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The Love

4.8
4018 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 4018 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
120 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice celebration with a friend - good food - good service - good time.

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vipFoodie11
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were absolutely outstanding as always.
Environmental controls in the outdoor seating was not ideal in the cold weather. Would recommend wearing appropriate winter weather gear or eating inside to enjoy the deliciousness without the cold.

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JohnW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant atmosphere, accommodating staff, and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

VERYYYY loud very difficult to have a conversation

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FeliciaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the French Bistro vibe, both the poppiey pancakes and Nashville hot chicken was delicious.

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PeterN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch on the second floor, intimate, quaint, a perfect for catching up with friends.

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Rick
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food. Great staff. Seating felt a little tightly packed and it was very loud. But food and service made up for it. Would definitely come back.

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viptriciam
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

This place used to be excellent. Food was Soso. Nothing to rave about. I had to tie salmon, the sauce overwhelmed the dish. Squash ravioli was not tasty. Cucumber salad head cucumbers that were not crisp and dish was really not that flavorful. Tuna appetizer was OK. Server was OK but too busy not ahead of the game. Had to ask for silverware. Lackluster meal for the price. Will not be coming back for a while

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CarlyB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond impressed! Food and service was amazing- top notch and what you would expect from a Starr restaurant. Ate outside and loved it. Felt safe and it was warm on the freezing night. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always a great experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nash was a great waiter and the phone delicious!! The only negative it is very noisy if you want quiet dining

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Foodieintraining
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, price, and service. Quite loud!

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vipSrrn
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are excellent but the outdoor booths are not very warm despite the heating system

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, and awesome architecture!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great gorgeous environment great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite!

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vipCorinne
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was very good. They have a lot of unique menu items that worked well together. Service was also exceptional. My only complaint was that the two person table was very small and we often had trouble fitting all of the plates and drinks on it. I would definitely recommend for a nice night out though.

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vipKate
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three of us had dinner at the Love last night and all of us had great meals. I had the mushroom risotto, and the others had the Tuna and the brisket. We recommends all three dishes. We also each had a signature cocktail and they too were delicious. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to returning soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Lovely service and warm outdoor seating.

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poleinseattle
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb kitchen, imaginative, dishes prepared carefully, thoughtfully. Great ambience, a little noisy but that's because it was full even on a cold Tuesday evening.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great food, environment, and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great. Dropped my knife and was immediately given a new one without asking. Great service. I wish the bathrooms weren’t so dimly lit, but the food and everything else was fantastic! Will definitely return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Good only thing was chairs very uncomfortable

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ErikaG
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is 10/10 as always with the love.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10. Server was polite. Food was amazing, came quick, pear margarita cocktail was a 10!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andrew was our server, and we had the best time! My mother continued to talk about the meal into the next day! I’ll always recommend this restaurant!!! Thank you for a great Brunch!

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Diane
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for a great Sunday evening meal. A++!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Outside seating was great despite cold weather- heaters made the difference. can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Nice restaurant for Steven Starr. Jenna was a great server 2nd floor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
19 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive staff, interesting menu and some really tasty food! Would highly recommend

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Scott
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really wonderful time at The Love on a busy Saturday night, with attentive, accommodating service and a meal that surprised us with each dish. We will absolutely come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food- meh.
Good atmosphere

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philaholleyopolis
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch with family who was visiting from out of town. Tbe service was great and the food was so so delicious. We can't wait to go back again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always

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vipmadsmom257
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch before seeing Hamilton - it was great!! We sat on the second floor and felt comfortable there, crowded but not uncomfortable. Our waiter was excellent, very pleasant and never rushed us. The food was great - highly recommend the ravioli with butternut squash sauce - absolutely wonderful!! Definitely recommend going!!

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Catniss
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My egg was raw. The server and manger kept coming to our table, it was clear they wanted us to leave. Breakfast options were limited.

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WendyZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the upbeat (but not too loud) music that was playing. Food was excellent and the added touches for our anniversary were appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner spot in Philly by far!

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JodD
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It has slipped. Appetizers ok, but neither of us wanted to eat our entrees after a few bites. Brisket was diced chunks of fat, and chicken had a heavy smell. Unfortunate experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Intimate and cozy setting. The Manhattan is worth the $20; absolutely delicious. The cioppino was light on the seafood but the broth was amazing. The fried chicken was delicious but the grits stood out the most. The pumpkin ice cream sundae was perfection. Our server, Rebecca, was impeccable. Great evening. We will be back. Thank you.

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The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 4018 OpenTable diners.

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