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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
5071 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, sidewalk seating, 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.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 172 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 433-1555

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Charles Parker

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Cross street

    Sansom

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 5,071 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    190 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    190 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An energetic night at the Love. Great food and service - pretty loud but the people-watching is always good.
  2. SS

    SueS

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining with a former student! Perfect experience with a surprise special dessert!
  3. MM

    MMD14

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Music was too loud for business lunch.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    incredible food, drinks, and service!
  5. ET

    EileenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch menu options. Enjoyed the Greek salad with salmon and loved the cauliflower soup. It's a big serving. The fried green tomatoes were a little close to being burnt though
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Our server shared lots of information about the menu!
  7. LW

    LWhite13

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive and gave good suggestions. Would highly recommend!
  8. T

    Tourist

    New England

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most perfect brunch I could have dreamed of! Definitely need a reservation, so happy we went.
  9. A

    Alibaba

    Philadelphia

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was our second time at the Love and we thought the service was very good and the food was delicious. It’s expensive but the portions are pretty generous. The noise level in the restaurant was a little high so sitting outside might be preferable which is what we did during our first visit. I would definitely go back though and would recommend this restaurant to others.
  10. KM

    KarolM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the food and vibe at The Love! It is always one of the best date night restaurants in the City!
  11. N

    Neil

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great waitress.. it’s brick inside so noisey. Good food!
  12. A

    Alexcan3

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our party of 4 enjoyed all food ordered. We went for the hush puppies and fried green tomatoes; both were excellent! Carrot cake was delicious. It was not as loud as other Stephen Starr restaurants, but it was loud. We went into the experience knowing that would be true, and therefore did not let it bother us. I would return.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal and vibe ever!!!!!!
  14. DM

    DonnaM

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining at The Love, but will not be the last! Exceptional service and food.
  15. ST

    SharonT

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Love is literally one of my favorite restaurants and second time coming for my Anniversary! I love that they have seasonal menus and everything is always so good and strong good drinks!
  16. B

    Bill

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The food is good but the menu for lunch is quite narrow and it a bit overpriced and very noisy due to the low ceilings. Service is quite good.
  17. A

    Alexandra

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time at The Love! The food, ambiance, and service was incredible. Definitely one of my favorites in Philadelphia now!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Monday night in Philly to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Everything was perfect from ambiance, to service, to food and the special recognition of our anniversary.
  19. b

    bbdine

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely experience, dining area and overall ambience was great for our brunch for my son’s birthday. There were also some interesting menu choices that I enjoyed, the candied sriracha bacon was particularly good.
  20. M

    Marleina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very very busy, but the staff was working so hard to make sure that everyone was taken care of! We had a lovely experience. The food was great, and we will come back.
  21. C

    Chels

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food we had was exquisite and the service was even better! Dana is a star!
  22. A

    Ameen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and services. The beef steak and Mediterranean Salmon were excellent. The place also serves the best drinks. Go for the straight arrow If you don't want to drink alcohol. It is rare to find an excellent non alcoholic drink. We also loved the lemon creme Brulee.
  23. A

    Archern69

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy warm place with close but comfortable seating. Food was fantastic. Drinks were good. Service was excellent. Definitely worth a try!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely unparalleled food, service and overall experience! The Love has quickly become our most favorite place to escape for date night. The seasonal changes to the menu are phenomenal and every single person from the hostess, to the kitchen staff, to the waiters/waitresses go out of their way to make the experience nothing short of stellar. Simply amazing.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We arrived a few few minutes early and were seated right away. Very cool place downtown. My only complaint was the chairs were awfully uncomfortable. Several adjacent diners made the same comments. Our food was absolutely amazing. The salmon dish was one of the best I’ve ever had. The fried chicken was also good. We also tried the burrata bread appetizer - similarly awesome. Dessert was the carrot cake. Delicious. Service was adequate but a bit slow at times. I think our server was overseated. She was hustling though so it’s not on her. Overall great experience. Please consider different chairs. :)
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I like it over all. Will continue to come back
  27. TG

    TexasGirl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible restaurant!! We were in town from Texas, and actually ate their twice we loved it so much. Pumpkin Risotto was to die for! Monica was our server both days and was fabulous! Please open one in DFW!
  28. c

    clarabeau

    New England

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We sat upstairs. Portions were big. Good tasty and nice ambiance.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super yummy! Awesome experience all around
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall it was a great experience. We got to sit outside on a gorgeous day - the drinks were delicious and the food was great too…loved the drop biscuits at brunch. The bathroom line was a little crazy but didn’t detract from the overall experience. Stephen Starr’s restaurants are always great and this is no exception.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  32. BZ

    BruceZ

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good entrees and service. our table was a little cramped.
  33. t

    trudyg

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We both have our favorite dishes there.The Bronzino & Chicken are the best.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food & drinks was amazing
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent lunch, delicious delicate ravioli and gorgeous presentation. Service was impeccable.
  36. BD

    BreakfastforDinner

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Apps were better than the entrees… but it’s a fun restaurant so I plan to go back and give it another shot.
  37. EA

    EATUP6666

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there to celebrate a friend of mine’s birthday which was wonderful this was my fourth time dining there each time gets better thank you love .I want to take my head off to our server Lauren Tks for impeccable service🌺
  38. JC

    JimmyC

    Philadelphia

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and service! Beet salad and hush puppies are a must order.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. I had the shrimp and grits. Perfectly seasoned. And those grits!!! My friend had the lemon poppy pancakes. They are HUGE! Very light and fluffy. Also tried the blueberry scones. Out of this world! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE.
  40. DW

    DeniseW

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable!!! Food was amazing! Drinks were delicious! I only wish I didn't have to travel an hour to get here....I'd go way more often!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 5071 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 172 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Love

130 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sansom

  • Neighborhood

    Rittenhouse Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Charles Parker

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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