Zahav

4.9
6373 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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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.
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 - 7:00pm
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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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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.
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Gift Card
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
What 6373 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Every time I am here I have a wonder experience and service but this last time was the best yet. My boyfriend and I went Zahav to celebrate my birthday and on the menus it read happy birthday Brittany. It’s something small but it honestly meant so much!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

In 57 years in Philadelphia, perhaps the best dining experience I’ve ever had.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The entire experience was great. The servers were well informed, attentive and seemed happy to be there. The food was fantastic. One of our guests had a gluten and dairy allergy and was able to eat most of the dishes. The tasting menu was a terrific to taste most of the menu. We would all highly recommend it!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

All of the food was wonderful! Six of us did the tasting menu with wine pairings. As I am pregnant, they made me feel included by bringing mocktails instead of wine. Hummus, beets, mushrooms, carrots, chicken, and the rhubarb dessert were all superb! Staff was on point. Interesting music selection for the dining room though - let me clear my throat, top gun, etc...

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was great! Our waiter was very knowledgeable and was very thorough explaining items on the menu. That was the only positive. Music was loud and an eclectic variety...I enjoyed what they played but my friend did not. Food was, for the most part, overly salty. First course I thought maybe it was just the dish we ordered, but as each course came out they tasted even more salty than the last. I’m glad I went for the experience but I definitely wouldn’t go back again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

I chose Zahav because it is always listed as the best Restaurant in Philly. The food was great, and portions were just right. Staff was friendly, and helpful and the design of the restaurant is very pretty. My only critique was the musical selection. It was too loud, and inconsistent. I wasn't sure the target demographic, or the vibe they were going for, because it would switch back and forth between music styles that were drastically different from one another, pretty rapidly.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

It's Zahav... IT'S THE BEST!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Brought some friends here for their first experience. The food and service was amazing as always!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The service was exceptional, the food was amazing and they just keep bringing it out. Truly with the wait, it took me some time to get the reservation I wanted but I can’t say one bad thing about the whole experience. Will definitely be going back!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Was disappointed that they ran out of the lamb that is cooked for 3 days. Will simply have to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The server was amazing and so personable and treated us so well. I have a tree but allergy and that made ordering a bit of a challenge but she handled with ease and grace and I was able to eat my whole new without a worry! I would go again in a heartbeat and order 2 portions of the cauliflower.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Amazing. From start to finish impeccable service and beyond amazing food

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

One of the best in the city.....really tough to get a reservation!

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

I was really excited to eat at Zahav for the second time, as the first time I had an incredible experience. Unfortunately, my second experience was one of the saltiest tasting experiences I have ever had.

I came here for their famed tasting menu, Mesibah, which is their more expensive tasting option($60/person) The dish comprised of:

6 salad/pickle dishes - These were good, but there were a few vegetables I prefer not to eat no matter the form. No fault to Zahav.

Turkish hummus + bread - I loved the hummus I had the first time I came here, however this time it had the consistency of whipped mashed potatoes, had an odd after taste and was overwhelmingly salty. Pass.

Fried Cauliflower - After two cauliflower florets I had to down my whole glass of water to balance out the saltiness. Pass.

Haloumi w/ strawberry jam - Just when I thought there was hope for at least one dish... Too salty. Pass.

Beef hearts - I was so excited for duck heart (or whatever equivalent), that to my dismay, when I bit into the beef hearts I was immediately reminded of a pickle! Ugh. Pass.

Lamb shoulder -The famous lamb shoulder! Ugh. I thought that if at least this dish was magnificent, I wouldn't feel deep regret in my heart for spending $120 + tip, on me and my boyfriend. Unfortunately, it lacked the rich flavor and juiciness that it had when I first experienced it a year ago. Disappointed.

Dessert - We got the malabi custard and a lemony rhubarb thing with stringy phyllo dough. Enjoyable, but did not make up for the whole meal.

