Zahav

4.9
6742 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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.
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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow. Get the tasting menu. Wow.

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TB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Always great and tasty!

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CA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Zahav came highly recommended by plenty of friends, so we decided to make a reservation (which was only possible two months in advance!) and commit to the long drive. It was well worth it. Loved the food and experience. My only real criticism is that it's a lot louder than I expected. That said, we shared a slew of delish small plates, and I enjoyed a really a nice fruity yet dry white wine to complement the meal. Will probably return sometime in the summer for a warm weather experience.

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

simply unique experience! weloved it and we'll definitely be back asap

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I think it is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia. On the few occasions I've been able to get a reservation I have enjoyed very much. I recommend Zahav for any occasion.

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GG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite of our meal was delicious, and courses were extremely well-paced so that we could enjoy each course without any rush onto the next. The offerings are perfect for sharing, so between the four of us we got to sample a great many dishes. Can’t wait to return to Zahav!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience! Awesome food!

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meal was extraordinary, unique, fun. We had the tasting menu, and were brought so many delightful and unique dishes, that though small, were quite filling. One of my best dining experiences ever.

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LR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Really enjoyed our delicious meal. I would definitely go back.

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MK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. Amazing food—melt in your mouth. Best food ever!!

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Celebrate my husband birthday. Food was amazing. We did the taste of Zahav so much food and worth it.

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MB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After consistent hype from nearly everyone we know in Philly, and a serious scheduling conflict with any available reservations for several months, my husband and I finally got our shot at Zahav (and it's legendary lamb). We arrived early enough in the evening that the Chef's tasting (with the lamb) was still available and so with no hesitation we chose that over other menu options (a very modest price of ~$12 over the self-selected tasting menu (no lamb)). We ordered drinks and within minutes our table began to overflow with tasty treats of all varieties. Aspects of the meal are a sumptuous blur, but some of the highlight starters were the roasted tomato and carrot salad and the tahini hummus with to-die-for, fresh, still oven warm pita. Seemingly magically our empty plates disappeared and were replaced with new flavors and experiences, including a baked cheese that was so good we had to ask what it was twice because our taste buds overwhelmed any input to our brains from the ears the first time. Then came the lamb...tender and moist, rich, and full of flavor. It was offset with a baked rice that on it's own seemed dry and uninspired, but combined with the lamb it became a heavenly concoction that managed to maintain bits of crunchy texture while lovingly lapping up the juice/sauce/magic of the lamb and flavoring it with a new set of spices. When I told my husband that I was getting full, he looked at me with despair as he knew that he couldn't finish the generous portion of the main course alone. I asked for it to go and the only remnant I found the next day was the lovingly washed to-go container in the recycling bin. Lest you think this entire review is about the lamb (it's really good), the desserts arrived and with one bite of the Malabi Custard my husband and I both savored the experience for minutes; wordlessly acknowledging our good fortune. My husband also raved about the pear sorbet with celery shaved ice, but my mind and mouth belong to that custard.

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9
New England
29 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, as always. Definitely on the pricey side, but a great spot for a treat/fancy night out. The food and service are unbeatable.

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NN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most incredible food, and even better service. Cannot recommend enough

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was by far the best meal I have ever had. We went for my boyfriends birthday and they printed out a special menu that had happy birthday on it. We did the chefs tasting menu and it was sooo worth it. Everything that came out was fantastic and our sever peter was great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service, so far the best restaurant around Philadelphia!

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JS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing overall experience atmosphere, music and menu. Great dinner!

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FH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been trying to get a weekend reservation for Zahav for the last last two years without success. We finally decided to take a weekday one which meant some creative planning with the kid’s extra curricular, catching the train in to the city, etc. It was absolutely worth it!! Our server Wolf was friendly, informative and attentive. In fact every staff member there was on top of their game. We ended up choosing the Chef’s tasting menu and while it’s supposedly small plates it’s a LOT of food. Can’t wait to go again and try other things on the menu.

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P
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

amazing food and great experience will definitely be coming back!

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

Went and ordered the tasting menu. Each thing that came out was more delicious than the last when I didn’t even know that was possible! The service was incredible and made us feel extremely cared for. I can say without a doubt this was the best meal of my life.

