The Love

4.8
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2241 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
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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XM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KZ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service, we will definitely be back!

CB
Philadelphia
64 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Too salty duck salad
Veg too sour to eat

I
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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

OT
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

r
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

LR
Philadelphia
140 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here, it’s a favorite place for my husband and I. The service is excellent and the menu options are healthy, or at least vegetable friendly, which I appreciate. Very delicious. Beautiful dining room as well. Recommend!

DM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was Excellent, Service was good, but not outstanding.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service! I’ll be back!!!!

JH
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, and our server was very attentive throughout the course of our meal. Only downside was the chairs - wicker with not a lot of support. Odd choice for a well decorated and culinary driven concept.

MB
Philadelphia
416 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love has never disappointed us. Really good food and service. We had an awesome quiet table in a corner. Can't go wrong on the fried chicken. First courses are large. Creative cocktails. Attentive wait staff. Only regret was not getting the cheese plate this time. Always a good choice.

WB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love staff were incredible accommodating and kind! We were not rushed throughout our dinner, which was nice because we were celebrating a birthday. Without any expectation, I put in my note on OpenTable that we were celebrating a birthday when it asked if it was a special occasion and they surprised us with a little birthday dessert for my wife.
We would definitely recommend The Love for the quality of food, service, and ambiance.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, especially Brian, the manager, are terrific; the cuisine is excellent.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm from north Jersey and I would drive down an hour and a half, just to have the pasta with lobster.

t
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice meal where you can talk without shouting. Food quality is very good and the staff is very attentive without being overbearing.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! All wait staff was very attentive, especially Nickolai. Meal was delicious!! Will definitely go back!

SK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! What an excellent dining experience! I

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas present

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is an absolute must go-to in philly when you're there. Order the mushroom toast!!

DM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. I mean everything... Will go back every time I'm in Philadelphia.

OT
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was very good - the menu had good options for every palate - I would go back.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great food. We all had a blast!

D
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great meal

HR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding, as were the drinks. Everyone was super kind and accommodating. My only gripe was that after we were served water, it took an extra long time to have anyone return to our table. After we waited about 20-25 minutes, someone approached us to take our order and service was fine the rest of the night.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff!! We went to dinner with two people with food allergies and they made amazing accommodations. Will 100% be returning! Thank you!!

SP
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We think that The Love is one of the finest restaurants in the city. Food, ambiance, service is always good and consistent. We asked for a quiet table and fortunately got one.

DG
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a different flair and preparation. Great atmosphere and service.

MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful. The atmosphere was cool

DM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was outstanding, the service was excellent to include the bartender while waiting for my guest to arrive.
overall experience was great, I would definitely return and would recommend.

MD
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went with 2 friends for Sunday Brunch. It was delicious.
The food was so good and I was expecting really small portions- the portions were nice size.
Service was great. It was a special treat.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a perfect food experience per usual!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were celebrating our anniversary and had a reservation almost a week in advance. Upon arriving and taken to our seats, we were very disappointed that we were not sitting in a booth which we had requested. The table was small, the chairs were uncomfortable and it just wasn’t that intimate. We had visited The Love before for our anniversary and were very pleased which is why we returned. Our waiter rushed us through our appetizers, bringing our main course when we were not even finished. Also, I got the special and it was way too salty. My husband had the bronzino and that was delicious. Not sure we will return

TA
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the second time at The Love and it was fantastic again! The wait staff work the whole room. If there is a dirty dish anyone that walks by will take it off your table. Everyone was friendly and the food was delicious! My only tiny complaint is the noise level. It was a bit loud but it was Saturday night and every table was full. It would not keep from going back but I might go in a bit earlier to avoid top level crowds. Highly Recommend!

RB
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food (had the ribs, cauliflower risotto, and salmon). Great place for a date night, and excellent service. Price to be expected for center city/rittenhouse area.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food service was okay we had a very attentive waitress. Food was salty. The reservation was booked and when I booked the reservation I said we were celebrating a Birthday this was never mentioned by any of the staff, so my guess is they don’t pay attention to reservation notes.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great Starr location!