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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.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours of Operation:
DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs.
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Zahav Ratings and Reviews
I don't normally write reviews, but I felt compelled to write a review for Zahav. We were there for a birthday dinner, and it was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a while. When we sat down they knew the name of the person whose birthday we were celebrating (they asked while taking the reservation), and they handed us menus that had his name printed on them, wishing him a happy birthday. When we marvelled at it to our waitress (who was spectacular), she said, "we're all about the details here." She couldn't have been more right. If you can get reservations here, GO!
My first time dining at Zahav won't be my last. We drove 1.5 hours and booked our reservations three months in advance in order to ensure we tasted this delight of Israeli cuisine. From the location, to the people, to the food, Zahav was an experience. We went for our anniversary, and the small little details they placed on our menus or told us, really brought the anniversary to life. The staff was thoughtful, respective, and gave us their time to talk us through the menu.
They have some exotic items on this menu (you have to try the duck hearts!); and for a first-timer being introduced to this amazing Israeli cuisine, our server didn't "upsell." She was professional, as was her team.
We will be back on 12/22 for a Friday night dinner, and I am already looking forward to Round 2. I wish I had something bad to say about this place (maybe the fact that I had to drive 1.5 hours, but that should tell you how much I love good food, so listen to my advice), but I don't.
Word of advice: Zahav is not a place for last-minute reservations, you MUST plan ahead. Their availability is tight, but it's worth the three month buildup of anticipation. Hope to see you there! לחיים
Reservations need to be made a few months in advance, but it's well worth it. The food is some of the best I've had in the city. Get the tasting menu and let them tell you what you're having - it's well worth it to experience as much of the menu as possible.
I went in a group of 5 people. The entire table ordered the tasting menu as well as the wine pairing and we were able to try virtually every dish on the menu. Everything was excellent from the pre-dinner cocktails through the dessert course. Another standout was the service. Our server was gracious, personable and knowledgeable. We ended up closing down the restaurant and not once did I feel rushed to finish my meal so the restaurant could have the table. Come prepared with your appetite to enjoy a leisurely meal. Highly recommended.
We frequent Zahav because of it's consistent, amazing, never disappointing service and food. It is always truly an experience and we eat there about 4-6 times a year. Wish we xould get Saturday reservations though, ha ha. So glad the restauarant sticks to what they know and does it well every time!!! Good for you Zahav.
The hostesses weren’t very pleasant. I initially found the place a bit pretentious. However, our waitress Julie was amazing and turned the experience around for us.
To be honest, the food was good but not amazing. I didn’t have that one item that would make me come again and again.
Amazing service and food! We enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu and a perfectly paired wine. My gluten free restrictions were easily accommodated. Nice not to have to worry about each dish! Pretty view but music a bit loud (and very eclectic), so it was fun as it reminded us of Israel!
Just had a fabulous dinner at one of the Top Restaurants - Chef Michael Solomonov's Israeli/Middle Eastern "Zahav" in Philadelphia with a friend who came in from SF. Can't describe all that we had but the Tasting Menu with a $8 upcharge for the Lamb Shoulder was the way to go AND it included Dessert. We let the server choose the platings. If you've never been here watch his documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" before you go. Tough Reservation to get ... waited months for it.
Big surprise, we loved Zahav. Sometimes heightened expectations can lead to a sub-par experience, but not in this case. Easy to see why this spot is so hyped. Love the tapas style, but some of the simplest stuff (i.e. hummus, appetizers) were the best. But we loved everything, and mostly stayed on the vegetarian side. Left feeling full, but not overwhelmingly so. Of course it's a little pricey but you don't feel like you're getting gouged. Would come back again if I can get reservations.
It was worth the two months' wait for our reservation. This was one of the best dining experiences I've had. We were celebrating the birthday of someone who likes very few restaurants, and she was thoroughly pleased with Zahav--the food, the service, the attention to detail, including the personalized "Happy Birthday" message on our menus and the complementary birthday dessert. The food was delicious, and the fact that we were able to dine in a leisurely manner made the evening even more enjoyable. We intend to make dinner at Zahav an annual event.
It was a true dining experience. The service was outstanding. However the food was disappointing. After reading all the reviews I expected exceptional food. The brisket was really a sausage. The branzino, fried cauliflower, humus, and brussel sprouts were very good, but everything else was just alright.
This was an amazing experience. Well worth getting online at 12:00 midnight to make the reservation two months out and driving over an hour to get to the restaurant. Everything was delicious but the hummus, cauliflower, haloumi, Brussels sprouts and hanger steak were totally unbelievable. Hope to be able to get another reservation at some point.
We had heard wonderful things about Zahav. Zahav not only met those high expectations but exceeded them. The 4 of us ordered the tasting menu. We tried all 8 different appetizers, all well prepared and presented. For small plates, there was plenty of food to enjoy. We also shared 4 different entrees and desserts. The staff was attentive and happily answered all of our questions. We had such a joyful time. I recommend Zahav very highly!
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