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Zahav

4.6
4.6
6757 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Additional information

  • 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 - 6:00pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 625-8800

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Michael Solomonov

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 625-3977

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Cross street

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

  • 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.

  • 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 6,757 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Reviewed on September 10, 2019

    overall5foodserviceambience
    Amazing food. the lamb was cooked to perfection
  2. CC

    CassandraC

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love coming to Zahav! Our only complaint is the wait time for a reservation but it is for good reason, this is THE place to eat in Philly! My husband and I have been several times and most recently took our parents to enjoy the experience. If you are looking for true Israeli cuisine, this is the place for you! The food is beyond delicious, authentic and the overall vibe of the restaurant is fun and fresh. You won't be disappointed!
  3. KS

    KatherineS

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals you’ll have (possibly ever) hands down. It’s worth it for the food alone but the service is impeccable.
  4. S

    Spycow

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I'm not sure if we were there on an off service night but from when we arrived to when we left our experience was less than stellar. You arrive & its quite chaotic, table wasn't ready upon arrival for our reservation for us & many others waiting in front of us. Our server was the highlight of the night, she was great throughout our experience. One of the items we came for was the famous Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder. When asked about it for the tasting menu, we were told they were out already, for a 7:30 reservation which is ridiculous when you can get bar seating without reservations earlier & can order it. Our experience continued downhill from there. Drinks took forever to come out & our food was coming out under cooked, over cooked & cold as we watched the table next to us who sat down 15 minutes after us & took forever to place their order get their food before us having also ordered the tasting menu. Our steak looked well done while theirs came out right after ours looking as if it was just pulled off the grill. They left & paid before us. The "pusher" responsible for reviewing & releasing the food wasn't doing a great job. We watched tables around us get food at completely random times with long waits, short wait & no cadence. The food was rather forgetabble. We have an Israeli restuarant in Chicago that across the board all their dishes were better especially for the price. The hot hummus was the best part of the meal. Reservations are so hard to get & the fact you don't get asked during your reservation if you are interested in their signature dish would make one assume you can't request ahead of time but first come first serve. There is no information regarding any of this on their website. If you are going for that dish, get a bar seat or make 5pm reservations. We are fortunate to travel all over the world & try all types of local food but for us a place with so much hype we would not recommend to our friends based on our overall experience.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    There is not enough text space in this dialog box to fully explain the horrendous experience. The service is the main root of the problem. This was one of the worst experiences I have ever had in my adult life whilst eating at out at a restaurant.
  6. H

    Hallmark

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Great food, but slow service. Your food will come before your drinks. There is an overall attitude problem here. The waitstaff should take it down a peg or two. The food is the star here, not you. No excuses.
  7. AH

    AlexH

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in the city for the past 7 years! Unique, delicious food and top notch staff.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    A little off this time. We were served burnt bread and the waiter did not return back to check on our first course.
  9. D

    Dondo

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good and interesting food . The tasting menu is almost too much food and we were given an extra vegetable serving, an extra small plate and an extra dessert. The wine pairing was also very good. The next time we go, we will order the hummus and several small plates.
  10. PP

    PhillyPhoodie

    Philadelphia

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had a wonderful dinner celebrating our wedding anniversary. The staff wished us congratulations and we had specially printed menus just for us. The food is terrific. Their hummus is the best anywhere The lamb with the pomegranate molasses glaze was heavenly. My only complaint is that the music was a little loud at times. What a memorable dinner.
  11. m

    mich123

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. My son is gluten free and they had the menu already adjusted for his dietary needs upon arrival. Wait staff very attentive . Interesting, highly flavorful food! Tasting menu allows you to try many different things!
  12. RB

    ReginaldB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional? Nah, this was an otherworldly meal. I’ve been talking about it since I first tasted the hummus. Without exaggerating this was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome restaurant!!!
  14. UF

    UnofficialFoodCritic

    Fort Lauderdale

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We chose chef's selection and it was fantastic. We loved the element of surprise and each choice was perfectly selected for us. Definitely recommend this option especially if you are open for a food adventure.
  15. JC

    JimmyChichester

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easily one of the top 3 best meals I’ve ever had. They made my birthday so special with a specialized menu and complimentary rosé.
  16. MB

