The Love

4.7
1247 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are proud to introduce The Love to their hometown of Philadelphia. This bilevel 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.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, amazing food, great service. Thank you

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TB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food quality and ambiance! I will definitely return!

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JN
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The only complaint I could possibly make about our otherwise excellent experience is that the drinks were small given their high-ish price. They too, though, were terrific.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and great service! I would definitely recommend!!

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M
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Fried chicken is a must!!

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DH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the love. nailed it. great wine, great food, beautiful ambiance. in a sea of awesome restaurants it takes a lot to stand out, the love is unassuming and down to earth. you dont need bells and whistles when you have a staff that knows EXACTLY how to do their job right.

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MR
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amber was a phenomenal server, and everything we had was excellent.

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e
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely adored our evening at The Love. Cozy corner seat; stellar cocktails and wine and a terrific meal. I had the whole branzino, which was smoked and just perfectly delicious. My wife had the scallops which were like velvet. Highly recommend!

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HC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience was wonderful. I never had portobello prepared like your Chef had done. Great job.

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D
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best new places in Center City Philly. Food is always excellent - brunch, lunch, or dinner. Great intimate ambiance and wonderful small bar. Highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent: well prepared & presented, locally grown & organic (mostly) and very flavorful & (somewhat) adventurous. For that last part: the flavors & combinations may be 'adventurous' & not always familiar, but stick with them - they may grow on you, & if not, they'll still be a new & well-crafted experience.
[The wine list was also impressive, & contained a wide range of well sourced offerings - including some from local Pennsylvania vintners, that paired well with the menu selections.)
The location is a bit far off from the main theater & performing arts & culture venues, but with time & planning (& decent weather) is doable.
The ambiance is spare but attractive (a lot of dark wood & trim & hard surfaces), but the noise level is too high for comfortable quiet conversation.

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L
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

lovely! felt a little nervous to be there. but the food was excellent and me and my person had a lovely time.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

If you're into miniature cocktails that are more expensive than some of the food options, this is a great spot. Otherwise, lots of better options out there for crafty concoctions of a normal size when you need a hair of the dog. The food is fair, but unfortunately nothing to plan a trip to the city around. The environment would be cozy if the tables weren't so close together. Every time you feel settled, a server walks into your chair or the person at the table next to you needs to get out of their sit. This is one of those spots that's just fine, nothing more.

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I went to brunch on Sunday, and it was fantastic! The service was top notch, and everything we ate was fantastic! Highly recommend the butternut squash and apple soup and the truffle scented eggs.

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l
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If I could give a higher rating than 5 stars I would. Very simply put....Best service, great management, perfect ambiance, amazing food, and great location. We will be back time and time again. We had an 8:30pm reservation on a busy Saturday night so I would have expected a little wait which turned out to be the case but only about 20 minutes. We sat at the nice bar and enjoyed a drink while we waited. After being seated the manager came to our table to personally apologize for a 20 minute wait and delivered us a free appetizer! I highly recommend you try The Love!

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DT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and attentive service

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the best meal I have had in years at The Love! Delicious!!

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CC
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! We arrived hours before our reservation and they were able to accommodate us. We had a cozy corner booth. Each dish was better than the next and be sure to save room for dessert! Hope to go back!

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RS
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From checkin to checkout, The Love was a joy. Our server, Orlando, is one of the best in the city. Great recommendations -- he asked probing questions and recommended cocktails, wine, appetizers, entrees, and desserts that suited us to a T.

The food is awesome. Duck salad, the "poke", the Love Bird, the evening's duck breast addition, the caramel popcorn sundae, and the graham madeleines were all terrific.

Nice, lively atmosphere.

We'll be back.

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s an experience although considering the loud ambience, it was very pricey.

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M
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and restaurant was on point. Food was good. Will be back!!

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g
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food here! I had the chicken and waffles which were spicy but very good, while my husband and friend both had the shrimp and grits. I sampled the grits and they were very delicious- I think I might try that next time.

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FL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service, little pricey. But I don’t mind overpaying for good food.

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome brunch food, great service, beautiful decor.

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SK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is exceptional. Atmosphere is an elevated casual, perfect for meet ups and dates.

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DA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Love every Starr resturant we have been to. Frequent customers of El Vez, Parc and Barclay Prime. The food at the love was good. But the service was less then stellar.. 830 reservation, got there at 8:25 and wasnt seated until 9. While waiting, got a drink at the bar and bartender ignored us for solid 15 minutes. Food and ambiance is solid

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DD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good diner, pleasant staff, nice atmosphere. Will come again next time I attend a concert at the Academy of Arts.

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T
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is amazing. They put so much thought into the way they prepare. From the toasted buns to the rosemary and sea salt chips. Love, The Love.

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AW
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My second time at Love for a business lunch in a week. The service is attentive, personal and timely. The shrimp salad had shrimp the size of lobster claws - as fresh as a day at the Shore! Can't wait to come back with another business associate I want to make feel comfortable and appreciated.

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is fabulous. Live in VA. Found it in Esquire. Diverse menu. Great service. I had the lobster spaghetti. Loved! The duck salad was amazing. We will be back the next time we are in Philly.

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BN
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant, anything Steven Starr does not disappoint!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Every single item from the menu was incredible.

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a
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food at The Love is delicious, although the Acorn Squash Pomodoro is a dud - wish our server hadn't raved so much about it. But everything else was great, and the space is cozy and comfortable with a dash of elegance. It is loud, but happily tables are small enough that you are close to your table mates and can still hear them over the din. It's a wonderful restaurant.

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ST
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff management and service Amber and Kiers the best !
Food of course the best!

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AF
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give them 10,000 stars I would. Excellent quality all around!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful! A little noisy but all good. Will definitely return.

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d
Philadelphia
70 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Attentive but not overbearing staff. The fig Caesar salad is excellent. I tried the vegetarian option for the first time and it was very filling and satisfying.

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IM
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch and it was soooo good. Parking was easy since there was a parking building behind the restaurant. Ask for a parking coupon and you will get 20% off. The servers were so friendly. The food was excellent!

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HS
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a double date with out of town friends. We all had amazing meals for brunch.

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G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great brunch experience. Service was top class!

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