The Love

4.8
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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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4.8
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1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fantastic. The ambience was perfectly romantic for a date night. Shawn was a great server; her colorful descriptions of the menu items added to the excitement of the evening.

c
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Crying baby took away from the experience

OT
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as usual!

L
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & Service is always amazing. Dessert, not a fan, very

NP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as well as the service and ambiance. We can't wait to return!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t find one flaw

KM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we go to this place, we remember how much we like it. I ordered the Halibut -- which was perfectly cooked while my husband ordered the lobster which was like lobster bisque that had died and gone to heaven. But it is also important to note just how good the service is here. Unlike a lot of center city restaurants, they actually have staff that KNOW the menu--and the wine list. So nice to be able to have wait staff that are knowledgeable. Bravo!

DD
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Disappointing service. Staff was inattentive and treated my table poorly compared to neighboring tables. Food was mediocre.

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic brunch!

AW
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were there on Saturday night, February 15 for Valentine's dinner. We have been there before. The food as usual was delicious and the service was great.

RP
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic and and amazing menu! Top notch!

F
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was top notch. The Love is upscale but not stuffy. We had another great experience.

JO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a 2:00 reservation for brunch. Arrived a few minutes early but our table wasn't ready. Had a drink at the bar and was sat by 2:20. The manager apologized and sent over small bites to our booth. We always have a wonderful experience here.

AB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, extremely busy during Saturday brunch time

TG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and cocktails. Awesome ambiance and inventive brunch menu. Great experience!

JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal. The food was very good. I would absolutely return.

RP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The LOVE Host staff really worked with us from the beginning on one of their busiest nights of their year, February 14th. Back in December, I made reservations for 2. The best time I could get was 6:00 pm. On the evening of the 14th, my wife was racing home from work to change, grab me, and run out to make our reservation. Her drive home had bad timing meeting a Tacony Palmyra bridge opening. I called the LOVE expressing my apologies that we're coming but might be a little late. They took a note. From home, we decided the PATCO would be faster, until the PATCO train we were on stopped -quite running! at Ferry Ave. A freezing night, we had to get off and wait in the cold for the next train. With frozen fingers, we called the LOVE again. "No problem", they said, "just call us when your closer". We called again during the 2-3 block walk from PATCO to the LOVE. The LOVE adjusted our reservation form an O.K. 6:00 to the peak time of 7:00. We arrived and were seated right away. Our dinner and time my wife and I spent together was nothing less than GREAT. Thank you LOVE for working with our reservation!

AI
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Michaela was amazing! So sweet and kind and professional and attentive. The food was amazing as always and I will definitely return to such an amazing establishment.

MQ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice restaurant with really good food! Every part of our meal was absolutely delicious and even surprising. Everything worked. We will definitely return!

f
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch at The Love. The staff, ambiance and quality of the food were excellent. We especially liked the pumpkin soup.

I
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I actually love this restaurant, the service is excellent and the food is amazing and the drinks are great. This keeps me coming back . The Restuarant is always clean and full of energetic patrons , such an awesome atmosphere. The Live is my go to for lunch and brunch.

JH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat upstairs which was much quieter than where I sat last time. Service was great and food came out promptly. Had a lovely lunch.

BB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good dinner, service was very good. Very short wait for table (had reservation)

m
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, the food was great and staff was very friendly, we will definitely be going back! I ate the friend chicken meal with grits and collard greens, amazing! My fiancé got the lobster pasta , it was also amazing, the portion was definitely a little smaller than we thought it would be, so if you’re super hungry make sure you get an appetizer or side with it! Speaking of appetizer, we got the vegetable crudité w/ goddess dip , really good and filling. Dessert we got The Rapture, highly recommend! The only thing I would say, is that the seating is a little crammed for parties of 2, we were attached to the server station which got a little noisy and distracting and the two people sharing a bench with us literally had their belongings all over the place and it was a pain for me to get up from my seat without stepping over all of their stuff. Other than that, we really enjoyed it and it wouldn’t stop us from going back, we would just sit somewhere else. :)

MR
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! Great atmosphere!

K
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience as always. Good service and food!

w
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Let me start bu saying I hate Brunch. There is nothing I like less than fighting a bunch of other table to eat eggs. This was NOT that kind of brunch. The food was amazing. Our table had the Cinnamon Bun Scones, Ricotta Ravioli, Cheese Ball, Fritatta, Cheeseburger, Chicken and Waffle, and Shrimp and Grits. Everything was awesome. Service was great. The staff remembered us from a few weeks ago and greeted us by name. The great people at The Love just do it right.

TS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment - The Love is my 'go-to' for excellent food, service and atmosphere.

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The shrimp and grits were delicious. Huge prawns..Lemon poppy pancakes were good, as well as the chicken and waffles... Dessert was amazing & our server gave us complimentary sorbet and cheesecake. Our server was excellent!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Extremely loud environment

r
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience1

The LOVE is so hot and cold. I like this place and have been a dozen times - this time was awful. Despot making a reservation weeks in advance our table was 25 minutes late. When I mentioned to the hostess that if we were that late they would have canceled our reservation she shrugged and stated "we don't control when people leave" then our table was so close to 3 other tables I was constantly bumped by waiters and guests alike as if flying on a discoumt airline. One corner table couled even get out unless either I or the gentleman seated at the perpendicular table stood up to let them out as he and I were already touching elbows. Pack'em in doesnt do it justice. All and All a generally umcomfrtible dinner after a standing 30 minute wait for a reserved table! No bueno!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were split in our experience at the Love. The bar wasn’t that crowded but it was incredibly hard to get the attention of the bartenders. We waited around 20 min just to grab drinks at the bar while waiting for our table. The bar area is so crammed, drinks were spilled as people tried to squeeze by us. The appetizers recommended were great! Everyone enjoyed their main meals except for the scallops (too salty) and the dessert was amazing! Dessert was definitely the best part of the whole meal! Our server was super friendly and attentive. If it wasn’t for the bar situation I would definitely come back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience my first time dining at The Love. Service was attentive and the meal was very well paced. Cocktails were fantastic and I recommended the cheese board (truly not to be missed!) and the lobster pasta. And of course save room for dessert - the blondie is to die for.

TG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. It was our first time here and we are already planning a second visit for a special birthday. All of the staff was very friendly and helpful....Orlando was very personable, attentive and informative. He made our evening very special. The atmosphere and interior was very warm and welcoming. The drinks and food were some of the best we have ever had without exaggeration. The ever changing and seasonal updates to both menus is something we look forward to trying. We have eaten in many regions in and out of the states and this is.....based on our first impression is one of our top 3!!
Keep up the great work. We’ll see you soon.
Tom G

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely amazing! From our amazing waitress Kiara, to the other service managers checking in on us; to the delicious food, EVERYTHING WE ATE WAS SOOOO GOOD! The fried oysters, the mushroom toast may have been by favorite; my husband had the smoked Branzino and I had the halibut, absolutely delicious; i have the pecan pie parfait and her had the blonde for dessert...some of the best dessert we’ve had! All just a wonderful, wonderful experience! We will be back! Drive from Allentown, PA!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely lunch. Food was good. Service was great. The wine was really good

L
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite Brunch spot.

MF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal with fabulous service! Our waiter was very attentive the entire time!

RR
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done, comfortable setting with excellent food. The smoked bronzino was one oof the best fish dishes ever!