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The Love

4.8
2758 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are proud to introduce The Love to their hometown of Philadelphia. This bi-level 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
  • 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 2758 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LoveTheLove
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was stunning and delicious, and service was top-notch. Some of the dishes were quite innovative, and we loved our experience dining outside. We proceeded to come back to experience indoor dining and felt extremely safe.

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AmirT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Took too long to be seated in the outside booth,I had to remind them that I had a reservation

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karenbz
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great outdoor dining experience- the pods are perfectly warm !

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Phoodiedelphia
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Pods were way too overheated and service was poor. Was seated and didn't get a server for the first 30 minutes, only after asking for a server we received one and then she only visited once between taking our order and us having to ask for a check.

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BlackPanther
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, with great service and people. Have managed to keep nice heated outdoor booths during these covid days.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; outdoor seating was great

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time out in the city since the pandemic. First I just want to say with how kind every single staff member we encountered was. It put my anxieties about dinning out completely at ease. Our request for seating in their chalets was honored and it was such a beautiful atmosphere. Warm enough that I was able to take off my jacket on a 33 degree January night. The food of course was fantastic as well. Thank you so much to The Love. This was such a special night.

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ScottE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After nine months it was a pleasure to once again experience indoor dining. And we couldn’t have picked a better place.

Our server Michael was professional and friendly, without being uptight. We were greeted promptly and our cocktails came out quickly. We order the warm Parker rolls, which were delicious. For dinner, my husband ordered the Ravioli and I ordered the Fried Chicken. Both were absolutely delicious. Michael checked back from time to time but was not intrusive.

A great re-introduction to indoor indoor dining. A lovely restaurant with fine food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal at the love! Food was excellent, we had the tuna crisp, harvest plate, scallops and pomme frites. Everything was great! Nice ambiance. Alittle pricey.

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vipBrunoV
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The heating system was not working well. It was cold!

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vipNancyE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! The Love Shack was great! Service was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience and will be back!

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AndrewL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great experience dining outdoors in the well-constructed, ventilated warming huts! We were comfortable and felt safe to enjoy the excellent food. Amazing tuna crudo, harvest plate, beet risotto. Excellent service once we were seated. Encourage supporting your favorite restaurants today!

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vipKblovesfood
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great. Would have gotten a fifth star if the avocado on the turkey sandwich had not gone brown😕. Wonderful service. Awesome cheese board.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The outdoor dining isn't my preferred way of eating, but they did amazing with the restrictions that the city placed on them. The service was phenomenal

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet lunch - quick service - and the quinoa bowl with Salmon was amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend for Covid dining. The staff was phenomenal; especially Rachel!

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DeeDee
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, great service didn’t like that I could not have dessert or an after dinner drink because my 1 1/2 hour time limit was getting close. I understand with covid there needs to be a time restrictions but I was very rushed. Definitely will not go back until this changes or time limit gets extended maybe another 1/2 hour Once again, food and service was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the outdoor option, it’s heated and it’s comfortable! Great service our waiter was great !

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vipkataay
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Best covid outdoor set up yet. Rooms are actually warm and private. Very nice

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food!!

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vippiechota
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server Heather, good, but others better. In some ways, I feel “ the love” is under staffed. It’s a VERy POPULAR restaurant for good reason.. excellent food and drinks. Usual an A+++, but yesterday I felt rushed . Food out to quickly . Grade B.

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vipdougg
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Although there isn’t much in the way of vegan cuisine on the menu, once I informed my server of my dietary restrictions he sent over the manager, Marquez. Marquez orchestrated a vegan FEAST and the chef went out of his way to make me something off menu. And it was DELICIOUS! I cannot recommend The Love highly enough and ESPECIALLY the EXCEPTIONAL customer service of Marquez. I will definitely be back!

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vipRonL
Philadelphia
40 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Consistently Excellent

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katrinka
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Harvest Plate was the best. Salmon excellent too. So, so for pasta brisket dish

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KevinY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating space if you're able to get the booth. Got the Nashville Hot Chicken and it was delicious.

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ThankfulHubby
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice place. Drinks were fantastic. Food was hot and tasty comfort food. Some things a bit pricey - $20 eggs, pancakes, etc.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

I understand this is a pricier restaurant and was okay with it because I was celebrating an anniversary. The ambiance was nice and I liked the heated seating area. I am a vegetarian and The Love did not have many options for vegetarians. I went for brunch and decided on the mushroom omelette. It tasted like it was cooked in dead fish oil. I could not eat more than two bites. The smell was also extremely off-putting. My boyfriend got the chicken sandwich and it was more fried outer crust that chicken meat. The meal was certainly not worth the price.

We were served by two waiters for most of the meal. We gave our drink and food orders twice and were served two tap waters because they weren’t aware we had two waiters. The team was very nice though and I can’t fault them for being a little disorganized given the world’s current situation.

This was my second time eating at The Love (ordering two different meals) and it’s safe to say I will not return. I do not agree that the price is worth the food we were given.

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vipKimo
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The love shacks for outdoor dining are adorable and kept us warm. Delicious cocktails and brunch menu

Would definitely return!

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vipDrGM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday made special
By the ambiance of our love shack

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vipgr8mood
Philadelphia
108 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time for brunch. We had one of the "love shacks" set up for COVID. The brunch menu has many great offerings. We went with the buffalo cauliflower to start and then the Nashville hot chicken and turkey avocado melt for the meals. Portions were large, so we took our leftovers home. The cocktails were awesome; we had the cranberry moscow mule. Service was super friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding outdoor dining. beautiful set up and very warm!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The outdoor dining feels like it’s always been there, it’s so cozy and festive. The food was absolutely amazing! The hush puppies and drinks were my favorite. My only downside was that we did have to wait a bit for our table (about 20 minutes), but we were seated after the brunch hours and the staff still allowed us to order from that menu which was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Anniversary!

CM
CapeMay
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s brunch! We had a wonderful meal. Planning to return for Valentines Day.

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vipTheBest
Philadelphia
118 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Like all Stephen Starr restaurants, The Love is also on the pricier side. Guess he has to make up for all those Gift Cards that we all profit from year round. In the end it's a win-win.

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vipMichaelB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great comfort food. Nice atmosphere both indoors or for safe outdoor dining. They’re outdoor booths are warm and decorated nicely.

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Cindyp
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dined outdoors New Years Eve—great spot!

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vipDiner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor seating pod was fabulous for New Year’s Eve - private and safe

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 2758 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.