Zahav
Zahav

Zahav

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 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
Zahav reviews from OpenTable diners
458 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (404)special occasion (309)hot spot (204)good for groups (196)neighborhood gem (148)romantic (132)notable wine list (113)vibrant bar scene (66)scenic view (35)late-night find (31)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • GoodEatz925
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Amazing place. I went with my parents and my wife and we all enjoyed it more than a steakhouse. Food was different and flavorful. The server was friendly and knowledgeable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oustanding from beginning to end.
    alidav65
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    I was given a gift certificate to Zahav from my niece, her husband and their son. I am so appreciative. It was an Israeli/middle eastern exploration of the senses. My husband and I absolutely loved our dinner. The Turkish hummus, salads, fried cauliflower and portage wine were just small parts of the dinner. The servers were very helpful in assisting with all of the meal choices. There is something for everyone on the menu. Everything we had was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful all around experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    While the food at Zahav was excellent, the service was even better. Our server Autumn was pleasant and attentive, without being disruptive. She was very well educated about the ingredients and method of preparation of all of the dishes, which was helpful because we were unfamiliar with Israeli cuisine. We enjoyed her very much. The entire restaurant was very well staffed, and everyone was very helpful. I lost an earring, and a nice young woman (the manager, maybe?), went and checked my coat and scarf, which were in the coatroom. While it wasn't found while we were there, they found it later, and they went to the trouble of looking up my number from the reservation list and called me to let me know. I didn't expect to see that earring again. I really appreciated their efforts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zahav Thumbs Up
    GastroGnome
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    True confession: I've beento Israel and eaten at some excellent restaurants. Zahav met all my expectations on authenticity and often added creative twists to traditional dishes. The middle eastern bread grilled with oil and za'atar (earthy and zesty herb blend) was superb and easily the equal of Israeli versions. One difference is the totally tapas style plates instead of larger family style offerings found in Te Aviv or Jerusalem. There is a tasting menu ($42) which my party all had; enough food and options (salads, small plates, kabob, and dessert) for 2 really. Suggest you take the time to select fewer dishes per person or share and order if they let you for a reasonable 2nd person fee. Was there on a Wed. nite and service and quality (service & food) was too notch. Only downside is parking is limited which the website acknowledges. If you are visiting Philly, stay at the Society Hill Sheraton which is about 75 yards away. Otherwise take mass transit (about a 20 min walk) or be ready to drop $15+ on structured parking to hunt for metered street parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exciting middle eastern/Israeli inspired dishes
    Ravi
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Exciting menu. Lots of Veg options. I was able to taste a variety of dishes at a very reasonable price. I experienced many distinct and delightful flavors. Specialty cocktails were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to amaze …
    lotusblossumVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    …with consistency and great flavors. There aren't enough superlatives for Zahav. Great everything-- food, service, ambience. Friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Delicious!
    madfranz
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a lovely evening dining at Zahav this past Saturday. I am very happy we opted not to get the tasting menu because that would have been way too much food for us. I would come back just for the Salatim (mini salads) and the Hummus that was out of this world. The creamiest hummus I've ever eaten. The Mezze's were very tasty as well. We had the brussel sprouts, the cauliflower, haloumi and two others that I'm blanking on. We never even made it to a main course because we filled up on the apps (3 people total). I'd love to come back and try the branzino.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place for vegetarians
    BobsiVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Food was wonderful and creative. Service was great. Excellent place for vegetarians
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Great food! Even as Israelis we really liked the sophisticated and tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Pearl
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Consistently delicious and interesting food. "It's different and amazing" is what all of my friends say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zahavulous!
    TGrrrrrVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    it is hard to get a reservation at Zahav and after eating there i can see why.... the food is amazing!!! i can't wait to eat there again. I've been dreaming about their hummus ever since. every dish was delicious. and the service was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved every minute at Zahav
    JackieC
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Believe the hype. I made a reservation for my 2 year wedding anniversary and Zahav made it simply magical. The service was excellent, gracefully walking the line of attentive and annoying. Salatim was simple and delicious, the hummus was amazing. We ordered the krispy grape leaves*, house smoked sable**, fried potato**, and my favorite the crispy haloumi***. We also were able to taste the Cauliflower, thank you chef! We were already stuffed but ate the entire entree anyway! For the entree we enjoyed the Branzino and the Spiced Eggplant. The Branzino was cooked absolutely perfectly, crispy skin with firm but moist meat, and anyone who can make Eggplant equally delicious is a culinary god. Thank you for the great anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arrive with your appetite ready
    CARoss
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We were given Zahav as a recommendation from our well traveled friend as a fantastic eating experience. I must say it was an incredible evening. We selected their tasting menu with allowed our table of four to experience 8 different appetizers and 4 different main selections. 12 of the most surprising and wonderfully delicious plates we have ever had. Wonderful. Give it a try... But come with you appetite ready.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of top restaurants I've ever dined
    BraveLittleToaster
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    I took my girlfriend out here for her birthday. We were expecting a great meal but weren't prepared for just how amazing Zahav is. We tried the chef's tasting menu, and we were only mildly disappointed in one dish out of the dozen or so we were served (the sirloin entree was good, but not knock-your-socks off like many of the other dishes). Highlight dishes include: the Hummus Crispy Haloumi (a must try) Fried Cauliflower Duck Kabob The service was great. I would easily say this is one of the top 3 restaurants I have ever been too, and this is one of the first times I've actually taken the time to write a review. It was that good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What more could you ask for?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Delicious food for a fitting price. The tasting menu option was incredible, the staff were knowledgeable and very quick. I have no complaints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zahav boffo!
    JPAWIMINYDE
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    We loved our meal at Zahav. The food was great, as was the service. No cost sparkling water. No cost extra (yummy) pita bread. A no cost dessert because of a service slip-up. Lively and festive. A lot to love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great meal
    jjp4VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Dining at Zahav is a delicious addiction - look forward to going there at least a few times a year as the menu changes - and this time around did not disappoint. The item that stood out above the rest was the lamb neck pastilla - so tender and perfectly cooked topped with apples and horseradish. I would be happy with a plate of that and a pint of beer every night. The service was friendly and attentive, and the manager was sweet checking in on us at the end of the meal. One suggestion: update the menu on the website. Thanks for a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    Kmpos10
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We tried a bunch of different stuff and everything was great. I had the best hummus I have ever had in my life.
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    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite for sure!
    Cathy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This was our third dinner at Zahav we are still hooked! We took friends who had never been and they, too, loved it. The food is consistently delicious and the choices are varied. The hummus is the best I've ever tasted and the salads that accompany it are all amazing. This has become our New Years Eve tradition and we will again welcome in the new year at Zahav. We'll also continue to introduce people to what we think is one of the best restaurants in Phila.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Insanely flavorful!
    Juliard
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Food here is a symphony of flavors and textures. Make sure to bring a serious appetite - the tasting menu is truly a feast & the food seems never to stop coming from the kitchen. Our server, David, was terrific - friendly & efficient, warm & witty. Our only quibble was the staff member whose job was to manage timing for when the kitchen fired dishes - did the hollering have to be right by customer tables??? That doesn't change our very positive review & I think the tasting menu is quite a good price deal. I highly recommend Zahav.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food!
    Cracking40
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I absolutely loved the food. We did a tasting menu. The portions may seem small but over the course of the entire meal you fill up. We almost skipped dessert we were so full - almost. Delicious food. Wonderful combination of flavors. The wait staff was friendly and personable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner 2014
    cvdLVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had been looking forward to our meal here and it did not disappoint. There was not one empty chair in the restaurant and the kitchen was extremely busy. That said, not one dish served to us was weak and our server and support team were friendly, knowledgeable, and made our experience a special one. The creative and surprising use of ingredients make it a thoroughly enjoyable culinary experience. This all speaks volumes about the organization and detail of the kitchen and management. I hope they never lose these skills. The only slightly annoying element was the bit too loud pop music which is endemic in restaurants today. Not a big spoiler and we certainly look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good!!
    foodiedivaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Traveling with family so it was a new experience. They loved it!!! My son loved the Bronzino!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierman
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Zahav remains one of my favorite restaurants. The food and service was excellent. If you have never eaten grilled duck hearts rush to Zahav and be delighted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Salty
    OKPA54
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The salads where fantastic! The small app plates where yummy, the dinner small plates out of three selections we didn't like any....too salty all of the beef was ground up...might consider not going back or not eating that course
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rich
    pureholiday
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Loved everything about Zahav. They took care of us and for the most of the part everything went really smooth. Many dishes tasted homemade but with a high quality execution. We were stuffed and it was nice to see a movie afterwards just a block away. I think it's a perfect place for a special occasion and considering the quality of service and uniqueness of dishes, the price is very reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Had yet another fantastic meal at Zahav. We were a little worried about bringing our son and his cousin (both under two years) to the restaurant. The staff was gracious and extremely accommodating. The food was stellar as usual. Highlights were the duck hearts and the carrot basboosa.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded expectations
    Light123
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We choose Zahav to celebrate 4 birthdays, and it was beyond amazing. Our server Sean was accommodating, patient and friendly while maintaining professionalism. Our entire party was pleased with the selection of food especially the hummus. Even the former vegetarian enjoyed duck hearts! I can't wait to go back and experience it all over again. Thank you to all the staff (especially Sean) who made our experience memorable.
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  • Roadhouse29
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Staff was very accommodating. We arrived an hour early and even though they were very busy they found a table for us. The entire staff was upbeat, polite, and seemed to enjoy working there. Food was great. We ordered the chefs tasting menu. A real eclectic combination of flavors and textures. The chef's specialty is the lamb shoulder. It is outstanding. Only negative is how loud the noise level is. Reserve early. it is very difficult to get a reservation at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Second time here and Still the best meal I've ever had in my life
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halloween Feast
    howard2VIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Our evening was just wonderful. It started with making a reservation weeks ago and then having to increase our group twice, which was graciously managed. We (8) had a corner to ourselves and received helpful information concerning the food and how to order. Then the delicious and imaginative dishes just kept coming and coming, each as or more tasty than the last. Zahav was excellent when it opened and continues to get better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    One of the best restaurant experiences that we've had. The food was exceptional and so was the service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Zahav in Philly
    rk2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    If Zahav was located in SF, I would be there 1-2 times per month if not more. Reasonable prices, outstanding food, and outstanding service. And management was sincerely interested in my dining experience. I learned of Zahav on Anthony Bourdain's show the Layover, and was in Philadelphia for business this week. Anthony Bourdain was absolutely dead on with this one. I also enjoyed some red wine from Israel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with customers
    MarinaItaly
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Found Zahav by chance. We had only few time before our plane left and they fit perfectly in our time. Funny experience, plenty of different flavours and fragrances. The service was really accurate. It's a pity we leave on the other side of the ocean!
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    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In Love
    ELG123
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I was expecting an amazing meal, but was still blown out of the water. The beets were amazing and I could have eaten an entire bowl of them alone! I also was too stuffed to try the bread pudding at the end of the tasting menu, but opted for sorbet thinking it would be average and I was so wrong - it was equally as good as every other dish throughout the meal. Thanks to Luke for also taking care of me at the bar - it was a great meal with great service all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yum!
    DCKD14
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We took our friends from England there and they cannot stop raving about the food. We really enjoyed every selection and the staff were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quilmes
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We were first timers. We looked forward to excellent cuisine, considering yelp and other sources. Our expectations were exceeded with our palates savoring complex flavors. Unlike other fine dining establishments, our portions were ample. The fried cauliflower and Turkish hummus were superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pathetic Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The food was great, but the server was pathetic. She had an entire team of people assisting and still managed to not even be able to keep up with beverages for two, let alone the food. They even forgot a dish. Seriously? Not what I expected.
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  • A Special Place for a Special Occasion
    DanTMan
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We went to Zahav for my wife's birthday, and were stunned at the delicious food and eclectic wine list. No less than three servers made our experience one to remember, and each course was meticulously explained, described and gushed over, and STILL our hopes weren't set high enough. Delicious food, and a very cool atmosphere will definitely get us back to Zahav again. The reservations are difficult to get on short notice, so plan ahead!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gjni
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Zahav was awesome. The food was delicious, especially the golden beet salad and the fried cauliflower. Some dishes were a little heavy with the salt though. The service was excellent. The ambiance was lovely and the music was a little loud, but lively. Overall a good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic