The Love

4.7
1791 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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Detroit
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant was phenomenal, food was better than most. My only foible was the portion sizes...but that helped us save room for dessert. Incredible evening.

p
Central Coast
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside because inside was too noisy. The food and service were great.

NN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great! Waitstaff was attentive and friendly. Wait for drinks, food and dessert was short.
The food was delicious! My wife and I had a cheese plate, and fresh baked bread as appetizers, a salad and scallops for dinner and a side of veggies. For dessert we split a brownie with ice cream and tea. Everything tasted fantastic! Portion sizes were not huge but we both left very full but did not feel unhealthy.
For the amount of food we had, the cost was reasonable. The cost per main dish is upscale but not prohibitive.
The Love was an overall great experience that I would recommend!

MN
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite spots in Philadelphia. Always good for lunch or dinner.

ZW
Memphis
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect from beginning to end.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’m from “The South” (Alabama) and this place has the best fried chicken and smoked fish I’ve ever had in my life. Although I didn’t care for Collard Greens (too sweet) the place was amazing. I took my wife there for our Anniversary. I will definitely go back when I visit Philadelphia.

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Love was an absolutely wonderful experience. I have dined frequently at both Starr and Oxley restaurants and I have to say their collaboration is an absolute hit. Our server was Meghan and she was wonderful. She had excellent suggestions and great answers to questions.
Had to have the cheese plate. That was my number one priority and it did not disappoint. I may have taken the little card so I could find those wonderful cheeses again. We also had the special tomato and nectarine salad. If I could recreate that creamy basil dressing, I would be making this the rest of the summer. Such a great combination. My husband had the steak and potato. It was cooked perfectly med-rare and those potatoes and sauce were amazing. I had the corn cavatelli b/c I can't resist a corn dish in the summer. It was mind-blowing. The combo of flavors from the pickled, fresh and smokey corn were above and beyond my expectations. I could not stop smiling while eating it. I had the Salted Caramel Corn Budino for dessert and once again, blown away by the flavors. The salted caramel was the best I have ever had and the corn custard could not have been a better pairing with it. We also had excellent drinks and I very much enjoyed the rose I had with my pasta. Can't recommend enough and can't wait to go back.

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

Great cocktails coupled with great food. We sat outside and of course the weather was absolutely amazing. The service was great from the bar while we waited for a table to the person that bused our plates. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great experience and food.

DW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and food, I’ll definitely be back! Server was friendly and made us feel comfortable.

TW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary & she loved it!!!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent. Very pleasant atmosphere.

CC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was my second time there. I wanted to go back since my first experience was great; however, this time service was slow and food was good at best. Dessert was yummy but I don’t think we’ll go back.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Catching up with an old friend

r
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely stellar

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great staff! Always a great experience.

L
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time and it was great. Loved the food and the ambiance and will definitely return.

RR
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was high quality and very good. I conducted a business meeting at The Love and it was great.

L
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at The Love. It was great. It's a surprising large space and it can get noisy. The food is excellent. All four of us in our group thought their dishes were great. The presentation of the vegetable crudetes was beautiful and the homemade Green Goddess dressing was tasty. Spaghetti with Lobster had lots of lobster. The duck salad was crispy and the bronzino was a large and well prepared. The service was attentive. It's a little pricey. Three of us had a glass of wine. We had one desert and one person had soup (delicious sweet corn soup). One of us had the duck salad as an entree. The bill was $210 before the tip. But it's really good!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

All was great, except the seats. They’re just not comfortable.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was freezing inside the restaurant.
When we first entered no one showed us to our table, they just told us where it was ( there was already some of our party that had arrived ...)
Our main waitress was great, some of the other staff not so much. They did forget drinks at one point.
Birthday dessert was brought to the wrong person
Food was excellent !

s
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had my birthday dinner there tonight and really enjoyed it

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service! We had the steak tartar and the scallops for our entree both were amazing. Topped it off with Dirt and Brownie sundae for dessert.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just fantastic

D
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy the food here, sometimes the service is spotty, but my particular server was very good this time. I wish they gave more breadsticks.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Wonderful food and attentive staff.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and meal was fantastic. We were even treated to raspberry crumb cake bites as part of our birthday celebration.

LD
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love everything about The Love. The food is wonderful. Service is always attentive but not overbearing. Location is perfect for business lunches, weekend brunch or dinner, weekday or weekend.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Comida increíble. El lugar un poco ruidoso. Servicio bueno y preciso bueno.

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T
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Arrived at the time of our reservation then waited 20 minutes to get seated. Food is very good but expensive entrees. Service was just standard nothing memorable about it except how average it was.

UD
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always had a great meal here and can’t wait to return. They just have the formula !

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was absolutely delicious! The service was excellent. The drinks were a great complement to the meal. I was disappointed that our reservation was for 7:30, but we didn’t get seated until 15-20 minutes after and we were forced to wait at the bar. The other disappointing thing was that the entrees were described to us by the waiter as being a larger, shareable plate, but I felt they were actually on the smaller side for even an individual. Just two minor nuisances to an otherwise fantastic meal.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience at The Love. The service was amazing and the food was better! We had a slight issue with our table not being quite ready at our reservation time. We really weren’t concerned but management bent over backwards to make the slight delay up to us. They were very gracious. Our server was great. Very knowledgeable with the menu and happy to give her opinion when we had questions about food or sights around town. The food was incredible. Every bite we ate was fantastic. I would absolutely recommend this very cool restaurant to anyone.

G
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall very good. Surprised it was rated as $$. Love the location and ambiance. Waiter was fantastic.
Will definitely be back

JA
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great service,

JH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was awesome.

SF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good food & service but it’s a little loud to enjoy conversation.

JC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is lovely, spacious, and comfortable. The food is excellent, but the drinks and the dishes are a little overpriced, I think. Very nice place to go for a special occasion meal, but won't be visiting regularly.

j
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining at The Love, our occasion was an anniversary. We had a great time and a great experience, will definitely be recommending and returning.

NH
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional and food was interesting and delicious.

MO
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service , beautiful presentation of great food! Wonderful experience

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