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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
4645 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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Booked 211 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 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

Menu

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What 4,645 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. G

    Geez

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Good service and great food. Also had a Manhattan it was delicious

  2. LK

    LeeK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We dined upstairs in the more private area which was quiet & provided nice windows for viewing the neighborhood. The service and food was the best we’ve had on this vacation to Philly. We will surely return. I am thankful to the person at Reading Market that recommended this delicious restaurant to us.

  3. GF

    GailF

    St. Louis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a delightful place! Great atmosphere, food and service. Wish we lived in Philly, if we did this place would be my go too!

  4. JR

    JonR

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My Wife and I went to The Love for our 3rd wedding anniversary. I had booked the reservation and notified them of the occasion without thinking much of it. To our surprise, after we were seated at a nice table outside, they provided a complimentary glass of champagne and desert. Exceptional service and delicious food. Will definitely return!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food4service4ambience3

    The food was delicious and the service was great. The chairs were terribly uncomfortable. And my friend got her wallet stolen while we were there. Didn’t realize it until we got home. Very upsetting.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic brunch. The staff is very gracious and kind. Management, impecable. Food, next level. Will definitely be a repeat customer.

  7. RE

    RussellE

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love The Love. On one of the biggest weekends of the year (graduations, Penn Reunion, etc.) we were able to get a last-minute reservation and never felt rushed. The service was personal. Oh, and the food? delicious.

  8. MH

    MegH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    nice atmosphere, good food, staff were polite and friendly. went here to celebrate an anniversary and it was a great experience.

  9. l

    lsbtravel

    Philadelphia

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I regularly have brunch or lunch here at least once a week. Very pleasant atmosphere and friendly staff including the reception hosts. Reasonable menus and of course always the finest quality ingredients as befits a STARR restaurant

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service, delicious food, lovely ambiance. A win every time!

  11. A

    Angelica

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated my husband’s birthday. Beautiful place, delicious food

  12. PF

    PhillyFoodFan

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was warm, considerate and attentive. Menu options were great, like a farm-fresh take on American fare, but not too overwhelming in its breadth of options. Highly recommend the Fried Chicken and Miso Collards! My prickly pear cocktail was delicious!

  13. CC

    CaraC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The whole experience was great! Our server Dana was amazing. We couldn’t decide on what to get and her recommendations were perfect. We had the sea bass and bolognese dishes. Delicious! Also get the carrot cake! Might be the best dessert I’ve ever had! Great experience!

  14. c

    chester

    Philadelphia

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Wonderful selections, good wine list.

  15. R

    Robin

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    The ambience was terrible. Looked like a barn. Not at all what I expected and for the price of the dishes the ambiance should be just as important. Was really disappointed I took a first date there. Deafening. Had to scream in each other’s ears to talk!

  16. SB

    SusanB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and ambiance!

  17. s

    silver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4

    Do Not look at yelp, many items are not on the menu.

  18. LD

    LibbyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very beautiful, very fun atmosphere. All of the staff was very great :)

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  20. KE

    KENMONEY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    🌍THE QUEEN AND KING ENJOYED, SATISFACTION, GUARANTEED[!]

  21. L

    Luculla

    Berlin

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Ultimately, the dinner was underwhelming m, at least for this price point, and we won’t come back. The mushroom risotto (appetizer) with fried sage was great($24). But the main dish, a $38 sea bass, was nothing special; the small potatoes didn’t go well with the sauce and the sauce was too lemony. The dessert, lemon crème brûlée, was nice. The music could have been more donning-room friendly, as we belong to those who s Tilsit want to converse with their dinner guests. Overall, we felt the the menu didn’t justify the price. Maybe the pasta would have been a better choice but the waiter did recommend the bass, so that’s what we got.

  22. CB

    CharlesB

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Pretty average experience

  23. m

    marie

    Philadelphia

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific brunch menu. Every item we ordered was excellent.

  24. AF

    AFan

    Philadelphia

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The Love was the perfect place to celebrate Mother’s Day. Food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Highly recommend the blueberry scones. The complimentary chocolate cake bites were the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I came for Mother’s Day brunch with my mom and eight week old baby. Bringing a baby into a restaurant can be so stressful. The hostesses were patient and accommodating. They couldn’t be nicer. They waited until a booth opened up so I could comfortably sit the baby’s car seat down. Andrew was our waiter (second weekend in a row). He was just as wonderful as the hostesses. He’s very personable and kind. His service is on point! It’s always a great experience at The Love. <3

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I treated my mom to brunch at The Love. on Mother's Day and we had an absolutely flawless experience. The food was decadent, the service was quick, the ambience was lovely, and our server, Nebojsa, was friendly, attentive, and an overall superb server. We will definitely be back!

  27. P

    Poetruth

    Philadelphia

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were very pleased with our Mother’s Day brunch, even though my omelet wasn’t exactly as described (but still delicious), and the potatoes were dry. But everything else was excellent. Note that the noise level was low upstairs, not at all so on the first floor.

  28. TB

    TimB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service! Fantastic food! Beautiful space! Couldn't be better!

  29. A

    Andrew

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Didn’t realize we’d be seated upstairs - not the same experience as sitting in main floor.

  30. B

    Bill

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    The food and service were excellent. It is a very loud restaurant. Not conducive to conversation unless you are right next to the person with whom you are speaking.

  31. D

    Duran1963

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Started out great - drinks were great, the beet salad was awesome. My friend's entre salmon was great; my bass was eh with the side salad a bit too oily. I was disappointed. Dessert carrot cake was great. Great atmosphere - lots of noise but surprisingly not disruptive. Great place overall.

  32. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food is outstanding. So creative and done so well. Cocktails are great and the wine choices are very good.

  33. JF

    JoanneF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service. The leek soup, hush puppies, steak, fried chicken, sea bass were all so good. We shared the creme brulee and warm cookie for dessert. Both were excellent.

  34. CK

    CorinneK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    NEVER DISAPPOINTED! Our server, Matthew, was amazing. It was a perfect pre-Mother's Day dinner. 10/10.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    We tried The Love at a good friend’s recommendation. Our food was almost drowning in sweet, floral tasting sauces— dishes that weren’t described accurately on the menu. Despite having an early reservation, the dining room was too loud because of club music that was piped in. Lastly, dessert was the strangest iteration of flourless chocolate cake that I’ve ever encountered— it seemed like they missed a step during baking and again during plating— and coffee arrived after dessert had already been cleared without acknowledgement or apology for the misstep that two servers were so clearly discussing between themselves in front of our table. Strange, over-priced, off-putting.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Terrible service and the menu was really bad chosen for brunch. I had soup that had 3 tablespoons of cream.

  37. MW

    MW1234

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect experience. We also had both of our young children and the restaurant was very family friendly.

  38. ES

    EmSp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5

    Great service! Great atmosphere! Food wasn’t the best :/

  39. PC

    PaulC

    Philadelphia

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent is all we could say. The food was incredible and good portions as well. The wait staff was friendly and added to our enjoyment. The bartenders are a little cranky but maybe that’s part of the experience. Look forward to going again.

  40. GR

    GeorgeR8

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, drinks and service all OUTSTANDING. The best during our Philadelphia stay.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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The Love offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 433-1555.

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 4645 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 211 times today

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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
    Dinner
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    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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