Zahav

4.9
6942 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
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.
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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What can be said that hasn't been already? This place is worth it in every way.

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BC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Who knew you could do so many things with a carrot !!! Some fennel An eggplant
Overall a five Star experience
Noise level encourages shouting
Staff were superb
Vegetarians I encourage you to visit
My Meat lovers tell me it was excellent

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have no idea how we lucked out in the "Reservation game" as getting a table is a difficult business but a different kind of Passover miracle happened and there we were. This experience checks all the boxes... wait staff friendly, knowledgeable, very customer-focused. The food was exquisite; We had watched Michael's special on Netflix and so came prepared for flavors from diverse middle eastern cultures and weren't disappointed. The complex layering of flavors all seemed to complement each other, which is saying a lot because there were a LOT of tasting opportunities. Hard to choose a favorite, but even a few days later we are both still smiling. The only problem was that it was hard to talk because the music was a bit too loud, but even so, we were busy eating so not a deterrent to returning. Pricey but in all the ways that mattered, perfect. My birthday is in August and I'm hoping to luck out again to celebrate in style!

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Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a group of 8 and every guest had a remarkable time. This was my third time there and we did the tasting menu for the group which was our best experience yet. The flavor of the food was outstanding and unique. Service was perfect with great recommendations, everything always up kept between water, wine service, wiping tables down without being too much. Our server made great recommendations on wine and even one not on the wine currently. Can’t wait to go back.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can easily say that this is one of, if not the best restaurants in Philadelphia. Every single dish has tons of flavor and it’s genuinely exciting to try something that’s newer to you. The servers are extremely attentive to your needs and they all know so much about the process of cooking each dish. I love the music they play in the restaurant and to top it off, yes, the drink list is full of delicious wine and spirits. Highly recommend Zahav.

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KG
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

well, truthfully i was really surprised by how “normal” this place was. There is a 3 month wait online and i mean you could get this food anywhere. The decor is a hot mess i can’t understand how a restaurant like this is playing pop and rap music so loud you can’t even hear the waiter. Yeah I’m going to pass on this place. Good food but for three months i expected phenomenal.

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AG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott was great. We had a wonderful time.

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Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing attention to detail

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HC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Disappointing after so much effort to reserve a table and after so much hype. Food was very salty so not so much flavor other than salt to most of the dishes. I like small plates but the portions were ridiculous. 2/3 of the serving plate was empty of food- which is kind of depressing to look at. The cauliflower and carrot mezze had maybe5 tiny pieces of vegetables all pushed to one side of a mostly empty plate and the branzino was maybe 3 inches by 2 inches. Hard to share that tiny amount of food. Don't think we will be back.

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MT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and the staff and kitchen were so great in making us feel special. Our names were on the menu and they were awesome in sending a little treat from the kitchen for us to try as well as giving us some champagne at the end of our dinner. The food was amazing and very flavorful. I would love to come back!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food.

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Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place more than lives up to its reputation! And they are very accommodating with vegan guests. The service is also all-around stellar!

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food, we had such an amazing time! The staff was so phenomenal as well

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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had heard a lot of great things about this restaurant and it was above and beyond my expectations! Would for sure go back for a special occasion!

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KR
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The hanger steak was over-cooked and greasy. The vegan menu looked like a redacted page from the Mueller Report and the vegetables were weird and marginal. The bread and hummus was fabulous however. My greeting was abysmal as they offered to have me sit in the lobby which equated to a tight space for six people to sit like economy seating on a small airplane to wait while tables remained empty. That’s what the bar is for. We were so disappointed.

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food! We had the tasting menu but couldn’t get the leg of lamb because we had 2 vegetarians (of 4). Loved the salad selection and hummus’s. Great service. Unique and tasty cocktails

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Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lost count of the number of times I’ve eaten at Zahav. Once again they stepped up to the plate and delivered and all-around fantastic experience. Our waitress Julie was friendly knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. I love that the first thing she said when she came up to the table was welcome back. We did the tasting which is always a winner.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and great service

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual, Zahav’s food and service rarely disappoints and makes it 100% worth the wait for a reservation.

