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The Love, Philadelphia, PA
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The Love

4.8
4.8
4801 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 154 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Contemporary 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

What 4,801 people are saying

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Philadelphia / New Jersey Suburbs

    Most Booked

  • Philadelphia

    American

  • Philadelphia

    Most Booked

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  1. JA

    JerryA

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat outside...pretty much the best dining experience I've had in a very long time. Amazing food and drink. Top notch service. Perfect in every way. I will DEFINITELY be back. LOVED The Love.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love The Love! Best cheese plate in Philly!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amaze balls!
  4. S

    Slaters

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noah was a fabulous server
  5. MF

    MichaelF

    Philadelphia

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious as always. The fried chicken and the pasta with short rib were great. And the tuna crudo starter was fantastic and flavorful — that sauce is just amazing. Our server, Mara, was really completely delightful. Nice, professional and personable.
  6. SS

    SusanS

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently wonderful
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal, lovely ambiance, and friendly staff. Definitely will return.
  8. n

    nwandoe

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and energy
  9. A

    Alicia

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Server was very attentive but the huge crowd for Sunday brunch had an impact on service. She did a great job given the circumstances.
  10. s

    sandyt

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we met old friends for brunch. delicious food and service was perfect. we wanted to sit and visit so had a wonderful 3 hour brunch.
  11. K

    Kara

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We finally went here for the first time after walking by so frequently and hearing so many good things about it! We started with the tuna crudo and it was so amazing!! For entrees, I had the plant power and it was also incredible. My fiancé had the fettuccine and brisket and loved it. However, the best part was dessert for which we had the mascarpone cheesecake. Everyone was beyond friendly and the atmosphere was perfect. Overall 10/10 and worth the hype!! We’ll definitely be back:)
  12. JR

    JoRu

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch menu is a bit on the heavy side. Food was great though.
  13. g

    guhh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Brunch food was underwhelming and the menu choices were bizarre. its was 90 degrees out and they had things like ricotta agnolotti and mushroom risotto on the menu. It just seemed like a dinner menu with a few brunch items. Table service was amazing and our server was excellent. I just had higher expectations for the food, especially when you plaster names like Starr and Aimee Olexy all over the identity. Bacon tasted like it was made yesterday and had like a glob of sriracha "glaze" in the middle. Nashville hot chicken "open face sandwich" was ok, it's literally just two pieces of fried breast and two slices of white bread. Also had some kind of turkey avocado melt tasted like it could have come from wawa. hush puppies were good. Maybe its my fault for having higher expectations. If I were served these items at a "run of the mill" brunch spot I would have likely been more accepting. It just seems so odd to feature local restaurant celebrities all over the name and bio and just sling mediocre brunch food. Hopefully when i return for dinner one day I'll have more satisfying meal.
  14. d

    dmtnyc

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Huge portions. Great staff. Superb drinks.
  15. KA

    KweliA

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food was fresh and delicious. Our waitress was excellent and very hospitable!
  16. SK

    SuperKates

    Detroit

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOW. Did The Love ever deliver. Fabulous ambiance, service, and menu choices. The Plant Power dinner was beautifully plated and was probably the most delicious meal I've had this year. If in Philly- be sure to give it a visit.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our anniversary and the staff was super friendly and attentive to making our dinner special. Food was superb as always.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  19. BS

    BrightonS

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place! My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Love. Great food and wonderful ambiance.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommend booking a reservation as the restaurant filled up quickly after they opened. Great atmosphere for brunch with solid selections. Come with an empty stomach as some of these comfort meals are quite heavy. This is my second visit and will not be my last.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wine choices is amazing. Could benefit from more food options. Ambiance is awesome as is the staff and the quality of the food.
  22. JD

    JaeDeveraux

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot wait to dine at The Love again. All of the staff were so gracious. Everyone was busy without seeming frantic. The food was absolutely delicious, and the portions were more substantial than I expected. I ended up taking some food home. The Love isn’t cheap, but the food and experience is definitely worth the price. I wish I could remember my servers name because she was so sweet and she did her job perfectly. Overall, great food, great ambience, very welcoming. I definitely recommend this place.
  23. R

    foodiesRus

    New York Area

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drink, try the hush puppies, amazing! Attentive friendly service!
  24. N

    Niti

    Philadelphia

    102 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    They were super busy hence service was slow. Food was very good. Don’t miss the Frosé Rosé
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stopped here for lunch before catching a flight out of Philadelphia. We stayed at a hotel near by and it was a quick walk to get there. They were very accommodating with helping to store our luggage while we ate. The food was fantastic. Drinks not so much. Overall great experience and would go back next time I’m in the Philadelphia area.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reserved dinner as a surprise Father’s Day celebration for my husband. The ambiance was pleasant, the seating was perfect and the hostess was delightful. We went in as a family of four, 2 adults + 2 kids and the menu had something for everyone’s palate. The appetizers themselves were a hit- we literally finished off the cheese plate - aptly named the “Labor of Love” in minutes, the mushroom risotto was a story to talk about.. the entrees were delicious and rightly portioned - good for sharing and enjoying conversation while doing so. And after all that, we still had a craving for dessert! The food was finger-licking good and the fam had a wonderful time! The entire experience was worth it!
  27. J

    Jmcn106

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is easily now one of my favorites. The ambiance, food and service were impeccable. We had the best date night ❤️
  28. s

    stacil

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the love- always great food and service.
  29. SP

    SabrinaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the overall restaurant itself was beautiful!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to celebrate Almost first Father’s Day with my husband. The hush puppies were a hit for appetisers, pit entrées were equally delicious, our server was very engaging and the ambiance is superb.
  31. S

    Shawn

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    I feel compelled to caution potential diners that our entire brunch meal was mediocre. “Crisp” potatoes were room temperature and so dry I thought they had been run through a dehydrator. Hush puppies were tough. The drop buttermilk biscuits were more like popovers, cooked in a muffin tin - not drop biscuits at all. The staff was very professional, and the ambiance was great - don’t go for the food, though.
  32. S

    Steve

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderfully dressy and eclectic.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at this restaurant and it was a great experience
  34. m

    mmrohrer

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to The Love. and it was just as wonderful as we remembered! We shared the Whole Grain Cast-Iron Baked ‘Parker House Rolls’ to start. I ordered the Punch Drunk and my fiancé ordered the Broken Arrow to drink. Both were exceptional so we had two of each! For dinner I had the ricotta ravioli and it was amazing, and my fiancé had the pork ribs which he was raving about. The cornbread that came with his meal was the best I ever had. Our server was so kind and attentive. We loved the whole experience!
  35. S

    Sunny40

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect from start to finish, we felt so welcome. Delightful and attentive servers. Meal suggestions spot on. Perfect night to celebrate.
  36. ZS

    ZevS

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and service
  37. PW

    PamW

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I knew our waitress name because she was wonderful!! She made excellent recommendations for food. The food was amazing
  38. m

    marco12

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Love. They put us at a great table near the window as I had requested. Our waitress was very good. The food was delicious.
  39. TC

    TravisC

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was tasty and the service was very good… our waitress was friendly and efficient.
  40. LD

    Love2Dine

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for brunch and had many options - great tasting!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

The Love is rated 4.8 stars by 4801 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 154 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

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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, Farm-to-table, Contemporary 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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