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Zahav
Zahav

Zahav Details

  • 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 (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
  • "Having heard the buzz for quite some time, I was ready to be underwhelmed. My party shared the tasting menu and nearly everything was exceptional. The flavors on each plate were interesting but still held firm to classical Middle Eastern dishes. Though we had little room for dessert, the halva mousse was incredible."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food is excellent!!!!! Would absolutely go back."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Very nice meal with a few standouts (grilled tomato small plate melts in your mouth), but no way better than Osteria or Amada (IMO), as suggested by Craig LaBan. Waiter graciously replaced a glass of wine I didn't care for, much appreciated. For those without a lot of experience eating real Israeli food it is probably the closest they will come in this city, but I wish it had been the transporting experience I expected. Still, a very pleasant evening out."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We had big expectations going to Zahav, as both friends and critics have spoken highly of it. It exceeded those expectations! At the risk of setting unrealistic expectations for the diner reading this review, my wife described it simply as "the best meal of her life." Everything about this place is really great. Most importantly, the delicious food. You should go."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "An out-of-town engagement dinner is difficult, but the stellar, authentic food and welcoming staff made our evening memorable."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Well-prepared food with wonderful flavor and great service. The attention to detail in both the food and service made for a really nice evening for myself, my husband and my two adult children celebrating my daughter's birthday. Nice to have a menu able to satisfy both carnivores and vegetarians. I would highly recommend ordering the Taste of Zahav."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Zahav was highly recommended by friends and we weren't disappointed! Our waiter was very helpful in describing the dishes and helping us to choose. We started with hummus with chickpeas - excellent! Then we had the fried cauliflower with mint sauce and a fried potato dish-both excellent with unusual flavors that blended very well. I had the bronzoni - a moist white fish and my husband had the lamb sausages - again both outstanding. The pace of the meal was just right and the other servers kept our water glasses filled, cleaned up between courses, and served our food."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were apart of eight including both vegetarians and omnivores. Zahav's treatment pf vegetables is superb"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We had been looking forward to eating here for some time. We had a very good meal. The humus and salads were excellent. The small plates were very good - especially the sweetbreads. Outstanding desserts! Very attentive service. Very attractive restaurant. Only downside was that some of the small plates were overly salty."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. Would definitely recommend the tasting menu!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I ate here last November and have highly recommended it to anyone coming to philadelphia. I was here for work this week and got to return. Thoroughly enjoyed the summer menu and will continue to direct my Mississippi friends to fabulous meals at Zahav! Could not be a more ideal dining experience."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Brought some friends here for the 1st time and they loved it. We all had the tayim, which is a multi-course feast and shared everything. The hummus was one of the best I've ever had and we loved the special bread "Laffa?" Although all of the dishes are small plates they keep bringing them out one after the other and even those with large appetites won't go hungry. We loved the spicy carrots, eggplant and beet salad; also the cauliflower; haloumi; and the filet caps were a big hit with our table. It was a great way to sample a lot of different dishes and perfect for sharing with friends. Thank you Zahav!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This isn't the first time I've been to Zahav and definitely won't be the last. Every time I think the chef presented the top of his game, I get surprised when he tops even what I thought is best with something completely new and better. The standard staples on the menu were still great like the humus and the halumi cheese dish (don't you dare remove that sweet delight! :) The new item I tried this time was the trumpet mushrooms - delicious! the perfect combination of chewy and soft, and soooooo flavorful! Nicely done!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Zahav is a warm, friendly and casual hotspot that combines great Middle Eastern cuisine with great service and a bubbling ambience. Wine choices were very good and mixed well with the small plates such as warm hummus, fried cauliflower, kofte meatballs and raw lamb with apricots. Great choice for foodies and those wanting something different."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My fiance and I have been wanting to try Zahav for a long time. We finally made it this past week and we were blown away. This is one restaurant that truly lives up to the hype. Highly recommended. We had a fantastic time and couldn't recommend it highly enough."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A feast inside a Beduin tented room with food worthy of the gods. Everything about my recent experience there surpassed already high expectations. The ambiance, well informed and smooth service deserves 5 stars plus but the food, my god! The food is beyond all imagination- a chef of legendary proportions. Thank you Zahav! I'll be back again."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was anxious to eat here as it is always ranked one of the "most booked" restaurants in Philadelphia. My sister and I were not disappointed. We decided to go for it and order the Mesibah because of course it was "party time". We enjoyed every dish down to the tender lamb shoulder and delicate dessert. Our server, Autumn, was very patient and had great suggestions. Zahav offers quintessential service. Everyone worked well as a team and we were never left wanting for a single thing. We will surely return."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food preparation, presentation and selection was excellent and our server, professsional and very helpful explaining the many dishes offered. The freshly made Laffa and Humus was the start of an exceptional meal, their salad selection, the Salatim, was very different, with a blending of veggies, spices, and flavors plus a great presentation as well. Left happy and well fed, we had ordered the Tayim, a tasting option, and it was an excellent value."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The food and service are always great. Great place for friends and to do business."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was wonderful. The variety of middle eastern dishes was amazing. The service was the best service I have ever had. Our family felt as if we were the only patrons in the restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went there on a weekday with reservations for 3 people to be seated at 8:45. Finally, got seated at 9:15. Food was excellent and abundant. We were treated to extras; perhaps an unstated apology for the delay in seating us."