The Love

4.7
1141 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
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both loved our dinner and apps! The steak tartar, Brussels sprouts and squash rings were outstanding and we loved the lobster pasta and the ravioli with that lemon zest! Highly recommended! What a great date night!

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

Friends 50th

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S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Had maple salmon with Brussels sprits special spinach and faro. Not a hint of maple syrup Damon very ordinary quite dull There were 6 Brussels sprout leaves. Special spinach was leathery should have been labeled as kale. Thera are no adult deserts available. Service very good ambiance wonderful. We have visited many times Very disappointing each time but 1 block from our apt so convenient in cold weather

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend celebration

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My father and I grabbed dinner while he was in town for business. He wanted to stay away from the restaurants participating in Restaurant Week, and he was so pleased with The Love. Everything was delicious, and the service was incredible. As a Philadelphia resident, I will be back and will continue to introduce my visitors to this impeccable restaurant.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Third visit here in less then three weeks
First two were very memorable, this one not so much ,service was not as good as first two visits, we felt rushed at the end of dinner
Food was delicious.

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TR
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful! The service was excellent! Drinks were really good! All in all - a great dining experience and I will go back for a second visit

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

Living in Philly, I have the opportunity to dine anywhere and everywhere. The Love sets itself apart from the others with it's creative and delicious cuisine and top service while in a comfortable, unique atmosphere. I like to take clients to The Love. The name just says it and the clients can tell I've taken them to a special place to celebrate our partnership and show my gratitude.

I wish the bar was a bit larger and that the upstairs bar was open during the week for us locals. :) My husband and I like to pop into places for dinner without reservations and spots with bars where we can enjoy the energy and great food is always a plus.

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SQ
Philadelphia
493 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is very good. Very loud, difficult to talk. Service was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday - server was kind enough to provide a happy birthday dessert plate.

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

Great food- bartender was aloof and seemed bothered by us. Bad start to the night but the food was very well done.

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SJ
Anchorage
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and wine, wonderful server.

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

Waiter was amazing and went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect. Food was delicious. Perfect post surprise engagement dinner! Absolutely perfect! We will be back for sure!

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

The atmosphere and food was wonderful. Our server was a bit pompous, he could have afforded to be more friendly and smile. However, everything else made up for it.

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M
Philadelphia
113 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The price was high for what we ordered and the meal was not spectacular. Two drinks at brunch, were $31 and two egg dishes were $40. Biscuits were an additional $5.00 and there was no bacon or sausage. I thought nearly $100 for brunch (including tip), was expensive for an uninspired meal.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Made us feel special on our anniversary. Will definitely go back.

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JG
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit to The Love. Each time that we have been there the food, and service has been exceptional.

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l
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was great! Maybe her name was Veronica? Food, service, speed, cleanliness all solid. Just wish it was warmer, but it was a cold day.

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c
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review was after my first visit to The Love & will not be my last! The staff were very friendly. We were promptly seated & each item ordered was fantastic! We took our time and never felt rushed. The atmosphere was relaxing and cozy. I’ve already made my next reservation! You should make yours!

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w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great looking space. Comfortable fine dining. Friendly service. I ordered the fig Caesar salad. There are not pieces of fresh figs. Instead the fig is smashed up to make the Caesar dressing with anchovies. The dressing was good but it was disappointing that there weren’t cut pieces of figs - that would have been better. Plus the dandelion greens were not cut up. The other lettuce greens were easy to cut but not the dandelion greens in my opinion.

Husband ordered the smoked branzino. He did not think it was all that good. I enjoyed my scallops.

The restaurant was very noisy. It was difficult to talk without having to shout. We were seated a four seat table, which was nice but we sat across from each other which made it difficult to talk. It would have been nice to sit at one of the corner booth tables.

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d
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited from out of town

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love The Love! My SO and I were seated in a cozy corner booth, great for food sharing and general cannodling. They were able to accommodate our Celiac (both of us have it) and the food was superb! The hot buttered popcorn ice cream dessert was DIVINE

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IL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and perfectly handled my dietary needs. Adorable server!