    MicahB

    Philadelphia

    479 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    479 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The meal and service are impeccable. Found a really nice (and reasonable) Lebanese red wine to go with the tasting menu (which is really the only way to go). Table location was ideal (not in the more crowded set of tables). Just a tad warm--although it was a super hot day. Already have the next reservation for next month. Combo of quality, inventiveness, price and service can't really be beat.
  17. s

    sherylphilly

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I've dined at Zahav numerous times. We made a reservation this past time for my birthday. I have a few food allergies and they curated a menu specifically for me based on this knowledge. It was very thoughtful and really put a smile on my face. Two of the dishes out of many ordered were over-salted to our taste buds and this was never an issue in the past. Overall, I love Zahav and would definitely recommend!
  18. P

    Phil50

    New York Area

    119 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    119 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This our second time at Zahav. The food is simple but outstanding. Great interpretations of Israeli classics. At $48 per person, the tasting menu is a great value. More than enough food, plenty of choices, and dessert is included. The wait staff is friendly and helpful. They know the food and how to explain it. I highly recommend Zahav.
  19. GM

    GabrielM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was amazing! The food was incredible! We enjoyed celebrating our anniversary there as they made it really special!
  20. MM

    MichelleM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing experience. The food was out of this world!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Birthday with wife First time Very good experience Best hummus ever Excellent service
  22. S

    Suze

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our party of four ordered the tasting menu. The meal was excellent. We loved the great variety of dishes and interesting flavors. The servers were extremely friendly and attentive. The space is attractive, too. Also, I appreciated the personalized birthday message on the menu for my daughter and the birthday greetings from the waitstaff. There was only one problem which detracted significantly from our experience: the noise level. The music was so loud (and not particularly interesting or cool) that we couldn’t hear ourselves talk. We couldn’t even hear the servers trying to carefully explain the contents of each dish, which was a real bummer. I asked a few times for them to repeat what they said, but then I just gave up. We were very interested in knowing about each dish and chatting about that at dinner. That is kind of the point of a tasting menu. Having a crazy loud space doesn’t make it more happening, in my opinion.
  23. MM

    MarkM

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVED EVERYTHING!!!
  24. AH

    AnneH

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the tasting menu! We could not believe how many different dishes we were able to sample. And they were all delicious! The only draw back is how hard it is to get a reservation.
  25. p

    parisw

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, beverages, and service, as ever! Thank you!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The Hummus is to DIE for. Would come back just for that. Everything else was also very good. The service was amazing. Very attentive. I can see why Zahav was names best restaurant in the country! Definitely a must try
  27. EG

    EllenG

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    A little disappointed. Food was very salty.
  28. JM

    JohnM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank You!
  29. J

    James

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was amazing and the service was top notch. The price wasn't bad at all. For $48 per person you can try nearly everything on the menu with 2 people.
  30. SR

    StephanieR

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hanger steak was a great second option since they were out of the lamb shoulder (sad face) Everything was so delicious and the wait staff was friendly and efficient!
  31. MC

    MaxineC

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb! Always a treat to eat there; incredible food and top notch service. Best of all, as busy as they are, you're not rushed through a meal in order to turn a table; in other words, leisurely dining!
  32. YF

    YumFood

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here with my parents because they wanted to try Zahav. My husband and parents beat me there (since I had to work). I was happy that they were able to be seated prior to my arrival. The staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. The food was amazing and they had a good amount of vegetarian options. The drinks were super tasty as well! They offer small plates and they are pretty filling. The hummus is a must get. My dad hates hummus and he even said that this was the only hummus he’s ever had that actually tasted good. If we weren’t so stuffed, I definitely would’ve tried the dessert, but maybe next time!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been here like 10 times. Always amazing!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    How could you describe this restaurant as anything but amazing. From the Turkish hummus (a must order!!) to the desserts, we had some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. The only miss was the Lamb tartar which was significantly over salted. Put this restaurant on your list to try, and you will not regret it!
  35. KF

    KatherineF

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, exceptional service!
  36. JS

    JodyS

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience! Excellent food and excellent service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic, highly recommended
  38. AA

    AA211

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everyone must try this restaurant! It is just simply one of the best dining experiences out there. The only tiny downside is just how busy and loud it is but this is understandable! Everyone wants to be there for good reason!
  39. OA

    OAzul

    Philadelphia

    115 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    115 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing flavors! Take the tasting menu with the wine pairing.
  40. JG

    JaredG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth the hype. Great food and atmosphere. Service was impeccable

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Zahav is rated 4.6 stars by 6757 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

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

  • Neighborhood

    Society Hill

  • Hours of operation

    DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm HAPPY HOUR: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (215) 625-8800

  • Private party facilities

    We welcome you to explore our Private Dining options, perfect for any occasion.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Dining Coordinator: (215) 625-3977

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