The Love

4.8
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$31 to $50
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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.

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GA
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the Love was wonderful. the worst part of the visit was my date ghosting me, but my bartender was a wonderful substitute. delicious food, wonderful staff, warm ambience. thanks.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, its my girlfriends favorite! Great service!

SO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary here and I can’t stop raving about how delicious the food was. Our service was impeccable and we had a wonderful time. Thank you so much for a beautifully memorable meal! We had the beet soup, mushroom toast, scallops, and cavatelli. Awesome beer list and cocktails too. Great job all!

P
Grand Rapids
25 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed The Love. the selection of food was very different from the normal, and very outstanding from a flavor and presentation standpoint. Prices were what you would expect, its not inexpensive, the value is very appropriate for the type of food, service, quality of the presentation. The Halibut was very good. The smoked Branzino was excellent

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and excellent service!

DC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really great place for a business lunch. Took clients & menu suited everyone’s tastes

JP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My work colleague and I was seated at a romantic table, which was amusing, but very sweet. I had the Scallops and they were perfectly cooked and the desert was something different, not a desert I've come across in the UK. S'mores Sunday, I would certainly have this again :-)

h
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistantly good. The duck s fantastic. Worth the trip for that alone

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is flames in every way

C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could not say more about The Love....excellent all around, very impressed by the attentive staff!

MU
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my parents for their 37th wedding anniversary. The entire staff made sure they felt very special. Wonderful experience. And, of course, the food was incredible!

C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, great vibe, attentive staff and a very nice way to spend Sunday brunchtime.

HR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was EXCELLENT, service was great, the ambiance was loud!

j
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! Good selection of wines and cocktails. We were celebrating a Birthday.

CJ
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit to The Love, this time with our college-age children pre-concert. We love the lively atmosphere, food and great service! The kids didn't think they'd like the chicken liver pate, but were surprised at it's mild sweetness. My branzino was crisp on the outside with moist, delicious fish on the inside. We also enjoyed the ribs, cavatelli and of course, The Lovebird can't be beat! Portions perfectly sized so you don't feel overly stuffed when you leave (the chicken portion is LARGE, though) My son particularly recommends the Smore's dessert.

m
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Perfect for special occasions - extensive menu options and very good service.

DS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another great meal shared with friends at The Love, excellent food and service. The cavatelli was amazing and we kept talking about it's goodness the next day. The salmon had so many different flavors in each bite. We greatly appreciated our server's suggestions and she was spot on with her knowledge and descriptions of the food choices. Looking forward to my next visit

M
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious from my maple Manhattan to the Italian posh breakfast platter. The ambience was chic yet cozy and our server was attentive and friendly. Would definitely return.

TM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there for brunch very busyBut still our reservations was right on time service was outstanding and the food was sure worth coming back can’t wait to go back for dinner

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch experience. Food was delicious. We were not rushed and enjoyed catching up with friends.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch in Philly

H
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I appreciated how they added another seat for my husband, who was not expected.

A
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food is fabulous; lots of great choices for meat eaters or vegetarians. Dinner was quiet initially, then of course as the restaurant filled the noise escalated. Still, manageable noise. Servers very attentative. Delicious drinks and food. Would recommend for a special night out, casual or dressy welcome.

SB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I had the farm chicken salad which was very good, not outstanding The bananas foster, however, was fabulous!

G
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four of us women were in Town for the Flower Show. Our last dinner was at the Love, and wow did it hit it out of the park. The menu was diverse, not crazy, but it had lots of choices. We all had something different, and talked above each other to rave about our selections. Service was perfect and so was the Love

A
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Veronica was a standout! She definitely gave us superb service. We ordered most of the appetizers to sample and they did not disappoint!

LM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious , great service!
Look forward to our next time allready!

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents were treated like royalty as they celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary! Thank you for making it such a special night!!

DN
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always great at The Love.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to come to the The Love for a company meet and greet for those that lived in the area and I’m glad that we did. EVERYTHING was exceptional from the moment we walked in the door. The hostesses were welcoming, attentive and sat our group right away. Our server (I believe his name was Maro) was wonderful, attentive, had great recommendations and provided great service. The food was delicious, ALL OF IT? I have nothing but wonderful things to say and highly recommend The Love for small group, date night and any other occasion you want a nice dinner in a great atmosphere

VK
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s the best all around !!! Always consistent ! Try the fried oysters and the prime rib sandwich !!!! I can’t get enough :)

K
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place - super cute and very cozy. Service was amazing, they were very attentive and informative. Food was delicious and portions were hefty. Would definitely revisit and also recommend.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our 3rd visit and AGAIN it was EXCELLENT !!

LA
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Cheese board was the perfect app for 4 people to start. Also enjoyed the Salmon, the Lobster and spaghetti and the Ricotta Ravioli. All fabulous!

OT
New York Area
1 review