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The Love

4.8
3041 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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 3041 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTownie
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Not my first visit.Keep coming back

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MariaM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first outdoor dining experience with a friend since the start of Covid. I felt completely safe, the set up with the separators was perfect. And the service was impeccable- attentive and friendly. It was a great experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Portions were generous. Asked to split an entree and they were brought as two separate plates for easy sharing. Our waitress Alyssa was phenomenal very attentive. Will keep an eye out for her next time we visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. great food and cocktails

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Dyes
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Some areas can become pretty loud at times but I was not particularly bothered by it.

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Rick
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic dining experience! The food was incredible, service impeccable, and the ambiance was perfect. Would highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the outside dining “love shacks” and food was delicious, served and plated with love 💗. Can’t wait to go back

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KerrieS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. The service is exquisite, the food is beautifully prepared and healthy. Cant say enough!

MK
MK123
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The hush puppies were amazing! I had never tried Nashville hot chicken, but since I like food that has a kick to it, I decided to try it. It was a slightly too spicey for my liking. They should have also given more sauce on the plate than they did. My husband said the shrimp and grits were a little bland.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is one of my favorite Philly restaurants. It was great to be back after a very long time.
Food was delicious as always. I had the Red Mule to drink which was yummy!!!
Anna was our server and she was excellent and delightful to talk with.
Aimee Olexy does a great job. I just love all of her restaurants!!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks, and ambiance! Really nice for a post-work Happy Hour with friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great food

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vipCarol
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious but mist as important our waiter was over the top wonderful. Great food, great service and dining outside was delightful.

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MarianneG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal and the food was absolutely amazing. Best dinner I’ve had in awhile. The outdoor dining situation was as good as it gets especially considering how small the streets and sidewalks can be in Philly. I recommended The Love to my friends and they went the next day for lunch - it was a hit!

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APPhilly
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, fantastic cocktails, lovely servers. Just a fantastic spot for a work lunch or even a date. The Tuna Crudo is everything!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were incredible, and sitting in a love shack was so fun in the sun!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great!! We got the brisket, scallops, and pork chops, and to start we got the rolls with chive butter. Our waiter was amazing and we all felt pretty safe, plus the food was good. You’ll hear Street noise from cars, that’s not something the restaurant can control but just an FYI. Probably slightly overpriced, but still very good.

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ChristineL
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I got the salmon, and it was delicious!! Would highly recommend the honeybee cake as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!!!!

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AmandaP
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! My family & friends will definitely be going back!

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Susan50
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter brunch....food was delicious, the service was impeccable, and we enjoyed being outside, eating I. Then”Love Shacks”. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for desserts and drinks, amazing dessert would absolutely recommend

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MegW
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had an amazing dinner and overall experience at The Love. We were celebrating an anniversary and a promotion and this experience felt like the perfect way to treat ourselves. We dined indoors, which felt very covid-safe and socially distanced. It was our first time doing so in Philadelphia post-pandemic and we were surprised to find that we could hear each other inside! The ambiance and music volume was perfect, the food was perfect, the staff was amazing, and we’ll definitely be back soon!

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vipCookie
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with very friendly servers! I wish there were more gluten free, vegetarian etc options. But the food was great

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vipKymC
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t walk, run to The Love!!! It’s the best

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NancyG
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner. Enjoyed everything we had. Brisket, pasta. Fried chicken, apps & deserts!

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FoodTraveler
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This place is quite the gem. Great food and service. The outdoor dining pods are among the best I have seen with forced hot air to keep every pot nice and toasty.

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vipLynneC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect setting for outdoor dining in Covid period and food and service were outstanding as usual

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Restaurant was very cold with all the in and out traffic to accommodate indoor dining, heat should have been adjusted inside to compensate.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always & our waitress was so sweet!

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GeorgetteP
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent. Would recommend the salmon and the chicken!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to the Love with my parents for my birthday. The food and service was amazing! They also surprised me with a complimentary birthday dessert!

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vipLive2eat
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of vegetarian options. Everything was delicious. Save room for dessert.

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ChrisPinPGH
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We sat a tiny table (inside seating) for close to 10 minutes without having anyone come over and offer us water or take a drink order. They did not seem short handed and there were several carafes of water within a few feet of us.

We left, so we did not get to judge the food or service in general. But this is not a good way to start out our evening. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal. Food was outstanding, cool atmosphere. The pasta was especially good. Fun for a special occasion.

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vipchristinel19
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We sat outside in one of the outdoor booths. It was a chilly night, but the booths were surprisingly well heated. We split the kale salad, ravioli, brisket pasta, and brownie for dessert. The brownie was by far the highlight! Loved the salad and ravioli. The brisket was tender but flavorless. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. I'd say definitely overpriced but we'd still come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me and my husband made a reservation at the love. Just the two of us. We shared the cauliflower appetizer which was so tasty. My husband got the pork chop and apple meal and I got the brisket pasta. Both were flavorful and cooked to perfection. We loved it. And will definitely visit again the next time we’re in Philadelphia.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service with nice outdoor seating. Perfect for a nice catch up lunch with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Look forward to returning love it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing vegan dish

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 3041 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.