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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
4908 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 170 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 4,908 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. EB

    EricB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

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

    JimP

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  3. JT

    JTSouthPhilly

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

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

    Jwub

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined today

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

    DIneoutoften

    Philadelphia

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    stephens

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    ConnorS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    EliM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    JuneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    Foodie

    Philadelphia

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Yawada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  14. RN

    RNoel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  15. NS

    NatalieS

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Smed

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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 ❤️
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

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

    Gl33

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time. Literally everything we ate was magical
  20. 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.
  21. AB

    ABDELB

    Indiana

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. The wine list is over priced.
  22. MG

    MichelleG

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Our meal was delicious. Everything tasted wonderful and was cooked perfectly.
  23. S

    Spiffy56789

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    PRO: Tasty food, beautifully presented, solid service CON: Very noisy , seats (fabric bench) filthy, overpriced
  24. b

    bbfergu

    Palm Springs

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Beautiful vibrant restaurant. Service was slow, for others around me as well. No water service. Food was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had the pleasure of coming back to my favorite restaurant in center city once again for my business MissTevents and my guests loved it so much. From the food to the wine and amazing staff The Love never misses a beat. This is how a restaurant should be ran.
  26. CG

    CynthiaG

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again, The Love proved itself to be top notch. I always love dining here. Food is tremendous. Service out of this world.
  27. CF

    CarolF

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service great - food so so - nice location and friendly servers
  28. R

    Reviewer1

    New York Area

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Even better than the other times I ate here. Food and service wonderful.
  29. DV

    DebraV

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    We thoroughly enjoyed the food at The Love. Our server couldn't manage our table at all, but the manager noticed the deficiency and took care to let us know he was sorry. He comped a majority of the check and gave us his card to use for future reservations.
  30. LC

    LisaC

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed and gracious hospitality with attentive service and delicious food and cocktails. Many thanks to the team, and so sorry we stayed way too late.
  31. JL

    JosephL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great spot near Rittenhouse Square. Large portions so plan to share. Great value, Good variety, well seasoned. Wonderful staff.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful including our waiter Matt!!!
  33. JM

    JamieM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had an important date and they did a magnificent job. Service was excellent, and food was delicious!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our waitress, Monica, was outstanding. We gave three stars for the food because the sides were not remarkable. The green bean sauce (to me) did not go with green beans. I would honestly rethink that recipe. The grits were tasty. The collard green were bitter’ish. The desserts were absolutely out of this world!!! Especially the carrot cake!!! Hush puppies were amazing!!! Over all an excellent experience!!! Would definitely come back. Just think your side’s were mediocre. Thank you for a wonderful evening.
  35. MB

    MichaelB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Excellent food! Busy & loud for a Sunday Brunch but the Shrimp & Grits are to die for. Will return.
  36. AE

    AlexEats

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Really great food and ambiance! Perfect for groups
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect Sunday brunch before a matinee at The Academy of Music. Shrimp and Grits Blueberry Scones Cucumber Tomato Salad Fabulous! Highly recommend.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and atmosphere was great, but it is very expensive for brunch.
  39. HH

    HarryH

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just very nicely done! Food, service, ambiance…hit all the right notes
  40. H

    Hysch

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The food was just ok, especially for the price. Some of the food was not adequately described on the menu, causing my wife to get a mouthful of red pepper flakes which don’t agree with her palate. Brisket was dry, but tasty and my wife’s ribs were good. Best part of my dinner was the Miso Collard Greens. Yummy!

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 4908 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 170 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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