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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
5450 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 166 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 5,450 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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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. m

    marc

    Philadelphia

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Leone is absolutely amazing
  2. GS

    GabrielS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food and ambiance. Sat upstairs, and we loved the room. Server was perfectly attentive and warm. The cuisine is perfectly executed- kudos to the kitchen! Will return
  3. RL

    RonL

    Philadelphia

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always Perfect! Every Time!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was outstanding. Service was great. But it was very very noisy. Could hardly hear my guest across the table.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding. I’ve never had such a hard time selecting food, the menu was overwhelming with delicious options and the food itself was to die for. Service was attentive and professional, wine list was good. Music was a touch loud but we loved the beats so no complaints here. Do yourself a favor and book a reservation. You won’t be sorry.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday also
  7. ZM

    ZacharyM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, especially on the 1st floor, was rustic. The walls are lightly painted in white, which allows for the brown brick to come through. The floors and ceiling are wood in look. The top floor is smaller with traditionally painted walls but with ornate area rugs on top of the wood floors. Both floors have a tiny, but charming bar setup. The service was definitely elevated. It wasn’t the type of manicured and overly detailed service that you would find at a 5 star restaurant, but the arrangement of the cutlery, knowledge of the menu and the replacement of the cutlery for our entree was appreciated. Above all, the entire staff was friendly despite how busy they were. The food was familiar and at the the same time different as it was invigorated with surprising combinations of ingredients. I ate the pumpkin risotto with caramelized apples and chia seeds. A new way to experience comfort food. Also, the beer battered squash with apples, blueberries, in a maple butter spread is pallet satisfying.
  8. DR

    DeniseR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service matched by amazing food! It never disappoints!!
  9. CL

    ChristinaL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about my experience. Looking forward to going back!
  10. EW

    EricW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Maybe something was discombobulated. Arrived on time and waited nearly fifteen minutes after our reservation to be seated. The lobby was overwhelmed. Seated adjacent to lobby, next to bus station and directly across from bus station. Crowd at time spilled next to our table. Noise level and activity made conversation at table challenging. Wait time for food was significant. Server was fantastic and brought complimentary appetizer to the table. Food was fine - but don’t think it made up for the overall experience. Have enjoyed meals here previously.
  11. M

    Margot

    Atlantic City

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    My chicken Cesar had chicken from a few days ago. There was fat in and pieces of dark meat. I could barely eat the salad
  12. MS

    MS2022

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very fun brunch vibe!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived almost an hour early for our reservation and they were able to accommodate us. Everything was magnificent. We started with the labor of love and the cast iron rolls. I also enjoyed the broken arrow margarita. Amazing flavor with a kick. My husband enjoyed the lovebird and I wanted to lick my plate after the black truffle risotto with artichokes and lemon. So so so delicious. We finished with the warm bread pudding.
  14. CM

    CyndiM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved The Lovel! Our server Monica was so calm and personable and knew everything about the menu. The espresso martini was delicious and the cauliflower soup was so yummy. I got the fried chicken- boneless!!- because it's the signature dish and it was amazing. Husband got bronzino and it was perfect. Loved the lemon creme brulee dessert. I want to come back esky soon! Highly recommend The Love.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I absolutely love Starr restaurants. My second try and The Love is ok. Cheese plate was excellent, Sazerac very good, meal ok at best. Service was good although it was clear that I didn’t care for my meal and the sides delivered. He didn’t even ask why, especially when one of the sides maybe had a bite from the dish. I probably won’t go back to this Starr restaurant again. Too bad because we did enjoy the ambiance.
  16. B

    Buzza

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, couldn’t the better!
  17. T

    Terry

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The Love has an appealing layout and is close to Rittenhouse Square. The tables and chairs are stylish and very comfortable. Food options are excellent, with many "comfort food" choices. The wine/beer list is most satisfactory. Our server was excellent, being available but not intrusive. We arrived for an early meal (5:30 pm) and the atmosphere was most agreeable. By 6:30 pm the restaurant had filled up with patrons and it was very hard to have a conversation because of the noise level (or, as restaurants call it "energy").
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and vibe were all incredible. Would definitely recommend and will definitely come back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Lovely decor and atmosphere. My burger was slightly overdone and not at all juicy. The potatoes that accompanied my dish were delicious.
  20. T

