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About Zahav

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.

237 Saint James Place
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Cross Street:
Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 625-8800

Website:
http://www.zahavrestaurant.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Michael Solomonov

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs.

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Zahav Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (109)
Special Occasion (109)
Creative Cuisine (100)
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Tasting Menu (85)
Authentic (84)
Good for a Date (82)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Good Vegetarian Options (70)
Good for Birthdays (64)
Tapas (60)
Worth the Drive (54)
Hot Spot (51)
Fun (51)
Notable Wine List (40)
Healthy (37)
Romantic (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Cozy (28)
Bar Seating (27)
Casual (21)
Vibrant Bar Scene (20)
Vegan (17)
Scenic View (16)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
People Watching (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Seasonal (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Spicy (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Organic (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined a day ago

It was great!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Amazing. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate the holiday season!!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Zahav is my favorite restaurant in Philadelphia, and definitely one of the best in the country. Unique food, great service and reasonably priced for the quality.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I don't normally write reviews, but I felt compelled to write a review for Zahav. We were there for a birthday dinner, and it was one of the best dining experiences I've had in a while. When we sat down they knew the name of the person whose birthday we were celebrating (they asked while taking the reservation), and they handed us menus that had his name printed on them, wishing him a happy birthday. When we marvelled at it to our waitress (who was spectacular), she said, "we're all about the details here." She couldn't have been more right. If you can get reservations here, GO!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined 5 days ago

Exceptional restaurant. Great food, presence, terrific service. An immediate favorite
A little noisy but fun. Definitely looking forward to next time

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Fun, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

Creative cuisine with Mediterranean influence. Knowledable and attentive staff. Lovely environment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined 6 days ago

The experience was amazing. The food was exceptional, the service was on-point, and the ambiance was cozy. We had a lovely time and highly recommend asking the server for suggestions.

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

In Philadelphia for a long weekend. We were able to get a reservation at 9:15 pm on Sunday night. The restaurant was worth staying up for. A myriad of tastes and flavors. Great service. Fine dining experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

My first time dining at Zahav won't be my last. We drove 1.5 hours and booked our reservations three months in advance in order to ensure we tasted this delight of Israeli cuisine. From the location, to the people, to the food, Zahav was an experience. We went for our anniversary, and the small little details they placed on our menus or told us, really brought the anniversary to life. The staff was thoughtful, respective, and gave us their time to talk us through the menu.

They have some exotic items on this menu (you have to try the duck hearts!); and for a first-timer being introduced to this amazing Israeli cuisine, our server didn't "upsell." She was professional, as was her team.

We will be back on 12/22 for a Friday night dinner, and I am already looking forward to Round 2. I wish I had something bad to say about this place (maybe the fact that I had to drive 1.5 hours, but that should tell you how much I love good food, so listen to my advice), but I don't.

Word of advice: Zahav is not a place for last-minute reservations, you MUST plan ahead. Their availability is tight, but it's worth the three month buildup of anticipation. Hope to see you there! לחיים

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Reservations need to be made a few months in advance, but it's well worth it. The food is some of the best I've had in the city. Get the tasting menu and let them tell you what you're having - it's well worth it to experience as much of the menu as possible.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

I went in a group of 5 people. The entire table ordered the tasting menu as well as the wine pairing and we were able to try virtually every dish on the menu. Everything was excellent from the pre-dinner cocktails through the dessert course. Another standout was the service. Our server was gracious, personable and knowledgeable. We ended up closing down the restaurant and not once did I feel rushed to finish my meal so the restaurant could have the table. Come prepared with your appetite to enjoy a leisurely meal. Highly recommended.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We frequent Zahav because of it's consistent, amazing, never disappointing service and food. It is always truly an experience and we eat there about 4-6 times a year. Wish we xould get Saturday reservations though, ha ha. So glad the restauarant sticks to what they know and does it well every time!!! Good for you Zahav.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food is always amazing. Never get tired of it as they change aspects of the menu. Favorite place in Philadelphia

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The hostesses weren’t very pleasant. I initially found the place a bit pretentious. However, our waitress Julie was amazing and turned the experience around for us.
To be honest, the food was good but not amazing. I didn’t have that one item that would make me come again and again.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Lives up to all the hype and buzz. Creative cuisine at reasonable prices with great service from very knowledgeable staff.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Spectacular spot! Food is soooo tasty. Great service, too.

