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Zahav
Zahav

Zahav Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zahavrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@zahavrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 625-8800
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

    HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Michael Solomonov
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private parties for 9 - 50 people. Please email info@zahavrestaurant.com for availability and menu details.
  • Private Party Contact: Kari-Lee MacDonald (215) 625-3977
  • Special Events & Promotions: Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service available at Sheraton Society Hill on 2nd and Dock Street. Bring Zahav receipt for discount upon leaving. Public lot also available on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Sansom.
A word from Zahav
Zahav showcases the Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine of Chef/Owner Michael Solomonov. In 2008, Zahav was named one of Esquire's Top 20 New Restaurants in America and Philadelphia Magazine selected Zahav as its Best New Restaurant.

The main dining room features authentic Middle Eastern cuisine and open-coal cooking in a casual and fun setting. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Zahav is always a great place to go! The food and drinks never disappoint, the service is always outstanding and the overall experience is a MUST! The food is delicious. Every time friends or family come to visit I make it a point to take them to Zahav and everyone has fallen in love with this place so much so that when they visit again they have specifically asked to go to Zahav. By far one of the best places in Philly! "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "This is place just perfect . Food is so delicious , especially hummus . Never tryed such a good hummus in my life. Portions are small , but very very tasty . "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Zahav was incredible. Each dish was carefully crafted. Simple ingredients were turned into complex dishes. It's the kind of place where you realize after a few minutes that everyone at the table has been completely silent, only able to concentrate on the flavors they are tasting. I didn't do the tasting menu and I still had a lot of food. Definitely start with the assorted salads and hummus. All of the small plates are delicious, but don't pass up the cauliflower! The mint tea on the dessert menu is a great way to end the meal. We were already planning what to order on our next visit before we were done eating. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Our first trip to Zahav was with our young children (ages 6 and 9) - we were a little worried to bring them, but took an early reservation (eating at ~5:15PM) to try to avoid any tiredness from them. We felt very welcome and were seated at a nice booth. My 9 year old is a vegetarian and very much enjoyed the salami (vegetarian small plates) that arrived after we ordered our meal. We all enjoyed the hot bread and hummus as well. My daughter and I ordered the crispy cauliflower that everyone has raved about - and it was the favorite part of her meal. Everything we tasted was very good and definitely a change of pace from our day to day menu. Also - we tried the non-alcoholic spiced drink (ginger, clove, allspice) - excellent!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The hummus w/laffa is a must and I highly recommend the fried cauliflower. The food is served small plate styles for sharing. My party preferred the dishes from the Mezze menu compared to the dishes from the Al Ha'esh menu. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "cannot say enough about the food and service at zahav ... just when I thought I couldn't eat another bite, more food arrived and you had to taste it because you knew it was going to be great! we were in philly visiting my daughter for her birthday and the owner/chef got wind of that somehow and came over to the table to say hello ... a nice, down to earth guy who is definitely doing something right -- from the food to the people he hires."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dining experience! The food was amazing. The hummus was out of this world delicious. This is a busy restaurant and we were not rushed at all. Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food is clearly excellent. The chefs tasting menu was both plentiful, varied and creative. The 6 hour roasted lamb simply divine. having said that the wine list is exceptionally small and totally biased to expensive israeli and lebanese wines. I have little doubt the sommelier is up to that so long as the will and funds are there. The service was both knowledgeable and attentive, albeit a little rushed and haphazard at times. The one big issue are the tiny, tiny tables positioned right next to your neighbor or in the walking aisles. In addition there was no covering for the table and that meant that unless its super cleaned and sanitized between diners it really is unacceptable. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We loved everything! We keep Passover and it was easy to still have a fabulus meal. This. Is. A keeper. Highly recommended. Everything was so delicious and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Every dish we had here was simply delicious. The small, tapas-style dishes allowed our group to taste multiple things off the menu. The duck kebab preparation was the best duck I've ever had. The hummus is also outstanding. Would definitely return!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We spent an enjoyable hour nibbling on hummus (the laffa bread is incredible), two or three mezze (like tapas) of stuffed grape leaves, fried cauliflower and crispy haloumi. Yum! The service was right on, from the check-in at the host station through dinner. It was my second visit and I'll be back every time I'm in Philadelphia. Their new "party" rooms will be perfect for a group event we'll have next year."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I had high hopes for Zahav, but have to say that I was a bit "underwhelmed" by what we were served and felt as if the food was overpriced for what you get. That said, we are vegetarians and made the decision not to order their prix fixe menu. Perhaps if you eat meat the food would have been as good as we had heard it was, and the prices more justified."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Great way to experience variety. Share with friends and multiply the taste sensations."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Consider the tasting menu and be prepared to eat like you rarely can elsewhere. Quite unique for the US."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Our party of 5 did the tasting menu. We got a great selections of salads, 10 middle courses, and 5 main courses. And then 5 desserts. What a feast. We were stuffed and dazzled. A truly exceptional experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I had an absolutely perfect experience at Zahav. The server was warm, charming, informative, eloquent and made our party of 2 feel at home. The food was outstanding and we complemented it with a bottle of Israili wine (my first). I live in Manhattan, and this was on my top meals in both cities in the last year. Kudos to the entire restaurant staff for putting on a great show."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "After having to reschedule our reservation several times due to weather and illnesses, we finally made it to Zahav. It was worth the wait and lives up to the hype. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and accommodating. The food was amazing. We ordered the Tayim (their tasting menu) and were able to sample multiple dishes. The salim and hummus was a great start to the meal. I would recommend the Turkish hummus. The crispy grape leaves were delicious along with the crispy haloumi. I loved the Kibbe Naya. I was a little hesitant as I've not always enjoyed tartars in the past. This is so fresh and full of flavor. Amazing. We ordered lamb and eggplant as our larger plates and the were perfectly cooked and full of flavor."