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Zahav

4.9
6253 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
Perfect For:
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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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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 6253 People Are Saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
4.9
food
4.9
service
4.7
ambience
4.6
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

Excellent. Food was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Service was excellent. Waiter went out of his way to accommodate special dietary concerns. Food was fantastic. Very difficult to get reservations!

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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Surprisingly unmemorable. The ambiance is not great. The dining room is not especially attractive and the music was blasting. The service was very good but FAST! In and out! The meal was good but there was no nuanced, unusual flavor. It was pleasant and good but not anything more than that.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful restaurant that I would recommend to anyone

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Fifth time dining at Zahav. Nothing left to say, except that in the future, every time I return to Philadelphia I will be dining at Zahav. Food? It's too bad I can't give Six stars. Hummus like in the shuk, tehina like a velvety dream. Laffa bread with zaatar? Like I used to buy in the Old City of Jerusalem in the mid to late 1980s.Vegetables? Better than Tel Aviv (OK maybe not but still, as good as...) Small plates- authentic, tasty, beautifully presented. Meats? Perfectly charred, well-seasoned and simply delectable. Turkish coffee and dessert? The sahleb was BETTER than my mother used to make. Really it was (many she rest in peace.) And the Israeli wine list was diverse, and easy to navigate. As always, service was the "ne plus ultra" of service in a restaurant. Michael and Steve are to be commended, as is their managerial and waitstaff- and the kitchen staff. Never better. Never.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

I have never left a restaurant review but here it goes. I went for date night/ birthday celebration the other day for dinner and everything was incredible. For starters, the drinks are incredible. My girlfriend and I had specialty cocktails made and they blew me away. Easily the best mixed drinks I ever tried and I lived in SoFlo for some time... Everything they bring out is incredible, my favorite was the steak kabobs. Honestly, the restaurant is such a gift to this city and is in a class of its own. The staff are incredible and it shows. If you are lucky enough, you will have Yazmin take care of your table. My advice, try a bit of everything and don't forget about the chocolate cake at the end.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Two kids, two adults - perfect experience. Our 8 year old saw the movie about searching for Israeli cuisine and was obsessed with coming to Zahav on our trip to Philly. Our server, Nicholas, was amazing and explained everything to us with knowledge and patience. We decided to have the lamb, which was insanely phenomenal, as was every single other dish that came with it. Highlights were the sable, haloumi, salatim, and Turkish hummus. Every single thing was delicious. One of the best meals of our lives.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I heard about Zahav for a long time and saw chef Solomonov's Netflix special so decided I had to try it. Plan ahead to get a reservation, the wait is LONG!! I drove 2 hours from NYC just for the meal. I swapped out the reservation for a seat at the bar and was treated super well (Thanks Chris!!) we worked over the menu so that I tried most of the small plates. Holy cow, a great experience all around, food and service. Bite of the night for me was the Haloumi, great contrast between the salt cheese and the sweet jam underneath.
Go Go Go!!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lived up to high expectations

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Each and every element of the meal was unique and delicious. Favorites were the fried cauliflower, tuna tartar, and of course the hummus. We had the chefs tasting which included the braised lamb. I was nervous as I'm not a huge lamb fan. Im a convert! We paired our meal with a pitcher of the Lemonanna. We'll be going back

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely delicious..... definitely worth a 2 month wait!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

As always, food, drinks and service were outstanding. Only negative, and not an enormous one, was the music being played. It was pretty hard core rock music, a bit too loud and intrusive.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Fabulous restaurant with unique food items and Excellent Service! Loved the pitcher of homemade lemonade with bourbon and mint for a great drink to start off the evening. Love wine and was fun to try new wines from Turkey and Israel.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Zahav was one of the most exquisite dining experiences that I have ever had. I went once and now I need to go back again and again. I highly recommend the tasting menu.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Everyone should experience Zahav at least once! The food, service and atmosphere are unforgettable. The hummus is the best I’ve ever had and the wine selection was so unique. I definitely plan to return!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The service was beyond impeccable! Everyone was attentive, water never dipped below half, waiter was awesome and very attentive to wine selection and dinner choices! Second visit to Zahav and certainly not my last. The food does not try to be fancy, and is very well prepared and seasoned. Love it.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Exceptional--and I am gluten free and my date was vegan.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Can’t say enough about Zahav
Food amazing
Staff was super nice