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G
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious, well seasoned small plates, meant for sharing. Exquisite pita and hummus to start. Unique flavors and combinations. Uneven pace of course presentation. Lively, energetic atmosphere, not a place for relaxed conversation.

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VG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite, exceptional and extraordinary ....from the service to the food to the ambience. Everybody goes out of their way to make us feel our experience is special. We’ve been to Zahav many many times before, and each visit is just as memorable. Outstanding and deservedly in the list of top 10 restaurants in US. Thank you to all at Zahav!!

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SM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked it here. However it wasn’t as *amazing* as I thought it’d be, given all the hype. I tried their signature drink, the lemonana - that was very good, I love fresh mint. Their halloumi, fried cauliflower, and hummus were alll delish. My biggest let down was the eggplant entree. Honestly couldn’t eat it at all. I ate the chickpeas off the top and with the rice but the main part of the dish was not good.

The waitress was also a bit rude/ had an attitude? Don’t know what to think of that..

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great!!!!!!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far the best hummus I have ever consumed; it’s buttery, savory, creamy and just overall delicious. If you can get a reservation, go to Zahav because it is one of the best dining experiences you can have in the Philadelphia area.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, wonderful experience. Highly recommend

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L
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there and was Such a a great experience. Well worth the price. Michael Solomonov was there which was even more exciting to watch him running around. A+++

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AF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dining experience. We had the Chef’s Tasting Menu and the Wine Pairing. Everything was very flavorful and paired well with the wines.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael was an incredible host and his lamb dish developed with Momofuko was mouth watering. Really warm server with great sense of humor made it an all star night.

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OT
23 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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t
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience with a unique take on cuisine. Everything was delicious - worth your while to enjoy the 'Taste of Zahav' menu.

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EL
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely! Loved our waitress and the food and the atmosphere. Try the Dark Maid cocktail! Yum!

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VO
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zahav was one of the best food experience we had. Went there for a casual dinner and never expected to receive such great quality food. It's a total gem and must must visit for the food, ambience and it's authenticity. Not to miss their Veal Kababs and Malabi Custard.

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

New Year’s Eve

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NS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the best restaurant in Philadelphia for a reason — Zahav's food, service, and entire atmosphere are simply perfect.

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JM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm not a "foodie" but I appreciate good food, great service, a well mixed drink and an environment that supports a comfortable table. I was with my wife and two of our adult children and we each enjoyed a warm, unhurried evening on a cold, rainy night. The music was pleasingly eclectic, a little too loud early on and eventually just right.

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BP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Massaya red wine recommendation (Lebanese Cabernet blend) was awesome! The tasting with branzino and flank steak entrees were a hit for us. It was a great way to kick off the New Years Eve celebration!

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b
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

The food at Zahav is always exceptional, among the best in the Delaware Valley. Every dish is a culinary work of art. In the past the service has been excellent too, but this time our server was curt and rude. She mistakenly put me in for the wrong entree (certainly an excusable mistake; the place was swamped). What isn't excusable is that when the completely wrong entree came out and I politely sent it back, rather than coming to the table to apologize, she came to the table to accuse me of having changed my order (which I hadn't). To the kitchen's credit they did get the correct entree out to me promptly. The experience certainly won't stop me from going back but I do hope we don't get that server again. Her level of professionalism was not up to the usually high standards of Zahav.

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LL
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the spices in each dishes, pita bread, rice , grilled lamb kebab on cinnamon stick was one of my favorite, with a cocktail Limonada . Well presented in a friendly atmosphere. staff is very professional and relax.
We reserved the same day and was so excited to try this restaurant. I will go back again when visiting town. Price low for quality !

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PC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Fresh ingredients but tiny portions, spicy, and salty. The lamb kebabs ($14) were laughably small (essentially 2 meatballs on cinnamon sticks so they can be eaten like chicken drumsticks) and served on a plate the size of a saucer.

My brother-in-law is from Israel and a hummus enthusiast. He thought Zahav's hummus tehina was pretty good but not great (too salty - he thought the same of Dizengoff's hummus which if I understand correctly is the same recipe). Laffa bread was tasty but on the smallish side compared to Israeli standards. Nice that they always came back with more when requested.

Highlights were the salatim (get the large size) and the desserts. The hazelnut praline and burnt sweet potato ice cream that topped 2 different desserts were fabulous.

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