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The Love

4.8
3315 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 3315 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to The Love 5-6 times, for brunch, dinner, with friends, with kids, and just us. The food and service continue to set the bar in the Philly dining scene. We had the ahi tuna and cheese plate as appetizers, both new to us, and each was excellent. Our entrees and dessert were also absolutely top notch. Their cocktails are always excellent as well. Definitely one of our favorite spots.

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vipopentablediner354
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun restaurant. Food was inventive and quite delicious. Service was friendly and not overbearing.

RL
vipRobertL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Limited lunch menu so my favorite. Service was very good and outdoor space too.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

We were celebrating a 70th birthday and looking forward to a special meal. Both of us felt that the entrees lacked flavor. The salad and dessert were very good. The staff were very nice and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious even the drinks and the service was really good and fast.

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vip2ndbreakfast
New England
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Noted that we’d indicated shellfish allergy on our reservation, and took care to ensure there were no problems

MG
MahoganyG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a very nice spot, it’s chill and extremely friendly

DJ
vipDoctorJ
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and service great. Loved the beet risotto- gorgeous on the plate, and the short rib pasta also wonderful, as was soup and dessert. The rolls were good, served warm with nice butter, but not great and made me wonder what the fuss was about in the reviews. Maybe it's the fact that they are whole grain that makes them attractive in some sense and less in others (like taste). Would skip the rolls next time. There will be a next time.

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ElizabethM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Back to Philly after moving out of the city 6 years ago. The food was amazing, but we didn’t enjoy sitting outside on the street. I think I would rate all categories 5 stars if we sat inside.

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Epihungry
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time great food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and outstanding service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible comfort food. We loved the buffalo cauliflower and hushpuppies. The cheese plate was so fresh. The brisket entree was delicious but we also needed to save room for dessert. The service was impeccable. We sat outside and loved the little outdoor pods. We’d highly recommend it and will definitely be back.

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vipNewWebber
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

This wasn’t our first visit to The Love. Our experience was not as great as we hoped given past experience. First the Manager was amazing and served us as much as our server. Our drinks were great but almost each dish we had tasted like it was too tart or had too much of a vinegar taste. From the beet risotto to the pulled brisket pasta. We were there when they first opened which is rarely a good idea so we take some of the ownership and they accommodated an early arrival so just Again service was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love Bird and collared greens were incredible!

The brisket tasted good but we were expecting something more like classic brisket.

Staff was fantastic

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Rose
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate outside, so it was a little stressful with traffic going by. But food was great, brunch portions are larger than expected and service was quick and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful date night with hubby. The entire package at The Love made a much awaited evening out perfect. Only minor downside was noise level. I am soft spoken to begin with so I had to speak up.

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vipBarbaraD
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Young, hip crowd...eclectic but tasty food, a bit pricey. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

As ever, the food was absolutely superb. Service (the server, not the host or the runners) fell well short of pre-pandemic standards and is not what one expects at this price level.

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mhhyork
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great service.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Amazing food and service!

KM
vipKathleenM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the visit. The fried chicken and grits are the best.

BR
BethR
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, outstanding, the atmosphere, outstanding, the drinks outstanding !
Overall a great night out

CL
vipCynthiaL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply wonderful. Every single bite was fabulous. Lovely dining room. Great experience.

MM
MonicaM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside re the ambiance 3 star rating.

PB
PhillyBest
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a sign the city is coming back. Our server Matt knew the menu and made recommendations. All exceeded our expectations. The selection of specialty cocktails complements a unique menu packed with flavor. Very much look forward to returning to The Love.

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Maria
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the cheese plate is a must have!

DE
DEBP
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We went to The Loves for a special anniversary. The resturant provided us with wonderful corner seating. The waitress was engaging and helpful; however, both the kitchen and bar were very slow. The resturant was packed both inside and outside (at pandemic seating). I suspect that The Loves was not yet ready for a Saturday night with twice the capacity they have experienced over the last year. Give them time. The food was very good although the menu was a bit limited. We each had a pasta dish and recommended each. Only sorry I was to full for dessert.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great place, with a great vibe, servers were nice, the restaurant felt lively and the food was delicious.

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vipScott
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The kitchen appeared to be backed up and it took quite a while for our food. The waiter was absent during the wait and didn’t let us know the issues. I’ve had great experiences here before so this was surprisingly disappointing

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lxmciner
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent meal, great cocktails, impressive service. Recommended.

LM
vipLorinM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience! Food, ambiance, excellent service!

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Shad
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our waiter Gabby was amazing. The food was good too but the service will keep me coming back.

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vipEastcoastFoodie
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Love Shacks! Service was great and food was delish!

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FrancesF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at The Love! Loved the hot chicken & the lemon poppy pancakes!

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vipluv2eat
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Very pleasant place for brunch, with careful ordering. The mushroom omelet was tasty but the portion seemed small for the price. Did not at all enjoy the lemon poppy pancakes - in contrast to the omelet, it was a huge portion but the pancakes themselves were dry. The massive amount of sour cherry sauce poured over the pancakes did not help - it was cloying. If you insist on ordering them I recommend that you ask for the sauce on the side - that way you can regulate how much (or how little) to use. The food others around us ordered looked much better!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch entrees are way too big. Delicious! But too big.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice date very good service

LR
vipLaRagazzaGialla
Philadelphia
174 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space, great food with friendly and attentive service.

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VegetarianFoodie
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable which is always the cherry on top of a fine dining experience.

CH
ChristineH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Unfortunately we did not have a great meal this time, and a table-side visit from an aggressive homeless man was the last straw.

FAQs

The Love offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 433-1555.

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 3315 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.