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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
4672 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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Booked 163 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    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

Menu

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What 4,672 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Returned to the Love and found the same energy and vibe that it always has had. Great food and great service.

  2. SM

    SueM

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice ambiance, excellent service -delicious filet!

  3. SC

    StaceyC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Striped Bass in the lemon beurre blanc is magical. I’m not a dessert person and the carrot cake with coconut sorbet is amazing. Everyone must try and these should never leave the menu!!

  4. m

    madsmom257

    Philadelphia

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Went for brunch to celebrate a birthday - had to wait almost 30 minutes for a table even with a reservation, however had no issues with this at all - a super busy day! Our waiter took our order quickly, but was not very attentive to us the rest of the time, we would have to flag him down for water or wait for him to return to see if we wanted dessert - again it was very busy. The food was delicious - the blueberry scones were warm and just perfect as were the fried green tomatoes. The lemon poppyseed pancakes were very good, but I think getting the cherry sauce on the side would work better. The ricotta ravioli was excellent! The cookie skillet is a must have!! Will be back again!!

  5. BC

    BenC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Ordered a mushroom risotto from the brunch menu. It was heavy, too salty and pricey. My guest had the scrambled egg breakfast which was better, more what we expected for brunch than any of the other menu items. Took a long time to get our bill.

  6. LH

    LoriH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food/service/atmosphere was everything I needed!

  7. AR

    AmandaRae

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food & drinks were both very good! Loved the atmosphere and the service was phenomenal!

  8. O

    Orly

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    An excellent brunch. The food was delicious and the service was great!. We will definitely go back to the Love !

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Dana was absolutely amazing. The love is one of my favorite restaurants and it was my boyfriend’s first time going and it instantly became one of his favorites. The food and drinks were superb and came in a reasonable time.

  10. PC

    PatrickC

    Baltimore

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    I brought my roommate for her birthday dinner and we were impressed as usual. Just an amazing restaurant serviced by amazing people.

  11. B

    Boss

    Philadelphia

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal and attentive service. One of the nicest dining rooms in Philadelphia. Food was well prepared and was served in generous portions. Overall a great experience.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The restaurant was great. I was there to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. We got a great table and great service. They even brought him a tiny cake with a candle. We order the hush puppies for appetizer and they were a bit salty for my taste. The ravioli was great and the Parpadelle pasta was itself was delicious but the sauce was a bit heavy. I ended having acid reflux after it.

  13. P

    Patricia

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were a few minutes late (traffic) and called to ask them to hold our reservations. They were really good about accommodating our request to hold our reservations. Front house staff was friendly and seated us quickly. The server was amazing: friendly, engaging and informative—and remembered from our reservation that we were celebrating a special occasion. The food was perfection, the beet salad was heaven and the miso collard greens will be the reason I return, with guests. It felt welcoming and warm, like I was visiting a friend. Highly recommend.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, server Jake was knowledgeable and kind, didn’t rush us at all made the experience very enjoyable. Salmon and see bass were top notch. Desserts were delicious! Great for a night out!

  15. LM

    LeighM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks were amazing! Hush puppies and Frośe are a must!

  16. KD

    KrisD

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous service and food. It’s always a pleasure here.

  17. MZ

    MicheleZ

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, excellent food

  18. l

    lmg22

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Our waiter was FANTASTIC

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You cannot go wrong with ANYTHING on the menu. We will be back until we have tried everything. All food was amazing. And service was impeccable. Such a great experience!

  20. NM

    NMLa

    Philadelphia

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We had fried green tomatoes, salmon, striped bass. All very well prepared. When we didn't order dessert (took leftovers home), the hostess gave us delicious chocolate fudgy bites. Just the right end to a lovely meal.

  21. L

    Lunch

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    our server was great! food, drinks and ambiance were awesome, and I even got a little birthday treat! will definitely be back.

  22. j

    jsnprns

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice, creative menu, great plant-based options as well. Top-notch ingredients too

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Old friend in town

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous over the top. I’ll Definitely be back….. Jenna our server was amazing but I’m Biased…. We had the Duck app and the Beet salad followed by Tuna Crudo Complimentary……our entrees were the Ravioli , the Salmon and finally Striped Bass. Finished w Creme Brûlée and Chocolate Cake nites Courtesy of The restaurant . I felt Like a VIP !!!!!!

  25. G

    Geez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good service and great food. Also had a Manhattan it was delicious

  26. LK

    LeeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined upstairs in the more private area which was quiet & provided nice windows for viewing the neighborhood. The service and food was the best we’ve had on this vacation to Philly. We will surely return. I am thankful to the person at Reading Market that recommended this delicious restaurant to us.

  27. GF

    GailF

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a delightful place! Great atmosphere, food and service. Wish we lived in Philly, if we did this place would be my go too!

  28. JR

    JonR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Wife and I went to The Love for our 3rd wedding anniversary. I had booked the reservation and notified them of the occasion without thinking much of it. To our surprise, after we were seated at a nice table outside, they provided a complimentary glass of champagne and desert. Exceptional service and delicious food. Will definitely return!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience3

    The food was delicious and the service was great. The chairs were terribly uncomfortable. And my friend got her wallet stolen while we were there. Didn’t realize it until we got home. Very upsetting.

  30. k

    kjtripper

    Baltimore

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service from the beginning to end, topped with very good food made our first visit a pleasant one. The blueberry scones were the best of the items we ordered.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic brunch. The staff is very gracious and kind. Management, impecable. Food, next level. Will definitely be a repeat customer.

  32. RE

    RussellE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love The Love. On one of the biggest weekends of the year (graduations, Penn Reunion, etc.) we were able to get a last-minute reservation and never felt rushed. The service was personal. Oh, and the food? delicious.

  33. MH

    MegH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    nice atmosphere, good food, staff were polite and friendly. went here to celebrate an anniversary and it was a great experience.

  34. l

    lsbtravel

    Philadelphia

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I regularly have brunch or lunch here at least once a week. Very pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff including the reception hosts. Reasonable menus and of course always the finest quality ingredients as befits a STARR restaurant

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service, delicious food, lovely ambiance. A win every time!

  36. s

    sweezy

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible food and excellent service! A beautiful venue for brunch. I ordered the Posh Brunch with the truffle scrambled eggs.

  37. A

    Angelica

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated my husband’s birthday. Beautiful place, delicious food

  38. PF

    PhillyFoodFan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was warm, considerate and attentive. Menu options were great, like a farm-fresh take on American fare, but not too overwhelming in its breadth of options. Highly recommend the Fried Chicken and Miso Collards! My prickly pear cocktail was delicious!

  39. CC

    CaraC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole experience was great! Our server Dana was amazing. We couldn’t decide on what to get and her recommendations were perfect. We had the sea bass and bolognese dishes. Delicious! Also get the carrot cake! Might be the best dessert I’ve ever had! Great experience!

  40. c

    chester

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Wonderful selections, good wine list.

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 4672 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 163 times today

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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

  • 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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