Zahav

4.9
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7131 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 625-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Solomonov
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Private party facilities
We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.
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Private party contact
our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 625-3977
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviewed on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food service ambience

Amazing food. the lamb was cooked to perfection

CC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love coming to Zahav! Our only complaint is the wait time for a reservation but it is for good reason, this is THE place to eat in Philly! My husband and I have been several times and most recently took our parents to enjoy the experience. If you are looking for true Israeli cuisine, this is the place for you! The food is beyond delicious, authentic and the overall vibe of the restaurant is fun and fresh. You won't be disappointed!

KS
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals you’ll have (possibly ever) hands down. It’s worth it for the food alone but the service is impeccable.

S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I'm not sure if we were there on an off service night but from when we arrived to when we left our experience was less than stellar. You arrive & its quite chaotic, table wasn't ready upon arrival for our reservation for us & many others waiting in front of us. Our server was the highlight of the night, she was great throughout our experience. One of the items we came for was the famous Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder. When asked about it for the tasting menu, we were told they were out already, for a 7:30 reservation which is ridiculous when you can get bar seating without reservations earlier & can order it. Our experience continued downhill from there. Drinks took forever to come out & our food was coming out under cooked, over cooked & cold as we watched the table next to us who sat down 15 minutes after us & took forever to place their order get their food before us having also ordered the tasting menu. Our steak looked well done while theirs came out right after ours looking as if it was just pulled off the grill. They left & paid before us. The "pusher" responsible for reviewing & releasing the food wasn't doing a great job. We watched tables around us get food at completely random times with long waits, short wait & no cadence. The food was rather forgetabble. We have an Israeli restuarant in Chicago that across the board all their dishes were better especially for the price. The hot hummus was the best part of the meal. Reservations are so hard to get & the fact you don't get asked during your reservation if you are interested in their signature dish would make one assume you can't request ahead of time but first come first serve. There is no information regarding any of this on their website. If you are going for that dish, get a bar seat or make 5pm reservations. We are fortunate to travel all over the world & try all types of local food but for us a place with so much hype we would not recommend to our friends based on our overall experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

There is not enough text space in this dialog box to fully explain the horrendous experience. The service is the main root of the problem. This was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in my adult life whilst eating at out at a restaurant.

CC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, but slow service. Your food will come before your drinks. There is an overall attitude problem here. The waitstaff should take it down a peg or two. The food is the star here, not you. No excuses.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in the city for the past 7 years! Unique, delicious food and top notch staff.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

A little off this time. We were served burnt bread and the waiter did not return back to check on our first course.

D
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good and interesting food . The tasting menu is almost too much food and we were given an extra vegetable serving, an extra small plate and an extra dessert. The wine pairing was also very good. The next time we go, we will order the hummus and several small plates.

OL
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner celebrating our wedding anniversary. The staff wished us congratulations and we had specially printed menus just for us. The food is terrific. Their hummus is the best anywhere The lamb with the pomegranate molasses glaze was heavenly. My only complaint is that the music was a little loud at times. What a memorable dinner.

m
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. My son is gluten free and they had the menu already adjusted for his dietary needs upon arrival. Wait staff very attentive . Interesting, highly flavorful food! Tasting menu allows you to try many different things!

RB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional? Nah, this was an otherworldly meal. I’ve been talking about it since I first tasted the hummus. Without exaggerating this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome restaurant!!!

JC
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the top 3 best meals I’ve ever had. They made my birthday so special with a specialized menu and complimentary rosé.

UF
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose chef's selection and it was fantastic. We loved the element of surprise and each choice was perfectly selected for us. Definitely recommend this option especially if you are open for a food adventure.

MB
Philadelphia
405 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal and service are impeccable. Found a really nice (and reasonable) Lebanese red wine to go with the tasting menu (which is really the only way to go). Table location was ideal (not in the more crowded set of tables). Just a tad warm--although it was a super hot day. Already have the next reservation for next month. Combo of quality, inventiveness, price and service can't really be beat.

S
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I've dined at Zahav numerous times. We made a reservation this past time for my birthday. I have a few food allergies and they curated a menu specifically for me based on this knowledge. It was very thoughtful and really put a smile on my face. Two of the dishes out of many ordered were over-salted to our taste buds and this was never an issue in the past. Overall, I love Zahav and would definitely recommend!

P
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This our second time at Zahav. The food is simple but outstanding. Great interpretations of Israeli classics. At $48 per person, the tasting menu is a great value. More than enough food, plenty of choices, and dessert is included. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. They know the food and how to explain it. I highly recommend Zahav.

GM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant was amazing! The food was incredible! We enjoyed celebrating our anniversary there as they made it really special!

MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing experience. The food was out of this world!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday with wife
First time
Very good experience
Best hummus ever
Excellent service

S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our party of four ordered the tasting menu. The meal was excellent. We loved the great variety of dishes and interesting flavors. The servers were extremely friendly and attentive. The space is attractive, too. Also, I appreciated the personalized birthday message on the menu for my daughter and the birthday greetings from the waitstaff.

There was only one problem which detracted significantly from our experience: the noise level. The music was so loud (and not particularly interesting or cool) that we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. We couldn’t even hear the servers trying to carefully explain the contents of each dish, which was a real bummer. I asked a few times for them to repeat what they said, but then I just gave up. We were very interested in knowing about each dish and chatting about that at dinner. That is kind of the point of a tasting menu. Having a crazy loud space doesn’t make it more happening, in my opinion.

MM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED EVERYTHING!!!

AH
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the tasting menu! We could not believe how many different dishes we were able to sample. And they were all delicious! The only draw back is how hard it is to get a reservation.

p
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beverages, and service, as ever! Thank you!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Hummus is to DIE for. Would come back just for that. Everything else was also very good. The service was amazing. Very attentive. I can see why Zahav was names best restaurant in the country! Definitely a must try

EG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

A little disappointed. Food was very salty.

JM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank You!

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing and the service was top notch. The price wasn't bad at all. For $48 per person you can try nearly everything on the menu with 2 people.

SR
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hanger steak was a great second option since they were out of the lamb shoulder (sad face)

Everything was so delicious and the wait staff was friendly and efficient!

MC
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Always a treat to eat there; incredible food and top notch service. Best of all, as busy as they are, you're not rushed through a meal in order to turn a table; in other words, leisurely dining!

YF
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here with my parents because they wanted to try Zahav. My husband and parents beat me there (since I had to work). I was happy that they were able to be seated prior to my arrival. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and they had a good amount of vegetarian options. The drinks were super tasty as well! They offer small plates and they are pretty filling. The hummus is a must get. My dad hates hummus and he even said that this was the only hummus he’s ever had that actually tasted good. If we weren’t so stuffed, I definitely would’ve tried the dessert, but maybe next time!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here like 10 times. Always amazing!!!

OT
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How could you describe this restaurant as anything but amazing. From the Turkish hummus (a must order!!) to the desserts, we had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. The only miss was the Lamb tartar which was significantly over salted. Put this restaurant on your list to try, and you will not regret it!

KF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, exceptional service!

JS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Excellent food and excellent service!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, highly recommended

AA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everyone must try this restaurant! It is just simply one of the best dining experiences out there. The only tiny downside is just how busy and loud it is but this is understandable! Everyone wants to be there for good reason!

OA
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors! Take the tasting menu with the wine pairing.

JG
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Worth the hype. Great food and atmosphere. Service was impeccable

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