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Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant

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MM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I truly loved the personalization of the menus and my partner being greeted with happy birthdays from several staff members. The food was amazing even with my dietary restrictions, of which the waiter was very attentive. My only suggestion would be to include the chef's tasting option on the menu. It was a little disconcerting to have to explain to the waiter what I was referring to; had I not had prior knowledge of this option, I think I could've missed out on a really amazing experience.

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JD
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. The food was amazing - we did the tasting menu so got to try almost everything. From the lamb tartare to the chocolate dessert everything was seasoned perfectly and far surpasses our expectations. The waitstaff was amazing as well, and took special care of those in our party with food allergies. We had a very leisurely almost 2 hour dinner and never felt rushed. I can’t wait to go back!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutley great experience ! Top to bottom ! Making a reservation was rather difficult but worth the wait ! Laura was an excellent server! She worked so well around dietary restrictions in our party! Very informative, explained every dish! She even brought us duck hearts as a gift because we had been curious about them !10/10!!!

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Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal as every other previous meal at zahav.

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1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 3

I’ve never had a server be more rude to me and my table in my life. As someone who worked in the service industry it was hard for me to figure out why someone was just being so rude with no reason to guests of the restaurant. The food was amazing but unfortunately the service ruined my experience

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ER
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. So hard not to eat too much. Still thinking about that asparagus hummus (who knew?) and the lamb. The service is excellent! Totally recommend.

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ED
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Foodie experience EVER!

Best dining experience EVER! Customer service was superb. All the staff here is well trained. The flavors were scrumptious. We selected the Tayim menu, mind-blowing. This restaurant is modern Israeli meant to be eaten family style, which is perfect.

They are also extremely accommodating for those who have allergies, intolerances or dietary restrictions. They may remove those items, substitute ingredients or suggest you avoid certain dishes. When dishes arrive at the table that contains those items, they remind you of those ingredients again.

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M
Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zahav is definitely worth the drive. We drove 8 hours to eat at Zahav and it did not disapoint!

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New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The lamb shoulder was incredible. Definitely worth doing the larger of the 2 tasting menus. Thoroughly enjoyed all the options!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bday dinner, service was top notch, atmosphere was excellent and food was amazing. Great value as well.

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B
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They had a terrific ambiance and the staff was very friendly. Kind quick and educated service, not to mention exceptional food.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible!!! It took months to get a reservation for my son's 25th birthday, but oh my goodness it was worth the wait! The atmosphere, the music, the food were all INCREDIBLE and the Chef made my son feel so special. If there's any way I can get a reservation for my birthday in September, I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don’t think anyone needs convincing to dine at Zahav if you’re able to get a reservation. We went for my birthday and had the chef’s tasting menu and it was totally worth it. I also was told happy birthday by literally every single person that attended to us - the host, our server, the people coming by to bring out dishes and clear our table, and even the menu had happy birthday printed on it. It felt really special and like the staff truly cared about making my dinner special. We will be coming back and bringing friends and family with us!

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Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always impressed by this establishment! Service is friendly and attentive and the servers are knowledgeable about the menu and are able to answer detailed information about flavor profiles and offer suggestions. Each dish is carefully prepared and beautifully plated. The only challenge is the limited availability of reservations... but hey that means the team there is doing something right! Even the cocktails are fantastic. Could not more highly recommend. Have been here three times so far and each visit has been very consistent.

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SD
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level in our area was very low. We were in a separate section from the main dining area which made it extremely nice. If possible I would recommend an area outside of the main dining room if possible. The restaurant price is on par with most other Philadelphia restaurants but in my opinion is the best if not tied with Double Knot's tasting menu. An awesome meal and great service.

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AF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish! Peter our server was wonderful and the food was amazing.

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VT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. There were multiple acknowledgements of my husband’s birthday. I would have appreciated a bit more interaction about the dishes for the mesibah (the meal including the lamb, not listed on the menu). I know it’s chef’s- or server’s-choice, but we have a couple of favorites we never want to miss. There has been more interaction with us in the past. They did juggle my vegan-ness with two lamb eaters very well, exactly the way I asked them to. Zahav is ALWAYS a wonderful experience.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience! From the moment you walk in the door to the time you pay your bill, it is an absolute complete experience. Thank you Zahav

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New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

too much hype, not that good. Was quite disappointed.

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