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The Love

4.8
4170 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 4170 people are saying
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YolandaN
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice place but very over crowded.
Food was excellent.

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Maggie
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great brunch at the Love. For two people, we ordered the buffalo cauliflower (app), biscuits, shrimp and grits and skillet brownie. Our apps and entrée were 5/5 in taste. The kitchen also split our entrée into two serving dishes since we shared which was appreciated. The skillet brownie was maybe a 3/5, nothing to rave about. Staff was friendly, timely and helpful picking options. We left very full and could have done without an app or taken some home! It was a very loud space for lunch. This space is wheelchair accessible, however, some corners are tight to turn. No one in our party was in a wheelchair, so no personal experience but something I like to let others know in a review.

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vipErnie
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner. Restaurant was busy, but staff did an excellent job spacing tables and keeping the flow to make everyone feel safe and taken care of! Our waitress was absolutely devine; so kind and a smile that radiated from within.

Perfect for a romantic date or intimate dinner with friends.
We will definitely be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Jenna was wonderful. Everything we ordered was delicious and we can’t wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my girlfriend for her birthday and the hostess,waitress and even the food runner all wished her a happy birthday. Very attentive service and good variety of foods without being overwhelmed with options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always worth it if you can get a reservation. The lemon scones are mouth wateringly delicious. Also, the Extra Mile espresso cocktail yum 🤤.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Very noisy inside. Took 1 hour to get our order. Enjoyed the food once it arrived.

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RayR
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside on a 35 degree/rainy day, and it was well covered, ventilated and perfectly heated. It was a great outdoor dining experience overall!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent. The Baby Buttermilk Biscuits with chive butter were amazing and the Sriracha Bacon Candy was on point.

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Richard
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food and service was worth the visit .
The intermittent heat from outside system was barely tolerable though .
I theme to think it could’ve been programmed to heat better those eating outside in January temps .

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The love shack was comfortable, airy and roomy. But with 27 degrees outside was a tad chilly!

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vipChrisG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service! Consistently great!

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DebC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Will definitely come back with my bf and friends!

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vipPatrickO
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner at the Love!! Our service was amazing as well as the food! Will definitely be back!

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Lovestoeatout
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks, food, and service were all excellent...the atmosphere was also lively without being noisy...we had a great evening.

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vipLorinM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic service, and overall great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday lunch!

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JordiW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love it here. Its pricey, but the food is unreal. Excellent, attentive service and dimly lit, quiet ambience. Do NOT sleep on the Bee Sweet Sundae, its unlike anything you've ever tasted!

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vipSnate
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Jenna was a complete professional. Her service was only outranked by the deliciousness of our meals. My cocktails were sumptuous and well portioned. An excellent excellent experience. We will return over and over.

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CaitlinR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary! Delicious food, great service, and romantic ambience. Our server, Dana, was welcoming, attentive with service, and gave excellent recommendations. She even added a few kind additions for our celebrations :) The fried brussell sprouts with cheese fondue were to die for. We had the Thai Salmon and the brisket dish and both thoroughly enjoyed! One of our favorite places we have been in the city - would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Wonderful setting roomy inside and out. Very attentive employees.Manger stopped by to check on us and everyone made note it was my birthday! Great food and drinks!

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vipSofiaR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Nice place

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time here and it didn’t disappoint. I forget our waitresses name but she was great. My ideal waitress, very kind, very knowledgeable, had some great recommendations, didn’t hound us but came around enough to check on us. The food was great! Started off with the fresh bread and crispy duck salad which was amazing. My girlfriend got the fried chicken which was hot, fresh and flavorful. I had the brisket fazzoletti which did not disappoint at all. And for dessert we shared the drunk uncle (bread pudding). My only complaint was that we ordered only one to share. Definitely will be returning.

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SamanthaL
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredible as was the service! I loved the outdoor seating, perfect temp control.

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Jaala
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good creative dishes in a convenient location in Philly. Service was also attentive, though the seating was spaced a bit close together.

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TinaB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have a great time at The Love… food is always divine and the staff extremely friendly and efficient. When I’m in Philly I will always make this one of my stops.

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vipladiegray
Philadelphia
163 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first return since the virus. We ate inside but I saw the enclosed outside dining area that had been set up and it looked very nice.

As before, the food was excellent as were the drinks. I had the steak special and my daughter the fried chicken. Service was professional and courteous.

It s a trek to get there from the western suburbs, but it is worth it.

The birthday treat for my daughter was also much appreciated.

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viprage
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose to sit outdoors in one of the heated “tent” structures. It was warm enough but we could have stood for a little more heat. Our server, Jenna was fantastic. She was prompt, not overbearing w/ checking on us and offered feedback on our selections.

The portions were generous and left me satiated. The drinks and dessert courses were delicious.

Time & money well spent.

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viptraceyr
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Would have loved a more varied brunch menu. My husband wanted some type of seafood.

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vipRyanH
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Outdoor seating great meal and ambiance

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vipSandra
St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve - always good at the love! Our server Nash was attentive and very personable! The Love has a great streetery outdoor set up and the heaters make all the difference in chilly weather. The food never disappoints and drinks were delish!

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LBrett
Manchester
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience on New Years Eve. Table staff were efficient and friendly in a welcoming but non-intrusive manner. We weren’t rushed at all, and the food was great.

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Caren
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been fans since they opened and we came for NYE and they did not disappoint. Our service was amazing and the food was divine. I’m bringing some friends here again next week. All of their food is delicious, but we had the Cheeseboard, butternut squash ravioli and Thai Salmon. This is my favorite restaurant in the city!

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Fam4
New England
14 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner in an outdoor heated pod! Highly recommend!!

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vipPatrickO
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we are in the throws of Covid all was comfortable and good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Our server, Dana, was very kind and knowledgeable. The Brussels sprouts starter was our favorite, but the pork chop and fazzoletti were delicious, as well. Their version of an espresso martini was a bit strong for me (had vodka, rum, and a liquor). Overall, we had a great time and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The setting was great. Service great ! The food and menu were a little limited. I think I was just expecting a broader menu- the food was very good- but just limited.

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Bubba
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta dishes. There was sooooo much fried chicken on the plate!!!

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vipObianuju
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We originally reserved one of the “Love Shacks,” however, the outdoor pods are not as insulated as they seem online. The front entrance is cut open, and it’s easy for the heat to escape. Although the pod was very nice and secluded, and made for an amazing unique experience, we did request to move inside, and they readily seated us on the top floor (which, we didn’t know existed). The second floor had a wonderful ambiance of its own, and we enjoyed each course and the service. We highly recommend the risotto, the house cocktails, and the salmon with red curry!

FAQs

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 4170 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.