Owner was there was a super nice guy

Took pic with us ( for memories)

Would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Food was amazing!! Worth the travel from NY. Service was adequately attentive and personable. Love the casual atmosphere. Overall, a great night!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had friends in from out of town. Dinner did not disappoint. This was my second visit. Totally worth the effort to get those challenging reservations.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Amazing every time

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

It was amazing as usual but the service wasn’t as on point as it usually is. We waited for our table for about 25 minutes after the rsv and once we got seated didn’t have our order taken for another 20 minutes. So that was disappointing. But the meal was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I loved my first dining experience at Zahav. My friend and I did the tasting menu and loved everything we tried! The hummus (with the beets!), Halumi, steak and cauliflower were my favorites. I would have tried more but my friend is a simple eater. The Lemonanna was delicious!
The owner and chef, Mike, has an amazing talent. He is also an incredibly kind, generous and humble man. I was honored to meet him.
Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Outstanding a true dining experience

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Chef Solomonov is a mensch! He came over to our table and had a conversation with our group. I’ve been to hundreds of restaurants and this was one of the most special dining experiences I’ve ever had. Thank you Zahav!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

I had a great meal at Zahav! We decided not to do the tasting menu but I wish I had. We had the Turkish hummus, chicken, and hanger steak. They were all delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This was our 3rd time at Zahav. I think this is my favorite restaurant. There are so many choices and they are all delicious. Our main course was a lamb shoulder, so good. And the assortment of desserts was extraordinary.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Celebrated my birthday. Everyone absolutely loved it. Best service in Philadelphia.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The hummus was amazing - some of the best I’ve ever had! Also, service was great - they took the time to customize the experience for us!!

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1.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Wayyyyy overrated , heartburn central , I just don't think zahav deserves all its praise. The dishes are clumsy, over salted and heavy. Of all the great restaurants I've visited, this one doesn't measure up. Yet still packed with travelers and "food experts". Baffling to me

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Some slight order mixups but they handled it well and the food was amazing. Reasonably priced food but the music was a little too loud

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We have been waiting to go to Zahav and finally got our chance! It was greater than even expected. We can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Every aspect of the evening was fantastic. We will definitely be returning sooner, rather than later!

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Food was unique and of good quality, however the service was poor.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

always great food and service. Lousy acoustics and hard to have a conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

They seemed so rigid on the phone about being on time which seemed that we would be rushed out before the next seating. All of our preconceptions were shattered in a great way. Although too many people entered at the same time at 5:00 PM and it took them 15 minutes or so to get all of us seated, from then on the experience was like a great choreographed musical. Our friendly and helpful waitperson 101 Margo A pleasantly and repeatedly explained the dishes and was helpful in our final choice of the $48 per person Tayim "taste of zahav." One course after another flowed to the end. Margo checked in many times before and during each course, yet was not intrusive. The support staff quietly and efficiently removed dishes and brought dishes like magic. It was truly a wonderful experience and I'd bet it is similar to many of the better restaurants in Israel. The chef and restaurant deserve all of the honors they are receiving.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food and service were excellent! The hummus and bread were as anticipated. Loved everything we ordered.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A must, great food.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Having made the reservation many months in advance, we arrived with high expectations. The fried cauliflower arrived limp, instead of with the crispy exterior described in the cookbook. Most of the dishes were spicy, leaving few choices for those who do not like spice, but who still enjoy flavor. Our server was great. It was fun to compare the real thing with the cookbook recipes I've made. It would be great if Zahav offered a way to answer customer questions regarding our cookbook experiences. We really enjoyed the many taste sensations, and the multiple small plates.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

I’m not sure where all of the people have eaten that rated this restaurant 5 stars along with saying things like “the best meal we ever had” I can only assume you haven’t eaten at good restaurants. We were so excited to eat here after hearing all the hype. We felt duped. The food was just ok. I wouldn’t return, though.

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