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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
5269 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 240 times today

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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 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 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

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What 5,269 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 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. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Love is my go to. Excellent food and service. A must to dine when In Philadelphia
  2. DG

    DeneccaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Love was amazing! Definitely going again. I really appreciate how the staff said happy birthday to my boyfriend and gave him a little cake at the end. They were all so nice.
  3. NS

    NancyS

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Weeknight dinner/Staff welcoming and gave good service although I definitely felt much pressure to leave at the end of our meal. Not sure why as half the tables were empty. The food was good, tuna sushi appetizer was nice. We got the fried chicken with grits and collard greens. I would give it a B, the chicken was in a very large slab rather than traditional finger sized parts. The grits had some lumps, collards fine. A solid meal but not exceptional. Lemon crème brûlée dessert very good. Very loud.
  4. J

    Jacque

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Went here for a girl lunch. Was on time ... seated immediately. THEN was rushed. We were hoping for a leisurely lunch to catch up. Our waiter came over immediately with water & told us we had to order as soon as possible as the chef was going to close up the kitchen ... it was 2:00! We then ordered drinks, appys and meals. Our drinks came out quickly .. great! Then our appy. But then our meals were brought out minutes later ... so sat getting cold while we finished our appy. Resy was for 2pm. If you are going to close the kitchen stop resys earlier .. don't rush people!!!! If I wasn't rushed out ... review would be much higher.
  5. SK

    SusanK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing! Service was great. It was a little loud for us but that is only because of personal hearing issue.
  6. GF

    GabrielF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can’t go wrong when you go to The Love. Service, taste, ambiance…it’s all impecable! By far, my favorite spot in Philly.
  7. JB

    JenBLP

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time here and it was a lovely experience. Food was delicious, drinks were great and service was attentive but never overbearing. Highly recommend. Will be back.
  8. D

    Debbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice location for lunch. Service is excellent.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The curry was outstanding as was the service.
  10. MB

    MichelleB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Music was kind of overbearing . Service was excellent. Food good portions. I couldn’t afford to eat here weekly for sure but it was delicious. I would return for special occasion only because of the price
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was incredible. The food was quick and good. Excellent service. Everyone was really nice. I definitely recommend 10/10
  12. M

    Matthew

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and a very nice atmosphere. Attentive service as well!
  13. RL

    RyanL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  14. TI

    ThemI

    Philadelphia

    48 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We really enjoy Starr venues and frequent them often. I was surprised to see both the price escalation and portion size deflation for one menus item. I ordered the rigatoni with shorty rib and found the portion size quite small at $44. The other items branzino, pork chop and fried chicken were well prepared fairly priced and good potion size.
  15. S

    Sara

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food1service3ambience4
    The food was pretty bad. The bread tasted old. The chicken tasted like it was from a can. The restaurant looked pretty nice but the food was so disappointing. It was not worth the money for sure.
  16. C

    Catherine

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great ambiance and a wonderful menu with a lot of interesting touches and creative ingredients that elevate classic dishes, like the leek and kale omelet, or pancakes with a sour cherry sauce
  17. S

    paulS

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What’s not to love about The Love. Best experience we have had in a long time. Post Covid everything is trial and error even the standards. Love gets it. The service was outstanding from the pleasant faces. The greeted us at the door to the servers throughout the entire meal. We’ve all been there,when service is iffy, but the love staff was outstanding. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the service. Let’s talk about the food. Also outstanding There is something for everyone on the menu rather several somethings for everyone, everything was cooked to perfection and timed perfectly. Can’t wait to return and try several of the other menu items. Just go.
  18. w

    wilson5065

    Philadelphia

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a beautiful place for a special birthday dinner. The pumpkin risotto was nothing short of awesome. The tempura squash was unbelievable too. Interesting cocktails beautiful cheese board. For entrees how did they get he pork chops so tender, just incredible. And the short rib rigatoni was rich and hearty while still being light somehow. And the espresso martini is a great end to the experience. Thank you for such a beautiful dinner
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Never disappoints. Food was delicious.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service! Very accommodating to our changing reservation, as well. We had a fantastic experience at The Love, and would recommend it to anyone. We will be back!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gave us free champagne and dessert for our anniversary! We will definitely be coming back
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration they gave us a bite size treat with candle to celebrate.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a delicious lunch- beautiful dining room and even got a few dessert bites on the house at the end to accompany my strong delicious cortado. So sweet!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We grabbed a drink and dinner. Wonderful experience! Waitstaff attentive and kind. Food was delicious! We had the tuna crudo, cauliflower soup, and salmon at our table. Already planning next visit!
  25. T

    Tavola

    Philadelphia

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Food was very good with attentive service and a great ambiance.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every experience at The Love is Amazing! I have loved every dish I have ever tried! Will admit that I go there expecting to taste a meal I’ve had b4… but truly my taste buds are amazed when I try something new because their menus change from time to time/seasonal! However, these chefs are Absolutely Amazing… Every single time they create Delicious Mouth~Watering Dishes! Gorgeous Presentation on a dish!!!!! And accommodating to any special request, and food allergies! And the waiters and waitresses are so welcoming & attentive Beautiful Location! Clear to say… I LOVE THE LOVE RESTAURANT !!!! They Never Disappoints My Love for a Great Experience😍 No pics to attach because I was just living in the moment😋
  27. MM

    MamaMoses

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    First time there, and would definitely go back. The food was amazing, and our server was excellent.
  28. m

    mmcd

    Atlantic City

    117 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good food with relaxed elegant vibe
  29. AN

    AlexN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our repeating visit to this place. We had our lunch and the main reason was their shrimp and grits loved by my wife during our last visit. This time she had it again. I had an omelette with spicy salad instead of fries. It was delicious. We also had a cauliflower soup with lemon infused oil and pistachios which was delicious as well. Everyone was nice, polite and ready to go an extra mile to make your experience outstanding. We are definitely coming back.
  30. u

    undergroundman

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff and comfortable ambience. Excellent cocktails, delicious food. What’s not to love?
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service and the food!
  32. MS

    MS999

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was tasty and portions were healthy. Great food, service, and ambience amazing!
  33. JP

    JoanneP

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Went for brunch prior to a show at the academy. Everything was fabulous. Had reservations, which are recommended, were seated upstairs at a window table. Waitress was friendly and knowledgeable. Great start to the day. Can’t wait to bring friends back
  34. M

    Mike

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner out with friends at one of our favorite places!
  35. FR

    FrankR

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks! I highly recommend the Broken Arrow drink and the Fried chicken
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner. Perfect for a special occasion.
  37. o

    outandabout

    Philadelphia

    290 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    290 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I have been to the love several times and I find it very good quality creative presentations. Last night they had a very intriguing appetizer it was like a squash version of onion rings with sauce etc. DeAndre was the new addition of short ribs of beef and rigatoni excellent
  38. LS

    LauraS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love The Love! We came here for our anniversary dinner and everything we ordered was fantastic. We were also surprised with complimentary glasses of champagne and little carrot cake bites. We can't wait to come back for another occasion!
  39. CG

    CGMcMurrab

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner at the Love. The service was excellent from the moment we walked in the door to the time we left. Everyone was very attentive and on top of things without being intrusive. The atmosphere was lovely and intimate. We sat at a window for two by the window upstairs and felt we could talk without all the other diners hearing our conversation. The lighting was soft while still being able to read the menu. The food was excellent and creative. Oddly our only 'complaint' was there was too much. We were brought up in the generation that you finish what is on your plate. The appetizer was the size of most entrees at other restaurants. The entrée was even bigger. Their wines by the glass were very good at matching the menu, and the waitress was very good at recommending the right wine. We always try to come back to the Love whenever we are in town.
  40. PS

    PaulineS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent service and food....ambiance might be better if the music was turned down a notch. Mostly couples at the restaurant, but the loud music made it seem pretty boisterous.

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 5269 OpenTable diners.

The Love does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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 240 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 Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 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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