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Fresh flavorful food with an Israeli twist - great selection of wines that are virtually impossible to find in Pennsylvania and excellent service - a fun place for foodies who want to share interesting small plates - better cooking (and service) than anywhere in Tel Aviv!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Wonderful ambience and service. Food was delicious."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Easily the best meal I have had in years. The food was incredible...and I am a bit of a picky eater."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Zahav for a birthday dinner and did the Tayim option - you definitely leave full!!! Everything was amazing! Service, food, atmosphere. As some things on the menu were different to us but we figured let's try it! One plate we were not crazy about and the waitress was right away happy to bring us a different option. When it came time for dessert, they placed an extra dessert on our table again because we were not crazy about the one plate. I look forward to going back!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "The small tasting menu is $39 per person and it comes with so much food. You will not find better value anywhere else. The food is so flavorful. I wish I could go every week but I live in the suburbs. And parking is easy too! You can park right on the street very easily."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "When you're in the middle of an avid conversation with a friend you haven't seen in a year, put a bite in your mouth and then stop, suddenly, because it tastes so good... Then you know that it's good food. When your friend, despite having been forewarned by your own reaction does the exact same thing a minute later... Yes, good food. Worth going to. Come hungry and do the tasting menu ($39 for hummus & appetizer dishes, three small plates, and dessert)."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Dined as a group of four. Went for roasted lamb shoulder menu. Delectable. Everything- from amazing meze and freshly baked flat bread to cheff choice desserts. Could not give a review of bar scene and alcoholic beverages because none of us drink, but on the table next to us saw some cool looking drinks and happy faces. Service is impeccable."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "What a wonderful dinner! We each had the special in which we chose 2 small plates, one main plate, one dessert, and it also included many salads and hummus and delicious homemade bread. There were 4 of us sharing and we each chose this option, and it was a lot of food! Everything was delicious! Especially the hummus, the tahini with beets, the fried cauliflower, and the lamb stew with lentils. Very reasonably priced - I expected it to be way more expensive! Only slightly negative comment was that it was very loud - so loud in fact that none of us at the table could hear our waiter or the other servers who came to drop off food and explain what it was. All in all though - fantastic! We will all go back!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I was skeptical since I've never had formal Middle Eastern cuisine, but everything that came out was fantastic - not strange at all - and the service was outstanding. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my third time at Zahav. We brought good friends and I wanted to have them try the lamb shoulder. Fortunately we were able to get the last one of the night. Every course was tremendous. If you have the opportunity, get the lamb shoulder. Tender and tasty. Big enough for launch and dinner the next day!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Amazing food, service and ambience. Very attentive to those that are gluten free. Pri fix menu was a great deal. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very delicious small plates and good service. A handsome decor. Much too noisy for easy conversation. I would not go back."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This was not just a fabulous meal but a wonderful emxperience."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It was one of the best restaurants i've been to in the city. For the $39 tasting menu you get a ton of food and all delicious and unique, beautifully presented and by an incredibly polite and genteel waitstaff. The manager was also amazing - friendly, warm and ever present making sure everybody was taken care of. I have already insisted that 3 of my foodie friends must go to Zahav. Just an incredible experience all around."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "It was the perfect place to meet and catch up with old friends. Waiter was fantastically patient while we caught up. Gabriel was also brilliantly accommodating to my dairy allergy offering a devine pear sorbet dessert substitute. Will be back again! Only thing I wish I had know earlier was that on Wednesdays parking is free. Valet told me but unfortunately it was right after I bought a ticket."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "I was with a group of 6, the servers easily managed our choice of the Chef's taste. A lot of food!! Very tasty, multiple layers of tastes in your mouth. But the best is the smooth, succulent hummus!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "If you live within 50 miles of Philadelphia and you have not been to Zahav, you are doing yourself a serious disservice."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My experience at Zahav was all positive. I didn't have a single bite of food that wasn't delicious in the three hours I spent there. Almost everything I ate I was trying for the first time and I loved it all. The music, the lighting the interior design, and the view were spectacular as well. Our waitress answered all our questions about the menu knowledgeably. That's about all I have to say except to stress again how amazing the food is. It's indescribable, you'll have to try it for yourself."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Zahav has consistently offered amazing food, amazing service, and an overall outstanding dining experience. The staff are very friendly and take the time to explain any menu offerings you aren't familiar with as well make recommendations if you'd like. The pace of service is great, they don't overload you with food at any one time (since it's tapas style) and don't rush you to finish each course."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Zahav was incredibly delicious. We were blown away by the dish called Pastel -- amazing mashed purple yams, mixed with sheep's milk cheese... so good. And the hummus... next time we are going to order all four .. so delicious!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Can't say enough about Zahav - worth every penny and worth the hype! Food was incredible, try everything! Staff was friendly, helpful, resourceful, knowledgeable. An all around amazing experience!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "Had a great time here on Saturday night! The food is of excellent quality every time you go!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We would recommend the Taste of Zahav for first-timers, it provides a large variety with more than enough food to fill a person up. The incredible variety of flavors, textures, colors, and scents that came across our table was impressive. While the atmosphere might not suit those seeking a romantic and quiet/white tablecloth dining experience, it was exactly what we were hoping for -- an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy an amazing dining experience with drinks after a busy day. The staff was helpful, kind, and observant. They never imposed upon us or bothered us in any way, but empty dishes and plates seemed to disappear within seconds of being set down while the table was also cleaned and organized. Can't wait to return!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014