The Love

4.8
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2094 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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Each month we choose a spot for girls night out. Glad we chose The Love. First this is a beautiful restaurant, the detailed arches, the wood the warmth. Our server Nicolas(?) was very attentive and made great suggestions without being annoying. We shared Parker house rolls, Caesar salad and fried oysters. The rolls had the best chive butter I have ever tasted and the oysters were crunchy and flavorful. As well as the hush puppies that came with them. For entrees two had the scallops and one friend had their signature fried chicken. The scallops were perfectly seared and accompanied by a delicious stir fry. The fried chicken was tender and the grits reminded me of my grandmothers, creamy and buttery. 3 drinks, Manhattan, dirty martini and Moscow mule, all with more than enough alcohol. (I hate when I pay $15 for a cup of ice!) I thought the scallops were a bit pricey at $32, but the overall meal was so good that we didn’t mind the $200 bill. Lastly the staff, from the hostess to our server to the manger that came to our table, they were all fantastic.
We will return soon I’m sure.

m
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVED THE LOVE. Amazing food and amazing mood. Perfect place for a date.

j
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food choices! The menu offered many food combinations of flavors and textures; dishes that are classic with a twist, dishes that are unusual but comforting.

KH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Amazing food, I was jealous of everything everyone else ordered and still would not have traded my dish which was an A+. I can’t remember any recent meal as wonderful, from the amazingly delicious food, to the beautiful surroundings and the wonderful service. So good!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved The Love. The pumpkin soup was out of this world - the best soup we’ve ever had. Our pumpkin ice cream dessert was also outstanding! Every item we ate was delicious and our service was wonderful. Our waitress, Lauren, took excellent care of us all.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all had different meals. All good. Tough decision- so many good choices.

BR
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I really enjoyed my overall experience at The Love – the atmosphere, bar area, food and the service, like a well oiled machine. Starting with one of their specialty cocktails, Pity The Mule, I sipped on the spicy gingery concoction out of the copper mug while I waited for my 3 friends to arrive. Once at our table we split the cheese board which arrived with excellent accompaniments for each of the 8 american artisan cheeses and a little reference card. I loved this card idea, since you can never remember the name of your favorite cheese once you leave! Great attention to detail, and a theme woven into most every aspect of our night. We all shared the fried green tomatoes which were slightly oily but came with a delicious sauce that made me forget about the oil. I ordered the Sante Fe Salmon entree and it was cooked medium rare like I wanted, crispy skin and one of the most buttery, silky flesh I've had, just delicious. Served with sage, sweet potato, braised chard, apricot-ancho, coriander crema perfectly complimenting the fish. I'm still thinking about it today! Everyone ate every bit of their entrees which included the duck salad, the cauliflower risotto and the ricotta ravioli. Small wine selection but my Sav Blanc (NZ) was perfect. I thought the service was fantastic and the dessert we shared, the chocolate mousse bar came with crunchy peanut butter pretzel clusters, toasted pretzel ice-cream was so good I wished I had gotten it all for myself! I can't wait to go back and try some other dishes I saw on the menu. Final perk, is that The Love is located very close to multiple parking garages which makes it that much more convenient being just 2 blocks away when you are ready to go.

F
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Whether I am with friends or coworkers, The Love always a wonderful experience with superb food!

n
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Our dishes has unique flavors which we appreciated. Love the decor and ambience as well

LL
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We asked for a quiet table for six. However, we were seated at a table immediately inside the entryway! It was not too distracting, as it was a Sunday evening and the restaurant was not full. The menu is not extensive, but what is offered is prepared exactingly. The mixed drinks were unique and tasty. The wait staff is attentive without being disruptive. The dessert menu is limited and seemed to be lacking in variety. Beautiful interiors. A high end, well appointed restaurant that I would frequent again.

CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed Brunch very much, had a delicious chicken and waffle dish with pear, rosemary bellini. Our waiter was very attentive. Would highly recommend.

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amy Olexy you are a Shining 🌟.......
My Wife & Daughter 💕 “The Love”
Our Waitress was Awesome 👏

PR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From check-in to picking up from coat check, everyone was friendly and accommodating. They truly go above and beyond.

