Zahav

4.9
6413 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
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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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
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OT
5.0Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food and service .. we had a party of six and got to try the entire menu with the Tasting Menu! Will definitely be returning!

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TD
5.0Dined 3 days ago

My wife and I experienced at Zahav was absolutely amazing. The food Great as well as the service. Will definitely be going back soon.

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K
4.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing food, great variety. Waiter was unfortunately not very good and dampened the experience. Messed up our drink orders twice and was not attentive.

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OT
5.0Dined 5 days ago

My favorite restaurant in Philly - everything perfect every time.

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Awesome everything

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OT
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Personalized menu, great food, didn’t feel rushed or like we were waiting around. Music selection was a little... curious... but definitely not offensive

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DG
4.0Dined 7 days ago

We went to Zahav with high expectations. With such a long waitlist to get in, how could you not? After dining however, I left a bit confused about what the big discussion really was about. Not to say that some of the dishes did exceed my expectations, but I felt others were lacking in their execution, taste, or fit within the meal. I enjoyed the layering of the courses on top of one another, but I felt the dinner crescendoed early on during the mezze (second) course.

The wine pairing felt right, with the final red having a phenomenally robust bouquet.

I was not a fan of the Top 40 music that was playing over the loudspeakers in the restaurant. It added nothing to the ambiance and, in fact, became distracting at times during the meal and ripped at my wish to be whisked away into a place of middle eastern delights, smells, sights, and sounds.

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l
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Great as always! Made us feel special by placing our names on the menu for our anniversary! Food delicious!! Enjoyed touch of Israel!

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a
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

An amazing experience. The food was incredible. My husband and I chose the taste of Zahav, which I thought was priced exceptionally well for the amount of food we received. I was excited for every plate that came out. The pita and hummus were phenomenal and the dessert left me wanting to lick the bowl. Service was incredibly detailed and nothing was missed. Quality service and dining experience. Love love love. Well worth the wait!

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M
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

We waited a long time to get a reservation at Zahav and it was worth the wait. We had a lovely time. The food was great and the wait staff was excellent. It was great fun.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Excellent. No regrets.

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SL
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

So grateful to get a reservation at this amazing spot. We had a group of friends visiting from out of town and we had an amazing dinner in this great Philly restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

WOW! Great! Can’t wait to be back.

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AB
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Zahav unfortunately did not live up to the hype. Out of the 5 plates that we got there was only 1 that absolutely blew me away - the fried cauliflower. Given how tough it is to get a reservation here, I was expecting something spectacular and the only spectacular thing was how much it cost - around $35 per person. On the positive side, the service was excellent. This is the only place I've been to where they were willing to give us a drink while we waited for a table.

One other down side - just 4 desserts. On a hot summer day, we opted to skip those and go to Franklin Fountain instead. Turned out to be the best decision of the night :).

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

This is an amazing Restaurant ! One of the best all around! My wife is Israeli and the food brought her back to her childhood! Service, food and ambiance were top notch! Owner/Chef Michael greeted us at our table and spoke Hebrew with my wife. People should absolutely come here whenever in Philadelphia !

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JR
4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We celebrated 4th of July with some friends before the fireworks. We had the tasting menu. The multitude of apps were both delectable and always interesting. The lamb was as delicious as I remember. The only disappointing part was the waiter and staff that presented each dish seemed like they were in a rush and not as good at presenting and telling us what each dish was that we were eating. The waiter who served us when I went for my birthday was phenomenal (reddish blond hair-Jan 10) He was really detailed and described each dish which increased our enthusiasm and appreciation for the creative efforts of the chief. Wish I knew his name so I could request him next time.

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F
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

An absolutely amazing experience. The food was phenomenal. We had the tasting menu, and we cleaned every plate, even when we ran out of bread. Every bite was flavorful. Service was great despite being busy. I highly recommend it if you want to try Israeli cuisine.

