The Love

4.8
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2271 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
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the restaurant! Great service & the food was the best

EM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktails, great food, great service! Comfortable dining table for 6 - felt very homey.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was fabulous. The staff was so friendly and very prompt with refilling drinks. The staff was so kind to offer recommendations on the menu and fan favorites. Highly recommend.

CM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! My fiancé got the half rack of ribs and they melted in your mouth. I got the scallops and they were delicious. Great service and ambiance. The drinks were great too

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I recommend the mushroom toast. Th waitress was excellent. The hostess tho seemed to be a little miserable. But overall it was a excellent experience!! I cannot wait to go back!!!!

UD
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe with excellent specialty cocktails, waitress and supporting staff, and great food make it my favorite restaurant in Philly .

JK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great staff, amazing food. I would recommend to a friend.

KF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Saturday brunch -lovely place!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

High priced, but very good for a special occasion. Bar was a little small, as it was crowded when we got there and limited place to wait for our table.

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful and not too loud. My husband ordered the halibut which was delicious. The salmon dish was ok but it there was a barbecue sauce on it which was a little odd. It just didn’t go well with the salmon.

PK
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Second time here. First time wasn’t bad and figured we’d go agin. Our waiter was great but the “supporting service” not so much. I was finished while the other person I was with wasn’t. One of the servers came over to take our plates which I was fine with because I like my plate cleared when I’m done. But the server said I’ll just take it when you’re both ready. I said, no, that’s ok you can take my plate and she responded, “No, I’ll take them at the same time.” It wasn’t terribly busy so there was no reason I could tell. This small incident really turned me off and was the deciding factor that I won’t come back. There are too many great places in Philly to go to. The appetizer I had was amazing but the steak was so-so.

KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely place, good food. Entree portions are smallish but very good.

OT
Baltimore
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Attentive, friendly and very professional staff. My entree, the fazioletti pasta, was out of this world. Their Brussels sprouts and homemade rolls and herbed butter were fantastic too. We had 6 in our party and everyone thought they ordered the best dish!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was fantastic! Loved the Brisket pasta and my husband had the filet which was cooked perfectly. The desserts were delicious too! Great atmosphere, fun and not too dressy or too casual- comfortable. Service was very good, almost too many servers walking up and down checking on your progress of each portion of the meal. I appreciate the excellent service, it was just a little too much.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded our expectations, cozy table, great drinks and an awesome lunch that looked and tasted great.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable

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R
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Busy, but service was excellent as well as the food!!

l
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch with family. Food and service were excellent. We were there at 1pm and it was a bit noisy but as lunch crowd started to leave the noise level diminished. Another Starr success!!

CM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious meals. Thank you for making our rare date day so special!

KW
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way!

T
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the killer tomato (Bloody Mary) and menu are the Love! Service by Orlando was great!

MB
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was meeting friends for dinner. Service and food were both excellent.

BG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food drink and atmosphere

BW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding. Drinks were as well. The service is a but rushed but the servers are quite knowledgeable. We were very impressed with the Cheese plate and our servers tour of the plate.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Arrived for a 2:30 brunch. Service was rushed because the kitchen closes after brunch to prepare for dinner. Food was served lukewarm. Staff was unfriendly and stood off to the side waiting to pounce on any empty or partially empty plate on our table. It was an awful experience.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding, as always. I had a reservation for two people , at a later time, but arrived quite early with a third person in tow, and the front desk was able to accommodate us. Much appreciated on a freezing late morning after the Women’s March.

J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excellent.

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FM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious, ambiance was great! However, there are too many tables and people in a small amount of space, making it loud and hard to hear conversations.

PF
Philadelphia
129 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Even though I had eaten lunch at The Love, I never had dinner there. On Friday night we went for dinner not knowing what to expect. My husband and I were very pleased with our dinner choices. The fig Caesar salad was was large and fresh. The scallops and the filet dishes that we had were superior. The restaurant was busy, but the service was excellent. We highly recommend The Love and will be returning for dinner again.

b
Philadelphia
171 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! The lobster spaghetti is fantastic as well as the bread. Loved loved loved the fried chicken and scallops. You need to come here. Great drinks too! And did I mention the blondie. Amazing!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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XM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and did not think possible but better than the first!

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurant in philly
Celebrated my birthday here
Everything was A1

KZ
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service, we will definitely be back!

CB
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Too salty duck salad
Veg too sour to eat

I
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I eat here often, really good food and nice atmosphere.

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The clam soup was good as was the harvest salad. Nothing outstanding. Service was good. Good lunch crowd but loud

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Will be back there was a bunch of stuff on this menu I wanted to try! Lovely lunch!

r
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I brought in a party of 7, including friends from France, and my wife and daughter. All of us are pretty seasoned international diners. All left impressed.