go!

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

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CR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding, excellent recommendations from bar tender & waitress. Food & beverages were above our expectations.

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DB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ravioli in garlic sauce and the portabella mushroom with burrata, were both superb. The service was excellent. The decor is very pleasing and the ambient noise level was moderate, allowing one to have a conversation without having to speak loudly. Overall, a memorable luncheon and a restaurant I would return to, again and again.

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LA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was very good. I did not like my entree and they immediately offered to get me something else but I was pretty full with my side dish. They took it off my bill and were very pleasant the entire time. I love all of Stephen Starr’s restaurants and this one is no exception.

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JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place for a special celebratory lunch.
Food was excellent and atmosphere is warm and comfortable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for an out-of-town business guest. Wonderful representation of Philly!

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, and the food was delicious! Glad I spent my birthday dinner here.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Cannot remember servers name but he provided outstanding menu recommendations (mushroom toast)

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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The reason I would not recommend The Love is it is way too expensive for food that is equal in taste and quality to lesser expensive restaurants in the City. The food was fine but truly nothing to get excited about so, $80 for brunch for two people (with no appetizer, no dessert and only 1 alcohol based drink) is really excessive.

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MG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch. Loved the pancakes. Hush puppies and olive cheese ball were the best. Impeccable service. Highly recommend. Hope to go again for dinner.

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JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Serice fine, food adequate, previous dinner far superior. would return for dinner

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h
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Wonderful menu. Educated and happy servers. Food that was some of finest we have very had.

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LF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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s
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were fantastic! I loved out seat by the window on the second floor and ambiance of the restaurant. My only complaint was service was a little slow.

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T
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a really fun experience. The food was fantastic - very tasty and interesting. Menu is broken down into 3 parts: basically starters, pastas (which are large-appetizer sized), and mains. Everything was definitely shareable. The service was excellent: friendly and very accommodating, particularly with some dietary restrictions in our group. A great place to go with friends or family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food and great drink selection. We had a food allergy in our party, and after explaining the allergy, the first course came out with the allergen on the plate. When we alerted our server, she was annoyed with us, which made for an awkward dining experience with our interactions with her for the rest of the night. Other than that, it was a great experience.

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WA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for his birthday. Had a wonderful meal...shared the cheese plate, asparagus, whole branzino and the halibut. Everything was delicious! Our server was very attentive and personable. A little pricey, but would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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KS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was lovely, with great service and delicious, unique dishes. My family enjoyed dinner here, we ate at 7pm on a Friday night. We had to get a reservation in advance, the place fills up!

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AP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant had great layout very cozy feel. Food was great and place was buzzing for a thursday night. Will definitely go back

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W
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Love!

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and loved the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to others.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was good and attentive however the price of the food compared to the quality was certainly unreasonable. I was expecting better from a downtown Rittenhouse restaurant.

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g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was so noisy we could not carry on a conversation. It is too bad to not want to recommend or return to what could be a lovely spot because of excessive noise.

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Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time atThe Love and it exceeded our expectations. Great staff, excellent food and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back.

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JA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great...the food was cooked to perfection....drinks were solid good pours

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course AND the cocktails were amazing. Beautiful atmosphere and perfect service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it!!! The cheese ball at brunch was my favorite.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Love has quickly become one of my favorite places to dine at in the City. The food and service are consistently good.

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