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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.

If you are dining with us in February, we are offering a special menu. Please call the restaurant for details. 215.625.8800

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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4.8

Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (111)
Fit for Foodies (108)
Creative Cuisine (96)
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Good for a Date (85)
Tasting Menu (82)
Authentic (80)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
Good Vegetarian Options (68)
Tapas (63)
Good for Birthdays (59)
Worth the Drive (56)
Hot Spot (52)
Fun (48)
Healthy (38)
Romantic (37)
Handcrafted Cocktails (35)
Notable Wine List (35)
Good for Groups (34)
Bar Seating (29)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Cozy (24)
Casual (20)
Vegan (17)
Happy Hour (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Scenic View (12)
Business Meals (11)
Gluten Free Options (10)
People Watching (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Seasonal (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Spicy (7)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 2 days ago

Unusual menu. Great service. Wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Scenic View, Casual, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

Zahav is one of the finest dining I have ever experienced in Philadelphia.
The service and food were exceptional.
Our server Brandon was professional and knowledgeable.
The bartender Christopher was also very accomadating. Thank you to all the staff for a fun experience!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous bread and hummus! Great service. Never rushed. A few dishes excessively salty. Music way too distracting and not fitting.

Tags: Casual, Vegan, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Servers were awesome and food was nice as hell. 5/5

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Extraordinary restaurant. Don't think I've ever had better service. Place runs like a machine. Food cooked with outstanding expertise and just the right amount of creativity. Salads were a little salty--they were probably authentic for the Middle Eastern climate, but salty by north atlantic standards. I wish everyone at the table didn't have to order the tasting menu if some want and some don't. Don't know if that rule is greedy or is just a reasonable business judgment on Zahav's part....but it ended up being quite expensive and too much food. That said, it was a fabulous meal.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Zahav came recommended from couple of my friends as being a very good option for a good dinner date for vegetarians. Getting a table however was a challenge as the slots get booked 2 months in advance when the reservations open. So I did reserve for my wife's birthday (first after our marriage) and it was an awesome experience.

The veg options were limited in the prefix dinner menu but all that we ordered and ate was great. Thank you Zahav. Look forward to visit again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had high expectations for Zahav, and they absolutely met those expectations. The first course, which included an amazing hummus and a variety of other items was outstanding and very large. The main courses we're small but exquisite and because we were already very full from the appetizers we didn't mind. Had a great bottle of wine as well and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful. Absolute 5/5!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fabulous experience, looked forward to it for almost a year. I could not say enough good things. The food experience was exceptional, as was the wait staff. They explained everything on the menu and helpmate choices.
We will back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Zahav was on our list for a long time and when we finally got a chance to check it out after booking an appointment two months in advance, all I can say that it was a memorable experience. Upon arrival, we were seated promptly and attended to in a professional manner. We chose the Taste of Zahav with Wine Pairings option. The service was timed well between the courses and we were not rushed to finish. The food itself was phenomenal and felt very fresh. The wines chosen complemented food very well. Kudos to the staff for their attentive service and making our anniversary special. Thanks!

Tags: Organic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Zahav on Thursday. We had written in our Open Table notes that it was our anniversary, and we were delighted to see that they had printed a custom menu with anniversary wishes on it. They also brought us toasting flutes of champagne! We had the chef's tasting menu and everything was amazing. Who knew that cauliflower could be so delicious? The custard for dessert was the perfect topper to an unforgettable food experience.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Delicious, exotic and gourmet food.
I highly recommend Zahav!

Tags: Cozy, Vegan, Tapas, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

As always, one of the best in Philly. Also not a place for the financially faint-of-heart particularly if you also drink. That said, we loved every minute of it.

Tags: Business Meals, Healthy, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

I was finally using the gift card from Mother's Day and it was worth the wait! We got the tasting menu and it did not disappoint. Exquisite food paced to enjoy each dish. A wonderful dining experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

All food was terrific, and the crispy rice and lamb shoulder stand out as phenomenal. Really appreciate the unique cocktails and selection of Middle Eastern wines, as well as the ability to individualize the tasting. Service was warm and generous. Thank you to everyone at Zahav for an incredible and convivial meal

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great dinner with so many wonderful small plate options & fabulous quality of ingredients, our waiter was very knowledgeable & entire waitstaff always bringing clean plates, silverware, filling water & keeping the table clean. Excellent dinner

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Delicious, but deafening. Nothing to absorb sound in the decor, just don't plan to be able to chat at the table much. This was a repeat visit, and I plan to go again, no matter how noisy, the food is wonderful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Finally, got in to see what it was all about, and it was worth the wait! The Brussels sprouts were magical, the cauliflower was amazing, and the kebab was so good I think that every burger should taste like that! Now we can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

