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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
4929 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 129 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary 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

What 4,929 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Goodtimes

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and ambience. We will be back.
  2. DL

    DonnaL

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great server Danielle who was so helpful in her vegan and gluten free advice. Meal was amazing. A great and perfectly attentive server. Disappointed though to pay $8 for bottled water. Sparkling or Philly tap with no filtration the other options.
  3. R

    Ronda07

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    Beautiful venue, great service, bland, greasy food. Also, they attempt to be healthy with no regular sugar but Splenda isn’t exactly helpful and raw sugar doesn’t melt in cold drink. Lovely to look at, might be great for happy but brunch was a waste of money.
  4. KB

    KimB

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING service waitstaff phenomenal. Food delicious
  5. ND

    NoahD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The place looked good. The service was poor. The food tasted good but very overpriced. Dessert wasn’t good.
  6. CF

    ChristineF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!! Would go back again!
  7. SB

    StaceyB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lunch at The Love was outstanding! Service, atmosphere and food were next level!
  8. DS

    DanielleS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food, great atmosphere! Highly recommend, great for a business lunch.
  9. LN

    LaurieN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal and service immensely. the quality of the meal and the service was outstanding. My only complaint was the location of where were sitting. We were seated directly next to the server stand, and directly in the path to the front door and restaurant. Every patron and server passed by us and often brushed up against our chair. There were people constantly moving around us. I was there for a birthday celebration with my wife and it was very hard to focus on our conversation due to all of the activity around us. It took away from the ambiance of the facility and the intimacy of the dinner I was hoping to have. We would definitely go back to the restaurant for a meal but if asked to sit there again I would ask to be moved somewhere else.
  10. HM

    HeatherM

    New England

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coffee, mimosa, espresso martini, and food were delicious. The fried green tomatoes, and the chive butter that comes with the rolls are a must have. I got the leek and gouda omelet which was light, fluffy, and not overfilling like a lot of omelets can be. Highly recommend!
  11. S

    Shea

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and amazing food, we enjoyed every aspect of the meal. Only one issue was the cleanliness of the booth seating, seems like it needs a good steam cleaning and dusting after every customer. Other than that, I enjoyed my time there. I would visit again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    170 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    170 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took a new couple to the Love and it did not disappoint - food and service were great.
  13. S

    Slowfoodjack

    Baltimore

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food1service3ambience5
    The line caught tuna crudo was exceptionally delicious and was a beautiful presentation!
  14. L

    Love

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant provided a lovely setting and the server (Matt) was excellent. T I was ready for a solid dining experience but what I received was quality and attention beyond expectations. Can't wait to go back.
  15. SC

    StefC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Awful service. Average food.
  16. J

    Jill

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and wait staff are excellent. It was noisy but the food was so good it was worth the experience. I would definitely go back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Decent place for brunch. Nothing to write home about
  18. EB

    EricB

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Their baby back rib dish was absolutely incredible.
  19. JP

    JimP

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  20. JT

    JTSouthPhilly

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Plenty of food and was all good. Cheese board excellent
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed everything here. Food was incredible, service was great and speedy, and the ambiance was wonderful.
  22. J

    Jwub

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A-ma-zing. Not sure I need to say much more. Amazing food, cocktails, wonderful service. Perfection.
  23. MP

    MichaelPaul

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was absolutely delicious and the staff was so friendly! Great menu options. Highly recommended
  24. JR

    JasonR

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went to The Love for an anniversary dinner and was very impressed with their attention to detail and attentive service. Complimentary glasses of champagne were provided and a warm welcome for our anniversary was a wonderful way to start our dinner. The pacing of the service and overall ambience was equally pleasant. The food was imaginative without being fussy, and definitely filled us up. Even got a free mini-dessert to finish the evening. Another successful Starr restaurant.
  25. DI

    DIneoutoften

    Philadelphia

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always creative dishes that are nicely prepared and well presented.
  26. s

    stephens

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around. Excellent food and service.
  27. CS

    ConnorS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noah and Danielle(?) were awesome. Favorite spot in Philly. The food is incredible, good portion sizes and fantastic service.
  28. EM

    EliM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service! Thank you! We will be returning soon!
  29. JF

    JuneF

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are so many great restaurants in Philly and this is on the the best. Food was delicious and overall experience wonderful. Will definitely come back on next visit.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Could not hear at all, very loud :).
  31. F

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and will recommend and return m.
  32. Y

    Yawada

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    The waitstaff were very attentive. The restaurant had romantic ambience, but not in a corny or cloying way. Friends, couples, who appeared to run the spectrum of older 20's to 50's shared laughs over great food, drinks (the rum punch is very tasty), but it never gets too loud to where you can't have a conversation with your date. Upon making the reservation, I mentioned it was going to be my date's birthday. The Love waitstaff brought out two small tarts with a birthday candle in the middle of the plate. It was very cool, and very sweet, and the tarts were good! I would suggest you try the cream corn fettuccine with brisket. Very tasty! I would definitely go back!
  33. RN

    RNoel

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Literally have come here 2 this year (Valentine’s Day and our anniversary) and they have the best chef in town! Every dish melts in your mouth good. Like we barely talk while eating sooo good. This last outing we were sat next to the waitstaff stand…. So it was a little bit busy and sensory overwhelming, food was being carried right over my husbands head. But honestly, food was sooooo good and our waitress was just right that we still enjoyed every moment.
  34. NS

    NatalieS

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Love was as delicious as always! Great service and yummy food and drink from start to finish.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere, food, and service exceeded all expectations! We couldn’t stop dining off one another’s plates. I would recommend anyone visiting Philly to prioritize this for a special dinner!!
  36. S

    Smed

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good, ambiance, and staff were 5/5 amazing! Literally the only negative thing I could say was we were freezing but our seats were underneath an AC vent..which was not a big deal! Wonderful night ❤️
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious- cheeseboard, duck stir-fry salad and fried chicken. And the carrot cake was a perfect ending!
  38. G

    Gl33

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my experience and would definitely visit again! Thanks!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Literally everything we ate was magical
  40. TN

    TrueNorth

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We took our friend from Québec here last night. Always a good choice for things that are delicious and out of the ordinary. The cheese board was outstanding, as was the sangría.

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 4929 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 129 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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, Farm-to-table, Contemporary 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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