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The Love

4.8
2607 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2607 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipKamnaK
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, v good drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very peaceful dining. The food was great and the server respected me and my space. It was such a nice experience with myself, would most definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress Dana was a delight and so was the food! The ambiance is great, and definitely helps release "the love" between you and your partner. Went on a week night to ensure a good table and no noise - turned out great for us!
Personal opinion, a bit more seafood options would make this place heaven on earth.

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JackieS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very sweet place. Food was scrumptious...celebrated our wedding anniversary with candied bacon, hush puppies, and pancakes with sour cherry sauce. Cocktails equally amazing.

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vipKendra
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited for the first time yesterday and my party and I loved it! Service was amazing, food and drinks also very good. I had the Broken Arrow which is like a prickly pear margarita, so good. The shrimp n grits were good and the farm fresh omelet has a perfect soft scramble. Also if you don’t try anything else you must try the Sriracha Bacon Candy! Can’t wait to come back and try dinner.

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vipEmily
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch here on a Sunday morning. Food was fabulous all around. We were able to sit outside with heaters which was great. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The Love’s outdoor dining situation is great! Went for an early brunch and enjoyed the heat lamps near our table. The brunch menu is fine, but nothing too exciting: it’s mostly upscale-ish American. The sriracha bacon was disappointing. It was tasty, sure, but it wasn’t thick-cut bacon, was a very small portion, and cost $12 (half the price of an entree). The sides in general are meager, which is a bummer for brunch.

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TamarraG
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was very nice. Intimate small setting. Food was very delicious. Especially lobster spaghetti

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Katwoman130
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just had to try the spaghetti lobster starter based on previous reviews. It was probably one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. My only problem with it would be the portion was too big for an appetizer in that when my entree arrived I was too full to eat more than a few bites. I wish they would either make the portion smaller or offer it as an entree (make a little bigger then). My husband had the mushroom soup and pork chops which he really enjoyed as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First time to The Love. Dined outside, which was nice. As the weather gets chillier they ought to invest in more outdoor heaters. It got chilly, especially as the sun set. Food was good but not fantastic, especially for the price. Service was outstanding.

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WendyS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everyone working there is very helpful. Their Covid procedures are top notch! Food was great.

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vipFrankieM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and super friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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DjRoleplay
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was wonderful and the food was amazing. Will definitely be dinning there again.

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NakiaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Food was very good. Brunch was a bit expensive over $100 for 2 people.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have a beautiful adventure love the restaurant love the food love my server we will definitely be back

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LucaM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very underrated place! Love it every time, among my favorites in
Philly

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat inside. Plexiglass and many COVID safety precautions taken. Food was still excellent as always and the service was phenomenal.

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vipTracy
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at The Love the other night and both had fabulous and fresh, seasonal meals . I had the salmon and my husband had the fried chicken. We sat outside next to the window and had the benefit of a heater above us, which was perfect. Our server was outstanding and attentive. I would highly recommend

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CindyS
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very clean and lovely place. The social distancing here is wonderful, Plexiglas at every booth. Tables spread out. Definitely make a reservation to come here, books fast. The food was all so delicious. We ordered:
Cast-Iron Baked Parker House Rolls which were so good
Honey Brined Pork Chop, husband loved this.
Pulled Brisket Fazzoletti, this was yummy just wished it had more brisket, but its still good!
Potato Frites, delicious with their remoulade, the potato wedges were thicker than I liked but it was a fabulous side.
Raspberry nut crunch bars, SO yum!!!

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress Megan was amazing. Food was incredible as always and our safety was a priority

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Kate
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh, very accommodating and attendant waitstaff. Would come back for a very high dining experience at a great price

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to The Love for brunch. The service was excellent. We were able to have outdoor seating and the heat lamps kept us comfortable on a chilly fall day. The food was amazing! We were also given complimentary glasses of champagne to celebrate (it was our post wedding brunch as a couple). We highly recommend!

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GeorgeB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was my go-to in pre-pandemic days. Nice to find it unchanged.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Me and partner went here for our anniversary. Really great experience.Superb ambiance. Our meals were excellent. The service was friendly and attentive. Don’t skip dessert! Also very clean and I felt safe the whole time even 7 mo pregnant.

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have fined at The Love before but this was my wife’s first time. We both loved it no pun intended! Great job adapting to COVID-19!

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vipBruce
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary. Wonderful evening. Food, wine and atmosphere.

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KerryP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. First time dining out since January. Was a littler nervous about social distancing, etc since I have an underlying health condition And a compromised immune system, but - it was my Mother’a 91st Birthday and she wanted to go out.
We were seated outside right by the entrance. No one was sitting near us I felt extremely comfortable and at ease. The staff was great. And is was so much fun to finally be out and about like a normal human being. Food was excellent Mom loved it Will definitely go again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

I had the chicken and waffle for brunch and the Waffle was mushy and didn’t like the flavors, would have preferred syrup. Chicken was cooked well but bland and had no taste- I added salt and didn’t help much. With tip I paid 40 for a cup of coffee snd 1 piece of fried chicken.

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Allen
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was very good and the food was overall great except the chicken dish - chicken was a little dry. Had a great selection of wine and beer. Salad was an excellent choice.

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JayKE
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time here and it was a date.The first thing I noticed was the scenery. It was quiet and lovely. The food was amazing. My date as well loved her experience.

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KatieM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Server was very accommodating. Food was perfect. Restrooms needed attention. Also had to wait in line for restrooms both times.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

Dined outside which was nice but pork chop was dry and hazelnuts overpowered both the ravioli and brownie.

Also putting a brownie in the middle of a skillet doesn’t exactly make it a skillet dessert....

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vipdeedee
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Was really excited to try The Love.I have been supporting Stephen Starr restaurants since the 90's. Food was excellent but the service was inattentive and we were not seated until 20 minutes past our reservation time.

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Sumyunggai
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We LOVE The Love! Always and forever, they have taken such good care of us. You see, leading with love is how we live and to find a restaurant that not only reflects our outlook and expectations on quality but our concern and welfare towards our fellow human? The Love is a place that has captured our hearts and not just our tummies. Thank you to The Love for having us again and again. Until the next time. Xoxo

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Natty
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the fried chicken and it was delicious! The brownie dessert was amazing. We brought my 3 yr old and everyone was so kind and thoughtful of her.

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VanessaB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was perfect! We loved their seasonal menu and each item was better than the next 😊

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was better than expected. Hands down my favorite for the night was the Spaghetti and Lobster. It's a starter but I wouldn't mind getting two and eating it as an entree. It's very flavorful and really rich but my mouth was super happy and pleased. My meal was the pulled brisket with the handmade pasta fazzoleti. It was good as well. The dish was like stroganoff with broccoli. Leona was our server she provides seamless comfort and knows how to serve and keep your glasses full. I'm actually going back today for brunch. 😁

FAQs

The Love does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. The Love also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 433-1555.

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 2607 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.