I probably won't come back again unless its on someone else's dime, but I'm disappointed with this most recent experience. I hope this was just an off night.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Zahav was everything we expected and much more. Reservations were tough to get but it was well worth the trouble to secure a table. The three of us all got the Tayim tasting menu and basically was able to try most of the things on the menu. The salatim course was my favorite - the stewed tomatoes and roasted eggplant were to die for. The mezzes were all delicious as well, with the fried cauliflower being a highlight. The mushroom main course was my favorite but the branzino was delicious too. Try the coconut dessert (forgot what it's called) if it's offered! If you can manage to get a table definitely try this place.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Zahav is always one of my favorite places to dine in Philadelphia. The dishes are creative and delicious. I would highly recommend the tasting menu. It allows you the opportunity to try a variety of dishes including desserts.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We returned to Zahav after not having been a while and it was thankfully as wonderful as ever. We were celebrating our son in laws birthday and it was his first visit. As we dined on the multi course Tayim dinner we shared and tasted each of the creative and delicious tapas style course that make Zahav so special But Zahav is more that the food. it is the little touches throughout entire evening that make it memorable . The attentive but not overbearing service, the pacing of courses (which never end), the gentle hustle of the room all make for a perfect evening. Zahav remains one of Philly's premier dining events.

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Zahav never lets me down!! I absolutely love this restaurant and I will be sad when we move from Philly and no longer able to come. Best restaurant in Philadelphia!

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

This place rocks! They really go above and beyond for special occasions. The food is remarkable and the service is attentive without being rushed. We go whenever we can get in :)

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

They had me when I got a call back after getting a reservation through open table. The woman confirmed my reservation and asked if we were celebrating anything g special. We were celebrating my daughter's birthday and when we arrived they had our table with happy birthday to her printed on them. Nice touch.

Areeed with most of the other posts about the fun food and environment. All excellent. The only down side was I felt our waiter could have been a little more knowledgeable about the food and we would like to have had our food a little quicker. There were long stretches between courses that seemed to last longer than I would have expected.

Otherwise a great experience

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

We were very disappointed in our meal. We've been there before and raved over our food. This time we were surprised how salty most of our entrees were seasoned. ( My husband & I agreed on this) Also, the selections were ambitious but were not carried out well. The hummus (Turkish) was incredible as was the Laffa. The salads were tasty and very interesting . The mezzes were disappointing: our waiter misunderstood our order --we received 2 items we didn't order. The cauliflower was tasty but the other items were very disappointing in taste and saltiness. The hanger steak was salty therefore after a bite neither one of us ate any more. The Branzino was good.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Excellent restaurant - delicious food, creative presentation, fresh bread, and friendly and prompt service.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We had an absolutely fabulous experience. We had dined there few years ago and the place has just gotten better. cocktails were also interesting. We had the tasting menu that afforded to enjoy many flavors and was economical as well.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The food was outstanding. The service was equally as amazing. Our waiter was friendly and informative. Our entire party had a fabulous time.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

We were seating very close to our reservation time. The food was amazing and the wine list very unique. A must try!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Went during the filming of Andrew zimern. Met MICHAEL solomonov and Camille cogswell! They’re the awesome people! Words can’t describe

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing food and amazing service.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Amazing food and service was excellent. Met expectations for sure.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Zahav really is everything they say and more. The staff was friendly, informative and fun and the food is amazing. I highly recommend it. We had a table of four and each of us did the tasting menu which meant we practically had entire entire menu. Everything was so delicious that I don’t think I’d be able to pick a favourite if someone asked me to.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Every single part of the evening was incredible!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Everything was amazing- from the food to the service to the ambiance.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Zahav is all the rage these days in the Philadelphia restaurant scene.
All the servers are informed and can answer any question about the menu. My favourite part of the meal was the hummus and the little salad spread. A job well done to all the Zahav staff!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Felt like part of the zahav family. A wonderful experience as always, this time celebrating our anniversary

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Zahav is always an awesome experience. We lucked into a reservation the day before. Several tasty options for vegans.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Best meal I've had at Zahav so far! Service was fast, food was amazing more often than just good. Lots of rhubarb and lamb on the menu this time around.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

So proud to have Zahav in Philly!
Great food, service and clientele.
It can be a wait to get reservation but it's worth it.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

As always excellent food, but limits on ability to book reservations (especially coming from out of town) since site only up about 30 days prior to desired date of reservation.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Zahav lives up to the hype. Food, service and ambiance are all outstanding!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

If I could give it 6 stars I would

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

I choose this restaurant to celebrate my big birthday. It lived up to its hype. Our meal was outstanding as was our service. I loved how as soon as we entered we were greeted and the staff know it was my birthday we ordered the chef’s special menu. My favorite dishes were the hummus, beet salad, and the sable on pumpernickel. Our waitstaff were perfect. Jasmin was a delight. After raving about our meal many of my friends are now planning dining trips to Zahav. Thank you for a meal to remember.

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