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The Love

4.8
3987 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 3987 people are saying
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Diane
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Thank you for a great Sunday evening meal. A++!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Outside seating was great despite cold weather- heaters made the difference. can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Nice restaurant for Steven Starr. Jenna was a great server 2nd floor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Essex
19 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive staff, interesting menu and some really tasty food! Would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food- meh.
Good atmosphere

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philaholleyopolis
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful brunch with family who was visiting from out of town. Tbe service was great and the food was so so delicious. We can't wait to go back again soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food as always

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vipmadsmom257
Philadelphia
85 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch before seeing Hamilton - it was great!! We sat on the second floor and felt comfortable there, crowded but not uncomfortable. Our waiter was excellent, very pleasant and never rushed us. The food was great - highly recommend the ravioli with butternut squash sauce - absolutely wonderful!! Definitely recommend going!!

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Catniss
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

My egg was raw. The server and manger kept coming to our table, it was clear they wanted us to leave. Breakfast options were limited.

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WendyZ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the upbeat (but not too loud) music that was playing. Food was excellent and the added touches for our anniversary were appreciated.

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JodD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience5

It has slipped. Appetizers ok, but neither of us wanted to eat our entrees after a few bites. Brisket was diced chunks of fat, and chicken had a heavy smell. Unfortunate experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Intimate and cozy setting. The Manhattan is worth the $20; absolutely delicious. The cioppino was light on the seafood but the broth was amazing. The fried chicken was delicious but the grits stood out the most. The pumpkin ice cream sundae was perfection. Our server, Rebecca, was impeccable. Great evening. We will be back. Thank you.

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Libby
Tallahassee
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative menu that nicely reflects the season, beautifully and deliciously rendered, with excellent service (knowledgable, attentive and pleasant, never pretentious or intrusive). Thought it was a very chilly windy late-November evening we chose, in an abundance of pandemic caution, to eat outside in a “Love Shack,” and we found it to be a cozy space protected for the most part from the cold air by the plastic curtains partially enclosing it and the actual heating duct pumping out warm air inside (though on a night in the upper 30s you’ll still want to keep your jacket on). Delightful cocktails, lovely starters, wonderful entrees (ample portions, too) and commendable coffee and cappuccino to conclude the evening (we were too stuffed for dessert, though the options were tempting). Not an inexpensive evening but no outrageous prices, either; we were very happy with the entire experience and so considered it a good value. We’d eaten lunch here once before and also found that experience to be very positive. Highly recommended! We’ll be back.

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vipJulieP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Will be unlikely to return. Had a 2 pm reservation. Did not get seated until after 2:15 pm. Ordered lovely drinks, and then appetizers. Apps arrived super fast which was appreciated since we were hungry and hadn’t expected to wait. Food is really very good. Suddenly our 4 entrees arrived - apparently the last reservation is 2 pm and obviously kitchen wanted to close. We had to ask them to take the food away until we were ready.

Our waiter was very professional and sweet but honestly for a lunch over $250 it wasn’t the experience I expected. Just spent last weekend in NYC with 4 reservations and not 1 restaurant made us wait.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love was fantastic! Our server was very attentive and was able to accommodate our party’s requests easily. The good was also outstanding-the cheeseboard and ravioli were highlights with our table. I will definitely be coming back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and the service was fantastic as well. From the appetizers, to the main dishes, to the dessert and drinks!! Everything was delicious, we will be going back.

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CharlesB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff, delicious food!

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vipJohnL
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding🦃

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, dessert & espresso martinis! Beautiful place, and our service Matthew was very professional

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were meeting old friends and wanted a place with good food, not too loud and a nice ambiance-it delivered on all counts. I had the mushroom risotto and it was delicious. Friends had the shrimp and grits-also great-and the salmon bowl that my friend loved. I’d definitely go back. And our waiter was really good, too!

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vippegster
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service! Will be back!

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Dman19
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Ambiance and service was amazing. Food was average. I won’t be going back again.

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RimmaZ
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went there for a wedding anniversary. Great food and service!

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KateL
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Where to start? The food was delicious! Sophie was a great server. She was accommodating, friendly, and most of all, attentive. I am extremely happy with my experience and certainly plan to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience from start to finish!

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Michelle
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found this restaurant looking for places to celebrate my fiancé’s birthday. The great reviews and the menu items bought me and the name of course! I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a date night, anniversary or birthday. My fiancé enjoyed the great atmosphere, the delicious food and the service Lauren gave! You have to try the brisket and miso collard greens!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed all aspects, including a fast service.

Guests praised the Lancaster NY Strip special & I loved the thai Salmon

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at the Love and found the food and service to be outstanding!

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EstherW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was beautiful. The staffs, food, ambience, service was beautiful and am. Had a great time.

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vipMike
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic! We were seated early and the service was perfect. I even asked about the glass of wine I had, and the waiter brought the bottle to the table so I could take a photo. My Thai salmon was the best, and our Brussels sprouts appetizer was great. I cannot even say enough about the side of collard greens. All perfect. Thank you

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MargieH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The Love was a great anniversary brunch. They treated us to a glass of champagne to help us celebrate. The food and service were both excellent.
Just wish our tables were a bit further apart. Just a bit close ( less the 6 feet)

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KyleB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy yet comfortable. Carefully executed dishes.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible company aside this was one of the best brunch experiences. Our server, Nash, was on top of it and there was absolutely nothing that was brought to the table that wasn't "oh, d*mn" delicious. Will definitely be back and soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was great and we havd a great meal

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CaitlinC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely meal and the service was outstanding!

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KrystalC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here before seeing a show in the city with my boyfriend and had a wonderful time. The food was outstanding, I got the pork and my boyfriend got the NY strip special. The service was also as great as the food! We will definitely be returning for another date night.

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LauraR
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Great ambiance. Will definitely go back there.

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vipEyalG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great value, good food and good service. Everything we ordered was fresh and very tasty

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing! The drinks, and food were absolutely delicious and totally worth the price- so flavorful! Our waiter was so sweet. The restaurant itself is stunning and the ambiance is amazing. 10/10, would definitely come again!!!

FAQs

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 3987 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.