Zahav
Zahav

Zahav

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.zahavrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2156258800x
  • 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 2156253977x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Zahav reviews from OpenTable diners
475 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (405)special occasion (311)hot spot (202)good for groups (200)neighborhood gem (153)romantic (123)notable wine list (106)vibrant bar scene (66)scenic view (41)late-night find (28)kid-friendly (12)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Awesome experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The tasting menu is impeccable. All the salatim were delicious. Hummus was so grand we wanted more. All the small plates we got were truly delicious. The califlower is wonderful. All food we ordered was so good. What a great time and experience. Dessert hit the spot also. We were so full but it was worth it. Plus the waitstaff was super cute and everyone who brought food were nice and well mannered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    MissWillow
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Innovative and unique yet approachable and delicious. Highly recommend the tasting menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    MikeS
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    From beginning to end, an incredible evening with great food and an amazing staff. Every dish looked beautiful and tasted amazing! Unique combinations that were evocative of the best modern food to come out of Israel. Get the tasting menu; at $42.00 it is an incredible bargain. Personal favorites were the honey cake bread pudding with green apple frozen yogurt and apple compote, and the rib-eye cap, which was so tender and flavorful all you can do is sigh in contentment. The service was warm and attentive. The evening was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First-timer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Interesting experience! New and innovative tastes. Noise level was annoying. Service was a bit slow. Very interesting concept.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint!!!
    Coryo
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had an amazing meal at Zahav. I don't typically get wow'd by hummas, but theirs was amazing. It had a very unique and smoky flavor and served with their homemade bread- yummy!!! There were four of us and we shared multiple dishes and each dish was better than the last one. The flavors just exploded in your mouth. If I ever am back in Philly I will absolutely make this one of my stops!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect hummus
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    If you are looking for upscale yummy Israeli tapas, this is the place - I could just eat the hummus and pita but there were so many other luscious tastes in all there small plates - go hungry and enjoy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    ckjdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We really enjoyed our meal at Zahav. I particularly loved the hummus and salad dishes. They were unique and delicious. We also had the fried cauliflower and the potatoes which for me seemed overly greasy. We then had the duck and the branzino, both of which were great. The branzino was cooked to perfection. The service was good, there was always someone there attending to us. Overall we had a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Celebration
    sportsref1
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second time at it was as great as the first time Waitress was very helpful in explain menu. They have a pre fix menu for $42 which includes their Hummas and Pita bread (Outstanding & HOT two apps per person an array of different little plates and a main course (Wide variety). Not a large main course but there was no room to eat. Dessert was also included a wide variety, Yummy Choice of regular or seltzer water and they came coming back to refill glasses Nice wine selection by bottle or glass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try something different!
    Carlos318
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I was totally surprised, in a positive way, by this experience. I was very pleased to taste so many familiar and fresh food items prepared in different and creative ways. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the veggie dishes, though I am not a vegetarian. Excellent alternative for those with a mixed crowd of folks who don't want the veggie friends stuck with the salad and pizza items on a menu. The price for the fixed menu was also a pleasing detail. Treat yourself to something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Food Experience
    Vprofy
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We had the tasting menu. Just the right amount -- almost a little too much. Maybe only need 4 vegetables with humus and salad. But not just a great meal, a dining experience. Bar and just a few plates is a great option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • never disappoints
    janey
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We have been to Zahav numerous times and have never been disappointed. The food is wonderful and varied. Hummus is amazing, also always get the fried cauliflower, haloumi cheese and sable. Service attentive. Small plates make it possible to taste a variety of dishes. We were in the side room which is a quieter than the main one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The service and the food were excellent. Beautiful presentation. I would, however, not return due to the noise level. The music was very loud and seemed to target a younger, hip clientele.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very simple. Zahav is the best restaurant in Philly. Everything Chef Solomonov creates is different and delectable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • excellent
    BIGDOGVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    one of the best restaurants in philadelphia.we have been eating at zahav since it opened,and it still remains our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pennseg
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Excellent food and attentive service. Great dining experience. Highly recommend. Would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful everything
    AudreyVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was very good. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food, lots of fun
    Jwhmima
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    food and service are top notch. The music is excessively loud and the handsome restaurant is too noisy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fantastic
    mmmmmVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We did the tasting menu at Zahav and we were not disappointed - completely worth every penny! The first course of the hummus and salads of the day was a fabulous start. Other favorites were the fried cauliflower and the lamb sausage. The only thing the table didn't love was the grape leaves (still good, just not as fantastic as everything else). The drink menu was also great. The restaurant is on the small side - I wouldn't go with a party of more than 6 at the most. Overall fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never even a wrinkle
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Zahav is amazingly consistently percent every time. Always fresh and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining at it's best