SH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second visit to The Love and it was as good as the first. Great menu. The environment is a little loud but in an energetic way.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food / experience

K
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken is the most popular, but the scallops were incredible. Also highly recommend the fried green tomato appetizer.

LD
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upstairs was lovely for lunch. Didn’t know they had a room up there. Server was great & accommodating for baby in our group

s
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The menu was great, and the service was very friendly. The reason I wrote is the totally weird table they sat us at. We had an 11:30am reservation, so the entire restaurant was empty when we arrived. Nonetheless , they took the two of us upstairs and sat us at a small table literally in the elevator lobby. Seriously, in the lobby. The door to the elevator was opening and closing, there were doors opening directly off the space into the kitchen and service areas, it was cold - very, very strange. This should NOT be a seating area - distracting, and we felt like we were not even in the restaurant proper. As a last resort table alright, but as the first choice?

FL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommended this wonderful restaurant. I had the crispy duck salad which came with a whole confit duck breast. All of the apps and mains were delicious and there is an interesting cocktail menu. The service was great and is was not too loud for good conversation. I will definitely come here again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!! Ambiance was great. We just wished for a little quieter night. But overall great.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The service impeccable. Just love the Love

RT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great cocktails. Bread was amazing. Madeleines were delicious. Abs the complimentary canapés were a wonderful surprise.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Daughters birthday

AK
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were perfect -It's on our list for center city.

SP
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service and awesome view of the city from the second floor. It was super loud because there was a group that was having a loud talk without being considerate to other guests. It was compensated by good food and great service

AM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and spacious dining area. Staff was friendly and attentive.

AW
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The ambiance was cute, good for a date or dinner with friends/family. Delicious food and nice staff.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food, wine and dining experience that we’ve had in a long time.

BP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The love was great. While they were a little crowded and could not seats us right at our reservation time we enjoyed a drink at the bar until we could be seated. The food was amazing and the wait staff was great as well. We will definitely be back to The Love!

WS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Truly underwhelmed by our second visit. At this price level servers should be trained and knowledgeable. The food generally lacked finesse, with the exception of the halibut main course which was excellent. Mushroom toasts were mushy, the pumpkin soup overly sweet and overwhelmed by spices. A $48 steak should be cooked as ordered, not "well, almost". Desert madeleines flavor combinations didn't work at all. Disappointingly unworthy of the hype.

DH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place for an intimate dinner. A great atmosphere, lovely staff and delicious food!

d
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal from start to finish. Tight quarters but our table was in a little nook. Very loud.

E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good is really amazing, every time we go. The noise level remains unpleasant.

KM
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Service (Meagan) was attentive but not overbearing. The charcuterie, tartare and ravioli were delicious as well as the cocktails. First visit to Philly, next time I will make sure I visit The Love again.

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date restaurant. My wife and I had a fantastic dinner here. Highly recommended.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place with a great menu.
Decor was amazing-service was some of the best I've ever had. Food came out quickly and was perfect.
Was there at lunch time and the place was abuzz.
Highly recommend and had a great experience.
Scott

OT
Philadelphia
131 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our lunch was good but prior visits have been much better.. The avocado turkey melt and prime rib sandwiches were served at room temperature and the homemade kettle chips were greasy. They need to work on serving their food at a more appropriate temp. Our server was very nice.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Lovebird was amazing! Excellent food!

T
Philadelphia
123 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What a great experience. Our waitress Kiara was awesome. We had dinner before a show and did not know what to expect as this is our first time eating at The Love. The food was perfect - Try the Pumpkin Soup, Risotto and Ravioli. The Fried Chicken was also good but beware it is in a Hot Sauce. Drinks were well made and tasty. Cannot say enough good things about Kiara our waitress. She is the best we have had in awhile. We joked to ourselves - I wonder if we could just take Kiara wherever and whenever we go out to eat. We would just tell the restaurant, - "No we don't need a waitress, we come with our own, just show her the kitchen."
We will be back. We will give one suggestion to the restaurant, replace the chairs, they make way too much noise. Don't walk, Run to this restaurant and make a reservation.