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The Love

4.8
2948 reviews
$31 to $50
American
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are proud to introduce The Love to their hometown of Philadelphia. This bi-level sanctuary features 100 seats, split between the main dining area, outdoor seating and an upper-level loft with a 20-person communal table. 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 2948 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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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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Lace
New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came to celebrate my friends birthday with brunch, the staff was amazing and even surprised us with a little birthday dessert for her! Thank you you made our day!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved this place . Got brûlée as an app and the meal was stellar . Also they can make a mean martini :)

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PeterL
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pace, very friendly informed service and engaged management . Food, ambience and covid protocols on point.

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wanted something special for my friends 40th birthday and it didn’t disappoint. Our server Dana was attentive and knowledgeable and so friendly! We had the best time one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

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vipLaRagazzaGialla
Philadelphia
167 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service, and covid precautions. Really enjoyed our dining experience. James was a great server. Looking forward to visiting again. Thanks!

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vipLauraS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Love was a wonderful dining experience for a birthday celebration. The food, service and ambience was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration !!! It was great time.. “Love Shack” was awesome .. even in the rain!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was amazing and on point. We went for brunch and it was even better than anticipated. Will be returning soon!

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Hutukem
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We ate outside in the shelters which are divided into separate dining areas. Service was commendable considering the waitstaff's challenge of navigating from inside through rain and sidewalk traffic. Brunch was excellent as were the cocktails. The shrimp and grits had a shellfish sauce on top which was new to me, but very good and rich. The Kennett Square mushroom omelet was good, although partner said it was not as "mushroomy" as he expected. Cocktails were the Broken Arrow and Straight Arrow, one with and one sans alcohol - both satisfied these diners. Would have given a 5-star rating for atmosphere, however, the forced air propane heating conked out midway through and we had to close the vent to stop cold air from blowing in. So despite their promises to change the propane tank, this did not happen until we were leaving. Still it lived up to its reputation of a great brunch! Would definitely return, hopefully not on a cold, rainy day!

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vipKatieS
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an incredible experience! Your staff is a delight-even in terrible weather. We came for the shrimp and grits and they did not disappoint. Staff included birthday message for my mom, nice touch. Honey bee dessert has me wanting to come back very soon.

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vipEliN
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

all around excellent and very pleasant with the private spaces they have developed.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great service and ambiance was superb. Food was okay, but the customer service and location made up for it.

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vipMichael
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific spot - the "Love Shacks" are fabulous. Great way to dine.

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KevinD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent and food was delicious. Highly recommended!

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vipKarenR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I was in town on Saturday and looking for outdoor dining. I found Love and I hit the jackpot! The heated outdoor 'rooms' were fantastic. I felt safe from covid exposure while dining and the ducted heat vents kept each table warm & cozy. The waiter was enthusiastic and helpful and the food was excellent! I'll be back next time I'm in town.

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vipMeganRSmith
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I always have a great time at The Love. This was only my second time dining out since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. I felt extremely safe; and the host and our server were both really great. I never have a complaint about this place :-).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Late brunch for a birthday. The risotto was amazing. Loved the ambience inside . Large outdoor options.

JJ
JamalJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The food and portions are worth the price. Service was excellent. The relaxed vibe is relaxed.

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Audrey
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Love was incredible. The outdoor set up feels so safe and is kept warm. The food is excellent and the portion sizes are big, so it totally feels worth the price.

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vipTheTraveler
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good for all occasions
Excellent food
Friendly severs.

JK
vipJoanneK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. It was our anniversary and everyone made it special. Sam, our waiter, went above and beyond!

Can’t wait to return!

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vipLoved
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a fan. Kudos to Blaze for great service.

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vipsorella5
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We sat outside in one of your Love Shacks. Great experience! Your host team was wonderful and our server, Jacob was the best! He was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. Can't wait to return.

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AmandaC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sat outside -- warm and comfortable. Had our own little pod that was open in the front so nice airflow. All staff were masked and stood right at the doorway so as not to be too close. It was extremely comfortable. Cocktails were delicious. Food was amazing! I was too full to get dessert, which was a bummer because it looked SO GOOD. Fried chicken was tender and delicious. The buffalo cauliflower and mushroom soup was incredible. The beet risotto was flavorful (although a bit too oily, but still delicious). Will definitely be back...hope we can eat inside soon!

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vipMrSa
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic restaurant that has great food and amazing service. Always a great night out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Due to pandemic restrictions, we sat outside in our own heated cubbie. It was great! Service was excellent and we had a lot of privacy. The menu is a bit limited but more than enough selection for a nice dinner!

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vipGFGirl
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service. Food was incredible.

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vipJJes
Poconos
17 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Beet risotto was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience5

I went for my birthday the restaurant is really classy and cute the drinks were great! Our waiter was cool and his bday is the same day as mines 2/22 lol! Overall my experience was awesome I do wish that they had a bigger menu selection they don’t have many choices for food. If you do decide to order something I would go with the love bird that was pretty good! Besides the short menu everything else was perfect. Would def go back but prob just for drinks lol and maybe some hush puppies. ❤️

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Bill
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and drink menu was great. Fried chicken, buffalo cauliflower, and hushpuppies were delicious. Pleasantly surprised!

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vipDoctor
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My husband and I returned for our Anniversary dinner again this year. We are not comfortable eating indoors during this pandemic and this was our first time sitting in the outdoor booths and we really enjoyed it. The booths were comfortable and warm. Food was excellent again and service was exceptional even with being outside. My husband recommends keeping those through the summer with air conditioning. Dylan, our server was very efficient, pleasant and attentive. Thank You for a wonderful Anniversary dinner!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Could not have had a better experience! Best outdoor dining set up - warm without a jacket in the middle of February! Unbelievable. Recommend most highly

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vipMelindaR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved everything but desperately wanted a cocktail and server was no where to be found. Meal was delicious. I know we are going through trying times and restaurant was full but really wanted a glass of wine with my meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

Stopped for brunch. It was pricey but we were expecting that. We were sat by the door on a very chilly day so unfortunately we dined with our jackets on. Had biscuits, a kale salad, omelet, and a few drinks. Glad we stopped.

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luv2dine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

The food was just ok. Truffle eggs were tepid. The crispy potatoes were also not hot, not crispy and tasted like they were sitting on the flat top for awhile.
The kale Caesar was excellent.
The bacon candy and hush puppies were absolutely delicious.
Tuna melt a little hard to eat but tasted good.
Outdoor seating was perfect. Comfortable. Warm. Inviting. And as usual with Starr restaurants, the service was impeccable.

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vipDocweinstein385
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I felt the 💕 love. The poppy pancakes were excellent. What happened to th mommy French toast?

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Just...wow. It was worth the $40 tip

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BCom
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dinner was phenomenal! It was the best dining experience I've ever had. Food was superb and our server, Dylan, was knowledgeable, conversational and very laid back. Will definitely be back!

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viprksi
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All around a solid and incredible meal with top-notch service and surrounded by stunning aesthetics. One of the best in Philly hands down.

FAQs

The Love does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. The Love also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 433-1555.

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 2948 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.