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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

4.9

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (96)
Special Occasion (93)
Creative Cuisine (92)
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Good for a Date (81)
Tasting Menu (78)
Authentic (77)
Good for Anniversaries (66)
Good Vegetarian Options (62)
Tapas (54)
Good for Birthdays (53)
Hot Spot (51)
Worth the Drive (51)
Fun (48)
Notable Wine List (36)
Healthy (36)
Neighborhood Gem (35)
Good for Groups (32)
Handcrafted Cocktails (29)
Romantic (29)
Bar Seating (28)
Casual (23)
Vibrant Bar Scene (23)
Cozy (21)
Vegan (20)
Business Meals (17)
Scenic View (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Seasonal (9)
Spicy (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
People Watching (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Organic (5)
Late-night Find (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Waterfront (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Simply one word. Outstanding! So worth the visit and the wait to get a reservation. Brilliant work. Excellent staff. Above and beyond what I expected

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Vegan, Good for a Date, Authentic, Organic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 2 days ago

This place was dope

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and services far exceeded expectations. Wonderful dining experience

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely wonder food and service. We ordered a pitcher of Lemonnana (whiskey lemonade) as well as haloumi, daily special hummus, and Romanian brisket. Delicious! The service is so wonderful, they make you feel like royalty!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

We went to Zahav with high expectations and they were met! It was very difficult to get a reservation but the hostess worked with me to find a date and time that worked! Everyone in our party chose the tasting menu! Everything was phenomenal! The service made the meal. Our server was very knowledgeable and assisted us throughout the meal! The food came fast and continued to throughout the 2 hour meal! There was never a period of time that we waited for the next plate! Zahav is one of the best places we have been to!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

We often go to Zahav twice a year as a group to celebrate birthdays. The experience, food and service is above and beyond so my children (who are foodies) were mad that we’ve never taken them. We decided to take our kids to celebrate my daughter having her braces off— after 5 YEARS. Zahav once again did not disappoint. They are truly amazing in everything they do. The food is out of this world. Not everyone thinks they will be a fan of duck hearts, UNTIL you have tried the way Zahav has prepared it. Everything is better then the next. I have eaten at restaurants all over the world, and this is by far one of the top 5 in the world!! Yes— the world!! Service started from the moment they confirmed our reservation— equally as giddy for my daughter- to our arrival until the moment we walked out the door. They are doing EVERYTHING right there- actually better then right!! All I can say is make your reservation well in advance, and you will absolutely NOT be disappointed!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Excellent food, courteous service, accommodating with food allergies...one negative is the music choice and sound level

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Loved everything about it! Food was delicious and service was impeccable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was outstanding, service as well. I'd highly recommend!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Do not ever hesitate to book a table at ZAHAV

Scale of 1-10, easily 25

Run. Don't even think of walking.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Fun, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Engagement

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

The waitstaff at Zahav pulled out all the stops for us and made us feel so special for our birthday celebration. Even as we were the very last guests in the restaurant (with a 9 PM dinner reservation), our server chatted with us for an extra 10 minutes, sharing recipes and anecdotes with us. The food was uh-mazing! Great vegetarian options! Some unusual pairings, and not a bad bite the whole meal. Plates were delectably arranged, visually appealing as well as absolutely delicious. I think I will be a more creative cook this week (and who knows, maybe beyond!) because I was so inspired by some of their dishes. We left stuffed and incredibly satisfied; I don't spend $50/pp for a meal readily but this was a real treat, and actually well worth it!