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Unbelievable experience - excellent food and service. Ethnic food at its best - well prepared and served. Best meal that I've had in Philly. Interesting menu and would suggest the Tayim where each person gets to select various items to share with the table. Very delicious dishes with lots of unique choices. More food than even the hungriest person could eat."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Even though it was quite busy on the Sunday my girlfriend and I visited Zahav, we were seated within two minutes of checking-in with the hostess. We were seated in a section of the restaurant that is somewhat secluded from the main dining area, which was nice. The restaurant is painted in muted earth tones and didn't overdo it on the decoration. It was our first time dining here, so we went with recommendations from the waiter which didn't disappoint. The Turkish hummus was some of the best either of us ever had, while the the fried cauliflower left me mind-blown with the sauce the accompanied it. The spicy eggplant and chicken entrees were also quite good, though the chicken portion was a bit meager for two."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Zahav exceeded all expectations. We chose the Tasting Menu (well priced and versatile) to celebrate a special birthday. The initial course, salad and hummus, was delicious and inventive. Beautiful, fresh vegetables prepared with obvious care accompanied the hummus and home made bread. The rest of the meal was terrific, as well, from the small plates of vegetables (mezze) to the main courses (perfectly seasoned branzino, chicken and lamb meatballs). Each dish had delicate flavors and accompanying sauce. The desserts--fabulous: chocolate mousse dotted with cherries and a dusting of nuts, a vanilla custard with rasberries and crushed pistachio. Very attentive service, warm, welcoming, informative. A lovely dinner; a very charming setting."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "did not like it.all salad preparation was cold.Hate cold food for dinner"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "we dined as a table for 4, staff was very knowledgeable, the prix fixe dinner was great value and very tasty."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Fantastic food, amazing service, and a consistently top notch experience. Nina, and the entire staff make the meal the great evening you get in very few places. A great time was had by all, and our return is a definite!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went for dinner and tried so many wonderful foods - the wait staff was unbelievable in helping us choose our meals. They explained the food and gave great recommendations. The food itself is out of this world - if you enjoy trying new foods, this is the place to be. We LOVED the cauliflower dish and the konafi was outstanding. My husband and I both had drinks that were very exciting and refreshing. We had visited years ago and remembered having a great experience our first time out - this time did not disappoint either. We are looking forward to bringing some friends along next time! Highly recommend Zahav if you want a truly unique, fun and delicious dining experience!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "On our second visit the food was terrific and the service at least as good. I wish that we could say the same for the loud recorded music. Why do otherwise excellent restaurants do this? The (much) younger clientele must be attracted. After trying the prix fixe on our first visit we opted for the somewhat larger portions a la carte and were pleased. The hummus is to die for."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Best food and dining experience I Have had in Philadelphia and I am a foodie and lifelong resudent. Tip: Get the chef's tasting menu."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "One of the best dining experiences we've ever had."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This was our second visit to Zahav. The food and service is consistently outstanding. A change of pace with their small plates and superb service and knowledgeable wait staff."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I have heard a lot of good things about Zahav from my Middle-Eastern friends over these years. But my personal experience was not very satisfying. I guess that happens when you have higher expectations. The small plates were extremely small (the smallest in Philly) but flavorful. While the grilled items were a little larger in portions (may be the size of a "small plate" at a standard Philly restaurant) but strikingly unremarkable. The drinks and the cocktails were the only respite in the otherwise lackluster dining experience."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We had been trying to go to Zahav for months now and it did not disappoint! All of the dishes were awesome There are plenty of vegetarian plates and they were all so delicious. We can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The food is creative and full of flavors that have a party in ones mouth. Wonderful service and great at helping pair foods."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "One of the best meals of my life! We went with the chef selection 5 course meal. It was amazing! Succulent lamb, amazing small plates, decadent desserts! Our meal was perfectly timed and our server, Gabriel, was amazing. Checking in at the best times and personable too. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food and service were excellent. The ambience however was less than ideal. The restaurant is far too crowded, Tables too close together. You feel like you are dining with the next table. I felt because of the crowding, the noise level was outrageous. Very difficult to have a decent conversation."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I came for dinner with a colleague while visiting Philadelphia. We came through the back door because we didn't know the neighborhood well, and the staff courteously directed us to the host stand. We were seated right on time per our 7:00 reservation. The restaurant itself is beautiful - high ceilings, unique light fixtures, gorgeous thick wooden tables, and middle-eastern touches throughout without being chintzy. Our server, Gabriel, was knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations that we did not regret! The food and drinks were both top rate, and the pacing of the meal was just right. I'd go back in a heartbeat!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Sensational food, great service, nothing but superb."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Zahav is an experience that cannot be described by mere words. You have to go there and experience it for yourself. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary there and the staged made it special. Our waiter took the time to festive each dish that we asked about and made suggestions if we couldn't decide. The food is out standing! We ordered the tasting menu and couldn't finish the meal. We would go again just for the hummus and salad. We are trying to come up with a special occasion so we can make our next reservation."
    Dined on 6/24/2014