    Trisha

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Love was amazing! The staff, food, and atmosphere were phenomenal. I love that the menu was seasonal and everything was cooked and seasoned perfectly. I would absolutely recommend. I wish I was in town longer to be able to go back and try more things.
  21. C

    Cocorico

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    We were sited next to the door entrance, with freezing temperature outside it was not really comfortable. Food requires special taste and I was not really a fan. Servers just did the minimum, but they were obviously not very happy to be there. I didn't experience the restaurant name "the Love". Finally, the cocktails they serve are good but expensive and they probably relate to the size of the bar where they come from .... tiny. The Negroni I ordered came in a glass that was half empty ... or half full maybe, but with a huge ice cube inside ......Next time I will ask for the other half .... or not, because I am not going back.
  22. N

    Nova22

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Wonderful spot for brunch.
  23. DB

    DanaB

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, service & decor. I will be back! Thank you!
  24. OA

    OpAmp41

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was gas. Full stop. Would recommend, 5/5 stars.
  25. V

    Victoria

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our Server and staff were great. The food was fabulous.
  26. JD

    JoanieD

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The noise is beyond 'energetic.' We had a table of 5 and had trouble hearing each other, much less the server. Food great, service great.
  27. MH

    MaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an outstanding meal and really unexpected service. Once we were seated Anthony took such terrific care to make sure our brunch was perfect!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Dined on Friday evening, service at table great. Getting a drink at bar before slightly difficult
  29. f

    fawna

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every bite was amazing! I will definitely be dining there again.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely table by a window view. Excellent- fast service. Appetizers were exceptional and full of delightful flavors. Entrees were generous portions and so interesting and fresh. Sides were perfect compliments. Dessert was decadent and totally unnecessary, but we loved them just the same. Wonderful experience- professional and polite, friendly waitstaff! Love the Love!
  31. MH

    MorganH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and best old fashioned I've ever had.
  32. L

    Lilvic

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’ve been to the Love probably a dozen times. Food is consistently good, nice vibrant atmosphere. When I went for lunch yesterday with our table of 7, service was a little slow but our waiter gave us complimentary extra sides and a dessert without me even saying a word. He apologized for the delay and the gesture was greatly appreciated. I will definitely go back.
  33. MB

    MichaelB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    First time there and it was a good time. The ambiance was chill with the right amount of light. The alcoholic drinks was watered down for the price they cost. The food was delicious with a nice variety to order from with fair prices. We would go again for the food without the purchase of drinks .
  34. g

    gr8mood

    Philadelphia

    137 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    137 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The beet salad was spectacular, as was the pumpkin risotto. We also enjoyed the branzino and cocktails. The service was stellar, as usual. One miss of the night was the whipped potatoes which were positively drowning in butter. I would skip those next time.
  35. LB

    LauraB

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service! Highly recommend!
  36. AC

    AaliyahC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service1ambience5
    This was a special date it was my fiance birthday and our anniversary . The service and food was great but the seating is too closed in. I was great until the the waiter bought out the cake and candle he slid it and just left it was the worst part after such a great dinner. there was no happy birthday written or any sense of being part of the celebration at all. My fiance was so confused however i wont be back.
  37. MD

    MarissaD

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was outstanding! The upstairs was pretty chilly. Bring a warm sweater!
  38. RI

    RICHARDC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Brunch. Busy day. Kitchen was a little slow but the bar and server made up for the poor kitchen ticket times. Will be back.
  39. n

    nycgal

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely, lively brunch - great service, buzzing atmosphere, very good if not excellent food.
  40. JH

    JenniferH

    Atlantic City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing experience. Food and service were incredible. Highly recommend!

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 5450 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 166 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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