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OT
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service, pretty much everything was just a shade under seasoned.

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E
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A casual night out with friends, from beginning to end th food was outstanding

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t
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved "The Love". We ordered the Parker house rolls, butternut squash soup, short rib stroganoff and fried chicken entrees! Every dish was beautifully presented and extremely tasty! I had read reviews about the service; as a foodie I've frequented the best eateries throughout our city as well as many other cities and the service at The Love was perfection! We'll be back soon!

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J
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We went to the Love for lunch and it was very enjoyable. The menu was filled with very interesting options, along with good drink choices. We were happy with our choices, and found the hush puppies and the raviolis to be highlights. The drinks were good and my wife enjoyed the madeleine smores for dessert. We would be happy to eat here again.

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GF
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wedding Anniversary

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LB
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Cute little spot in Rittenhouse with very attentive staff with attention to detail. Also shows in the food. Everything was delish!

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R
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot ! Never disappointed.. Food has excellent flavors.. great menu. Highly recommend

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JB
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrated my mother’s 80th birthday here and all was great. Portions were much larger than expected. Environment was cozy and warm.

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S
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the crispy duck salad, lobster spaghetti and ribs - everything was outstanding! Highly recommend The Love.

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

Great food and wonderful staff! We had the burger, waffle, and posh breakfast and everything was amazing!

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c
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at The Love but not the last! Our dining experience here was one of the best! Our server Caitlin, was pleasant and extremely knowledgeable. All of the food was exceptional. The cheeseboard, farm salad and squash soup were all outstanding as well as beautifully presented. Our entrees included the smoked branzino, served whole, and was a masterpiece. The fried chicken was like nothing you’ve ever had. Light with wonderful flavors. We received complimentary sampling’s of the lobster spaghetti and braised veal fazzoletti are a must. I would recommend sharing them especially the veal. The flavors were exceptional. Our sides of toasted broccoli and fried Brussels sprouts complimented the dishes and we finished it off with a generous la colombe love latte and dirt sundae.

You will not be disappointed. Thank you everyone for The Love! Hope to see you soon!

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

Best food we have had in a long time! Have recommended to so many people :)

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KH
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amy Oxley has done it one more time---great food, interesting ambience, friendly & professional service, wine list. A great spot for a twosome or small groups to just enjoy an excellent dining experience.

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

This was my last Stephen Starr to visit in Philly and I can say it is my least favorite. Our table wasn’t ready and we had to wait 20 minutes for one. We moved to the bar and ordered three drinks that took longer than expected. The bartender asked what we wanted. The overall service was “ok” nothing to remember. I ordered a drink that never came, I pointed that out to the server who said I could pick any dessert drink on the house, that never happened. The food was average flavor wise. The restaurant was really loud! We tried the scallops and the fried chicken and I can honestly say I’ve had better. My scallops were lukewarm and the vegetables were cold. The brussel sprouts were amazing, I’m happy I got them. That was the most enjoyable thing. I think a three star rating is fair for the overall experience, service and food quality. Won’t be back or bring anyone there, I rather go to another Starr restaurant.

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y
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We wanted to try this new hot spot in Philly for date night. We thought the seating was really tight, but we were in the main aisle. From our seat we could see six wait stations. Our drinks were wonderful, the food was fairly good, and prices were reasonable. It's good, but no the best Philly has to offer.

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J
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the cheese tasting plate -- eight local cheeses, a printed list of the cheeses (so we can look for them in stores), condiments and croutons -- it was generous and outstanding. Three of us ate from it happily as an appetizer. My son had the salmon poke, which looked gorgeous and tasted better.
I had whole smoked branzino, which was completely delicious and unusual, and a Sazerac cocktail that was perfect with it.
My husband had spaghetti with lobster. He thought the portion was small, until he actually ate it and was perfectly full.
Our server was charming, and we were in and out of the restaurant in an hour and a quarter, in time to go to the theater at Plays and Players.
At lunch with friends in October I had the veggie crudite appetizer, which was also beautiful and ample ...

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BJ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit expensive, but overall a great experience! Terrific service, great drinks, lovely environment.

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