Tags: Vegan, Healthy, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

This food is incredible! Don't miss out!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had a delicious dinner. Everything we order was yummy!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious food all around especially the salads and hummus.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Worth the wait; incredible restaurant. They even customized the menu for my birthday! The food was impeccable. It was a great joy to go back to Zahav. My favorite restaurant in Philly!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Zahav continues to excel as one of the very best restaurants. Extraordinary food, excellent service. Highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Our waitress was not very attentive to us. All of the food runners were awesome as well as the host staff.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Our waitress was not attentive however all other service/bartender were excellent. The signature lamb was very over-salted and over-cooked. After reading such rave reviews and waiting for months to get a reservation, it was disappointing.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The food was great and the the service was spectacular, the only MAJOR downfall of this place is not only the extremely loud volume of the music but how it kept fluctuating per song.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

This was our third trip to Zahav and they have not lost a step. The service is impeccable from the front of the house to the back. If you are lucky enough to score a rezzy and are not a vegitarian order the Lamb Shoulder and prepare to have your tastebuds explode with ecstasy. Thanks Zahav!

Tags: Vegan, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Zahav's food is legendary so we knew that we were in for a real treat when my husband and I took our two boys there. And absolutely is was. What was even more spectacular was the service. Every single interaction we had was perfect. The entire wait staff - from the waiter to the gentleman who was bussing our table - was keenly tuned in to what was needed without making a big thing of it. It's an art as wait staff to integrate yourself into a customer experience, and to do it authentically - which is exactly what happened. They not only made sure everything was perfect, they gave us numerous things to try, including wine, on the house. The whole experience was superb without being pretentious. A heartfelt thank you to the staff. The food and service are divine!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Great as usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went to Zahav for New Year’s Day dinner. The food was superb and the wait staff was helpful without being intrusive. Hummus and pita were memorable but the 6 fresh salads were also delicious. Each dish had unique and herbaceous flavors.
Lovely dining experience.
Can’t wait to return.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had an incredible evening at Zahav. Food and service were both to notch and we wouldn't change a thing! The foie gras special was especially good. Menu is very reasonably priced for the value of what you get. Wish we could get down to old city/get a reservation more often!

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had to reserve two months prior for this restaurant. Although it was quite good, I do not think it deserves the hype it is receiving. We ordered the Lamb shoulder tasting menu with wine pairing, which was not written on the menu for some reason.
The first course was six different small vegetable dishes with hummus and bread. Each dish was unique and had its own style and strength, but nothing fantastic. But the hummus was the best hummus i've ever had.
After that, we ordered three different small dishes: steak, cheese, and salmon. The three dishes were also good but not excellent. You could find those dishes at any decent tapas bar e.g. Vernick (In fact, Vernick has better tapas i think.)
The lamb shoulder was also good but not excellent. I've seen reviews saying that it was the best lamb in their lives. It was not even close to that.
The last course was dessert which was also pretty good but not memorable.
I would like to come back to the restaurant to try more tapas but all the fuss i have to go through to make a reservation would probably hinder me from doing so.

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food terrific service.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was top notch and food was amazing. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Holy God. It was amazing

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Worth every penny. The tasting menu has to be one of the best around - you get so much for your money and it was an outstanding meal. I would highly recommend, and I will definitely be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Not as good as

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Went for my birthday dinner (been here for dinner before for dinner) staff was amazing and was told happy birthday by 6 different staff members, food was the best I've ever had and I am vegan so the staff/chef was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Would recommend 100% and can't wait to go back!

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We celebrated a significant birthday with out of town guests who we thought would enjoy Zahav's mix of ethnic food with creative new flavors. We were certainly correct. In addition, the friendly, efficient and complete service was perfect for this occasion.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Zahav never disappoints. The food is always exceptional and the staff is friendly. Great attention to food allergies.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, drinks and decor. However, choice of music in my opinion is always noisy and poor taste

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Zahara was like an excellent ballet, with each person doing their part, as part of the team, to create an exceptional dining experience. Servers flitted in and out, almost imperceptibly, making certain that our needs and wants were addressed.

This was an A++ experience!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Always amazing. We tried out some new dished and we're not dissapointed. Thanks for such a consistent, wonderful dining experience!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Food and service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Exceptional food and service, the lamb was the best I have ever eaten!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We waited 2 months for a 5:15pm reservation. 4 of us ordered the tasting menu to share. The hummus and salads were delicious. The rest of the meal was fair. The custard dessert tasted like soap and when we asked the waiter what flavor was in it, we were told orchid root. Yuk.

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