    Deborah1VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A goodbye dinner was held for a member of our group who is relocating to the West Coast. From the time we sat down it the end of our meal, the service was impeccable, the wine from Israel crisp and smooth and the food fresh and perfectly seasoned, especially the two hummus plates that we ordered. A gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    RosieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We were a group of four and had the Mesibah set meal which was wonderful. Of course the highlight was the roasted lamb shoulder which had an awesome sweet crust to it from the pomegranate marinade, but the whole meal was excellent. The waitstaff were great and even the music selection playing was eclectic and fun. I highly recommend a visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • frenchVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Only one reservation . . . the noise level. Very noisy--in the current style.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent
    rhett
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We are from out of town and felt lucky to get a reservation. Our meal was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zahav lives up to its reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This was our third visit to Zahav. The first one a couple years ago was not memorable, but this August we tried again since everyone raves about it. In August although the food was excellent, the noise level (in the back room on a Saturday night) interfered with our thoroughly enjoying our evening (and it was our anniversary). This visit was on a Sunday night, I asked to be seated in the main room, and it was a much more enjoyable experience. The food was superb! My 91 year old (oops, young) mother was with us and she wanted to try the smoked lamb tongue. I am not as adventurous as she, but gave it a try; surprisingly delicious. The hummus is divine. The small plates provides opportunities for sharing and tasting lots of options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Hummus Around
    BuddyTheElf
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were here for the first time, and from the outstanding hummus to begin the meal to the coconut basboosa which ended it, there was a pleasant surprise with each dish presented. We'd come back for the hummus alone but, of course, there's so much more to savor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Xalundes
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Outstanding dining experience. I particularly like how they changed plates and forks, as well as cleaned the table, in between each course
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Loved everything ! We will definitely be back. The food and the service were Amazing. Best meal I have ever had in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite restaurant
    Rob1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I've been to Zahav probably a dozen times over the years. I'm never disappointed the food and service were always spot on
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    his place is definitely one of the best restaurants in philly. Reservations can be very hard to get unless you make one quite far in advance but this place is worth the planning. I've been to zahav quite a few times and every time my friends and I go for the tasting menu.. I really don't think there is anything on the menu that is not outstanding except for some of the main courses which I believe could use a little brightness in flavors. The only thing that doesn't match the entire experience is their music.. The last time few times I was there, they were playing some random pop music. Even with this slight flaw, I would really recommend Zahav for great food and good ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Mmm212
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    One of the best dinner experiences I have ever had in Philadelphia
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bravo
    Jac1216
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, stellar service and delicious, unique food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Zahav Review
    Phillygal
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great service and great food! My only complaint involves their choice in music. I don't think hip-hop is dinner appropriate. I would've preferred to hear something more reflective of the cultural region of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sublimeX4meVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Having a table of 6 was so great. We did the $42. tasting menu. The small plates allowed everyone to sample a large portion of the menu. The salads were unique and really tasty as was the hummus. The mezze courses were really unique and delicious. The entree courses were also amazing. I had the lamb dish and would order it again. Dessert was just the right amount to cap off a wonderful meal. The meal arrived at a nice slower pace but not too slow; very enjoyable- would not have wanted it any faster. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone and will return with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    readytodine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The Salatim and Hummus course was divine. Beets and eggplant never tasted so good, and our hummus and pita arrived hot from the oven. The wines were spectacular. Next time we go I'll be sure to leave room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the best service ever
    Slick
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    All in my party agree that the service that we received was the best any of us has ever experienced: everyone working there couldn't have been more attentive without being intrusive. The food was excellent. This is a restaurant where one can experience many flavors and have the opportunity to share those flavors with dinner companions. And the cocktails were outstanding also.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Dre4
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The best meal I have had in the city by far. They've got new loyal patrons
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not enough personal space
    Cass305
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    My husband and I dine at Zahav every time we visit Philadelphia. Every time we dine at Zahav we are seated in a row of two tops that are to close together which takes away from our dining experience. If Zahav removed one of those tables it would be much more comfortable for all parties of two. Two tops to close together is why Zahav doesn't get five stars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to love it
    foodieatheart
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    But every dish we had was way too salty. It blew out my palate. Had the multi course option and my longtime favorite cauliflower mezze was almost inedible. The branzino was incredibly salty. I was disappointed. I hink I'm over zahav.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Extremely disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    the menu was a set Rosh Hashana menu "family style". There was not enough food for every1 to share and when we asked for more it seemed as though we were inconveniencing them. We received 6 lamb ribs to share amongst 8 ppl .The ribs had hardly any meat, mostly fat. I requested a new order of lamb explaining the issue. Server confirmed a new order would be out.The lamb never came. We were told the kitchen closed at 10.We had a vegetarian in our party who was told she could not have fish for a entree sub because the kitchen was closed.most unprofessional thing was witnessing the wait staff and manager discussing the issues with our table in plain view. Server rolling eyes. Mocking. I've dined at Zahav before-AMAZING! What happened this time?
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  • Excellent experience
    steadyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Our group of four had a wonderful time from the moment we sat down. Our waiter (Ben) was amazing and extremely helpful. Every bite was fascinating, unusual and delicious. Recommend with no reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.