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The Love

4.8
3120 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 3120 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipmarc
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old fashions were amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The Love was beautiful!! I loved the decor and inside, as I knew the previous restaurant Serafina which is what the Love replaced.

I do have to say sadly that the food was a bit overpriced for what I got. The fig cesar salad was my brunch food choice, and for $20 it was really not good. It didn’t have much flavor, and the chicken was strange, almost boiled?

Drinks were AMAZING and the coffee was so great. I definitely think if I had ordered something else, it would have been perfect! The Take Me Away (fried chicken) was my second choice so I probably should have went with that.

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vipTomA
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great location and appropriate décor. Kiosks nicely set up for semi-private, outdoor, in-street dining. Adorable staff. Brunch on a Sunday morning (starting with dessert!). Food was tasty; a nice blend of elegance without pretention.

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StephenB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's not to love! Always great food (fried chicken was ridiculous, beet risotto was so good, and the hush puppies were so light and delicious). To top it off, my old-fashioned was served with a legit large cube of ice -darn it was good! My wife and I had a great meal which was enhanced with great service (and that guy had some nice arms).

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MaryK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our Anniversary, and decided to splurge and have dinner at The Love. It was the most delicious and incredible dining experience. We started with the Tuna Crudo, and OMG..it was out of this world. Our entree's were wonderful, service was outstanding and it was just the perfect place. Thank you, we will find something else to celebrate here, again.

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StacyK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! 3 out of 4 of us had never been here and they loved everything! Great night out

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StevenF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The crispy duck in the salad was dry, but the seared scallops and love bird fried chicken were delicious.

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LeahR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service and food!

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SophiaL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved The Love outdoor dining experience! Love the sectioned off seating outside! I felt very safe with the distance of the tables to the walkers on the street. The waiter was super professional and the food was just extraordinary. I will return to The Love knowing that I’ll have a safe and fun time dining here. Thank you for a wonderful dinner during this crazy time.

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Glojo329
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Although we were seated inside we had a great view of the street and passersby. Outside seating looked amazing with private heaters, great lighting and beautifully set tables. Slightly pricey but thoroughly enjoyed our brunch and would certainly visit again when in Philly.

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Katherine
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super friendly staff and delicious food. Highly recommended for brunch.

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TimG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I came here for brunch, and absolutely loved it. The hush puppies were especially good.

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Julie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic and the food was totally worth it! The drinks were unique and we even got a free desert, we were celebrating our anniversary! The outdoor seating area were well separated and they made our night so special!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great recommendations from the staff.

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vipEyeguy
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome all the way around!

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vipAaaaOooo
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fantastic meal. Also, we had a top five Server of all time. I don’t know if I’m spelling her name correctly but it was Jamin. (Jah-meen) It was amazing to watch her work her station. Not the typical server that goes off to never never land but a professional that really worked it. I don’t want to take away from the food but my wife and I were just flat out impressed by this woman’s work ethic. All in all the meal was a success and the food was a delight. Thank you to all the staff for the nice meal :)

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vipDonnaM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated outside at a table for two. The Hostess and servers were friendly and efficient. All of our food was excellent. We had the Parker house rolls with the chive butter, Kennett Square Mushroom Omelet, Shrimp and Grits, and Potato Frites. For dessert we had the Brownie Skillet and the Dirty Chai Creme Brûlée. Again, a slam dunk. You all are doing a wonderful job.

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vipStephanieP
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with the excellent food, drinks, and customer service.

WD
vipWinerDiner13
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff provided comp champagne glasses for our 40th anniversary. Beverage Mgr. was great and also comped a pasta that we considered but didn’t order for the next days. Outside dining at open tables was happening spot! Will come back.

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Joanna
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We chose The Love because of the outdoor dining space - outside but protected from weather and traffic. The food was amazing and I will definitely be back to try more of the menu. The service was too slow and it wasn't because of the kitchen. Not sure why that was...when he was there though, our server was attentive, polite and professional. Congratulations on creating a delicious culinary experience and thank you!!!

CB
vipChubbyBubby
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience and great service
Janine was phenomenal

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice! Ate outside in Love Shack. Nice vibe, good food!

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kcd1
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

so good! the buffalo cauliflower app was excellent! The Nashville chicken with the brioche and comeback sauce are just as everyone says. The beet risotto was eye candy and so delicious. GO!

JP
JuliaP
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Love is an outstanding restaurant for whenever you want to be assured to have a perfect meal. The food was delicious and composed of creative ingredients, the staff was welcoming and attentive, I cannot recommend it enough!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing lunch at The Love!

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vipAshleyG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were amazing. My only ‘problem’ was that our reservation was for 9pm and as soon as we sat down they told us the kitchen closed in 15 minutes — so it felt a little bit rushed in the beginning. But everyone was lovely and it felt evenly paced with he rest of the evening.

If you have a late reservation it may be a benefit to review the menu ahead of time.

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vipGrammercy
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a date. Love this place and the food didn’t disappoint. Both my date and I really enjoyed the scones, fried cauliflower, hush puppies, and candied bacon. Service was attentive and friendly. Would dine here again.

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Mike
Baltimore
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food and all. Will definitely be going back!

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vipTownie
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Not my first visit.Keep coming back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved The Love! The service was wonderful, the food was absolutely delicious, and the environment was safe and inviting. We will definitely be back!

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EmilyC
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outside dining set up with individual partitions and climate control. The food was delicious, portions were generous, and service was great.

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MariaM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. great food and cocktails

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Dyes
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
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 on April 9, 2021
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 on April 8, 2021
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 on April 8, 2021
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!

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MK123
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
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.

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 3120 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.