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Amazing service and food! We enjoyed the chef’s tasting menu and a perfectly paired wine. My gluten free restrictions were easily accommodated. Nice not to have to worry about each dish! Pretty view but music a bit loud (and very eclectic), so it was fun as it reminded us of Israel!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Amazing. Service, food, ambience was all incredible!!Absolutely worth the 3 month wait!! Wish I could go back more often but it’s so hard to plan 3 months out for dinner unless it’s a special occasion. Open another location!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Always fabulous

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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Loved the dinner. Felt like I was in Tel Aviv. Definitely going back the next time I’m in town.

Tags: Casual, Tapas, Healthy, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Outstanding food and incredible service - a rare gem !

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Just had a fabulous dinner at one of the Top Restaurants - Chef Michael Solomonov's Israeli/Middle Eastern "Zahav" in Philadelphia with a friend who came in from SF. Can't describe all that we had but the Tasting Menu with a $8 upcharge for the Lamb Shoulder was the way to go AND it included Dessert. We let the server choose the platings. If you've never been here watch his documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" before you go. Tough Reservation to get ... waited months for it.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Fantastic meal, well paced and excellent food. Will definitely be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 4, 2017

We loved the food and the decor. The service is outstanding. However, we could barely hear each other … the music is way too loud. Excellent choice for vegetarian, vegan or just gourmet, curious friends !

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food. What else can I say. Amazing flavors and well prepared. Great evening.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The dining experience was exceptional. The food was superb and our waiter was outstanding. It was difficult to get a reservation but it was worth the wait.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent food, top notch attentive pleasant servers: made a birthday celebration even more special

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

You must do the tasting and you must get the lamb shoulder. The lamb shoulder is probably one of the most delectable things I've ever eaten.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Mouthwatering food. Great ambiance. Best meal we’ve had in a long time!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of if not the best dining experience in the city.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Big surprise, we loved Zahav. Sometimes heightened expectations can lead to a sub-par experience, but not in this case. Easy to see why this spot is so hyped. Love the tapas style, but some of the simplest stuff (i.e. hummus, appetizers) were the best. But we loved everything, and mostly stayed on the vegetarian side. Left feeling full, but not overwhelmingly so. Of course it's a little pricey but you don't feel like you're getting gouged. Would come back again if I can get reservations.

Tags: Tapas, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 28, 2017

It was worth the two months' wait for our reservation. This was one of the best dining experiences I've had. We were celebrating the birthday of someone who likes very few restaurants, and she was thoroughly pleased with Zahav--the food, the service, the attention to detail, including the personalized "Happy Birthday" message on our menus and the complementary birthday dessert. The food was delicious, and the fact that we were able to dine in a leisurely manner made the evening even more enjoyable. We intend to make dinner at Zahav an annual event.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on November 26, 2017

It was a true dining experience. The service was outstanding. However the food was disappointing. After reading all the reviews I expected exceptional food. The brisket was really a sausage. The branzino, fried cauliflower, humus, and brussel sprouts were very good, but everything else was just alright.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Nicole was the best! Our anniversary dinner was romantic and the most memorable yet!

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Zahav is a wonderful restaurant! The food is memorable! The staff is excellent (Gabriel and Jessica are exceptional). Zahav is the reason I have gone out of my way to visit Philadelphia!

Tags: Hot Spot, Vegan, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This was an amazing experience. Well worth getting online at 12:00 midnight to make the reservation two months out and driving over an hour to get to the restaurant. Everything was delicious but the hummus, cauliflower, haloumi, Brussels sprouts and hanger steak were totally unbelievable. Hope to be able to get another reservation at some point.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Zahav always impresses and I cannot wait to come back yet again. The custard they are serving right now is my favorite one yet. I could barely choose from the dessert menu because all the options seemed so good.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Fun, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Vegan, Organic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a wonderful time. Great food. Our server, Peter, was outstanding. He did everything to try and make it a memorable experience. And, it was.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had heard wonderful things about Zahav. Zahav not only met those high expectations but exceeded them. The 4 of us ordered the tasting menu. We tried all 8 different appetizers, all well prepared and presented. For small plates, there was plenty of food to enjoy. We also shared 4 different entrees and desserts. The staff was attentive and happily answered all of our questions. We had such a joyful time. I recommend Zahav very highly!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

No need for a special occasion - every dining experience at Zahav is special.
Service is impeccable! Food is inspiring. Cocktails surprise and delight.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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