The Love

4.7
1467 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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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place, we had wonderful time

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DB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ravioli in garlic sauce and the portabella mushroom with burrata, were both superb. The service was excellent. The decor is very pleasing and the ambient noise level was moderate, allowing one to have a conversation without having to speak loudly. Overall, a memorable luncheon and a restaurant I would return to, again and again.

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

The service and the food was very good. I did not like my entree and they immediately offered to get me something else but I was pretty full with my side dish. They took it off my bill and were very pleasant the entire time. I love all of Stephen Starr’s restaurants and this one is no exception.

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JH
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely place for a special celebratory lunch.
Food was excellent and atmosphere is warm and comfortable.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for an out-of-town business guest. Wonderful representation of Philly!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, and the food was delicious! Glad I spent my birthday dinner here.

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JG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The reason I would not recommend The Love is it is way too expensive for food that is equal in taste and quality to lesser expensive restaurants in the City. The food was fine but truly nothing to get excited about so, $80 for brunch for two people (with no appetizer, no dessert and only 1 alcohol based drink) is really excessive.

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MG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch. Loved the pancakes. Hush puppies and olive cheese ball were the best. Impeccable service. Highly recommend. Hope to go again for dinner.

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JF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Serice fine, food adequate, previous dinner far superior. would return for dinner

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h
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space. Wonderful menu. Educated and happy servers. Food that was some of finest we have very had.

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LF
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration

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s
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and drinks were fantastic! I loved out seat by the window on the second floor and ambiance of the restaurant. My only complaint was service was a little slow.

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T
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a really fun experience. The food was fantastic - very tasty and interesting. Menu is broken down into 3 parts: basically starters, pastas (which are large-appetizer sized), and mains. Everything was definitely shareable. The service was excellent: friendly and very accommodating, particularly with some dietary restrictions in our group. A great place to go with friends or family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food and great drink selection. We had a food allergy in our party, and after explaining the allergy, the first course came out with the allergen on the plate. When we alerted our server, she was annoyed with us, which made for an awkward dining experience with our interactions with her for the rest of the night. Other than that, it was a great experience.

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WA
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my husband for his birthday. Had a wonderful meal...shared the cheese plate, asparagus, whole branzino and the halibut. Everything was delicious! Our server was very attentive and personable. A little pricey, but would definitely go back for a special occasion.

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KS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was lovely, with great service and delicious, unique dishes. My family enjoyed dinner here, we ate at 7pm on a Friday night. We had to get a reservation in advance, the place fills up!

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AP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant had great layout very cozy feel. Food was great and place was buzzing for a thursday night. Will definitely go back

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W
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Love!

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and loved the atmosphere. Would definitely recommend to others.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The service was good and attentive however the price of the food compared to the quality was certainly unreasonable. I was expecting better from a downtown Rittenhouse restaurant.

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g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 5

The restaurant was so noisy we could not carry on a conversation. It is too bad to not want to recommend or return to what could be a lovely spot because of excessive noise.

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OT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time atThe Love and it exceeded our expectations. Great staff, excellent food and the ambiance was perfect. We will be back.

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JA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great...the food was cooked to perfection....drinks were solid good pours

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each course AND the cocktails were amazing. Beautiful atmosphere and perfect service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it!!! The cheese ball at brunch was my favorite.

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The Love has quickly become one of my favorite places to dine at in the City. The food and service are consistently good.

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RP
Philadelphia
53 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best brunch I ever had. I ordered the fajita that was like nothing I have ever had before. My wife loved the ginger carrot soup and the butter bun coffee cake was perfect. Very strong and delicious coffee. Service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service in the best part of the city .

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NB
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place; the food is inventive yet still accessible. Our server really knew the menu (and wine list), had a talent for description and for hitting the right balance between letting us decide our own order and guiding us. Indeed the risotto was "bright" and did not get monotonous, the curry was light and interesting, the cucumber salad refreshing. Our only regrets are that we did not have room for dessert. By the way, the Parker rolls are much better for breakfast than for dinner (maybe due to them being served with orange honey butter melted over the top rather than a chive butter on the side?)
It feels like a special occasion place, but eating there is its own special occasion.
We felt "The Love."

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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LP
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu. Had a salad and scallops entree. Both were superior including presentations. Excellent attentive staff who even knew that plates should not be removed until everyone at the table has finished eating.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It’s ok. Nothing fancy or unbelievable. Too expensive for such simple dinner.

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KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I dine here frequently. We always receive exceptional service and they are very accommodating! My daughter is 7 years old and they do not put us in the corner like some of the other restaurants in the city. Everything I have tried on their menu has exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went for brunch. Our party had the prime rib sandwich, the posh brunch, the omelet, and the shrimp and grits. Everyone loved their meals. The portions were generous, although I thought they were a little pricey. The service was outstanding. I would definitely go back.

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k
New England
16 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great meal. Cozy dining. The cheese plate is a must!

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F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved it! The food was unique and creative. Had a 9pm reservation and the place was still quite noisy, but we didn't have to yell across the table.

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RI
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the top restaurants in philly, from someone that has eaten at all the best. The service was impeccable, food phenomenal, and overall just a great evening! Start with the Parker house rolls, and move onto the steak with potato wedges. You will not be disappointed

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CA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Orlando was a really nice guy and a great waiter!
Way too loud though

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The branzino is a must!!! We get it every time we go!!!

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PH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

A very lively place. The food is good but not great. The service was really god.
The noise level is very high.
All in all a nice dining experience.

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