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GC
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Excellent, excellent service, really top notch: water glass was never empty, dishes were cleared immediately between courses and table wiped between courses. The waiter was very helpful and answered all of our questions. The food is amazing, out of this world, multilayered in flavor. Eating at Zahav is an experience, a truly wonderful experience. I would recommend Zahav to anyone!

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JA
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

To notch service. Food was delicious. They even printed special menus wishing my wife a happy Birthday.

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SK
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Zahav was FAN-TAS-TIC! This is by far the best Israeli food I have had till date. If only I did not have to wait 2 months for a table, I would be visiting this place every fortnight :-)

Even their hummus is to die for..they give a unique twist to everything they make..that's how fantastic the food here is!

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OT
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Food was great but the experience was not great as the temperature in the restaurant was in the high 80s and made worse as we sat next to the kitchen. The service was very long 2.5hours. Would not have been a big issue if we weren’t sweating through the courses. Hoping this was not the norm. Great food but hesitant to return if the temp is always this way

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Fantastic food once again! Loved the tasting menu. The short rib hummus, duck hearts, raw lamb, and branzino were our faves. Our server didn't really explain or recommend anything but was attentive. We were offered more bread which never came, however. We didn't really need it and were very full walking out!

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NP
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Better then expected. Best to go if you are interested in various tastes. The set per person option gets you to taste over 15 items.

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MM
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

After booking the reservation 2 months in advance, we were expecting a lot...it did not disappoint! We were seated on time and very well taken care of by our waiter. The food was incredible but a little pricy. We will be going back and bringing friends!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Zahav was an incredible food experience as well as service experience. Our server was attentive and enthusiastic about the food and restaurant, not to mention the food, was absolutely incredible. Will definitely come again to celebrate any and all occasions.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Unbelievable, unique preparations. Great combination of dishes, styles and varieties. But more than anything, the value proposition can’t be touched. The $48 tasting menu ($75 with wine pairings, which we did) is so far beyond excellent value, you can’t overstate it. The $60 chef tasting is crazy, crazy good value. We did both on successive nights and were blown away, and had everything on the menu save for the mushroom and eggplant entrees and one preparation of the hummus. The Salatim veggies to start were excellent, the carrots especially. The two preps of the hummus we had were amazing. The crispy potatoes, golden beets and haloumi also excellent. Lamb merguez, branzino and chicken shishlik all great, and the lamb shoulder, amazeballs. Desserts unique and delicious as well. We’ve done the best restaurants in Napa, NYC, DC and Paris and Zahav belongs in that echelon of culinary acclaim.

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M
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Another wonderful experience at Zahav in Society Hill. Every time we've been there we have not been disappointed. The food and service are always excellent and the menu constantly is changing. They offer a couple of set tasting menus but we decided to pick on our own as the fixed menus appeared to have way too much food for us. This is a great "special occasion restaurant" that won't disappoint you!

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BS
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Always a great experience at Zahav. Great flavors and pairings make for a unique and delicious adventure.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Food was amazing and waitress was great but we did wait along time for all food to come out. Not only between courses but between mezzes it was a very long wait

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OT
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Second time here and it was better than the first. Always worth the wait.

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NK
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

The waiters were attentive and helpful. The variety of food was great and served beautifully. It was a special dining experience for my wife and I on our anniversary.

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CS
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We had a wonderful evening at Zahav. The wait staff was terrific and the food was flavorful-nice variety.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Favorite restaurant in Philadelphia!

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LM
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Service was attentive and food was delicious. Highly recommend.

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P
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The chef’s tasting menu is the best meal I’ve ever had.

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DG
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Zahav has become our favorite restaurant. Now when we go anywhere, we compare it to the value of Zahav. We haven't found its equal! The Lamb is perfect. It is worth the wait in reservations!

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TM
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Our experience here was amazing. It was for a special event and they put my name on the menu and crossed out the non-vegetarian items (since I had told them we are vegetarian), which made it very easy to order. We did not feel rushed at all, even though we spent another 1.5 hours after finishing our meal at the restaurant just talking. Overall best experience in the city and will come back.

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B
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

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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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Graduation

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

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

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