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The Love

4.8
3831 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3831 people are saying
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vipAbby
New England
8 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with a southern bent and wonderful service

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EmiliaK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect! The food is amazing and so is the service. What a gem!

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ValerieL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice to sit if you have a booth.
Starters were delicious- we had the tuna and the duck.
Main course was good but it could’ve been better..
Dessert was pretty good, a little too sweet for my taste - Creme brûlée

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vipFoodie
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very interesting and unusual choices on the menu. Good use of spice. Food was prepared in a tasty but not a very healthful way. Good drinks. Our service was outstanding. Our wait person very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved it, food and service was great. I will be back.
Only flaw, in my opinion, is that the restaurant gets very noisy. Not sure they need background music in addition to the dining room noise when the restaurant is full.

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Sharona
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem. Fantastic food, fantastic service, fantastic outdoor seating in heated pods. I called the restaurant before making reservations to find out if the outdoor seating had heat - which was a major factor in my decision to go here. When I arrived and the pod was freezing, I asked the hostess about it and we had heat within a few minutes. Our waitress, Lianna, made the experience (my birthday) truly a wonderful experience.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great about our visit here, would visit again for sure.

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vipmmmm
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

average food; slightly below average service; ok surroundings

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipgr8mood
Philadelphia
116 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service. Alexa was very attentive and friendly. We love the cocktails and the cute cheese plate!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outdoor dining in individual pods on a busy street so it was noisy but the food and service were well worth it.

MM
vipMissMary
Philadelphia
134 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was the first time dining at The Love. What a perfect location y'alls have! I often find myself in Rittenhouse, so I am sure I will frequent the restaurant in the future. My guest and I really enjoyed our meals; we sat indoors, sipped our vanilla lattes, and overall our waiter was very good (especially helping me select something I could eat on the menu, since I have a food allergy). My ravioli was AMAZING as I love hazelnuts. Perhaps in the Spring I'll sit in outside (or maybe the street booths, which are so charming), and try something new on the menu!

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AbbyW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch at the Love was wonderful. This was my first in house meal and I felt no anxiety.
The food and drinks were tasty and the service was both helpful and friendly.
The restaurant was bustling with the morning crowd but I did not feel rushed.
I definitely recommend The Love and look forward to returning.

MM
vipMenuMommy
Memphis/West TN
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Very expensive for portion size. I was served a salad of old brown lettuce which was promptly replaced by the waitress when I pointed it out to her. BUT it should have never have left the kitchen and been served to a customer. Steven Starr restaurants usually provide a uniformly excellent meal. This was not the case today.

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vipPhilEdiner
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside in one of the Love “shacks”. Great service and excellent food. We ate from the brunch menu which was very satisfying and quite filling.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at The Love. The food was phenomenal and the ambiance is incredible.

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Bobby
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, apps were big sizes but seafood entrees did not have much substance to it. 2 shrimp, 2 muscles

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vipElizabethM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed all of it! The food was wonderful. Our server was just the best. We will be back on our next trip to Philadelphia.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10. Amazing food and even better drinks!

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kimb
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best meal I have had in Philadelphia. The recommendations from the lovely server were perfect. Ambience is beautiful. Look forward to coming for brunch which I hear is fantastic.

LM
vipLMSM
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time @ The love. It did not disappoint. From the greeting to the seating to the sweet server Sophie to the food, drinks and dessert—our visit made the end of our anniversary celebration perfect! Cannot wait to go back just because!

JM
vipJayM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very consistent dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was very good. However the busser asked to clear the creme brulee *while my date was taking a spoonful* after our waiter told us that he'd "let us finish the last few bites of our appetizer before clearing it".

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CliffJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Undoubtedly the best Salmon I have ever tasted. All the other parts of our meal were just hitting every note perfectly. But that Thai Salmon… great service from Jenna and staff. Will def return, often…

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JasonL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buttermilk fried chicken w/grits and collard greens was amazing. Also love the honey and toffee dessert. We ate out on the sidewalk on a beautiful evening. Just a great meal on a trip to visit my daughter at college. She wants to return, I want to return, so I guess we'll be bring mom and sisters next time!

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vipSIMONJ
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good lunch menu. Beet salad was excellent. Friendly service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the service was great, and the atmosphere was perfect! Would definitely go again.

KC
KimberlyC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was fantastic and environment was great chic rustic charm. Elevated cozy home environment, perfect choice for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

The portions are just the right size! I enjoyed it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was outstanding. The service, the atmosphere and especially the food!

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CarlosF
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was just outstanding and the service was next level. Date night is where you need to bring your special someone!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Different food combination but wonderful. Parsnip soup needed some help. Rather bland. Pork chop tasted like autumn, just great. Collard greens were delicious. Would go back again next time in Philly.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

JJ
JoJo
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall wonderful experience. Good and service were excellent.

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vipHowardF
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Thanks for a special anniversary dinner.

BC
vipBrianC
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our best The Love experience yet!! So happy we shared this evening with friends because it went so well! Many thanks to server Jenna who is welcoming, professional and fun! Wine, cheese plate, dinners, more wine, desserts!! We will be back!

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chris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in one the 'shacks'- really great place to be- and quiet, and Dana
was so attentive. The food was truly wonderful and full of flavor and
sophistication- would come back again and again.

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Exercisedog
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The quality of the food was very good. The portion size was very small. I am not a big eater, but I was hungry after I finished my meal.

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vipMarci
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous outdoor eating ambiance. Service was wonderful! Appetizers were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful! The food was delicious! We will go back for another wonderful experience

FAQs

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 3831 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.