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The Love

4.8
3195 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 3195 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience. Superb waitstaff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner outdoors in their Love Shack. Food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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vipjzuchero
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, super food, but without a doubt the best Manhattan I’ve ever had!

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LarryeL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp and grits were amazing as was the Cracker Jax sundae. Our waiter, Bobby was very engaging but not intrusive.

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vipjamie
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a pleasure to dine here, food/service/drinks are spot on

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was wonderful and attentive. Food was delicious.

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TylerM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came for Mother’s Day. Food was excellent (cheese board, tuna crudo, brisket and handkerchief pasta dish) and our service was even better. Our server, Sam, was beyond professional and knowledgeable.

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Dani
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 recommend! The food is amazing!! Definitely plan on returning

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vipCatherineR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrated Mother’s Day at The Love …..had never been before….LOVED the experience and look forward trying inside dining ❤️

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KristenB
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were in the heated love shacks but the heat wasn’t turning on so we were pretty cold the whole time. The drinks were great. Food was good too but wish we could’ve chosen off the lunch menu instead of just the brunch menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Potatoes cold, dining room chilly,

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch

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Mehul
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Exceptional food and a great vibe overall.

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Foodie07712
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love is just that. What a great use of outdoor space. Food was delicious, service was on point and the cocktails were even better. Definitely recommend for a nice brunch. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipLizzyM
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at The Love. The food was delicious (fried chicken and brisket fazzoletti) and the service was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing as usual!!

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vipDeniseS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great outdoor dining even on a chilly night. great food and great service.

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vipLove
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit to The Love and it was awesome. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. What a gem of a restaurant...one of the best in Philadelphia. The salmon and fried chicken were delicious...and the buffalo cauliflower is to die for. Return trip very soon!!!

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

We sat outdoors in the cubbies and it was so cool. I really enjoyed the experience.

Food was great. Drinks were delicious. Staff was very friendly and can’t wait to go back.

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AndieB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! My son took me there for Mother’s Day and it was fabulous! We can’t wait to go back again! Everyone was so nice from the girls outside who checked our reservation and took our temperature on our wrist to the waitress and wait staff! The entrees were great and so was the dessert! Next time I want to try for a reservation in the outside shack, we waited too long so they were all full but we felt perfectly safe inside as the seating was pretty far apart!

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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and incredible food

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vipDoubleduty
Philadelphia
211 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Recently had lunch and dinner at the Love. Lunch was great. The outdoor seating is excellent and heating system is phenomenal. Food was very good. KS Omelette was tasty. Prices were very fair at lunch. Dinner was not as good and prices seemed too high for what was received. Indoor seating was fine and great atmosphere. Dinner choices seemed a bit limited. Tuna Crudo was excellent as always and the fried cauliflower was better than anticipated. Both entrees were disappointing. Salmon was different and would not get again. The scallops were tasty but there were only 4. $34 for 4 scallops seems a bit much. The asparagus with the scallops was terrible. The whole stalks were served. They were very tough. The bottoms should have been removed,. They were not edible. Very disappointing. Sauce was tasty but could not overcome the asparagus. Cocktails were great. Wine is pricey for what it is. Nice & delicious complimentary apricot pastry at the end.

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vipalwayshungry
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved The Love! Creative menu. Excellent service. Every bite a delight. Go!

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vipFoodie2019
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal, beautifully plated and served. Our waiter, Sean, was very professional and welcoming. So nice to be back out enjoying a great Steven Starr meal!

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YanaP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our daughter’s graduation. The food was delicious and the waitress was an absolute professional. Very pleasant atmosphere. Love the Love ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful lunch. The food was amazing. The desserts were spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I had the omelette last week - delicious.

I had the fig Caesar this week - inedible. - too sweet. Not much chicken. Way over dressed.

But I’ll go back and try the turkey avocado club.

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JonS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The risotto was excellent! The tuna crudo was too hot and spicy for me and my wife. It had too much heat. The grilled scallops were good but also we detected a bit of hot spice. Not being a fan of spicy or hot food everything but the risotto left something to be desired.

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MaryC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious--I would go back in a second for the scallops! The dessert was also very good, but I thought it was a bit pricey for a dessert. That being said, it was also delicious and I ate every bit of it!!!!

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MaryN
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was perfectly cooked at every level. I had a combination of the salmon with vegetables. Every snap he was prepared perfectly the salmon was hot in perfectly cooked in the flavors were delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was just ok. Food was great.

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vipJuliaT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience here was amazing! The food was phenomenal, the service was excellent and the ambience is perfect! I would recommend this for any time of the day.

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ishikeiahm
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and atmosphere was wonderful no wait waitress was very attentive just wish there where more options as far as entree but overall I was very pleased

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vipLaRagazzaGialla
Philadelphia
171 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Delicious food and friendly service. Great drinks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed an amazing meal at The Love! Service was friendly, ambiance lovely and there was proper social distancing inside. We enjoyed the hush puppies, tuna crudo, beet risotto, cucumber salad, scallops, ravioli and the frites, all delicious! Cocktails and Malbec were delicious! Highly recommend and I will be returning!

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vipSilverQueen
Philadelphia
577 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We each enjoyed our lunch. The service was excellent. The booth was fine but it's a bit creepy having large trucks and buses driving so close. I loved the chicken caesar and took home half of it. The menu offers many unusual dishes. Portions are huge.

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lynneA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Excellent!’

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NinaG
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Was totally upset that the cushions were totally ripped open and we were seated there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent!

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 3195 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.