We didn't go on our honeymoon immediately so decided to go to Zahav for a "mini honeymoon date" Zahav is worth it even if it takes months to be able to book a reservation! I don't know have the words to describe how spectacular the food and the service was, except that you absolutely need to go to discover it for yourself.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Best food in Philly!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Best dining experience in a long time! Had the chefs choice tasting which required the entire table to participate. No one was disappointed. The lamb is phenomenal. Do it!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Wow. We waited for a couple of months for the reservation and it was well worth the wait. We ordered the chefs tasting menu, which featured the lamb shoulder. I do not care for lamb, so our server, Peter, brought out a piece of Bronzino for me. The lamb was very tasty...but still a little too lamb for my liking. The fish was excellent. There was not one item that was brought to the table that we didn’t enjoy. The hummus is like eating cream. The haloumi cheese was excellent. The beets, carrots, eggplant. My husband did not know if he was going to like the food...he loved it. Our server was very attentive. His selections for the wine by the glass was spot on. We will be back.

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Absolutely lived up to expectations and then some. Great for special occasions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

We did the tasting menu and asked our server to pick for us since she knows the menu better than we could. And she did not disappoint! It was worth waiting for the reservation! Our only gripe was that the music was pretty loud, but we were still able to carry on a conversation. We will definitely be returning!

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This restaurant never disappoints. I have dined here several times now and each meal has been wonderful. It takes forever to get a reservation but it is worth it. This is a truly unique and tasty experience.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Creative surprising flavors, outstanding attentive service, very nice stmosphere

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Vegan, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Giving four stars for the previous years of excellent experiences here, NOT for recent experience. Not what it used to be. The food was still good, if no longer spectacular, but the uneven service really sunk the meal. We always think of this as a great place to bring out-of-towners, but our experience tonight, after raving about this place to our guest for so long, was just embarrassing. The last time we came, the service was a little off, but I assumed it was a fluke. Unfortunately, it appears that was the beginning of a downward trend. So sad that it has deteriorated this much, but based on our experience tonight, I just can’t recommend it anymore.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. This restaurant should be on every foodie’s list as a must try. The food is outstanding, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is wonderful. And make sure to order the lamb!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is our third time at Zahav and it always delivers. Best restaurant in Philly!

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Tapas
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The best thing was the service and the attentiveness of the staff. The cocktails were excellent, and the desserts were divine. The food itself was good, especially the branzino and the duck hearts. But overall, I have had much better. I was disappointed with the laffa. The meal itself and the ambiance simply did not live up to the hype. I made a reservation two months in advance (earliest available at the time). After waiting such a long time, I expected much more from this place. It is much more casual and less creative than I hoped it would be. If you want a more informal, tapas style dinner with friends or catching up with old acquaintances, I absolutely recommend Zahav. If you are looking for a world-class Israeli creative cuisine, unforgettable date experience in Philly, I suggest heading over to the formidable Abe Fisher, instead.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We were so excited to finally have the opportunity to eat at Zahav and it was truly amazing!! We had the Tayim, the Taste of Zahav. Our meal started with 6 small vegetable salads, followed by homemade Laffa with hummus & tehina. All of the small plates we chose next were so delicious, including haloumi and the yellowfin tuna. Then we had fantastic eggplant, branzino, and the most delicious maitake mushrooms. The desserts were the perfect finale to a fabulous meal. All of the dishes were innovative and delicious, drinks were incredible, service was great. A very memorable experience, which was special in every way. This was one of the best meals I have ever eaten. We loved every bite!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The food was delicious. The service was terrific. Friendly staff everywhere. Prices high for what the food is. Way, way, way too noisy. Not easy to get to the door with someone older--stairs and/or a walk from where one might drop off. It was a fun night.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Superb in every way. Always has been. I dine there 4-6 times a year, and it never fails to please.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Table maintenance was outstanding, oh, and the food was fantastic too. It’s loud, lively, crowded (lot of staff milling about ready to pounce on that table maintenance), and fun.

Tags: Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Perfection. Quite possibly the best meal I've ever had. And I'm an old lady that likes to eat! I didn't know that beets could ever taste so good! Definitely get the lamb shoulder - we were lucky enough to snag the last one of the evening. The service was excellent in a lively setting with a great playlist of music. We can't wait to return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

First visit and was amazing!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Absolutely fanatic. That’s all I have to say.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Zahav was fantastic. The wait staff was very attentive & was excellent at explaining the dishes. My Wife & I celebrated our Anniversary with our son & his girlfriend. It wS 9ne of the best meals we ever had.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Have been to Zahav previously. As always, the food and service were worthy of a 5 star Michelin restaurant. Chef Solomanov and his staff are to be commended for the continued excellence of this restaurant. It is absolutely worth the drive for a bucket list worthy experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

One of the best dining experiences in Philly. The $56 tasting menu is well worth the price and phenomenal. Interesting wines from Israel and neighboring countries.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fun, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always amazing food!

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